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The Japan Foundation Touring Exhibition:
The Superlative Artistry of Japan
New A-Level Workshop!『Motto Yomu CHIKARA』Workshop Part2 - Material Development new
The Fifteenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Every Day A Good Day Screening
Preview Event for JFTFP20
Nihongo Cup 2020
Japan Foundation/BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2020: Publishing Your Research
UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Project
Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro – an international conference new

The Japan Foundation Touring Exhibition:
The Superlative Artistry of Japan


This exhibition captures Japan’s creative culture and monozukuri spirit through the theme of “superlative artistry,” which refers to the exceptional methods and techniques used. Starting with the craft works from the Meiji era, the exhibition features 38 items across a wide range of genres, including contemporary art, craft works, food samples, and shokugan (small toys sold with candy).  

This is the only chance to see this popular exhibition in the UK, don't miss it!

Date: 18 January 2020 - 19 April 2020

Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Crescent, Salford M5 4WU



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New A-Level Workshop!『Motto Yomu CHIKARA』Workshop Part2 - Material Development   org

Lecturers: Shoko Middleton, Michiyo Kato and Sachiko Yamaguchi

Language of workshop: Japanese (parts of the workshop will be in English)

Workshop content: This will be a hands-on workshop including the following activities:

  • Brief introduction of the new A-Level.
  • Introduction of activities using “Motto Yomu CHIKARA (the old AS resource)” for your A-Level classrooms.
  • Group work divided by units: Learning from each other by showing your materials and exchanging ideas.
  • Sharing the posters you will make with all participants.

Fee: Free (Registration is essential. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for CPD.)

Requirements: Participants must bring examples of A-Level teaching materials that they use. They do not need to make new materials/resources. A small amount of material is fine, such as:

  • Handout or homework (single sheet will be fine),
  • Activity/vocabulary cards you use in your lessons,
  • Some work made by your pupils,
  • Some data such as PPT or Quizlet (please bring your own laptop or ask to print out in advance),
  • Others

NOTE: Please be prepare to share your materials/resources and explain usage methods, any good points, any points to be improved, etc.


The deadline for registration is 10th Feb (at 17:00).

Limit of the participants: up to 30 teachers
Registration may close before the deadline if the number of participants reaches maximum capacity.

Contact: Hiroko Tanaka  

Date: 22 February 2020 from 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Venue: Monticello House, Anglo Educational Services

45 Russell Square,
London, WC1B 4JP
(Nearest stations: Russell Square, Euston, Holborn etc.)

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The Fifteenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

The Finals Day of The Fifteenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students will take place in London on Saturday, 29th February 2020.

We will be releasing more details soon, so watch this space!

Date: 29 February 2020

Great Hall, King's College London

Strand Campus, Strand, London WC2R 2LS


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Every Day A Good Day Screening
Preview Event for JFTFP20


As a preview for the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020, the Japan Foundation is delighted to present a special screening of the film Every Day A Good Day (2018), directed by OMORI Tatsushi.


About the film

From the director of The Ravine of Goodbye (2013) and starring KIRIN Kiki (Shoplifters, 2018).

At the recommendation of her mother, 20-year-old Noriko (KUROKI Haru) and her cousin Michiko (TABE Mikako) start taking tea ceremony lessons with Takeda (KIRIN), who has a reputation for being an extraordinary teacher. At first, Noriko is confused by the intricate rules, but after two years she comes to realize the profundity of tea ceremony.


To reserve your space, please submit your interest here.

If you have not yet purchased a ticket to any of the programme screenings, you may add your name to the waitlist at the above link; please be advised that spaces cannot be guaranteed to those on the waitlist but will be released as they become available.

Date: 27 January 2020 from 6.30pm

Screen 1, Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, London W1D 3DH

Image credit: ©2018 “Every Day a Good Day” Production Committee

For the nationwide lineup of screenings as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020, please visit:



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Nihongo Cup 2020   org

Nihongo Cup is the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School students 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!

Finals day will take place on 27th June 2020 (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, please download this "Application Pack" zip file by clicking here.

The Application Pack contains an application form, information and rules and a flier/poster.

The closing date for applications is: 20th March 2020

Date: 27 June 2020

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 2020: Publishing Your Research   org

The Japan Foundation/BAJS Postgraduate Japanese Studies Workshop is returning for its 8th year and will be held at SOAS, University of London.

The theme for this year is ‘Publishing Your Research’ and will focus on helping participants navigate the world of academic publishing. Throughout the student-focused workshop, participants will be guided both leading scholars and those with insider knowledge of the academic publishing industry. The workshop also provides an excellent opportunity for networking among PhD students and academics, as well as a forum to discuss future collaborations. Organisations will also be presenting their funding programmes and giving details of how they can help.

Student Submissions:

Once registered, we ask students to send in a piece of work that they will be submitting for publication in the future. The work will be shared ahead of the event and feedback on submitted work will be provided by other students and academics throughout the morning session in small groups. If you are unable to submit a piece of work you can still participate in the event and provide feedback to other students. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mara Patessio at

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.


Registration is free and the workshop is open to UK based PhD students who are undertaking research about Japan (including comparative) in humanities and social science subjects.

Should places still be available, registration will be extended to masters students on January 13th.

The final deadline for registration is January 21st.

To register, please click here.

Date: 13 February 2020 from 10.00am

SOAS, University of London
London, WC1H 0XG

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UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Project   org


UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Project: Sakubei Yamamoto Coal Mining Paintings World Tour

As part of the Beyond 2020 programme, the Bridge Together Project is exhibiting the coal mining paintings of Sakubei Yamamoto which have been registered as a UNESCO Memory of the World – the first Japanese artefacts to receive the honour. The exhibition will tour cities around the world in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games.


Date: 4 October – 15 November 2019

Venue: Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7JT


Date: 14 September 2019 – 30 September 2020

Venue: Big Pit National Coal Museum, Pontypool NP4 9XP, Wales

Sakubei Yamamoto Coal Mining Paintings World Tour

Date: 4 October 2019 - 30 September 2020

For more information, please click here.



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Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro – an international conference   JPsupported
Image ©Chika Kihara

The early twenty-first-century presents us with a host of pressing contexts and challenges, from concerns about climate change and technological innovation to diversity issues and shifts in geopolitical power. To what extent does Ishiguro’s writing anticipate and comment on the early twenty-first century Zeitgeist? Surely, The Remains of the Day anticipates Brexit, Never Let Me Go argues against posthumanism, whilst The Buried Giant comments on our distracted, amnesic times. This conference invites critical and creative responses that connect Ishiguro’s work in new ways and/or situate it in new contexts.

Date: 1 February 2020 from 9.00am to 6.00pm

Chancellor's Hall
City Campus
Wulfruna Street

For more information and to book tickets, please click here


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