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Japanese Taster for Schools Training Session – February 2024
School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Information Day for Applicants - February 2024
JF/BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2024
BATJ-JF Japanese Language Education Seminar - Nature of Language: How Language was born and has evolved
Online Seminar - ‘Let's try it: improving teaching - for sustainable development as a teacher’ / オンライン研修会「やってみよう授業改善―持続可能な教師の成長をめざして―」 new
The Scots and Japan: First Contact (1613 - 1623) at the University of Edinburgh
Seeds in the Heart and Leaves of Words: Traditional Japanese Poetry Beyond the Haiku
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2023
UK Online Exchange for Teachers of Japanese as heritage Language 2023/ 英国継承日本語教育関係者オンライン交流会2023
Online Seminar - ‘Bringing Language and Culture Together in the Classroom’ / オンライン研修会「ことばと文化を一緒に学ぶ授業へ」
School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Information Day for Applicants
'Every Day a Good Day' screening at TPG Friday Late: Daido Moriyama
Machine as a Hero? Unfolding Japanese Mecha-Anime: Talk by FUJITSU Ryota
KITAMURA Satoshi, Author of Stone Age Boy, on Stage – Live Drawing, Reading and Talk
Japan-Britain Contemporary Theatre Exchange
Sputnik Sweetheart by MURAKAMI Haruki: A new adaptation by Bryony Lavery, Directed by Melly Still
Every Day a Good Day Special Screening
Online Seminar - ‘View Language Through the Japanese’ / オンライン研修会「日本語からことばを考えよう」
The Machine That Kills Bad People: Ode to Mount Hayachine + Un vent léger dans le feuillage
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Machine at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre
*8-12 October* Meet the Author: YAGI Emi Tour
Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective at The Photographers' Gallery
Japanese Language Session with WAVE
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2023
Local Project Support Programme Autumn 2023 Applications - Online Seminar and Q&A Session
Transformation! Ninja and its Image in the World and Japan - Talk by Prof. YAMADA Yuji
What is the Matter with Inclusiveness? Developments and Issues Taking Examples from the Performing Arts in Japan and the UK
The 19th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students new
Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme 2023-2024 (Autumn) Applications Now Open
Piano Concert: A Harmony of Anime & Games …and much more – Performance by KIKUCHI Ryota
Possessed by Photography: The Legendary Master DOMON Ken - Talk by TANAKA Kotaro
The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2023
*Looking for Volunteers* UCL-Japan Youth Challenge
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Online Seminar on ‘ Reading That Incorporates a “Re-Telling” Activity’ / オンライン研修会「『再話』を取り入れた読解」
JaLaChamp 2023 | Japanese Language Championship for Young Learners UK – Finals Day! new
Special Double Bill: 'Shark Skin Man & Peach Hip Girl' (1998) and 'Party 7' (2000)
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2023
Meet the Author: TAKAHASHI Hiroki in Conversation
Japanese Taster for Schools Training Session - Spring 2023
Online Open Space Conference - “Share It With Others”
Cocktail - ‘Art of Liquid’ that Travels from Japan: Talk & Demonstration by NAKAMURA Mitsuhiro
Title: Online Seminar on ‘Reading While Incorporating “Re-Telling”/ オンライン研修会「『再話』を取り入れた読解」 new
Online Seminar on ‘ Reading That Incorporates a “Re-Telling” Activity’ / オンライン研修会「『再話』を取り入れた読解」 new
Special Screening: Queer 90s Film 'I Like You, I Like You Very Much' at Barbican
School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Information Day
Paper Sanctuary: Pragmatism & Poetry for Ukrainian Refugees at London Design Biennale
Call for Project Members: Project for Establishing Japanese Clubs
Toshikazu Kawaguchi in conversation with Max Liu at Waterstones Piccadilly
Local Project Support Programme Spring 2023 Applications - Online Seminar and Q&A Session
Boris, AOBA Ichiko, and Otoboke Beaver – at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
European Japanese Heritage Networking 2023 / ヨーロッパ継承日本語ネットワーキング2023
JaLaChamp 2023 – Japanese Language Championship for Young Learners UK
Online seminar: An introduction for Japanese language teachers to audio content production /オンライン研修会「日本語教師のための音声コンテンツ制作入門」
Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme 2023-2024 (Spring) Applications Now Open
GALAXY TRAIN - A New Musical
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme Online Talk Series
Tsugaru Dialect: One of the most difficult dialects in Japan
The Fifth Online Get-Together
BAJS/Japan Foundation Postgraduate Workshop 2023
The 18th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第18回大学生のための日本語スピーチ・コンテスト 決勝大会
The 18th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students new
BATJ-JF Japanese Language Education Seminar 2023: How Useful Are Smartphones for Learning Japanese?
Japanese Film Festival at the University of Edinburgh
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023
Online Book Launch Event: A Companion to Japanese Cinema
Contemporary Wood-carved Netsuke
Preserving Cultural Legacy for the Future
Online seminar on the course book "IRODORI”/ オンライン研修会『いろどり 生活の日本語』実践者の話を聞いてみよう new
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2022
Making tradition relatable: Kutani Ware in the Modern Era
Online seminar on ‘Japanese language learning TV programme through strategies “Activate Your Japanese!”’ /オンラインセミナー「ストラテジーで学ぶ日本語学習番組『ひきだすにほんご』」 new
Tradition and Modernity in Kaga Yuzen Dyeing
Hayahisa Tomiyasu in Conversation
Fuminori Nakamura and Crime Fiction at Cheltenham Literature Festival
Panel Discussion: TOWARDS A LIVEABLE WORLD: LEARNING FROM AINU CULTURE
A Night at the Kabuki
Online Teachers’ Workshop “Japanese Language Education Practice Design for B2 level” / 日本語教育ワークショップ「B2レベルの日本語教育実践デザイン」
Local Project Support Programme Summer/Autumn 2022 Applications - Online Seminar and Q&A Session
Seven Transformations: Hagi Ware
Applications for the Japanese Local Project Support Programme 2022-2023 (Summer/Autumn) are open!
Beyond Kanji Teaching 2022: Hybrid Kanji Conference new
*Looking for Volunteers* UCL-Japan Youth Challenge
New Frontiers: Japanese Literature Beyond the Mainstream
UCL - Japan Youth Challenge
Primary Teachers’ Networking Session – “Inviting Fantastic, Unique Friends to Our Community: Activity Ideas for Nihongo x Citizenship Education” new
Online seminar “Reconsidering JLE for Children” / オンラインセミナー「子どもの日本語教育」の再考
Brand-New Event! Japanese Video Championship for Young Learners UK
JaViChamp Japanese Video Championship for Young Learners UK - Finals Day!
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2022
Beyond Kanji Teaching (BKT) 2022 new
Electric Japan 2022: Tristan and Isolde new
Local Project Support Programme May 2022 Applications - Online Seminar and Q&A Session
Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe
ICHI Anime Show at Flatpack Festival
Electric Japan 2022: United Me
Electric Japan 2022: Trigger Point - Nature & A Hum San Sui
Applications for the Japanese Local Project Support Programme 2022-2023 are open!
Reality or Fantasy? Creating the Hero of the Blind Swordsman
Film Festivals on Japan in the UK - The Road to Pressing the Play Button
Young Minds in Japan - Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots
The Lone Ume Tree - Capturing Living with Disabilities and Care in Society
The 17th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第17回大学生のための日本語スピーチ・コンテスト 決勝大会 new
Postgraduate Workshop 2022 new
The Fourth Online Get-Together new
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 new
[Online Talk] Tokyo x Contemporary Art: 3 Views of the City
[Online Talk] Drawing Movements - Creator Talk with Atsushi WADA and Sarina NIHEI
[Online Talk] Japanese Film Posters: An Illustrated Talk by Hidenori Okada new
[Online Talk] A Portrait Of A Noh Theatre - Yarai Nogakudo: An Online Talk by Yoshimasa KANZE new
[Online Talk] Kinema Junpo and Film Criticism in Japan In Conversation with Yuko Sekiguchi new
[Online Event] Working Women in Manga new
BFI JAPAN: 100 YEARS OF JAPANESE CINEMA (Part 1)
Koji Yamamura: In The Studio Where Japan's Leading Animation is Born
[Online Talk] Japanese Book Cover Designs that Broke the Mould
[Online Event] Kikuko Tsumura in Live Conversation
[Online Event] Keiichiro Hirano in Live Conversation
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2021 – Aberystwyth programme
Japanese Documentary Filmmaker Haneda Sumiko: Authorship and Gender Discourses
The 17th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Rakugo and Kobanashi – Demonstration, Talk, Performance Event
[Online Event] Kaga Yuzen: Colours of Japanese Elegance - A Talk with MAIDA Hitoshi new
Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival: Bodies (In partnership with the Japan Foundation) new
[Online Talk] Japanese Sounds - Spiriting Away and Praying for Peace new
Local Project Support Programme September 2021 Applications - Online Seminar and Q&A Session
The Second "Course on the Application of ICT for Teachers - Learning ICT Through Practice"
Funding for Japanese Language Education Projects held in the UK - September 2021 Applications OPEN
[Online Talk] Up Close and Personal: Curators' Treasures in a Castle, Palace, and Manor House
UCL-Japan Youth Challenge
[Online Talk] Wagashi - A Cultural Sweet Feast for the Eyes new
Kobanashi Workshop for Educators – Sharing Teaching Practices and Learning
[Online Talk] Rendering Culture & Conveying Nuance: How Translators Read Japanese Poetry
[Online Talk] Women's Voices and Women's Verses
Nihongo Cup 2021 Finals Day new
[Online Event] Competing Visions of Modernity: Architects who Changed Japan
セカンダリー日本語教師のためのワークショップ - Online Workshop for Secondary School Teachers: How do we equip our students with 21st century skills
[Online Talk] Designs That Defined Modern Japan new
[Online Event] Reframing Japanese Narratives for the UK Stage new
[Online Talk] The Pursuit for New Aesthetics - An Architectural Talk with HIRANO Toshiki new
Japanese Artists at the Architecture Film Festival London
[Online Event] Delving Into ' Grave of the Fireflies' with Alex Dudok de Wit new
[Online Talk] Art In Motion - Creatives Who Have Transitioned to Video Artistry new
Local Project Support Programme 2021-2022 Online Seminar and Q&A Session – Applications Open!
Applications for the Japanese Local Project Support Programme 2021-2022 are open!
11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art From Japan - An Online Exhibition new
The Third Online Get-Together For Secondary School Teachers セカンダリー日本語教師のための第3回ONLINE懇親会
BATJ-JF Spring Seminar - Exploring and Reflecting on Classes in an Online Setting: How can we cultivate ICT literacy for teachers of Japanese?
The 16th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第16回大学生のための日本語スピーチ・コンテスト 決勝大会
Postgraduate Workshop 2021
The Place of Japanese Cinema in the UK
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2021 Online Special - Talk Series
The Second Zoom Online Get-Together
(in)Animate Objects - the Contemporary Puppetry of Nakamura Aya new
Nihongo Cup 2021 - Applications Open! new
Japan Society Sixth Form Japan Week 2020 - Japan Foundation Online Japanese Language Workshop for Students
The Art of the Pinch: A Lecture and Demonstration on Tsumami Zaiku new
A Story in Four Frames - Japanese Yonkoma Manga new
Creativity and Designing JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Games) new
“Course on the Application of ICT for Teachers - Learning ICT Literacy Through Practice”
Game + Culture: Co-evolution of Japanese Video Games and Society new
Kobanashi Workshop for Educators – Kobanashi Performance Instruction Methods to Teach Japanese Language Learners
Spirits of Action: Japanese Manga and Sports new
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Screenings and Special Talk Events new
Carving Out Beauty - The Life and Work of Munakata Shiko new
Kimono Crossing the Sea - Its Power to Inspire Imagination and Creativity new
Sayaka Murata Exclusive Recorded Interview at Cheltenham Literature Festival + LIVE Q&A
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2020 new
Colouring for the Future - From a Kutani Porcelain Studio new
The 16th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students new
‘Private Rehearsals’ – A Virtual Reading
Conjuring A Sense of Movement - Japanese Graphic Designers And Sports Posters
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk Exhibition at the V&A
Up-Close and Personal: Curators' Treasures
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2020
Born Into A Noh Family: How the New Generation is Keeping the Tradition Alive
Nihongo Cup 2020 - Finals Day
Nihongo Cup 2020
Rakugo Performance and Introductory Lecture for Japanese Language Education and Japanese Intellectual Studies
How Do They Read? Voices and Practices of Japanese Literature Translators
Ninja: Their Philosophies and Duties - A Talk by Prof Yuji Yamada
Ninja: Their Philosophies and Duties - A Talk by Professor Yuji Yamada new
Yonkoma manga: A workshop led by Shango
Free Japanese Film Streaming!
[CANCELLED] Guided Tour and Talk The Superlative Artistry of Japan touring exhibition
[CANCELLED] Director Talk with Maeda Tetsu
[CANCELLED] Manga Workshop Masterclass with Shango Part of The Superlative Artistry of Japan touring exhibition
March 2020 – BATJ and JF Spring Seminar: Using Drama as a Method of Education
Women and Sport in Japan
Artist Talk by Iwasaki Takahiro
The Fifteenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
New A-Level Workshop!『Motto Yomu CHIKARA』Workshop Part2 - Material Development
Seikatsu Kogei: Objects For Intentional Living Exhibition Organised by The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Japan Foundation/BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2020: Publishing Your Research
Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro – an international conference
Every Day A Good Day Screening
Preview Event for JFTFP20
The Japan Foundation Touring Exhibition:
The Superlative Artistry of Japan
Japanese Online Course for Teachers
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2019
A Reading Performance of Pearl and Dagger at The Other Palace
Experience Japan Exhibition 2019
Japan Foundation at the Language Show London 2019
Fogscape #03238 Installation at Lumiere Durham 2019
Japanese Education Workshop - Sharing Teaching Ideas for Creative Japanese Language Activities in Classrooms
Screening of Singing Lovebirds (1939)
Author Talk with Kanako Nishi
Okinawan Art in its Regional Context
Fabula Collective - Ley Line
Animator Talk with Takeshi Yashiro
Unite Wales and Japan: Experience Japan and the Rugby World Cup
UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Project
Nara: Faith and Renewal – An International Symposium
Call For Applications: Europe-Japan Intellectual Exchange Session 2019
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2019
An Introduction to Japanese Kagura by Professor Terence Lancashire
Iwami Kagura Dance Performances come to the UK!
From the Dust of This Wretched Earth
Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2019
MODE 2019 - Performances by Yosuke Fujita and ASUNA
Anime's Human Machines
Naomi Kawase: In Focus
at the Open City Documentary Festival
Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2019
Cardiff University Japanese Education Seminar
The 15th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Artist Talk by Keiko Takemiya
All You May Want to Know About Shojo Manga
A Lecture by Tomoko Yamada
What is Manga?
MANGA in a global society: the origins and development of a genre – Special Lecture with Fusanosuke Natsume, Manga Critic and Columnist
Summer Explorers 2019
THE鍵KEY performance
Summer Explorers 2019! Manga based film mini season
Manga Speaks Japanese!
Japan Youth Challenge 2019
The Chief, The Missionary, His Wife & Her Brother
Music & Manga: A Vision of Sound
Kaku Hayashi at International Ceramics Festival
Kansai Yamamoto: More is more
Leicestershire Young Ambassador Japan Conference
Artist Talk by Nobuko Tsuchiya
Pre-Summer Explorers! 2019
Nihongo Cup 2019 - Finals Day
Nihongo Cup 2019
Solo Exhibition by Nobuko Tsuchiya
at Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019
Love and Desire Between Women in Girls' manga
Japanese Photography Revisited:
Talk by Dr Lena Fritsch and Miho Kajioka
Japan Information Day 2019
Reopening the Opening of Japan: A Two-Day International Conference to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Ishin
Events at the Flatpack Festival 2019
Japanese Children's Day in Orkney
A Visual Feast - The Culinary Microcosm of the Japanese Lunch Box
Japan Foundation and British Association for Teachers of Japanese Spring Seminar
Artist Talk by Kohei Nawa
Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa — Vessel
Still Walking + Q&A with Hirokazu Kore-eda
Wakan: The Colourful Life of Japanese Herbs
From Organic Dyeing to Bath Salts
A Timeless Pallette:
The Story of wa no iro - Japanese Colours
Dance Beyond Movement: Talk with Saburo Teshigawara & Rihoko Sato (KARAS)
A Talk by Yukiko Mishima (Director of Dear Etranger)
Hand in Hand
Japan Foundation/BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2019: Career Progression
Japanese Youth Conference in Scotland
The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day
Japan Foundation and British Association for Teachers of Japanese Seminar
Author Talk: Kyoko Nakajima
Sake Symposium: Understanding the Unique Aspects of Sake
Japan Now 2019
Dartford Grammar School and Japan Foundation GCSE and IB Meeting
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019
Van Gogh & Japan: The Provence Years
Born in Okinawa
Artist Talk: Mari Katayama
Composing for Ninagawa: A Talk by Yasuhiro Kasamatsu
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2018
Poetry as Dance: Kyomai Inou-ryu Meeting in Britain
Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity
Art that Speaks: Meiro Koizumi
Experience Japan Exhibition 2018
Japan Foundation at the Language Show London 2018
The Expression of Youth: Japanese Street Fashion in Post-War Culture
Artist Talk: Aida Makoto
Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2018: Call for Participation!
Japan Conference for Schools 2018
Author's Talk: Satoshi Kitamura
Author's Talk: Sayaka Murata
Author's Talk: Genki Kawamura
Film Screening: Your Name
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2018
Ryoji Ikeda at the Atlantic Project
Stop Motion Animation Which Never Stops - Animation Creators' Talk
Fumihiko Maki - Bodies of Thought
JAEFF 2018: Youthquake
Countdown to Kickoff: Japan's rugby history one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Artist Talk: Taro Izumi
Winds of Change - Japanese Contemporary Plays and Playwright Series
BAJS 2018 Conference: Crisis? What Crisis? Continuity, and Change in Japan.
Kazuo Hara at Open City Documentary Festival 2018
The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Full of Noises presents: Tomoko Sauvage and ASUNA
Summer Explorers! 2018
Pre-Summer Explorers Japanese Language Tasters!
Maeda Kamari calligraphy Performance and Workshop
Pre-Summer Explorers!
Coming soon! Pre + Summer Explorers!
UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2018
The Influence of Japanese Architecture – Royal Academy Architecture Awards Week
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2018
Noh Reimagined 2018: Sublime Illusions
Talk: Kengo Kuma on architecture and Identity
Japanese Artists at Supersonic Festival
UKABS 2018 Annual Conference
Artist Talk: Noritake Kinashi
MODE curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Nihongo Cup 2018 - Finals Day
Tatsuo Miyajima at the William Morris Gallery
Inclusive Bodies - Creation in dance with different physicality
Sex, Nudes, and the EverydayArtist talk by Ryudai Takano
Sex, Nudes, and the Everyday - Artist talk by Ryudai Takano
JF/BAJS/BATJ Spring Symposium: (Re)Defining and Promoting Japanese Studies in the UK
Sex, Nudes, and the Everyday
Artist talk by Ryudai Takano
Spring Explorers
Spring Explorers!!
Spring Explorers!!!
Spring Explorers!!!!
Spring Explorers!!!!!!
Spring Explorers! - Free Film Programme
JFTFP18: Sixteen films; Eighteen venues; 131 screenings – done!
A Talk by Yu Irie- Memoirs of a Murderer Director
Rie Nakajima - Cyclic
Murakami on Screen (Eyes on Murakami)
Haruki Murakami and I- A Talk by Hideo Furukawa
13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY
Japan Now 2018
Japan Foundation / BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2018: Bridging the Academic Worlds of the UK and Japan
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon’s ‘Pluto'
(Un)true Colours: Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema- Experience Japan through Cinema
Primary Japanese Resource Sharing Workshop 2018
Game Play:- A Talk by Hirokazu Yasuhara (Sonic the Hedgehog Game-Designer)
Conference: At the Roots of Visual Japan. Word-text dynamics in early-modern Japan
Nihongo Cup 2018 - Applications Open!
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2017
Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers
HYPER JAPAN presents: Illuminight – Magical ‘akari’ lanterns installation
Contemporary Japan Speaker Series by the London Asia Pacific Centre
Japan Foundation at Experience Japan Exhibition 2017
Conference: Foreign Graduate Employment in Japanese Companies – Implications for Japanese Studies Teaching & Research
Japan’s Changing Diplomatic and Security Practice – A Research Workshop
Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice - Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities
Is Japanese Food Healthy? Taste, Sense and Sensation - A Talk by Prof Ole G Mouritsen
Tears and Laughter: Women in Japanese Melodrama
Filmmaker Naoko Ogigami in conversation
Japan Foundation at Language Show London 2017
The World’s a Stage: Yukio Ninagawa’s Work, Career and His Legacy
Ninagawa Company's Macbeth
BFI London Film Festival 2017
Poetry in Stop Motion - New Expressions in Japanese Animation: A Talk by Prof Yuichi Ito
Transnational Cities: Tokyo and London
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017
Ryoji Ikeda - Test Pattern Live
Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2017: Call for Participation!
The Children's Bookshow
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2017
Raindance Film Festival 2017
WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO CONNECT? Japanese Identity and Desire to Pass on the Language and Culture among Japanese Diaspora
Japanese Taster for Schools Programme Volunteer Training Day 2017
BAJS Workshop: Meiji Japan in Global History
Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine
International Workshop on Reflective Transitions of Politics in Japanese Art
Culinary Culture & Gastronomy in Japanese Cinema
The 13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2017
Summer Explorers 3: A special free film programme all about food
Japanese Cultural Studies outside of Japan – its current status and future perspectives
The Life and Work of Jiro Takamatsu - Talk by Yumiko Chiba
Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture
Mr Potsunen's Peculiar Slice of Life by Kentaro Kobayashi
The Japanese House: I Was Born, But... + live piano and Benshi narration
NIHONGO CUP | The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK FINALS DAY
Japan Orientation at the University of East Anglia
How to become a Benshi! Silent Cinema and the Art of Live Narration
Kikagaku Moyo UK Tour
London, Rio, Tokyo Olympics Symposium
British Museum presents: Hokusai
The Old Puppet Joruri: The Tale of High Priest Kochi
"The World of Maki Asakawa" - Songs from the Japanese Post-War Counterculture
Architecture on Stage: Atelier Bow Wow
Sport and Diplomacy: Past Reflections and Looking Towards 2020
Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation -
Documentary screening and discussion
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
Filmmaker Talk: Naotaro Endo, director of Tsukiji Wonderland
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2017
12th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY
A Silent Voice - Discover Japanese Studies through Anime!
Japan Now at the British Library
Japan Foundation / BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2017: Make an Impact
The Many Faces of Noh - Talk and Demonstration by Hideta Kitazawa
Giving Choice And Connecting People: Expanding Ideas For Japanese Language Study With Minato
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017
Language Education for Social Future: Language, Community, and Identity
Children's Lives in Wartime Japan
An Ode to Toru Takemitsu
Anisong - The Musical World of Anime
Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level) | TERM 2
Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (A1 Beginner Stage 2 Level) | TERM 2
Japanese IB Networking Event
NIHONGO CUP | The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK
Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016
Part 4: The Sun by Tomohiro Maekawa
Primary Japanese Resource Sharing workshop
Voices from the Japanese Avant-garde Music Scene:
Talk and Performance by Musician and Vocalist Koichi Makigami
London International Animation Festival 2016
Let's Play Hanafuda!
Japanese Taster for Schools Programme Volunteer Training Day 2016
Game Changer - talk by Hisakazu Hirabayashi
Japanese Culture Day
Contact Points Talk and Lecture
Japan Foundation at Experience Japan Exhibition 2016
Shinsuke Ogawa and Ogawa Pro: Collective filmmaking and the culture of dissidence
Silence is Golden? Classroom Silence in Universities in Japan and the UK
Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016
Part 3: Pighead
Illustrated Talk by Obi Impresario Genbei Yamaguchi X
Using Drama to Enrich Japanese Language Education
The Red Candle - Mermaids in the East
Dartford Grammar School - Japanese Networking Event for Head Teachers
Speaking Out: Actor-Director Talk Kaori Momoi
Talk by author Mitsuyo Kakuta
Manga: The New Generation - Talk by Ken Niimura and Miki Yamamoto
Japan Foundation at Language Show Live London 2016
Lakes International Comic Arts Festival 2016
TUSK Festival 2016
Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016
Part 2: Got to Make Them Sing!
Here and Now
Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2016: Call for Participation!
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2016
Talk by author Miri Yu
Ninagawa x Shakespeare - Talk by Yuriko Akishima
London Design Biennale
London Design Biennale 2016
JF Supported: Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2016
Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016
The Twelfth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2016
Shining Stars: Idols in Japanese Cinema in the 1980s and 1990s
Summer Explorers! 2 - Japanese Anime Screenings
Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan Festival
Koki Tanaka: Liverpool Biennial 2016
Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker: Talk by Toco Nikaido
Japanese Experience for Children in Brighton
MFL Progress TeachMeet at Howes Primary in Coventry
Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools 2016 Finals Day
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016
Self-made Photobooks as an Object - Talk by Yumi Goto
Kamishibai performance of “Wakamiya-maru” story via skype
5th East London Comics & Arts Festival
Photobook Bristol
Artist talk by Katsumi Komagata
Japanese Plus | Learn About Wakamiya-Maru: The Edo Ship that Sailed the World
Into the River: Artist talk by O JUN
Japan Foundation/BATJ Early Summer Conference: Teaching Japanese with Technology Within and Beyond the Classroom
LIFT ‘16: Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker
Artist talk by Sputniko!
Japanese for Juniors: All About Japanese Dolls!
Japanese Gardens: Talk by Kei Ishikawa
Artist Talk by Shun Ito
Talk & Demonstration: Exploring the Music of Noh
Koki Tanaka: Provisional Studies: Action #5 Conceiving the Past, Perceiving the Present
Japanese Show & Tell! Online Resource Workshop for Independent Learners of Japanese
Common Thread: Artist talk by Satoru Aoyama
Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level) - Term 3
Spring Double Bill: "Kabuku" and "The Garden of Words"
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2016
Filmmaker Talk: Aya Hanabusa
Japan Foundation at Language Show Live Scotland
PARO - The Therapeutic Robot: Robotics for an Ageing Society
Bite-sized Bunraku: A Little Flavour of Japanese Traditional Puppetry
Japan Conference for schools 2016
Primary Japanese Up-skilling Course – Level 1: 5 March 2016
Design for living with kids - talk by Shu Hagiwara
Japanese Noir - Author Fuminori Nakamura in conversation
The 11th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY
JAPAN NOW
International Dialogues - Shigeru Ban
Public Seminar: Female Entrepreneurship in Japan
Deadline Extended! Ask me anything in Japanese with director Yuki Tanada
Japan Foundation at London Anime & Gaming Con Feb 2016
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016
Japan Foundation / BAJS Japanese Studies Post-graduate Workshop 2016
Temple Tastes - Talk by Rev. Kakuho Aoe
Creation from Catastrophe – how Architecture rebuilds Communities
Cream Screens: Takashi Makino and [+] Collective
Throwing Shadows: Japanese Expanded Cinema in the Time of Pop
J-Basic - Last Chance EVER to enrol!
Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level) - Term 2
What Girls Want - The World of Shojo Manga (Girls' Comics)
Nihongo Cup – The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students in the UK
Art in the Age of the Global Environment
The Crucified Lovers (Chikamatsu monogatari)
Can a Freeter Buy a House? Contemporary Housing Issues in Japan from the 'Lost Generation' to 'Generation Rent'
Film screening and discussion: Samurai Warrior Queens
Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme 2015 Training Day for Volunteers
Japanese Language Teachers’ Seminar: How to use Japanese language learning websites and apps: Expanding your ideas and options
Fogscape #03238 by Fujiko Nakaya (Lumiere Festival)
Japanese Plus: Let’s Speak Kansai Dialect!
Safe as Houses? Housing and Welfare in an Ageing Society: Japan and UK Perspectives
NEoN Digital Arts
Kawaii as a Button! Cuteness in Contemporary Craft Practice
Kawaii: Crafting the Japanese Culture of Cute
D.I.Y. Japanese Club! Extra-Curricular Japanese Resources & Ideas Sharing Workshop
Double Bill: Films by Makoto Shinkai (Gateshead)
Double Bill: Films by Makoto Shinkai (Gateshead, Anime Attacks)
Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers 2015
Hatsune Miku - The Metamorphosis of Music and Technology
Artist talk by Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter
Shojo manga: Girls' Comics from Japan
Shojo manga: Girls' Comics from Japan
Japan Foundation at Language Show Live 2015
TUSK Festival 2015
Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level)
Artist Talk by Hideyuki Katsumata
Japan Foundation at Bristol Anime Con
Hideyuki Katsumata: USO de HONTOU
Riding the Current - Japanese Contemporary Art and its Curatorial Views
Shinya Tsukamoto: Filmmaker Talk
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival
Join the Club! Fandom in Japanese Theatre: Kabuki & Takarazuka
Sensoria 2015
Raindance Film Festival
Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2015: Call for Participation!
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2015
BUKATSUDŌ: Teaching Character in Japanese School Clubs
The Eleventh Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
The Lie of the Land - Rethinking Landscape Painting
Japanese from Scratch: All About Bento!
Primary Japanese - resources sharing workshop
Current Location (Fellswoop Theatre)
Japanese Language Proficiency Test December 2015
Voices from the Past: Shadows of War in Japanese Cinema
Summer Explorers! Japanese Anime Screenings
Japanese Refresher Course for Teachers 2015
Central and Local Governance in Japan and the UK: Lessons from Okinawa and Scotland
Takehisa Kosugi: SPACINGS
Inside the Industry: ANIME
Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan Festival July 2015
SAKE: Tradition Meets Innovation - The Story of the First Non-Japanese Sake Master Brewer
Japanese Language Proficiency Test July 2015
Japan Foundation at London Anime & Gaming Con July 2015
Public Seminar: STEMming the Gender Gap: A New Era for Japanese Women in Science and Engineering?
Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Student Survey 2015
ENDO Shuhei | Architect for a New Era
**2nd chance!** Japanese from Scratch: Sweet-Talk your way in Japan!
Nihongo Cup: The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK FINALS DAY!
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Artist talk by SHIMURAbros
Public Seminar: INEMURI: The Art of Napping in Japan
Post 3.11: What Can Art Do? Four Years On: Art and the Disaster
Learn & Teach Primary Japanese!
J-CLan Initiative: Introduction to Japanese Culture and Language Teaching in Primary Education
Screen Translation and the Benshi Tradition in Japan
Carving the Future - Contemporary Japanese Sculpture Today
Talk with Noe Aoki and Teppei Kaneuji
A Lost Art Revived: Tsujigahana, Itchiku Tsujigahana and Itchiku Kubota -- A talk by Dr Jacqueline M. Atkins
Worn with Pride -- Textiles, Kimono, and Propaganda in Japan, 1925-1945
Japanese from Scratch: Sweet-Talk your way in Japan!
Public Seminar: People Make Places: Empowering Locals through Community Design
Film Screening: KABUKU
Behind the Curtain of Contemporary Kabuki Theatre
Reality Check: Artist talk by Chim↑Pom
The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 3
Japan Foundation Japanese Language & Culture Course A2 Elementary Stage (Pilot)
Workshop: Rethinking 'Japanese' Pop Culture: A Topic for Academic Study?
Rethinking 'Japanese' Pop Culture: Transnational media cultural connections and the question of cultural diversity
Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design
Japanese Plus: Talk About Music in Japanese
Volunteer Japanese Teaching Opportunity at University of Edinburgh Training Day
The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15 - Award Ceremony and Presentation Evening
Japanese for Juniors: Learn Japanese through Stamp-Making!
Windows on a Modern World: The Role of the Department Store in 20th Century Japan
Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students 2015
Japanese Studies Post-Graduate Workshop, 2015
Japan Conference for Schools 2015
The Tenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY
The Metamorphosis of Japan After the War
Postwar Japanese Photography - Talk by Marc Feustel
Dartford Grammar School - GCSE and IB event
Make Your Own Japanese Teaching Resources with PowerPoint
Glasgow Film Festival
Artist's Talk: Fujiko Nakaya
Fog Bridge by Fujiko Nakaya
Artist talk by Chu Enoki: "Scrap Heap Hero"
JF@London Anime & Gaming Con
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme
It Only Happens in the Movies? Japanese Cinema and Encounters
Contemporary Art History: Japan - A Book Talk by Hideki Nakazawa
Japanese Language Teachers’ Seminar: I Can Write in Japanese
Metamorphosis of Japan After the War
Plexus
Potential of Japanese language education in primary schools
Potential of Japanese Language Education in Primary Schools - Public Seminar
Artist Talk by Riusuke Fukahori
Bigakko: Anti-Academy - Talk by Alice Maude-Roxby
JF-BATJ Japanese Language Teachers' Seminar: Assessing Japanese with JF Standard - with Mayumi Mitsuya
Special Film Screening: Ninja Shadow Warriors
Artist Talk by Aiko Miyanaga
The Truth About...Ninjas - Talk and Demonstration
Artist talk by Satoshi Kitamura
in conversation with Nicolette Jones
Public Seminar: The Role of Education in Disaster Risk Reduction: Lessons from Kobe and Tohoku
Public Seminar: The Happy Youth of a Desperate Country
Public Seminar: Online Election Campaigns and Digital Democracy in Japan
Rie Nakajima: Fall
Public Seminar: The Real Story Behind Japan's Marriage Crisis
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
Japanese Plus Special: Friend or Foe? Understanding Japanese Thought and Culture through Yōkai
Public Seminar: 50 Years of the Shinkansen
Introduction to "flipped learning" for GCSE Japanese
Shinjuku Culture in the 1960s -
Talk by Go Hirasawa and Jelena Stojković
Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Headteachers
Teacher Training: WJEC Japanese Language Units (QCF)
Talk: Building Blocks: Curating Architecture
Public Seminar - Maths-As-It-Could-Be: The life and philosophy of Kiyoshi Oka
Japan Foundation at Language Show Live 2014
The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection
Public Seminar: Prof AKIRA IRIYE - An Historian Looks at the Contemporary World
Shinro Ohtake
Workshop: Let's Catch the Lion -
Dobutsu Shogi (Animal Shogi) instructed by Madoka Kitao
Artist talk: Shinro Ohtake
Public Seminar: WORLD LITERATURE, Japanese perspectives
Talk: Speaking the Same Language - International Collaboration and Co-production in Performing Arts
Book Launch: The Growing Power of Japan, 1967-1972
Artist talk: Yoshitomo Nara
Yoshitomo Nara: Greetings from a Place in My Heart
Japanese Language Proficiency Test December 2014
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2014
Talk - Gekiga: The Evolution of Alternative Manga
Talk: An Introduction to Sake
Public Seminar: Japanese Archaeology in the Digital Age
Art Meets Design -
Talk: Yuri Suzuki x Kouichi Okamoto with Alex Coles
Japanese Studies Seminar in Alsace: Call for Participation!
Japan Foundation/JGap Japanese Language Teachers' Seminar: Self-Expressing Activities and Elementary Japanese Language Education
LDF Digital Design Weekend: Magnetic Field Record, Kouichi Okamoto
It’s a Wrap: Japanese furoshiki past and present
Public Seminar: Economic Policy and the Welfare State in Japan and the UK
Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme – September 2014 Training Day for Volunteers
Public Seminar - Always on and connected: young people and their mobile social media use in Japan, the US, and the UK
Japan Foundation at Alcon
Out of Step - Artist talk by contact Gonzo
Public Seminar - NAGADORO: Rural Life after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Double Bill: Films by Makoto Shinkai
Young, Fearless & Limitless -
Artist talk - Yo Nakamura and Underground Airport
Public Seminar: Tracing Colours and Characters in the Work of HARUKI MURAKAMI
Public Seminar: The Work of the Visual in Mourning the Dead in Post-Tsunami Japan
Public Seminar - Freeter, the Japanese Precariat: Youth and Labour Disintegration in Japan
Japanese Film Screenings at the Japan Foundation
Introduction to new resources for the JF Japanese Scheme of Work for Key Stage 2
Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan 2014
Stamp Rally @ JF Library - Summer 2014
Artist talk: Macoto Murayama on Botech Compositions - Where Botanical Art Meets Science
Japanese Plus: Japanese for Jobs
Botech Compositions: New Work by Macoto Murayama
Special Free Film Screening: The Lovers' Exile
Artist talk: Seiichi Hayashi in conversation with Ryan Holmberg
Seminar: Takarazuka - A Hundred Years of Song and Dance
Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme – June 2014 Training Day for Volunteers
Journal
Seminar: One Place After Another - What can periodical international contemporary art projects actually share?
Playwright Talk: Toshiki Okada
Book Launch & Talk: Making Tea, Making Japan. Kristin Surak in conversation with Christine Guth and Fabio Gygi
LIFT 2014: Toshiki Okada’s Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich
J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015

Seminar: Takarazuka - A Hundred Years of Song and Dance   org

The Takarazuka Revue Company, one of the largest theatre groups in Japan, features an all-female cast that specialises in either a “male role” or a “female role” in the musicals, stage dramas and dance revues. Showcasing a wide range of genres, it has attracted a mass audience of mostly female followers, resulting in tickets sales reaching fever pitch levels. But what is the role of Takarazuka in the world of Japanese theatre and what does it signify?

This special event commemorating the 100th anniversary of Takarazuka provides an opportunity to cultivate a cross-cultural understanding of the theatre company through discussion. Beginning with a brief talk by Dr Nobuko Anan, a lecturer in Japanese studies at Birkbeck, University of London, regarding the history and characteristics of Takarazuka, she will be joined by Noriko Tosaka (aka Ai Otohara) and Machiko Nakano (aka Reo Kazami), two distinguished former Takarazuka performers, as well as Jano Williams, co-director of the documentary Dream Girls (1994). Tosaka and Nakano will reflect on their past experiences inside the exclusive, fiercely competitive company whose practices have remained largely unchanged for a century. As arguably one the first filmmakers outside of Japan to capture the elite world of Takarazuka, Williams, a British filmmaker, will speak about their motives for making their insightful film, and what they observed through the camera behind the scenes of the dazzling revue.

Following the discussion, the former Takarazuka performers will take part in a short demonstration illustrating the distinct form of male and female characterisations that the company is so well known for.

This event will extend beyond a simple overview of Takarazuka and together, the speakers, each with their own perspectives, will delve into the impact of Takarazuka, issues associated with Takarazuka, including gender, as well as the societal norms that have created this spectacular scene.


Date: 27 June 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, 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 you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk

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Possessed by Photography: The Legendary Master DOMON Ken - Talk by TANAKA Kotaro   org

Attend TANAKA Kotaro's talk on DOMON Ken to discover the renowned photographer. Gain insights about his iconic works and explore his relationship with contemporaries such MORIYAMA Daido and ARAKI Nobuyoshi. Discover how DOMON's photography reflects the society he lived in.

 

The Photographers' Gallery

Date: 25 July 2023, 18:30 BST

 

 

Registration is essential and spaces are limited, so please book your ticket here.


Date: 25 July 2023
Venue:

The Photographers' Gallery

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Transformation! Ninja and its Image in the World and Japan - Talk by Prof. YAMADA Yuji   org

Discover the world of Ninja! Join our talk with Prof. YAMADA Yuji and learn how the perception of these iconic figures has evolved over time using some cinematic examples.

 

Venue: Japan House London

Date: 19 September 2023, 18:30 BST

 

Registration is essential and spaces are limited, so please book your ticket here.


Date: 19 September 2023
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The Scots and Japan: First Contact (1613 - 1623) at the University of Edinburgh   org

We are proud to be partnering with the University of Edinburgh for a number of talks in their Asian Studies Seminar Series.

Join the University of Edinburgh for this talk, The Scots and Japan: First Contact (1613-1623) by Professor Ian Gow which will reveal evidence of Scots working with Japan in the early 17th century!

This talk event is free and booking is not required, just turn up! 

To find out more, click here.

 

 


Date: 13 December 2023 from 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Venue:

University of Edinburgh

Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square

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*8-12 October* Meet the Author: YAGI Emi Tour   org

Image credit © KITCHEN MINORU

 

Diary of a Void – a subversive tale that delves into the complexities of lies, life, and female interiority (co-translated by David Boyd and Lucy North). We are delighted to invite YAGI Emi the author behind this award-winning debut book, to the UK.

 

She will jointly appear at The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival with KAWAGUCHI Toshikazu, the author of the million selling Before the Coffee Gets Cold series. Following the festival, YAGI Emi will tour the country, including London.

 

Date: Sunday 8 Oct 16:30

Venue: Town Hall, Pillar Room, The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

Book here [Tickets for this event are sold out]

 

Date: Monday 9 Oct 17:30

Venue: The University of Sheffield, Lecture Theatre 7, The Diamond

Book here

 

Date: Tuesday 10 Oct 19:00

Venue: The West Kirby Bookshop, West Kirby

Book here

 

Date: Wednesday 11 Oct 18:30

Venue: National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, Norwich

Book here

 

Date: Thursday 12 Oct 19:00

Venue: Foyles, The Auditorium (Level 6), 107 Charing Cross Road, London

Book here


Date: 8 October 2023 - 12 October 2023
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School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Information Day for Applicants   org

Are you interested in teaching Japanese in secondary schools in England? Would you like to get the teaching qualification to realise that ambition? If so, please don’t miss this great opportunity!

The National Modern Languages SCITT and the Japan Foundation, London will be holding an information event aimed at potential applicants for the National Modern Languages SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training). This is a national scheme approved by the government’s Department for Education. It is designed to train successful applicants to become Early Career Teachers by obtaining a QTS.

The National Modern Languages SCITT (The NML SCITT) is unique, being the only national single-subject provider to specialise solely in the teaching of modern languages. The NML SCITT programme is a great opportunity for those who are looking to gain QTS together with the recognised standard qualification of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The PGCE programme is offered in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University, and comes with credits towards an eventual possible Masters-level qualification, should trainees take up the option to continue study in the future. Subject to financial, degree classification and residential qualification, participants accepted on the programme may receive a substantial bursary while training; this is currently £25,000, but please note that this is subject to annual change. The training year consists of an empowering combination of practical training in school placements, supported by University- and centre-based academic tuition.

The NML SCITT will introduce a new pathway for training Japanese language teachers as part of its programme; there will be an expectation in the first instance that Japanese will be offered alongside either French, German or Spanish in order to cater for schools’ existing curricular offers, and to ensure that there is a possibility of qualifying for the bursary. Whilst in the past the provider’s focus has mainly been on these nationally prevalent modern languages (French, German, and Spanish), Mandarin, Arabic, Russian and Italian have also featured in our trainees’ languages skill sets. The NML SCITT will be proud and pleased to add Japanese to the programme portfolio.

Please note that trainees are required to have French, German or Spanish as a primary foreign language they can potentially teach, with Japanese as an additional language. This means that trainees will be able to teach two languages.

On this information day, Mr Keith Faulkner from the National Modern Languages SCITT will give a speech about SCITT, and explain how to apply for the NML SCITT. There will also be a Q&A session.

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  • Dates:
Day 1: 11:00-11:45 on Tuesday 21st November
Day 2: 18:00-18:45 on Thursday 23rd November
Day 3: 18:00-18:45 on Thursday 7th December

Note: Each session will have the same content.

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  • To apply, please click here:

https://forms.office.com/r/PBtmkV9yDA

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  • Participation fee: Free (registration in advance is required.)

 

  • Registration deadlines:
16th November (Day 1 - 21st November)
20th November (Day 2 - 23rd November)
4th December (Day 3 - 7th December)
 
  • Languages used: English

 

  • Format: Online (ZOOM meeting)

Date: 21 November 2023 - 7 December 2023
Venue:

Online (Zoom)

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Seeds in the Heart and Leaves of Words: Traditional Japanese Poetry Beyond the Haiku   org

 

About this Event

Poetry has been a part of Japanese life for more than a millennium, with the first major anthology of waka - poems in Japanese - compiled in the late eighth century. Later, it was to become an essential part of life for the aristocrats of the new capital city of Heian-kyō - modern Kyoto - and through their production and patronage exert a profound influence on almost all aspects of Japan’s cultural life, as warlords, warriors and merchants sought the social status and approval that came with the composition of poetry. Images from waka were used in painting, on clothing, and utensils of various kinds. Waka topics influenced which plants and animals were cherished, and which were not and subtly shaped Japan’s ideas of itself as a nation and people. Indeed, the influence of waka has been so pervasive and enduring that it’s possible to say without an understanding of waka, you don’t really understand Japan.

This lecture will trace the development of waka from its early beginnings as a tool for communication and social relationships among the elite nobility, through its role in providing a ritual underpinning to the aristocratic state, and its development into an arena of critical and literary conflict between factions determined to maintain and promote their views of appropriate poetic style, leading eventually to the development of new poetic form such as the haiku. It will reveal how and why waka thrived, and how its topics and the emotions associated with them came to express many of the attitudes which are considered quintessentially Japanese.

 

About the Speaker

Dr Thomas McAuley is a Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield, and an expert on premodern Japanese poetry and culture. Among his publications is the complete translation and commentary of Roppyakuban uta’awase (‘Poetry Contest in Six Hundred Rounds’; 1193-94), one of the most significant poetic and critical texts of the period.

An experienced translator, he regularly posts new translations of premodern Japanese poetry on his website, www.wakapoetry.net.

Among his current projects are studies of premodern critics’ attitudes to the inclusion of Chinese-influenced material in waka poetry  and the impact of poets’ gender on their compositional practice.

 

To register for this event, click here.

Booking for this event has now closed.

 


Date: 7 December 2023 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Japan House London, 101-111 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA London W8 5SA

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Machine as a Hero? Unfolding Japanese Mecha-Anime: Talk by FUJITSU Ryota   org

Anime enthusiasts, get ready for a deep dive into the world of mecha-anime!

Join us for an online talk by FUJITSU Ryota, a leading anime critic, as we explore the evolution of machines as characters in Japanese animation. As part of Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2023.

 

Date: Friday 10 Nov 18:30 GMT ONLINE

Book here

 


Date: 10 November 2023 from 6.30pm
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School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Information Day for Applicants - February 2024   org

Are you interested in teaching Japanese in secondary schools in England? Would you like to get the teaching qualification to realise that ambition? If so, please don’t miss this great opportunity!

 

The National Modern Languages SCITT and the Japan Foundation, London will be holding an information event aimed at potential applicants for the National Modern Languages SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training). This is a national scheme approved by the government’s Department for Education. It is designed to train successful applicants to become Early Career Teachers by obtaining a QTS.

 

The National Modern Languages SCITT (The NML SCITT) is unique, being the only national single-subject provider to specialise solely in the teaching of modern languages. The NML SCITT programme is a great opportunity for those who are looking to gain QTS together with the recognised standard qualification of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The PGCE programme is offered in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University, and comes with credits towards an eventual possible Masters-level qualification, should trainees take up the option to continue study in the future. Subject to financial, degree classification and residential qualification, participants accepted on the programme may receive a substantial bursary while training; this is currently £25,000, but please note that this is subject to annual change. The training year consists of an empowering combination of practical training in school placements, supported by University- and centre-based academic tuition.

 

The NML SCITT will introduce a new pathway for training Japanese language teachers as part of its programme; there will be an expectation in the first instance that Japanese will be offered alongside either French, German or Spanish in order to cater for schools’ existing curricular offers, and to ensure that there is a possibility of qualifying for the bursary. Whilst in the past the provider’s focus has mainly been on these nationally prevalent modern languages (French, German, and Spanish), Mandarin, Arabic, Russian and Italian have also featured in our trainees’ languages skill sets. The NML SCITT will be proud and pleased to add Japanese to the programme portfolio.

 

Please note that trainees are required to have French, German or Spanish as a primary foreign language they can potentially teach, with Japanese as an additional language. This means that trainees will be able to teach two languages.

 

On this information day, Mr Keith Faulkner from the National Modern Languages SCITT will give a speech about SCITT, and explain how to apply for the NML SCITT. There will be a Q&A session.

 

Dates:

Day 1: 17:00-17:45 on Monday 5th February

Day 2: 11:00-11:45 on Tuesday 6th February

Note: Each session has the same content.

 

To apply, please click here

  • Participation fee: Free (registration in advance is required.)
  • Registration deadline: 2nd February
  • Languages used: English
  • Online (ZOOM meeting)

 


Date: 5 February 2024 - 6 February 2024
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The 18th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 18th 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! Finals Day will be held at King’s College London, on Saturday 4th March 2023. This is the first in-person Finals Day in three years! (Please note that this event may take place online depending on the circumstances regarding Covid-19.

 

:: 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:  For those studying a Japanese course aiming for the equivalent of JF standard C1 or C2 at a university the UK or Ireland including as an elective, optional or other university-based language course. Five finalists will be selected.

Application Deadline: 7th November 2022 (15:00 GMT)

2. Individual Presentation Category: For those studying a Japanese course aiming for the equivalent of JF standard B1 or B2. Participants will give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese. The aim of the presentation is to introduce a particular theme to the audience, for example a region, event, custom, etc. from the UK or another country outside Japan. Five finalists will be selected.

Application Deadline: 5th December 2022 (15:00 GMT)

3. Group Presentation Category: For those studying a Japanese course aiming for the equivalent of JF standard A1 or A2. Participants will take part in groups of two to four students and give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese. The aim of the presentation is to introduce a particular theme to the audience, for example a region, event, custom, etc. from the UK or another country outside Japan. Five groups which are selected to present during the finals day will be given a special award.

Application Deadline: 12th December 2022 (15:00 GMT)

 

*Details of JF Standard can be found here: https://jfstandard.jp/pdf/jfs2015_pamphlet_eng.pdf

Videos from the 17th Contest Finals Day can be viewed here

 

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


Date: 4 March 2023
Download SpC18 FAQ
Download SpC2023 Application Poster
Download SpC18 Speech Category Application Form
Download SpC18 Rules and Guidance
Download SpC18 Individual Presentation Category Application Form
Download SpC18 Group Presentation Category Application Form

This event is co-organised by The Japan Foundation, London and The British Associtation for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language

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UK Online Exchange for Teachers of Japanese as heritage Language 2023/ 英国継承日本語教育関係者オンライン交流会2023   org

The Japan Foundation London will hold an online exchange event for teachers of Japanese as heritage language on 26th November 2023, Sunday. 

The date and time of the event are as follows. Please find the event details below written in Japanese.

*Please note that information is only available in Japanese, as the event will be conducted in Japanese. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Title: UK Online Exchange for Teachers of Japanese as heritage Language 2023

Date/Time: 26th November 2023 (Sunday),  10:00-12:00 (GMT/UTC)

Application Deadline: 22th November 2023 (Wednesday) 13:00(GMT/UTC)

Click here to apply using our online application form

Enquiries:

Japan Foundation, London enquiries: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp  (Japanese / English)

 

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 この度JFロンドンでは、英国にて継承日本語教育に携わる先生方やプレイグループの運営に携わる保護者の皆さまを対象に、オンライン交流会を実施いたします。

 JFロンドンでは近年、外国語としての日本語教育のサポートに加え、継承語として日本語教育のサポートを進めています。

 これまで教師のみなさまを対象とした事業としては、欧州内のJF拠点の共催セミナーやヨーロッパ日本語教師会のSIG「欧州継承日本語ネットワーク」が主催する交流イベントの後援など、欧州全域のみなさんを対象としたものを実施してまいりました。また「小噺をとりいれた教育実践」等、継承日本語教育にも適したテーマの研修会やイベントも行ってきました。子どもたちが参加できるイベントとしては、JaLaChamp(Japanese Language Championship for Young Learners UK)を2023年より実施しています。

 ですが、英国内の継承日本語教育関係者がざっくばらんに情報交換をする機会は限られており、そのような場を望む声が届いています。昨年、JFロンドンが継承日本語教育関係者の方々にヒアリング調査を行った際にも、定期的な情報交換や実践共有の場がほしいという声が出ていました。

 そこで、今回は英国内で継承日本語教育に携わっている方々がオンラインで集い、お互いの活動を共有したり、耳より情報を共有したりする機会を設けたいと思います。また、「英国の継承日本語教育の未来」をテーマに、自分たちにできること、やってみたいことについてざっくばらんに話をする時間も設ける予定です。

 日曜の午前の実施で恐縮ですが、ご参加を検討いただけると幸いです。

 どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。

 

タイトル:英国継承日本語教育関係者オンライン交流会2023

日時: 2023年11月26日(日)10時~12時GMT/UTC

場所:オンライン(Zoom meeting)

対象者:英国で継承日本語教育に携わる教員やプレイグループ等の運営に携わる保護者等

参加費:無料

使用言語:日本語

申込み締切:2023年11月22日(水)13:00 GMT/UTC

申込み オンライン・フォーム

【問い合わせ先】

 ロンドン日本文化センター events.japanese@jpf.go.jp (日本語/英語)

 


Date: 26 November 2023 from 10.00am - 12.00pm
Venue:

Online

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Japanese Taster for Schools Training Session – February 2024   org

The Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme exists to create links between schools and Japanese-speaking volunteers. JTS volunteers carry out school visits across the UK to introduce students at any level to the Japanese language by carrying out fun and informative taster sessions. The JTS programme is a fantastic opportunity to use your Japanese to gain practical experience volunteering in your local community. We accept volunteers of any proficiency of Japanese.

To empower and encourage volunteers, we will be holding an online training session on 19th February. We will provide information about the JTS programme and there will be a talk given by an experienced teacher of Japanese. There will also be a chance to ask us questions and speak to other volunteers!

This event is open to everyone – including people who are already registered as volunteers or are interested in becoming volunteers. However, we are particularly encouraging new and prospective volunteers who have not yet held a taster session, as we want to give these volunteers the confidence to get started on a taster session!

Find out more about the JTS Programme here

General Information

  • Date/Time: 19th February 2024 (Monday), 17:30-18:30 (GMT)
  • Venue: Online (Zoom software)
  • Cost: Free (booking essential)
  • Maximum number of participants: 20
  • Spoken language: English

Event Schedule

  • 17:30 – 17:40: Intro / Explanation of the JTS programme
  • 17:40 – 18:00: Guest speaker talk – Anne Rajakumar, teacher of Japanese (topic: teaching Japanese in the classroom)
  • 18:00 – 18:15: Moderated group discussion
  • 18:15 – 18:25: Q&A
  • 18:25 – 18:30: Close

Click here to fill out an application form to attend

NB: There is NO application deadline but applications will close if the maximum number of participants is exceeded.


Date: 19 February 2024 from 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Venue:

Online event

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*Looking for Volunteers* UCL-Japan Youth Challenge   org

*Looking for Volunteers* UCL-Japan Youth Challenge

Interested in Japanese culture? Learning Japanese? Want to help pre-university students shape their future studies and careers?

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge are looking for university student volunteers who can join the in person summer school programme for a week at the end of July, to help the participants make the most out of their experience!

Volunteer roles:

• Join and facilitate group discussion during the UCL Grand Challenge Workshop on Tuesday 25 July

• Encourage Japanese high school students to communicate in English

• Support the staff (catering, guide to venues, etc.)

Dates:

• Rikkyo School in England: Saturday 22 July

• University of Cambridge: Sunday 23 & Monday 24 July

• UCL (University College London): Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 July

*Volunteers may join us from one day to the whole programme between Saturday 22 and Saturday 29 

Times:

9am to 6pm (BST)

* Times may vary depending on the day (may finish slightly earlier or later)

To download the information flyer, click here.

If you can participate, please email ujyc@japanatuk.com

Website: www.ucl-japan-youth-challenge.com

 

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is an annual summer school programme for pre-university students from UK sixth form colleges and Japanese high schools for cultural interaction through various educational activities and events held at UCL (University College London) and the University of Cambridge, since 2015, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Japan’s Choshu Five and Satsuma 19, all of whom studied at UCL in 1863 and 1865 respectively.

If you are a pre-university student interested in learning more and attending this event, please see our previous post here: https://www.jpf.org.uk/whatson.php#1264

Or visit the official event website: https://www.ucl-japan-youth-challenge.com/


Date: 22 July 2023 - 29 July 2023 from 12.00am
Venue:

Rikkyo School in England

Cambridge University

University College London (UCL)

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Online Seminar - ‘Bringing Language and Culture Together in the Classroom’ / オンライン研修会「ことばと文化を一緒に学ぶ授業へ」   org

The Japan Foundation in Europe (Cologne, Budapest, London, Madrid and Paris offices) will jointly hold an online teachers’ seminar on the topic ‘Bringing Language and Culture Together in the Classroom’ on 24th November 2023, Friday.

The theme, date and time of the seminar are as follows. Please find the event details below written in Japanese.

*Please note that information is only available in Japanese, as the seminar will be conducted in Japanese. Thank you for your understanding.

Theme: ‘Bringing Language and Culture Together in the Classroom: Activity Examples for Intercultural Understanding’

 Date/Time: 24th November 2023 (Friday),  8:30-10:30 (GMT/UTC)

 Application Deadline: 10th November 2023 (Friday) 17:00(GMT/UTC)
         https://forms.office.com/r/sJEx1rV5pY

 Enquiries:
 The Japan Foundation, Madrid: nihongo.kyoshi@jpf.go.jp (Japanese)

The Japan Foundation, London enquiries: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp  (Japanese / English)

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このたびマドリード日本文化センターが中心となり、国際交流基金の欧州5拠点共催で、以下の通り2023年11月24日(金)にオンライン日本語教師研修会を開催する運びとなりました。

テーマ:「ことばと文化を一緒に学ぶ授業へ ―異文化理解のための活動例―」

講師:二瓶知子 先生(国際交流基金 日本語国際センター)

日時:11月24日(金)8:30-10:30(GMT/UTC)

共催:JFマドリード、ケルン、パリ、ロンドン、ブダペスト

形式:オンライン(Zoomミーティング)

定員:90名程度 

対象:日本語教師(欧州在住の日本語教育に携わっている方を優先します)

参加費:無料

使用言語:日本語

講師からのメッセージ:

 みなさんは、どのように日本文化を教えていますか。また、教科書に散りばめられている日本文化をどのように扱っていますか。文化を学ぶことは、ただ知識を得るだけでなく、相互理解を促し、より豊かなコミュニケーションにつながります。本セミナーでは『まるごと 日本のことばと文化』やその他の教材を例に、JF日本語教育スタンダードの異文化理解の考え方と、授業での扱い方を紹介し、「自分は教室で学習者に『何を』『どのように』伝えているか」を振り返ります。

講師略歴:

 これまで日本及び海外において、教師研修や教材開発、日本語教育に関するセミナーやワークショップを数多く担当。国際交流基金ジャカルタ日本文化センターでは『まるごと』を使ったコースの立ち上げ・運営・実施に関わる。著書に『中級日本語で挑戦!スピーチ&ディスカッション』、『もっと中級で挑戦!スピーチ&ディスカッション』(凡人社)、『外国人のためのケータイメール@にっぽん』(アスク出版)等

【参加申し込み】

 https://forms.office.com/r/sJEx1rV5pY

 (〆切:11月10日 17:00 GMT)

【広報用フライヤー】

 フライヤーはこちらからダウンロードください。

 なお、ポスター内の時間は「中央ヨーロッパ時間 CET」で記載されており、英国時間とは1時間の時差がございますので、ご注意ください。

【問い合わせ先】

 マドリード日本文化センター  nihongo.kyoshi@jpf.go.jp(日本語)

 ロンドン日本文化センター events.japanese@jpf.go.jp (日本語/英語)

 


Date: 24 November 2023
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The Machine That Kills Bad People: Ode to Mount Hayachine + Un vent léger dans le feuillage   org

In partnership with ICAHANEDA Sumiko's documentary film Ode to Mount Hayachine, set against the backdrop of rural Japan, will be screened as part of the 16mm screening, programmed by The Machine That Kills Bad People.

This film captures the essence of a year in the life of villagers preparing for kagura performances, offering a multi-layered exploration of culture and societal change.

For more details, click here 


Date: 18 October 2023 from 6.15pm
Venue:

ICA

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Online Seminar - ‘Let's try it: improving teaching - for sustainable development as a teacher’ / オンライン研修会「やってみよう授業改善―持続可能な教師の成長をめざして―」   org

The Japan Foundation offices in Europe (Madrid, Rome, Cologne, Paris, Budapest and London offices) will jointly hold an online teachers’ seminar on the topic ‘Let's try it: improving teaching - for sustainable development as a teacher’ on 20th January 2024 (Saturday).

The theme, date and time of the seminar are as follows. Please find the event details below written in Japanese.

*Please note that information is only available in Japanese, as the seminar will be conducted in Japanese. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 Theme:Let's try it: improving teaching - for sustainable development as a teacher

 Date/Time: 20th January 2024 (Saturday),  9:00-11:00 (GMT/UTC)

 Application Deadline: 8th January 2024 (Monday)

 

Online form

 

 Enquiries:

 The Japan Foundation, Madrid:  nihongo.kyoshi@jpf.go.jp (Japanese)

  The  Japan Foundation, London enquiries: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp  (Japanese / English)  

 

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このたびマドリード日本文化センターが中心となり、国際交流基金の欧州6拠点共催で、2024120日(土)にオンライン日本語教師研修会を開催する運びとなりました。

テーマ: 「やってみよう、授業改善 -持続可能な教師の成長をめざして-」

講師 : 横溝紳一郎 先生(西南学院大学外国語学部教授)

日時 : 2024120() 9:0011:00 (GMT/UTC)

共催 : JF欧州6拠点(マドリード、ケルン、パリ、ブダペスト、ローマ、ロンドン)

形式 : オンライン(Zoomミーティング)

対象 : 日本語教師(欧州在住の日本語教育に携わっている方を優先します)

参加費: 無料

使用言語:日本語

 

講師からのメッセージ:

 西南学院大学在学中に留学した米国サンディエゴで「日本語教師になろう!」と志した時から数えると、かなりの年数が経過しました。大学卒業後に日本語を教え始めたハワイでは、何度も自分の未熟さを痛感し、何とかその状態から脱しようともがいていました。その後帰国し、様々な教育機関で教鞭を取っているうちに、いつの間にか私の専門が「教師教育」になっていました。こんな私ですので、大所高所からモノを言う資格はないのですが、一つだけお伝えしたいメッセージがあります。それは 教師としての成長のきっかけは、いつでもどこでも見つけられます。きっかけを楽しみながら探し出し、一歩踏み出してみましょう。

 

講師略歴:

 元日本語教育学会理事。日本語教師養成に加え、国内外での日本語教育・教師教育に関する講演/研修を行う一方で、在住地の福岡でさまざまな教育活動に積極的に関わっている。主な著書に、『日本語教師教育学』(くろしお出版)、『クラスルーム運営』(くろしお出版)、『日本語教師のためのアクション・リサーチ』(凡人社)、『日本語教師のためのアクティブ・ラーニング』(共著、くろしお出版)等。

 

【参加申し込み】

 オンラインフォーム 〆切202418

 

【広報用ポスター】

 ポスターはこちらからダウンロードください。

 なお、ポスター内の時間は「中央ヨーロッパ時間 CET」で記載されており、英国時間とは1時間の時差がございますので、ご注意ください。

 

【問い合わせ先】

 マドリード日本文化センター  nihongo.kyoshi@jpf.go.jp(日本語)

 ロンドン日本文化センター events.japanese@jpf.go.jp (日本語/英語)

 

みなさまのお申込みをお待ちしております。

 


Date: 8 January 2024 from 9.00am - 11.00am
Venue:

Online event

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Online Seminar - ‘View Language Through the Japanese’ / オンライン研修会「日本語からことばを考えよう」   org

The Japan Foundation in Europe (Cologne, Budapest, London, and Paris offices) will jointly hold an online teachers’ seminar on the topic ‘View Language Through the Japanese’ on 21st October 2023.

The theme, date and time of the seminar are as follows. Please find the event details below written in Japanese.

*Please note that information is only available in Japanese, as the seminar will be conducted in Japanese. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 Theme: ‘View Language Through the Japanese’

 Date/Time: 21st October 2023 (Saturday),  8:30-11:30 (BST/UTC+1)

 Application Deadline: 15th October 2023 (Sunday) 11:00BST/UTC+1

 Enquiries:

 The Japan Foundation, Cologne:  kurse@jpf.go.jp (Japanese)

 

 Japan Foundation, London enquiries: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp  (Japanese / English)

 

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このたび、国際交流基金(The Japan Foundation)欧州4拠点では「日本語からことばを考えよう」をテーマとしたオンライン研修会を開催する運びとなりました。

 

日本語教育通信の人気連載「日本語からことばを考えよう」の執筆者イクタン先生が日本語に特徴的な要素をいくつか取り上げ、日本語を通してことばを捉えなおす視点を提供します。

ぜひみなさま、ご参加をご検討ください。

 

テーマ: 「日本語からことばを考えよう」

講師: 生田 守(国際交流基金日本語国際センター 専任講師)

【研修内容】

(1) セミナー    「日本語からことばを考えよう」  90

(2) ワークショップ 「日本語からことばを考えよう」から考えよう 80

 

日時: 20231021日(土)8:30-11:30 (英国夏時間 BST/UTC+1

    9:30-12:30 (中央ヨーロッパ夏時間 CEST)

形式: オンライン(Zoomウェビナー及びミーティング)

定員: セミナー500名、ワークショップ90名程度

対象: 欧州在住で日本語教育に関心があるすべての方

    ※上記の方を主たる対象としていますが、その他の地域の方の参加も可能です

    ※ワークショップの参加者は欧州在住の日本語教師の方を優先します。ワークショップのみの参加はできません。

参加費: 無料

使用言語:日本語

 

【参加申込】 

 こちらのリンクからお申し込みください。

 https://forms.office.com/r/CVvwS9jF2a

 1015 11:00(英国夏時間 BST/UTC+1)締切

 

【広報用ポスター】

ポスターはこちらからダウンロードください。

 なお、ポスター内の時間は「中央ヨーロッパ夏時間 CEST」で記載されており、英国時間とは1時間の時差がございますので、ご注意ください。

URL

 

【問い合わせ先】

ケルン日本文化会館 日本語チーム kurse@jpf.go.jp (日本語)

国際交流基金ロンドン日本文化センター events.japanese@jpf.go.jp (日本語/英語)


Date: 21 October 2023 from 8.30am - 11.30am
Venue:

Online

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'Every Day a Good Day' screening at TPG Friday Late: Daido Moriyama   org

As part of the ongoing Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, supported by us, Every Day a Good Day will be screened at the TPG Friday Late: Daido Moriyama event – in collaboration with us.

Starring KUROKI Haru as the protagonist finding happiness through the world of tea ceremonies.

 

Date: Friday 17 November

Event: TPG Friday Late: Daido Moriyama

Time: 17:00-21:00 (Event duration)

Film screening: Every Day a Good Day starts at 19:00

Click here for details

No booking necessary; free for all. Drop in and enjoy!

 

All activities and exhibition entries, including Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective exhibition, will be free and open to everyone during the event.

Click here for exhibition details 


Date: 17 November 2023
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The 18th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第18回大学生のための日本語スピーチ・コンテスト 決勝大会   org

 

The 18th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第18回大学生のための日本語スピーチ・コンテスト 決勝大会

Why not join us for the Finals Day of the 18th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students and listen to what university students studying Japanese in the UK and Ireland have to say! The finalists will give their speeches and presentations in Japanese to an audience consisting of members of the public, fellow students, teachers, families, key figures from the UK-Japan community and a panel of judges.

This event is FREE to attend, but prior registration is required. This event will be in person at King's College London.*

* (The event may take place online depending on the circumstances regarding Covid-19.)

 

Event Schedule (please note that the schedule may change in the event of unforseeable circumstances):

  • 12:30 Doors open
  • 13:00 Event start
  • 18:00 Reception

Registration link

 

The Eighteenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is organised by the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) and the Japan Foundation London in joint partnership. The event provides an opportunity for students from the UK and Ireland to demonstrate their Japanese speaking skills.

Download our event poster!

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If you would like to find out about this year's speeches and presentations, please download the speech/presentation abstracts below:


Date: 4 March 2023 from 12.30pm - 7.00pm
Venue:

King's College London

Download 18th Speech Contest Finals Day Poster
Download 18th Speech Category Summaries
Download SpC2023 Group and Individual Abstracts
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The 19th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 19th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is open for applications!

This contest gives students the chance to demonstrate their Japanese speaking skills, and to make their voices heard in Japanese. Successful applicants will be invited to give their speeches and presentations at the speech contest finals which will be held at King’s College London on Saturday 2nd March 2024.

There will be fantastic prizes for finalists.

:: 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*:

 

*Please be advised that contestants are expected to choose appropriate topics according to the category to which they are applying. Please read the aims of each category carefully as they have been modified from previous contests. 

 

1. Speech Category

 

Aim:

To discuss and/or argue a topic of your choice and offer opinions, suggestions and/or solutions. 

Eligibility:

 

·       Undergraduate students who are studying a Japanese course aiming for the equivalent of JF standard C1 or C2 at a university in the UK or Ireland including, as an elective, optional or other university-based language course.

 

·       Those who have less than a total of three years’ residence in Japan since the age of six.

 

*      Five finalists will be selected.

Application Deadline: Monday 6th November 2023  (15:00 GMT)

 

2. Individual Presentation Category

 

Aim:

To explain your chosen topic and to convey your opinion or message using PowerPoint slides.

Eligibility:

 

·       Undergraduate students who are studying a Japanese course aiming for the equivalent of JF standard B1 or B2 at a university in the UK or Ireland.

 

·       Those who have spent not more than 12 months in total in Japan.

 

*      Five finalists will be selected.

Application Deadline: Monday 4th December 2023 (15:00 GMT)

 

3. Group Presentation Category

 

Aim:

to introduce a topic related to the U.K. or another country outside of Japan.

 

Eligibility:

 

·       Undergraduate students who are studying a Japanese course aiming for the equivalent of JF standard A1 or A2 at a university in the UK or Ireland.

 

·       Groups of two to four students.

 

·       Postgraduate students alongside undergraduate student(s).

 

*      Five finalists will be selected.

 

Application Deadline: Monday 11th December 2023 (15:00 GMT)

*Details of JF Standard can be found here: https://www.jfstandard.jpf.go.jp/pdf/web_whole_en.pdf  

 

Please see the links below for the contest poster, FAQ, and application guidelines for each category. URLs for the online application forms can be found in the Application Guidelines for each category.

 

 

See videos from previous University Speech Contest Finals Day here.

 

Please email speechcontest@jpf.go.jp if you have any questions.

 

 

 


Date: 7 September 2023 - 4 December 2023
Download 19th Speech Contest Application Poster
Download SpC19 FAQ
Download SpC19 Speech Category guidelines
Download SpC19 Individual Presen guidelines
Download SpC19 Group Presen guidelines
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BATJ-JF Japanese Language Education Seminar - Nature of Language: How Language was born and has evolved   org

(To read this information in Japanese, please download this PDF)

This Seminar will be organised by the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and the Japan Foundation, London. Each year, we use these seminars as an opportunity to explore practical, every-day themes that apply to both younger and older learners, studying at all types of educational institutions. We invite educators at the forefront of their fields to provide a novel and exciting learning opportunity.

This time, we have invited Professor IMAI Mutsumi, author of one of the best-selling books of 2023 in Japan - “Nature of Language: How Language was born and has evolved.” We believe that as A.I. evolves, there will be those who are experiencing increasing opportunities to re-think what it means to learn a language. What are the differences between A.I. and people? How did language come to be and systemise? What are the fundamental characteristics of language? Professor Imai will discuss all these themes using onomatopoeia as a starting point.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

Event Outline

  • Date/Time: 4th February 2024 (Sunday), 10:00 to 12:00 GMT
  • Theme: Nature of Language: How language was born and has evolved.
  • Speaker: Professor IMAI Mutsumi (Faculty of Environment and Information Studies,
    Keio University)
  • Target audience: Japanese language educators and post-graduate university students specialising in Japanese language education who are based in the United Kingdom and Europe. (Applications from those in other regions will also be accepted if places are available)
  • Maximum number of participants: 80
  • Location: Online seminar using Zoom software
  • Spoken language: Japanese
  • Cost of seminar/applications: BATJ member £5  / BATJ non-member £10
  • Application deadline: 30th January 2024 (Tuesday), 12:00 GMT

* Once the number of places has been filled, applications will close.

Organisers: The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and the Japan Foundation, London.

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To apply, please follow the instructions on the BATJ website

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Speaker Profile:

Professor IMAI Mutsumi

Faculty of Environment and Information Studies,
Keio University

 Ph.D (North Western University, 1994). Areas of expertise: cognitive science, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and psycholinguistics).

In addition to her large body of academic writing in English, a selection of Professor IMAI’s publications in Japanese include: 『人が学ぶということ―認知学習論からの視点』(北樹出版), 『算数文章題が解けない子どもたちーことば、思考の力と学力不振』(岩波書店), 『英語独習法』(岩波新書), 『学びとは何か―<探究人>になるために』(岩波新書), 『言語の本質 ことばはどう生まれ、進化したか』(中公新書).   Her writings have also appeared in several Japanese national language textbooks in primary and high schools in Japan. Furthermore, Professor IMAI is involved in working with the Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education to expose the causes of educational difficulties faced by children who are struggling with learning, and to develop tools and educational materials to support them.

As part of her outreach work, Professor IMAI runs ABLE (Agents for Bridging Learning and Education), a series of workshops for thinking about learning across international borders. Distinguished researchers of cognitive science from both Japan and abroad are invited to take part, creating opportunities for participants to be able to learn about the latest research in learning and education, as well as exchange opinions with other participants.

 (https://cogpsy.sfc.keio.ac.jp/ablearchives/en/)

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Download a PDF flyer with all the information about this event

English Flyer / Japanese Flyer

Enquiries:

(About the seminar) BATJ: seminar@batj.org.uk

(Technical support, such as about Zoom) JF: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp


Date: 11 January 2024
Venue:

Online event

Download 2024_BATJ-JF Seminar_Prof Mutsumi Imai(EN)_Final
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The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2023   org

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2023

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is back in person for its 9th iteration!

Suitable for pre-university students in the UK, the Youth Challenge is a week long summer school, this year taking place between Saturday 22nd July ~ Sunday 30th July 2023.

The Youth Challenge 2023 will be hosted in three locations: Rikkyo School in England, West Sussex; Cambridge University, Cambridge; and UCL, London.

 

This year's theme is Resilience:

"Our world in 2023 is experiencing diverse challenges, including natural disasters, war, the pandemic and economic recession. We need a society where it can adopt rapid and agile recovery from dynamic and unpredictable challenges. Therefore, we are confronting the topic of ‘resilience of the global society’ in the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2023 this year, offering opportunities to every individual to consider what resilience means to you."

 

The programme is a great chance for students from the UK to meet high school students coming from Japan, to participate in cultural exchange, and gain valuable skills to prepare for higher education with the guidance of university lecturers!

 

The two-week programme includes:

   --- University-style lectures delivered by professors from top universities

   --- UCL Grand Challenge Workshop which facilitates teamwork, problem solving, and presentation skills

   --- Social activities

How much does it cost?

The fee below covers the complete cost of the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2023,  excluding accommodation fees.

To secure your place on the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2023, you will need to pay your fees in full. Details of how to pay your fees will be provided as part of the application process.

£100

The standard programme fee in the past was £300, however by courtesy of various sponsors in the UK, the fee for UK based participants has been reduced to £100.

 

As an added bonus, the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge may count for your Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) as a Residential activity.

Your participation in the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2023 does not count towards a DofE Award in itself.

 

Applications are now open but spaces are limited and may fill up, so register now to avoid disappointment!

For more detailed information and registration, please visit the official website:

https://www.ucl-japan-youth-challenge.com/


Date: 22 July 2023 - 30 July 2023
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Sputnik Sweetheart by MURAKAMI Haruki: A new adaptation by Bryony Lavery, Directed by Melly Still   org

 

 

We are proudly partnering with Arcola Theatre to present Sputnik Sweetheart – partly a story of love and loneliness, partly a detective story. MURAKAMI Haruki’s novel is brought to stage by Bryony Lavery (Frozen, The Book of Dust) and Melly Still (My Brilliant Friend, Coram Boy).

 

Date: 26 October – 25 November 2023

Venue: Arcola Theatre

Book here


Date: 26 October 2023 - 25 November 2023
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JF/BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2024   org
Date: Friday 2nd February, 2024
Venue: University of Sheffield, exact location TBA
 
The JF/BAJS Japanese Studies PhD Workshop returns in 2024, this year with the theme Life After Your PhD!
 
We have listened to requests from previous years that one thing postgraduate students would like to learn more about is career options after submitting their PhDs.
 
After listening to student presentations and receiving individual specialist feedback from your peers and experienced academics, attendees will get the opportunity to listen to lectures about post-PhD life, with a Q&A with a panel to answer some of your burning questions on the theme.
 
The event is a great chance for postgraduate students to network with each other and the assembled academics, as well as a place to discuss future collaborations.
 
As in previous years, you will also hear about relevant funding opportunities for Japanese Studies students from organisations in attendance who will deliver short presentations on how they can offer support.
 
Student Submissions: As an essential part of the workshop, attendees will be asked to present their research in small groups, during the morning session. Mara Patessio at mp78@soas.ac.uk will contact all attendees with more information about presentations after the registration deadline.
 
Travel Grants: The Japan Foundation is able to offer a partial travel grant of £70 per attendee after attendees have covered the first £20 of their fare. The British Association for Japanese Studies is able to offer £100 per attendee towards the cost of accommodation.*

*Grants available for UK-based students only

 
Please note, attendance to this event is limited to 40 attendees, on a first come, first served basis. As the number of participants is limited, please only register if you know you can make it.
 
PhD students will be prioritised, with MA students joining a waitlist.
 
Deadline for registration for all students is Friday 5th January, 2024.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Iona_Vos@jpf.go.jp
 
 

To book your spot, click here.

 


Date: 2 February 2024
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Every Day a Good Day Special Screening   org

© 2018 “Every Day a Good Day” Production Committee

 

Don't miss this special screening of the heart-warming tale of Noriko (KUROKI Haru) in the film adaptation of the beloved essay Every Day a Good Day: Fifteen Lessons I Learned about Happiness from Japanese Tea Culture by essayist MORISHITA Noriko - co-presented with Japan House London. Join her as she finds purpose and happiness through the world of tea ceremonies.

 

For more details, click here 


Date: 22 October 2023 from 3.00pm
Venue:

Japan House London

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KITAMURA Satoshi, Author of Stone Age Boy, on Stage – Live Drawing, Reading and Talk   org

Calling all primary school teachers! We have some exciting news for you. An enchanting event, presented in partnership with The Children’s Bookshow, is brought to school children – perfect for those who love art and storytelling. Give your students the opportunity to explore the world of KITAMURA Satoshi, a renowned figure known for his classic picture book, Stone Age Boy, as he shares live drawings, captivating story readings, and offers inspiring insights into his creative journey. 

 

Date: Monday 6 November, 11:00

Venue: The Crucible, Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 1DA

If you’re a teacher and would like more information or to book: Click here

 

Additionally, The Children’s Bookshow is offering four free in-classroom workshops to schools attending this event with 30 or more children.

 


Date: 6 November 2023
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Contemporary Wood-carved Netsuke   org

A netsuke is a clothing accessory, used since the Edo period (1603-1868). Initially a simple toggle to attach personal items such as money pouches to a person's obi (a sash worn with kimono), netsuke have become intricately carved miniature sculptures.

 

From 20 January at Oriental Museum, Durham, visit an exhibition which presents contemporary netsuke crafts, allowing visitors to explore the subtle and highly artistic skills embodied in these miniature crafts of work.

 

Date: Friday 20 January to Sunday 14 May, 2023.

Venue: Spalding Gallery of Japan, Oriental Museum, Durham

[Free - no booking required]

 


Date: 20 January 2023 - 14 May 2023
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Online Seminar on ‘ Reading That Incorporates a “Re-Telling” Activity’ / オンライン研修会「『再話』を取り入れた読解」   org

The Japan Foundation in Europe (Cologne, London, Paris, and Rome offices) will jointly hold an online teachers’ seminar on ‘Reading That Incorporates a “Re-Telling” Activity’ on 15th July 2023.

The theme, date and time of the seminar are as follows. Please find the event details below written in Japanese.

*Please note that information is only available in Japanese, as the seminar will be conducted in Japanese. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 Theme: ‘Reading That Incorporates a “Re-Telling” Activity’

 Date/Time: 15th July 2023 (Saturday),  9:00-11:30 (BST/UTC+1)

 Application Deadline: 6th July 2023 (Thursday) 17:00BST/UTC+1

 Enquiries:

 The Japan Foundation, Budapest: BP_nihongo@jpf.go.jp (Japanese)

 

 Japan Foundation, London enquiries: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp  (Japanese / English)

 

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このたび、欧州にある国際交流基金(The Japan Foundation5拠点共催で、「『再話』を取り入れた読解」をテーマにした研修会を開催いたします。

「再話」とは、ストーリーを読んだ後に原稿を見ない状態でそのストーリーの内容を知らない人に語る活動のことです。ぜひ下の「講師からの一言」をご覧ください。

みなさまのご応募、お待ちしています。

なお、応募者多数の場合はご希望に添えない場合がございます。ご了承ください。

 

日時:2023715日(土)90011:30 BST/UTC+1

テーマ:「再話」を取り入れた読解

講師:小河原義朗先生(東北大学大学院文学研究科)

   木谷直之先生(元国際交流基金日本語国際センター)

形式:オンライン(Zoomミーティング)

参加費:無料

使用言語:日本語

対象:日本語教師(欧州在住の日本語教育に携わっている方を優先します)

定員:90名程度

講師から一言:

読解の授業では、学習者がテキストを読み、文章や筆者の意図をどのくらい正しく理解しているのか、内容把握を問う設問や教師の質問に答えて、クラス全体で正誤を確認するといったことがよく行われます。しかしながら、こうした授業活動では、一人ひとりの学習者が実際にテキストをどのように理解し、どこがわかっていないのかがなかなかわかりません。そこで、学習者をペアにして再話(ストーリーを読んだ後に原稿を見ない状態でそのストーリーの内容を知らない人に語る)する活動を取り入れてみました。本研修会では、この「ペアによる再話活動」を体験しつつ、実際に学習者がペアで再話する際に何が起きているのか分析し、読解の教室活動として再話をどのように活用できるかについていっしょに考えたいと思います。

お申込み:https://forms.office.com/r/yycJUX8exK

お申込み締切:202376日(木)17:00BST/UTC+1

問い合わせ:

 国際交流基金ブダペスト日本文化センター日本語チーム BP_nihongo@jpf.go.jp(日本語/ハンガリー語)

 国際交流基金ロンドン日本文化センター events.japanese@jpf.go.jp (日本語/英語)

 

その他の詳細はフライヤーをご覧ください。

フライヤー


Date: 15 July 2023
Venue:

Online event

Download 03_230715_Flyer_Reading incorpodating re-telling
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Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2023   org

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is a test for non-native speakers of Japanese which evaluates and certifies their Japanese-Language proficiency. The test takes place twice a year (July and December) in Japan and various locations around the world. Currently, it is the largest Japanese-language test in the world, with more than 1.36 million people in 87 countries worldwide registered for the JLPT in 2019.

The next JLPT will take place on Sunday, 3rd December 2023 at three locations in the UK: London (SOAS University of London)*, Edinburgh (the University of Edinburgh)* and Cardiff (Cardiff University).*

 *Please note that applications at all three sites (SOAS, The University of Edinburgh, and Cardiff University) have CLOSED as applications have reached maximum capacity. We apologise for any disappointment caused.

Please refer to university’s website for application opening dates and registration details.

×          Japan Research Centre, SOAS University of London SOAS applications have now closed 

×          Centre for Open Learning, The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh applications have now closed 

×          Cardiff University Cardiff applications have now closed

Please note that JLPT is very popular and registration at each test centre will close when the test centre has reached its maximum capacity.

For more information about the test, please visit the JLPT website 

Ø  Let’s Try Sample Questions! 


Date: 3 December 2023
Venue:

SOAS University of London

The University of Edinburgh

Cardiff University

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The Fifth Online Get-Together   org

Calling all secondary school teachers of Japanese! We will be holding a fifth Online Get-Together. This is a great opportunity to talk with your colleagues about your work in a relaxed, casual setting. We hope you can use this as a chance to talk about any issues you are facing in the classroom, exchange information on exams, and more.

 

As well as group discussion sessions, Mrs Shoko Middleton will be giving a talk on the theme of “Example of entry level lessons as an enrichment class – What skills students gain and how their possibilities broaden – ”.

In addition, Mrs Kaye Jackson and Mr Martin Buck from Skills and Education Group (SEG) will explain about their assessment process, followed by a presentation by Mrs Noriko William, SEG moderator.

 

About the speakers

Shoko Middleton has taught Japanese to a wide range of students in England for 20 years including at primary, secondary, university and adult education levels, from beginners to advanced learners. She currently teaches Japanese at Sherborne Girls and Imperial College London. Her interests are positive cross-cultural communication and using music in language classrooms to enhance learners' language acquisition.

 

Noriko Williams is a Japanese moderator for Skills and Education Group. She is an experienced teacher of Japanese at all levels including GCSE, A-Level, IB and SEG. She has taught at private schools, colleges, and at university in the southwest of England since 1996. Her interests are developing teaching/learning materials, gardening, landscaping and skiing.

 

Kaye Jackson, Head of Relationship Management, Skills and Education Group

Martin Buck, Head of Assessment and Product Development, Skills and Education Group

 

Date:

  • 21st March 2023 (Tuesday), 16:00-17:30 

 

Schedule:

  • First half: Presentations by the speakers
  • Second half: Group discussion

 

To apply, please click here.

Participation fee: Free (Registration in advance is required.)

Registration Deadline: 14th March

Languages used: English/Japanese

 

  • You can read some comments from participants of the previous Online Get-Togethers below:
  • It was really good to join in with fellow Japanese colleagues from around the country (and world!) and listen and see in Japanese how these colleagues created and use these resources.
  • I spent a hugely worthwhile time getting to talk with other teachers that I do not often get a chance to meet and exchange new information.
  • I have gotten a lot of ideas and tips from the speaker’s presentation. Thanks to the presentation I think I can improve my teaching skills to encourage my pupils to learn more!

Date: 21 March 2023 from 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Venue:

Online

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Piano Concert: A Harmony of Anime & Games …and much more – Performance by KIKUCHI Ryota   org

Experience the captivating melodies of anime and games with KIKUCHI Ryota’s piano concert! 

A popular YouTuber and pianist, he transforms numerous music pieces into unique arrangements. Will your favourite song be featured? Come and see! 

 

Midlands Arts Centre (Birmingham)

Date: Tuesday 8 August 2023, 12:30

Click here for details

*Free to attend. Booking is not required, just turn up!

*Mostly standing, seats may not be available

 

St James’s Church, Piccadilly (London)

Date: Wednesday 9 August, 19:00

Click here to book your place

*Free to attend but booking is essential

 *SOLD OUT! Waiting list only

 

Yamaha Music London (London)

Date: Thursday 10 August, 16:00

Click here to book your place 

*SOLD OUT! Waiting list only

 


Date: 8 August 2023 - 10 August 2023
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What is the Matter with Inclusiveness? Developments and Issues Taking Examples from the Performing Arts in Japan and the UK   org

Join this session to look into some varying perspectives and the joint ultimate goals of inclusiveness in the performing arts scenes both in the UK and Japan.

 

Venue: Japan House London

Date: 8 September 2023, 18:30 BST

 

Registration is essential and spaces are limited, so please book your ticket here.


Date: 8 September 2023
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Toshikazu Kawaguchi in conversation with Max Liu at Waterstones Piccadilly   org

Partnering with Waterstones & Picador to bring you a rare opportunity to meet KAWAGUCHI Toshikazu, the author of the popular book series Before the Coffee Gets Cold.

 

This event costs £8* to attend, or £14 including a copy of Before the Coffee Gets Cold (RRP £9.99).

Registration is essential and spaces are limited, so please book your ticket here.


Date: 22 May 2023 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Waterstones Piccadilly, London

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Special Screening: Queer 90s Film 'I Like You, I Like You Very Much' at Barbican   org

We are proudly partnering with Barbican for this exciting film I Like You, I Like You Very Much (1994) showing as part of Queer 90s. A fresh and sexy romance from OKI Hiroyuki, following a gay man in a relationship pursuing a sexual encounter with another man.

 

Date: 8 June 2023, 18:30

Venue: Barbican Centre, London 

 

Get your tickets here!


Date: 8 June 2023
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Brand-New Event! Japanese Video Championship for Young Learners UK   org

Brand-New Event! Japanese Video Championship for Young Learners UK

 

This is a brand-new event for primary and secondary school students studying Japanese in the UK organized by the Japan Foundation, London.

 

The world is currently changing very quickly. Technology is advancing, and nowadays if you have a computer or a smartphone you can send a message to anyone in the world. In a time like this, we should always have the following questions in our mind: “What message do I want to convey and how?” It is important for us to deliver messages clearly and easily for others to understand.

This event is a contest for young Japanese learners in the UK to use their Japanese and make a video on a topic provided. You can apply individually or as part of a group.

 

You can make your video in whatever style you prefer.

Show us your creativity in full and have fun making the video!

 

Finals day will take place on 9th July 2022 (Saturday).

 

Eligibility:

Primary and secondary school students studying Japanese in the UK may enter individually or as part of a group. However, one person cannot participate in multiple group videos, or one person cannot submit both an individual video and a group video.

Students studying Japanese outside of school, students who have lived in Japan in the past, and students who speak Japanese at home can all apply.

 

Categories and Theme of the Video:

[Primary School]

 - Japanese level: A1-A2 Level of standard for Japanese-language Education /CEFR

 - Theme: My/Our School

 - Length of Video: Aprrox. one minute

 

[Secondary School Category 1]

- Japanese level: A1-A2 Level of standard for Japanese-language Education /CEFR

 - Theme: My/Our Favourite Place

 - Length of Video: 1.5 to 2.5 minutes

 

[Secondary School Category 2]

- Japanese level: B1 Level of standard for Japanese-language Education /CEFR

 - Theme: “Japan” in the United Kingdom

 - Length of Video: 2.5 to 3.5 minutes

 

* To find out more details, please download the Application Guideline at the bottom of this event listing.

    Please read the information carefully before applying.

* You can also refer to the “Video Creation Hints for secondary school categories” document below for brainstorming on the theme.

* Sample video will be available in near future!

 

The closing date for applications: 3rd May 2022 (Tuesday) 23:59 GMT

 

How to apply:

Please download the Consent form listed below and get your parent/s or guardian/s to sign it.

Upload your video to a cloud service (such as OneDrive or Google Drive) and let your Japanese teacher know the URL.

Teachers should then fill out the following application form:

  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JaViChamp

 

Download Materials:

 

Contact:

The Japan Foundation, London

E-mail speechcontest@jpf.org.uk

Tel 020 7492 6570


Date: 9 July 2022
Download JaViChamp Application Guideline
Download Consent Form
Download Video Creation Hints for secondary school categories
Download JaViChamp FAQ
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Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme 2023-2024 (Autumn) Applications Now Open   org

Autumn 2023 Applications Now OPEN! 

Institutions can apply for up to £3000 for non-profit-making projects or activities which promote Japanese language education in the UK. Please see the attached documents at the bottom of this page for more detailed information.

We prioritise projects that fit into one of the four following categories:

  • Category 1 - Newly Introducing Japanese into the curriculum

Up to £3,000 for projects that promote the introduction of Japanese into the curriculum (or onto the main school timetable) at primary and secondary schools. This grant covers staff costs and the cost of Japanese language books. Projects may take place online or offline.

  • Category 2 - Supporting GCSE or A-level courses

Up to £3,000 for projects that support GCSE or A-level courses. Particularly, if schools/organisations require support to ensure a large number of candidates are able to take formal qualifications in Japanese, they will be able to maintain their project by re-applying the following year. This means organisations will be able to apply for up to a total of £6,000 over two years. (Please note that we do not supplement the salary of teacher(s) already hired by the applying organisation.) Covers staff costs and costs of Japanese language books. Projects may take place online or offline.

  • Category 3 – New Japanese clubs

Up to £2,000 for organisations that newly introduce Japanese as an extracurricular activity or enrichment subject. In the case of schools, this is even if this is not within the school timetable. Covers staff cost, Japanese language book cost, some costs for items contributing to Japanese language learning, such as origami and calligraphy materials. Clubs may take place online or offline.

  • Category 4 - Projects that enable links between primary/secondary institutions and institutions of higher education

Up to £3,000 for projects that strengthen connections between secondary institutions and institutions of higher education and create and/or strengthen networks among pupils, students, and teachers for the purpose of helping to promote Japanese language education in the UK. These projects can be aimed at both potential learners of Japanese and people who already are learning Japanese. This is a recently added category, so please contact us if you have any questions or would like to apply but are unsure as to whether your project is suitable. These projects may take place online or offline.

Application deadline: 27th September 2023, 23:59 (Wednesday)

 

General Information document

LPSP 2023-2024 Grant Flowchart

Grant Application Form (Autumn 2023)

We would be grateful if you could read the General Information document and the Grant Flowchart document before submitting an application.

 

If you have any questions, please contact info.language@jpf.go.jp

Please also refer to the “General Information” document above for detailed answers to many frequently asked questions.

 

 

Related Event!

Click here to find out about our seminar for potential applications for the Local Project Support Programme!


Date: 30 August 2023
Download LPSP General Information Autumn 2023-2024
Download LPSP Application Form Autumn 2023-2024
Download LPSP Flowchart Autumn 2023-2024
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Boris, AOBA Ichiko, and Otoboke Beaver – at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival   org

We are partnering with the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival to bring you unforgettable performances by Japanese musicians Boris, AOBA Ichiko and Otoboke Beaver in Belfast!

Boris is a band formed in 1992 in Tokyo and composed of drummer Atsuo, guitarist/bassist Takeshi, and guitarist/keyboardist Wata. AOBA Ichiko is a folk singer and songwriter who was born in Urayasu, Chiba and raised in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Otoboke Beaver is a punk rock band from  Kyoto whose members currently consist of singer Accorinrin, guitarist Yoyoyoshie, bassist Hiro-chan, and drummer Kahokiss.

 

Date & Venue:

Boris: Thursday 4 May, 8pm BST, The Black Box

Click here for details

 

AOBA Ichiko: Sunday 7 May, 8pm BST, The Black Box

Click here for details

 

Otoboke Beaver: Sunday 7 May, 8pm BST, The Empire Music Hall

Click here for details


Date: 4 May 2023 - 7 May 2023
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Local Project Support Programme Autumn 2023 Applications - Online Seminar and Q&A Session   org

You can find information on the programme as well as links to download an application form by clicking here

Are you considering applying for funding but aren’t sure about how to go about it? Do you have a project in mind but aren’t sure if it’s eligible? We would strongly recommend that you sign up to take part in our Online Seminar and Q&A session.

During this half-hour session, a member of our staff will talk participants through the application process, and then open the floor to questions and answers. We want to make sure the application process is as easy-to-understand as possible.

This session will be held twice on 12th September 2023 (Tuesday)

NEW - A third session has been added and will take place on 19th September 2023 (Tuesday)

1. First Session: 12/09/2023 13:00 to 13:30

2. Second Session: 12/09/2023 18:00 to 18:30

3. NEW - Third Session: 19/09/2023 17:30 to 18:00

We will be using Zoom software. Once you have applied we will send you information on how to join the session.

Attendance is free but booking is essential. If you would like to take part, please sign up 18th September 2023 (Mon).

This seminar will be held in English but the presenter is a bilingual Japanese-English speaker. Please use Japanese at in this application form and at the Q&A if you would prefer.

Fill out the application form here


Date: 19 September 2023 from 5.30pm - 6.00pm
Venue:

Online event

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Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2023   org

 

 

We’re proudly partnering with the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival once again!

 

Explore some of the Welsh premieres and the best of Japanese animation at three fantastic venues in Wales: Chapter, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre.

 

 

Chapter, Cardiff

Saturday, 30 September – Sunday, 1 October

Click here for programme

 

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

Friday, 20 October – Sunday, 22 October

Click here for programme

 

Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor

Friday, 10 November – Thursday, 16 November

Click here for programme

 

Left Image: © I.T. PLANNING, INC. © 2022 THE FIRST SLAM DUNK Film Partners 

Middle Image: ©Ayano Takeda,TAKARAJIMASHA/Hibike Partners

Right Image: © 2014-2015 Hinako Sugiura•MS.HS / Sarusuberi Film Partners


Date: 30 September 2023 - 16 November 2023
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Tsugaru Dialect: One of the most difficult dialects in Japan   org

[The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023 Online Talk Series]

 

Ito (Itomichi), one of the popular films selected for the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023, is a charming coming-of-age story about a talented teenage Shamisen player. Almost all the dialogue in the film is conducted in Tsugaru-ben (Tsugaru dialect) which is known as one of the most difficult dialects and is often subtitled even in Japan.

 

In this webinar, in conjunction with the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023, we invite two lecturers from the University of Edinburgh: Ms Narumi-Munro, who is a native speaker of Tsugaru dialect, and Dr MacBain, a researcher who has lived in Aomori prefecture where the Tsugaru dialect is spoken. They will deliver interesting talks about linguistic diversity in Japan, the uniqueness of the Tsugaru dialect, real funny stories about everyday life with Tsugaru dialect, and a special taster lesson!

 

Why don’t you join us and get a feel for the uniqueness of the language?

 

About the speakers

 

Ms Fumiko Narumi-Munro  (Head of Japanese Language in Asian Studies,School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures, University of Edinburgh)

 

Fumiko Narumi-Munro teaches Japanese language to undergraduate students, and is the course organiser for most of the University of Edinburgh’s Japanese language courses. She is also Year Abroad coordinator for Japanese studies at the University of Edinburgh. She was born and raised in Hirosaki, Aomori, and is a native speaker of Tsugaru dialect. She also has a master’s degree in History of Art at Hirosaki University. For more information about her

 

Dr Abigail MacBain (Lecturer in Premodern Japanese Studies, School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures, University of Edinburgh)

 

Abigail MacBain is a scholar of premodern Japanese history and religion. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh in 2022, Abigail was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar and lecturer at Columbia University, where she also completed her PhD in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures in 2021.  She also participated the JET Programme as an Assistant Language Teacher in the Tsugaru area, Aomori Prefecture in 2004-2006. For more information about her

 

Event Overview

 

Webinar title: Tsugaru Dialect: One of the most difficult dialects in Japan

Date & Time: Wednesday 22 March 2023, 18:30-20:00 GMT

Event type: Zoom webinar

                    *This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

 

Registration (deadline: 20 March 2023)

Please book your ticket here.

 

Download an event flier here

 

Contact:

The Japan Foundation, London

Language Team: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp

 


Date: 22 March 2023 from 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue:

Online event

Download Flyer_Webinar Tsugaru dialect
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Japanese Language Session with WAVE   org

Why not learn Japanese language with Japanese art? Calling those who have never learnt Japanese before or those who are at a very beginner level!

Japan House London is currently holding an exhibition of Japanese graphic arts. This bold exhibition bridges the worlds of fine art, commercial illustration and counterculture. The Japan Foundation, London will be holding a Japanese Language session linked to this exhibition.

  • Date: Thursday 5th October 2023, 18:00-19:00
  • Venue: The Hall at Japan House London, 101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
  • Fee: Free (registration in advance is required.)
  • Registration deadline: Monday 2nd October
  • The maximum number of participants is 30 people.

To register, please click here

Applications have now closed as this event is fully booked.

This session is for those who have never learnt Japanese before or those who are at a very beginner level.

Attendance is limited to those who are eighteen years old or above.

Session content: Basic Japanese characters, sentence structures, and some adjective vocabulary, etc.

Lecturer: Ms Izumi Segawa

Organised by The Japan Foundation, London

Supported by Japan House London

 

About the Lecturer

Izumi Segawa has been a private Japanese tutor for ten years and occasionally works as an interpreter for artists coming over to the UK from Japan. She is fascinated by languages and currently learning Italian, Ukrainian and Rapa Nui. She also has a passion for nature and her other job involves making nature-inspired art-work, mainly life-like models of moths and butterflies (Hachiware Art).


Date: 5 October 2023 from 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue:

The Hall of Japan House London

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JaViChamp Japanese Video Championship for Young Learners UK - Finals Day!   org

The Finals Day of JaViChamp Japanese Video Championship for Young Learners UK will take place online on 9th July 2022 (Saturday). 

We received many applications from students of all ages from around the UK. Thank you so much to everyone who submitted videos!

Please be aware that this Finals Day event will be closed to the general public. However, we will put an event report on our website for everyone to enjoy after the event has finished.

Check this page for more updates - Coming Soon!


Date: 9 July 2022
Venue:

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Online seminar on ‘Japanese language learning TV programme through strategies “Activate Your Japanese!”’ /オンラインセミナー「ストラテジーで学ぶ日本語学習番組『ひきだすにほんご』」   org

The Japan Foundation in Europe (Cologne, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome offices) will jointly hold an online teachers’ seminar on the new TV programme “Activate Your Japanese!” on 19th November 2022.

The programme “Activate Your Japanese!” was jointly developed by the Japan Foundation and NHK Educational, and has been broadcast since February 2022.  A central part of this programme is the drama “Xuan Tackles Japan!". The drama shows how the main character learns various Japanese language strategies to become an independent communicator.

For more information of the programme, please see this page.

 

The theme, date and time of the seminar are as follows. Please find the event details below written in Japanese.

*Please note that only information in Japanese is available as the seminar will be conducted in Japanese. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 Theme: Japanese language learning TV programme through strategies “Activate Your Japanese!”

 Date/Time: 19th November 2022 (Saturday),  8:00-10;30 (GMT/UTC)

 Application Deadline: 11th November 2022 (Friday). 11:00 (GMT/UTC)

 Enquiries:

 The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne: kurse@jki.de (Japanese)

 Japan Foundation, London enquiries: events.japanese@jpf.org.uk (Japanese / English)

 

- You can download the programme flyer here.

 

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このたび、欧州にある国際交流基金(The Japan Foundation6拠点共催で、日本語学習番組「ひきだすにほんご」をテーマにした研修会を1119日(土)に開催することになりました。

 

「ひきだすにほんご」は国際交流基金とNHKエデュケーショナルが共同制作したもので、20222月末に放送が始まりました。ドラマ「スアン日本へ行く!」を中心に構成されています。このドラマは、主人公が様々な日本語のストラテジーを学んで、自立的にコミュニケーションを取れるようになっていく様子を描いた内容になっています。番組についての詳しい情報はこちらのページをご覧ください。

 

 

今回の研修会では番組制作に携わった講師を迎え、講演(ウェビナー)とワークショップの2本立ての構成で行います。

 

ご関心のある方、ぜひ、お申し込みください。

ワークショップは席に限りがありますので、お早目のお申し込みをお願いいたします。

 

日時:20221119日(土)800-1030 GMT/UTC

テーマ:

ストラテジーで学ぶ日本語学習番組「ひきだすにほんご Activate Your Japanese!

講師:菊岡 由夏(国際交流基金日本語国際センター 専任講師)

内容:(1)講演 70

   (2)ワークショップ 70

定員:講演 500名/ワークショップ90

    *ワークショップのみの参加は不可

使用言語:日本語

参加費:無料

お申込み:https://forms.office.com/r/RGeFuT722Q

     *締切:1111日(金)11:00GMT/UTC

 

問い合わせ先:

 国際交流基金ケルン日本文化会館 日本語チーム kurse@jki.de (日本語)

    国際交流基金ロンドン日本文化センター events.japanese@jpf.org.uk (日・英)

*その他詳細は、添付のファイルでご確認ください。

TV番組「ひきだすにほんご」フライヤー(日)

TV番組「ひきだすにほんご」フライヤー(英)


Date: 19 November 2022 from 8.00am - 10.30am
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Online seminar on the course book "IRODORI”/ オンライン研修会『いろどり 生活の日本語』実践者の話を聞いてみよう   org

The Japan Foundation in Europe (Cologne, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome offices) will jointly hold an online teachers’ seminar on the course book “IRODORI: Japanese for Life in Japan” on 10th December 2022.

The theme, date and time of the seminar are as follows. Please find the event details below written in Japanese.

*Please note that only information in Japanese is available as the seminar will be conducted in Japanese. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 Theme: Practice Report on the textbook "IRODORI: Japanese for Life in Japan”

 Date/Time: 10th December 2022 (Saturday),  9:00-11:30 (GMT/UTC)

 Application Deadline: 4th December 2022 (Sunday) 22:59(GMT/UTC)

 Enquiries:

 The Japan Cultural Institute in Paris: kenshu@mcjp.fr (Japanese)

 

 Japan Foundation, London enquiries: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp  (Japanese / English)

 

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このたび、欧州にある国際交流基金(The Japan Foundation)6拠点共催で、国際交流基金開発コースブック『いろどり 生活の日本語』をテーマにした研修会を開催いたします。『いろどり』はオンラインですべて無料で入手いただける教材です。

実際にこの教材を使って実践をされている先生をお招きし、教材の解説や実践の様子などをお話しいただきます。

どうぞふるってご参加ください。

 

日時:2022年12月10日(土)9:00~11:30 (GMT/UTC)

講師:武井康次郎(国際交流基金マレーシア派遣日本語上級専門家)

形式:オンライン(Zoom)

使用言語:日本語

対象:欧州在住の日本語教師および日本語教育を先行している大学院生で『いろどり 生活の日本語』に関心がある方

 (上記の方を主たる対象としていますが、その他の知己の方の参加も可能です)

参加費:無料

お申込み:https://forms.gle/B3bDCryyAMjXNQsR6

お申込み締切:2022年12月4日(日)22:59(GMT/UTC)

問い合わせ:

 国際交流基金パリ日本文化会館日本語事業部 kenshu@mcjp.fr(日本語/フランス語)

 国際交流基金ロンドン日本文化センター events.japanese@jpf.go.jp (日本語/英語)

 

その他の詳細はフライヤーをご覧ください。

フライヤー


Date: 10 December 2022 from 9.00am - 11.30am
Venue:

Online Seminar

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Online seminar: An introduction for Japanese language teachers to audio content production /オンライン研修会「日本語教師のための音声コンテンツ制作入門」   org

The Japan Foundation in Europe (Cologne, London, Paris, and Rome offices) will jointly hold an online teachers’ seminar entitled “An introduction for Japanese language teachers to audio content production” on 22nd April 2023.

The theme, date and time of the seminar are as follows.  (Japanese text is below the English)

*Please note that only information in Japanese is available as the seminar will be conducted in Japanese. Thank you for your understanding.

 

  • Theme: An introduction for Japanese language teachers to audio content production
  • Date/Time: 22nd April 2023 (Saturday), 9:00-12:00 (BST/UTC+1)
  • Application Deadline: 17th April 2023 (Monday) 11:00BST/UTC+1
  • Enquiries:
  • The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne: kurse@jki.de (Japanese)
  • Japan Foundation, London enquiries: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp  (Japanese / English)

 

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このたび、欧州にある国際交流基金(The Japan Foundation4拠点共催で、音声コンテンツをテーマとしたオンライン研修会を開催いたします。

本研修会は、音声コンテンツ制作初心者の先生を対象に、授業で使えるリスニングや会話練習用の音声教材だけでなく、学習者がスキマ時間に聴けるポッドキャストや多聴用コンテンツを取り上げて、その制作方法や実践例をご紹介します。

また、個々の教育現場に合わせたローカライズ教材の制作に関してもお話しするほか、参加者同士でアイデアを出し合うグループワークも行います。

みなさまのご参加、お待ちしています。

 

  • 日時:2023422日(土)90012:00 BST/UTC+1
  • 講師:東健太郎(国際交流基金ケルン日本文化会館 日本語上級専門家)
  • 形式:オンライン(Zoom
  • 使用言語:日本語
  • 参加費:無料
  • 対象:欧州在住で日本語教育、特に音声コンテンツ制作に関心があるすべての方 (左記の方を主たる対象としていますが、その他の地域の方も参加可能です)
  • 定員:90
  • お申込み:https://forms.office.com/e/kjCpK72mrM
  • お申込み締切:2023417日(月)11:00BST/UTC+1
  • 問い合わせ:

 国際交流基金ケルン日本文化会館日本語チーム kurse@jki.de(日本語)

 国際交流基金ロンドン日本文化センター events.japanese@jpf.go.jp (日本語/英語)

 

その他の詳細はフライヤーをご覧ください。

フライヤー


Date: 22 April 2023 from 9.00am - 12.00pm
Venue:

Online event

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JaLaChamp 2023 | Japanese Language Championship for Young Learners UK – Finals Day!   org

We are so excited to announce that the Finals Day for the JaLaChamp 2023 Japanese Language Championship for Young Learners UK will take place in the afternoon on Saturday 8th July 2023 in London! Get that date in your diary and prepare to be amazed by the talents of young people in the UK studying Japanese.

 

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Latest updates

16/06/2023 - Finals Day registration opened and special programme announced.

15/05/2023 – Date for the Finals Day officially announced!

 

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JaLaChamp is a contest for primary and secondary school students studying Japanese, and consists of two categories: a speech category, and a video category where students are asked to create an original video. We received many fantastic entries from across the country and were wowed by the creativity and talents of all the students.

 

On Finals Day, speech category finalists will give their speeches in front of a live audience, and we will also be playing the videos of the video category finalists projected on a large screen in the Japan House London Hall! There will be special prizes for all finalists taking part.

 

There will also be a special programme with world-renowned theatre director and playwright, Mr Phillip Breen. Mr Breen is also an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has directed over 60 professional productions and his work has been staged all over the UK, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, NY, LA and more cities and countries around the world. He will give a special talk and share his experiences with us! More information will be displayed on this page soon.

Everyone is welcome to join us!

The event is free, but registration via the Eventbrite page is essential. Please access the Eventbrite page from the link below.

Register to attend here

Download the event programme

Please note that registration will close when the applications have reached maximum capacity.

 


Date: 8 July 2023
Venue:

Japan House London, 101-111 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA

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Japanese Taster for Schools Training Session - Spring 2023   org

The Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme exists to create links between schools and Japanese-speaking volunteers. JTS volunteers carry out school visits across the UK to introduce students at any level to the Japanese language by carrying out fun and informative taster sessions.

To empower JTS volunteers and to encourage new volunteers, we will be holding an online training session on 26th June. We will provide information about the JTS programme and there will be two talks given by experienced JTS volunteers. Volunteers will also be able to work in groups to discuss ideas for taster sessions.

Whether you are an existing JTS volunteer looking to improve and practise, or you are interested in becoming a volunteer and want to find out more about giving Japanese taster sessions, this event is for you!

Find out more about the JTS Programme here

General Information

  • Date/Time: 26th June 2023 (Monday), 13:00 to 15:00 (BST)
  • Venue: Online (Zoom software)
  • Cost: Free
  • Maximum number of participants: 20
  • Spoken language: English
  • Event programme: Coming soon

Event Schedule

  • 13:00 – 13:10: Intro
  • 13:10 – 13:20: Explanation of the JTS programme
  • 13:20 – 13:40: Guest speaker talk – Mary Grace Browning Sensei (topic: in-person JTS visits)
  • 13:40 – 14:00: Guest speaker talk – Miyuki Griffin Sensei (topic: online JTS sessions)
  • 14:00 – 14:10: Break
  • 14:10 – 14:40: Group activity (taster session planning)
  • 14:40 – 14:55: JTS administration/timeline explanation and Q&A.
  • 14:55 – 15:00: Close.

Click here to fill out an application form to attend

(Registration deadline Thursday 22nd June, 23:59)


Date: 26 June 2023 from 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Venue:

Online event

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Special Double Bill: 'Shark Skin Man & Peach Hip Girl' (1998) and 'Party 7' (2000)   org

We are thrilled to be associated with the Prince Charles Cinema and QUAD for a special double bill of Shark Skin Man & Peach Hip Girl (1998) and Party 7 (2000) with director ISHII Katsuhito Live Q&A. Immerse yourself in two back-to-back films that will take you on a thrilling journey.

 

The Prince Charles Cinema, London

Date: 5 July 2023, 18:00 BST

 

Get your tickets here!

 

QUAD, Derby

Date: 7 July 2023, 18:00 BST

 

Get your tickets here!


Date: 5 July 2023 - 7 July 2023
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Panel Discussion: TOWARDS A LIVEABLE WORLD: LEARNING FROM AINU CULTURE   org

The Japan Foundation is hosting an interesting cultural discussion on Ainu, Japan’s indigenous people, in partnership with Ikon Gallery. Including Eiko Soga and Marenka Thompson-Odlum as speakers,this event led by Jonathan Watkins will examine the re-labelling of Ainu artefacts. The discussion is part of the exhibition, MAYUNKIKI: SIKNURE – LET ME LIVE.

 

For more information and booking:

CLICK HERE


Date: 7 October 2022 from 6.00pm - 7.15pm
Venue:

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

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BATJ-JF Japanese Language Education Seminar 2023: How Useful Are Smartphones for Learning Japanese?   org

    The Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) and the Japan Foundation, London are delighted to announce the 2023 Japanese Language Education Seminar. 

 

     2023’s seminar will focus on learners' dictionary-usage behaviour. In recent years, various digital tools and services have been developed and learners are now familiar with a wide variety of tools. Some teachers say that learners rely too much on digital tools, and that their Japanese language skills are not improving. But what digital tools do learners actually use and how do they use them to learn? The answers to these questions are not yet fully understood. In this seminar, we welcome Professor ISHIGURO Kei, from the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL), to explore this topic in an online setting.  

 

     For more information about the seminar and read the speaker’s profile, please refer to the attached document. 

 

     We look forward to receiving your applications. 

 

Date/Time: 11th February 2023 (Saturday), 10:00 to 12:30 GMT 

Theme:  How Useful Are Smartphones for Learning Japanese?:  

                 The reality of the use of dictionary tools among learners of Japanese in the United Kingdom 

Speaker:  

 Professor ISHIGURO Kei (Director of The Center for the Promotion of Collaborative Research, the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics; Collaborative Professor, Graduate School of Language and Society, Hitotsubashi University)  

Target audience:  

Japanese language educators and post-graduate university students specialising in Japanese language education who are based in the United Kingdom and Europe.  

(Applications from those in other regions will also be accepted if places are available)  

Maximum number of participants: 80  

Location: Online seminar using Zoom software  

Spoken language: Japanese  

Cost of seminar: BATJ member: , BATJ Non-member: 10£ 

Application deadline: 31st January 2023 (Tuesday), 12:00 GMT  

* Once the number of places has been filled, applications will close. 

Contact:  seminar@batj.org.uk 

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Event Flyer: English / Japanese


Date: 11 February 2023 from 10.00am - 12.30pm
Venue:

Online seminar (Zoom software)

Download 2023BATJ-JF共催セミナー_石黒先生案内文(EN)_Final
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Local Project Support Programme Spring 2023 Applications - Online Seminar and Q&A Session   org

You can find information on the programme as well as links to download an application form by clicking here

Are you considering applying for funding but aren’t sure about how to go about it? Do you have a project in mind but aren’t sure if it’s eligible? We would strongly recommend that you sign up to take part in our Online Seminar and Q&A session.

During this half-hour session, a member of our staff will talk participants through the application process, and then open the floor to questions and answers. We want to make sure the application process is as easy-to-understand as possible.

This session will be held twice on 10th May 2023 (Wednesday)

1. First Session: 13:00 to 13:30

2. Second Session: 18:00 to 18:30

We will be using Zoom software. Once you have applied we will send you information on how to join the session.

Attendance is free but booking is essential. If you would like to take part, please sign up 8th May 2023 (Mon).

This seminar will be held in English but the presenter is a bilingual Japanese-English speaker. Please use Japanese at in this application form and at the Q&A if you would prefer.

Fill out the application form here

If you are unable to attend either session but are still interested in applying, please do not worry! We will be making a recording of the first part of the seminar (explanation of application process) and uploading it to our Youtube channel.

 


Date: 10 May 2023
Venue:

Online event

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Call for Project Members: Project for Establishing Japanese Clubs   org

The Japan Foundation, London would like to announce that we are establishing a project to support UK primary and secondary schools that have expressed an interested in newly offering a ‘Japanese Club’ to their students.

 

In line with this, we are delighted to call for project members to get involved in this project with us. This is a new project so there will be many challenges for us. We look forward to applications from those who are willing to join this project as part of their own professional development, and to work with us while exchanging their thoughts and ideas with us and other project members.

 

For details, please refer to the following:

Responsibilities

  • The development of teaching materials for Japanese clubs for primary and secondary schools (mainly targeting the KS2 to KS4 age groups) and attendance at meetings related to teaching material development.
  • Teaching sessions as part of a teacher training course for teachers wishing to offer Japanese clubs at their schools (using the developed materials referred to above), to be held from October 2023 onwards, and attending meetings related to said course (course will be 1.5 hours x 12 sessions, and conducted in English).
  • Other responsibilities necessary for the enactment of the tasks mentioned above.

- The project leader will be Chisato Ofune, Chief Japanese language Advisor for the Japan Foundation, London.

Terms and Conditions of application:

Applicants are expected:

  • To have experience in Japanese language education (a set level of Japanese language proficiency is not required.)

*Applications from post-graduate students studying Japanese language education, or any other related field, are also accepted. To be willing to work actively in the development of teaching materials and a teacher training course.

  • To be able to  deliver the teacher training course in English.
  • To have a good set-up (internet connection, equipment and so on) for taking part in online meetings and teaching online sessions.
  • To be able to receive honoraria legally in the UK.

The following traits will be considered particularly desirable in an applicant:

  • Those who have experiences involving Japanese language clubs for KS2 to KS4 (or equivalent) students.
  • Those who currently teach Japanese language.

*due to the professional development aspect

  • Those who can be involved for multiple years rather than a single year.

Key professional knowledge and competences that will be gained through the project:

  • Learning design know-how
  • Knowledge and skills for developing teaching materials
  • Know-how on how to design for teachers’ learning

Project period (Phase 1/TBD):

  • Development of teaching materials: July - October 2023 (TBD)
  • Teacher training course: Oct - Jan 2023 (TBD)

*Dates are subject to change depending on circumstances.

*The above periods are for the first year. The project may be continued beyond that.

Number of positions open: 3 (TBC)

Honoraria:

  • Approx. £1,300 - £1,700 (for material development and teaching online classes)
  • These figures are based on the assumption that you are fully engaged in all of the above requested responsibilities.
  • The amount will vary depending on the number of teaching materials and classes you are responsible for.

How to apply:

  • Please prepare the following documents:

(1) List of Japanese language teaching experience (any format)

(2) Reasons and aspirations for applying (maximum 800 characters in Japanese or400 words in English).

*Please also mention what activities you would want to do if given the chance to be involve in ‘Japanese club’.

  • Please upload items (1) and (2) above to a cloud service, and then submit your application using the form below:

Application Form

Application deadline: 19th June 2023 (Monday), 14:00 (British Summer Time)

Selection process:

  •          Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (online).

* Enquiries regarding the selection process will not be answered.

 

Contact: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp English and Japanese


Date: 1 June 2023 - 19 June 2023
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School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Information Day   org

This event is for schools running Japanese classes or clubs which have an interest in helping the development of teachers of Japanese to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the UK.

 

We will be holding an information day for School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). SCITT is a programme to help train people to become new QTS teachers. It is managed by the Department for Education and administered by authorised providers in the UK. National Modern Languages, a provider of SCITT, will introduce a new path for training Japanese language teachers as part of the SCITT programme. In the past, National Modern Languages was only for trainees aiming to become teachers of French, German, and Spanish. Now it will include prospective QTS teachers of Japanese. 

 

Please note that trainees are required to have French, German or Spanish as a primary foreign language they can potentially teach, with Japanese as an additional language. This means that trainees will be able to teach two languages. Host schools train the trainee teachers and in return will gain a trainee able to teach two languages at their school.

 

Along with this fantastic opportunity, National Modern Languages is looking for schools that are interested in becoming host schools for these new trainee Japanese language teachers.

 

On this information day, Ms Katrin Sredzki-Seamer, Director of the National Modern Languages SCITT, will give a speech about SCITT, and share information about becoming a host school. She will also explain the merits of the programme for host schools. There will be a Q&A session.

 

We hope that many schools have an interest in becoming a host school and that this event will inspire them to become one.

 

Date:

  • Day 1: Wednesday 14th June, 13:00-13:30, 16:00-16:30
  • Day 2: Monday 19th June, 16:30-17:00
  • Day 3: Thursday 6th July, 13:00-13:30, 16:00-16:30

Note: Each session has the same content.

The start/finish time is flexible. Please let us know your preferred time if this all of the above times are not suitable.

 

To apply, please click here:

https://forms.office.com/r/45egfstvNu

Participation fee: Free (registration in advance is required.)

Registration deadline:

  • 12th June for Day 1 (14th June)
  • 15th June for Day 2 (19th June)
  • 4th July for Day 3 (6th July)

Languages used: English


Date: 5 June 2023 - 4 July 2023
Venue:

Online

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*Looking for Volunteers* UCL-Japan Youth Challenge   org

*Looking for Volunteers* UCL-Japan Youth Challenge

Interested in Japanese culture? Learning Japanese? Want to help pre-university students shape their future studies and careers?

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge are looking for university student volunteers who can join our online summer school programme in the second half of August 2022 for one week to see the world through the lens of a top-notch design thinker.

Volunteer roles:

• Join and facilitate group discussion during Workshop and Preparation for Presentation

• Be an active member of an allocated group to deliver a group presentation smoothly

• Encourage Japanese high school students to communicate in English

Dates:

• Workshop—Tuesday 16th August

• Preparation for Presentation—Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th & Friday 19th August

• Presentation—Tuesday 23rd August

Times:

9am to 12pm (midday) (BST)

* Preparation for Presentation may vary slightly depending on the group 

If you can participate, please email ujyc@japanatuk.com

Website: www.ucl-japan-youth-challenge.com

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is an annual summer school programme for pre-university students from UK sixth form colleges and Japanese high schools for cultural interaction through various educational activities and events held at UCL (University College London) and the University of Cambridge, since 2015, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Japan’s Choshu Five and Satsuma 19, all of whom studied at UCL in 1863 and 1865 respectively.

If you are a pre-university student interested in learning more and attending this event, please see our previous post here: https://jpf.org.uk/whatson.php#1227 

Or visit the official event website: https://www.ucl-japan-youth-challenge.com/programme-2022/


Date: 16 August 2022 - 23 August 2022 from 9.00am - 12.00pm
Venue:

Hosted online by UCL

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BAJS/Japan Foundation Postgraduate Workshop 2023   org

Date: Saturday 18 March 2023
Venue: SOAS, University of London

Full programme TBC

The BAJS/Japan Foundation Postgraduate Japanese Studies Workshop is returning for its 12th year and will be held at SOAS, University of London.

For our 2023 workshop, the theme will be “Fieldwork in Japan”. Participants will be provided with in-depth advice on making the most out of fieldwork opportunities since travel restrictions to Japan have eased. Throughout the student-focused workshop, specialists will be providing advice to all participants. The event also provides an excellent opportunity for networking among PhD students and academics, as well as a forum to discuss future collaborations. There will also be organisations in attendance who will present their funding programmes and give details on how they can help.

Student Submissions: As part of the workshop, students will be asked to present their work in context of the theme. Presentations will take place in small groups in the morning session. There will be a follow-up workshop after lunch where feedback and individual advice can be provided by other students and academics. Mara Patessio at mp78@soas.ac.uk will contact all attendees with more details about the student presentations.

Travel Grants: The Japan Foundation is able to offer a partial travel grant of £70 per attendee after attendees have covered the first £20 of their fare. The British Association for Japanese Studies is able to offer £50 per attendee towards the cost of accommodation.*

*Grants available for UK-based students only

Registration and Eligibility:

Registration is free and the workshop is open to all PhD students undertaking research about Japan (including comparative) in humanities and social science subjects. To keep a workshop atmosphere, we are limiting spaces to 40 students. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Any additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.


Should places still be available, registration will open to masters students on
February 6th 2023.
The deadline for registration is
February 17th 2023.

To register your place at the workshop, please click here


Date: 18 March 2023
Venue:

SOAS, University of London

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Seven Transformations: Hagi Ware   org

Date: Wednesday, 7 September 2022, 12:00pm (BST)

Online Event hosted on Zoom

 

Hagi Ware is a type of earthenware made in the Hagi region in Yamaguchi prefecture. Closely associated with the Japanese tea ceremony, the ware has long been admired by tea masters such as Sen no Rikyu, for its understated beauty and traditionalism ranked second only to the famous Raku Ware as tea ware. It is rarely decorated, and its simplicity of design is the result of making the most of the features of local Hagi clay. One of the most distinctive characteristics of Hagi Ware is the way it changes and improves over time. This is a process called “nanabake” (seven transformations), in which tea slowly colours the clay as it is absorbed through fine cracks in the glaze.

 

Gesson HAMANAKA, an award- winning master potter from Hagi and the owner of Oyagama kiln, will introduce traditional Hagi Ware and the process of its creation, giving us a look into his kiln and studio in this online talk event. Together with Dr Clare Pollard, Curator of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, he will also explore the ways in which he seeks to protect Hagi ceramic traditions and how his freedom of expression has been transformed in meeting the needs of contemporary society.

 

About the speakers

Gesson HAMANAKA

 

Born to a Hagi family, HAMANAKA studied Hagi Ware as a teenager under Yohika Taibi and established his Oya Kiln in 1969. Adopting his artistic name Gesson (Moon Village) he has produced highly acclaimed Hagi Ware, ranging from traditional tea bowls to plates. His works have been exhibited in Japan and internationally. He has collaborated with flower artist Daniel Ost on a number of occasions. In 2001, his kiln revived porcelain, incorporating it into his Hagi Ware repertoire, bringing a new aspect to his work.

 

Dr Clare Pollard is Curator of Japanese Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University’s museum of art and archaeology and Britain’s first public museum. The Ashmolean is home to an extensive collection of Japanese art, including ceramics, lacquer, paintings, prints, sword furniture and decorative arts of the Meiji era (1868-1912). Clare’s research has focused mainly on Meiji art, while in recent years she has developed a series of exhibitions and catalogues of the Ashmolean’s Japanese print collections.

 

This event is organised in collaboration with IndigoRose Project

 

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here


Date: 7 September 2022 from 12.00pm
Venue:

Online

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JaLaChamp 2023 – Japanese Language Championship for Young Learners UK   org

The Japan Foundation, London is excited to announce a new event: The Japanese Language Championship for Young Learners UK – also known as… JaLaChamp!

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Latest updates

  • 03/05/23 - Applications for both categories have now closed. Check back here soon for details about FInals Day!
  • 04/02/23 - Outline video uploaded
  • 04/02/23 - JaLaChamp poster available to download
  • 16/01/23 - Applications now open!
  • 16/01/23 - Revised guidelines (English language) and Japanese language guidelines are now available to download.

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JaLaChamp is a contest for primary and secondary school students studying Japanese, and consists of two categories: a speech category, and a video category where students are asked to create an original video. We want to encourage students to show us their creativity in full and have fun making videos and writing speeches using their Japanese!

The world is changing very quickly. Technology is advancing, and nowadays if we have a computer or a smartphone we can send a message to anyone in the world. In a time like this, we should always consider the following questions: “What message do I want to convey and how?” Using the voice, the written word, visuals, design and more – there are many ways to express ourselves. It is important to be able to combine these different choices of expression to create a way of expressing ourselves that others can understand, empathise with or be persuaded by.

We want to encourage students to share with us their thoughts and viewpoints, as well as show us their creativity in full and have fun challenging themselves by entering this contest and using their Japanese!

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Download the JaLaChamp event guidelines to find out more!

English Guidelines ~ Japanese Guidelines

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Applications are now closed

Speech Category Application Form

 Video Category Application Form

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Check out our Outline Video

Download our JaLaChamp 2023 poster


Date: 25 April 2023
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Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme 2023-2024 (Spring) Applications Now Open   org

Spring 2023 Applications Now OPEN!

 

Institutions can apply for up to £3000 for non-profit-making projects or activities which promote Japanese language education in the UK. Please see the attached documents at the bottom of this page for more detailed information.

We prioritise projects that fit into one of the four following categories:

  • Category 1 - Newly Introducing Japanese into the curriculum

Up to £3,000 for projects that promote the introduction of Japanese into the curriculum (or onto the main school timetable) at primary and secondary schools. This grant covers staff costs and the cost of Japanese language books. Projects may take place online or offline.

  • Category 2 - Supporting GCSE or A-level courses

Up to £3,000 for projects that support GCSE or A-level courses. Particularly, if schools/organisations require support to ensure a large number of candidates are able to take formal qualifications in Japanese, they will be able to maintain their project by re-applying the following year. This means organisations will be able to apply for up to a total of £6,000 over two years. (Please note that we do not supplement the salary of teacher(s) already hired by the applying organisation.) Covers staff costs and costs of Japanese language books. Projects may take place online or offline.

  • Category 3 – New Japanese clubs

Up to £2,000 for organisations that newly introduce Japanese as an extracurricular activity or enrichment subject. In the case of schools, this is even if this is not within the school timetable. Covers staff cost, Japanese language book cost, some costs for items contributing to Japanese language learning, such as origami and calligraphy materials. Clubs may take place online or offline.

  • Category 4 - Projects that enable links between primary/secondary institutions and institutions of higher education

Up to £3,000 for projects that strengthen connections between secondary institutions and institutions of higher education and create and/or strengthen networks among pupils, students, and teachers for the purpose of helping to promote Japanese language education in the UK. These projects can be aimed at both potential learners of Japanese and people who already are learning Japanese. This is a recently added category, so please contact us if you have any questions or would like to apply but are unsure as to whether your project is suitable. These projects may take place online or offline.

Application deadline: 24th May 2023, 23:59 (Wednesday)

 

General Information document

LPSP 2023-2024 Grant Flowchart

Grant Application Form (May 2023)

We would be grateful if you could read the General Information document and the Grant Flowchart document before submitting an application.

 

If you have any questions, please contact info.language@jpf.go.jp

Please also refer to the “General Information” document above for detailed answers to many frequently asked questions.

 

Related Event!

Click here to find out about our seminar for potential applications for the Local Project Support Programme!

 


Date: 20 April 2023 - 24 May 2023
Download LPSP General Information 2023-2024
Download LPSP Flowchart 2023-2024
Download LPSP Application Form 2023-2024
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Applications for the Japanese Local Project Support Programme 2022-2023 (Summer/Autumn) are open!   org

Institutions can apply for up to £3000 for non-profit-making projects or activities which promote Japanese language education in the UK. Please see the attached documents at the bottom of this post for more detailed information.

We prioritise projects that fit into one of the four following categories:

  • Category 1 - Newly Introducing Japanese into the curriculum

Up to £3,000 for projects that promote the introduction of Japanese into the curriculum (or onto the main school timetable) at primary and secondary schools. This grant covers staff costs and the cost of Japanese language books. Projects may take place online or offline.

  • Category 2 - Supporting GCSE or A-level courses

Up to £3,000 for projects that support GCSE or A-level courses. Particularly, if schools/organisations require support to ensure a large number of candidates are able to take formal qualifications in Japanese, they will be able to maintain their project by re-applying the following year. This means organisations will be able to apply for up to a total of £6,000 over two years. (Please note that we do not supplement the salary of teacher(s) already hired by the applying organisation.) Covers staff costs and costs of Japanese language books. Projects may take place online or offline.

  • Category 3 - Japanese clubs

Up to £2,000 for organisations that newly introduce Japanese as an extracurricular activity or enrichment subject. In the case of schools, this is even if this is not within the school timetable. Covers staff cost, Japanese language book cost, some costs for items contributing to Japanese language learning, such as origami and calligraphy materials. Clubs may take place online or offline.

  • Category 4 - Projects that enable links between primary/secondary institutions and institutions of higher education

Up to £3,000 for projects that strengthen connections between secondary institutions and institutions of higher education and create and/or strengthen networks among pupils, students, and teachers for the purpose of helping to promote Japanese language education in the UK. These projects can be aimed at both potential learners of Japanese and people who already are learning Japanese. This is a recently added category, so please contact us if you have any questions or would like to apply but are unsure as to whether your project is suitable. These projects may take place online or offline.

Application deadline: 26th September 2022 (Monday), 23:59

Download general information about the programme.
Download the Grant Application Form (Summer/Autumn 2022)
Download the LPSP 2022-2023 Grant Flowchart.

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Related Event!

Click here to find out about our seminar for potential applications for the Local Project Support Programme!

 


Date: 25 August 2022 - 26 September 2022
Download S-A 2022-23 General Information
Download S-A 2022-23 Application Form
Download S-A 2022-23 Flowchart
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Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2023   org

 

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is a test for non-native speakers of Japanese which evaluates and certifies their Japanese-Language proficiency. The test takes place twice a year (July and December) in Japan and various locations around the world. Currently, it is the largest Japanese-language test in the world, with more than 1.36 million people in 87 countries worldwide registered for the JLPT in 2018.

 

The next JLPT will take place on Sunday, 2nd July 2023 at two locations in the UK: London (SOAS University of London) and Leicester (the University of Leicester).

 Please note that applications at both sites (SOAS and University of Leicester) have CLOSED as applications have reached maximum capacity. We apologise for any disappointment caused.

Please refer to each university’s website for application opening dates and registration details.

Japan Research Centre, SOAS University of London   Applications CLOSED

University of Leicester  Applications CLOSED

Please note that JLPT is very popular and registration at each test centre will close when the test centre has reached its maximum capacity.

For more information about the test, please visit JLPT website 

Ø  Click here to download a Guide to the 2023 Japanese-Language Proficiency Test.

Ø  Let’s Try Sample Questions! 

 

 


Date: 2 July 2023
Venue:

SOAS University of London

University of Leicester

Download JLPT Guide 2023
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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme Online Talk Series   org

No Breaking Point: Director NISHIKAWA Miwa in Conversation

A conversation with NISHIKAWA Miwa, director of Under the Open Sky. A great opportunity to hear about her filmmaking processes and her views on Japanese cinema.

Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2023 13:00 (GMT)
Online Talk Event hosted on Zoom

Click here to book your ticket

 

Young & Formidable: Directors HORIE Takahiro, IIZUKA Kasho & KOJIMA Oudai in Conversation

Three filmmakers, all of whom are at a relatively early stage in their film directing careers, will share their stories with us.

Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2023 13:00 (GMT)
Online Talk Event hosted on Zoom

Click here to book your ticket

 

Always Evolving: Director TANADA Yuki in Conversation

Find out more about TANADA Yuki, director of My Broken Mariko, through this insightful talk!

Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2023 13:00 (BST)
Online Talk Event hosted on Zoom

Click here to book your ticket

 

Roundtable Discussion – Has Japanese Cinema always been evolving?

A roundtable talk with film experts KIMBARA Yuka, ISHIZAKA Kenji, Julian Ross, James Mudge and Espen Bale discussing the question: Has Japanese Cinema always been evolving?

Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2023 13:00 (BST)
Online Talk Event hosted on Zoom

Click here to book your ticket

 


Date: 23 March 2023 - 30 March 2023
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Meet the Author: TAKAHASHI Hiroki in Conversation   org

Join us for a special online talk with author TAKAHASHI Hiroki, author of Finger Bone. Be part of an inspiring conversation as he shares his literary journey.

 

Registration is essential and spaces are limited, so please book your ticket here.


Date: 30 June 2023 from 1.00pm
Venue:

Online Talk Event

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Cocktail - ‘Art of Liquid’ that Travels from Japan: Talk & Demonstration by NAKAMURA Mitsuhiro   org

Join us for an exclusive talk and demonstration with renowned head mixologist NAKAMURA Mitsuhiro! Discover the secrets behind his sensational coctails as he shares his expertise and showcases his craft live!

Registration is essential and spaces are limited, so please book your ticket here.  [Waiting list only]

Livestreaming available, book your space here.


Date: 15 June 2023 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Japan House, London

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[Online Talk] Japanese Book Cover Designs that Broke the Mould   org

 

Though you may be inclined to follow the famous adage of “Never judge a book by its cover,” for many centuries true bibliophiles and collectors have happily ignored these words, putting great value on publications with unique designs and special editions. Inevitably, what you see on the cover may be a decisive factor in choosing a book.

In Japan too, the importance of eye-catching designs that push the boundaries of the publishing world and defy pre-set standards is tangible. Prevailing market demands encourage continuing developments in graphic design as well as typography with certain designs standing as artistic milestones that have influenced new generations of designers up to present day. Certainly, some book cover designs are not merely an accessory to the content but stand alone as artistic endeavours.

In time for the Cheltenham Literature Festival, we have invited former editor-in-chief of the renowned Japanese design magazine IDEA, MUROGA Kiyonori, to trace the history of Japanese book cover design since the post-war period. As a writer and curator of graphic design and typography, MUROGA will select a handful of models and discuss why he thinks these symbolised new approaches in the field, considering points from both an aesthetic and technical view.

 

 

About the speaker

MUROGA Kiyonori was born in 1975, Niigata, Japan. Former editor-in-chief of IDEA magazine. He has been editing books on graphic design, typography, and visual culture since 1999. His recent editorial works include Sakuji Hyakkei and Pixel Hyakkei (Graphic-sha, 2019). He is also an international critic, educator, and lecturer on graphic design. He has contributed texts to various publications and periodicals including JAGDA’s Graphic Design in Japan 2013 (Rikuyosha, 2013), Japan—Nippon: Poster Collection 26 (Lars Müller Publishers, 2014), Nihon bijutsu zenshu (Shogakukan, 2016), ggg books 124: Yoshihisa Shirai (DNP, 2017), Encyclopedia of East Asian Design (Sydney, Bloomsbury, forthcoming). He co-curated “The Study Room” of the 27th Brno Biennial (2016) and “Fragments of Graphism” (Creation Gallery G8, 2018).

 

Image credit: Photo by So Hashizume from Paper and Dummy Books exhibition at TAKEO MIHONCHO HONTEN, 2011

 

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 

 


Date: 12 October 2021 from 1.00pm

For more information, please click here.
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GALAXY TRAIN - A New Musical   org

Date: 24 March 2023 - 26 March 2023

We are proudly partnering with Théatre Lapis for this new enchanting musical based on the beloved 1927 Japanese novel Night on the Galactic Railroad (Ginga Tetsudo no Yoru), by MIYAZAWA Kenji. It tells the story of two boys, Giovanni and Campanella, who find themselves on a mysterious train journey.

Galaxy Train coming to The Other Palace Studio on 24 - 26 March 2023. Created by director ICHIKAWA Yojiro and composer-lyricist Eden Tredwell. Limited performances – don’t miss out!

Book your tickets here!

 

Date: 24 – 26 March 2023
The Other Palace Studio

Galaxy Train is presented in partnership with the Japan Foundationwith support from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.
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Reality or Fantasy? Creating the Hero of the Blind Swordsman   org

 

Date: Thursday, 5 May 2022, 7:00pm (BST)

Online Event hosted on Zoom

 

Zatoichi is regarded as one of the most influential characters from Japanese jidai-geki (period films). The first film out of 29 Japanese titles was directed by MISUMI Kenji and released in 1962. The series gained so much popularity that it was later remade in the USA. Despite being blind, Zatoichi is an accomplished sword fighter who beats many villains, and is inspiring enough to capture the hearts of even contemporary film makers such as KITANO Takeshi and MIIKE Takashi. Although adapted from literature and supposedly modelled on a real person, the film’s version of the character is far from the original influences. It was certainly the popularity of the films that pushed Zatoichi into the limelight. How was this blind hero invented and what factored into his success?

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first film of Zatoichi, in this online talk Dr Jonathan Wroot, who published The Paths of Zatoichi, will introduce his latest book explaining the process of the characterisation of the famous blind swordsman, while referring to his impact on history and the cultural context. Together with Dr Dolores Martinez and Dr Jasper Sharp, the talk will also explore the representation of Zatoichi as a hero who is blind and why such a character is frequently portrayed within jidai-geki films and TV shows; while also considering the other examples of blind people in Japanese film and culture.

 

Speakers

Dr Jonathan Wroot is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Film Studies at the University of Greenwich. He has previously published research on home media formats and Asian cinema distribution. He co-edited a collection entitled New Blood: Framing 21st Century Horror, for UWP, in 2021, in addition to his monograph on the Zatoichi film and TV franchise. Some of this research will be appearing in the forthcoming edited collection, Women in East Asian Cinema. He has contributed to the podcast series Beyond Japan and Second Features, as well as the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022.

 

Dr Dolores P. Martinez is Emeritus Reader in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London and a Research Affiliate at ISCA, University of Oxford. She has written on maritime anthropology, tourism, religion, gender, film, and popular culture in Japan, as well as on women’s football in the USA, documentaries, and humour in science fiction films. Her publications include Identity and Ritual in a Japanese Diving Village; Remaking Kurosawa; editor of The Worlds of Japanese Popular Culture; and co-editor, Assembling Japan and Persistently Postwar.

Dr Jasper Sharp is an author, filmmaker and curator known for his work on Japanese cinema and the co-founder of the film website Midnight Eye. His books include The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film (2004), joint-written with Tom Mes, Behind the Pink Curtain (2008) and The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema (2011). His work has appeared in publications including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Japan Times, and Film International, and on numerous home video releases. Between 2010 and 2014 he was the director of Zipangu Fest, a London-based festival dedicated to showcasing Japanese independent cinema, and was the Artistic Director of the Asia House Film Festival between 2014 and 2016. He is the co-director with Tim Grabham of The Creeping Garden (2014), an award-winning documentary about plasmodial slime moulds, and currently works as a disc producer for Arrow Films.