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Free Access to Japanese Materials

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, a Japanese cultural destination in the heart of Hollywood, has expanded its resources to include an extensive digital library with more than 900 titles. Readers can now explore their passions for Japanese art, culture, manga, food, and beyond with free access to the “always open” library from anywhere in the world. To access the digital library, simply sign up for a digital library card at, search for available books, and follow the steps to check them out. The virtual library enhances the JAPAN HOUSE main library located on Level 5 at Ovation Hollywood (formerly Hollywood and Highland), which provides a relaxing physical space for visitors to browse a specially curated collection of 600 books uniquely categorized into eleven themes including art, food, and film.
“While our physical library has always been a space to pause, contemplate, relax, and study, our new virtual library makes Japanese culture more accessible for readers, such as looking up a recipe, checking out the latest Japanese novel, or learning more about an anime series,” said Yuko Kaifu, president of JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles. “Our hope is that the digital library serves as a bridge leading people to further explore Japanese culture, including visiting our latest exhibition and learning more about our programs.”

Both the digital and physical libraries are curated by Yoshitaka Haba, who has created an extensive collection, connecting books with different industries and providing patrons with greater access to unknown books. JAPAN HOUSE’s digital library is available to those 13 and up with a valid US mobile number. Books are available on loan for 14 days, and one person can borrow up to five books at a time. Parental discretion is advised. For first-time users, use the May to June campaign code: jhlareadspring22. (Use campaign code jhlareadsummer22 for July to September.) Those wishing to further their exploration of Japanese culture are encouraged to add a visit to JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles during their summer travel plans, not only to check out the physical library but also to view The Art of the Ramen Bowl exhibit, showcasing the history and culture of Japanese ramen.

JAPAN HOUSE is a worldwide project with three hubs—London, Los Angeles, and São Paulo—conceived by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. It seeks to nurture a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japan in the international community.

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