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Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students 2015 new
Workshop: Rethinking 'Japanese' Pop Culture: A Topic for Academic Study? new
Rethinking 'Japanese' Pop Culture: Transnational media cultural connections and the question of cultural diversity new
Metamorphosis of Japan After the War
Reality Check: Artist talk by Chim↑Pom new
Film Screening: KABUKU
Behind the Curtain of Contemporary Kabuki Theatre
new
Japanese Plus: Talk About Music in Japanese
Japan Foundation Japanese Language & Culture Course A2 Elementary Stage (Pilot)
Japanese Language Proficiency Test July 2015
J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015
The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 2
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme
It Only Happens in the Movies? Japanese Cinema and Encounters
Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design

Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students 2015   org

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. Please download the attached documents below for full details.

You can read about the previous Nihongo Cup here.

Deadline to enter:  10th April 2015 (please note that this is an extended deadline; the former deadline is included in the application documents can be ignored)

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


Date: 19 March 2015 - 10 April 2015
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Workshop: Rethinking 'Japanese' Pop Culture: A Topic for Academic Study?   org

We are delighted to announce that leading  Japanese media and cultural studies scholar Professor Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University), will be visiting Newcastle University in April to lead this special Japanese Studies workshop.

Recent years have seen an explosion of English language scholarship on the subject of Japanese pop culture such as manga, anime and video games. In this workshop, Professor Iwabuchi will encourage participants to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by this study. Can the study of Japanese popular culture lead to a deeper understanding of the diversity of  Japanese society in an increasingly globalised world?

This workshop will seek to answer questions like this  through a series of interactive and dynamic group discussions.

Professor Iwabuchi will be joined by Dr Gitte Hansen, Lecturer in Japanese Studies at Newcastle University, who will be on hand to facilitate the discussion.

This workshop is designed for any students with an interest in Japanese Studies.


Date: 15 April 2015 from 1.00pm
Venue:

Old Library Building, Room 3.14 (Pybus room), Newcastle University


The workshop will be followed by a drinks reception.

Booking: The event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please send an email to Dr Gitte Hansen: gitte.hansen@ncl.ac.uk 

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Rethinking 'Japanese' Pop Culture: Transnational media cultural connections and the question of cultural diversity   org

Since the late 1980s, Japanese consumer technologies, and subsequently pop culture exports such as Pokemon and Hello Kitty, have become increasingly familiar to many people around the world. But has our increased exposure to these cultural exports led to a greater understanding of the diversity of contemporary Japan?

Eminent Japanese media and cultural studies scholar Professor Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University, Australia) will lead this seminar, which will discuss the phenomenon of the spread of Japan’s cultural exports and consequent cross-border dialogue; and will challenge ideas and assumptions of a single ‘national’ Japanese pop culture. While many 'Japanese' cultural products are, as in most other popular cultures, not purely Japanese inventions, what has become prevalent is the re-accentuating of national cultural borders as a result of this inter-nationalized circulation and display of media cultures. This presentation will discuss in the Japanese and East Asian context how this process contains and discourages engagement with growing multicultural situations, and will suggest the need for trans-Asian perspectives and collaboration to tackle this situation.

Professor Iwabuchi will be joined in conversation with Dr Griseldis Kirsch (SOAS, University of London).


Date: 13 April 2015 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Swedenborg Hall

The Swedenborg Society

20-21 Bloomsbury Way (Entrance on Barter Street)

London WC1A 2TH


Booking: This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event to event@jpf.org.uk 

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Metamorphosis of Japan After the War   org

In 1945, postwar Japan made a new start from the ashes of devastation, and, in the twenty years leading up to the Tokyo Olympics of 1964, it succeeded in undergoing a dramatic transformation, embarking on a path towards becoming an economic power.

These two decades constituted a period truly brimming with creative energy – a time in which democracy led to the restoration of vitality through free photographic expression and in which new talent pioneered postwar photography.

This new exhibition looks back on this turbulent period that followed the war, exhibiting over 100 black and white photographs by 11 leading artists of postwar Japan photography, including Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe and Ken Domon. Rather than arranging the works by period and author, this exhibition is divided into three sections - "The Aftermath of the War," "Between Tradition and Modernity," and "Towards a New Japan."

Although the arrangement may seem arbitrary, the sequence in fact provides a vivid narrative of the convoluted aspects of this complicated era.


Date: 22 January 2015 - 26 April 2015
Venue:

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool


For more information, please click here.

Image: Shigeichi Nagano, Completing management training at a stock brokerage firm. Ikebukuro. Tokyo 1961

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Reality Check: Artist talk by Chim↑Pom   org

Chim↑Pom, the six-strong artist collective known as the enfant terrible of Japan's art scene, create distinctive works that challenge contemporary social problems, and the realities that we choose not to see. Formed in Tokyo in 2005, the group's approach is underscored by the use of found objects, mass media, and chance. Chim↑Pom work mainly in video but their many mixed medium creations look beyond traditional aesthetic standards to construct coded narratives that drive compelling messages about limitations and boundaries, both literally and figuratively. Through critical thinking and creativity they tackle themes including urbanisation, celebrity, and more recently, the tsunami and nuclear incidents of 3/11.

Fresh off their success at this year’s Prudential Eye Awards, where they won not only “Best Emerging Artist Using Digital/Video” but were also named “Best Emerging Artist of the Year”, two members of this provocative collective, Ryuta Ushiro and Ellie, have been invited to map Chim↑Pom’s diverse career. Preluding their first group exhibition in London, by the mountain path held at the White Rainbow Gallery, they will explore how they came to be and why their work pushes the limits of contemporary Japanese art and the Japanese art scene.

After their presentation, Ushiro and Ellie will be joined in conversation by Dr Sook-Kyung Lee, Research Curator of Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific. 


Date: 29 April 2015 from 6.45pm
Venue:

Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA


Booking

This event is ticketed. To buy tickets please visit the Free Word website.

To download the flyer please click here

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Film Screening: KABUKU
Behind the Curtain of Contemporary Kabuki Theatre
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Kabuku is a fascinating documentary offering a behind-the-scenes view of the unique theatrical genre of Japanese kabuki. Focusing on the rehearsal process and lead up to the performance of the contemporary kabuki play Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the 1,000 Cherry Trees) - a version of which was also performed at Sadler's Wells in London in 2010 - the documentary follows the preparations by the play's well-known and respected actor, Kamejiro Ichikawa II, now inheritor of the prestigious stage name Ennosuke Ichikawa IV.

The film is an often unseen glimpse into the many backstage preparations involved; including kabuki stage make-up as well as the rarely unveiled traditional but very innovative routines and special effects behind some of the play's spectacular character shifts, exits and entrances. It will also reveal the meticulous, demanding and even daring tasks required by performers and set up by dedicated backstage staff, providing a colourful introduction to contemporary kabuki performances.

The screening will be introduced by Dr Alan Cummings, Senior Teaching Fellow in Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and followed by a discussion with the film's director, Yoshitaro Saito.

In Japanese with English subtitles


Date: 1 May 2015 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Asia House, Fine Room 1
63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event to event@jpf.org.uk

Additional Screenings:
The film will also be shown at these selected venues, followed by a discussion by Yoshitaro Saito: 

27 April 2015, from 6:00pm
The University of Edinburgh
Screening Room (G.04) at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH
Click here for more information 


30 April 2015, from 6:30pm
Royal Holloway University, London
Caryl Churchill Theatre, Katharine Worth Building, Department of Drama & Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX

2 May 2015, from 2:00pm
Durham University
Lecture Room 9, Elvet Hill House (adjacent to the Oriental Museum), Elvet Hill, Durham EH1 3TH 

Image: © Yoshitaro Saito

To download the flyer please click here

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Japanese Plus: Talk About Music in Japanese   org

Learn to express your love of music and talk about your favourite songs in Japanese!
In this two-day Japanese Plus course, you will learn how to confidently chat with friends about what makes a song special to you, and what meanings music has in your life. You will learn the Japanese vocabulary and expressions commonly used to talk about music and even have the opportunity to put your Japanese to real-life use by interacting with Japanese online music communities!

When: You can choose either the Wednesday Course (1st and 8th April) or the 
Thursday Course (2nd and 9th April), 18:30 – 20:30. Course content is the same each day.
Where: Bloomsbury International, 8 Southampton Place, Holborn, London. WC1A 2DB

When: You can choose either the Wednesday Course (1st and 8th April) or the Thursday Course (2nd and 9th April), 18:30 – 20:30. Course content is the same each day.
Where: Bloomsbury International (NOT Japan Foundation's office)
Participation fee:  £10.00 (includes all course handouts). Advance booking essential.
Course Level:  This course will be held in Japanese.  It is for non-native Japanese language learners with an advanced level of Japanese (JLPT N2/level 2 and upwards). 

Click here to book your place

About Japanese Plus
Japanese Plus is designed for adult learners of Japanese interested in updating and refreshing their knowledge about Japan whilst practising their Japanese language skills in a series of evening classes at the Japan Foundation London. The course is aimed at non-native Japanese language learners with a Japanese level of approx.  JLPT Level 2/N2 and above. For more information and to read about past Japanese Plus courses, please click here.

About Japanese Plus
Japanese Plus is designed for adult learners of Japanese interested in updating and refreshing their knowledge about Japan whilst practising their Japanese language skills in a series of evening classes at the Japan Foundation London. The course is aimed at non-native Japanese language learners with a Japanese level of approx.  JLPT Level 2/N2 and above. For more information and to read about past Japanese Plus courses, please click here.


Date: 1 April 2015 - 9 April 2015 from 6.30pm
Venue:

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

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Japan Foundation Japanese Language & Culture Course A2 Elementary Stage (Pilot)   org

An exclusive opportunity to take part in the launch of a new A2 Elementary-level Japanese language and culture course at a special discount course rate...

The Japan Foundation Japanese Language and Culture Course (A2 Elementary Level) is a new kind of course for post-beginners (JF Standard for Japanese Language Education A2) 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 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. You will also have access to the supplementary MARUGOTO+ Japanese Learning website, www.MarugotoWeb.jp, as well as the chance to use your Japanese skills outside the classroom in the final lesson.

Fee: £50 for ten sessions, including course textbook and materials. This course is being held as part of a research programme for UK-based Japanese language teachers, which means that on certain sessions external teachers will be invited to observe and video the lesson. Because the course will not cover all content included in the textbook, the fee charged is intended only to cover expenses and materials. 

Click here to book your place

For more information and course timetable, please see the attached flier below.

A maximum of 15 people will be accepted on this course – first come, first served. 

Please note that participants on this course must have Starter (A1) level Japanese, including the ability to read and write hiragana and katakana and preferably some basic kanji. There will be a placement test before the course starts to determine your suitability.

Please note that participants on this course must have Starter (A1) level Japanese, including the ability to read and write hiragana and katakana and preferably some basic kanji. There will be a placement test before the course starts to determine your suitability.


Date: 15 April 2015 - 17 June 2015 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation London

Download A2ElementaryPilot-Flyer
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Japanese Language Proficiency Test July 2015   org

The next Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will take place on Sunday 5th July 2015. It will be held at SOAS, University of London, and the University of Edinburgh.

  • If you wish to take the test at SOAS in London, please click here to apply via the SOAS website.  
  • If you wish to take the test at the University of Edinburgh, please click here to apply via the University of Edinburgh website. 

The deadline for applications will be Friday 10th April at 6:00pm or when the test centre has reached its maximum capacity.

For more information about the JLPT please click here to visit the official JLPT website.


Date: 5 July 2015
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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 2   org

Term 2 is now closed for enrolment. 

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 2 Dates: 15th January 2015 – 19th March 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. Term 2 is now closed for enrolment. 

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


Date: 15 January 2015 - 19 March 2015 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Download JpLangCult 2014-2015
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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme
It Only Happens in the Movies? Japanese Cinema and Encounters
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This year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme will provide an exciting programme of films under the narrative framework of ‘encounters’. Showcasing a vast variety of styles and tones, from popular contemporary films, classics through to animation, the programme will include titles in which characters experience seemingly unusual meetings, plunge into unexpected circumstances and new environments, as well as collide with different generations, ideals and ideas – asking the question, does it really only happen in the movies?

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


Date: 30 January 2015 - 26 March 2015
Venue:

Nationwide


Image, clockwise from top: Wood Job! (part), The Handsome Suit (part), Short Peace (A Farewell to Weapons) (part)

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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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