The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

World of Washi: Unfolding Tradition and Innovation
Thursday, July 26, 2018 7pm 
Admission Free, Reservation Required

For 1,300 years Japan has been the world leader in paper making. Join JFLA and Hiromi Paper, Inc. as we delve into the World of Washi (Japanese paper) and its history through a special Virtual Washi Tour Presentation of Japan's paper making regions.

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Exhibit: Bamboo
Through September 9, 2018
Craft and Folk Art Museum
$7 | free for members

BAMBOO explores the evolution of Japanese bamboo basketry from a purely functional art form into complicated, distinctly Japanese sculptural forms of variable scale. A major selection of historical and contemporary works from the Los Angeles-based Cotsen Collection are central to the exhibition, as well as a large-scale, interactive bamboo installation by Japan-based artist Akio Hizume.

This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles 国際交流基金ロサンゼルス日本文化センター, with additional support from the Pasadena Art Alliance.


Meditation With Japanese Singing Lin Bowl
Wednesday, July 18
12:30/1:00PM (2 sessions, 20 min/session)
Just Show Up! 

Mid-week fatigue is a familiar foe to many of us.  Why not maximize your relaxation and join us for a Sound Bath at Lunchtime!

The Singing Lin Bowl harmoniously combines the healing qualities of the Tibetan singing bowl and its Japanese counterpart, the Lin bowl. Relax and feel your stress dissipate into thin air as the sounds of the singing-Lin bowl lead you into a meditative state.

There is no charge and no reservation required. All are welcome to come, sit, listen, and refresh!


The Magnificent Nine - 殿、利息でござる!  (129mins, 2016)
Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura
Wednesday, July 25 @7PM
In Japanese with English subtitles

A film adaptation of Michifumi Isoda's original novel which is based on a true story from the middle Edo Period. This film comically depicts the efforts of Yoshiokajuku, an inn town in Sendai fief, to save themselves from impoverishment by running a moneylending enterprise against the fiefdom.

On the verge of financial crisis, the Sendai fiefdom levies a heavy tax upon its residents resulting in bankruptcies and people fleeing town in succession. Nine people including Juzaburo Kokudaya (Sadawo Abe), devise a relief plan to loan money to the fief with a partner and distribute the interest among the residents.

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