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The Sixth Online Get-Together new
Roundtable Discussion: What makes Japanese Cinema Memorable? new
Japanese Club Project: Call for Participating Schools for Online Training Programme new
Concert & Talk: The Music of Kabuki with the TANAKA School new
The 19th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第19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
KABUKI KIMONO: Costumes of Bandō Tamasaburō V
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024 new
JaLaChamp 2024 – Japanese Language Championship for Young Learners UK new
Music Performance by Singer & Biwa Player KUBOTA Akiko - On an Endless Road: Itō Noe and the Women Composers of her Time new
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2024 new

The Sixth Online Get-Together   org

Calling all secondary school and language school teachers of Japanese! We will be holding a sixth 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 resources or exams, and more.

As well as group discussion sessions, Dr Chisato Ofune, Chief Language Advisor at the Japan Foundation London will be giving a talk on the theme of “What is ‘culture’? Should we teach it?”.

If you were asked what culture is, how would you answer? Can you explain it simply? In this session, we would like to think together with the participants about what culture is and what students can learn by studying culture.


About the speakers

Dr Chisato Ofune is Chief Japanese Language Advisor at The Japan Foundation London since September 2021. Before joining the U.K. Japan Foundation Office, she has been engaged in Japanese language education in Japan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, and has been involved in the development of various textbooks for secondary school students and teacher education projects throughout her career.


  • 26th March 2024 (Tuesday), 17:00-18:30 (BST), 18:30-19:00
  • *18:30-19:00 (Participants are welcome to stay beyond the end of the seminar to ask questions, exchange exam information, network and so on.


  • 17:00- : Main presentation by Dr Ofune including some group work.


Group discussion and exchange information.

  • 18:30-:  Further group discussion (extended time)

To apply please click here

  • Participation fee: Free (Registration in advance is required.)
  • Registration Deadline: 19th March
  • Languages used: Japanese (PowerPoint slides and resources will be shown in English.)

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: 26 March 2024 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm
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Roundtable Discussion: What makes Japanese Cinema Memorable?   org

As part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024, and in view of its theme of Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema, this roundtable discussion reunites a panel of UK- and Japan-based experts in Japanese cinema from last year’s online talk series to reflect on Japanese films that embedded themselves in their minds, and to explore what makes Japanese cinema memorable.


Date: Friday 22 March, 13:00 (GMT) 

Online Webinar hosted on Zoom

Click here to book your place 


Date: 22 March 2024
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Japanese Club Project: Call for Participating Schools for Online Training Programme   org

Is your school interested in starting a Japanese Club?

Sign up now to receive a Japanese Club package (including teacher training) so your school can be ready to run a Japanese Club next September!

What we provide (free of charge):

  • Teaching materials about Japanese culture and language consisting of 10 topics for 30-60 minute club activities (KS 2-4)*
  • 12 x 1-hour online teacher training sessions
  • Support and advice for teachers running the Japanese Club
    *Examples of topics covered: Greetings, Self-introduction, Food, Numbers, Festivals, Manga etc. 

The teaching material and the training programme are designed for teachers who don’t have any experience of running Japanese clubs or Japanese language knowledge.


Aims of the online training programme:

  • to learn how to use the set of materials.
  • to learn basic knowledge of Japan and the Japanese language.
  • to build a network of teachers who are interested in language and cultural education.


  • primary or secondary schools that are interested in starting Japanese clubs.
  • schools that currently don’t have a Japanese programme as a part of curriculum.
  • schools that have a teacher who is available to attend the training programme and run a club at school.
    * No prior experience in Japanese language learning and running a Japanese Club is required.
    * In case of a high number of applicants, those who have no or limited experience in Japanese will be prioritised.


  • to be able to learn how to run a Japanese Club for at least 1 term (10 to 12 sessions).
  • to be able to learn how to use the materials.
  • to be able to gain basic knowledge of Japan and the Japanese language.
  • to be able to expand your network.

Training Schedule:

* Participants are expected to attend all the sessions below:

  •  Every Monday (excluding most bank holidays) starting from 26 February, 4 pm to 5 pm. Please refer to the schedule below for precise dates.
  • In total of 12 sessions of 1h/week classes

     February: 26
     March: 4, 11, 18, 25
     April: 8, 15, 22, 29
     May: 13, 20
     June: 3

Venue: Online

Language used: English

Fee: Free

Number of participants: around 10 teachers


Please click here to fill out an application form

*Please ask your head teacher or other senior teachers acting on behalf of the head teachers at your school for permission before applying.

Application deadline:

20th February at 2pm

Enquiries:  Language Team, The Japan Foundation, London - (English/Japanese)



  • Q: I am interested in working at a school but currently am not teaching at any school. Can I apply?
  • A: This course is designed mainly for teachers who are already employed by a school. You can apply but please note that school-employed teachers will be prioritised in the event of a high number of applicants.


  • Q: Is it possible for more than two teachers from the same school to apply?
  • A: No problem.  But in case of a high number of applicants, we may ask you to choose one teacher per school.


  • Q: Can a teacher who is a native speaker of Japanese apply to this course?
  • A: Japanese native speakers with no experience of teaching Japanese can apply.If the teacher has no experience in teaching Japanese, it is acceptable. For those experienced teachers of Japanese, we are going to provide another opportunity in future to introduce the set of materials over a shorter period of time.


  • Q: Can I get support while running a Japanese club after the training?
  • A: Yes, you can contact us if you have any concerns.


  • Q: Can I apply although we are not certain we can run a Japanese club this September?
  • A: Yes, as long as you and your school have an active intention to start a Japanese club in the future. You don't necessarily have to start the club this coming September.



Date: 29 January 2024
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Concert & Talk: The Music of Kabuki with the TANAKA School   org

Join seven kabuki musicians (known as hayashikata) led by TANAKA Denzaemon Xlll and including TANAKA Denjiro VII, for a captivating selection of classic kabuki compositions. Gain deeper insights into kabuki music and its musical instruments through a brief talk by the musicians. 


Dates and Venues

VenueFrankopan Hall, Jesus College (Cambridge)

Date: 4 March,18:00

For more details, click here 


VenueSt James’s Church, Piccadilly (London)

Date: 5 March, 13:00

For more details, click here  *Free to attend but registration is essential.


VenueV&A Dundee (Dundee)

Date: 7 March, 13:00

For more details, click here 


Date: 4 March 2024 - 7 March 2024
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The 19th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第19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

Are you currently studying Japanese or interested in learning Japanese? Have you lived in Japan or are you teaching Japanese in the UK? Or are you from Japan and currently living in the UK? Whatever your answer, everyone is welcome!

Why not join us for the Finals Day of the 19th 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.

The Finals Day will take place on Saturday 2nd March 2024 at Great Hall, King's College London.

This year, finalists will speak on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to: our view of happiness, Japanese youth and politics, Japan’s energy self-sufficiency, building a stronger relationship between Japan and Korea through the power of dialogue, Kōan in an age of intolerance.

This event is FREE to attend, but prior registration is required via Eventbrite.

Title: The 19th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students, Finals Day

Date & Time: Saturday, 2nd March 2024   1pm – 6pm (TBC)

Venue: Great Hall, King’s College London (Strand Campus, Strand, London WC2R 2LS)

Maximum capacity: 150 people (spaces are limited, so early booking is recommended.)

Fee: Free to attend but prior booking is required.

Language: Speeches and presentations will be given in Japanese. For the Speech Category, speech summaries in English will be made available.

Deadline for Registration: Wednesday, 28th February 2024 at 1pm (GMT)

Book here

Feel free to download the event poster and share it with people who may be interested.

Download the event poster by clicking here


Organisers: The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) and The Japan Foundation, London


The 19th Japanese Speech Contest is generously supported by (in alphabetical order): British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), Central Japan Railway Company, Clearspring, Connect Job, Eikoku News Digest Ltd, E'quipe Japan, Ltd., Fujitsu, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Airlines, Japan Association in the UK, Japan Centre, JP BOOKS, Nikkei Europe Limited, Ningyocho IMAHAN, Regions, Ricoh UK Limited 

Date: 2 March 2024 from 12.30pm to 7.00pm
Download 19th Speech Contest Finals Day Poster
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KABUKI KIMONO: Costumes of Bandō Tamasaburō V   org

Step into the world of Kabuki with six stunning kimonos worn by the legendary actor BANDO Tamasaburo V, known for his renowned onnagata roles (male actor who performs female roles). Experience the intricate artistry of these garments, highlighting a diverse range of complex textile techniques, encompassing weaving, dyeing, embroidery, and hand-painting. We are delighted to collaborate with the Ashmolean Museum.


Date: 21 November 2023 - 8 December 2024

Venue: The Ashmolean Museum

Click here for details

Date: 21 November 2023 - 8 December 2024
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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024   org

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024 is the largest ever!  

Starting off on 2 February, the programme visits 30 cities in the UK, including Oxford, Lancaster, Chichester, Liverpool and as far as Orkney, as new stopovers!  

Based on a theme of memories, there are 24 films - from with diverse genres such as human drama, horror, LGBTQ films, comedy, and sci-fi…and most of them are UK premieres. There’s a cinematic treat for everyone! 

For screening dates and times at locations near you, please visit:

Date: 2 February 2024 - 31 March 2024
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JaLaChamp 2024 – Japanese Language Championship for Young Learners UK   org


Applications are now open for JaLaChamp 2024!

Latest updates


JaLaChamp, or Japanese Language Championship for Young Learners UK, is a contest for primary and secondary school students studying Japanese. There are two categories - the speech category, where students give a speech on a theme of their choice, and the video category where students are asked to create an original video either by individual or part of a group.

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!


Application deadline for the Speech Category: 6th December 2023 (Wednesday), 15:00

The Speech Category Deadline has been EXTENDED.

New Speech Category Deadline: 24th January 2024 (Wednesday), 15:00

(Please note that the application guidelines, application form, application poster etc display the previous deadline)

Application deadline for the Video Category: 24th January 2024 (Wednesday), 15:00


1. Download Guidelines and Event Poster

2. Reference Materials for Students


  • Finals day: 11th May 2024 (Saturday)
  • Venue: Japan House London, 101-111 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA

Please noteThe Finals Day of JaLaChamp 2023 was held in July, however the JaLaChamp 2024 Finals Day will be held in May


Date: 25 September 2023 - 24 January 2023
Download JaLaChamp 2024 Poster (1)
Download JaLaChamp2024_Application Guideline_EN
Download JaLaChamp2024_Application Guideline_JP
Download JaLaChamp2024_Video Creation Hints
Download JaLaChamp FAQ
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Music Performance by Singer & Biwa Player KUBOTA Akiko - On an Endless Road: Itō Noe and the Women Composers of her Time   JPsupported

We are proudly supporting to bring you this dramatic concert programme of KUBOTA Akiko, a renowned singer and biwa musician!

Experience a unique programme showcasing music by and about pioneering Japanese women. Highlighting this concert programme is a new song cycle created by British composer Francesca Le Lohé. This piece commemorates the life of writer and feminist anarchist ITO Noe (1895-1923), sung in Japanese with English surtitles.


Dates and Venues

Venue: The Actors' Church, Covent Garden, London

Date: Tuesday 5 March, 7:30pm


Venue: St. Paul's Hall, University of Huddersfield

Date: Thursday 7 March, 1pm

*Tickets: Free, no need to book*


Venue: Musica Festival, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester

Date: Friday 8 March, 7pm


Venue: Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Date: Saturday 9th March, 7:30pm

Date: 5 March 2024 - 9 March 2024
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Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2024  

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 having registered for the JLPT in 2019.

The next JLPT will take place on Sunday, 7th July 2024. Registration will start at each test centre in March. 

Please check this page for any updates on UK test centres for the July 2024 JLPT. For application opening dates and registration details, please refer to each university’s website using the links below:

Japan Research Centre, SOAS University of London

University of Leicester

Please note that the 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  Let’s Try Sample Questions!

Ø  Download a Guide to the 2024 Japanese-Language Proficiency Test.

Date: 7 July 2024
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