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(Un)true Colours: Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema- Experience Japan through Cinema new
Nihongo Cup 2018 - Applications Open!
A Talk by Yu Irie- Memoirs of a Murderer Director new
Contemporary Japan Speaker Series by the London Asia Pacific Centre
Rie Nakajima - Cyclic new

(Un)true Colours: Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema- Experience Japan through Cinema   org

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns this year with 16 fantastic Japanese films, at 18 venues nationwide, offering an all-encompassing introduction to Japanese cinema through the theme of ‘secrets and lies’.

The screenwriter of ‘Gukoroku:Traces of Sin’, Kosuke Mukai, will appear at ICA (London), Watershed (Bristol) and Macroberts Art Centre (Stirling); and Masahiro Motoki who stars in ‘The Long Excuse’ will attend a Q&A after its screening at London ICA.

Date: 2 February 2018 - 28 March 2018


For full details of the lineup and participating venues, please visit the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme website.

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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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A Talk by Yu Irie- Memoirs of a Murderer Director   org

The Japan Foundation is delighted to invite director and screenwriter, Yu Irie. Irie began his career making short films, but is best known for directing his adaption of Jung Byoung Gil’s original gripping thriller, Memoirs of a Murderer (2017). Known to many as a director who does not conform to a set formula, he has established himself as a filmmaker with an impressive and diverse filmography, ranging anything from comedies to thrillers.

His other films include, 8000 Miles (a.k.a Saitama Rapper) (2009), which earned him the grand prize in the Off Theatre Competition at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival and the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award, and his most recent work, Vigilante (2017), a dark family drama which focuses on sibling rivalry.

As part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, in which Memoirs of a Murderer is included, director Irie will be in conversation with Kate Taylor (Film Programmer at BFI London Film Festival) and will talk about the behind the scenes of creating this blockbuster film, as well as illustrate his other works and career to date. Irie will also discuss the mission as a film director, reflecting the current mode of Japanese and global cinema industry.

Date: 24 March 2018 from 3.00pm

Soho Hotel, Screening Room 1, 4 Richmond Mews, Soho, London, W1D 3DH


This event is free to attend, but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit:

Yu Irie will also be attending a Q&A after the screenings of Memoirs of a Murderer at Showroom, Sheffield, from 6.00pm on 22 March; Broadway, Nottingham from 6.30pm on 23 March; and Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast from 3.00pm on 25 March. To find out more please visit:

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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

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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Rie Nakajima - Cyclic   JPsupported
Rie Nakajima, photograph by Greg Pope
Rie Nakajima, photograph by Greg Pope

A captivating exhibition in which UK based experimental artist, Rie Nakajima fuses sculpture with sound. Best known for her work with sound art, Nakajima often uses a combination of kinetic devices, musical instruments and found objects in direct response to architectural space, and experiments with different mediums in order to probe and raise questions from her audience about the definition of art.

Taking place at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, the exhibition will consist of entirely new work and includes a number of collaborative performances with other artists. This also includes a series of free performances such as her music project O Yama O, with Keiko Yamamoto which explores music with no genre and various other collaborations consisting of dance, free sculpture and much more.

Date: 21 March 2018 - 3 June 2018

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

For more information, please visit: 

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