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Game Play:- A Talk by Hirokazu Yasuhara (Sonic the Hedgehog Game-Designer) new
Primary Japanese Resource Sharing Workshop 2018 new
Japan Foundation / BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2018: Bridging the Academic Worlds of the UK and Japan new
Nihongo Cup 2018 - Applications Open! new
The 13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Contemporary Japan Speaker Series by the London Asia Pacific Centre

Game Play:- A Talk by Hirokazu Yasuhara (Sonic the Hedgehog Game-Designer)   org

The Japan Foundation is delighted to invite influential and pioneering videogame designer Hirokazu Yasuhara, best known for his work on the Sonic the Hedgehog game series. Working as Chief Level Designer and playing a key role in developing the seminal videogame featuring a popular anthropomorphic blue hedgehog named Sonic, Yasuhara went on to work on a number of Sonic’s sequels and many more well-known projects, including the Jak and Daxter series and Unchartered: Drake’s Fortune for the company Naughty Dog and more recently Pac-Man Party and Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move for Nintendo.

In this illustrative talk, Yasuhara will introduce his career in the game industry from his work at Sega in the late 1990s to today, revealing some of the key elements of the projects he has been involved in. Observing many developments in technology and shifts in the industry over his established career, Yasuhara will also talk about his fundamental and perpetual concept in creating games which can be fun and engaging for anybody.


Date: 18 January 2018 from 6.40pm
Venue:

London College of Communication (Lecture Room B), London, SE1 6SB

(Nearest tube station: Elephant and Castle)


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit: https://gameplay-talk.eventbrite.co.uk

Hirokazu Yasuhara will also be attending Akumakon Anime and Manga convention at the National University of Ireland Galway, from 13:00 on 20 January. To find out more please visitwww.akumakon.com

Special thanks to Yoshimi Hayakawa in Galway.

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Primary Japanese Resource Sharing Workshop 2018   org

This event will bring together primary teachers of Japanese to share their ideas about what went well with their Japanese teaching over the last year. There will be information about how teachers have used the scheme of work, how they improved the resources, what worked best, as well as introduce other useful resources or ideas that they have tried in their classes.

This event will also introduce new resources that can be used alongside the Japan Foundation’s Japanese Scheme of Work for Key Stage 2.  This will help give teachers of Japanese information and ideas to continue teaching Japanese for Years 3 to 6.


Date: 25 January 2018 from 1.30pm to 5.00pm
Venue:

Monticello House, 45 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4JP


The event is free but booking is essential.
Deadline for applications: 18th January 2018

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Japan Foundation / BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2018: Bridging the Academic Worlds of the UK and Japan   org

We are delighted to announce that the next annual Japan Foundation and British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) Postgraduate Workshop will be held in 2018 at SOAS, University of London.

This workshop aims to assist the development of the next generation of Japanese Studies researchers in the UK. It is a great opportunity to receive practical advice on your research from senior colleagues, and to get to know fellow postgraduate students and others in the Japanese Studies community.

This year’s interactive workshop will explore how emerging Japanese Studies researchers in the UK can help to bridge the academic worlds of UK and Japan through their research. It will include a series of sessions by senior academics addressing key challenges relating to conducting and disseminating research in Japan, and improving communication between researchers in both countries, along with opportunities for the participants themselves to introduce their own research and why they believe it is important for the advancement of Japanese Studies in the UK and Japan. 

In addition, there will be an opportunity to hear presentations from various agencies on potential sources of funding for current and future research, including funding to support research in Japan.

Eligibility: This workshop is open to postgraduate students in Japanese Studies and those undertaking Japan related research in other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Priority registration will be given to PhD candidates. From 26 January 2018 registration will also be extended to Japanese Studies Masters students who are thinking about doing a PhD. The deadline for all workshop registration is 6 February 2018.


Date: 16 February 2018 from 10.30am to 6.00pm
Venue:

SOAS, University of London 


*Doors will open from 10am.

Booking: E-mail Programme Officer Julie Anne Robb at julieanne.robb@jpf.org.uk  to register your interest in attending or if you have any enquiries. Please note that this workshop is highly popular so please get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to come along.

Please note that the deadline for workshop registration is 6 February 2018.

*The Japan Foundation will be able to offer partial travel grants to student participants. Please get in touch for more details.*

Image (left): donatas1205/Shutterstock.com

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Nihongo Cup 2018 - Applications Open!   org

We are delighted to announce that the Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK is open for applications!

Nihongo Cup, the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School students, is accepting applications across three categories: Key Stage 3, Pre-GCSE Key Stage 4/5, and Post GCSE Key Stage 4 and 5.

Finalists will be invited to perform their speech at Conway Hall in front of a panel of judges and VIPs from the field of Japanese language education and Japan-UK relations, for the chance to win some fantastic prizes – including a trip to Japan!

Applications will close on 23rd March 2018 (Friday) and finals day will take place on 16 June 2018 (Saturday). Finals will take place at Conway Hall in London.

  • To apply, please download the application pack below:

Application Pack

 The pack contains:

  • 1 Application Form
  • List of Information and Rules
  • A flier for promoting the contest in your school

You can also find articles about previous Nihongo Cup finals on our News Page.


Date: 14 December 2017 - 23 March 2018

Nihongo Cup is organised by the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Japan Foundation London.

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The 13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

Applications for this year's speech contest have now closed.

We are delighted to announce that the 13th 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 24th February 2018 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: The Speech Category is for those who are studying Japanese as either a degree or non-degree course at a university in the UK or Ireland including as an elective, optional or other university-based language course.
Application Deadline: 9th November 2017

2. Individual Presentation Category: The Individual Presentation Category is aimed at those studying Japanese at post beginner/intermediate level. Participants will give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese.
Application Deadline: 1st December 2017

3. 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.
Application Deadline: 8th December 2017

Videos from the 12th Contest Finals Day can be viewed here

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


Date: 21 August 2017 - 8 December 2017
Download FAQ(13)
Download ApplicationForm-Speech_Category(13)
Download Rules and guidance - Speech Category
Download ApplicationForm-Individual_Presentation_Category(13)
Download ApplicationForm-Group_Presentation_Category(13)
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Contemporary Japan Speaker Series by the London Asia Pacific Centre   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to sponsor the second year of the London Asia Pacific Centre’s Contemporary Japan Speaker Series.  From November 2017 to March 2018, the series will bring five top Japanese professors to London to discuss contemporary Japanese economics, politics and society

Confirmed speakers for 2017/2018 include:

23 November 2017: Professor Kumiko Miyazaki, Tokyo Institute of Technology

25 January 2018: Professor Tanaka Sigeto, Tohoku University (Event information)

15 February 2018: Professor Seio Nakajima, Waseda University (Event information)

22 March 2018: Professor Yasumasa Igarashi, Tsukuba University (Event information)


Date: 23 November 2017 - 22 March 2018
Venue:

SOAS, University of London/ King’s College London


For more information please see the homepage of the London Asia Pacific Centre

This workshop is supported by the Grant Programme for Japanese Studies Projects. For more information about this programme please click here.

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