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Japan Foundation at Language Show London 2017 new
Is Japanese Food Healthy? Taste, Sense and Sensation - A Talk by Prof Ole G Mouritsen
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017
Tears and Laughter: Women in Japanese Melodrama
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2017
The 13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students new
Japan’s Changing Diplomatic and Security Practice – A Research Workshop
Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice - Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities
Japan Foundation at Experience Japan Exhibition 2017
Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture
Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine
British Museum presents: Hokusai

Japan Foundation at Language Show London 2017   org

Come and see the Japan Foundation at Language Show London 2017!

Language Show London is the UK's largest language event for those who offer products and services to language teachers, learners, translators, linguists, language professionals and businesses.

This year, the Japan Foundation is once again giving visitors chances to learn about Japanese language and culture. We will be running Japanese language tasters, talks and an information stand!

Our attractions include:

 

  • The Japan Foundation Information Stand

When: 13-15 October (Fri-Sun) 2017

Where: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH

Packed full of information about studying and teaching Japanese in the UK, our stand will be staffed with members of the Japan Foundation who would be delighted to give you advice on your Japanese studies. 

Our stand will include:

  • Resources and information about learning Japanese.
  • A name-writing corner - make your own Japanese name sticker!
  • Free little gifts to take home with you.
  • The stand will be shared with JP Books, a supplier of Japanese books including Japanese language learning resources.

 

  • Talk: "Going for Gold in Sports and Languages"

When: 15 October (Sunday), 14:15-14:45

To win in sports, you need motivation, teamwork and perseverance. Paralympian gold medallist and Japanese learner Noel Thatcher believes this winning combination also leads to achievement in language learning. Hear his story of his journey to success and his experiences helping others to realise their potential in sports and languages.

 

  • Japanese Language Taster

When: 15 October (Sunday), 11:15-11:45

Experience Japanese language first hand with our taster session!

 

Don't miss out on the UK's biggest languages event - click here for more information and to register for free tickets!

Date: 13-15 October (Fri-Sun) 2017

Venue: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH


Date: 13 October 2017 - 15 October 2017
Venue:

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH

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Is Japanese Food Healthy? Taste, Sense and Sensation - A Talk by Prof Ole G Mouritsen   org

Japanese food has been looked upon by the world with great interest, not only for its variety but also its health benefits, promoting a balance diet. Because of its popularity, many Japanese ingredients are now available to buy in shops and supermarkets across the UK and are sometimes transformed into fascinating cuisines. Traditionally, Japanese food appeals to all the senses – the eyes, nose and tongue – all of which form an important aspect of appreciating the cuisine. But what makes Japanese food healthy?

In this special event, Prof Ole G Mouritsen, University of Copenhagen and author of Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste and Sushi: Food for The Eye, the Body, and the Soul will examine the benefits of Japanese food referring to how human’s senses are interconnected with the appreciation of food. He will also highlight two main characteristics of Japanese food, mouthfeel and umami, the latter forming an important aspect of many Japanese foods including tsukemono (Japanese pickles) and other fermented products.

Facing an age where an unprecedented amount of different foods are readily available, and are having a huge impact on people’s diets, this talk will offer the opportunity to re-examine what to eat and how to eat in order to improve one’s quality of life.

Following Prof Mouritsen’s presentation he will be joined for a discussion by award-winning food and travel writer Sybil Kapoor (chair) and Yoshinori Ishii, Executive Chef, Umu Restaurant, London.


Date: 17 October 2017 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Royal Society (Dining Room)
6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit: is-japanese-food-healthy.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Special thanks to Sakiko Nishihara, Creative-Concierge and Murakami-Ju Honten

Disclaimer: This event is not organised or endorsed by the Royal Society

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Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017   org

The 2017 edition of the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival, organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, will showcase the best in both mainstream and independent anime and feature a host of Welsh premieres including Masaaki Yuasa's The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (pictured) and Shukou Murase's SF thriller Genocidal Organ – a real treat for fans of all kinds of animation!

Following the festival’s opening weekend at Chapter in Cardiff, a selection of the films will then be shown at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.


Date: 29 September 2017 - 28 October 2017
Venue:

Chapter, Cardiff: 29 September 2017 – 1 October 2017
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 28 October 2017


For more information, please click here.

Image: The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (dir. Masaaki Yuasa, 2017)

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Tears and Laughter: Women in Japanese Melodrama   org

BFI presents, in partnership with the Japan Foundation, a season highlighting the female stars that shone in the melodrama of Japanese cinema's 'Golden Age'. The season features titles rarely screened in the UK, spotlighting the magnificent actors who starred in them - figures such as Kinuyo Tanaka, Setsuko Hara, Machiko Kyo, Isuzu Yamada and Hideko Takamine, who endure as beloved icons of Japanese cinema. 


Date: 16 October 2017 - 29 November 2017
Venue:

BFI Southbank, London


For full details of the programme and booking information, please visit the BFI website.

Public booking opens on 3 October 2017.

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2017   org

The next Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will take place on Sunday December 3rd 2017. It will be held at SOAS University of London, the University of Edinburgh and Cardiff University.

Deadline to apply: Thursday, 5th October for all 3 test sites. Sites will close earlier when the number of applicants reach the maximum. We highly recommend you to submit the application as early as possible to secure your place at your preferred site.

Please make sure you apply directly at the university where you wish to take the test.

1. SOAS University of London   Registration start: Late August
If you require special arrangements, please contact the university before applying by mid September

> CLICK HERE for more information and to apply at SOAS. 

As the maximum number of applicants has been reached, applications to take the test at SOAS are now closed.

2. University of Edinburgh    Registration start: 21 August 2017, 10am
If you require special arrangements, please contact the university before applying by 8th September, 4pm

> CLICK HERE for more information and to apply at the University of Edinburgh

3. Cardiff University    Registration start: 21st August 2017

Applicants requiring special arrangements should contact the university by email stating 'special arrangements' in the subject line before making an application by 8th September.

> CLICK HERE for more information and to apply at Cardiff University

For more information about the JLPT please click here to visit the official JLPT website.


Date: 3 December 2017
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The 13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 13th 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 24th February 2018 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: The Speech Category is for those who are studying Japanese as either a degree or non-degree course at a university in the UK or Ireland including as an elective, optional or other university-based language course.
Application Deadline: 9th November 2017

2. Individual Presentation Category: The Individual Presentation Category is aimed at those studying Japanese at post beginner/intermediate level. Participants will give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese.
Application Deadline: 1st December 2017

3. Group Presentation Category: Aimed at those studying Japanese at beginner level. Participants will take part in groups of two to four students and give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese.
Application Deadline: 8th December 2017

Videos from the 12th Contest Finals Day can be viewed here

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


Date: 21 August 2017 - 8 December 2017
Download FAQ(13)
Download ApplicationForm-Speech_Category(13)
Download Rules and guidance - Speech Category
Download ApplicationForm-Individual_Presentation_Category(13)
Download ApplicationForm-Group_Presentation_Category(13)
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Japan’s Changing Diplomatic and Security Practice – A Research Workshop   JPsupported

How far is Japanese policy changing? Progression or break with the past?

This workshop, organised by King’s Japan Programme together with Free University of Berlin, and sponsored by the Japan Foundation, tackles the relationship between recent changes in Japanese domestic policy institutions and Japan’s diplomatic and security practice.

The workshop will showcase expert discussion on Japan’s changing decision-making and policy output in several key fields pertaining national security: foreign economic policy, arms exports, diplomatic negotiations, free trade agreement negotiations, military planning, and economic development statecraft. Following one day of closed door discussion, experts will engage with interested audience on the morning of Friday October 27 to present their most recent findings.


Date: 27 October 2017 from 9.30am to 1.00pm
Venue:

War Studies Meeting Room (K6.07), Department of War Studies, King’s College London, Strand Campus, London, WC2R 2LS


Booking Information

For more information please see the Eventbrite page.

This workshop is supported by the Japan Foundation London Grant Programme for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. For more information about this programme please click here.

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Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice - Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities   JPsupported

How does research on Japan inform ecological practice that is pertinent beyond the framework of area studies, and vice versa? If we were to place nature at the core of our studies of human activities, what new kinds of interdisciplinarity and knowledge would be possible, and how would we reorganize our academic disciplines?

This workshop invites individual papers from UK-based Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers within the Humanities for an inter-disciplinary discussion with guidance from established scholars and practitioners.

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 August 2017


Date: 27 October 2017 - 28 October 2017
Venue:

St Antony's College, University of Oxford


Booking Information

For more information please see the workshop website 

This workshop is supported by the Japan Foundation London Grant Programme for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. For more information about this programme please click here.

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Japan Foundation at Experience Japan Exhibition 2017   JPsupported

The Experience Japan Exhibition will be back in London this November for the seventh time, bringing information on the growing range of exciting study and research opportunities available in Japan to a UK audience. 

The event which is hosted by Keio University and co-hosted by the British Council will allow participants to meet representatives of Japanese universities and receive information on the various programmes of study offered for international students. There will also be a chance to find out about the variety of scholarships and research funding available to enable students to take advantage of these learning opportunities.

The seminar line-up offers participants the chance to learn about the basics of life in Japan and hear directly from people with experience of studying and researching there. Guest speakers will also be delivering presentations that provide insights into Japanese language and a new field of sports known as "superhuman sports". There will also be a special seminar on the ever-popular Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.

This year’s seminar line-up also includes a talk by the Japan Foundation’s own Chief Japanese Language Advisor Makoto Netsu who will be discussing ‘Insights into Japanese culture through language’.

Throughout the day the Japan Foundation will also be introducing our support programmes and resources for Japanese Studies and Japanese language learning at an information stand at the exhibition, so do come and visit us for advice on your Japanese studies!


Date: 18 November 2017 from 12.00pm
Venue:

The Royal Society, Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG


Further details on pre-registration and more can be found on the Experience Japan Exhibition official website: http://www.experience-japan.jp/

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Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to support the first institutional solo exhibition of Jiro Takamatsu to take place outside of Japan, presented by the Henry Moore Institute. Comprising over seventy sculptures, drawings and documents loaned from collection in Japan, USA and Europe, the exhibition celebrates the work of this leading figure of post-war art, tracing Takamatsu's artistic practice through his exhibition history.


Date: 13 July 2017 - 22 October 2017
Venue:

The Henry Moore Institute
74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH


For more information, please click here.

Jiro Takamatsu, documentary photography of 'Temporary Enclosure of Carioca Building Construction Site' (1971). Unidentified photographer. © The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates / Stephen Friedman Gallery / Fergus McCaffrey

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Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine   JPsupported

A collateral programme for the Folkestone Triennial, the major exhibition Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine comprises work by a number of contemporary Japanese artists spanning video, sculpture, painting, drawing and performance. Participating artists include Tatsumi Orimoto, Noe Aoki, Midori Mitamura and many more.


Date: 2 September 2017 - 22 October 2017
Venue:

The Metropole Gallery, Folkestone


For more information, please click here.

Image: Echo Tides - anti cool

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British Museum presents: Hokusai  

British Museum presents: Hokusai is a groundbreaking documentary offering an exclusive private view of the British Museum major exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave. Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Using Ultra HD video technology and stunning close-ups, the film will reveal the extraordinary detail in the work of Hokusai on the big screen – a real feast for the eyes!

From Sunday, 4 June 2017, the film will be screened at a vast number of cinemas across the United Kingdom. To find your nearest venue, please visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hokusai/hokusai_cinema.aspx


Date: 4 June 2017
Venue:

Nationwide


Image: Clear day with a southern breeze ('Red Fuji') from Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. © British Museum.

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