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Teacher Training: WJEC Japanese Language Units (QCF)
Shinjuku Culture in the 1960s -
Talk by Go Hirasawa and Jelena Stojković
Public Seminar: 50 Years of the Shinkansen new
Introduction to "flipped learning" for GCSE Japanese
Japanese Plus Special: Friend or Foe? Understanding Japanese Thought and Culture through Yōkai
Public Seminar: The Real Story Behind Japan's Marriage Crisis new
Artist talk by Satoshi Kitamura
in conversation with Nicolette Jones
The Truth About...Ninjas - Talk and Demonstration
Special Film Screening: Ninja Shadow Warriors new
The Tenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Seminar: Assessing Japanese with JF Standard - with Mayumi Mitsuya new
Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Headteachers
J-Basic Online for Teachers
NOW OPEN! The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15
The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 1
Botech Compositions: New Work by Macoto Murayama
Yoshitomo Nara: Greetings from a Place in My Heart
Shinro Ohtake
It’s a Wrap: Japanese furoshiki past and present
The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection new

Teacher Training: WJEC Japanese Language Units (QCF)   org
Enhance your Japanese language lessons by giving your pupils the opportunity to gain formal recognition for their learning. The WJEC Language Units are small bite-sized qualifications which enable learners to demonstrate their competence and progress by producing evidence in the classroom. 
The Benefits :
Internally assessed by you in the classroom.
Each qualification requires approximately 10 hours to deliver and complete. (20 hours for written Japanese)
Ideal for building confidence – pupils can gain recognition in a positive “can-do” setting at a pace to suit them.
Flexibility to adapt the context and focus of the evidence to fit in with your curriculum.
Can be offered in lunchtime and afterschool Japanese clubs.
Enhances the foreign language teaching in primary schools.   
This workshop will be held in Japanese and English.

Enhance your Japanese language lessons by giving your pupils the opportunity to gain formal recognition for their learning. The WJEC Language Units are small bite-sized qualifications which enable learners to demonstrate their competence and progress by producing evidence in the classroom. 

The Benefits :

  • Internally assessed by you in the classroom.
  • Each qualification requires approximately 10 hours to deliver and complete. (20 hours for written Japanese)
  • Ideal for building confidence – pupils can gain recognition in a positive “can-do” setting at a pace to suit them.
  • Flexibility to adapt the context and focus of the evidence to fit in with your curriculum.
  • Can be offered in lunchtime and afterschool Japanese clubs.
  • Enhances the foreign language teaching in primary schools.   

This workshop will be held in Japanese and English.

Schedule:
10.00   Arrival and Refreshments
10.30   Welcome & Introductions
             Japanese Language Teaching in the UK and support available from the Japan Foundation
11.00   Introduction to WJEC’s QCF Qualification in Japanese
12.30   Lunch and Networking
13.30   Continue Main training session and introduce free resources  
16:45   Final Questions, Summary, Evaluation Sheet
17:00 Close
For forthcoming FREE CPD sessions in other areas of the UK, please see WJEC Website Language Units CPD Sessions or contact Claire Parry Claire.parry@wjec.co.uk

Schedule:
- 10.00   Arrival and Refreshments
- 10.30   Welcome & Introductions           
      Japanese Language Teaching in the UK and support available from the Japan Foundation
- 11.00   Introduction to WJEC’s QCF Qualification in Japanese
- 12.30   Lunch and Networking
- 13.30   Continue Main training session and introduce free resources  
- 16:45   Final Questions, Summary, Evaluation Sheet
- 17:00   Close

To register for this event, please click here

Schedule:
10.00   Arrival and Refreshments
10.30   Welcome & Introductions
             Japanese Language Teaching in the UK and support available from the Japan Foundation
11.00   Introduction to WJEC’s QCF Qualification in Japanese
12.30   Lunch and Networking
13.30   Continue Main training session and introduce free resources  
16:45   Final Questions, Summary, Evaluation Sheet
17:00 Close
For forthcoming FREE CPD sessions in other areas of the UK, please see WJEC Website Language Units CPD Sessions or contact Claire Parry Claire.parry@wjec.co.uk

Date: 22 October 2014
Venue:

Japan Foundation, London


To register for this event, please click here

For forthcoming FREE CPD sessions in other areas of the UK, please see WJEC Website Language Units CPD Sessions or contact Claire Parry Claire.parry@wjec.co.uk

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Shinjuku Culture in the 1960s -
Talk by Go Hirasawa and Jelena Stojković
  org

The 1960s marks a crucial turning point culturally, socially and politically. When it comes to Japan, there were lots of countercultural activities at the time in the town of Shinjuku in Tokyo. This emblematic site was a hotbed of avant-garde art, involving such artists as Nagisa Oshima, Daido Moriyama and Shuji Terayama, to name but a few.

Reflecting the current resurgence of attention towards the arts and social expression of the 1960s, as well as the attempts at their critical evaluation, this talk event will explore how the town of Shinjuku played a significant role in the birth of the new wave movement, and why it still influences and interests us today.

Go Hirasawa, researcher at Meiji Gakuin University who specialises in political cinema, will delve into the various new activities that were created for and taking place both inside and outside of the various cultural venues in Shinjuku, and will analyse the artistic expression that was produced within such a chaotic urban space in the 1960s.

Jelena Stojković, an art historian, writer and curator based in London, will examine the role of photography in 1960s Japan while introducing some of the photographic projects that evolved from the vibrant Shinjuku cultural 'scene' at that time.  She will also discuss the chief practitioners, their main subjects of interest and a wide range of images that they produced.

Presenting the new cultural forms, within and across disciplines, which emerged from Shinjuku, this talk will discuss the relationship between the town, art and the expression of creativity in the 1960s in Japan.


Date: 27 October 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.

Images: Left: Ecstasy of the Angels, 1972, Dir. Koji Wakamatsu. Right: Diary of a Shinjuku Thief, 1969, Dir. Nagisa Oshima.

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Public Seminar: 50 Years of the Shinkansen   org

The Japan Foundation is delighted to present this special public seminar marking the 50th anniversary of the Tokaido Shinkansen.  Joining us will be Yoshinori Hatta, General Manager of JR Tokai London Office, who will chart the history of the Tokaido Shinkansen, highlighting its strengths and achievements, while also looking to the future and the development of the new Chuō Shinkansen. Also joining us will be Dr Christopher Hood, Reader in Japanese Studies, Cardiff University, who will examine the regional differences in design and usage of the Shinkansen and how this in turn reflects the diversity of Japanese cultures. 


Date: 31 October 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk

 

Images: Top Left: Daylight9899; Centre/Top Right/Bottom Right: Dr Christopher Hood

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Introduction to "flipped learning" for GCSE Japanese   org

How video tutorials might improve Japanese lessons at your school

An exclusive opportunity to learn more about “flipped learning” and how you can use Anne Rajakuma’s free online video tutorials to support your GCSE-level students.

The Head of Japanese at Hockerill Anglo-European College, Anne Rajakumar, has used the Japan Foundation’s Local Project Support Programme to create a series of short video tutorials to accompany the series of workshops entitled “Everything you ever wanted to know about the GCSE-level Japanese course.”

These videos allow “flipped learning” as students are able to pre-learn vocab and grammatical patterns prior to using them in class, consolidate their learning through watching the video after the relevant lesson, or even complete the GCSE course online if there is no specialist Japanese teacher available. The videos are freely accessible at:  www.youtube.com/channel/UC023lHYF_-heyjOjhejXWAQ  

This seminar will introduce these video resources and show how they have been used in the classroom to improve exam results at Hockerill Anglo-European College.

Cost: Free
Aimed at: Secondary school class teachers, with students aiming at GCSE level Japanese
Language: This seminar will be held in English.
Click here to book your place

Timetable:
12:30-12:45      Arrival and extra chance for networking
12:45 -13:10  Welcome
13:10 -14:40  Main Seminar (Anne Rajakumar)and Q&A
14:40 - 15:00    Break
15:00 -15:20  Support for Japanese language learning in UK Schools (Megan Manson)
15:20 -15:50  Introducing the Primary Scheme of Work (Seiji Fukushima)
15:50 -16:00  Introducing the new Japanese Taster Package (Hiroko Tanaka)
16:00 -     Q&A and Evaluation form

Speakers:
Anne Rajakumar:  Head of Japanese, at Hockerill Anglo-European College
Seiji Fukushima:  Chief Japanese language Advisor,  Japan Foundation, London
Hiroko Tanaka:
Japanese language Advisor,  Japan Foundation, London
Megan Manson: Programme Officer,  Japan Foundation, London


Date: 29 October 2014 from 12.30pm
Venue:

Japan Foundation, London


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Japanese Plus Special: Friend or Foe? Understanding Japanese Thought and Culture through Yōkai   org

This autumn, step into the world of yōkai – Japanese ghosts and ghouls!

This two-day Special Japanese Plus will enable you to:

  • Learn more about the nature of yōkai
  • Deepen your understanding of Japanese culture and thought through studying their ghosts and ghouls
  • Gain confidence and broaden your knowledge of Japanese language and society.

Led by Mio Tsunematsu, Assistant Japanese Language Advisor at the Japan Foundation London, participants can enjoy learning Japanese through a wide range of activities, tasks and group discussions about yōkai in Japanese.

Essential Course Details:

Date and Time:  You can choose either the Tuesday Course (4th and 11th November) or the Wednesday Course (5th and 12th November). Course content is the same.

Payment details: The participation fee for this course is £10.00, which includes both sessions and all class hand-outs. Full payment must be made in person at the first session attended, and cash only will be accepted.  We regret that we cannot refund your fee once payment has been made and the course has begun, except in cases where Japan Foundation cancels the course.

Course Level:  This course will be held in Japanese.  It is for non-native Japanese language learners with an advanced level of Japanese (JLPT N2/level 2 and upwards). Learners will be encouraged to engage in lively discussions in Japanese with fellow course participants, and practice interpreting techniques within the class itself. If you are unsure whether or not the course level is suitable for you, please complete a Self-Assessment Test here. Please mark the level test yourself using the answers here

How to Register
To register, please click here to use our online application form.

*The registration form uses Google Forms and is subject to Google's standard terms and conditions of use. Alternatively, you may register by downloading and printing the PDF application form below, completing it by hand and sending it to the Japan Foundation. Your registration will not be considered complete until you have paid the £10.00 course fee in cash on the first day you attend the course.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE!

About Japanese Plus

Japanese Plus is designed for adult learners of Japanese interested in updating and refreshing their knowledge about Japan whilst practising their Japanese language skills in a series of evening classes at the Japan Foundation London. The course is aimed at non-native Japanese language learners with a Japanese level of approx.  JLPT Level 2/N2 and above. For more information and to read about past Japanese Plus courses, please click here.


Date: 4 November 2014 - 12 November 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation London

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Public Seminar: The Real Story Behind Japan's Marriage Crisis   org

In this special public seminar, sociologist and opinion-maker, Professor Masahiro Yamada (Chuo University) joins us to examine the reasons behind Japan’s falling marriage rate and what the future holds for the country's ‘parasite singles’.

Joining Prof Yamada in discussion will be Professor Joy Hendry, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Oxford Brookes University.

 

ABSTRACT
It is not just that the rate of marriage per se is declining in Japan, relationships between men and women are not actively developing in toto. The reasons for this are 1) the expectation that men ought to shoulder the burden of paying for household expenses after marriage continues to be strong, 2) the incomes of young men have become increasingly unstable, and 3) almost all unmarried people continue to live in with their parents.  In short, although people would like to form ‘traditional families’ (nuclear families) of their own, the economic circumstances will not allow this and the number of unmarrieds who continue to live in their parent’s home as ‘parasite singles’ is increasing instead. One consequence of this is that young people are increasingly attracted to ‘virtual romance’ in anime and with idols.

ABSTRACT

It is not just that the rate of marriage per se is declining in Japan, relationships between men and women are not actively developing in toto. The reasons for this are 1) the expectation that men ought to shoulder the burden of paying for household expenses after marriage continues to be strong, 2) the incomes of young men have become increasingly unstable, and 3) almost all unmarried people continue to live with their parents.  In short, although people would like to form ‘traditional families’ (nuclear families) of their own, the economic circumstances will not allow this and the number of unmarrieds who continue to live in their parents' home as ‘parasite singles’ is increasing instead. One consequence of this is that young people are increasingly attracted to ‘virtual romance’ in anime and with idols.


Date: 6 November 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk

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Artist talk by Satoshi Kitamura
in conversation with Nicolette Jones
  org

Satoshi Kitamura is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator whose work includes over 20 of his own books, and many more collaborations. Using a glass dip pen that produces his individual, slightly uneven line, Kitamura is skilled in finding the delicate balance between words and pictures, and creating visual depictions of abstract concepts such as music and art. His aesthetic style, along with memorable narratives, has earned him numerous awards including the Mother Goose Award for the Most Exciting Newcomer to Illustration in 1983 for his involvement in Angry Arthur by Hiawyn Oram. Kitamura also works as a translator on projects such as Elmer the Patchwork Elephant by British author David McKee, and has collaborated with poets like Roger McGough and John Agard for their poetry collections and anthologies. In The Carnival of Animals he illustrated the poems of a dozen distinguished British poets who were inspired by Saint Saens' orchestral music with the same title.

In conjunction with The Children’s Bookshow, a national tour of writers and illustrators of children’s literature in which Kitamura has been selected to appear, this special talk event will highlight his innovative, varied, and long career. Having recently returned to live in Japan after spending many years nurturing his career in the U.K., Kitamura, in conversation with Nicolette Jones, will discuss the development of his style, whether or not working in a different environment has had any impact upon his work, all while exploring the appreciation of children’s literature in the markets of both the U.K. and Japan. Jones is a writer, critic and broadcaster specialising in literary and arts journalism. She has been the Children's Books Editor of The Sunday Times for more than two decades.


Date: 14 November 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.

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The Truth About...Ninjas - Talk and Demonstration   org

Ninjas are widely-known across the world and through modern depictions from Hollywood movies to anime such as Naruto, they have become an important and iconic part of Japanese history and culture. However looking beyond these cultural representations, how much do we know about the reality of these mysterious and elusive historical figures?

In this special talk, Prof Yuji Yamada, Mie University, Japan, will talk about the origin and history of the ninja, or shinobi as they are more accurately known, based on unpublished research he has conducted. Looking into the true duty of shinobi he will explain how this profession transformed according to changes in circumstances in Japan.

After the presentation, Jinichi Kawakami, considered to be one of the very last ninjas, will demonstrate what is needed to become a ninja, including some of the poses, moves and also the rigorous physical and mental training involved.

This event will be a fun and informative session for those interested in the history of the true ninja and those who want to know more about this enigmatic profession!


Date: 17 November 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.

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Special Film Screening: Ninja Shadow Warriors   org

Ninja Shadow Warriors is a drama documentary unearthing the true history, unique military skills and ancient traditions behind the infamous Ninja, a small band of rebellious mountain villagers, who were a constant thorn in the side of the Samurai warrior clans.

The film tells the intriguing story of Ninja boy Tanba who was trained by his grandfather to become one of the most feared warriors in ancient Japan.

Featured experts include British and Japanese historians as well as Master Jinichi Kawakami, one of the last (if not only) surviving Ninja masters, who demonstrates the unrivalled tricks the Ninja used to fool their enemies.

After the screening, the film’s Executive Producer Sebastian Peiter will be present for a Q&A with the audience.

Directed by John Wate, 2012, 52min, Japanese and English, supported by the Japan Foundation


Date: 21 November 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.

Images © Urban Canyons Ltd.

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The Tenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 10th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is now open for applications!

This contest gives students the chance to make their voices heard in Japanese, and win some fantastic prizes including a return air ticket to Japan! Finalists will all perform their speeches on Saturday 28th February 2015 at Regent’s University London

:: Contest Aims
The main purpose of the event is to improve the speaking and presentation skills of students studying Japanese as a foreign language. Through this event, we hope to promote Japanese language learning at higher education level in the UK and Ireland. The contest is organised by the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) and the Japan Foundation, London.

:: Who can apply?
The contest is aimed at undergraduate students who are currently studying Japanese as a foreign language at a university in the UK or Ireland. Postgraduate students are not eligible. Candidates with Japanese parents are welcome to apply. Please see the files below for full eligibility criteria. Please note that First Prize winners from previous years will not be able to enter the same category again this year.There are three different categories:

  • Speech Category: Students take part in this category as individuals, and are free to choose their speech topic. The Speech Category is for those who are studying Japanese as either a degree or non-degree course at a including an elective, optional or other university-based language course.
  • Individual Presentation Category: Students take part in this category as individuals. The Individual Presentation Category is aimed at those studying Japanese at post beginner level. Participants will give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese. The aim of the presentation is to introduce a particular theme to the audience, for example a region, event, custom, etc. from the UK or another country outside Japan.
  • Group Presentation Category: Aimed at those studying Japanese at beginner level. Participants will take part in groups of two to four students and give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese. The aim of the presentation is to introduce a particular theme to the audience, for example a region, event, custom, etc. from the UK or another country outside Japan. All groups which are selected to present during the finals day will be given a special award.

:: Prizes
Just some of the fantastic prizes awarded at this contest include a digital camera, a PC, and a return air ticket to Japan plus a Japan Rail Pass! Download the contest flyer below for full details on the prizes

:: Application Deadlines:

Speech Category: 11th November 2014

Individual and Group Presentation Categories: 25th November 2014

Please see below for the contest flyer, FAQ and application forms for each category.

(If you are a university teacher or student and you would like the Japan Foundation to send you paper copies of the flyers to your university, please contact us).

This contest is generously sponsored by:
Baker & McKenzie LLP ・Bloomberg L.P.・Central Japan Railway Company・Eikoku News Digest ・Gendai Travel・ The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation ・Japan Airlines・Japan Centre・JP-Books (JPT Europe) Ltd・Mitsubishi Electronic B.V.・Regent's University, London・Ricoh UK Ltd・Toshiba of Europe Ltd 


Date: 25 September 2014 - 25 November 2014
Venue:

Regent's University London

Download 2014_ApplicationForm-Speech_Category
Download 2014_ApplicationForm-Individual_Presentation_Category
Download 2014_ApplicationForm-Group_Presentation_Category
Download 2014_FAQ
Download Rules and guidance - Speech Category
Download SpC10-Flyer
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Seminar: Assessing Japanese with JF Standard - with Mayumi Mitsuya   org

[日本語]

A seminar for Japanese language teachers to learn more about using JF Standard for Japanese Language Education to enhance their teaching skills, organised by the Japan Foundation London and the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a foreign language (BATJ).

Part 1 (14:00-15:00): Lecture
JF Standard places emphasis on promoting competence in accomplishing tasks. But what is the best way to measure this? In this lecture, we will look at different tests for assessing competence in accomplishing tasks and examine what we should assess and by what criteria.  
  Part 1 of this seminar will be broadcast live on Ustream  www.ustream.tv/channel/japan-foundation-london-language
Part 2 (15:20-17:00): Workshop: 
Using JF standard, we will consider simple exam questions for measuring competence in accomplishing tasks and create a rubric to assess them. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss what kinds of assessment can be used in their own classes and what form this assessment can take.

Part 1 (14:00-15:00): Lecture
JF Standard places emphasis on promoting competence in accomplishing tasks. But what is the best way to measure this? In this lecture, we will look at different tests for assessing competence in accomplishing tasks and examine what we should assess and by what criteria. Part 1 of this seminar will be broadcast live on Japan Foundation's Ustream channel

Part 2 (15:20-17:00): Workshop
Using JF standard, we will consider simple exam questions for measuring competence in accomplishing tasks and create a rubric to assess them. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss what kinds of assessment can be used in their own classes and what form this assessment can take.

Participation fee: £5.00 for both BATJ members and non-members.
This seminar will be held in Japanese.

About the presenter - Mayumi Mitsuya, Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japan Foundation Rome

Graduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012

Click here to apply online via the BATJ website

Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Rome
Graduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012.Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation RomeGraduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012.
Mayumi Mitsuya
Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Rome
Graduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012.Mayumi MitsuyaJapanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation RomeGraduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012.:
Mayumi Mitsuya
Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Rome
Graduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012.Mayumi MitsuyaJapanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation RomeGraduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012.

Date: 29 November 2014 from 2.00pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


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Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Headteachers   org

As part of the Japan Foundation’s Primary Japanese Campaign to support and encourage primary schools teaching Japanese language, we will be giving 20 head teachers the opportunity to take a study trip to Japan at the end of October 2014 on the Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers.

The programme will include Japanese cultural experiences to help deepen your understanding of Japan, as well as a visit to a Japanese school to observe the Japanese education system first-hand. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to network with teachers in Japan, as well as with other head teachers in the UK whose schools are enthusiastic about Japanese. The Japan Foundation will cover all travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

*Registration for this programme has now closed.* 

Priority will be given to head teachers based at primary schools that are teaching, or planning to teach, Japanese language within the curriculum.

 

Tentative Itinerary (to be confirmed...)
25th Oct (Saturday)
Afternoon: Pre-departure session over lunch at the Japan Foundation London
Evening: Flight to Tokyo
26th Oct (Sunday)
Arrival in Tokyo – No scheduled events so you can rest and avoid jetlag. 
27th Oct (Monday)
- Introductory session at the Japan Foundation Head Office
- Visit Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
28th Oct (Tuesday)
- Visit Elementary School in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
- Visiting British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
29th Oct (Wednesday)
- Go to Kyoto via Shin-kansen (Bullet train) 
- Cultural experience (Visiting old shrines and temples)
- Group Dinner at a traditional Japanese restaurant
30th Oct (Thursday)
- Elementary School visit in Kyoto
- Return to Tokyo
31st Oct (Friday)
- Morning: free time
- From 15:00 Wrap-up session at the Japan Foundation
- Farewell reception hosted by the Executive Vice President, Japan Foundation
1st Nov (Saturday)
Flight back to London Heathrow. We will arrive in the afternoon. 

Tentative Itinerary (to be confirmed...)

25th Oct (Saturday)
- 12:00: Pre-departure session over lunch at the Japan Foundation London
- Evening: Flight to Tokyo
26th Oct (Sunday)
- Arrival in Tokyo – No scheduled events so you can rest and avoid jetlag. 
27th Oct (Monday)
- 10:00 Introductory session at the Japan Foundation Head Office
- 14:00 Visit Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
28th Oct (Tuesday)
- 10:00 Visit Elementary School in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
- 14:00 Visit British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
29th Oct (Wednesday)
- 8:30 Go to Kyoto via Shin-kansen (Bullet train) 
- Cultural experience (Visiting old shrines and temples)
- Group Dinner at a traditional Japanese restaurant
30th Oct (Thursday)
- Elementary School visit in Kyoto
- Return to Tokyo in the afternoon
31st Oct (Friday)
- Morning: free time
- 15:00 Wrap-up session at the Japan Foundation
- 18:00 Farewell reception hosted by the Executive Vice President, Japan Foundation
1st Nov (Saturday)
- Flight back to London Heathrow. We will arrive in the afternoon. 


Date: 25 October 2014 - 1 November 2014

*Registration for this programme has now closed.* 

   

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J-Basic Online for Teachers   org

This online course is for teachers with a basic level of Japanese who would like to build up their language skills. Through the course, you will develop a basic working knowledge of Japanese grammatical structures and build up your confidence and skills in using Japanese effectively in your classroom.  This course is provided by the Japan Foundation Sydney.

Course fee: approx. £75 - £120 (Depending on language level and exchange rate)

Who can sign up?
Any teacher residing in the UK, Australia or New Zealand who has a basic knowledge of Japanese, and can read hiragana and katakana.

What level of Japanese is it suitable for?
Four stages are available. We recommend you take the “level check test” to make sure you choose the best level for you. Stage 1 (the easiest) is suitable for those who know hiragana and katakana.  Stage 4 (the hardest) is about the same level as N5 (old Level 4) of the JLPT.

How does the course work?
Every week a new unit is uploaded. You will work through the unit at your own pace, and then complete your homework by the end of each week. Your homework will be marked and returned to you with helpful advice and comments from our Japanese Language Advisor. 

Feedback from previous participants:

“I have really enjoyed it, the course content is useful as covers all areas of the Japanese language i.e. speaking, listening, reading, writing – lots of writing practice which is a challenge but good practice!”

“I really, really like the Production task, especially as you get some prompt feedback from the Language Advisor. Brilliant!”

Remaining 2014-15 Dates 

  • Session 4: 28 July – 19 September
  • Session 5: 21 September – 14 November
  • Holiday Session: 24 November – 23 January 2015.
Session 1: 3 February – 28 March 2014
Session 2: 31 March – 23 May 2014
Session 3: 26 May – 18 July 2014
Session 4: 21 July – 12 September 2014
Session 5: 15 September– 7 November 2014

Session 6: 24 November 2014 -23 January 2015

 

 For more information and to enrol, please go to http://www.jpf.org.au/jbasic


Date: 3 February 2014 - 23 January 2015
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NOW OPEN! The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15   org

The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools will be running again in 2014-15, and is now open for applications!

We know that many schools are teaching Japanese or doing other projects about Japan, and we want to hear more about it.

This contest is open to any UK school that is teaching Japanese or doing any kind of project related to Japan. Your school does not need to be teaching Japanese to enter the contest.

To enter the contest, all you need to do is make a simple webpage about the work that your school is doing with Japanese or Japan. This could be a blog, a wiki, or a page that's part of your school's website.

The tentative schedule for the webpage contest is as follows:

  • Deadline to enter the contest January 12th 2015
  • Short-listed schools announced Mid January 2015 
  • Online public voting February 2015
  • Announcement of contest winners Monday 2nd March 2015
  • Presentation Evening and Award Ceremony March 2015

NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS! For details on how to apply please visit the official Japan Webpage Contest for Schools website at www.japanwebpagecontest.org.uk . It's also full of tips, hints and entries from previous contests.

To subscribe for updates about the contest, please submit a “Register Your Interest” form here. By registering your interest, you will be the first to know about all the updates and latest information about the contest. 


Date: 15 May 2014 - 31 March 2015
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This contest is supported by the Association for Language Learning (ALL), the British Council, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, and the Japan Society.

 

                

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The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 1   org

Our popular Japanese language & culture course returns for 2014-15!

The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) is a new kind of course for absolute beginners (JF Standard for Japanese Language Education A1 Breakthrough) of Japanese. It is based on the JF Standard for Japanese Language Education, rather than traditional methods of language education that focus on grammar and sentence structure. The aim of the course will be to use Japanese language skills to get to know people, visit restaurants and take part in many other Japan-related events. At the end of every lesson, participants will be able to perform specific, practical tasks in Japanese.

The course will not focus on language alone; learning Japanese culture will also be an important element in the lessons. The course will incorporate videos, games and media that will help you to learn about Japan and to give you the opportunity to use your new Japanese skills outside of the classroom. You will also have access to the supplementary MARUGOTO+ Japanese Learning website. Participants of this course will even be eligible for temporary full membership of the Japan Foundation London Library for the duration of the term they are enrolled in and will be able to borrow resources from its collection of approx. 10,000 Japanese language education textbooks and other learning materials. This course is perfect for absolute beginners of Japanese who would like to use their new language skills in practical situations and really connect with Japanese society.

  • Term 1 Dates: 9th October 2014 – 11th December 2014 (every Thursday)19:00 - 21:00
  • Course Leader: Mr Shinichiro Okajima, SOAS Language Centre
  • Venue: SOAS, University of London 
  • Course Fee: £330 per term, including course textbook and materials 

I liked the pace of the course and was surprised we learned hiragana and katakana [Japanese writing] so quickly. As it was an introductory course, I felt the balance was right for people who were complete beginners  and self-studying students like myself who had a little bit of language under my belt already. I certainly feel, after learning about ordering food, that I would be able to do this in Japan.” - JP Rutter, former course participant.

For more information to book your place please click here to visit the SOAS website.

For full information about the course timetable, future term dates etc. please download the flier below.


Date: 9 October 2014 - 11 December 2014 from 7.00pm
Venue:

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Botech Compositions: New Work by Macoto Murayama   JPsupported

For the 2014 Liverpool Biennial, Metal will be exhibiting the work of Macoto Murayama. Based in Tokyo, Murayama spent six months of 2013 living and working at Metal’s space in Southend on Sea, dissecting, recording and rendering in digital form UK indigenous flowers. The resulting works are presented at Metal’s Liverpool base, Edge Hill Station as a series of high definition, animated sequences that reveals the beauty, fragility and architectural structure of flowers. It is the first time that Macoto Murayama’s work has been exhibited in the UK.


Date: 4 July 2014 - 26 October 2014
Venue:

Metal, Edge Hill Station, Liverpool


For more information, please click here.
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Yoshitomo Nara: Greetings from a Place in My Heart   JPsupported

Dairy Art Centre, London, will present a major solo exhibition by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. The exhibition will be the largest and most comprehensive in the UK to date, and will feature seminal pieces by the artist, many of which have never been shown before in the UK. Comprising a large body of recent and previously unreleased works, the exhibition will include painting, sculpture and a unique retrospective of Nara’s drawings spanning 30 years.


Date: 3 October 2014 - 7 December 2014
Venue:

Dairy Art Centre, London


For more information, please click here.
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Shinro Ohtake   JPsupported

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art will present a solo exhibition devoted to the work of Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake. The exhibition is Ohtake’s first major show in a public London institution and provides an important exposure of Ohtake’s early, recent and new works. It focuses particularly on his ‘Retina’ and ‘Time Memory’ series, but also includes works from the ‘Frost’ and ‘Cell’ series. Several of Ohtake’s films, another integral part of his practice, will also be screened during the exhibition.


Date: 12 October 2014 - 12 December 2014
Venue:

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London


For more information, please click here.

Image: Shinro Ohtake, 'Time Memory 28' (detail), 2014. 220.5 x 300.5 x 10.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

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It’s a Wrap: Japanese furoshiki past and present   JPsupported

The Rugby Art Gallery and Museum presents a new large scale exhibition focusing on furoshiki, a square shaped piece of cloth used for wrapping and carry different types of merchandise or gifts. Featuring loans of textiles from museum collections in the UK and pieces not seen in the UK before from collections in Japan, the exhibition explores the cultural significance and origins of furoshiki, as well as its application today as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags and expensive gift wrapping.


Date: 20 September 2014 - 10 January 2015
Venue:

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum


For more information, please click here.

Image credit: Cotton material, indigo dyed Shindigo shibori, 900 x 900. 2007. Commissioned by Brighton Museum & Art Gallery from HIROYUKI Shindo © Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

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The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection   JPsupported

The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate Collection is an exhibition surveying key developments in international photography from the 1920s to the 1960s. The exhibition - the largest display of photographic works ever to be exhibited at the gallery - will uncover the sense of curiosity and experimentation as artists harnessed the medium in new ways. In addition to including artists from across Europe and the Americas, the exhibition will also feature work by pioneering Japanese artists Shoji Hamada, Kiyohiko Komura, Shikanosuke Yagaki and Iwao Yamawaki.


Date: 14 October 2014 - 10 May 2015
Venue:

Tate St Ives


For more information, please click here.

Image: Shikanosuke Yagaki, Still Life 1930 or 1939
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