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Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2018
Art that Speaks: Meiro Koizumi new
Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity new
The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Poetry as Dance: Kyomai Inou-ryu Meeting in Britain new

Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2018   org

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is a test which evaluates and certifies the Japanese-Language proficiency of non-native speakers of Japanese. The test is conducted twice a year in Japan and various locations around the world. More than one million people in eighty-one countries and areas worldwide registered for the JLPT exam in 2017. Please visit the JLPT website for more information about the test. You can try sample questions here.

The next JLPT will take place on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the three locations in the UK: SOAS, the University of London, the University of Edinburgh, and Cardiff University.

- Applications to take the JLPT have now closed at all test sites.


Date: 2 December 2018

Application deadlines: - Applications to take the JLPT have now closed at all test sites.

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Art that Speaks: Meiro Koizumi   org

Meizo Koizumi is best recognised for this exploration of the boundaries between the private and the public spheres, as well as the blurring of the lines between objective and subjective memories of his participants, especially those we may perceive as heroic. His distinguished approach is demonstrated in his video work Confessions (2014), in which he interviews a Japanese man that had left for Paris to join the French Foreign Legion in hopes of experiencing battle. Through his variety of media from film to sculptures and collages, he often centres on the uneasy and awkward interactions that question socially acceptable stereotypes of behaviour. 

In conjunction with his solo show and White Rainbow Gallery, Meiro Koizumi will, in this special talk, introduce his representative works to date and his challenging attitude towards the subject. He will also discuss to what degree art should speak and what it should speak about. 

Koizumi's works have been exhibited worldwide including Mexico City, Texas, Amsterdam, London, New York, Burgos (Spain), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam),Sydney and Tokyo. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.   


Date: 22 November 2018 from 6.45pm
Venue:

Royal Society of Arts (Durham Street Auditorium), Durham House Street (off The Strand), London, WC2N 6HG


This event is free to attend, however booking is essential. To book your free place via eventbrite, please click here  

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Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity   org

Join the Japan Foundation for a series of events celebrating the publication of "Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom, and Female Subjectivity" a look at the legendary actor and of the first prominent female film directors in Japan. 

A Screening of two of her films, The Wandering Princess and The Ballad or Narayama will be shown in London will accompany a book presentation event. For this book presentation and discussion, Dr Irene González-López and Dr Michael Smith as well as Dr Alexander Jacoby, Alejandra Armendáiz-Hernández and Prof. Ayako Saito (From Japan) will explore the life and achievements of Kinuyo Tanaka, one of the most celebrated stars in the history of Japanese cinema and as a female film maker.

There will be an opportunity to purchase the book, "Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity" after the event. Payment by cash only

 

The Wandering Princess:
Date:
29 November 2018 from 6:30pm
Venue: Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Pl, London, WC2N 6EZ

Book Presentation and Discussion:
Date: 30 November 2018 from 7:00pm (Doors from 6:30pm)
Venue: Royal Society of the Arts (Durham Street Auditorium), Durham House Street (Off the Strand), London, WC2N 6EZ

The Ballad of Narayama
Date:
1 December 2018 from 3:30pm
Venue: Curzon Cinema Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Ave, London, W1D 5DY

 

 


Date: 29 November 2018 - 1 December 2018

All of these events are free to attend but booking is essential. Please click on the title of each event to book your place.

Organised by: The Japan Foundation, Kingston School or Art and Edinburgh University Press 

Images: 流転の王妃 ©1960 Kadokawa Pictures
             楢山節考 ©1958 Shochiku Co., Ltd.

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The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is open for applications!

This contest gives students the chance to make their voices heard in Japanese, and win some fantastic prizes! Finalists will all perform their speeches on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at King’s College 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.

:: 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.

 

There are three different categories:

1. Speech Category:  For those studying a Japanese course aiming for the equivalent of JF standard C1 or C2 at a university the UK or Ireland including as an elective, optional or other university-based language course. Six finalists will be selected.

Application Deadline: 22nd November 2018

 

2. Individual Presentation Category: For those studying a Japanese course aiming for the equivalent of JF standard B1 or B2. 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. Five finalists will be selected.

Application Deadline: 10th December 2018

 

3. Group Presentation Category: For those studying a Japanese course aiming for the equivalent of JF standard A1 or A2. 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. Five groups which are selected to present during the finals day will be given a special award.

Application Deadline: 17th December 2018

*Details of JF Standard can be found here:

http://jfstandard.jp/pdf/jfs2015_pamphlet_eng.pd

 

Videos from the 13th Contest Finals Day can be viewed here

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

- Frequently Asked Questions

- Contest Poster

- Speech Category Application Form

- Speech Category Rules and Guidance

- Individual Presentation Category Application Form

- Group Presentation Category Application Form



Date: 24 August 2018 - 17 December 2018

The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is generously supported by:

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Poetry as Dance: Kyomai Inou-ryu Meeting in Britain   JPsupported

Kyomai is a traditional style of Japanese dance, with its root in 17 Century Imperial Kyoto. Whilst Noh and Kabuki hace achieved fairly widespread recognition and regular performances in Europe, Kyomai is still relatively unknown. 

For the first time outside of Japan, designated "National Living Treasure" and master of Kyomai, Yahchi Inoue V, will take to the stage to perform her art. She will be joined by her daughter and apprentice to the art, Yauko Inoue, as they perform a total of three separate dances, each accompanied by shamisen and percussion players. In addition to the dances, the event will begin with a short documentary screening on the history of the art, and close with a talk by the master herself. This is a unique opportunity to see first hand a rare and beautiful dance form outside of Japan. 


Date: 1 December 2018 - 3 December 2018
Venue:

London:
1 December from 7:30pm
Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, Hazel Drive, NW1 6XT

Edinburgh:
3 December from 7:00pm
Pleasance One, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ


This event is free to attend but booking is essential: 
To book your place at the London event, please click here.
To book your place at the Edinburgh event, please click here.

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