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Summer Explorers 3: A special free film programme all about food
Japanese Taster for Schools Programme Volunteer Training Day 2017 new
Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture
UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2017
International Workshop on Reflective Transitions of Politics in Japanese Art
BAJS Workshop: Meiji Japan in Global History
Japan Orientation at the University of East Anglia
British Museum presents: Hokusai

Summer Explorers 3: A special free film programme all about food   org

Satisfy your appetite for Japanese cinema with this free series of mouth-watering movies
all about food, exploring various aspects of food production through to consumption!

Part One: Saturday, 15 July 2017
Prince Charles Cinema, London - 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY

12:00pm: Oyster Factory 牡蠣工場

Located in the remote town of Ushimado in Okayama, where oyster shucking has traditionally been a job for local men and women, this documentary observes the Hirano oyster factory upon their decision to bring in two workers from China.

Dir. Kazuhiro Soda, 2015, 145 min | Image: © Laboratory X, Inc.

2:45pm: Akanezora - Beyond the Crimson Sky あかね空

Eikichi, a young tofu maker, ventures from Kyoto to Edo (present-day Tokyo) to open a tofu shop. Years later with the rock-solid business still going strong, Eikichi and his family are thrown into a critical situation that threatens to pull them apart. FULLY BOOKED

Dir. Masaki Hamamoto, 2006, 120 min | Image: © 2006 Akanezora Beyond the Crimson Sky LLP

Part Two: Saturday, 22 July 2017
BAFTA, London - 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

11:00am: Silver Spoon 銀の匙

At a vocational high school for dairy farming in Hokkaido, where students can try their hands at farming, city boy Yugo, whose decision to enrol was an attempt to avoid his parents and classmates, is struggling to adapt to his new “nature-oriented” surroundings.

Dir. Keisuke Yoshida, 2014, 111 min  | © 2014 "Silver Spoon" Movie Project, © H.A./S

1:10pm: There Is No Lid on the Sea 海のふた

In an adaptation of a story by Banana Yoshimoto, Mari, tired of city life, returns to her hometown of Nishiizu to open a shop selling her favourite childhood treat: kakigori (shaved ice dessert). As Mari finds that the nostalgic flavours help soothe the emotional wounds of her customers, she begins to come to terms with her own.

Dir. Keisuke Toyoshima, 2015, 84 min | © 2015 Banana Yoshimoto / “There Is No Lid Sea” Production Committee

2:55pm: A Drop of the Grapevine ぶどうのなみだ

In a film about soul food set in the picturesque Sorachi region of Hokkaido, anti-social farmer Ao tends a vineyard and dreams of making the perfect pinot noir, while his younger brother Roku grows wheat to make bread. One day, out of the blue, a friendly traveller appears and breathes new life into their days.

Dir. Yukiko Mishima, 2014, 117 min | © 2014 「A Drop of the Grapevine」Film's Partners

Japanese Language Activities

On Saturday, 22 July at BAFTA, join us for drop-in food-themed Japanese language activities between the films. The workshops are free and suitable for all ages. No booking is required – please feel free just to drop in!


These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential.
To book a place via Google Forms, please visit the following links:

Booking for Part One  - Booking for Part Two


Main image (Clockwise, left to right): There is No Lid on the Sea, Akanezora - Beyond the Crimson Sky, A Drop of the Grapevine

Date: 15 July 2017 - 22 July 2017
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Japanese Taster for Schools Programme Volunteer Training Day 2017   org

We are delighted to announce that the next Training Day for existing and prospective volunteers of our Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme will take place this September!

About the JTS Programme

Can you speak Japanese? Are you keen to promote the language to young people around the UK? If so, the Japan Foundation needs YOU!

JTS volunteers carry out school visits across the UK to introduce students at any level to the Japanese language. One of the main purposes of JTS is to give schools that do not teach Japanese the opportunity to find out what it is like to learn the language and to provide them with further information should they wish to start offering Japanese.

By joining the JTS Programme you will be a member of a UK-wide network of over 300 Japanese speakers who are keen to visit schools on a one-shot basis to carry out Japanese language tasters. JTS is as big a time commitment as you want it to be. If you are have time to spare, are keen and enthusiastic, it is a great opportunity to get some teaching experience.

You can read more about the JTS Programme here.

JTS Volunteer Training Day

Our JTS Volunteer Training Days are a great opportunity to meet other volunteers, get teaching ideas, and ask any questions you may have. Those who are not yet members of JTS but are interested in joining are also welcome to sign up for the training day. You can read about our last Training Day, held in November 2016, here.

You can download a timetable, including details about guest speakers, below.


Date: 12 September 2017 from 2.30pm to 4.40pm

Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London.  WC1R 4RL (nearest station: Holborn)

Download JTS2017-Timetable
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Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to support the first institutional solo exhibition of Jiro Takamatsu to take place outside of Japan, presented by the Henry Moore Institute. Comprising over seventy sculptures, drawings and documents loaned from collection in Japan, USA and Europe, the exhibition celebrates the work of this leading figure of post-war art, tracing Takamatsu's artistic practice through his exhibition history.

Date: 13 July 2017 - 22 October 2017

The Henry Moore Institute
74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH

For more information, please click here.

Jiro Takamatsu, documentary photography of 'Temporary Enclosure of Carioca Building Construction Site' (1971). Unidentified photographer. © The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates / Stephen Friedman Gallery / Fergus McCaffrey

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UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2017   JPsupported

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2017 brings together sixth form and high school students from the UK and Japan to take part in an exciting series of activities during which students will learn about each other’s culture, society and language and discuss solutions to global problems.

This year’s programme will include special activities exploring the themes of ‘Soseki in the UK’, and ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ including  two events which are open to the general public:

‘Natsume Soseki versus William Shakespeare (an open lecture)’

A special lecture by Soseki expert Dr Damian Flanagan to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the birth of Natsume Soseki.

Date: Tuesday 25 July 2017, 4-5.30pm (followed by reception)

Venue: UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

For more information and to book a place please see the Eventbrite page

‘UK-Japan Social Entrepreneurship Symposium – Memory of Tomoatsu Godai’

Symposium discussing the past, present and future of social entrepreneurship, in memory of Japanese entrepreneur Tomoatsu Godai who studied in the UK 150 years ago.

Date: Friday, 28 July 2017, 1-5pm  (followed by reception)

Venue:  UCL Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

For more information and to book a place please see the Eventbrite page

Date: 22 July 2017 - 29 July 2017

University College London (UCL), University of Cambridge, Rikkyo School in England

Booking Information

For more information and to book a place please see the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge website.

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2017 is supported by the Japan Foundation London Grant Programme for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.

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International Workshop on Reflective Transitions of Politics in Japanese Art   JPsupported

This workshop will kick-off a research-based investigation into how contemporary Japanese arts have been shaped by political forces, from wartime militarism to the ‘neoliberal world order’. In so doing, it will look to identify the processes of atomization of society through art forms. The focus of the workshop is on empirical examples of internalized art productions and art currents, in juxtaposition to art expressing national/regional politics – focusing on the presence of political notions in Japanese fine arts, popular cultures such as manga and anime, and visual arts, and on the reflections/intersections between Western arts and representations of Japanese politics. The aim is to provide insights into the changing boundaries and concepts of Japanese/Far Eastern Art History in the 19th-21st centuries, as seen by contemporary scholars of both the West and East.

Keynote speaker: Professor Atsushi Miura (The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)

Date: 24 August 2017 from 9.30am to 5.00pm

Julian Study Centre 3.02, University of East Anglia, UK

Booking Information

Admission is open to all and free but registration is required. For more information please see the UEA website 

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

Image: courtesy of University of Tokyo

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BAJS Workshop: Meiji Japan in Global History   JPsupported

The 2017 BAJS Workshop ‘Meiji Japan in Global History’ will feature intensive critical discussion of six pre-circulated essays on Meiji Japan during which the authors and audience members will explore in greater depth topics presented by the collected essays.

The workshop will begin with the idea that Meiji signifies a moment of global connectivity and asks how this twenty-first century starting point stimulates new questions and offers ways to re-conceptualize Japanese engagement with the late nineteenth century/early twentieth century world. Moreover, it asks what obstacles remain—including the nation-state itself and the imperialism in which its formation was embedded—and how they might help us distinguish our views from those our sources provide.

Contributors include scholars from Europe, the United States, and East Asia who are engaged in thinking about Meiji in global perspective.

The workshop is open to the UK and EU scholarly communities, and focuses on developing each article for publication. Articles will be completed in advance of the workshop and distributed to all participants, and registered members of the gallery audience, in order to best facilitate critical, constructive discussions.

Date: 8 September 2017 from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Room 116, First Floor, Main Building, SOAS, University of London, London

Booking Information

Only invited papers will be presented and discussed, but the workshop is open to any interested member of the scholarly community interested in attending the workshop.  For more information and to register please see the SOAS website

The Japan Foundation supports the British Association for Japanese Studies through our Support Programme for Organisations in Japanese Studies. For more information about our grant programmes for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange please click here.

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Japan Orientation at the University of East Anglia   JPsupported

Japan Orientation is a focused short course which allows students to explore the latest approaches to Japanese Studies offered as part of the University of East Anglia’s International Summer School.

The programme will be  delivered by the University of East Anglia’s specialised Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS) and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC)  and will concentrate on stimulating discussion with speakers who are leading researchers in the field of Japanese Studies, in culture, history, international relations, business, media and much more.

The course is suited to those currently at university who are interested in Japan, East Asia and the latest approaches to Japanese Studies.

For more information please see the website of the University of East Anglia.

Date: 24 June 2017 - 21 July 2017

University of East Anglia

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British Museum presents: Hokusai  

British Museum presents: Hokusai is a groundbreaking documentary offering an exclusive private view of the British Museum major exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave. Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Using Ultra HD video technology and stunning close-ups, the film will reveal the extraordinary detail in the work of Hokusai on the big screen – a real feast for the eyes!

From Sunday, 4 June 2017, the film will be screened at a vast number of cinemas across the United Kingdom. To find your nearest venue, please visit:

Date: 4 June 2017


Image: Clear day with a southern breeze ('Red Fuji') from Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. © British Museum.

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