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NIHONGO CUP | The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK
Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation -
Documentary screening and discussion
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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2017 new
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
Children's Lives in Wartime Japan
Japan Orientation at the University of East Anglia

NIHONGO CUP | The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK   org

We are delighted to announce that the Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students in the UK is open for applications!

This contest is open to students in the UK studying Japanese language. There are three categories: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4&5 Pre-GCSE, and Key Stage 4&5 Post GCSE. Finalists will be invited to perform their speech at Conway Hall in front of a panel of judges and VIPs from the field of Japanese language education and Japan-UK relations, for the chance to win some fantastic prizes – including a trip to Japan!

KS3 applicants should prepare a speech with the title “My Ideal Holiday”. The theme may be interpreted in any way, and creativity is encouraged. 

Applicants in the KS4 &KS5 pre-GCSE and KS4 & KS5 post-GCSE categories are free to choose their own theme.  

Closing date for entries: Fri 24th March 2017
Finals Day: Sat 24th June 2017

Download the Application Pack below for more information, application forms and a poster that you can use to promote the contest within your school.


Date: 15 December 2016 - 24 March 2017
Download Nihongo Cup -Application Pack

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

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Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation -
Documentary screening and discussion
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Six years after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011, the Japan Foundation presents a screening of Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation, a documentary telling the story of how a Japanese football club and their legendary fans set out on the long road to rebuild their hometown.

On 5 March 2011, Vegalta Sendai, a professional football team based in the north-eastern region of Japan, opened their 2011 campaign. Still newly promoted to the top flight of Japanese football, the team's focus was very much on survival. Six days later, the word took on a distinctly different meaning.

British filmmakers Douglas Hurcombe and Geoff Trodd travelled to Sendai to capture this remarkable story, following the response of both the team and its supporters in the aftermath of the disaster. Featuring interviews with the team's staff, players and supporters, as well as former Japanese league player Gary Lineker OBE, the film demonstrates how the team's activities both on and off the pitch not only helped give the city renewed hope, but would capture the imagination of the footballing world. In the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, this film illustrates how sports can be close to people’s hearts and be instrumental in bringing communities together.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's producer Ben Timlett and co-director Geoff Trodd.

Directed by Douglas Hurcombe and Geoff Trodd, 2017, 64 min


Date: 5 April 2017 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY


Booking:

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

 

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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017   org

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema
Experience Japan through Cinema 

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns this year with 14 fantastic Japanese films, offering an all-encompassing introduction to Japanese cinema through the prism of "desires, hopes and impulses".

Presenting films by established and up-and-coming directors, animation, documentary and classics, this year’s programme promises to not only entertain but also provide a vivid insight into what drives human action.

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


Date: 3 February 2017 - 29 March 2017
Venue:

Nationwide

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2017   org

The next Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will take place on Sunday July 2nd 2017. It will be held at SOAS University of London and the University of Edinburgh.

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

1. SOAS University of London
Deadline to apply: 5th April (Wednesday)
If you require special arrangements, please contact SOAS by 24th March.

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


2. University of Edinburgh
Deadline to apply: 6th April (Thursday), 16:00
If you require special arrangements, please contact University of Edinburgh by 31st March.

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

Test centres will close before the deadlines once they have reached their maximum capacity.

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


Date: 14 March 2017 - 6 April 2017
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The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945   org

In an exhibition co-organised with the Japan Foundation, Barbican presents the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design.

Featuring over 40 architects, ranging from renowned 20th century masters and internationally celebrated contemporary architects to exciting figures little known outside of Japan, the exhibition celebrates some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years.


Date: 23 March 2017 - 25 June 2017
Venue:

Barbican Art Gallery, London


For more information, please click here.

Image: Sou Fujimoto Architects, House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2011. Photo Iwan Baan

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Children's Lives in Wartime Japan   JPsupported

Manchester Central library are offering a glimpse into Wartime Japan with this exhibition of 50 picture diaries made by Japanese primary school children between 1944-1945.

Free entry, no booking required. 

Image kindly provided by Peter Cave, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies at University of Manchester


Date: 1 February 2017 - 31 March 2017
Venue:

Manchester Central Library 


For more information, please click here.
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Japan Orientation at the University of East Anglia   JPsupported

Japan Orientation is a focused short course which allows students to explore the latest approaches to Japanese Studies offered as part of the University of East Anglia’s International Summer School.

The programme will be  delivered by the University of East Anglia’s specialised Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS) and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC)  and will concentrate on stimulating discussion with speakers who are leading researchers in the field of Japanese Studies, in culture, history, international relations, business, media and much more.

The course is suited to those currently at university who are interested in Japan, East Asia and the latest approaches to Japanese Studies.

Scholarships: There are 15 Scholarships on offer for the Japan Orientation module, including  12 fully funded places for applicants from the Visegrad Group (V4) countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), and 3 fully funded places for applicants from the UK and Europe (outside of  the V4 countries).

Scholarship Application Deadline: 31 March 2017

For more information please see the website of the University of East Anglia.


Date: 24 June 2017 - 21 July 2017
Venue:

University of East Anglia

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