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Japanese Studies Post-Graduate Workshop, 2015 new
Windows on a Modern World: The Role of the Department Store in 20th Century Japan new
Japanese for Juniors: Learn Japanese through Stamp-Making! new
The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15 - Award Ceremony and Presentation Evening new
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme
It Only Happens in the Movies? Japanese Cinema and Encounters
Metamorphosis of Japan After the War
J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015
The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 2
Dartford Grammar School - GCSE and IB event
Glasgow Film Festival

Japanese Studies Post-Graduate Workshop, 2015   org

We are delighted to announce that the annual Japan Foundation / BAJS Post-Graduate Workshop will be held on Wednesday 11th March, 2015.

This workshop aims to assist the development of the next generation of Japanese specialists here in the UK, and to further strengthen the Japanese Studies community in this country.  It is a great opportunity to receive some practical advice on your research from senior colleagues, and to get to know fellow post-graduate students and others in the Japanese Studies community.

This year’s workshop will include practical sessions on the following topics:
‘Getting Access to Interviewees’                                                                             
Dr Peter Cave (University of Manchester)      
                                                             
‘Post-doctoral Career Development in Japan and the UK’                               
Dr Peter Matanle (University of Sheffield)
‘Funding your Research’                                                                         
Representatives from the Daiwa-Anglo Japanese Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Japan Foundation will give short presentations on their funding programmes.

This year’s workshop will include practical sessions on the following topics:

This year’s workshop will include practical sessions on the following topics:
‘Getting Access to Interviewees’                                                                             
Dr Peter Cave (University of Manchester)      
                                                             
‘Post-doctoral Career Development in Japan and the UK’                               
Dr Peter Matanle (University of Sheffield)
‘Funding your Research’                                                                         
Representatives from the Daiwa-Anglo Japanese Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Japan Foundation will give short presentations on their funding programmes.

‘Getting Access to Interviewees’                                                                                          

Dr Peter Cave (University of Manchester)                                                                

 ‘Post-doctoral Career Development in Japan and the UK’                                                        

Dr Peter Matanle (University of Sheffield)

‘Funding your Research’                                                                         

Representatives from the Daiwa-Anglo Japanese Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Japan Foundation will give short presentations on their funding programmes.


Date: 11 March 2015 from 11.00am
Venue:

University of Leeds


The event will be followed by a dinner reception.

Eligibility: This workshop is open to PhD candidates in Japanese Studies/Japan-related disciplines. Japanese Studies Masters students who are thinking of doing a PhD are also welcome to attend.

Booking: E-mail Julie Anne Robb at  julieanne.robb@jpf.org.uk to register your interest in attending or if you have any enquiries. The last event was over-subscribed so please get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to come along.

**Please note, travel expenses of up to £40 will be available to all participants**

This year’s workshop will include practical sessions on the following topics:
‘Getting Access to Interviewees’                                                                             
Dr Peter Cave (University of Manchester)      
                                                             
‘Post-doctoral Career Development in Japan and the UK’                               
Dr Peter Matanle (University of Sheffield)
‘Funding your Research’                                                                         
Representatives from the Daiwa-Anglo Japanese Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Japan Foundation will give short presentations on their funding programmes.
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Windows on a Modern World: The Role of the Department Store in 20th Century Japan   org

For the people of Japan throughout the 20th century, department stores offered a window into modernity and the outside world. Since the opening of the first department store in Japan in 1904, these institutions have been influential in introducing modern, urban and foreign lifestyles to Japan. Not only shops selling fashion, food and homeware; the department stores also hosted exhibitions and workshops to educate customers, and offered a more luxurious and sophisticated shopping and leisure experience.

In this special seminar, Dr Tomoko Tamari, (Goldsmiths, University of London) will discuss the development of department stores in Japan and their effect on popular culture and lifestyle. She is joined by Professor Janet Hunter, (London School of Economics and Political Science), who will place the development of the department store into the broader context of the  changing Japanese economy through the 20th century.

The seminar is inspired by a photograph of a fashion show held in the Mitsukoshi department store in 1956, on display at the Japan Foundation's exhibition "Metamorphosis of Japan after the War" until 26th April (click here for more details about the exhibition).

For the people of Japan throughout the 20th century, department stores have offered a window into modernity and the outside world. Since the opening of the first department store in Japan in 1904, these institutions have been influential in introducing modern, urban and foreign lifestyles to Japan. Not only shops selling fashion, food and homeware; these department stores also hosted exhibitions and workshop to educate customers, and offered a more luxurious and sophisticated shopping and leisure experience.
This seminar examines the social, cultural and economic influence of department stores in Japan in the 20th century. 
Dr Tomoko Tamari, (Goldsmiths, University of London) will discuss the development of department stores in Japan and their effect on popular culture and lifestyle. She is joined by Professor Janet Hunter, (London School of Economics and Political Science), who will place the development of the department store into the broader context of the  changing Japanese economy through the  twentieth century.
The seminar is inspired by a photograph of a fashion show held in the Mitsukoshi department store in 1956, on display at the Japan Foundation's exhibition "Metamorphosis of Japan after the War" until 26th April.
Date: 20th March 2015
Venue: Room 728, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way
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 you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk 
Image: Shigeichi Nagano, Fashion show at the Mitsukoshi department store, Nihonbashi, Tokyo, 1956
For the people of Japan throughout the 20th century, department stores have offered a window into modernity and the outside world. Since the opening of the first department store in Japan in 1904, these institutions have been influential in introducing modern, urban and foreign lifestyles to Japan. Not only shops selling fashion, food and homeware; these department stores also hosted exhibitions and workshop to educate customers, and offered a more luxurious and sophisticated shopping and leisure experience.
This seminar examines the social, cultural and economic influence of department stores in Japan in the 20th century. 
Dr Tomoko Tamari, (Goldsmiths, University of London) will discuss the development of department stores in Japan and their effect on popular culture and lifestyle. She is joined by Professor Janet Hunter, (London School of Economics and Political Science), who will place the development of the department store into the broader context of the  changing Japanese economy through the  twentieth century.
The seminar is inspired by a photograph of a fashion show held in the Mitsukoshi department store in 1956, on display at the Japan Foundation's exhibition "Metamorphosis of Japan after the War" until 26th April.
Date: 20th March 2015
Venue: Room 728, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way
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 you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk 
Image: Shigeichi Nagano, Fashion show at the Mitsukoshi department store, Nihonbashi, Tokyo, 1956

Date: 20 March 2015 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Room 728, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London


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 

Image: Shigeichi Nagano, Fashion show at the Mitsukoshi department store, Nihonbashi, Tokyo, 1956

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Japanese for Juniors: Learn Japanese through Stamp-Making!   org

Have you or your children ever wanted to study Japanese but were unsure where to start? Why not learn a little Japanese together while learning all about Japanese stamps and having a go at making your own!

Personal seals and stamps (hanko) are an important part of Japanese culture, found everywhere from business to art. In this special hands-on Japan Foundation workshop, you and your children can enjoy learning all about Japanese writing, including how to write your own name. We’ll also look at the culture of hanko in Japan and even show you how you can transform an ordinary eraser into a Japanese stamp using the new Japanese you have learned!

Date: Sunday 22nd March 2015, 10:30-12:30 or 14:00-16:00
Venue: Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Fee: £5.00 per child (Accompanying adults are free. Fee includes materials plus a small gift)

When: Sunday 22nd March 2015, 10:30-12:30 or 14:00-16:00 (14:00 session now fully booked)
Where: Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Fee: £5.00 per child (Accompanying adults are free. Fee includes materials plus a small gift)

This workshop is aimed at adults and children (age 7-12) who have not studied Japanese language. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and all adults must be accompanied by a child!

For more information and to register your place, 

please click here

Please note that spaces are limited to 20 people maximum per session – first come, first served. 

To register your place, please click here

Please note that spaces are limited to 20 people maximum per session – first come, first served. 


Date: 22 March 2015
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The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15 - Award Ceremony and Presentation Evening   org

Come and see the work of the winners of the Japan Foundation’s Japan Webpage Contest for Schools!

Twenty schools in the UK have developed webpages to highlight to highlight the Japan-related work they have been doing, and to share their love and enthusiasm for Japan throughout the world, as participants in the Japan Webpage Contest for Schools. Now, over six months after the contest opened, a panel of judges have selected the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Prizes, while members of the public have voted on the winners of the Primary and Secondary Public Vote prizes. The winners in alphabetical order are:

We will reveal which schools have won which prizes at the Award Ceremony itself.

We are inviting members of the public to come to the Award Ceremony & Presentation Evening for the contest, to see the winning schools receive their prizes and present their website. You will also have the chance to meet with the teachers and students at the reception after the ceremony.

Click here to book your place

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About the Japan Webpage Contest for Schools

This contest is open to any UK school that is teaching Japanese or doing any kind of project related to Japan. Your school does not need to be teaching Japanese to enter the contest.

To enter the contest, all you need to do is make a simple webpage about the work that your school is doing with Japanese or Japan. This could be a blog, a wiki, or a page that's part of your school's website.

The tentative schedule for the webpage contest is as follows:

  • Deadline to enter the contest January 12th 2015
  • Short-listed schools announced Mid January 2015 
  • Online public voting February 2015
  • Announcement of contest winners Monday 2nd March 2015
  • Presentation Evening and Award Ceremony March 2015

Applications for this contest are now closed. For details on the Public Vote and Award Ceremony, please keep checking the Japan Webpage Contest for Schools website at www.japanwebpagecontest.org.uk


Date: 28 March 2015 from 2.30pm
Venue:

Room 642, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

Download JWCS14-Flyer2sides(lowres)

This contest is supported by the Association for Language Learning (ALL), the British Council, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Centre, JP BOOKS and the Japan Society.

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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme
It Only Happens in the Movies? Japanese Cinema and Encounters
  org

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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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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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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Dartford Grammar School - GCSE and IB event   JPsupported

There will be a Chinese and Japanese GCSE & IB event at Dartford Grammar School on Friday 27th February 2015. It will be an opportunity for teachers to discuss developments relating to both GCSE and IB; conduct moderation and share good practice. UCL IOE Confucius Institute and The Japan Foundation are both supporting this event and Katharine Carruthers and Tomoki Akazawa will chair discussions on the day regarding the current teaching of Chinese and Japanese.

Sessions will be divided into subject specific groups but there will be opportunities throughout the day for teachers from each language to network.

Teachers have the option to attend either the morning GCSE session or the afternoon IB session, or both.

Schedule for the day:
8.45-9.00: Registration and networking
9.00-9.30am: Welcome and Address from Katharine Carruthers (Director, IOE Confucius Institute for Schools) and Tomoki Akazawa (Deputy Director, The Japan Foundation)
9.30-10.15am: Discussions chaired by Katharine Carruthers and Tomoki Akazawa
10.15-10.30am: Break and coffee
10.30-12.30am: GCSE session (Discussion; moderation of speaking and writing controlled assessments; sharing resources/good practice)
12.30-1.15pm: Lunch
1.00-1.15pm: Registration and networking for afternoon IB session
1.15-2.45pm: Ab Initio (Discussion of new specification; moderation of Written Assignments and Individual Orals; sharing resources/good practice)
2.45-4.15pm: Standard Language B (Discussion of new specification; moderation of Written Assignments and Individual Orals; sharing resources/good practice)

Any school who is not currently teaching Chinese or Japanese but are interested in introducing or developing Chinese or Japanese into their curriculum are welcome to attend.

There is no cost for attendance.

If you would like to attend, please contact Katy Simpson on ksimpson@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk before 30th January 2015.


Date: 27 February 2015 from 8.45am
Venue:

Dartford Grammar School
West Hill,
Dartford,
Kent,
DA1 2HW
Click here for a map

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Glasgow Film Festival   JPsupported

This year’s Japan Foundation-supported Glasgow Film Festival will again feature a selection of contemporary Japanese films, including the UK premieres of Daihachi Yoshida’s new film Pale Moon and Shinya Tsukamoto’s adaptation of Shohei Ooka’s acclaimed novel, Fires on the Plain, the Scottish premiere of Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water (pictured) and more.


Date: 18 February 2015 - 1 March 2015
Venue:

Various venues in Glasgow, Scotland


For the full line-up, please visit the Glasgow Film Festival website.

Image: © 2014 “FUTATSUME NO MADO” JFP, CDC, ARTE FC, LM.

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