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Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2018
Author's Talk: Satoshi Kitamura new
Author's Talk: Genki Kawamura new
Author's Talk: Sayaka Murata new
Film Screening: Your Name new
Japan Conference for Schools 2018 new
Stop Motion Animation Which Never Stops - Animation Creators' Talk
Fumihiko Maki - Bodies of Thought
JAEFF 2018: Youthquake
The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students new
Tatsuo Miyajima at the William Morris Gallery
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2018 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.

Please refer to the university websites for registration details.


Date: 2 December 2018

Application deadlines:

Application dates vary according to the institution hosting the exam. 

  • 17 August 2018 – 5 October 2018 (London) - Applications to take the JLPT at SOAS, the London test site, have now closed.
  • 13 August 2018 – 5 October 2018 (Edinburgh)
  • 20 August 2018 – 5 October 2018 (Cardiff)

The deadline for applications will be Friday, 5 October but it may close earlier if the test centre has reached its maximum capacity.

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Author's Talk: Satoshi Kitamura   org

One of the UK's most admired children's authors, Satoshi Kitamura has been winning the hearts of children (and adults) for over three decades with his lovingly drawn animations and wonderfully imaginative books. Despite no formal training, Kitamura's first book, Angry Arthur, published in the UK by Andersen Press and with words by Hiawyn Oram, earned him the prestigious Mother Goose Award. His quirky characters, bewildering beasts, and lovingly-detailed landscapes have made Kitamura's style iconic and beloved by many. As an author and translator, Kitamura has been behind many famous books such as, Millies Marvellous Hats, Me and My Cat, and David Mckee's Elmer. His new book, Hat Tricks (ScallywagPress), will be released next year. 

In partnership with The Children's Bookshow, the Japan Foundation will welcome Kitamura back to the UK to talk about his career as both an author and an illustrator, as well as his unique writing and artistic style. He will also discuss the world of children's books in the UK and Japan and what inspires both young readers and himself. 

He will be introducing his lively and fascinating characters through live painting and Kamishibai, a traditional Japanese storytelling theatre style which uses illustrated paper for visual aids. 


Date: 11 October 2018 from 6.30pm
Venue:

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH


This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite please click here

In adition his London talk, Kitamura will also be making other UK appearances:

8 October Warwick Art Centre (Visit their website for details)

12 October The Lake International Comic Art Festival  (Visit their website for details)

This Event is organised with The Children's Bookshow

In Partnership with The Lake International Comic Art Festival

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Author's Talk: Genki Kawamura   org

Genki Kawamura  may be better known for his work as a producer on critically acclaimed films such as Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa) and Confessions (Kokuhaku), but he has been recently looming on the Japanese literature world and his literary repuation shows just how multi-talented he is. His debut novel, If Cats Disappeared from the World will be out in September this year. 

To celebrate this new release, The Japan Foundation is proud to welcome Kawamura for this London debut at this special talk. Introducing his best-selling novel, Kawamura will talk about the different approaches needed for writing and film producing, take us behind the scenes of the creative process for If Cats Disappeared from the World, the secret to penning best-selling novels, including his 2014 and 2016, One Hundred Million Dollar man (Oku Otoko) and April Come She Will (Shigatsu ni nareba kanojo wa), and adapting books for film; both If Cats Disappeared from the World and One Hundred Million Dollar Man have been made into films, for which Kawamura wrote the screenplays. 


Date: 4 October 2018 from 7.00pm
Venue:

London Review Bookshop, 14-16 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL


This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve your place through eventbrite please click here

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Author's Talk: Sayaka Murata   org

Japanese Author, Sayaka Murata, is arguably the current most-watched literary talent both in Japan and internationally. Her representative novel, Convenience Store Woman (KonbiniNingen) for which she drew on her own experience of working in a store, earned her Japan's most prestigious literature prize, the Akutagawa award, with a jury's fascinating comment that "it is very rare for the prize to go to such amusing literature". Recently translated into English, Convenience Store Woman has stormed the world with joyful surprise and received rave reviews. Her other titles include her debut work, Breastfeeding (Junyu, 2003) and Breeders and Killers (Satsujin Shussan, 2014).

In conjunction with her sell-out appearance at this year's Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Murata, in conversation with Megan Bradshaw, former UK Editor at Asymptote Journal will talk, for the first time in London, about her representative work and discuss her views on non-conformity within society, gender roles and parenthood in her work. Joined by the English version's translator of Convenience Store WomanGinny Tapley Takemori, who has previously translated for many Japanese authors including Ryu Murakami and Miyuki Miyabe, the event will also provide insight into the difficulties and intricacies of translating works across such a board cultural divide.


Date: 8 October 2018 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Foyles Bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT


This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve your place through eventbrite please click here

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Film Screening: Your Name   org

Join us for a very special screening on Makoto Shinkai's Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa). This screening will be an amazing chance to meet one of the films producers Genki Kawamura, who will be answering questions on the film, his previous works, and on life in the anime and Japanese film industry. 

Genki Kawamura is a writer and film producer. After joining Toho, one of the major film distribuition and production companies, he went on to produce his debut film "Train Man" (Densha Otoko) at the age of 26, which yiedled 3.7 billion yen at the box office. Since then, he has been involved in many Japanese films as a producer including, "Confession" (Kokuhaku), "Vilain"(Akunin) and many others that are also available on DVD in this country. For his achievements as a producer, Kawamura was nominated for the Next Generation Asia List 2010 run by The Hollywood Reporter. In 2012 he made his literary debut with "If Cats Disappeared from the World" which is out in English this month and is included in the prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival 


Date: 3 October 2018 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BY 


Booking: Tickets cost £5 for members of the Prince Charles Cinema and £7 for non-members. 

To book your tickets please visit the Pince Charles Website

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Japan Conference for Schools 2018   org

Applications are now OPEN for the Japan Conference for Schools that will be held on Friday 12th October 2018.

This is a free one-day conference for teachers to network and share ideas about bringing Japan and Japanese into schools. 

The event is open to schools or local authorities that are new to the study of Japan, schools already implementing Japanese in their curriculum, those involved with partnerships in Japan and schools looking to enhance or develop an existing programme of Japan-related study.

There will be general sessions as well as sessions specifically geared to Primary or Secondary teaching.

As part of the event, there will also be a Pearson A-Level CPD Workshop, covering the new A-Level syllabus. This workshop will run from 11:20 to 15:50 in three separate sessions with the cooperation of Pearson.

The Pearson A-Level CPD Workshop is aimed at teachers who are either currently teaching the Japanese A-Level in a UK school or will be in the near future.

This event is FREE but prior booking is essential.

The booking deadline is 5th October 2018.

Numbers for this event are limited, so we strongly urge those interested to apply as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PEARSON CPD A-LEVEL WORKSHOPS
Applications for the Pearson CPD A-Level Workshop are now CLOSED.
This is because applications have reached maximum capacity. We are sorry for any disappointment caused. You may still apply to attend other Conference workshops.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PEARSON CPD A-LEVEL WORKSHOPS

Please note applications for the Pearson CPD A-Level Workshop are now CLOSED.

This is because applications have reached maximum capacity. We are sorry for any disappointment caused. You may still apply to be on the waiting list for the CPD A-Level Workshop using our application form. You may also still apply to attend other Conference workshops.

The main Conference workshops (session one, two and three below) are still open for applications.

The day will be divided into three "sessions". For each "session", participants can choose one workshop. Please note that participants can choose to attend EITHER the Pearson A-Level CPD workshop OR a combination of the other session workshops running throughout the day.

Workshops that will be running include:

NB: These workshop titles are TBC. Content may be subject to change.

Session One

-       Designing and Managing Japanese Language Instruction for a Multi-level Class (Marina Sereda-Linley)

-       Cross-Curricular Focused (Primary): Introducing Japan/Japanese at Primary Level (Roger Whitewick)

-       Cross-Curricular Focused (Secondary): Introducing Japan/Japanese at Secondary Level (Stephen Schwab)

Session Two

-       Language Focused: Manga as a gateway to learning: an approach to recruit and sustain students of Japanese (Emma McQuillan)

-       Cross-Curricular Focused (Primary): Maths Through Japanese (Clare Kuroishi)

-       Cross-Curricular Focused (Secondary): Enrichment and Curriculum Ideas to Engage Japanese Learners (Katy Simpson)

Session Three

-       Language Focused: Japan Foundation Grants Information Session (Japan Foundation Staff)

-       Cross-Curricular Focused (Primary): Haiku (Paul Conneally)

-       Cross-Curricular Focused (Secondary): Art in the Japanese Classroom (Sarah Phillips)

For more information on each workshop, as well as our provisional schedule, please click here.

To fill out our online application form, please click here!

If you have any queries, please contact: info.language@jpf.org.uk


Date: 12 October 2018 from 10.00am to 4.15pm
Venue:

The British Council 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN


                

This event is co-organised by Japan Foundation London and the Japan Society with generous support from the British Council.

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Stop Motion Animation Which Never Stops - Animation Creators' Talk   org

Tsuneo Goda is a Japanese animation creator best known for creating Domo, the lovable monster mascot of Japan's biggest public broadcaster, NHK. Five years after the creation of Domo, Goda founded dwarf, an animation studio in Tokyo, specialising in stop-motion puppet animation and character design. Together with Hirokazu Minegishi, who was appointed lead animator on Domo, they have since created hundreds of characters and worked on the award-winning film series Komaneko.

For this special talk event, both Goda and Minegishi will present their epic character and animation work, in addition to other creations, revealing their ideas and the creative process behind them. Together with Abigail Addison, Co-Director of Animate Projects, they will discuss the reason for their on-going dedication to the painstaking work of hand-crafted stop-motion animation when the world is turning more and more to CG, and how they bring their endearing and recognisable characters to life in TV series, films and music videos.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anybody who loves Japanese animation to hear two of Japan's most popular and creative talents share their work.


Date: 25 September 2018 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY


With special thanks to NHK Cosmomedia Europe, a few lucky attendees will receive Domo goods!

This event is free to attend but booking via Eventbrite is essential. To book tickets, please click here.

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Fumihiko Maki - Bodies of Thought   org

Born in 1928, Fumihiko Maki was educated at the University of Tokyo and Harvard University. Since establishing Maki and Associates in 1965, he has completed many international projects including Hillside Terrace Apartments in Shibuya, Tokyo, the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the 4 World Trade Centre skyscraper in New York, amongst many others. Maki's first UK project, the Aga Khan Foundation, opened in King's Cross earlier this year.

The Japan Foundation is proud to be collaborating with RA for this special talk, which is the opening lecture for the RA's "Bodies of Thought" series. Maki will explore the concept of a "humanism of empathy" in response to this context and discuss the work of his early mentors, Josep Lluis Sert Hon RA and Kenzo Tange.

Please use the link below to visit the RA's website for more information and to book tickets.


Date: 24 September 2018 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts


For more information, please click here.
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JAEFF 2018: Youthquake   org

This edition of the Japanese Avant-Garde Experimental Film Festival, in partnership with The Japan Foundation, riffs off the Oxford Dictionaries word of 2017: 'Youthquake'- defined as 'a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.'

From 'sun tribe' delinquents in Bad Boys, psychedelic drag queens in Funeral Parade of Roses, and heat-of-the-battle political documentary, to films from the influential Art Theatre Guild (ATG) film studio, the festival will showcase classic avant-garde films from the 1960s and 1970s that examine youth counterculture, the student movements, and general currents of dissatisfaction and rebellion.

Showing alongside these films are short experimental works from contemporary filmmakers and video artists that engage with life in present-day Japan. 


Date: 21 September 2018 - 23 September 2018
Venue:

Barbican Cinema, Close Up Film Centre, King's College London


For more information and to book tickets through the JAEFF website, please click here

Image: Diary of a Shinjuku Thief, Dir. Nagisa Oshima

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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
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Tatsuo Miyajima at the William Morris Gallery   JPsupported

This new display at the William Morris Gallery features work by Tatsuo Miyajima, one of Japan's foremost contemporary artists. Through his work he explores the concept of time, incorporating original material made around the establishment of Greenwich Mean Time in 1884 with his trademark "Miyajima numbers". For his latest work, Miyajima has collaborated with William Morris, using his iconic Bird fabric from 1878 to create a new work in the series.


Date: 16 June 2018 - 23 September 2018
Venue:

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4PP


Admission is free.

For more information please visit: http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/tatsuo-miyajima

Image: © Tatsuo Miyajima; courtesy Lisson Gallery

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Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2018  

This year is the tenth Japan Matsuri and the Japan Foundation will be participating again this year. The Japan Matsuri is a great festival of Japanese culture held at Trafalgar Square.

Come and visit our stand to get information about the Japan Foundation, Japanese culture and language. We will be running fun activities throughout the day, which we will release more details about soon, so watch this space!

For more information about Japan Matsuri, please see their official website at JapanMatsuri.com.

Venue: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN


Date: 30 September 2018 from 10.00am to 6.00pm
Venue:

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN


Japan Foundation will be at the event from 10:00 to 18:00. Japan Matsuri itself will run from 10:00 to 20:00.

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