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Public Seminar: INEMURI: The Art of Napping in Japan new
Artist talk by SHIMURAbros
Nihongo Cup: The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK FINALS DAY! new
**2nd chance!** Japanese from Scratch: Sweet-Talk your way in Japan! new
ENDO Shuhei | Architect for a New Era new
Public Seminar: STEMming the Gender Gap: A New Era for Japanese Women in Science and Engineering? new
Japan Foundation at London Anime & Gaming Con July 2015
Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan Festival July 2015
J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015
The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 3
Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers 2015 new
Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design
Edinburgh International Film Festival

Public Seminar: INEMURI: The Art of Napping in Japan   org

Japan is known for long working hours and a strong work ethic, and recent polls have shown that Japanese workers enjoy less sleep at night than workers in any other country. Yet, one thing that surprises many foreign visitors to Japan is the number of people in public that can be seen napping during the day, whether in the train or in a restaurant, in the classroom or in the office, or even in a TV broadcast from parliament.

This practice of sleeping in a situation not meant for sleep is known as inemuri in Japanese, which literally translates as ‘to be asleep while present’.

In a society that prizes dedication to hard work, and where many people seem to sacrifice nocturnal sleep for work and study, why is sleeping on the job tolerated?

This is a question that puzzled Dr Brigitte Steger, Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies at the University of Cambridge, which led her to write a book on the topic which entered the bestseller charts in Japan.

In this seminar Dr Steger will explore the phenomenon of inemuri  in Japanese society, as well as the unwritten  social rules that govern the practice. Far from being a sign of laziness, inemuri  has even been linked to better productivity. Dr Steger will be joined in discussion with sleep expert Dr Robert Meadows (University of Surrey) to compare attitudes to sleep in the UK and Japan and discuss whether anything can be learned from the custom in the UK where the demands of modern life have led to an increase in sleep deprivation.

Image: Stéphane Bidouze


Date: 4 June 2015 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Nunn Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London,  WC1H 0AL


Booking: The event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please send an email to event@jpf.org.uk.

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Artist talk by SHIMURAbros   org

SHIMURAbros are the sister and brother artist duo of Yuka and Kentaro Shimura, currently researchers at Studio Olafur Eliasson and exemplifying a new breed of Japanese contemporary artists. Working and exhibiting internationally, SHIMURAbros are known for incorporating elements of sculpture, installation and avant-garde filmmaking in their work. Film is the catalyst to all their creations and the artists employ different techniques to each work. As an exploration of the history of moving images approached from a fundamentally different perspective extending film beyond its two-dimensional limit - their installations are an intricate and playful re-working of film and cinematic language.

Programmed in partnership with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, home to the British ArtistsFilm & Video Study Collection which holds a large amount of material for academic research in artists' moving image, this talk will highlight SHIMURAbros’ film and moving image installations, with a focus on the artistic content, formalistic qualities and contexts at play in working within the canon. The talk will be followed by discussion with Keith Whittle, researcher and Japan Foundation Fellow, exploring the role technology, cinematic history and popular culture has on the aesthetic and conceptual approach the artists' have to their work, in terms of research and exhibition.

SHIMURAbros have exhibited widely including at Art Basel Hong Kong; 798 Art Factory; The National Art Centre, Tokyo; NUS Museum Singapore; MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei); PICA(the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Museum), Australia; Museums Quartier, Vienna. "SEKILALA" received the Excellence Prize (Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize) at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival.


Date: 5 June 2015 from 6.30pm
Venue:

LVMH Lecture Theatre (E003), Central Saint Martins
Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King's Cross, London N1C 4AA


Booking:

The event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please send an email to event@jpf.org.uk

Image: SHIMURAbros, X-RAY TRAIN, 2007-2009, Installation, Image (black and white / X-Ray CT), Special liquid crystal film, Iron, Wire, PC, Control board, Projector, Railroad tie, Dimension variable. Courtesy of the artist and Tokyo Gallery+BTAP

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Nihongo Cup: The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK FINALS DAY!   org

Come and see the UK’s most talented young students of Japanese language at the Finals Day of the Nihongo Cup – the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students!

Students from all levels of secondary education – Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 – will showcase their amazing talent and hard work in their Japanese language studies while competing for some fantastic prizes – including a trip to Japan!

For the first time, the Finals Day is fully open to the public, so don’t miss out this chance to see the UK’s biggest Japanese speech contest for secondary school students. The contest will be followed by a reception, giving you a chance to meet the students.

Free entry, no booking required (seating first come, first served). The venue will open from 12:00 for a prompt 12:30 start, and early arrival is advised.


Date: 20 June 2015 from 12.30pm
Venue:

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London. WC1R 4RL


Nihongo Cup is organised by the Association for Language Learning (ALL) with support from the Japan Foundation London and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. 

 

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**2nd chance!** Japanese from Scratch: Sweet-Talk your way in Japan!   org

Due to popular demand, we are running our Japanese from Scratch: Sweet-Talk your way in Japan workshop again in June!

Learn some basic Japanese while exploring Japan’s culture of regional sweets and snacks...and get to try some for yourself!

In this workshop especially for those interested in learning Japanese and travelling to Japan, you will have the chance to learn:

  • All about Japan’s culture of omiyage – regional souvenirs usually in the form of tasty treats

  • What kind of sweets and snacks you can find in Japan  

  • Essential Japanese language skills for describing omiyage and other sights and experiences in Japan.

You’ll even get the chance to try some authentic Japanese omiyage yourself!

We hope this event will give participants a taste for studying more Japanese language, and a craving to visit Japan themselves!

This workshop will feature the same content as the May Japanese from Scratch workshop, which you can read about here.

When: 23rd or 24th June 2015 (content is the same each day),  19:00 – 20:30   

Participation fee: £5.00 (including samples of Japanese local delicacies)

Click here to register your place

Japanese from Scratch is for those who are interested in learning Japanese but haven't started yet, or those who have just started learning Japanese.  Instructions and explanations will be in English. Advance booking is essential.  


Date: 23 June 2015 - 24 June 2015 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Bloomsbury International, 8 Southampton Place, Holborn, London. WC1A 2DB

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ENDO Shuhei | Architect for a New Era   org

Influenced by and interacting with landscapes, many modern Japanese architectural structures are characterised by an acute awareness of flows. Renowned Japanese architect Endo Shuhei is one such professional championing this concept. Endo treats materials as a fluid gesture to create distinctive, innovative, and appealing arrangements with a continuous interaction between form, material, and design. It is this creative interplay that has won him prestigious awards such as the ‘Surfaces’ title at the International Architecture Exhibition at the 2004 Venice Biennale, and has seen him publish numerous books including 2012’s 5-1 Design Peak: Shuhei Endo. Despite the playful qualities that his buildings invoke, Endo’s work reflects deeper levels of meaning and addresses ideas of sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

On the occasion of his first solo exhibition in the UK as part of London Festival of Architecture, as well as the 25th anniversary of the establishment of his studio, the Endo Shuhei Architect Institute, Endo will give a special talk hosted by the Japan Foundation to contextualise his work within the contemporary architectural scene. Together with Frédéric Migayrou, Chair and Bartlett Professor of Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and Deputy Director of the National Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Endo will also discuss his design concept and reflect on the interrogative relationship concerning ideas of modernism, while questioning the potential balance between architecture and the environment.


Date: 25 June 2015 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Building Centre
26 Store Street, Londno WC1E 7BT 


Booking:

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

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Public Seminar: STEMming the Gender Gap: A New Era for Japanese Women in Science and Engineering?   org

In January 2014, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that ‘Japan should be the place that gives women the opportunity to shine. Thirty per cent of leadership positions should be occupied by women by 2020’. This promise seemed to herald a new era for women in the workplace in Japan.

30 years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Law was introduced in Japan which was intended to enable companies to fully utilise human resources regardless of gender. Despite this, even in 2013, the proportion of female leaders in large corporations was only 10.2 percent. 

Although the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) does vary greatly from country to country, the number of Japanese women in these fields remains particularly low, and the proportion of female researchers in science and technology is still one of the lowest (14.4 percent) among OECD countries.

Why so few? In this seminar, Dr Naonori Kodate (University College Dublin) will try to answer this question, by shedding light on historical developments and the current gender equality situation in Japan through the lens of women in STEM. He will explore how gender equality policy in science has been intertwined with social norms, family and individual life decisions and other policies. He will also look into measures the government, universities and research institutes are taking to address this issue, and explore whether these measures have led to an increase in female representation in these fields.

During this special seminar, we are also delighted to welcome Dr Ekaterina Hertog (University of Oxford), an expert on Japanese family trends, who will join Dr Kodate in conversation to explore the effect of changes in Japanese family structure on the position of Japanese women in STEM. 

Contributors:

Dr Naonori Kodate is a Lecturer in Social Policy at University College Dublin, Ireland. His main research area is comparative social policy, particularly in health care. His book, Japanese Women in Science and Engineering: History and Policy Change (co-authored by Professor Emeritus Kashiko Kodate) will be published in July 2015 by Routledge.

Dr Ekaterina Hertog is a family sociologist in the Department of Sociology and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford. Her current research interests include contemporary Japanese society, marriage and childbearing trends in industrialised countries, and marriage partner selection. 

Image: Peter Close/Shutterstock.com


Date: 1 July 2015 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Swedenborg Society, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH


Booking: The event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please send an email to event@jpf.org.uk.

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Japan Foundation at London Anime & Gaming Con July 2015   org

The Japan Foundation will be at London Anime & Gaming Con on 4th and 5th July 2015.

Visit our stand for information about studying Japanese, freebies and the chance to enter our quiz and win some great prizes!

What's more, we will be giving a short Japanese taster session and a presentation on the resources and support available for Japanese language learners at 2:30 on the Saturday, and again at 2:00 on the Sunday. 

Booking details and more information about the convention, which is organised by Anime League, can be found on the official website, www.londonanimecon.com


Date: 4 July 2015 - 5 July 2015
Venue:

London Metropolitan University, N7 8DB

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Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan Festival July 2015   org

The Japan Foundation are once again delighted to be exhibiting this July at HYPER JAPAN- the UK’s biggest J-Culture event.

Come and visit our stand to learn how the Japan Foundation can help you learn about Japanese language and culture, get Japanese language started at your school, or simply get involved in events and activities related to Japan.

We’ll also be giving away some exclusive free gifts, as well as holding a Japan Quiz with some fantastic prizes!

For more information and to buy a ticket, please click here to visit the official Hyper Japan website. Tickets on sale now!


Date: 10 July 2015 - 12 July 2015
Venue:

The O2, London

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J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015   org

This online course is for teachers with a basic level of Japanese who would like to build up their language skills. Through the course, you will develop a basic working knowledge of Japanese grammatical structures and build up your confidence and skills in using Japanese effectively in your classroom.  This course is provided by the Japan Foundation Sydney.

Course fee:  A$130 - A$190 (depending on stage) 

Who can sign up?
Any teacher residing in the UK, Australia or New Zealand who has a basic knowledge of Japanese, and can read hiragana and katakana.

What level of Japanese is it suitable for?
Four stages are available. We recommend you take the “level check test” to make sure you choose the best level for you. Stage 1 (the easiest) is suitable for those who know hiragana and katakana.  Stage 4 (the hardest) is about the same level as N5 (old Level 4) of the JLPT.

How does the course work?
Every week a new unit is uploaded. You will work through the unit at your own pace, and then complete your homework by the end of each week. Your homework will be marked and returned to you with helpful advice and comments from our Japanese Language Advisor. 

Feedback from previous participants:

“I have really enjoyed it, the course content is useful as covers all areas of the Japanese language i.e. speaking, listening, reading, writing – lots of writing practice which is a challenge but good practice!”

“I really, really like the Production task, especially as you get some prompt feedback from the Language Advisor. Brilliant!”

 2015 Dates 

  • Term 1 February 2 March 27
    Term 2 May 4 June 26
    Term 3 August 3 September 25
    Term 4 19 October December 11
    Term 1 February 2 - March 27
  • Term 2 May 4- June 26
  • Term 3 August 3 - September 25
  • Term 4 19 October - December 11
Session 1: 3 February – 28 March 2014
Session 2: 31 March – 23 May 2014
Session 3: 26 May – 18 July 2014
Session 4: 21 July – 12 September 2014
Session 5: 15 September– 7 November 2014

Session 6: 24 November 2014 -23 January 2015

 

 For more information and to enrol, please go to http://www.jpf.org.au/jbasic


Date: 3 February 2014 - 23 January 2015
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The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 3   org

Term 3 now closed for further applications

The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) is a new kind of course for beginners (JF Standard for Japanese Language Education A1 Breakthrough) of Japanese. It is based on the JF Standard for Japanese Language Education, rather than traditional methods of language education that focus on grammar and sentence structure. The aim of the course will be to use Japanese language skills to get to know people, visit restaurants and take part in many other Japan-related events. At the end of every lesson, participants will be able to perform specific, practical tasks in Japanese.

The course will not focus on language alone; learning Japanese culture will also be an important element in the lessons. The course will incorporate videos, games and media that will help you to learn about Japan and to give you the opportunity to use your new Japanese skills outside of the classroom. You will also have access to the supplementary MARUGOTO+ Japanese Learning websiteThis course is perfect for beginners of Japanese who would like to use their new language skills in practical situations and really connect with Japanese society.

  • Term 3 Dates: 23rd April 2015 – 23rd June 2015 (every Thursday)19:00 - 21:00
  • Course Leader: Mr Shinichiro Okajima, SOAS Language Centre
  • Venue: SOAS, University of London 
  • Course Fee: £330 per term, including course textbook and materials 

I liked the pace of the course and was surprised we learned hiragana and katakana [Japanese writing] so quickly. As it was an introductory course, I felt the balance was right for people who were complete beginners  and self-studying students like myself who had a little bit of language under my belt already. I certainly feel, after learning about ordering food, that I would be able to do this in Japan.” - JP Rutter, former course participant.

For more information to book your place please click here to visit the SOAS website. 

For full information about the course timetable, future term dates etc. please download the flier below.

Other Japanese courses organised by SOAS can be found here.


Date: 23 April 2015 - 23 June 2015 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Download JpLangCult 2014-2015
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Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers 2015   org


As part of the Japan Foundation’s Primary Japanese Campaign to support and encourage primary schools teaching Japanese language, we will be giving 20 primary head teachers the opportunity to take a study trip to Japan from Saturday 24th October to Saturday 31st October on the Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers 2015. 

The programme will include Japanese cultural experiences to help deepen your understanding of Japan, as well as visits to Japanese school to observe the Japanese education system first-hand. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to network with teachers in Japan, as well as with other head teachers in the UK whose schools are enthusiastic about Japanese. The Japan Foundation will cover all travel, accommodation and meal expenses. You can see a report about last year’s tour here and you can see photos of the tour here.

We are looking for sign-ups from headteachers in primary schools that fit any one of the criteria below (1-3.) If your school’s head teacher is unable to join us on this tour, we can accept applications to send deputy headteachers in their place.  However, please ask your headteacher to fill in the application for you as we will only accept applications through headteachers. The Japan Foundation reserves the right to choose which schools will participate in this programme.

  1. Primary schools that are interested in introducing Japanese onto their main curriculum. 
  2. Primary schools that are interesting in providing extracurricular activities (Japanese clubs)
  3. Primary schools that already teach Japanese that would like to share their ideas with other schools in their area and spread the teaching of Japanese to other schools.  

We are now taking applications for this programme. Please click here to register your interest.

The programme will include Japanese cultural experiences to help deepen your understanding of Japan, as well as visits to Japanese school to observe the Japanese education system first-hand. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to network with teachers in Japan, as well as with other head teachers in the UK whose schools are enthusiastic about Japanese. The Japan Foundation will cover all travel, accommodation and meal expenses. You can see a report about last year’s tour here (http://www.jpf.org.uk/news.view.php?id=352) and you can see photos of the tour here (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.692724727489464.1073741833.269104933184781&type=3).
We are looking for sign-ups from headteachers in primary schools that fit any one of the criteria below (1-3.) If your school’s head teacher is unable to join us on this tour, we can accept applications to send deputy headteachers in their place.  However, please ask your headteacher to fill in the application for you as we will only accept applications through headteachers. The Japan Foundation reserves the right to choose which schools will participate in this programme.
1. Primary schools that are interested in introducing Japanese onto their main curriculum. 
2. Primary schools that are interesting in providing extracurricular activities (Japanese clubs)
3. Primary schools that already teach Japanese that would like to share their ideas with other schools in their area and spread the teaching of Japanese to other schools. 

 


Date: 24 October 2015 - 31 October 2015

Please click here to register your interest.

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Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design   JPsupported

This exhibition will trace the history and future of East Asian craft and design and its global influence in this exhibition inspired by objects from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. The show features over 1,500 years of the rich craft heritage of Japan, China and Korea: ceramics, metalwork, furniture, lacquer, textiles and sculpture, with exhibits ranging from magnificent court treasures, to masterpieces by contemporary makers.

There will be opportunities to see historic works from Manchester’s collection which have not been exhibited for over 30 years, including an exquisite early nineteenth century Japanese lacquer norimono (travelling carriage) and hand-chiselled Japanese tsuba (sword guards), which are being conserved especially for this show. Contemporary work includes Fumio Enomoto’s ‘Weave Stool’, commissioned specially from the award-winning designer, plus elegant ceramics by Yasuko Sakurai.


Date: 2 April 2015 - 31 May 2015
Venue:

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester


For more information, please click here.

Image: Yasuko Sakurai, Orb 2012

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Edinburgh International Film Festival   JPsupported

This year's lineup for the Japan Foundation-supported Edinburgh International Film Festival includes a number of UK premieres of contemporary Japanese films, including Masaharu Take's 100 Yen Love starring Sakura Ando, Nobuhiro Yamashita's latest film La La La at Rock Bottom, Yuya Ishii's Our Family (pictured) and more.


Date: 17 June 2015 - 28 June 2015
Venue:

Various venues in Edinburgh


For more information, please click here.

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