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The Children's Bookshow
WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO CONNECT? Japanese Identity and Desire to Pass on the Language and Culture among Japanese Diaspora
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2017
Ryoji Ikeda - Test Pattern Live
Poetry in Stop Motion - New Expressions in Japanese Animation: A Talk by Prof Yuichi Ito
Transnational Cities: Tokyo and London
The World’s a Stage: Yukio Ninagawa’s Work, Career and His Legacy new
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2017
The 13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students new
Raindance Film Festival 2017
Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice - Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities
Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture
Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine
British Museum presents: Hokusai

The Children's Bookshow   org

For the 2017 edition of the Children’s Bookshow, an annual tour aiming to inspire children with books, the Japan Foundation is delighted to be a partner in bringing Japanese author Megumi Iwasa and illustrator Jun Takabatake to the UK for two special events.

Iwasa and Takabatake will appear alongside translator Cathy Hirano at Foyles, London on 25 September 2017 and Stafford Gatehouse on 27 September 2017, providing a fascinating insight into the life and work of an author, an illustrator and a translator. The event in Stafford will also feature live drawings and readings by the speakers.

For more information and booking details for the event at Foyles (25 September 2017) please click here

For more details about the event at Stafford Gatehouse (27 September 2017) please click here


Date: 25 September 2017 - 27 September 2017

The Children’s Bookshow 2017 nationwide tour will run from 22 September to 24 November 2017 visiting a number of local theatre venues around the UK. For more details, please visit the Children Bookshow website.

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WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO CONNECT? Japanese Identity and Desire to Pass on the Language and Culture among Japanese Diaspora   org

概要:グローバル化の中で「移動」の時代を生きる私たちと日本、日本文化、日本語とのかかわりは今後どのように変化していくのだろうか。筆者は「日系ディアスポラ研究」の一環として、1960-70年代に渡英した人々が老年期を見据えて1996年にロンドンで創設した「英国日本人会」(JA)へのアンケート調査を実施した。

前半では、こうした英国に根を下ろした日本語話者が、自らと家族の言語使用や日本語の継承、日本との関係、終の棲家、アイデンティティをどのように捉えているかを探った調査とその結果についてお話ししたい。

後半では、JAの創設メンバーの1人であるウイリアムズ・モモコ氏をゲストに迎え、ウィリアムズ氏が立ち上げた「忘れな草」プロジェクト(1950年代以降イギリスに渡って活躍した人々へのビデオインタビュー http://wasurenagusa.org.uk/ja)より、主に日本語の保持と継承に深くかかわる内容のインタビューを紹介する。その後、講演とビデオの内容を踏まえて、参加者が日本語の保持・継承や、アイデンティティなどについてグループで話し合い、共有する。

Living in the age of global mobility, the concept of being Japanese cannot be stable and remain unchanged. Identity is determined by choices and actions individuals take and current socio-political and economical flow. In search for what makes Japanese themselves feel Japanese, Kazuko Miyake has been interviewing ‘Japanese Diaspora’ who have spent most of their lives outside of Japan. Recently she conducted a survey among the members of Japan Association in the UK (JA) and obtained intriguing results. JA was formed in 1996, the core members of which came to the UK in the 1960-70s and have settled ever since. This talk is about how people living outside Japan hold the Japanese sense of identity.

In the first half of the talk, Miyake will explain briefly the background of the lives of Japanese in the UK after the Second World War, then move on to the present survey. The results of the survey reveal the complexity of determining factors, such as the age of immigration, nationality, families’ language use, retainment and inheritance of Japanese language and culture, position towards Japan, choice of place to spend last days, etc.

In the latter half of the talk, one of the founding members of JA, Momoko Williams, who now leads the Wasurena-gusa project, will speak about the project. The project's aim is to preserve a record of Japanese who have lived and made significant contributions to the Japanese community since the 1950s. Short video clips of interviews that are relevant to the maintenance and inheritance of Japanese language will be shown, followed by Williams’ explanation and Miyake’s comments. The audience will be given some time to discuss in groups and share their opinions with other participants.

参加費:無料  Free entry
言語 日本語 This lecture will be held entirely in Japanese.

参加費:無料  Free entry
言語 日本語 This lecture will be held entirely in Japanese.

Note: As this event is now fully-booked, we are no longer accepting applications. We apologise for any disappointment caused.


Date: 16 September 2017 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Venue:

 

SOAS, University of London. WC1H 0XG(Room B102)


Co-organised by The Japan Foundation London and SOAS.

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Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2017   org

The Japan Foundation is once again delighted to be participating in Japan Matsuri, London’s very own and much loved festival of Japanese culture held at Trafalgar Square.

Come and visit our stand to get information about the Japan Foundation and Japanese language. This year, for the first time, we'll even be holding mini tasters in Japanese throughout the day, where you can learn some useful Japanese words and phrases for travelling to Japan!

For more information about Japan Matsuri, please see their official webiste.


Date: 24 September 2017 from 10.00am to 8.00pm
Venue:

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

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Ryoji Ikeda - Test Pattern Live   org

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda will perform Test Pattern, an audiovisual work presenting intense flickering black and white imagery synchronised to a powerful soundtrack. Exploring the relationship between art and sound by orchestrating sound, images, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions, Ikeda’s latest material is the result of almost 20 years of research.

Performances times: Thursday, 28 September 2017: 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

The Japan Foundation is pleased to present this project in partnership with Thirty Three Thirty Three, The Barbican and Selfridges.


Date: 28 September 2017
Venue:

The Selfridges Old Hotel at Selfridges Oxford Street, London


For more information, please click here.
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Poetry in Stop Motion - New Expressions in Japanese Animation: A Talk by Prof Yuichi Ito   org

Employing clay, models and real-life objects, Prof Yuichi Ito is an animation director and creator of numerous popular TV shows, commercials and music videos known for using a variety of animation techniques to create a distinct and original aesthetic. The creator behind the beloved NHK TV show Knyacki! , Prof Ito is also a leading figure in the Japanese animation industry and teaches at the Tokyo University of the Arts where he has inspired a new generation of Japanese animators, pushing the boundaries with new expressions and promoting an experimental spirit.

In conjunction with the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017, this special talk in London will reveal Prof Ito’s creative process in bringing his animated creations to life and his reasons for exploring many different animation approaches, from CGI through to stop motion. Drawing on his wealth of experience, world-class animator Prof Ito will cast a professional eye over the current animation industry in Japan and discuss what makes a good animator and animation.

After his presentation, Prof Ito will be joined for a discussion by Abigail Addison, co-founder and director of Animate Projects.


Date: 29 September 2017 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Curzon Soho (Screen 3), 99 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5DY


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit: poetry-in-stop-motion.eventbrite.co.uk


This event is organised in association with the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival.

The 2017 festival will take place at Chapter, Cardiff (29 September to 1 October 2017) and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Abersytwyth (28 October 2017). For more details, please visit: www.kotatsufestival.com

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Transnational Cities: Tokyo and London   org

Transnational Cities is an international symposium, hosted by Tate Research Centre: Asia together with TrAIN Research Centre, UAL, and in association with the Japan Foundation, examining the historical interconnectedness of cultures in Tokyo and London.

The first day explores Tokyo’s transnational histories and futures. The second day looks at the intersections and points of contact among multiple cultures and diverse artistic legacies in London. Keynote lectures will be delivered by Sonia Boyce, Reiko Tomii and Lee Ufan.


Date: 29 September 2017 - 30 September 2017 from 10.00am to 6.00pm
Venue:

The Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG


To find out more, please visit:  http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/conference/transnational-cities

Image: Lee Ufan, From Line 1978. Tate. © Lee Ufan

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The World’s a Stage: Yukio Ninagawa’s Work, Career and His Legacy   org

Yukio Ninagawa was Japan’s best-known stage director, whose work was marked by its astonishing interpretation and visual imagination. Continually drawn to staging works of literary greats, Ninagawa often harmonised theatre traditions of the east and west through productions of Greek tragedies, Shakespearean plays and much more. Creating worlds of wonder and beauty, Ninagawa’s work transcended language barriers and received widespread critical acclaim internationally including in the UK.

On the occasion of the commemorative performances of Macbeth at Barbican and Theatre Royal Plymouth, co-produced by the Japan Foundation, and in celebration of Ninagawa’s longstanding relationship with the UK, Hiroko Yamaguchi, theatre critic for the Asahi Shimbun newspaper will draw on her vast knowledge and experience of the masterful director’s great body of work. Co-author of the book Ninagawa Yukio no shigoto (“The Work of Yukio Ninagawa”) who has observed Ninagawa’s epic productions both inside and outside of Japan, Yamaguchi will examine Ninagawa’s style and creativity in the past and consider his influence on the global stage. Joined in conversation by Conor Hanratty, a theatre and opera director who also had the opportunity to attend Ninagawa’s rehearsals in Japan, they will discuss where Ninagawa’s legacy lies and consider his unparalleled contribution to not only Japanese performing arts but also the theatre world as a whole.


Date: 7 October 2017 from 3.00pm
Venue:

Bush House (King’s College London, Lecture Theatre One), 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4PH


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit: yukio-ninagawa.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Ninagawa Company’s Macbeth will be performed at Barbican Centre (5-8 October 2017) and Theatre Royal Plymouth (13-14 October 2017). Both performances are co-produced by the Japan Foundation.

Special thanks to the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University

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Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017   org

The 2017 edition of the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival, organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, will showcase the best in both mainstream and independent anime and feature a host of Welsh premieres including Masaaki Yuasa's The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (pictured) and Shukou Murase's SF thriller Genocidal Organ – a real treat for fans of all kinds of animation!

Following the festival’s opening weekend at Chapter in Cardiff, a selection of the films will then be shown at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.


Date: 29 September 2017 - 28 October 2017
Venue:

Chapter, Cardiff: 29 September 2017 – 1 October 2017
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 28 October 2017


For more information, please click here.

Image: The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (dir. Masaaki Yuasa, 2017)

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2017   org

The next Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will take place on Sunday December 3rd 2017. It will be held at SOAS University of London, the University of Edinburgh and Cardiff University.

Deadline to apply: Thursday, 5th October for all 3 test sites. Sites will close earlier when the number of applicants reach the maximum. We highly recommend you to submit the application as early as possible to secure your place at your preferred site.

Please make sure you apply directly at the university where you wish to take the test.

1. SOAS University of London   Registration start: Late August
If you require special arrangements, please contact the university before applying by mid September

> CLICK HERE for more information and to apply at SOAS. 

As the maximum number of applicants has been reached, applications to take the test at SOAS are now closed.

2. University of Edinburgh    Registration start: 21 August 2017, 10am
If you require special arrangements, please contact the university before applying by 8th September, 4pm

> CLICK HERE for more information and to apply at the University of Edinburgh

3. Cardiff University    Registration start: 21st August 2017

Applicants requiring special arrangements should contact the university by email stating 'special arrangements' in the subject line before making an application by 8th September.

> CLICK HERE for more information and to apply at Cardiff University

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


Date: 3 December 2017
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The 13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is open for applications!

This contest gives students the chance to make their voices heard in Japanese, and win some fantastic prizes! Finalists will all perform their speeches on Saturday 24th February 2018 at King’s College London.

:: Contest Aims
The main purpose of the event is to improve the speaking and presentation skills of students studying Japanese as a foreign language. Through this event, we hope to promote Japanese language learning at higher education level in the UK and Ireland.

:: Who can apply?
The contest is aimed at undergraduate students who are currently studying Japanese as a foreign language at a university in the UK or Ireland.

There are three different categories:

1. Speech Category: The Speech Category is for those who are studying Japanese as either a degree or non-degree course at a university in the UK or Ireland including as an elective, optional or other university-based language course.
Application Deadline: 9th November 2017

2. Individual Presentation Category: The Individual Presentation Category is aimed at those studying Japanese at post beginner/intermediate level. Participants will give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese.
Application Deadline: 1st December 2017

3. Group Presentation Category: Aimed at those studying Japanese at beginner level. Participants will take part in groups of two to four students and give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese.
Application Deadline: 8th December 2017

Videos from the 12th Contest Finals Day can be viewed here

Please see the files below for contest poster, FAQ and application forms for each category.


Date: 21 August 2017 - 8 December 2017
Download FAQ(13)
Download ApplicationForm-Speech_Category(13)
Download Rules and guidance - Speech Category
Download ApplicationForm-Individual_Presentation_Category(13)
Download ApplicationForm-Group_Presentation_Category(13)
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Raindance Film Festival 2017   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to support the Way Out East strand at this year's Raindance Film Festival, a strand showcasing an exciting and wide variety of contemporary Japanese films by both up-and-coming and well-established filmmakers. This year's line-up features a number of UK premieres, including Atsuko Hirayanagi's Cannes-screened debut Oh Lucy!, Eiji Uchida's latest Love and Other Cults, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's kendo drama Mukoku and many more. For full details of the Japanese films being shown as part of the festival, please visit: http://festival.raindance.org/country/JPN


Date: 20 September 2017 - 1 October 2017
Venue:

Vue Leicester Square, 3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7AL

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Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice - Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities   JPsupported

How does research on Japan inform ecological practice that is pertinent beyond the framework of area studies, and vice versa? If we were to place nature at the core of our studies of human activities, what new kinds of interdisciplinarity and knowledge would be possible, and how would we reorganize our academic disciplines?

This workshop invites individual papers from UK-based Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers within the Humanities for an inter-disciplinary discussion with guidance from established scholars and practitioners.

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 August 2017


Date: 27 October 2017 - 28 October 2017
Venue:

St Antony's College, University of Oxford


Booking Information

For more information please see the workshop website 

This workshop is supported by the Japan Foundation London Grant Programme for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. For more information about this programme please click here.

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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
Venue:

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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Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine   JPsupported

A collateral programme for the Folkestone Triennial, the major exhibition Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine comprises work by a number of contemporary Japanese artists spanning video, sculpture, painting, drawing and performance. Participating artists include Tatsumi Orimoto, Noe Aoki, Midori Mitamura and many more.


Date: 2 September 2017 - 22 October 2017
Venue:

The Metropole Gallery, Folkestone


For more information, please click here.

Image: Echo Tides - anti cool

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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: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hokusai/hokusai_cinema.aspx


Date: 4 June 2017
Venue:

Nationwide


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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