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 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.
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 library and event spaces, 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 spring, visitors can discover the spirit of the Japanese forest through “HIDA | A Woodwork Tradition in the Making,” an exhibition focused on the legendary wood craftsmen of the Hida region and the relevance of their sustainable design principles today. The exhibition brings this heritage to life for all five senses, with a gallery show featuring furniture and design treasures rarely seen in Los Angeles, as well as a limited-edition collection of objects for purchase and a series of scent and food workshops exploring the landscape of Hida.
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 programs provide an ongoing cultural conversation and endless ways to get inspired. Recent events included an umami food workshop, a screening of a sake documentary, and a lecture by one of Japan’s foremost pioneers in robotic technology. 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 participating in an event, 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.
Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, 2F and 5F
(Administrative office at Suite 167)
Los Angeles, CA 90028