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(Un)true Colours: Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema- Experience Japan through Cinema new
Japan Foundation / BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2018: Bridging the Academic Worlds of the UK and Japan
13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY new
Haruki Murakami and I- A Talk by Hideo Furukawa new
Japan Now 2018 new
Nihongo Cup 2018 - Applications Open!
A Talk by Yu Irie- Memoirs of a Murderer Director new
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon’s ‘Pluto' new
Contemporary Japan Speaker Series by the London Asia Pacific Centre

(Un)true Colours: Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema- Experience Japan through Cinema   org

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns this year with 16 fantastic Japanese films, at 18 venues nationwide, offering an all-encompassing introduction to Japanese cinema through the theme of ‘secrets and lies’.

The screenwriter of ‘Gukoroku:Traces of Sin’, Kosuke Mukai, will appear at ICA (London), Watershed (Bristol) and Macroberts Art Centre (Stirling); and Masahiro Motoki who stars in ‘The Long Excuse’ will attend a Q&A after its screening at London ICA.


Date: 2 February 2018 - 28 March 2018
Venue:

Nationwide


For full details of the lineup and participating venues, please visit the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme website.

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Japan Foundation / BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2018: Bridging the Academic Worlds of the UK and Japan   org

We are delighted to announce that the next annual Japan Foundation and British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) Postgraduate Workshop will be held in 2018 at SOAS, University of London.

This workshop aims to assist the development of the next generation of Japanese Studies researchers in the UK. It is a great opportunity to receive practical advice on your research from senior colleagues, and to get to know fellow postgraduate students and others in the Japanese Studies community.

This year’s interactive workshop will explore how emerging Japanese Studies researchers in the UK can help to bridge the academic worlds of UK and Japan through their research. It will include a series of sessions by senior academics addressing key challenges relating to conducting and disseminating research in Japan, and improving communication between researchers in both countries, along with opportunities for the participants themselves to introduce their own research and why they believe it is important for the advancement of Japanese Studies in the UK and Japan. 

In addition, there will be an opportunity to hear presentations from various agencies on potential sources of funding for current and future research, including funding to support research in Japan.

Eligibility: This workshop is open to postgraduate students in Japanese Studies and those undertaking Japan related research in other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Priority registration will be given to PhD candidates. 


Date: 16 February 2018 from 10.30am to 6.00pm
Venue:

SOAS, University of London 


*Doors will open from 10am.

FULLY BOOKED: Due to high demand, the 2018 workshop is now fully booked. Thank you to everyone for your interest and we look forward to seeing all participants at the workshop.

Please email Programme Officer Julie Anne Robb at julieanne.robb@jpf.org.uk if you have any enquiries. 

*The Japan Foundation will be able to offer partial travel grants to student participants. Please get in touch for more details.*

Image (left): donatas1205/Shutterstock.com

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13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY   org

Come along and listen to what university students studying Japanese in the UK 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, parents, key figures from the UK-Japan community and a panel of judges.

Free entry, no booking required!

The Thirteenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is organised by the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) and the Japan Foundation London in joint partnership. The event provides an opportunity for students from the UK and Ireland to demonstrate their Japanese speaking skills.

Download our event poster!


Date: 24 February 2018 from 1.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue:

Great Hall, King's College London, Strand Campus, Strand, London WC2R 2LS


The 13th Japanese Speech Contest is generously supported by:

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Haruki Murakami and I- A Talk by Hideo Furukawa   org

The Japan Foundation is delighted to welcome Hideo Furukawa, a dynamic and compelling Japanese contemporary writer. Furukawa is an admirer of Haruki Murakami and is acknowledged by many in the Japanese literary world as the successor to the literature giant’s legacy, but due to his eagerness to experiment and the diversity in his works he is regarded as an influential writer in his own right.

He is best known for his novella Slow Boat to China (Chugoku yuki no suro boto) (2006), which is a homage to Murakami; The Arabian Nightbreeds (Arabia no yoru no shuzoku)(2001) a story which takes place in 13th century Egypt and won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award and the Japan SF Grand Prize in 2002; Love (2005) a tale of youth which won the Yukio Mishima Award in 2006; and The Book of 300 Treacherous Women (Onna-tachi sanbyaku-nin no uragiri no sho) (2015) based on the classic Tale of Genji, for which he received the Noma Prize for New Writers and the Yomiuri Literature Prize in 2015.

In this special talk, Furukawa will discuss how influential Haruki Murakami is in the Japanese literary world, particularly through the 21st Century scope. He will also explain his own style of writing, how Haruki Murakami has influenced his work, and his view on the contemporary Japanese literary world.

After the talk, Furukawa will be joined in conversation by Stephen Dodd, Professor of Japanese Literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).


Date: 28 February 2018 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Kings Place, St. Pancras Room, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG


Booking:

This event is free to attend, but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit: https://hideofurukawa.eventbrite.co.uk

Hideo Furukawa will also be attending JAPAN NOW at the British Library, from 14.45pm on 25 February. To find out more please visit: www.japannow.co.uk

JAPAN NOW is programmed by Modern Culture in partnership with the Japan Foundation and University of Sheffield. Supported by Arts Council England, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the Japan Society.

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Japan Now 2018   org

Japan Now returns for another year at the British Library exploring contemporary writing and culture from Japan.

With a packed day exploring the literature and culture of this fascinating country, Japan Now is joined by writer Richard Lloyd ParryGhosts of the Tsunami, filmmaker Kyoko MiyakeTokyo Idols, contemporary artist Suzanne Mooney, and novelists Tomoyuki Hoshino and Toshiki Okada whose works speak exclusively  to the Heisei generation (1989 to present).

There will also be a talk by Hideo Furukawa, one of Japanese literature’s most highly regarded authors, who will read from his latest book, Slow Boat, and who will be joined by author Mariko NagaiDust of Eden: A Novel, to discuss their approach to writing Japan’s recent history through poetry and photography,  

Not only limited to novelists and writers, one of Japan’s leading contemporary photographers Mika Ninagawa, will join Simon Barker to discuss her work as well. 

Japan Now also includes Japan North and Japan Now Touring which include talks, film screenings and visual art events at Sheffield, and various other locations.

This is an unmissable opportunity to take the pulse of the nation through its artists and their imagination, and to get books signed at the event.

The Japan Foundation will also be hosting a seperate talk with Hideo Furukawa on 28 February at King's Place, King's Cross. More details to follow soon.


Date: 24 February 2018 - 28 February 2018
Venue:

Nationwide


For Japan Now details please visit the British Library website for full details and to book tickets: https://www.bl.uk/events/japan-now-2018

For Japan Now North details please see below:

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/seas/news/japan-now-north-1.755863

Programmed by Modern Culture in partnership with the Japan Foundation and University of Sheffield.

Supported by Arts Council England, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the Japan Society.

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Nihongo Cup 2018 - Applications Open!   org

We are delighted to announce that the Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK is open for applications!

Nihongo Cup, the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School students, is accepting applications 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 Conway Hall 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!

Applications will close on 23rd March 2018 (Friday) and finals day will take place on 16 June 2018 (Saturday). Finals will take place at Conway Hall in London.

  • To apply, please download the application pack below:

Application Pack

 The pack contains:

  • 1 Application Form
  • List of Information and Rules
  • A flier for promoting the contest in your school

You can also find articles about previous Nihongo Cup finals on our News Page.


Date: 14 December 2017 - 23 March 2018

Nihongo Cup is organised by the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Japan Foundation London.

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A Talk by Yu Irie- Memoirs of a Murderer Director   org

The Japan Foundation is delighted to invite director and screenwriter, Yu Irie. Irie began his career making short films, but is best known for directing his adaption of Jung Byoung Gil’s original gripping thriller, Memoirs of a Murderer (2017). Known to many as a director who does not conform to a set formula, he has established himself as a filmmaker with an impressive and diverse filmography, ranging anything from comedies to thrillers.

His other films include, 8000 Miles (a.k.a Saitama Rapper) (2009), which earned him the grand prize in the Off Theatre Competition at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival and the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award, and his most recent work, Vigilante (2017), a dark family drama which focuses on sibling rivalry.

As part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, in which Memoirs of a Murderer is included, director Irie will be in conversation with Kate Taylor (Film Programmer at BFI London Film Festival) and will talk about the behind the scenes of creating this blockbuster film, as well as illustrate his other works and career to date. Irie will also discuss the mission as a film director, reflecting the current mode of Japanese and global cinema industry.


Date: 24 March 2018 from 3.00pm
Venue:

Soho Hotel, Screening Room 1, 4 Richmond Mews, Soho, London, W1D 3DH


Booking:

This event is free to attend, but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit:  https://yuirietalk.eventbrite.co.uk

Yu Irie will also be attending a Q&A after the screenings of Memoirs of a Murderer at Showroom, Sheffield, from 6.00pm on 22 March; Broadway, Nottingham from 6.30pm on 23 March; and Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast from 3.00pm on 25 March. To find out more please visit: http://www.jpf-film.org.uk/

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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon’s ‘Pluto'   JPsupported

The Barbican presents the UK premiere of multi-award winning dancer, choreographer and director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon’s Pluto. Based on Osamu Tezuka's iconic tale Astro Boy, Pluto depicts a universe in which both humans and robots co-exist, yet find themselves in conflict, and examines what humans can learn from automatons.

The production stars many talented Japanese actors, including award-winning actor and dancer Mirai Moriyama, and uses a combination of dancers and elaborate puppets to create a high-energy staging faithful to the original story.

With astounding visual effects and powerful storytelling, this breath-taking performance is not to be missed.


Date: 8 February 2018 - 11 February 2018

For more details and to book tickets please visit: 

www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/sidi-larbi-cherkaouibunkamura-theatre-cocoon-pluto

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Contemporary Japan Speaker Series by the London Asia Pacific Centre   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to sponsor the second year of the London Asia Pacific Centre’s Contemporary Japan Speaker Series.  From November 2017 to March 2018, the series will bring five top Japanese professors to London to discuss contemporary Japanese economics, politics and society

Confirmed speakers for 2017/2018 include:

23 November 2017: Professor Kumiko Miyazaki, Tokyo Institute of Technology

25 January 2018: Professor Tanaka Sigeto, Tohoku University (Event information)

15 February 2018: Professor Seio Nakajima, Waseda University (Event information)

22 March 2018: Professor Yasumasa Igarashi, Tsukuba University (Event information)


Date: 23 November 2017 - 22 March 2018
Venue:

SOAS, University of London/ King’s College London


For more information please see the homepage of the London Asia Pacific Centre

This workshop is supported by the Grant Programme for Japanese Studies Projects. For more information about this programme please click here.

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