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Japanese for Juniors: All About Japanese Dolls!
Into the River: Artist talk by O JUN
Japan Foundation/BATJ Early Summer Conference: Teaching Japanese with Technology Within and Beyond the Classroom
Japanese Plus | Learn About Wakamiya-Maru: The Edo Ship that Sailed the World
Kamishibai performance of “Wakamiya-maru” story via skype new
Artist talk by Katsumi Komagata
Self-made Photobooks as an Object - Talk by Yumi Goto new
Artist talk by Sputniko!
Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools 2016 Finals Day
Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan Festival new
MFL Progress TeachMeet at Howes Primary in Coventry
Photobook Bristol
5th East London Comics & Arts Festival
Koki Tanaka: Provisional Studies: Action #5 Conceiving the Past, Perceiving the Present
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016
LIFT ‘16: Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker

Japanese for Juniors: All About Japanese Dolls!   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 dolls...and even make dolls of your own!

From simple wooden kokeshi to elaborate and beautiful hina-ningyō, Japanese dolls have been celebrated worldwide since ancient times as cute toys and as works of art.

In this workshop especially for children, you can learn all about the many different kinds of Japanese dolls, and what they all mean to Japanese people. You can also learn some useful Japanese language to help you talk about dolls and other things you might see in Japan. Finally, you will have the chance to make your own origami dolls yourself!    

This workshop is aimed at adults and children (age 6-12) who have not studied Japanese language. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and all adults must be accompanied by a child! The exception applies to school teachers - if you are a teacher at a UK primary or secondary school, you will be able to attend without any children accompanying you.

Date: Saturday 28th May 2016, 10:30-12:30 or 14:00-16:00
Fee: £5.00 per child (Accompanying adults are free!)

Click here to book your place 


Date: 28 May 2016 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Venue:

Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

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Into the River: Artist talk by O JUN   org

O JUN is considered to be both a leading and subversive voice in contemporary Japanese art and has had several major solo shows, including: MANMANCHAN AN, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (2016); DaDa-co, Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, and Sannojyo’s Dream at Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo. His work features a wide repertoire of characters, everyday objects, clothing and nostalgic motifs of Japan, such as crests, flags, pine trees and distant mountains. Detail and narrative, while clearly evident through his bold graphic and visual fluency, are somewhat undermined, destabilised, enriched, and bothered. Wistful, poignant, poised but also confusing us with a contemporary brashness, O JUN’s work appears to view Japanese culture (and humanity in general) deeply and gently from the inside, and with amused sympathy from the outside. 

As a prelude to his first exhibition in in the UK, 14 days 119 years later at Danielle Arnaud Gallery in London, O JUN will share his thoughts on the evolution of his work and how this has been influenced by his time living and working in Japan and abroad. He will also discuss his recent project made ‘in dialogue’ with the Meiji era (1868-1912) woodblock artist Toyohara Chikanobu for the upcoming exhibition. After his presentation, O JUN will be joined by Tamiko O’Brien, curator of 14 days 119 years later, and Reece Jones, artist, curator and lecturer on the BA and MA Fine Art courses at City & Guilds of London Art School for further discussion.


Date: 7 June 2016 from 6.30pm
Venue:

ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) Studio
The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

For details of how to reach the venue, please visit: www.ica.org.uk/visit


Booking:

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

The exhibition, O JUN Chikanobu Ishida 14 days, 119 years later: will be held at Danielle Arnaud Gallery from 11 June to 11 July 2016. For information about the exhibition and accompanying events please visit: http://www.daniellearnaud.com/exhibitions/exhibition-ojun-chikanobu-ishida.html

Image: O JUN, Dear Sir, I would like to explain it briefly.   2006   pigment, pencil, Japanese pigment on paper   119 x 171 cm   courtesy the artist and Mizuma Art Gallery

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Japan Foundation/BATJ Early Summer Conference: Teaching Japanese with Technology Within and Beyond the Classroom   org

The next Japan Foundation/BATJ Early Summer Conference on the utilisation of ICT, blended learning and language pedagogy is taking place on 4th June. Online booking is now open.

The speaker will be Mr Mourad Diouri, University of Edinburgh. Mr Mourad Diouri is an author and e-learning programme organiser in Arabic language studies at the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Dpt at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is also a teacher-trainer and staff developer in technology-enhanced language teaching. He runs regular training workshops and courses within the UK and worldwide to help teachers maximise their use of existing and emerging technologies to create engaging language learning resources and interactive classroom experiences.

He is also the author of (1) Teach Yourself: Essential Arabic Vocabulary: A Handbook of Core Terms, (2) Internet Arabic: Essential Middle Eastern Vocabulary and (3) Teach Yourself: Read & Write Arabic Script. In 2011, he was awarded the e-Assessment Innovation Award and the Formative e-Assessment Award (Highly Commended) by the Scottish e-Assessment Association.He is also the author of (1) Teach Yourself: Essential Arabic Vocabulary: A Handbook of Core Terms, (2) Internet Arabic: Essential Middle Eastern Vocabulary and (3) Teach Yourself: Read & Write Arabic Script. In 2011, he was awarded the e-Assessment Innovation Award and the Formative e-Assessment Award (Highly Commended) by the Scottish e-Assessment Association.

Click here for more information and to book online


Date: 4 June 2016 from 9.00am to 5.00pm
Venue:

King's College London (directions here)


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Japanese Plus | Learn About Wakamiya-Maru: The Edo Ship that Sailed the World   org

Learn the fascinating story of the Wakamiya-maru...and discuss it with the children of Ishinomaki in Japanese!

During the Edo period when Japan was closed to the outside world, a group of Japanese sailors accidently took a trip around the world after being blown off course by a terrible storm. The ship they travelled in was called the Wakamiya-maru. The survivors visited Falmouth in 1803 on their journey back to Japan. If you would like to read more about their incredible journey in English, please see the third link on this webpage.

As the Wakamiya-maru departed from Ishinomaki, (Miyagi prefecture in the North East of Japan) the Children of the Ishinomaki Children’s newspaper have decided to make a kamishibai story about these historical adventures. The children plan to give a kamishibai performance at many of the locations around the world visited by the Wakamiya-maru’s crew, and London will be the second destination after a few similar events in Russia. This event will include a kamishibai performance of their story via skype. In the workshop you will learn how to discuss historical topics, ask thoughtful questions, and practice reading in Japanese. After the performance you will also have the chance to use your Japanese to interact with the children of Ishinomaki.

This event will be in two parts. The Japanese workshop will be on Wednesday and the performance on Sunday morning.

Workshop:
We will read through the kamishibai script to make sure attendees understand it. We will also learn about ways to question the children, and also prepare information about what the UK was like back in 1803.

Performance:
On the day of the performance you will be able to take part in a question and answer session with the children. We hope you’ll be able to tell them about the UK and have a deep cultural exchange. Lastly we will finish with a discussion about the event.

Participation fee:  £5.00 (includes the Japanese language workshop and all course handouts.)
There is no participation fee for the performance, but workshop attendees will be prioritised.

Course Level:  This course will be held in Japanese. It is for non-native Japanese language learners with an upper-intermdiate -advanced level of Japanese (B2 level of the JF Standard or JLPT N2/level 2 and upwards). 

When:
Lesson:
Wednesday 8th June 18:30 – 20:30
Performance: Sunday 12th June 8:45 – 11:30

To sign up: Please fill in an application here.  


Date: 8 June 2016 - 12 June 2016
Venue:

Kings College, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS


Click here to sign up!

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.

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Kamishibai performance of “Wakamiya-maru” story via skype   org

During the Edo period when Japan was closed to the outside world, a group of Japanese sailors accidently took a trip around the world after being blown off course by a terrible storm. The ship they travelled in was called the Wakamiya-maru. The survivors visited Falmouth in 1803 on their journey back to Japan. If you would like to read more about their incredible journey in English, please see the third link on this webpage.

As the Wakamiya-maru departed from Ishinomaki, (Miyagi prefecture in the North East of Japan) the Children of the Ishinomaki Children’s newspaper have decided to make a kamishibai story about these historical adventures. The children plan to give a kamishibai performance at many of the locations around the world visited by the Wakamiya-maru’s crew, and London will be the second destination after a few similar events in Russia.

This event is in two parts. Any speaker of Japanese is welcome to join us for the performance on Sunday morning. However there is also a Japanese language workshop on Wednesday for upper-intermediate learners of Japanese. Please click here if you are also interested in the Japanese language workshop.

Performance:
You will have the chance to watch a kamishibai performance of their story via skype. After the performance you will also observe the interactions of the children of Ishinomaki and participants in our Japanese Plus course. Lastly, after the children have logged off, we will finish with a discussion about the event in Japanese.
Participation fee:  Free
Course Level:  This performance will be in Japanese. Both native and non-native speakers of Japanese are welcome to attend. 
Please note that spaces are limited to 50 people – first come, first served.  
Click here to sign up! 


Date: 12 June 2016 from 8.45am to 10.30am
Venue:

Kings College, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS


Click here to sign up! 

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Artist talk by Katsumi Komagata   org

Japanese graphic designer and award-winning artist Katsumi Komagata creates games, cards, and books for children. His distinctive and imaginative style uses strong geometric forms and colours that come together as visual objects and can be combined in numerous ways through movement, contrast, proportion, and touch to reinvent the traditional book format. Komagata's imaginative style means he has worked on publications for organisations such as The Museum of Modern Art (New York), and has also won numerous awards, including an International Children's Book Award (Bologna Ragazzi), and two Good Design Awards (Japan).

In conjunction with the East London Comics & Arts Festival, a festival designed to showcase exciting works in comics and illustration at which Komagata has been selected to appear, this special talk will explore his innovative and illustrious career to date. While discussing the development of his craftsmanship, he will also consider the influence that designing for children has on his work, and how he incorporates elements that encourage play and learning development into his books.


Date: 8 June 2016 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Foyles Bookshop, Level 6
107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT


Booking:

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

This event is organised in association with the East London Comics & Arts Festival. Katsumi Komagata will be appearing at this year’s festival, which takes place 10 - 12 June 2016, and will be participating in the workshop One Makes Two on 11 June 2016. For more information, please visit: www.elcaf.co.uk

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Self-made Photobooks as an Object - Talk by Yumi Goto   org

Photobooks could be considered a uniquely curated body of work in a portable and easily distributable format. Japanese photobooks in particular are highly collectible, and some Japanese photographers consider creating photobooks more important than displaying their work in exhibitions. In recent years, self and independently published photobooks have become highly sought after pieces of art as they are able to capture and convey stories in a single object in a way that traditional online and print media is not able to. But what is the potential of this practice, and how have these limited runs of idiosyncratic photo projects gained significance in the contemporary art scene?

Yumi Goto, an independent photography curator, researcher and editor, is an advocate for this latest trend in photography and as such has been facilitating the unique construction process of tactile, tangible photobooks in her outreach activities. In this talk, Goto will discuss the characteristics and potential of self-published photobooks, the outcomes of the practice, and how these books are more substantial than just a physical object while introducing a few contemporary photographers currently using this format.


Date: 14 June 2016 from 7.00pm
Venue:

The Swedenborg Society
20-21 Bloomsbury Way (Entrance on Barter St), London WC1A 2TH
Nearest tube station: Holborn


Booking:

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

This event is organised in association with Photobook Bristol. Yumi Goto will be appearing at Photobook Bristol, which will be taking place 10-12 June 2016. For more information, please visit: photobookbristol.com

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Artist talk by Sputniko!   org

Sputniko! is a British/Japanese artist and designer who creates machines, robotics, music and video exploring issues surrounding technology and pop culture. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Sputniko!’s graduation piece Menstruation Machine—Takashi’s Take (2010), a device simulating bleeding and pain to mimic that of menstruation in order to allow men to understand the experience, was the first of her projects which caused ripples in the contemporary art scene and was just months later exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Since then, Sputniko! has continued to produce playful and cross-boundary work examining technology of everyday life, critically speculating alternative futures for humanity and the world.

A fearless artist able to go beyond ordinary thinking and now teaching at the MIT Media Lab in Massachusetts, United States, Sputniko! will introduce her varied artistic practice and themes for her adventurous projects. With a background in mathematics and computer science, she will also suggest how this unusual artistic upbringing influenced her work, and why she uses the field of critical design to deliver and communicate her dynamic ideas.

Considered a pop personality in Japan also named one of Vogue Japan's Women of the Year in 2013, Sputniko! is without doubt one of the biggest rising stars in contemporary art who is continuing to change the course of female artists in Japan.

Following her presentation, Sputniko! will be joined in conversation by Matt Williams, Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London.


Date: 31 May 2016 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Impact Hub King's Cross, 34B York Way, London N1 9AB
Nearest tube station: King's Cross St. Pancras


Booking:

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

 

This event is organised in association with V&A.

Sputniko! will be taking part in the one-day conference Collecting Future Japan, to be held at V&A on Friday, 27 May 2016. For more information, please click here.

Image credit: Sputniko!, Menstruation Machine - Takashi's Take, 2010. Photography: Rai Royal, courtesy of the artist and SCAI THE BATHHOUSE

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Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools 2016 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!

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).

Provisional schedule: Audience will be admitted from 12:00. The event will begin promptly at 12:30.


Date: 18 June 2016 from 12.30pm
Venue:

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


        

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

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Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan Festival   org

The Japan Foundation are once again delighted to be exhibiting this July at the Hyper Japan Festival- the UK’s biggest J-Culture event!

Come and visit our stand to learn how the Japan Foundation, where you can:

  • Learn about Japanese language and culture,
  • Get information about Japanese language classes
  • Take part in our Japan Quiz
  • Make a wish on our “Tanabata” bamboo
  • Get a free little gift!

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


Date: 15 July 2016 - 17 July 2016
Venue:

Olympia, London

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MFL Progress TeachMeet at Howes Primary in Coventry   JPsupported

 

As part of the Department for Education funded MFL Progress progamme, Howes Primary School will be hosting a TeachMeet on 21st June 2016.
Main Programme
4:00 PM 
Arrivals
Resources Fair
Refreshments
Come along and chat to the suppliers at the resources fair and see what they have on offer!
4:30 PM
Teach Meet Presentations
Japanese Foundation - Introducing Japanese
Goethe-Instut - German resources for Primary MFL
ICT resources for MFL
6:00 PM
Networking
Resources Fair
Refreshments
Takeaways
There will be some takwaways prepared for you from Linguascope and Language Nut.

As part of the Department for Education funded MFL Progress progamme, Howes Primary School will be hosting a TeachMeet on 21st June 2016. The Japan Foundation London will be helping with their Japanese Language enrichment event:

Japanese Language Enrichment Event
1:15 - 3:00 PM (Drop-ins welcome)
Come along and observe the caurosel of Japanese activities which will be run by: the Japanese intern at Howes Primary School, the staff from the Japan Foundation; staff and students from Tile Hill Wood School and Language College, and Japanese trainee teachers from Warwick University.
This event will be suitable for teachers who are considering adding Japanese into their curriculum or for those looking for ideas to enrich their language provision.
Interested in this event as well? That's great! Remember to reserve a ticket. If you are planning on dropping, let us know your aproximate time of arrival.

Japanese Language Enrichment Event
1:15 - 3:00 PM (Drop-ins welcome)
Come along and observe the caurosel of Japanese activities which will be run by: the Japanese intern at Howes Primary School, the staff from the Japan Foundation; staff and students from Tile Hill Wood School and Language College, and Japanese trainee teachers from Warwick University.This event will be suitable for teachers who are considering adding Japanese into their curriculum or for those looking for ideas to enrich their language provision.

Main Programme for the rest of the TeachMeet:
4:00 PM 
Arrivals, Resources Fair, Refreshments
Come along and chat to the suppliers at the resources fair and see what they have on offer!
4:30 PM
Teach Meet Presentations
Japan Foundation - Introducing Japanese
Goethe-Instut - German resources for Primary MFL
ICT resources for MFL
6:00 PM
Networking
Resources Fair
Refreshments

For further information about both the Japanese language enrichment event and the TeachMeet, please click here. 


Date: 21 June 2016
Venue:

Howes Primary School, Coventry


For more information and to sign up for this event, click here. 

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Photobook Bristol   JPsupported

Photobook Bristol is a three-day event celebrating the photobook comprising panel discussions, talks, Q&As and workshops featuring a prestigious international line-up of participants. As part of this year’s festival supported by the Japan Foundation, Yumi Goto, an independent art and documentary photography curator, has been invited to discuss her career as curator and founder of REMINDERS PROJECT, Tokyo in the event Reminders Photography Stronghold: The Handmade, the Personal, the Political taking place on 11 June 2016.


Date: 10 June 2016 - 12 June 2016
Venue:

SouthBank Club, Bristol
Dean Lane, Bristol, BS3 1DB


For more information, please click here.
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5th East London Comics & Arts Festival   JPsupported

The East London Comic & Arts Festival (ELCAF) is a festival showcasing some of the most exciting works in comics and illustration, introducing emerging talents and celebrating artists and collectives pushing the boundaries of their creative fields. This year the festival will welcome Japanese graphic designer and award-winning artist Katsumi Komagata as its guest. Komagata, in addition to speaking at the Japan Foundation event on 8 June 2016, will be participating in the workshop One Makes Two on 11 June 2016.


Date: 10 June 2016 - 12 June 2016
Venue:

Various, please visit www.elcaf.co.uk for more information


For more information, please click here.
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Koki Tanaka: Provisional Studies: Action #5 Conceiving the Past, Perceiving the Present   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is pleased to support a major new commission by Japanese artist Koki Tanaka held at The Showroom, London, which will be his first solo exhibition in the UK. Tanaka’s project departs from his interest in the local histories of The Showroom’s neighbourhood in Church Street, London. Through a series of communal actions and proposals in the lead up to and during the exhibition, involving a range of contributors, Tanaka suggests a composite approach towards how to read the present through the past, and about how these can be starting points for new social possibilities.


Date: 29 April 2016 - 18 June 2016
Venue:

The Showroom, London
63 Penfold St, London NW8 8PQ


For more information, please click here.

Image: A Pottery Produced by 5 potters at Once (Silent Attempt). 2013. Studio of Wang Feng and Han Qing, Beijing

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016   JPsupported

This year’s Japan Foundation-supported Edinburgh Film Festival will feature an exciting selection of Japanese films. In addition to new releases such as Satoko Yokohama’s The Actor and Eiji Uchida’s Lowlife Love, the festival will also be showing two classic Japanese films based on manga as part of the “POW!!! Live Action Comic Strip Adaptations” strand, Golgo 13 directed by Junya Sato (pictured), and Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance directed by Kenji Misumi.

For the full lineup, please visit: www.edfilmfest.org.uk


Date: 15 June 2016 - 26 June 2016
Venue:

Various, please see www.edfilmfest.org.uk for more information.


Image: Golgo 13, dir. Junya Sato, 1973

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LIFT ‘16: Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker   JPsupported

This year’s London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), a biennale festival pioneering new forms of theatre and presenting spectacular performances, will present Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker, a performance orchestrated by Tokyo-based artist and pop-idol Toco Nikaido. Featuring choreographed medley of dance, music, bellowed slogans and video clips, and paying homage to otagei (ritualised dancing and chanting by groups of fans), the performance captures Japan's unique subculture in all its multi-coloured, cacophonous, frenetic glory.


Date: 1 June 2016 - 2 July 2016
Venue:

Various, please see www.liftfestival.com for more information.


For more information, please click here.

Performances of Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker will be held at Barbican – The Pit between 22 June and 2 July 2016 (6:30pm and 9:30pm). For more details, please click here.

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