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Dartford Grammar School and Japan Foundation GCSE and IB Meeting new
Born in Okinawa new
Artist Talk: Mari Katayama new
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 new
Nihongo Cup 2019 - Applications Open!
Japan Foundation/BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2019: Career Progression
The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Van Gogh & Japan: The Provence Years new
Japan Foundation and British Association for Teachers of Japanese Seminar new

Dartford Grammar School and Japan Foundation GCSE and IB Meeting   org

There will be a Japanese GCSE and IB Meeting at King’s College London on Friday 8th February 2019. This will be an opportunity for teachers teaching GCSE Japanese and/or IB Japanese to share and discuss schemes of work and resources; conduct moderation and share good practice in preparation for upcoming changes to the GCSE and IB syllabus.

The day will be divided with GCSE sessions taking place in the morning and IB sessions taking place in the afternoon.

  • Event: Dartford Grammar School and Japan Foundation GCSE and IB Meeting
  • Date: 8th February 2019 (Friday)
  • Schedule: 9:30 - 12:50 GCSE meeting, 13:30 - 16:30 IB meeting
  • Cost: Delegates will need to pay a contribution fee - Please refer to the booking form for details.
  • What to Bring on the Day: Delegates attending this event will need to bring a copy of:

- Their Scheme of work
 - Resources (for ideas/resource sharing)

To download a booking form to register for this event, please click here


Date: 8 February 2019
Venue:

Room FWB2.40, Franklin-Wilkins Building, King's College, London SE1 9NH


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Born in Okinawa   org

Celebrating the UK premier screening of Born Bone Born as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019, join us for an evening dedicated to Okinawa, Japan’s tropical southern paradise. Dating back to the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa developed a beautiful and colourful history and fascinating cultures, including unique food, music and language.

The evening will be led by Dr Vicky Young (University of Cambridge), who will give an overview of Okinawa, its history, culture and language. The evening will also feature live performances from the London Okinawa Sanshinkai, showcasing traditional Okinawan music and dance.

This is a free event but spaces are limited and book is essential, to book your place please click here.

Born Bone Born directed by Toshiyuki Teruya (Gori) will be screened at Institute of Contemporary Arts in London on 10 February and further 6 UK venues between February and March 2019. For more information and other screenings, please visit the special website Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme.

©2018 "Senkotsu" Production Committee


Date: 25 January 2019 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Venue:

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


With thanks to the London Okinawa Sanshinkai and Okinawa Kenjinkai of UK for their co-operation and special thanks to Japan House London.

 

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Artist Talk: Mari Katayama   org

In the photographic self-portraits of Mari Katayama, the artist’s body features prominently, surrounded by painstakingly arranged objects, both in intimate settings or set against vast landscapes. The recipient of the Grand Prize at Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2012, Katayama was born with various developmental challenges, and had both legs amputated at age nine and has since lived with prosthetics. Using her body as a living sculpture, Katayama photographs herself among intricately embroidered objects, hand-sewn mannequins and her prosthetic legs. Katayama’s photography has been exhibited at museums such as the Gallery J, Arts Maebashi and the Museum of Modern Art in Gunma, Traumaris Gallery in Tokyo and Kitchen Gallery in Paris, and has also featured in group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Art Museum and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and La Criée in Marseille, amongst others.

In conjunction with her solo exhibition at the White Rainbow Gallery, Katayama will be delivering a talk on her artistic process, touching on how her physical difficulty has informed her work and influenced her body images, along with having a conversation with Simon Baker, director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.


Date: 24 January 2019 from 6.45pm
Venue:

Royal Society of Arts


For more information, please click here.

This event has been organised in collaboration with White Rainbow Gallery, where Mari Katayama's solo exhibition will run from 24 January 2019 to 2 March 2019, and it is celebrating the Embassy of Japan's Season of Culture. 

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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019   org

 

Love, in all its semblances and dimensions, is a state so universally experienced by humankind that it has provided a perpetual source of inspiration in the long history of global cinema. Japanese cinema is no different. Love and the associated feelings of passion, affection, and destruction, in equal measure have all been channelled into a pivotal driving force behind the rise of many Japanese filmmakers, crystallising in timeless works which form part of the nation’s artistic repertoire.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 features thoughtfully selected works, all focusing on this theme in one way or another. As the conventional binaries defining what it means to love continually give way to new understandings of this sweeping emotion, so too does this year’s curation aim to provide insights into a wider context of love in Japanese society.

Embracing other complicated emotions that go hand in hand with love, the programme aims to provide a more comprehensive picture of Japanese relationships, ranging from conventional love stories, LGBT issues, familial devotion, compassion for the fellow man, transgressive attractions, to profound renderings of the devastation felt with the loss of love


Date: 2 February 2019 - 28 March 2019
Venue:

Cinemas across the UK. 


For more information, please click here.

For all information on the selected films and participating venues, please visit our dedicated website by following the link above.

 

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Nihongo Cup 2019 - Applications Open!   org

Nihongo Cup, the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School students, is accepting applications across three categories: Key Stage 3, Pre-GCSE Key Stage 4/5, and Post GCSE Key Stage 4 and 5.

Finalists will be invited to perform their speech at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford in front of a panel of judges and VIPs from the field of Japanese language education and Japan-UK relations, for the chance to win some fantastic prizes – including a trip to Japan!

Applications will close on 22nd March 2019 (Friday) and finals day will take place on 22nd June 2019 (Saturday). Finals will take place at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford.

You can also find articles about previous Nihongo Cup finals on our News Page.

To find out more and for application forms, you can download the Zip file linked below.


Date: 12 December 2018 - 22 March 2019
Download NC2019 Application Pack

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

          

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Japan Foundation/BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2019: Career Progression   org

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Japan Foundation and British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) Postgraduate Workshop will be held at Cardiff University. 

This workshop aims to assist the development of the next generation of Japanese Studies researchers and academics currently studying in the UK. Every year it provides a great opportunity for students to receive practical advice on their own research from senior colleagues, and to get to know fellow postgraduate students and members of the Japanese Studies Community. 

This year's interactive workshop will centre on career development in academia/research in the UK, Japan and abroad. It will include several sessions by senior academics addressing concerns and challenges faced by at the early stages of an academic career and how to take full advantage of the opportunities available. There will be a chance for students to present their research and receive feedback from both peers and senior colleagues. There will also be an opportunity to hear from organisations and the funding they can offer for current and future research. 

Eligibility: Registration is open to postgraduate students in Japanese Studies as well as those undertaking Japan related research in other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Priority will be given to Ph.D candidates. 

This year the Japan Foundation are able to provide partial travel grants: please e-mail the below address for more details.

BAJS are also offering a grant to help cover the cost of accommodation please click here for details.


Date: 8 March 2019 from 10.30am to 5.45pm
Venue:

Cardiff University, Wales


*Doors will open from 10:00AM.

To register, or if you have any questions, please e-mail Programme Office Michael Salter at michael.salter@jpf.org.uk 

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The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is open for applications!

This contest gives students the chance to make their voices heard in Japanese, and win some fantastic prizes! Finalists will all perform their speeches on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at King’s College London.

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

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

 

There are three different categories:

1. Speech Category:  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. Six finalists will be selected.

Application Deadline: 22nd November 2018 (applications for this category have now closed)

 

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: 10th December 2018 (applications for this category have now closed)

 

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: 17th December 2018 (applications for this category have now closed)

*Details of JF Standard can be found here:

http://jfstandard.jp/pdf/jfs2015_pamphlet_eng.pd

 

Videos from the 13th Contest Finals Day can be viewed here

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

- Frequently Asked Questions

- Contest Poster

- Speech Category Application Form

- Speech Category Rules and Guidance

- Individual Presentation Category Application Form

- Group Presentation Category Application Form



Date: 24 August 2018 - 17 December 2018
Venue:

     

 

The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is generously supported by:

 

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Van Gogh & Japan: The Provence Years   org

For Van Gogh, Japan held great appeal, particularly its woodblock prints. In 1888 he left Paris and headed south, to the city of Arles in Provence. In its clear light, he developed as a landscape artist under the inspiration of Japanese artists. On his arrival, he wrote that “I feel I’m in Japan”.

Join Van Gogh specialist, Martin Bailey, author of Starry Night: Van Gogh in the Asylum and co-curator of Tate’s forthcoming Van Gogh exhibition (27 March-11 August 2019), will talk about his discoveries about the artist’s period in Provence—with a particular emphasis on his love for Japanese prints.


Date: 30 January 2019 from 6.45pm
Venue:

Asia House

63 New Cavendish Street

London

W1G 7LP


For more information, please click here.

The event is organised in collaboration with The Courtauld Institute of Art and Japan Foundation.

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Japan Foundation and British Association for Teachers of Japanese Seminar  

The Japan Foundation and British Association for Teachers of Japanese Seminar will take place on 23rd February 2019 at Manchester University.

The theme of the seminar is: "Theory and Practice to Connect Japanese Language Education”

The speaker will be Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson, a Professor of Japanese Studies at New South Wales University.

The seminar is open to both BATJ members and non-members.

Please note the seminar will be held in Japanese.

 

Participation fee: £5 (flat fee for both BATJ members and non-members; pay at the door)

Online participation: This seminar will also be available online as a partial live-streaming test for BATJ members ONLY.  There is no fee for those wishing to participate online.

 

To see the abstract and to book your place, please click here (Japanese) or here (English)

(Currently online registration is open only for in-person participation. The registration for online participation will be opened shortly).


Date: 23 February 2019 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Venue:

University of Manchester Student Union, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR


Enquiries: seminar@batj.org.uk

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