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Manga Speaks Japanese! new
Summer Explorers 2019! Manga based film mini season new
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2019 new
Japan Youth Challenge 2019
The Chief, The Missionary, His Wife & Her Brother
Solo Exhibition by Nobuko Tsuchiya
at Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019

Manga Speaks Japanese!   org

Do you like manga? Are you interested in language? If so, why not come join our free interactive session on Japanese used in manga on 27th July!

We’ll be talking about the linguistic features of manga, such as the varied and ubiquitous onomatopoeia that appear in manga and how a character’s region, gender, age and more, influences their speaking style.

Taking inspiration from the “Seto and Utsumi” film screening on the same day, we will also invite participants to explore the world of Kansai dialect as spoken in the film and its source manga. The Kansai dialect of Western Japan is very different from standard Japanese and is famous as the dialect of Japanese comedians and straight-talking, sardonic manga characters. This is a chance to learn about an aspect of Japanese that you won’t find in a traditional text-book and to get a glimpse of the regional diversity of the Japanese language.

 As global interest in manga boomed, the genre has served as a window into Japanese life and culture.  This presentation will help people to better appreciate manga through deeper understanding of  the words used in manga and their cultural meanings. They say that manga is 50% images and 50% words, and we want to give everyone, from absolute beginners to fluent speakers,  a chance to dive deeper into the language used by manga artists and what it means.

This is a relaxed, fun event and we welcome those with no Japanese ability all the way up to people fluent in the language: all you need to bring is an interest in Japan. For manga fanatics who are interested in the Japanese used in the medium, this is a definite must-attend. And if you are planning a trip to Western Japan in the future, why not brush up on your knowledge of the unique speaking style, values and sense of humour of the region?

We look forward to seeing you at our event!

Advanced booking is required - please book using the links below:

We will be running the same session twice:

Date: 27 July 2019

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 26 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

For more information, please click here.
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Summer Explorers 2019! Manga based film mini season   org


Our annual Summer Explorers season is back – this time taking place at the British Library!

From over the top, offbeat narratives of psychic teenagers and upstart political wrangling in a high school environment, to spectacular battles between good and evil, and stories of tender friendships Summer Explorers 2019 : Manga Comes To Life – Live Action Japanese Film Based on Manga showcases the range of plotlines that manga has provided film creatives over the years.

Come and see the versatility of the influence that manga has had on Japanese cinema!

Click on the individual titles of the films in this year's lineup for screening details and ticket booking:

Saturday, 27 July

Sunday, 28 July

TEIICHI: Battle of Supreme High

Date: 27 July 2019 - 28 July 2019

British Library  |  Knowledge Centre Theatre  |  96 Euston Road  |  St Pancras  |  London NW1

For more information, please click here.

Presented and Curated by the Japan Foundation, in collaboration with the British Library:


Part of:

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2019   org

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is a test which evaluates and certifies the Japanese-Language Proficinecy of non-native speakers of Japanese.The test is conducted twice a year, in July and December, in Japan and various locations around the world.

The next JLPT will take place on Sunday 1st December 2019, at three locations in the UK: London (SOAS University of London), Edinburgh (the University of Edinburgh) and Cardiff (Cardiff University). 

Registration will open on 20th August 2019. 
Please refer to each university’s website for registration details.

Please note that the 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.


Date: 1 December 2019
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Japan Youth Challenge 2019   org

Hosted at UCL (University College London), the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge (UJYC) brings together pre-university students from the UK and Japan in a 10-day summer school programme, as well as hosting various public events. 

Students from both countries will engage in a series of topic-focused activities including workshops, lectures and a symposium. Our highlight is the Grand Challenge Workshop where “Accessibility for All: AI and Robotics”, a topic important in our society today.

You can find more information by downloading the programme brochure here


Non-Japanese sixth-form students residing in the UK, aged 15, 16, 17 and 18 years (Parental consent will be required prior to the event. All students are supervised by UCL staff during the event.) Students will be joined by a group of Japanese students from Japan

Application Deadline

There is no application deadline, though early applications are encouraged as places are limited. 


To apply please visit 
For enquiries, please email programme conductor Hideyuki Miyahara

Public Events:

The Japan Youth Challenge are proud to present a public screening of the short documentary Imphal 1944.

This documentary tells the story of Japanese veteran Masao Hirokubo and the Battle of Imphal, a key turning point of the East-Asian Theatre in World War Two. Hirokubo devoted a great deal of his life to reconciliation work with his former adversaries. This heart-warming documentary looks at his early reconciliation work and reflects on the interconnectedness of the three countries involved and on the futility of war.  

The screening will be followed by a talk and a Q&A by the director Junichi Kajioka

Date: 23 July 2019, Doors open at 17:00 - Screening begins at 17:40

Venue: UCL Medical Sciences 131 AV Hill LT
            Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

This screening is free to attend, but registration is required.

The UCL Japan Youth Challenge will culminate in the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge Symposium

This event will bring together industry profressionals, academics, and athletes to discuss the importance of AI and robotics in the field of accessibility. Part one of the symposium will focus on the current state of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and Part two will focus on accessibility in other areas. 

The symposium will be followed by a reception. 

Date: 26 July 2019, from 13:00. 

Venue: University College London,
            Christopher Ingold Building, XLG2 Auditorium
            WC1H 0AJ 

This symposium is free to attend, but registration is required. 


Students from both countries will engage in
a series of topic-focused activities including
workshops, lectures and a symposium.
Our highlight is the Grand Challenge Workshop
where you will discuss “Accessibility for All”,
a topic important in our society today.Students from both countries will engage ina series of topic-focused activities includingworkshops, lectures and a symposium.Our highlight is the Grand Challenge Workshopwhere you will discuss “Accessibility for All”,a topic important in our society today.

Date: 20 July 2019 - 27 July 2019



We are currently seeking volunteers to help at this event. Please click here for more details (in Japanese).

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The Chief, The Missionary, His Wife & Her Brother   JPsupported

Discover the amazing family of the Hertford Museum founders and their fascinating lives amongst the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido, North Japan. The Japan Foundation is proud to support this exhibition's telling of the story of Missionary John Batchelor, his wife Louisa, her brother Walter Andrews, Bishop of Hokkaido, and the inimitable Chief Penri of Piratori.

Illustrated by fantastic Japanese items from the museum's own collections as well as examples of Ainu culture loaned by the British Museum. 

Date: 13 July 2019 - 2 November 2019

For more information, please click here.


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Solo Exhibition by Nobuko Tsuchiya
at Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019

Date: 22 June 2019 - 29 September 2019

The White Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA

For more information, please click here.

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