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Talk: An Introduction to Sake
Talk - Gekiga: The Evolution of Alternative Manga
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2014
Japanese Language Proficiency Test December 2014
Artist talk: Yoshitomo Nara
Talk: Speaking the Same Language - International Collaboration and Co-production in Performing Arts new
Artist talk: Shinro Ohtake
Workshop: Let's Catch the Lion -
Dobutsu Shogi (Animal Shogi) instructed by Madoka Kitao
Japan Foundation at Language Show Live 2014 new
Public Seminar - Maths-As-It-Could-Be: The life and philosophy of Japanese mathematician Kiyoshi Oka new
Talk: Building Blocks: Curating Architecture 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
Book Launch: The Growing Power of Japan, 1967-1972
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

Talk: An Introduction to Sake   org

Sake, or nihonshu, is one of Japan’s most famous exports and is an increasingly popular fixture on menus 
at bars and restaurants across the UK.  But with such a dizzying array of classifications and often confusing 
terminology it’s not easy for the uninitiated to know where to start.  

Sake, or nihonshu, is one of Japan’s most famous exports and is an increasingly popular fixture on menus at bars and restaurants across the UK.  But with such a dizzying array of classifications and often confusing terminology it’s not easy for the uninitiated to know where to start.  

In this special talk, sake specialist Oliver Hilton-Johnson (Tengu Sake) joins us to demystify this ancient drink covering everything from the history of sake, how sake is made and its main classifications, to different flavours and suitable food pairings.  Also joining us will be Rie Yoshitake who will discuss the recent fortunes of Japan’s sake industry, while also introducing the activities of the Sake Samurai Association, an organisation formed by young sake brewers in Japan that works to promote sake in overseas markets.

Following the talk, guests will have the opportunity to sample some of the varieties of sake discussed by our experts.  

Following the talk, guests will have the opportunity to sample some of the varieties of sake discussed by our experts.  


Date: 24 September 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking

**This event is now fully booked** 

If you would like to be added to the waiting list 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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Talk - Gekiga: The Evolution of Alternative Manga   org

The gritty genre of “Gekiga” was named by Yoshihiro Tatsumi in 1957. Based on “Komaga”, previously proposed by Masahiko Matsumoto, it aimed to differentiate itself from mainstream Manga and depict realism in daily life while pursuing a more systematic induction of the reader’s gaze.

The development of this visual expression by Tatsumi resulted not only in the growth of the comic rental market in Osaka, but once it had been picked up by publishers in Tokyo, it represented a new wave of Manga in late 1960’s Japan.

By rejecting the over simplistic, fantasy-based narratives of stereotypical Manga, Matsumoto and Tatsumi’s realistic mode created work from the viewpoint of the everyday man and minorities. Why did these artists move away from moralistic tales where good always defeated evil, and how did their experimental storylines and unique visual language evolve?

Mitsuhiro Asakawa, an award winning historian of Gekiga, will introduce some of Japan’s most influential Gekiga artists and reflect on his personal encounters with them, as well as explore the original source of creativity in Gekiga expression and the social circumstances that resulted in this style. Following the talk, Paul Gravett, a journalist and author specialising in comics publishing and promotion, will join the conversation.

This event will provide an intriguing and insightful scope into Gekiga and alternative comics to Manga in Japan.

**This event has been cancelled**


Date: 25 September 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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Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2014   org

The Japan Foundation will be exhibiting at Japan Matsuri 2014, at Trafalgar Square in London. This dynamic annual event brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, family activities and much, much more.

Visit our stand for information about studying Japanese, freebies and the chance to enter our quiz and win some great prizes!

For more information about Japan Matsuri, please visit the official Japan Matsuri website at JapanMatsuri.com.


Date: 27 September 2014 from 11.00am
Venue:

Trafalgar Square, London

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test December 2014   org

NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS AT BOTH SITES!

The next Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will take place on Sunday 7th December 2014. It will be held at SOAS, University of London, and the University of Edinburgh.

  • If you wish to take the test at SOAS in London, please click here to apply via the SOAS website. 
  • If you wish to take the test at the University of Edinburgh, please click here to apply via the University of Edinburgh website. 

Online application will be open from mid August 2014 and the deadline is on Thursday 2nd October 2014, or when the test centre has reached its maximum capacity.

For more information about the JLPT, please click here to visit the official JLPT website.


Date: 2 October 2014
Venue:

SOAS University of London and the University of Edinburgh

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Artist talk: Yoshitomo Nara   org

Yoshitomo Nara is one of the most influential and internationally renowned contemporary artists from Japan, best known for his impressionable paintings depicting children and animals. His painterly expression and use of colour are strongly influenced by Western and Japanese modern paintings. That, along with living in a rapidly changing post-war Japan, and being exposed and aware to various cultures – visual arts, literature, and music – that transcend borders, have culminated into forming his current artistic expression. 

On the occasion of his solo exhibition, Greetings from a Place in My Heart, taking place at Dairy Art Centre, London, Nara will speak about his day-to-day creative practice, and what lies at the basis of his expression and artistic sensibility. 

This is a very rare opportunity to gain a further insight into one of Japan’s most legendary artists who seldom makes public appearances, whilst surrounded by his paintings, drawings and sculptures on display.


Date: 3 October 2014 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Dairy Art Centre
7a Wakefield St, London WC1N 1PG


Booking:

This event is free but booking essential. To book your place via the website Eventbrite, please click here.

The exhibition Greetings from a Place in My Heart will be at Dairy Art Centre from 3 October to 7 December 2014.  For more information, please visit: dairyartcentre.org.uk

Images: Left:  Yoshitomo Nara, Can’t wait ’til the Night Comes, 2012, © Yoshitomo Nara. Courtesy Blum & Poe, LA.; Yoshitomo Nara, Wicked Looking, 2012, Photo: Joshua White, © Yoshitomo Nara. Courtesy Blum & Poe, LA. (part). Portrait: © Yoshitomo Nara, Photo: Minami Tsukamoto.

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Talk: Speaking the Same Language - International Collaboration and Co-production in Performing Arts   org

With the increasing number of opportunities available, performing arts professionals have noted the benefits of international collaboration, and this has resulted in a growing number of projects being co-produced, even between the U.K. and Japan. Attributed to many factors, including arguably improved communication technology and the increased pace of globalisation, this established practice is not just about touring a one-off project; through combined efforts by producers and artists, multicultural understanding and artistic development is used to create new works that overcome barriers between nations, languages and companies. But what is the reality of international collaboration/co-production and why has there been a surge of the practice in recent years?

With over 40 years of experience as a producer for contemporary performing arts, Hiroshi Takahagi, Vice Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in Japan, will explore issues involved in international collaboration/co-production, in particular works linked with Japan. Illustrating some past examples, Takahagi will also explain the different modes and mechanisms of creating a joint work, and expand on the rewards and challenges of these international activities, as well as what the future holds.


Date: 7 October 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

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.

Image credits: Left: The Opportunity of Efficiency, production by National Theatre Wales produced by New National Theatre Tokyo. Right: Shun-kin, production by Complicite, performed at the Barbican Centre, London. Photo by Sarah Ainslie

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Artist talk: Shinro Ohtake   org

Constantly exploring the act of creating, Shinro Ohtake is a distinguished Japanese contemporary artist whose career spans over 35 years. His work is truly borderless with his main medium being painting but also expands into sculpture, design, installation, and even experimental music.

Ohtake’s subject and complex style has earned him numerous invitations to exhibitions worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012, the Venice Biennale in 2013 and this year’s Yokohama Triennale. Additionally, he was recently awarded one of Japan’s most prominent art accolades, The Agency for Cultural Affairs Minister’s Award for the Fine Arts 2013-2014. 

In conjunction with the largest U.K. exhibition of his work at Parasol unit foundation of contemporary art in London, The Japan Foundation has invited Ohtake to explore the characteristics of both his past and recent work, and the unprecedented approach he uses for his own brand of accumulation. In discussion with Mark Rappolt, editor of ArtReview, this talk will also examine the meaning of expression in his interdisciplinary style, reflecting how his approach and characteristics have developed over time in response to the changing worldwide and Japanese art scene


Date: 10 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.

Image: Shinro Ohtake, Scrapbook #66, 2010-2012. Mixed media artist book, 72 x 96 x 129 cm, 27.2 kg, 830 pages. Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, photo by Kei Okano

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Workshop: Let's Catch the Lion -
Dobutsu Shogi (Animal Shogi) instructed by Madoka Kitao
  org

Shogi is a traditional Japanese board game, similar to Western Chess. Played by two players, the different ways in which the pieces can move arguably makes Shogi strategically more interesting and exciting to play through to the end. However, the downside of Shogi is that it takes some time to master…

In order to encourage those who have always wanted to play Shogi but didn’t know where to start, the Japan Foundation has invited Madoka Kitao, one of Japan’s most distinguished Shogi players to teach you ‘Dobutsu Shogi’ (‘Animal Shogi’), a simplified version of Shogi, invented by Kitao herself.

Having much less pieces on the board, Dobutsu Shogi may seem an easy game at first, but once you experience it, you will soon be drawn into the dazzling labyrinthine world of Shogi. The game is suitable for all ages (as long as you can recognize the animal pictures on the pawns!) and even those who consider themselves a Shogi master will also be fascinated to play this wild variation!

At the beginning of workshop, Madoka Kitao will also talk about the culture and history of Shogi in Japan.

Come and enjoy Dobutsu Shogi and meet the master and inventor of this cute board game!

For ages 8 to 108! (Children under 11 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.)

Workshop Times:

11:00am - 12:30pm (for adults and independent children)
2:00pm - 3:30pm (for families) 

2:00pm - 3:30pm (for families)

Date: 11 October 2014
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


The workshops are free to attend but booking is essential. To register, please email your name and the session you would like to attend to: event@jpf.org.uk

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Japan Foundation at Language Show Live 2014   org

Come and see the Japan Foundation at Language Show Live 2014!

Language Show Live is the UK’s largest language event and the show for those who offer products and services to language teachers, learners, translators, linguists, language professionals and businesses. This year, the Japan Foundation are giving visitors more chances than ever before to learn about Japanese language and culture. Our attractions will include:

The Japan Foundation Information Stand
When:
17th, 18th, 19th October  
Where: Olympia Central, Hammersmith Road, London (Stand no. 709)  
Packed full of information about studying and teaching Japanese in the UK, our stand will be staffed with members of Japan Foundation who would be delighted to give you advice on your Japanese studies. Our stand will also include:

  • A Japan Quiz, with the chance to win a goody bag full of Japan Foundation exclusive gifts
  • A name-writing corner – make your own Japanese name sticker!
  • Free little gifts to take home with you
  • The stand will be shared with JP Books, a supplier of Japanese books including learning resources for Japanese language.

Presentation: “Teaching Primary Languages & Culture through Kami-shibai – Traditional Japanese Storytelling”
When:  Friday 17 October, 16.00 – 16.45
Kami-shibai (“paper drama”) is a traditional form of storytelling in Japan, in which the storyteller uses large pictures to engage the audience and aid their understanding. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how kami-shibai can be used to make the learning of any language fun and effective, in addition to inspiring pupils’ creativity and cultural awareness. The presentation will include examples of how kami-shibai has been used to teach language and other subjects in UK schools, as well as a bilingual kami-shibai performance that we hope all audience members, young and old, can enjoy!

Japanese Language taster
When:  Saturday 18 October, 13.30- 14.00
Experience Japanese language first hand by taking a taster lesson!

Seminar: “Going beyond Europe: A case study of success in teaching Japanese language in a UK School” with Crispin Chambers
When:
Sunday 19th, 11.45 - 12.30
Crispin Chambers, 2013 winner of Pearson Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, will share his success story of raising enthusiasm and achievement among the students at Tavistock School, by teaching them a more unusual language: Japanese.

Don’t miss out on the UK’s biggest languages event – click here for more information and to book your place (entrance is free if registered in advance)!


Date: 17 October 2014 - 19 October 2014 from 10.18am
Venue:

Olympia Central, London

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Public Seminar - Maths-As-It-Could-Be: The life and philosophy of Japanese mathematician Kiyoshi Oka   org

 

Kiyoshi Oka (1901-1978) was one of the greatest Japanese mathematicians of the 20th century. His contribution to mathematics was such that Carl Siegel mistakenly believed ‘Oka’ to be the name of a group of mathematicians. In Japan, Oka is known not only for his tremendous contribution to maths, but also as a great thinker and philosopher.  His thoughts were shaped through the prisms of the Japanese language and culture and he was greatly influenced by traditional Zen Buddhist philosophy (in particular, that of Dōgen) and Japanese literature such as Matsuo Bashō and Natsume Soseki.  
In this talk, independent scholar Masao Morita, will introduce Oka’s unique philosophy of mathematics, and the Japanese traditional thoughts underlying his ideas.  He will also shed light on Oka’s life and thinking as a mathematician while examining how Oka pursued a "maths as it could be".  Joining Morita in discussion will be Professor Tadashi Tokieda from the University of Cambridge.

Kiyoshi Oka (1901-1978) was one of the greatest Japanese mathematicians of the 20th century. His contribution to mathematics was such that Carl Siegel mistakenly believed ‘Oka’ to be the name of a group of mathematicians. In Japan, Oka is known not only for his tremendous contribution to maths, but also as a great thinker and philosopher.  His thoughts were shaped through the prisms of the Japanese language and culture and he was greatly influenced by traditional Zen Buddhist philosophy (in particular, that of Dōgen) and Japanese literature such as Matsuo Bashō and Natsume Soseki.  


In this public seminar, independent scholar Masao Morita, will introduce Oka’s unique philosophy of mathematics and the Japanese traditional thoughts underlying his ideas.  He will also shed light on Oka’s life and thinking as a mathematician while examining how Oka pursued a "maths as it could be".  Joining Morita in discussion will be Professor Tadashi Tokieda from the University of Cambridge.


Date: 17 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.

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Talk: Building Blocks: Curating Architecture   org

Despite the complexity and difficult curatorial challenge in exhibiting architecture as a medium, a number of such exhibitions have been held in a variety of settings. Often involving installations, sketches, photos and models, we are able to gain an insight into the minds, worlds and inspirations of architects and the environments they create, but what can be truly understood about architecture through such exhibitions?

Contemplating this question, the Japan Foundation has invited Kayoko Ota, a curator and editor specialising in architecture, to discuss the purpose of architecture exhibitions and how this format can help foster our understanding. Having been the commissioner for this year’s Japan Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and with long and established career overseas, Ota will draw on her global experience to explore various issues involved in curating architecture exhibitions both on a practical and theoretical level, while looking into what aspects in Japanese architecture have been and can be examined keeping its history, characteristics and current state in mind.

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.


Date: 20 October 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

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
Download JWCS14-Flyer2sides(lowres)

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:

Download JpLangCult 2014-2015
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Book Launch: The Growing Power of Japan, 1967-1972   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to host the launch of The Growing Power of Japan, 1967-1972: analysis and assessments from John Pilcher and the British Embassy, Tokyo, compiled and edited by Sir Hugh Cortazzi. The publishers, Renaissance Books in association with the Japan Society, would like to thank the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Julia Bonas and others for their generous help towards the costs of publication.

In this volume Sir Hugh has compiled the defining reports from Sir John Pilcher’s time as ambassador to Japan from 1967 to ’72, a period in which Japan’s economy and power grew significantly and her relations with the United States became increasingly strained. Sir Hugh, who worked with Pilcher during these years and was himself Ambassador to Japan from 1980 to ’84, will open the launch with an overview of the changing character of Anglo-Japanese relations and of the first overseas visit by a Japanese Emperor. This will be followed by an open discussion led by Chairman of the Japan Society, Sir David Warren, and a drinks reception. We are delighted to announce that all attendees will receive copies of the book.

This collection of Pilcher’s reports to Whitehall provides a valuable record of Japan’s progress at this turning point in her post-war history, as well as insights into the hopes and expectations of the British Government in her dealings with Japan. Pilcher’s role during this period was that of bridge-builder between the two countries following the post-war decades of disenchantment and distrust.

Pilcher’s reports were not only unusually comprehensive but were characterised by his natural sympathy for the country and deep knowledge of its culture and religion. His writings on Japan have remained largely inaccessible, and unknown to most researchers, and The Growing Power of Japan offers readers a unique insight into the thoughts of this distinguished scholar-diplomat.


Date: 6 October 2014 from 6.45pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

This event is organised by the Japan Society.  To reserve your place please contact the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.

 

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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


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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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