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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Japan Hype: Pokémon x Kogei & Japan Cuts


July 25, 2023 to January 7, 2024

Woah, somewhat baffled that Japan House is exploring something so connected with modern anime and video game love. A fun looking art show of Pokemon made out of Japanese craft. Don't worry about missing it, it's staying here for months all the way into next year.

"Playful images of Pikachu, Rowlet, Litten and Popplio stencil-dyed onto silk cloth, a Charizard integrated into a large ceramic jar and a dazzling Jolteon sculpted from individual pieces of gold-and silver-plated copper hammered into the shape of lightning bolts – these are some of the ingenious creations in POKÉMON X KOGEI | Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft.

"Presented in three sections - Appearance, Stories, and Life – the exhibition features over 70 works and guides audiences to discover how Pokémon and the artists playfully challenge one another through craft. Featuring a Living National Treasure, the metal artist Morihito Katsura, as well as emerging artists like young metal artist Taiichiro Yoshida, the exhibition will also give audiences a view “behind the scenes” of craft techniques, and culminate in a stunning immersive installation."

Over in New York, so wait a while for this stuff to get here...maybe a year ... for stuff from

July 26—August 6, 2023

Why does this matter to you in LA? This film festival  kind of sets the standard on live action Japanese content we'll eventually get out here. Maybe taking a few months to, heck, years to get over here. Still, you gotta check out the line-up.

"Japan Society is proud to present the 16th annual JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of its kind. From July 26-Aug 6, this year’s JAPAN CUTS features over 25 films from major blockbusters to indie darlings, spanning narratives, documentaries, experimental and short films, and anime! This year’s festival marks its long-awaited return following the last fully in-person JAPAN CUTS in 2019.

This year’s festival features five International Premieres, 10 North American Premieres, seven U.S. Premieres, three East Coast Premieres, and three New York Premieres! JAPAN CUTS will also welcome six special guests and host two parties!"