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BFI JAPAN: 100 YEARS OF JAPANESE CINEMA (Part 1) new
[Online Event] Working Women in Manga new
[Online Talk] Kinema Junpo and Film Criticism in Japan In Conversation with Yuko Sekiguchi new
[Online Talk] A Portrait Of A Noh Theatre - Yarai Nogakudo: An Online Talk by Yoshimasa KANZE new
Funding for Japanese Language Education Projects held in the UK - September 2021 Applications OPEN new

The 17th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 17th 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 online, on Saturday 5th March 2022.

 

:: 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: 8th November 2021 (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: 6th December 2021 (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: 13th December 2021 (15:00 GMT)

 

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

Videos from the 16th Contest Finals Day can be viewed here

 

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


Date: 28 September 2021 - 13 December 2021
Download 017 ApplicationForm-GroupPresentationCategory
Download 017 ApplicationForm-IndividualPresentationCategory
Download 017 ApplicationForm-SpeechCategory
Download 17 FAQ
Download 17 RulesGuidance_SpeechCategory
Download speech_students2022_A3poster
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BFI JAPAN: 100 YEARS OF JAPANESE CINEMA (Part 1)   org

 

We are proud to partner with the British Film Institute’s most anticipated and ambitious

Japan season. The first of two parts at BFI Southbank focus on the Golden Age of the studio system which includes KUROSAWA’s Throne of Blood and Yojimbo. Some of the screenings are already sold out. Enjoy the selection of Japanese masterpieces on the big screen!

Special online talk event will be announced soon.


Date: 18 October 2021 - 31 December 2021

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[Online Event] Working Women in Manga   org

 

Loosely categorised as oshigoto manga (manga about the workplace), depictions of working life are increasingly rising in popularity among the graphic story genres. Division Chief Kosaku Shima was one of the titles that helped the trend get off the ground, though its story primarily revolves around the office work and private life of a male protagonist. However, as the opportunities for Japanese women in workplaces have continued rapidly growing and their choice of work has become more diverse, the percentage of published oshigoto manga featuring female lead characters has become more prominent, with some titles inspiring TV dramas as well as films. Haruka’s Pottery, screened as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2021 is one such example.

In this special online talk event, Prof MASUDA Nozomi from Konan Women’s University will introduce the recent trend and discuss how the image of working women in manga has developed, with particular focus on manga published for a female readership. Referring to some notable examples such as Nigeruwa haji daga yakunitatsu (The Full-Time Wife Escapist), she will also explore how manga authors reflect the existing issues Japanese women are facing in the workplace, in line with the passage of time and changes within the dynamics of the society, as well as what these women really wish for in their lives.

Following Prof MASUDA’s presentation, there will be a brief conversation with Dr Peter Matanle, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, School of East Asian Studies, the University of Sheffield.

 

 

About the speakers

Prof MASUDA Nozomi is a Professor at the Department of Creative Media Studies, Faculty of Letters, Konan Women's University, specializing in media studies and manga studies. Her main research fields are media for girls, including girls' magazines and shojo manga. She has published a number of papers including the co-authored Manga Studies (2020, Jimbunshoin).

Dr Peter Matanle is a Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, School of East Asian Studies, the University of Sheffield. Peter specialises in the social and cultural geography of East Asian development and has published widely, with books, chapters, and articles in leading scholarly journals. His research includes articles on representations of men and women in the workplace in Japanese popular culture, in both Organization and Gender, Work & Organization. Access to his research publications can be found on his Google Scholar profile.

 

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

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 3 November 2021 from 12.30pm

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[Online Talk] Kinema Junpo and Film Criticism in Japan In Conversation with Yuko Sekiguchi   org

 

In this special free online event, Yuko Sekiguchi, former Editor-in-chief of Kinema Junpo and Variety Japan, will be in conversation with James Bell, former Features Editor at Sight & Sound and newly appointed Senior Curator of Fiction Film in the BFI National Archive, to discuss the historical and contemporary landscape of film criticism in Japan.

Looking at Japanese film criticism through the perspective of Kinema Junpo, Japan's oldest film magazine, which began publication in 1919, Ms Sekiguchi will consider the role of film criticism in Japan, introduce the most prominent film critics and examine the history of the magazine in relation to the changes within Japanese film culture across the decades. The speakers will discuss Kinema Junpo's annual list of best films to investigate what films and filmmakers have been championed by the magazine across the years, and how Kinema Junpo's lists compare to the annual best lists published by Sight & Sound. Ms Sekiguchi will also explore the recent trends and debates in contemporary Japanese film criticism as well as the intersection with the wider film industry and film festivals in Japan.

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Yuko Sekiguchi is a writer, editor and journalist. She has been the Editor-in-chief of Kinema Junpo as well as Variety Japan, the Japanese edition of American entertainment magazine Variety. She is currently serving on the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Intellectual Property Strategy Department's Contents Licensing Council, the Agency for Cultural Affairs Subsidy Council, the Commission on Film Promotion of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the council on corporate patronage of the arts, the international film festival review committee, and as a screening juror for the Japan Arts Council film festival section of the Agency for Cultural Affairs Geijutsu Sensho.

James Bell is Senior Curator of Fiction Film in the BFI National Archive. Formerly, he was Features Editor at Sight & Sound magazine, and Special Projects Editor at the BFI. In addition to his work in the archive and at Sight & Sound, he has been series editor of the BFI Compendium book titles, and regular programmer of the biannual BFI Southbank Deep Focus seasons.

This event is a part of Perspectives from Japan: An Online Events Series. The series, presented by Japan Foundation and BFI Southbank, spotlights the other side of Japanese films.

If you would like to attend this free online event, please register below by Thursday 4 November 13:00. A link to access the Zoom webinar will be sent to you closer to the event date.

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

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

Deadline for the registration is Thursday, 4 November at 13:00.

 


Date: 5 November 2021 from 1.00pm

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[Online Talk] A Portrait Of A Noh Theatre - Yarai Nogakudo: An Online Talk by Yoshimasa KANZE   org

 

Nogakudo, or Noh theatre, is the place where Noh and Kyogen plays are performed and, as in an ordinary theatre, it has a stage, backstage and auditorium. Before the end of the Edo era (19th century), the Noh stage was usually set up outdoors but with the modernisation of society, many house-style Noh theatres have been built all over Japan. One of the oldest and most prominent theatres in Tokyo is the ‘Yarai Noh Theater’ (Yarai Nogakudo) which was originally built in Yarai-cho, Shinjuku-ku, in 1930 and reconstructed in 1952.

In this online talk, in the lead up to the 70th anniversary of the reconstruction, KANZE Yoshimasa – the latest generation of the KANZE family that owns the Noh theatre – looks back at the historical transition of this cultural property, explaining some features of the theatre life that may not be written down in books. In addition, KANZE Yoshimasa, who authored two books on Noh costume, will showcase a few props and examples of attire which have been associated with the Yarai Noh Theatre, reflecting on the roles and programmes in which they are used.

The talk will be followed by a brief discussion with Dr Alan Cummings, translator and senior lecturer at SOAS, University of London.

This event will provide a very rare opportunity to get to know the life of one of the oldest Noh theatres and to take a close virtual look at the stage under the guidance of one of Japan’s distinctive Noh performers.

 

About the speakers

KANZE Yoshimasa is a shite-kata (performer of the protagonist role) Noh artist of the Kanze school who has embarked on a variety activities aimed at countering Noh’s reputation for being difficult to understand and approach for contemporary audiences. These activities include forming the Kamiasobi (gods play) Noh performance group with artists of his own generation with the purpose of developing a younger audience and starting the Utai (Noh recitation) and Shimai (dance) group lesson program for amateurs at the Yarai Noh Theater where he was born and raised, again with the aim of nurturing new fans of the art of Noh. In this interview Yoshimasa Kanze speaks about his search for ways to keep Noh a living art in the 21st century.

Dr Alan Cummings is a translator and senior lecturer in Japanese Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, SOAS, University of London. His academic research is in early modern Japanese literature and theatre, especially kabuki. Amongst his publications are a volume of translations of haiku and senryu, Haiku: Love (British Museum Press, 2013), and several translations in the Kabuki Plays on Stage series (University of Hawai'i Press).

 

This event is curated with Mu: Arts.

Image credit: Shinji Aoki

 

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

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 16 November 2021 from 12.00pm

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Funding for Japanese Language Education Projects held in the UK - September 2021 Applications OPEN   org

Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme 2021-2022

September 2021 Applications

Institutions can apply for up to £3000 for non-profit-making projects or activities which promote Japanese language education in the UK. We prioritise projects that fit into one of the five 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, origami cost and calligraphy cost. 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.

  • Category 5- Purchasing Japanese language teaching materials and/or books related to Japan

New/Special Category for This Application Period

Up to £2000 for the purchase of Japanese language teaching materials and/or books, DVDs etc. that serve the purpose of teaching about Japan, Japanese language and/or Japanese culture. Please note that this Category is for applicants who ONLY wish to apply for these materials. If you are applying for teaching materials as part of a larger project (such as a club, or curriculum teaching), please select the relevant category 1-4.

Applicants who successfully applied for funding for the 28th May 2021 deadline are able to reapply to this category. Applicants are able to apply to this category in addition to categories 1 to 4, with the maximum total amount eligible for both categories combined being £5000. 

Materials purchased as part of projects in this category must not be given to students, however loans are permissible. Ideally, we would like these materials to be placed in the library of the organisation.

Please note that to apply for this category you must fill out “Grant Application Form (September 2021) – Category 5”.

The deadline for applicants for this Category is 31st October 2021 (Sunday). Please note that this is a different deadline than for projects in Categories 1-4/Other. All purchases and payments made for these projects must be completed by 31st January 2022 (Sunday) and Final Reports submitted by the end of February 2022.

 

For this September 2021 application period, please note that there are two different deadlines depending on project category:

  • The application deadline for Categories 1-4/Other of the September 2021-22 programme is 30th September 2021.
  • The application deadline for Category 5 of the September 2021-22 programme is 31st October 2021.

Download general information about the programme

Download the Grant Application Form (September 2021) – Categories 1-4/Other

Download the Grant Application Form (September 2021) – Category 5

You can also download the LPSP 2021-2022 Grant Flowchart below:

 LPSP 2021-2022 Grant Flowchart.


Date: 1 September 2021 - 31 October 2021
Download 2021-22 General Information (Sept)
Download 2021-22 Application Form Categories 1-4
Download 2021-22 Application Form Category 5
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