2023 April: Japanese Cultural Event Listing

Arizona Area

Open House in Mesa: Haru Ga Kita: Free Event to learn Japanese culture
Saturday, April 8, 10:00am – 3:00 pm
Riki Judo Dojo USA, 535 W Iron Ave, Suite 121, Masa, AZ 85210



Los Angeles Area

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center’s Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day)
Saturday, April 29, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Kimono Con: Over 1,000 Kimono shipped directly from Japan for sale
April 1, 2 at Long Beach Marriott Hotel

Torrance Sister City Association
48th Annual Bunka-Sai: Japanese Cultural Festival
Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ken Miller Recreation Center, 3341 Torrance Blvd (at Madrona Ave)

Madame Fujima Kansuma, who taught Japanese classical dance to generations of dancers, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 22 at the age of 104. A celebration of life is being planned for April 16 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (The Rafu Shimpo)


Japan Foundation Los Angeles
Beautiful Handcrafts of Tohoku Japan
March 10 – May 06, 2023


Tulips in Harmony Annual Memorial After 3.11 Charity Concert Series Vol.12  Send Your Love Vol.2
Sunday, April 30, 3:00PM at Salvation Army, 4223 Emerald Street, Torrance, CA 90503


Japan House Los Angeles
Designing with Disaster: Stories from Seven Regenerative Cities
January 27 – April 2, 2023

University of Southern California (USC) Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture Programs

Wed. Jan. 18 | 12-1:30 PM PST |DML 110C
New Approaches to the Study of Premodern Japan Project
Reaching the Poor and Preaching Poverty: A View of Ninth-Century Japanese Buddhism from Below
Bryan D. LowePrinceton University

Fri. Jan. 27 | 4-5:30 PM PST | SOS 250
Morale on the Home Front from Europe to Japan: Its Transnational Construction and Destruction, 1914-1945
Sheldon GaronPrinceton University


Sat. Feb. 11 | 2-3:30 PM PST | JANM (100 N Central Ave)
Voices of Japanese American Incarceration

–  Readings from When Can We Go Back to America? 
–  Art from the exhibit “Resilience – A Sansei Sense of Legacy”
–  A performance of “Citizen 133660: Vignettes” for string and clarinet quintet composed by Chad Cannon
–  Poetry reading by artist tracy kato-kiriyama


Wed. Feb. 15 | 12-1:30 PM | DML 110C
Japanese Food Culture and Culinary Traditions Speaker Series
Story of Sushi: How a Fermented Dish Became a Global Fast Food Eric RathUniversity of Kansas


Wed. Mar. 29 | 12-1:30 PM  | DML 110C
Environmental Humanities Speaker Series
Local, National, Regional, or Planetary?: Analyzing Island Chains as Biotropes and the Poetics of Ishimure Michiko 
Christine Marran, University of Minnesota


Apr. 28 | 3-5 PM | Location TBD
Film Screening of Before They Take Us Away: Untold Stories of Japanese American Self-Evacuees of World War II
Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Producer
Patrick Glenn, Producer
Antonia Grace Glenn, Writer, Producer, and DirectorCo-sponsored by the USC East Asian Studies Center, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, the USC Department of History, and USC Libraries