Lucky for Southern Californians who are craving a global adventure but can’t jump on a plane, there’s a new option much closer to home. Ever since JAPAN HOUSE LA opened in the heart of Hollywood, Los Angeles locals and visitors alike are able to discover the best Japanese food, art, and entertainment this side of the Pacific Ocean. As a special initiative of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to showcase the creative energy of contemporary Japan, JAPAN HOUSE first launched hubs in London and Sao Paolo before opening its Los Angeles location in 2018. Located in the bustling retail complex of Hollywood & Highland, JAPAN HOUSE LA is a world in itself, complete with a sleekly-designed restaurant, gallery, library, and event space. Read on to discover how to experience Japanese culture through all your senses with a visit to JAPAN HOUSE – you don’t even need your passport.
- Elegant Cuisine
Located on the fifth floor with stunning views of the city, INN ANN offers a refined kaiseki (tasting menu) experience inspired by both Japanese culinary philosophy and California’s unparalleled local ingredients. Legendary chef Mori Onodera brings his craftsmanship to multi-course seasonal menus featuring sushi, Wagyu beef, organic vegetables and more that unfold like a story told through taste, scent, and texture. With only 35 seats available each night, it’s an intimate encounter with the true artistry of Japanese cuisine.
- Cutting-Edge Design
From its architectural pedigree to its illuminating exhibitions, JAPAN HOUSE is a treasure trove of world-class design. On the fifth floor award-winning designer Ryu Kosaka crafted an oasis of clean lines for the restaurant, library, and event space, while down on the second, the multi-functional creative space was designed by Kohei Nawa, a hybrid artist/designer whose works hang in the Louvre and Metropolitan Museum of Art. The second-floor gallery features rotating exhibitions of Japan’s most influential creative talents across art, fashion, architecture, technology, manga (comics), and beyond. This winter, you can dive into the nation’s rich craft heritage through “JAPAN 47 ARTISANS”, a traveling exhibition of works by 47 young artisans selected from each region. From the lacquerware of Iwate to the woodworking of Okayama, each artisan brings a fresh twist to the traditional crafts of their hometown. Witty objects and colorful exhibits help illustrate the curator’s concept of sustainable “Long-Life Design”.
- Inspiring Events
On any given week, JAPAN HOUSE plays host to many exciting public and VIP events that you can’t find anywhere else in L.A. From creative workshops to panel discussions, film screenings to sake tastings, JAPAN HOUSE’s eclectic program provides an ongoing cultural conversation and endless ways to get inspired. Recent events include the Japan Cuts Hollywood film festival, an izakaya food workshop, and a forum on international street fashion. Check out the events calendar for innovative people and ideas driving Japanese culture and society today.
- A Reader’s Paradise
Embodying Japan’s passionate book culture, JAPAN HOUSE’s custom-curated library is always open for reading, research, and reflection. After strolling an exhibition or before a dinner at INN ANN, you can take a break with books and magazines selected by acclaimed book curator Yoshitaka Haba, and check out work by past JAPAN HOUSE guests like iconic manga artist Naoki Urasawa. Between the pages, you’ll find more ways to explore the creativity of contemporary Japan.
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