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Events - 05.01.2024 - 07.31.2024

“Yes, KAWAII is Art”
Plush Toy Drive

A young girl sits on the floor and smiles at the dog next to her.
Courtesy of UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


05.01.2024 (Wed.) – 07.31.2024 (Wed.)



In honor of the new “Yes, KAWAII is Art -EXPRESS YOURSELF-” exhibition and in partnership with renowned multi-disciplinary artist and “King of Kawaii” Sebastian Masuda, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles is proud to collaborate with UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital’s Chase Child Life Program on a special donation drive to share the joyful and inclusive spirit of kawaii with the broader community.

A visit or stay in the hospital can be particularly unsettling for UCLA’s youngest patients. The Chase Child Life Program at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital helps young patients cope with their fears and anxieties by offering an opportunity to play, and to forget – even just for a moment – that they're in the hospital.

For the first two months of the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to “pass on” the kawaii spirit by donating a new tagged plush toy or stuffed animal of any size. With this donation drive, our hope is to bring the colorful world of kawaii directly to young patients to help them feel connected to a global community, put a smile on their faces, and be a small part of their journey to healing.

Join us to embrace the essence of kawaii and expand the community to children in need.

A young girl and a nurse smile as they both hold a doll wearing a surgical mask
A nurse and a young boy patient both smile and hold up their hands to show themselves covered in paint.
Three nurses standing and each holding “Thank You Child Life” cards

Photos Courtesy of UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

Instructions for Plush Toy / Stuffed Animal Donation

  • New with tags
  • Any size
  • Donation box is placed at the JAPAN HOUSE Level 2 entrance.
  • For those who would like to send in their donations, please mail to:
    JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
    Attn: PR & Marketing
    6801 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 205
    Los Angeles, CA 90028

Donation Box at JAPAN HOUSE Level 2

Thank you in advance for your kindness, generosity, and for helping the Chase Child Life Program enhance the quality of the healthcare environment they provide to their patients.

A young girl smiling next to carts piled with toys

A young girl patient lying on a hospital bed and a nurse handing her a gift and balloons

Photos Courtesy of UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

Related Exhibition


“Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-” with Sebastian Masuda, Photo by Yuta Sawamura


05.02.2024 (Thu.) – 11.03.2024 (Sun.)


Mon. – Fri. | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat. – Sun.  | 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM


JAPAN HOUSE Gallery, Level 2



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