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Brand-New Event! Japanese Video Championship for Young Learners UK
Electric Japan 2022: Tristan and Isolde new
Local Project Support Programme May 2022 Applications - Online Seminar and Q&A Session
ICHI Anime Show at Flatpack Festival
Electric Japan 2022: United Me
Electric Japan 2022: Trigger Point - Nature & A Hum San Sui
Reality or Fantasy? Creating the Hero of the Blind Swordsman
Film Festivals on Japan in the UK - The Road to Pressing the Play Button
Young Minds in Japan - Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots
The Lone Ume Tree - Capturing Living with Disabilities and Care in Society
The 17th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第17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
Postgraduate Workshop 2022 new
The Fourth Online Get-Together new
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 new
[Online Talk] Tokyo x Contemporary Art: 3 Views of the City
[Online Talk] Drawing Movements - Creator Talk with Atsushi WADA and Sarina NIHEI
[Online Talk] Japanese Film Posters: An Illustrated Talk by Hidenori Okada new
[Online Talk] A Portrait Of A Noh Theatre - Yarai Nogakudo: An Online Talk by Yoshimasa KANZE new
[Online Talk] Kinema Junpo and Film Criticism in Japan In Conversation with Yuko Sekiguchi new
[Online Event] Working Women in Manga new
BFI JAPAN: 100 YEARS OF JAPANESE CINEMA (Part 1)
Koji Yamamura: In The Studio Where Japan's Leading Animation is Born
[Online Talk] Japanese Book Cover Designs that Broke the Mould
[Online Event] Kikuko Tsumura in Live Conversation
[Online Event] Keiichiro Hirano in Live Conversation
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2021 – Aberystwyth programme
Japanese Documentary Filmmaker Haneda Sumiko: Authorship and Gender Discourses
The 17th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Rakugo and Kobanashi – Demonstration, Talk, Performance Event
[Online Event] Kaga Yuzen: Colours of Japanese Elegance - A Talk with MAIDA Hitoshi new
Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival: Bodies (In partnership with the Japan Foundation) new
[Online Talk] Japanese Sounds - Spiriting Away and Praying for Peace new
Local Project Support Programme September 2021 Applications - Online Seminar and Q&A Session
The Second "Course on the Application of ICT for Teachers - Learning ICT Through Practice"
Funding for Japanese Language Education Projects held in the UK - September 2021 Applications OPEN
[Online Talk] Up Close and Personal: Curators' Treasures in a Castle, Palace, and Manor House
UCL-Japan Youth Challenge
[Online Talk] Wagashi - A Cultural Sweet Feast for the Eyes new
Kobanashi Workshop for Educators – Sharing Teaching Practices and Learning
[Online Talk] Rendering Culture & Conveying Nuance: How Translators Read Japanese Poetry
[Online Talk] Women's Voices and Women's Verses
Nihongo Cup 2021 Finals Day new
[Online Event] Competing Visions of Modernity: Architects who Changed Japan
セカンダリー日本語教師のためのワークショップ - Online Workshop for Secondary School Teachers: How do we equip our students with 21st century skills
[Online Talk] Designs That Defined Modern Japan new
[Online Event] Reframing Japanese Narratives for the UK Stage new
[Online Talk] The Pursuit for New Aesthetics - An Architectural Talk with HIRANO Toshiki new
Japanese Artists at the Architecture Film Festival London
[Online Event] Delving Into ' Grave of the Fireflies' with Alex Dudok de Wit new
[Online Talk] Art In Motion - Creatives Who Have Transitioned to Video Artistry new
Local Project Support Programme 2021-2022 Online Seminar and Q&A Session – Applications Open!
Applications for the Japanese Local Project Support Programme 2021-2022 are open!
11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art From Japan - An Online Exhibition new
The Third Online Get-Together For Secondary School Teachers セカンダリー日本語教師のための第3回ONLINE懇親会
BATJ-JF Spring Seminar - Exploring and Reflecting on Classes in an Online Setting: How can we cultivate ICT literacy for teachers of Japanese?
The 16th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第16回大学生のための日本語スピーチ・コンテスト 決勝大会
Postgraduate Workshop 2021
The Place of Japanese Cinema in the UK
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2021 Online Special - Talk Series
The Second Zoom Online Get-Together
(in)Animate Objects - the Contemporary Puppetry of Nakamura Aya new
Nihongo Cup 2021 - Applications Open! new
Japan Society Sixth Form Japan Week 2020 - Japan Foundation Online Japanese Language Workshop for Students
The Art of the Pinch: A Lecture and Demonstration on Tsumami Zaiku new
A Story in Four Frames - Japanese Yonkoma Manga new
Creativity and Designing JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Games) new
“Course on the Application of ICT for Teachers - Learning ICT Literacy Through Practice”
Game + Culture: Co-evolution of Japanese Video Games and Society new
Kobanashi Workshop for Educators – Kobanashi Performance Instruction Methods to Teach Japanese Language Learners
Spirits of Action: Japanese Manga and Sports new
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Screenings and Special Talk Events new
Carving Out Beauty - The Life and Work of Munakata Shiko new
Kimono Crossing the Sea - Its Power to Inspire Imagination and Creativity new
Sayaka Murata Exclusive Recorded Interview at Cheltenham Literature Festival + LIVE Q&A
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2020 new
Colouring for the Future - From a Kutani Porcelain Studio new
The 16th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students new
‘Private Rehearsals’ – A Virtual Reading
Conjuring A Sense of Movement - Japanese Graphic Designers And Sports Posters
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk Exhibition at the V&A
Up-Close and Personal: Curators' Treasures
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2020
Born Into A Noh Family: How the New Generation is Keeping the Tradition Alive
Nihongo Cup 2020 - Finals Day
Nihongo Cup 2020
Rakugo Performance and Introductory Lecture for Japanese Language Education and Japanese Intellectual Studies
How Do They Read? Voices and Practices of Japanese Literature Translators
Ninja: Their Philosophies and Duties - A Talk by Prof Yuji Yamada
Ninja: Their Philosophies and Duties - A Talk by Professor Yuji Yamada new
Yonkoma manga: A workshop led by Shango
Free Japanese Film Streaming!
[CANCELLED] Guided Tour and Talk The Superlative Artistry of Japan touring exhibition
[CANCELLED] Director Talk with Maeda Tetsu
[CANCELLED] Manga Workshop Masterclass with Shango Part of The Superlative Artistry of Japan touring exhibition
March 2020 – BATJ and JF Spring Seminar: Using Drama as a Method of Education
Women and Sport in Japan
Artist Talk by Iwasaki Takahiro
The Fifteenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
New A-Level Workshop!『Motto Yomu CHIKARA』Workshop Part2 - Material Development
Seikatsu Kogei: Objects For Intentional Living Exhibition Organised by The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Japan Foundation/BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2020: Publishing Your Research
Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro – an international conference
Every Day A Good Day Screening
Preview Event for JFTFP20
The Japan Foundation Touring Exhibition:
The Superlative Artistry of Japan
Japanese Online Course for Teachers
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2019
A Reading Performance of Pearl and Dagger at The Other Palace
Experience Japan Exhibition 2019
Japan Foundation at the Language Show London 2019
Fogscape #03238 Installation at Lumiere Durham 2019
Japanese Education Workshop - Sharing Teaching Ideas for Creative Japanese Language Activities in Classrooms
Screening of Singing Lovebirds (1939)
Author Talk with Kanako Nishi
Okinawan Art in its Regional Context
Fabula Collective - Ley Line
Animator Talk with Takeshi Yashiro
Unite Wales and Japan: Experience Japan and the Rugby World Cup
UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Project
Nara: Faith and Renewal – An International Symposium
Call For Applications: Europe-Japan Intellectual Exchange Session 2019
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2019
An Introduction to Japanese Kagura by Professor Terence Lancashire
Iwami Kagura Dance Performances come to the UK!
From the Dust of This Wretched Earth
Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2019
MODE 2019 - Performances by Yosuke Fujita and ASUNA
Anime's Human Machines
Naomi Kawase: In Focus
at the Open City Documentary Festival
Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2019
Cardiff University Japanese Education Seminar
The 15th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Artist Talk by Keiko Takemiya
All You May Want to Know About Shojo Manga
A Lecture by Tomoko Yamada
What is Manga?
MANGA in a global society: the origins and development of a genre – Special Lecture with Fusanosuke Natsume, Manga Critic and Columnist
Summer Explorers 2019
THE鍵KEY performance
Summer Explorers 2019! Manga based film mini season
Manga Speaks Japanese!
Japan Youth Challenge 2019
The Chief, The Missionary, His Wife & Her Brother
Music & Manga: A Vision of Sound
Kaku Hayashi at International Ceramics Festival
Kansai Yamamoto: More is more
Leicestershire Young Ambassador Japan Conference
Artist Talk by Nobuko Tsuchiya
Pre-Summer Explorers! 2019
Nihongo Cup 2019 - Finals Day
Nihongo Cup 2019
Solo Exhibition by Nobuko Tsuchiya
at Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019
Love and Desire Between Women in Girls' manga
Japanese Photography Revisited:
Talk by Dr Lena Fritsch and Miho Kajioka
Japan Information Day 2019
Reopening the Opening of Japan: A Two-Day International Conference to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Ishin
Events at the Flatpack Festival 2019
Japanese Children's Day in Orkney
A Visual Feast - The Culinary Microcosm of the Japanese Lunch Box
Japan Foundation and British Association for Teachers of Japanese Spring Seminar
Artist Talk by Kohei Nawa
Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa — Vessel
Still Walking + Q&A with Hirokazu Kore-eda
Wakan: The Colourful Life of Japanese Herbs
From Organic Dyeing to Bath Salts
A Timeless Pallette:
The Story of wa no iro - Japanese Colours
Dance Beyond Movement: Talk with Saburo Teshigawara & Rihoko Sato (KARAS)
A Talk by Yukiko Mishima (Director of Dear Etranger)
Hand in Hand
Japan Foundation/BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2019: Career Progression
Japanese Youth Conference in Scotland
The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day
Japan Foundation and British Association for Teachers of Japanese Seminar
Author Talk: Kyoko Nakajima
Sake Symposium: Understanding the Unique Aspects of Sake
Japan Now 2019
Dartford Grammar School and Japan Foundation GCSE and IB Meeting
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019
Van Gogh & Japan: The Provence Years
Born in Okinawa
Artist Talk: Mari Katayama
Composing for Ninagawa: A Talk by Yasuhiro Kasamatsu
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2018
Poetry as Dance: Kyomai Inou-ryu Meeting in Britain
Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity
Art that Speaks: Meiro Koizumi
Experience Japan Exhibition 2018
Japan Foundation at the Language Show London 2018
The Expression of Youth: Japanese Street Fashion in Post-War Culture
Artist Talk: Aida Makoto
Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2018: Call for Participation!
Japan Conference for Schools 2018
Author's Talk: Satoshi Kitamura
Author's Talk: Sayaka Murata
Author's Talk: Genki Kawamura
Film Screening: Your Name
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2018
Ryoji Ikeda at the Atlantic Project
Stop Motion Animation Which Never Stops - Animation Creators' Talk
Fumihiko Maki - Bodies of Thought
JAEFF 2018: Youthquake
Countdown to Kickoff: Japan's rugby history one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Artist Talk: Taro Izumi
Winds of Change - Japanese Contemporary Plays and Playwright Series
BAJS 2018 Conference: Crisis? What Crisis? Continuity, and Change in Japan.
Kazuo Hara at Open City Documentary Festival 2018
The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Full of Noises presents: Tomoko Sauvage and ASUNA
Summer Explorers! 2018
Pre-Summer Explorers Japanese Language Tasters!
Maeda Kamari calligraphy Performance and Workshop
Pre-Summer Explorers!
Coming soon! Pre + Summer Explorers!
UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2018
The Influence of Japanese Architecture – Royal Academy Architecture Awards Week
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2018
Noh Reimagined 2018: Sublime Illusions
Talk: Kengo Kuma on architecture and Identity
Japanese Artists at Supersonic Festival
UKABS 2018 Annual Conference
Artist Talk: Noritake Kinashi
MODE curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Nihongo Cup 2018 - Finals Day
Tatsuo Miyajima at the William Morris Gallery
Inclusive Bodies - Creation in dance with different physicality
Sex, Nudes, and the EverydayArtist talk by Ryudai Takano
Sex, Nudes, and the Everyday - Artist talk by Ryudai Takano
JF/BAJS/BATJ Spring Symposium: (Re)Defining and Promoting Japanese Studies in the UK
Sex, Nudes, and the Everyday
Artist talk by Ryudai Takano
Spring Explorers
Spring Explorers!!
Spring Explorers!!!
Spring Explorers!!!!
Spring Explorers!!!!!!
Spring Explorers! - Free Film Programme
JFTFP18: Sixteen films; Eighteen venues; 131 screenings – done!
A Talk by Yu Irie- Memoirs of a Murderer Director
Rie Nakajima - Cyclic
Murakami on Screen (Eyes on Murakami)
Haruki Murakami and I- A Talk by Hideo Furukawa
13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY
Japan Now 2018
Japan Foundation / BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2018: Bridging the Academic Worlds of the UK and Japan
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon’s ‘Pluto'
(Un)true Colours: Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema- Experience Japan through Cinema
Primary Japanese Resource Sharing Workshop 2018
Game Play:- A Talk by Hirokazu Yasuhara (Sonic the Hedgehog Game-Designer)
Conference: At the Roots of Visual Japan. Word-text dynamics in early-modern Japan
Nihongo Cup 2018 - Applications Open!
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2017
Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers
HYPER JAPAN presents: Illuminight – Magical ‘akari’ lanterns installation
Contemporary Japan Speaker Series by the London Asia Pacific Centre
Japan Foundation at Experience Japan Exhibition 2017
Conference: Foreign Graduate Employment in Japanese Companies – Implications for Japanese Studies Teaching & Research
Japan’s Changing Diplomatic and Security Practice – A Research Workshop
Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice - Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities
Is Japanese Food Healthy? Taste, Sense and Sensation - A Talk by Prof Ole G Mouritsen
Tears and Laughter: Women in Japanese Melodrama
Filmmaker Naoko Ogigami in conversation
Japan Foundation at Language Show London 2017
The World’s a Stage: Yukio Ninagawa’s Work, Career and His Legacy
Ninagawa Company's Macbeth
BFI London Film Festival 2017
Poetry in Stop Motion - New Expressions in Japanese Animation: A Talk by Prof Yuichi Ito
Transnational Cities: Tokyo and London
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017
Ryoji Ikeda - Test Pattern Live
Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2017: Call for Participation!
The Children's Bookshow
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2017
Raindance Film Festival 2017
WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO CONNECT? Japanese Identity and Desire to Pass on the Language and Culture among Japanese Diaspora
Japanese Taster for Schools Programme Volunteer Training Day 2017
BAJS Workshop: Meiji Japan in Global History
Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine
International Workshop on Reflective Transitions of Politics in Japanese Art
Culinary Culture & Gastronomy in Japanese Cinema
The 13th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2017
Summer Explorers 3: A special free film programme all about food
Japanese Cultural Studies outside of Japan – its current status and future perspectives
The Life and Work of Jiro Takamatsu - Talk by Yumiko Chiba
Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture
Mr Potsunen's Peculiar Slice of Life by Kentaro Kobayashi
The Japanese House: I Was Born, But... + live piano and Benshi narration
NIHONGO CUP | The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK FINALS DAY
Japan Orientation at the University of East Anglia
How to become a Benshi! Silent Cinema and the Art of Live Narration
Kikagaku Moyo UK Tour
London, Rio, Tokyo Olympics Symposium
British Museum presents: Hokusai
The Old Puppet Joruri: The Tale of High Priest Kochi
"The World of Maki Asakawa" - Songs from the Japanese Post-War Counterculture
Architecture on Stage: Atelier Bow Wow
Sport and Diplomacy: Past Reflections and Looking Towards 2020
Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation -
Documentary screening and discussion
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
Filmmaker Talk: Naotaro Endo, director of Tsukiji Wonderland
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2017
12th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY
A Silent Voice - Discover Japanese Studies through Anime!
Japan Now at the British Library
Japan Foundation / BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2017: Make an Impact
The Many Faces of Noh - Talk and Demonstration by Hideta Kitazawa
Giving Choice And Connecting People: Expanding Ideas For Japanese Language Study With Minato
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017
Language Education for Social Future: Language, Community, and Identity
Children's Lives in Wartime Japan
An Ode to Toru Takemitsu
Anisong - The Musical World of Anime
Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level) | TERM 2
Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (A1 Beginner Stage 2 Level) | TERM 2
Japanese IB Networking Event
NIHONGO CUP | The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK
Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016
Part 4: The Sun by Tomohiro Maekawa
Primary Japanese Resource Sharing workshop
Voices from the Japanese Avant-garde Music Scene:
Talk and Performance by Musician and Vocalist Koichi Makigami
London International Animation Festival 2016
Let's Play Hanafuda!
Japanese Taster for Schools Programme Volunteer Training Day 2016
Game Changer - talk by Hisakazu Hirabayashi
Japanese Culture Day
Contact Points Talk and Lecture
Japan Foundation at Experience Japan Exhibition 2016
Shinsuke Ogawa and Ogawa Pro: Collective filmmaking and the culture of dissidence
Silence is Golden? Classroom Silence in Universities in Japan and the UK
Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016
Part 3: Pighead
Illustrated Talk by Obi Impresario Genbei Yamaguchi X
Using Drama to Enrich Japanese Language Education
The Red Candle - Mermaids in the East
Dartford Grammar School - Japanese Networking Event for Head Teachers
Speaking Out: Actor-Director Talk Kaori Momoi
Talk by author Mitsuyo Kakuta
Manga: The New Generation - Talk by Ken Niimura and Miki Yamamoto
Japan Foundation at Language Show Live London 2016
Lakes International Comic Arts Festival 2016
TUSK Festival 2016
Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016
Part 2: Got to Make Them Sing!
Here and Now
Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2016: Call for Participation!
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2016
Talk by author Miri Yu
Ninagawa x Shakespeare - Talk by Yuriko Akishima
London Design Biennale
London Design Biennale 2016
JF Supported: Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2016
Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016
The Twelfth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2016
Shining Stars: Idols in Japanese Cinema in the 1980s and 1990s
Summer Explorers! 2 - Japanese Anime Screenings
Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan Festival
Koki Tanaka: Liverpool Biennial 2016
Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker: Talk by Toco Nikaido
Japanese Experience for Children in Brighton
MFL Progress TeachMeet at Howes Primary in Coventry
Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools 2016 Finals Day
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016
Self-made Photobooks as an Object - Talk by Yumi Goto
Kamishibai performance of “Wakamiya-maru” story via skype
5th East London Comics & Arts Festival
Photobook Bristol
Artist talk by Katsumi Komagata
Japanese Plus | Learn About Wakamiya-Maru: The Edo Ship that Sailed the World
Into the River: Artist talk by O JUN
Japan Foundation/BATJ Early Summer Conference: Teaching Japanese with Technology Within and Beyond the Classroom
LIFT ‘16: Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker
Artist talk by Sputniko!
Japanese for Juniors: All About Japanese Dolls!
Japanese Gardens: Talk by Kei Ishikawa
Artist Talk by Shun Ito
Talk & Demonstration: Exploring the Music of Noh
Koki Tanaka: Provisional Studies: Action #5 Conceiving the Past, Perceiving the Present
Japanese Show & Tell! Online Resource Workshop for Independent Learners of Japanese
Common Thread: Artist talk by Satoru Aoyama
Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level) - Term 3
Spring Double Bill: "Kabuku" and "The Garden of Words"
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2016
Filmmaker Talk: Aya Hanabusa
Japan Foundation at Language Show Live Scotland
PARO - The Therapeutic Robot: Robotics for an Ageing Society
Bite-sized Bunraku: A Little Flavour of Japanese Traditional Puppetry
Japan Conference for schools 2016
Primary Japanese Up-skilling Course – Level 1: 5 March 2016
Design for living with kids - talk by Shu Hagiwara
Japanese Noir - Author Fuminori Nakamura in conversation
The 11th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY
JAPAN NOW
International Dialogues - Shigeru Ban
Public Seminar: Female Entrepreneurship in Japan
Deadline Extended! Ask me anything in Japanese with director Yuki Tanada
Japan Foundation at London Anime & Gaming Con Feb 2016
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016
Japan Foundation / BAJS Japanese Studies Post-graduate Workshop 2016
Temple Tastes - Talk by Rev. Kakuho Aoe
Creation from Catastrophe – how Architecture rebuilds Communities
Cream Screens: Takashi Makino and [+] Collective
Throwing Shadows: Japanese Expanded Cinema in the Time of Pop
J-Basic - Last Chance EVER to enrol!
Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level) - Term 2
What Girls Want - The World of Shojo Manga (Girls' Comics)
Nihongo Cup – The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students in the UK
Art in the Age of the Global Environment
The Crucified Lovers (Chikamatsu monogatari)
Can a Freeter Buy a House? Contemporary Housing Issues in Japan from the 'Lost Generation' to 'Generation Rent'
Film screening and discussion: Samurai Warrior Queens
Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme 2015 Training Day for Volunteers
Japanese Language Teachers’ Seminar: How to use Japanese language learning websites and apps: Expanding your ideas and options
Fogscape #03238 by Fujiko Nakaya (Lumiere Festival)
Japanese Plus: Let’s Speak Kansai Dialect!
Safe as Houses? Housing and Welfare in an Ageing Society: Japan and UK Perspectives
NEoN Digital Arts
Kawaii as a Button! Cuteness in Contemporary Craft Practice
Kawaii: Crafting the Japanese Culture of Cute
D.I.Y. Japanese Club! Extra-Curricular Japanese Resources & Ideas Sharing Workshop
Double Bill: Films by Makoto Shinkai (Gateshead)
Double Bill: Films by Makoto Shinkai (Gateshead, Anime Attacks)
Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers 2015
Hatsune Miku - The Metamorphosis of Music and Technology
Artist talk by Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter
Shojo manga: Girls' Comics from Japan
Shojo manga: Girls' Comics from Japan
Japan Foundation at Language Show Live 2015
TUSK Festival 2015
Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level)
Artist Talk by Hideyuki Katsumata
Japan Foundation at Bristol Anime Con
Hideyuki Katsumata: USO de HONTOU
Riding the Current - Japanese Contemporary Art and its Curatorial Views
Shinya Tsukamoto: Filmmaker Talk
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival
Join the Club! Fandom in Japanese Theatre: Kabuki & Takarazuka
Sensoria 2015
Raindance Film Festival
Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2015: Call for Participation!
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2015
BUKATSUDŌ: Teaching Character in Japanese School Clubs
The Eleventh Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
The Lie of the Land - Rethinking Landscape Painting
Japanese from Scratch: All About Bento!
Primary Japanese - resources sharing workshop
Current Location (Fellswoop Theatre)
Japanese Language Proficiency Test December 2015
Voices from the Past: Shadows of War in Japanese Cinema
Summer Explorers! Japanese Anime Screenings
Japanese Refresher Course for Teachers 2015
Central and Local Governance in Japan and the UK: Lessons from Okinawa and Scotland
Takehisa Kosugi: SPACINGS
Inside the Industry: ANIME
Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan Festival July 2015
SAKE: Tradition Meets Innovation - The Story of the First Non-Japanese Sake Master Brewer
Japanese Language Proficiency Test July 2015
Japan Foundation at London Anime & Gaming Con July 2015
Public Seminar: STEMming the Gender Gap: A New Era for Japanese Women in Science and Engineering?
Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Student Survey 2015
ENDO Shuhei | Architect for a New Era
**2nd chance!** Japanese from Scratch: Sweet-Talk your way in Japan!
Nihongo Cup: The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK FINALS DAY!
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Artist talk by SHIMURAbros
Public Seminar: INEMURI: The Art of Napping in Japan
Post 3.11: What Can Art Do? Four Years On: Art and the Disaster
Learn & Teach Primary Japanese!
J-CLan Initiative: Introduction to Japanese Culture and Language Teaching in Primary Education
Screen Translation and the Benshi Tradition in Japan
Carving the Future - Contemporary Japanese Sculpture Today
Talk with Noe Aoki and Teppei Kaneuji
A Lost Art Revived: Tsujigahana, Itchiku Tsujigahana and Itchiku Kubota -- A talk by Dr Jacqueline M. Atkins
Worn with Pride -- Textiles, Kimono, and Propaganda in Japan, 1925-1945
Japanese from Scratch: Sweet-Talk your way in Japan!
Public Seminar: People Make Places: Empowering Locals through Community Design
Film Screening: KABUKU
Behind the Curtain of Contemporary Kabuki Theatre
Reality Check: Artist talk by Chim↑Pom
The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 3
Japan Foundation Japanese Language & Culture Course A2 Elementary Stage (Pilot)
Workshop: Rethinking 'Japanese' Pop Culture: A Topic for Academic Study?
Rethinking 'Japanese' Pop Culture: Transnational media cultural connections and the question of cultural diversity
Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design
Japanese Plus: Talk About Music in Japanese
Volunteer Japanese Teaching Opportunity at University of Edinburgh Training Day
The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15 - Award Ceremony and Presentation Evening
Japanese for Juniors: Learn Japanese through Stamp-Making!
Windows on a Modern World: The Role of the Department Store in 20th Century Japan
Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students 2015
Japanese Studies Post-Graduate Workshop, 2015
Japan Conference for Schools 2015
The Tenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY
The Metamorphosis of Japan After the War
Postwar Japanese Photography - Talk by Marc Feustel
Dartford Grammar School - GCSE and IB event
Make Your Own Japanese Teaching Resources with PowerPoint
Glasgow Film Festival
Artist's Talk: Fujiko Nakaya
Fog Bridge by Fujiko Nakaya
Artist talk by Chu Enoki: "Scrap Heap Hero"
JF@London Anime & Gaming Con
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme
It Only Happens in the Movies? Japanese Cinema and Encounters
Contemporary Art History: Japan - A Book Talk by Hideki Nakazawa
Japanese Language Teachers’ Seminar: I Can Write in Japanese
Metamorphosis of Japan After the War
Plexus
Potential of Japanese language education in primary schools
Potential of Japanese Language Education in Primary Schools - Public Seminar
Artist Talk by Riusuke Fukahori
Bigakko: Anti-Academy - Talk by Alice Maude-Roxby
JF-BATJ Japanese Language Teachers' Seminar: Assessing Japanese with JF Standard - with Mayumi Mitsuya
Special Film Screening: Ninja Shadow Warriors
Artist Talk by Aiko Miyanaga
The Truth About...Ninjas - Talk and Demonstration
Artist talk by Satoshi Kitamura
in conversation with Nicolette Jones
Public Seminar: The Role of Education in Disaster Risk Reduction: Lessons from Kobe and Tohoku
Public Seminar: The Happy Youth of a Desperate Country
Public Seminar: Online Election Campaigns and Digital Democracy in Japan
Rie Nakajima: Fall
Public Seminar: The Real Story Behind Japan's Marriage Crisis
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
Japanese Plus Special: Friend or Foe? Understanding Japanese Thought and Culture through Yōkai
Public Seminar: 50 Years of the Shinkansen
Introduction to "flipped learning" for GCSE Japanese
Shinjuku Culture in the 1960s -
Talk by Go Hirasawa and Jelena Stojković
Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Headteachers
Teacher Training: WJEC Japanese Language Units (QCF)
Talk: Building Blocks: Curating Architecture
Public Seminar - Maths-As-It-Could-Be: The life and philosophy of Kiyoshi Oka
Japan Foundation at Language Show Live 2014
The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection
Public Seminar: Prof AKIRA IRIYE - An Historian Looks at the Contemporary World
Shinro Ohtake
Workshop: Let's Catch the Lion -
Dobutsu Shogi (Animal Shogi) instructed by Madoka Kitao
Artist talk: Shinro Ohtake
Public Seminar: WORLD LITERATURE, Japanese perspectives
Talk: Speaking the Same Language - International Collaboration and Co-production in Performing Arts
Book Launch: The Growing Power of Japan, 1967-1972
Artist talk: Yoshitomo Nara
Yoshitomo Nara: Greetings from a Place in My Heart
Japanese Language Proficiency Test December 2014
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2014
Talk - Gekiga: The Evolution of Alternative Manga
Talk: An Introduction to Sake
Public Seminar: Japanese Archaeology in the Digital Age
Art Meets Design -
Talk: Yuri Suzuki x Kouichi Okamoto with Alex Coles
Japanese Studies Seminar in Alsace: Call for Participation!
Japan Foundation/JGap Japanese Language Teachers' Seminar: Self-Expressing Activities and Elementary Japanese Language Education
LDF Digital Design Weekend: Magnetic Field Record, Kouichi Okamoto
It’s a Wrap: Japanese furoshiki past and present
Public Seminar: Economic Policy and the Welfare State in Japan and the UK
Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme – September 2014 Training Day for Volunteers
Public Seminar - Always on and connected: young people and their mobile social media use in Japan, the US, and the UK
Japan Foundation at Alcon
Out of Step - Artist talk by contact Gonzo
Public Seminar - NAGADORO: Rural Life after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Double Bill: Films by Makoto Shinkai
Young, Fearless & Limitless -
Artist talk - Yo Nakamura and Underground Airport
Public Seminar: Tracing Colours and Characters in the Work of HARUKI MURAKAMI
Public Seminar: The Work of the Visual in Mourning the Dead in Post-Tsunami Japan
Public Seminar - Freeter, the Japanese Precariat: Youth and Labour Disintegration in Japan
Japanese Film Screenings at the Japan Foundation
Introduction to new resources for the JF Japanese Scheme of Work for Key Stage 2
Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan 2014
Stamp Rally @ JF Library - Summer 2014
Artist talk: Macoto Murayama on Botech Compositions - Where Botanical Art Meets Science
Japanese Plus: Japanese for Jobs
Botech Compositions: New Work by Macoto Murayama
Special Free Film Screening: The Lovers' Exile
Artist talk: Seiichi Hayashi in conversation with Ryan Holmberg
Seminar: Takarazuka - A Hundred Years of Song and Dance
Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme – June 2014 Training Day for Volunteers
Journal
Seminar: One Place After Another - What can periodical international contemporary art projects actually share?
Playwright Talk: Toshiki Okada
Book Launch & Talk: Making Tea, Making Japan. Kristin Surak in conversation with Christine Guth and Fabio Gygi
LIFT 2014: Toshiki Okada’s Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich
J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015

Seminar: Takarazuka - A Hundred Years of Song and Dance   org

The Takarazuka Revue Company, one of the largest theatre groups in Japan, features an all-female cast that specialises in either a “male role” or a “female role” in the musicals, stage dramas and dance revues. Showcasing a wide range of genres, it has attracted a mass audience of mostly female followers, resulting in tickets sales reaching fever pitch levels. But what is the role of Takarazuka in the world of Japanese theatre and what does it signify?

This special event commemorating the 100th anniversary of Takarazuka provides an opportunity to cultivate a cross-cultural understanding of the theatre company through discussion. Beginning with a brief talk by Dr Nobuko Anan, a lecturer in Japanese studies at Birkbeck, University of London, regarding the history and characteristics of Takarazuka, she will be joined by Noriko Tosaka (aka Ai Otohara) and Machiko Nakano (aka Reo Kazami), two distinguished former Takarazuka performers, as well as Jano Williams, co-director of the documentary Dream Girls (1994). Tosaka and Nakano will reflect on their past experiences inside the exclusive, fiercely competitive company whose practices have remained largely unchanged for a century. As arguably one the first filmmakers outside of Japan to capture the elite world of Takarazuka, Williams, a British filmmaker, will speak about their motives for making their insightful film, and what they observed through the camera behind the scenes of the dazzling revue.

Following the discussion, the former Takarazuka performers will take part in a short demonstration illustrating the distinct form of male and female characterisations that the company is so well known for.

This event will extend beyond a simple overview of Takarazuka and together, the speakers, each with their own perspectives, will delve into the impact of Takarazuka, issues associated with Takarazuka, including gender, as well as the societal norms that have created this spectacular scene.


Date: 27 June 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk

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Brand-New Event! Japanese Video Championship for Young Learners UK   org

Brand-New Event! Japanese Video Championship for Young Learners UK

 

This is a brand-new event for primary and secondary school students studying Japanese in the UK organized by the Japan Foundation, London.

 

The world is currently changing very quickly. Technology is advancing, and nowadays if you have a computer or a smartphone you can send a message to anyone in the world. In a time like this, we should always have the following questions in our mind: “What message do I want to convey and how?” It is important for us to deliver messages clearly and easily for others to understand.

This event is a contest for young Japanese learners in the UK to use their Japanese and make a video on a topic provided. You can apply individually or as part of a group.

 

You can make your video in whatever style you prefer.

Show us your creativity in full and have fun making the video!

 

Finals day will take place on 9th July 2022 (Saturday).

 

Eligibility:

Primary and secondary school students studying Japanese in the UK may enter individually or as part of a group. However, one person cannot participate in multiple group videos, or one person cannot submit both an individual video and a group video.

Students studying Japanese outside of school, students who have lived in Japan in the past, and students who speak Japanese at home can all apply.

 

Categories and Theme of the Video:

[Primary School]

 - Japanese level: A1-A2 Level of standard for Japanese-language Education /CEFR

 - Theme: My/Our School

 - Length of Video: Aprrox. one minute

 

[Secondary School Category 1]

- Japanese level: A1-A2 Level of standard for Japanese-language Education /CEFR

 - Theme: My/Our Favourite Place

 - Length of Video: 1.5 to 2.5 minutes

 

[Secondary School Category 2]

- Japanese level: B1 Level of standard for Japanese-language Education /CEFR

 - Theme: “Japan” in the United Kingdom

 - Length of Video: 2.5 to 3.5 minutes

 

* To find out more details, please download the Application Guideline at the bottom of this event listing.

    Please read the information carefully before applying.

* You can also refer to the “Video Creation Hints for secondary school categories” document below for brainstorming on the theme.

* Sample video will be available in near future!

 

The closing date for applications: 3rd May 2022 (Tuesday) 23:59 GMT

 

How to apply:

Please download the Consent form listed below and get your parent/s or guardian/s to sign it.

Upload your video to a cloud service (such as OneDrive or Google Drive) and let your Japanese teacher know the URL.

Teachers should then fill out the following application form:

  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JaViChamp

 

Download Materials:

 

Contact:

The Japan Foundation, London

E-mail speechcontest@jpf.org.uk

Tel 020 7492 6570


Date: 9 July 2022
Download JaViChamp Application Guideline
Download Consent Form
Download Video Creation Hints for secondary school categories
Download JaViChamp FAQ
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[Online Talk] Japanese Book Cover Designs that Broke the Mould   org

 

Though you may be inclined to follow the famous adage of “Never judge a book by its cover,” for many centuries true bibliophiles and collectors have happily ignored these words, putting great value on publications with unique designs and special editions. Inevitably, what you see on the cover may be a decisive factor in choosing a book.

In Japan too, the importance of eye-catching designs that push the boundaries of the publishing world and defy pre-set standards is tangible. Prevailing market demands encourage continuing developments in graphic design as well as typography with certain designs standing as artistic milestones that have influenced new generations of designers up to present day. Certainly, some book cover designs are not merely an accessory to the content but stand alone as artistic endeavours.

In time for the Cheltenham Literature Festival, we have invited former editor-in-chief of the renowned Japanese design magazine IDEA, MUROGA Kiyonori, to trace the history of Japanese book cover design since the post-war period. As a writer and curator of graphic design and typography, MUROGA will select a handful of models and discuss why he thinks these symbolised new approaches in the field, considering points from both an aesthetic and technical view.

 

 

About the speaker

MUROGA Kiyonori was born in 1975, Niigata, Japan. Former editor-in-chief of IDEA magazine. He has been editing books on graphic design, typography, and visual culture since 1999. His recent editorial works include Sakuji Hyakkei and Pixel Hyakkei (Graphic-sha, 2019). He is also an international critic, educator, and lecturer on graphic design. He has contributed texts to various publications and periodicals including JAGDA’s Graphic Design in Japan 2013 (Rikuyosha, 2013), Japan—Nippon: Poster Collection 26 (Lars Müller Publishers, 2014), Nihon bijutsu zenshu (Shogakukan, 2016), ggg books 124: Yoshihisa Shirai (DNP, 2017), Encyclopedia of East Asian Design (Sydney, Bloomsbury, forthcoming). He co-curated “The Study Room” of the 27th Brno Biennial (2016) and “Fragments of Graphism” (Creation Gallery G8, 2018).

 

Image credit: Photo by So Hashizume from Paper and Dummy Books exhibition at TAKEO MIHONCHO HONTEN, 2011

 

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 

 


Date: 12 October 2021 from 1.00pm

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Reality or Fantasy? Creating the Hero of the Blind Swordsman   org

 

Date: Thursday, 5 May 2022, 7:00pm (BST)

Online Event hosted on Zoom

 

Zatoichi is regarded as one of the most influential characters from Japanese jidai-geki (period films). The first film out of 29 Japanese titles was directed by MISUMI Kenji and released in 1962. The series gained so much popularity that it was later remade in the USA. Despite being blind, Zatoichi is an accomplished sword fighter who beats many villains, and is inspiring enough to capture the hearts of even contemporary film makers such as KITANO Takeshi and MIIKE Takashi. Although adapted from literature and supposedly modelled on a real person, the film’s version of the character is far from the original influences. It was certainly the popularity of the films that pushed Zatoichi into the limelight. How was this blind hero invented and what factored into his success?

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first film of Zatoichi, in this online talk Dr Jonathan Wroot, who published The Paths of Zatoichi, will introduce his latest book explaining the process of the characterisation of the famous blind swordsman, while referring to his impact on history and the cultural context. Together with Dr Dolores Martinez and Dr Jasper Sharp, the talk will also explore the representation of Zatoichi as a hero who is blind and why such a character is frequently portrayed within jidai-geki films and TV shows; while also considering the other examples of blind people in Japanese film and culture.

 

Speakers

Dr Jonathan Wroot is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Film Studies at the University of Greenwich. He has previously published research on home media formats and Asian cinema distribution. He co-edited a collection entitled New Blood: Framing 21st Century Horror, for UWP, in 2021, in addition to his monograph on the Zatoichi film and TV franchise. Some of this research will be appearing in the forthcoming edited collection, Women in East Asian Cinema. He has contributed to the podcast series Beyond Japan and Second Features, as well as the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022.

 

Dr Dolores P. Martinez is Emeritus Reader in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London and a Research Affiliate at ISCA, University of Oxford. She has written on maritime anthropology, tourism, religion, gender, film, and popular culture in Japan, as well as on women’s football in the USA, documentaries, and humour in science fiction films. Her publications include Identity and Ritual in a Japanese Diving Village; Remaking Kurosawa; editor of The Worlds of Japanese Popular Culture; and co-editor, Assembling Japan and Persistently Postwar.

Dr Jasper Sharp is an author, filmmaker and curator known for his work on Japanese cinema and the co-founder of the film website Midnight Eye. His books include The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film (2004), joint-written with Tom Mes, Behind the Pink Curtain (2008) and The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema (2011). His work has appeared in publications including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Japan Times, and Film International, and on numerous home video releases. Between 2010 and 2014 he was the director of Zipangu Fest, a London-based festival dedicated to showcasing Japanese independent cinema, and was the Artistic Director of the Asia House Film Festival between 2014 and 2016. He is the co-director with Tim Grabham of The Creeping Garden (2014), an award-winning documentary about plasmodial slime moulds, and currently works as a disc producer for Arrow Films.

 

This online event is free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential. To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.


Date: 5 May 2022 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Online Event hosted on Zoom


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Local Project Support Programme May 2022 Applications - Online Seminar and Q&A Session   org

You can find information on the programme as well as links to download an application form here:  https://jpf.org.uk/whatson.php#1222

Are you considering applying for funding but aren’t sure about how to go about it? Do you have a project in mind but aren’t sure if it’s eligible? We would strongly recommend that you sign up to take part in our Online Seminar and Q&A session.

During this half-hour session, a member of our staff will talk participants through the application process, and then open the floor to questions and answers. We want to make sure the application process is as easy-to-understand as possible.

This session will be held twice on 30th May 2022 (Mon)

1. First Session: 13:00 to 13:30

2. Second Session: 18:00 to 18:30

We will be using Zoom software. Once you have applied we will send you information on how to join the session.

If you would like to take part, please sign up 26th May (Thur)

Apply for a place for Session 1 by filling out our Eventbrite Form here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/343070000607

Apply for a place for Session 2 by filling out our Eventbrite Form here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/343073791947

If you are unable to attend either session but are still interested in applying, please do not worry! We will be making a recording of the first part of the seminar (explanation of application process) and uploading it to our Youtube channel.

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Update - Although this event has finished, you can view a recording of the presentation by clicking here.


Date: 30 May 2022
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Koji Yamamura: In The Studio Where Japan's Leading Animation is Born   org

 

Koji Yamamura, leading creator of Japanese animation (such as the Oscar-nominated Mt.Head, 2002) and regular contributor to the UK animation scene, including the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival, returns to discuss his stellar career spanning over three decades.

In a unique opportunity for our audience, and a first for the animator, he will guide us virtually through his studio in real time, showcasing his creative processes and methods. He will also acquaint the audience more closely with his body of work, introducing his newest films which will be accompanied by a full-length screening of his short animation film, Polar Bear Bears Boredom (7mins), and the trailer of his newest feature length work, Dozens of Norths, ahead of its world premiere in November.

In conversation with film critic, filmmaker, and visual artist, Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, this event will be an unmissable opportunity for lovers and aspiring makers of animated work to gain a first-hand practical insight into the workings of a successful animation studio.

 

About the speakers

Koji Yamamura was born in 1964. During the 1990s, he was making films for children such as Pacusi, Bavel's Book and so on. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short, Mt. Head (2002) won 6 grand prizes and was selected for the 100 Films for a Century of Animation. Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor (2007) won 6 grand prizes; in total, his films were awarded more than 100 prizes. In 2021, he has placed 2nd in the 25 top short animated film directors from the last 25 years. He is also active as a picture book author for Viva Vegetables (Oyaoya Oyasai), Parade and so on. He was awarded the Kawakita Prize and Education Award for Fine Arts in Japan and received the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2019. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a sub-chairman of the Japan Animation Association and a member of the board of directors of ASIFA.

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi is a film critic, culture and sustainability reporter, screenwriter, filmmaker and visual artist. Chiara’s Material Puns use wordplay to weld the title of the painting with the materials placed on canvas, through an ironic reinterpretation of Pop-Art, Dadaism and Ready Made. Chiara works for online, print, radio and television and has been a jury member and collaborator of several film festivals. She is also a Professor of Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts at IED University in Milan.

 

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 15 October 2021 from 1.00pm

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[Online Event] Kikuko Tsumura in Live Conversation   org

 

In partnership with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, we invite author KIKUKO TSUMURA for a live conversation with translator Polly Barton.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021, 1:00pm (BST)

A 36-year-old, formerly burnt-out female office worker is the protagonist of Kikuko Tsumura’s There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job (2020). With well-established acclaim in her native Japan, Tsumura vividly captures the lives within Japanese society, especially of its young people. Though their comedic tone may make her works accessible and fun to read, you will soon detect the delicate trace of serious issues existing in Japan lying beneath the surface.

In this online live session, Tsumura will discuss her creative world as well as take questions from audiences. Joining also is Polly Barton, an award-winning modern Japanese literature translator who has worked with a number of Japanese authors and who rendered There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job into English. She will explain how she reads this book while elucidating her translation process.

Kate Griffin, Associate Programme Director at the National Centre for Writing will moderate the session.

This is a follow up session to the recorded conversation with Kikuko Tsumura and Victoria Young as part of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival and it is recommended to watch the recorded session as well. To watch the session, please click here.

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

 

Special Thanks to Tuttle-Mori Agency

 

Please reserve your space here

 

If you’re interested in this event, you might also enjoy:

New Writing from Japan

Broadcast: Mon 11 October, 7pm – 8pm (BST)

Featuring Kikuko Tsumura and Keiichiro Hirano interviewed by Victoria Young and Suzi Feay.

Free to view on Cheltenham Festival’s YouTube Channel

More details here.


Date: 11 October 2021 - 14 October 2021
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ICHI Anime Show at Flatpack Festival   org

 

We are partnering with this year's Flatpack Festival, who will be presenting Japanese animated short films from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, including those of TEZUKA Osamu and YOKOO Tadanori. These screenings will be accompanied by live music written and performed by UK-based artist, ICHI.


Date: 19 May 2022 from 8.00pm - 9.45pm
Venue:

Printmakers Arms, Birmingham


For more information, please click here.
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[Online Event] Keiichiro Hirano in Live Conversation   org

 

In partnership with The Times and the Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, we invite author KEIICHIRO HIRANO for a live conversation with translator Eli K.P. William.

Date: Saturday, 16 October 2021, 1:00pm (BST)

Prizewinning author and a prominent figure in the Japanese literary sphere, Keiichiro Hirano joins us for a revelatory discussion about his work and will take questions from audiences during this live session. As his books At the End of the Matinee and A Man demonstrate, Hirano is a rare philosophical writer as well as an accomplished storyteller, inviting readers to ‘bask’ in his novels forever, regardless of whether it is a love story or a psychological thriller. In writing, he consciously poses questions about the definition of life and happiness, reflecting not only Japanese society but also the global circumstances we are in.

Joining also is Eli K.P. William, a British Canadian science fiction author who translated A Man into English. Eli will give us his views on the book from the viewpoint of a translator while elucidating his translation process.

Kate Griffin, Associate Programme Director at the National Centre for Writing will moderate the session.

This is a follow up session to the recorded conversation with Keiichiro Hirano and Suzi Feay as part of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival and it is recommended to watch the recorded session as well. To watch the session, please click here.

In the lead up to the session, you may also be interested in reading an English translation of Hirano’s short story, The Transparent Labyrinth, published by Strangers Press, which you can find here.

 

Keiichiro Hirano’s information

https://en.k-hirano.com

Twitter: @hiranok (Japanese only); @hiranok_en (English)

Instagram: @hiranok (English only)

 

Eli K.P. William’s information

https://elikpwilliam.com

Twitter: @dice_carver 

Instagram: @elikpwilliam

Facebook:@elikp.william

 

 

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

 

Special Thanks to Cork, Inc.

 

Please reserve your space here

 

If you’re interested in this event, you might also enjoy:

New Writing from Japan

Broadcast: Mon 11 October, 7pm – 8pm (BST)

Featuring Kikuko Tsumura and Keiichiro Hirano interviewed by Victoria Young and Suzi Feay.

Free to view on Cheltenham Festival’s YouTube Channel

More details here.

 


Date: 11 October 2021 - 16 October 2021
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Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2021 – Aberystwyth programme   org

 

Japanese Animation Screenings in Wales! The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival is back this year with a selection of the freshest animated works that Japan has to offer. For this edition, the festival’s run time has been split between two major Welsh cities – with the second leg of the programme being hosted at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre this month.

Image credit: ©Monkey Punch / 2019 LUPIN THE 3rd Film Partners

Date: 1 October 2021 - 3 October 2021

For more information, please click here.

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[Online Event] Working Women in Manga   org

 

Loosely categorised as oshigoto manga (manga about the workplace), depictions of working life are increasingly rising in popularity among the graphic story genres. Division Chief Kosaku Shima was one of the titles that helped the trend get off the ground, though its story primarily revolves around the office work and private life of a male protagonist. However, as the opportunities for Japanese women in workplaces have continued rapidly growing and their choice of work has become more diverse, the percentage of published oshigoto manga featuring female lead characters has become more prominent, with some titles inspiring TV dramas as well as films. Haruka’s Pottery, screened as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2021 is one such example.

In this special online talk event, Prof MASUDA Nozomi from Konan Women’s University will introduce the recent trend and discuss how the image of working women in manga has developed, with particular focus on manga published for a female readership. Referring to some notable examples such as Nigeruwa haji daga yakunitatsu (The Full-Time Wife Escapist), she will also explore how manga authors reflect the existing issues Japanese women are facing in the workplace, in line with the passage of time and changes within the dynamics of the society, as well as what these women really wish for in their lives.

Following Prof MASUDA’s presentation, there will be a brief conversation with Dr Peter Matanle, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, School of East Asian Studies, the University of Sheffield.

 

 

About the speakers

Prof MASUDA Nozomi is a Professor at the Department of Creative Media Studies, Faculty of Letters, Konan Women's University, specializing in media studies and manga studies. Her main research fields are media for girls, including girls' magazines and shojo manga. She has published a number of papers including the co-authored Manga Studies (2020, Jimbunshoin).

Dr Peter Matanle is a Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, School of East Asian Studies, the University of Sheffield. Peter specialises in the social and cultural geography of East Asian development and has published widely, with books, chapters, and articles in leading scholarly journals. His research includes articles on representations of men and women in the workplace in Japanese popular culture, in both Organization and Gender, Work & Organization. Access to his research publications can be found on his Google Scholar profile.

 

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 3 November 2021 from 12.30pm

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[Online Talk] Kinema Junpo and Film Criticism in Japan In Conversation with Yuko Sekiguchi   org

 

In this special free online event, Yuko Sekiguchi, former Editor-in-chief of Kinema Junpo and Variety Japan, will be in conversation with James Bell, former Features Editor at Sight & Sound and newly appointed Senior Curator of Fiction Film in the BFI National Archive, to discuss the historical and contemporary landscape of film criticism in Japan.

Looking at Japanese film criticism through the perspective of Kinema Junpo, Japan's oldest film magazine, which began publication in 1919, Ms Sekiguchi will consider the role of film criticism in Japan, introduce the most prominent film critics and examine the history of the magazine in relation to the changes within Japanese film culture across the decades. The speakers will discuss Kinema Junpo's annual list of best films to investigate what films and filmmakers have been championed by the magazine across the years, and how Kinema Junpo's lists compare to the annual best lists published by Sight & Sound. Ms Sekiguchi will also explore the recent trends and debates in contemporary Japanese film criticism as well as the intersection with the wider film industry and film festivals in Japan.

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Yuko Sekiguchi is a writer, editor and journalist. She has been the Editor-in-chief of Kinema Junpo as well as Variety Japan, the Japanese edition of American entertainment magazine Variety. She is currently serving on the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Intellectual Property Strategy Department's Contents Licensing Council, the Agency for Cultural Affairs Subsidy Council, the Commission on Film Promotion of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the council on corporate patronage of the arts, the international film festival review committee, and as a screening juror for the Japan Arts Council film festival section of the Agency for Cultural Affairs Geijutsu Sensho.

James Bell is Senior Curator of Fiction Film in the BFI National Archive. Formerly, he was Features Editor at Sight & Sound magazine, and Special Projects Editor at the BFI. In addition to his work in the archive and at Sight & Sound, he has been series editor of the BFI Compendium book titles, and regular programmer of the biannual BFI Southbank Deep Focus seasons.

This event is a part of Perspectives from Japan: An Online Events Series. The series, presented by Japan Foundation and BFI Southbank, spotlights the other side of Japanese films.

If you would like to attend this free online event, please register below by Thursday 4 November 13:00. A link to access the Zoom webinar will be sent to you closer to the event date.

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

Deadline for the registration is Thursday, 4 November at 13:00.

 


Date: 5 November 2021 from 1.00pm

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セカンダリー日本語教師のためのワークショップ - Online Workshop for Secondary School Teachers: How do we equip our students with 21st century skills   org

Calling all secondary school teachers of Japanese! We will be holding an online workshop led by two of the authors of a popular textbook series for secondary pupils.

This workshop introduces the pedagogical benefits of using 'iiTomo' series (2nd edition) (https://www.pearson.com.au/educator/secondary/browse-resources-online/resources-for-languages/japanese/iitomo/) which aims to equip students with 21st century skills in a variety of ways. Participants will experience intercultural language learning through the eyes of students and teachers. The workshop includes group work to share ideas of assessment tasks and new online tools for formative assessment.

- Date: 26th June 2021 (Saturday), 9:00-11:00 (BST)

- Location: Online seminar using Zoom software

- To apply, please click here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/3PPPWL/

- Participation fee: Free (Registration in advance is required.)

- Registration deadline: 10th June

- Languages used: Japanese/English

- Speaker: Ms Yoko Nishimura-Parke and Ms Yoshie Burrows

- Target audience: Secondary school teachers of Japanese (Private tutors are also welcome).

- Maximum number of participants: 50

In case that we receive more applications than we have spaces, we will prioritise applicants who are currently teaching GCSE Japanese in the United Kingdom and we might close the applications earlier than the deadline if capacity is reached.

- Planned schedule: Following the workshop, there will be an optional social gathering from 10:30.

Speakers’ Profiles:

Ms Yoko Nishimura-Parke

As a senior education officer at the NSW Department of Education, Australia, Yoko Nishimura-Parke developed numerous language learning resources for language education during the period 1998-2015. Yoko also co-authored the Japanese language textbook series Mirai (1995‐2006) and iiTomo (2008‐2019), published by Pearson Education Australia. Yoko is actively involved in creating language learning resources to foster ethical and intercultural understanding and cultivate global views focusing on sustainability.   

Ms Yoshie Burrows

Yoshie Burrows, lead author of the iiTomo series, has been actively involved in Japanese education in Victoria for more than twenty-five years. This includes a long career at Loreto College as a Year 7-12 teacher and language department coordinator. Since 2015, she has been the Languages Professional Learning Community Leader for the Catholic Education Office at Ballarat Diocese. She has written VCE teaching materials including the Leading Edge VCE Japanese textbook, as well as practice exams for the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education.


Date: 26 June 2021 from 9.00am - 11.00am

Online event.

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Film Festivals on Japan in the UK - The Road to Pressing the Play Button   org

 

Date: Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 12:30pm (BST)

Online Event hosted on Zoom

 

Recently audiences in the UK enjoy more chances to watch Japanese films, and thanks to the sophisticated and rapidly spreading streaming systems as well as the availability of conventional discs such as DVD and Blu-ray, the access to Japanese cinema may appear to be even easier; ultimately you can watch it without leaving your house. The sense of “accessibility” and “easiness” of cinema, however, does not mean it is easy to organise film festivals, and certainly, unlike a home movie system, it is not just simply a matter of pressing the play button.

 

As The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022, which scheduled 178 screenings, comes to end, for this roundtable discussion, the Japan Foundation have invited film festival directors from the UK whose festivals have a Japan-focus to varying degrees. All of the festivals were founded without solid institutional backup but developed faster to join in an established film festival circle. Reflecting the current ever-changing circumstances in film industries, together they discuss the reasons for their founding, their operation, as well as issues remaining in organising Japanese film festivals in the UK.

 

 

Moderator

 

Junko Takekawa — Senior Arts Programme Officer, The Japan Foundation (also Programmer and Producer for The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme)

 

Panellists

 

Sonali Joshi — Curator & Founder of Day for Night

Day for Night exists as a space to champion diversity and underrepresented areas of cinema, with a particular focus on Asia, and to enable greater access to moving image culture through curatorial projects, specialist distribution and screen translation.

 

Eiko Meredith — Director of Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival was created by organizer Ms Eiko Meredith. Launched in November 2010 at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, UK, the festival screens the best in Japanese animation and culture to a wide audience.

 

Joshua Smith — Director of Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival

JAEFF is both a celebration of, and contextual engagement with, Japanese avant-garde and experimental cinema.

 

Yi Wang — Director of Queer East Film Festival

Queer East is an LGBTQ+ festival that showcases queer cinema from East and Southeast Asia and seeks to amplify the voices of Asian communities in the UK.

 

This online event is free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential. To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 29 March 2022 from 12.30pm
Venue:

Online Event hosted on Zoom


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[Online Talk] Women's Voices and Women's Verses   org

 

In the very long history of Japanese literature, poetry is arguably one of the first recognized literary forms. The notable Manyosho, a collection of Japanese short poems produced in the 8th century, evokes the gaze and thoughts of people from all walks of life and, until this day, still sets a standard for Japanese poetry. Contrary to the common perception that the world of literature is dominated by male voices, Japanese society did not always exclude women’s perspectives when it came to the arts and, indeed, there was a time where constructing and reading poetry was a significant tool of communication regardless of the gender. However, has the trend evolved with the times and have women remained in a prominent position within this literary sphere?

In this first session of the ‘Finding Japanese Poetry’ series, the Japan Foundation invites poets and translators, YOTSUMOTO Yasuhiro and MORIYAMA Megumi (who has recently released her work, Nakazora), to trace the role of female poets from ancient to contemporary Japan, discussing their creativity, the gaze of women, and the impact their verses made upon Japan and its literary society. The talk will be led by Michele Hutchison, an award-winning translator.

 

About the speakers

(Moderator) Michele Hutchison is a British translator, writer and editor based in Amsterdam. Her translation of Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's The Discomfort of Evening was awarded the 2020 International Booker Prize and her translation of Sander Kollaard's Stage Four won the 2020 Vondel Translation Prize. Recent poetry translations include Man Animal Thing by Alfred Schaffer (Eyewear Publishing) and Putting On My Species by Sasja Janssen (Shearsman Books). She is also co-author of The Happiest Kids in the World and is currently working on a new non-fiction book.

MORIYAMA Megumi was born in Tokyo. She is a poet, English haiku poet, and translator. She is the author of four full-length books of poetry, including Tangible Dreams (Yume no tezawari, 2005), which was composed for a choir piece and published. MORIYAMA had been selected as a New Poet by a major poetry periodical and her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She has recently co-translated the full text of Arthur Waley’s The Tale of Genji and has won the 2020 Donald Keene Special Award. Her latest work is the translation of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves.

YOTSUMOTO Yasuhiro, poet and translator, born in 1959. So far he has published 13 books of poetry, two novels, and a couple of literary criticisms. Yasuhiro also published a few poetry translations including Stay home on Earth! , an anthology of COVID-19 related poems from around the world; The Poetic Works Homo Sapiens, an anthology of contemporary poetry from 32 poets in 22 countries; and Kid by Simon Armitage. His latest book is The Selected Poems of Shinkawa Kazue (Vagabond Press, Sidney), co-translated with Takako Lento.

 

The Japan Foundation ‘Finding Japanese Poetry Series’

 

 

This online event is free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential. To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 13 July 2021 from 1.00pm

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Celebrating:

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[Online Talk] A Portrait Of A Noh Theatre - Yarai Nogakudo: An Online Talk by Yoshimasa KANZE   org

 

Nogakudo, or Noh theatre, is the place where Noh and Kyogen plays are performed and, as in an ordinary theatre, it has a stage, backstage and auditorium. Before the end of the Edo era (19th century), the Noh stage was usually set up outdoors but with the modernisation of society, many house-style Noh theatres have been built all over Japan. One of the oldest and most prominent theatres in Tokyo is the ‘Yarai Noh Theater’ (Yarai Nogakudo) which was originally built in Yarai-cho, Shinjuku-ku, in 1930 and reconstructed in 1952.

In this online talk, in the lead up to the 70th anniversary of the reconstruction, KANZE Yoshimasa – the latest generation of the KANZE family that owns the Noh theatre – looks back at the historical transition of this cultural property, explaining some features of the theatre life that may not be written down in books. In addition, KANZE Yoshimasa, who authored two books on Noh costume, will showcase a few props and examples of attire which have been associated with the Yarai Noh Theatre, reflecting on the roles and programmes in which they are used.

The talk will be followed by a brief discussion with Dr Alan Cummings, translator and senior lecturer at SOAS, University of London.

This event will provide a very rare opportunity to get to know the life of one of the oldest Noh theatres and to take a close virtual look at the stage under the guidance of one of Japan’s distinctive Noh performers.

 

About the speakers

KANZE Yoshimasa is a shite-kata (performer of the protagonist role) Noh artist of the Kanze school who has embarked on a variety activities aimed at countering Noh’s reputation for being difficult to understand and approach for contemporary audiences. These activities include forming the Kamiasobi (gods play) Noh performance group with artists of his own generation with the purpose of developing a younger audience and starting the Utai (Noh recitation) and Shimai (dance) group lesson program for amateurs at the Yarai Noh Theater where he was born and raised, again with the aim of nurturing new fans of the art of Noh. In this interview Yoshimasa Kanze speaks about his search for ways to keep Noh a living art in the 21st century.

Dr Alan Cummings is a translator and senior lecturer in Japanese Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, SOAS, University of London. His academic research is in early modern Japanese literature and theatre, especially kabuki. Amongst his publications are a volume of translations of haiku and senryu, Haiku: Love (British Museum Press, 2013), and several translations in the Kabuki Plays on Stage series (University of Hawai'i Press).

 

This event is curated with Mu: Arts.

Image credit: Shinji Aoki

 

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 16 November 2021 from 12.00pm

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Young Minds in Japan - Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots   org

 

Date: Friday, 25 March 2022, 12:30pm (GMT)

Online Event hosted on Zoom
Online Talk

Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots, which is presented as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022, is a film that achieves a remarkable depiction of contemporary young people in Japan. The modest and non-descript synopsis and trailer are deceptive, and in watching it, the emotion of each of the characters gradually seeps through like water on paper, touching the heart of the viewers. As its director states in his video introduction, the film was aimed to present the reality that younger generations face in contemporary Japanese society.

 

 

For this special talk, The Japan Foundation has invited Director of the emotionally charged Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots, YOSHINO Ryuhei, as well as TSUMURA Kikuko, the author of the book of the same title from which this film was adapted. They will reflect on the creative process for both moving image as well as literature, while discussing how they see each other’s work.

 

 

Along with Dr Irene González-López, Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London, who specialises in Japanese cinema, the speakers will explore how they see young people in contemporary Japan, and if creative works such as film or literature in general can have some influence on the life of youth as well as the views towards them and beyond.

 

 

This online event is free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential. To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 25 March 2022 from 12.30pm
Venue:

Online Event hosted on Zoom


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Nihongo Cup 2021 Finals Day   org

We are excited to announce that the Finals Day of the Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK will take place online on 10th July 2021 (Saturday).

The UK's talented young students of Japanese language will be competing for some brilliant prizes. Finalists are in all levels of Secondary education - Key stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

Please be aware that this event is closed to the public. Spectators will be limited to finaliasts, their families and their teachers, as well as Nihongo Cup organisers, sponsors and so on.

You can download the programme for Finals Day by clicking on the attachment to this article.


Date: 10 July 2021 from 12.30pm - 3.40pm
Venue:

Online.

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[Online Talk] Japanese Film Posters: An Illustrated Talk by Hidenori Okada   org

 

We are delighted to welcome Hidenori Okada from the National Film Archive of Japan for a richly illustrated talk about the history of Japanese film posters in this special free online event. While sharing the treasures from the Archive's posters collection, Mr Okada will discuss the development of Japanese film posters by eras, investigate the differences between posters for popular movies and arthouse films, explore poster designs for some of the most well-known Japanese films, and introduce the most famous poster designers working in Japan across the decades. Following the talk, Mr Okada will be in conversation with the BFI National Archive's Espen Bale and will also answer audience questions.

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Hidenori Okada is the Curator of Film at the National Film Archive of Japan, and has curated exhibitions on film culture since 2007. He is also a film writer and historian, whose publications include 'The Thing called Cinema' (2016), 'Not That Way, But This: The World of Filmmaker Hisao Yanagisawa' (Co-editor, 2018) and 'Chris Marker, Cinéaste Nomade et Engagé' (Co-author, 2014), in addition to being a contributor to numerous academic papers.

Espen Bale of the BFI National Archive is also an independent writer and researcher specialising in Japanese experimental film and music. He holds a Master's degree in Japanese Studies from SOAS, majoring in post-war Japanese Cinema and the Avant-garde. Since then he has written on the short films of Toshio Matsumoto as well as the lives of Kon Ichikawa and Kazuo Hasegawa, the film 'Funeral Parade of Roses', and Akio Jissoji's film 'Poem' for the BFI and Arrow Films.

This event is a part of Perspectives from Japan: An Online Events Series. The series, presented by Japan Foundation and BFI Southbank, spotlights the other side of Japanese films.

If you would like to attend this free online event, please register below by Thursday 18 November 13:00. A link to access the Zoom webinar will be sent to you closer to the event date.

 

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

お申し込み

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

Deadline for the registration is Thursday, 18 November at 13:00.

 

 

Image credit:
Double Suicide 心中天網島
1969
Directed by Masahiro Shinoda 篠田正浩
Poster designed by Kiyoshi Awazu 粟津潔
Collection of National Film Archive of Japan / Courtesy of Hyogensha Inc.


Date: 19 November 2021 from 1.00pm

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The 17th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第17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

Why not join us for the online Finals Day of the 17th 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.

 

** Finals Day Programme, Speech Category Summary and Individual and Group Presentation Caegory Abstracts are now available to download! ** 

This event is FREE to attend, but prior registration is required. This event will be held online using Zoom software. Once you have registered, you will be sent information on how to join the Zoom event, including the Zoom ID and password.

To register to attend, please click here / ご登録はこちら

 

(The deadline to register is Tuesday 1st March 2022)

Registation is now closed.

 

The Seventeenth 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 the event Programme here!

Download Speech Category Summaries

Download Individual and Groups Presentation Category Abstracts

 


Date: 5 March 2022 from 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Venue:

Online (Zoom Software)

Download 17th Speech Contest Finals Day Poster
Download 17th Speech Contest Finals Day Programme
Download Speech Category Summaries
Download Individual and Groups Presentation Category Abstracts

The 17th Japanese Speech Contest is generously supported by:

The British Association of Japanese Studies, Central Japan Railway Company, Clearspring, Connect Job, Eikoku News Digest Limited, Globe Trotter. The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Airlines, Japan Centre, JP Books, Nikkei Europe Limited, Ningyocho IMAHAN, Regions, Ricoh UK Limited, SUQQU Cosmetics, athletia, WASO and ZOOM Japan.

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Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival: Bodies (In partnership with the Japan Foundation)   org

 

JAEFF is Back in September!

 

The Japan Foundation is proud to be a partner for this year's Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival

 

JAEFF 2021: Bodies explores how we interact with other beings, spaces around us, and how expressions of the unutterable become vital means of communication and connection.

This third edition of the Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival, organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation London, considers the body and sensation, and features work from directors Kon Ichikawa, Toshio Matsumoto, Susumu Hani, Chiaki Nagano, Takahiko Iimura, Tatsumi Kumashiro, Shuji Terayama, among others.

Inspired by the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the lockdown, and a loss of "truth," JAEFF 2021: Bodies presents a line-up of features and shorts that examine the body triumphant, and the body in crisis – through dance, performance, sport, exercise, and more.

 

Programme line-up:

 

 

 

Nanami: The Inferno of First Love + A.I. Mama


Thursday, 16 September from 18:00 (BST)

Barbican Cinema

 

Portrait of Mr O + Anma + Rose Color Dance + In Passing

 


Friday, 17 September from 18:00 (BST)

 

Barbican Cinema and on-demand

 

 

 

 

Mr O’s Book of the Dead + Navel and A-Bomb + Dual Enframe


Saturday, 18 September from 15:00 (BST)

Barbican Cinema and on-demand

 

 

Boxer + Transparent, the world is.


Saturday, 18 September from 17:50 (BST)

Barbican Cinema and on-demand

 

 

Lovers are Wet


Saturday, 18 September from 20:30 (BST)

Barbican Cinema

 

 

Panel Discussion: Japan’s Cinematic Body


Sunday, 19 September from 11:00 (BST)

Barbican Cinema

 

 

Nippon Express Carries the Olympics to Tokyo + Record of a Marathon Runner + Tokyo Story


Sunday, 19 September from 13:20 (BST)

Barbican Cinema and on-demand

 

 

Tokyo Olympiad


Sunday, 19 September from 16:00 (BST)

Barbican Cinema and on-demand

 


Date: 16 September 2021 - 30 September 2021
Venue:

16 – 19 September 2021 at the Barbican;
20 – 30 September 2021 (online)


For more information, please click here.

Organised by JAEFF:

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Postgraduate Workshop 2022   org

We are delighted to announce that the 2022 Japan Foundation and British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) Postgraduate Workshop will be held at University of East Anglia. This will be an in person event!

This annual workshop aims to assist the development of the next generation of Japanese Studies researchers and to provide networking opportunities to strengthen Japanese Studies in the UK.

The workshop provides opportunity for participants to present their current research projects and receive feedback from peers and senior colleagues. This year’s key note theme is ‘The Bigger Picture – Funding and Beyond’. The afternoon will be dedicated to learning about larger-scale funding applications, projects and interdisciplinary collaborations. 

In addition, there will also be an opportunity to hear presentations from various organisations regarding funding for current and future research, both in the UK and Japan.

 

Travel Bursaries:

For all participants, a travel bursary of up to £70 is available after students have covered the first £20.

A hotel bursary of £50 is also available.

Eligibility: This workshop is open to postgraduate students in Japanese Studies and those undertaking Japan related research in any discipline within humanities and social sciences.

Priority registration will be giving to Ph.D. candidates From Tuesday 18th January 2022 registration will be extended to Master’s students who are thinking about doing a Ph.D.

 

The deadline for all workshop registrations is Tuesday 25th January 2022.

 

*The Japan Foundation is offering partial travel grants to student participants. Please get in touch for more details.*

 

Booking: Please fill in the form at this link to book your place!


Date: 25 February 2022
Venue:

University of East Anglia

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The Lone Ume Tree - Capturing Living with Disabilities and Care in Society   org

 

Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2022, 12:30pm (GMT)

Online Event hosted on Zoom

Talk Event

 

The Lone Ume Tree, a feature film included in the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022, is one of the most popular choices by both audiences as well as the screening venues. The 77-minute-long film bravely depicts the life of a grown-up man with autism in Japan and his aged mother who has been his prime carer since his birth. Beyond the potentially deceptive tones, ‘heart-warming’ and ‘comical’, this film poses very urgent and significant questions that current Japanese society and families with disabled members face in the 21st century.

According to the programme notes for this film, written by an expert on autism in Japan*, the situation for autistic people and those with other developmental disabilities in Japan has been improving over the last fifteen years, but remains imperfect. Does The Lone Ume Tree accurately render the reality of those with intellectual disabilities and their families, or is it just a sensational and sentimental drama?

As part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022, WAJIMA Kotaro, the film maker behind The Lone Ume Tree has been invited to explain the motivation behind this film and what he wanted to achieve, daring to touch upon rather sensitive and difficult subject matter.

In conversation with James Moore, columnist for the Independent, who has a family member with autism, they will explore – comparing both Japan and UK – if people with disabilities can be truly integrated with the rest, and indeed if there is anything more film makers such as WAJIMA can help do to improve society through their work.

 

*Based on the programme notes written by Professor SENJU Atsushi, Director of Research Centre for Child Mental Development, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine

 

This online event is free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential. To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.


Date: 23 March 2022 from 12.30pm
Venue:

Online Event hosted on Zoom


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Ninja: Their Philosophies and Duties - A Talk by Professor Yuji Yamada   org

 

Telework Ninja – it’s the new term invented in response to the Covid 19 pandemic in Japan. The ‘ninja’ terminology is used here to, rather sarcastically, refer to those who have vanished from the working scene as the work from home system was introduced, but keep up the pretence of carrying out their job. This negative use of the term ‘ninja’ would likely not have been appreciated by those whose profession traditionally focused on the principle of keeping out of sight.

So, what were the true ninja’s secretive endeavours, roles and duties? What philosophy and mindset did they embrace in working as a ninja?

Based on his new research, leading expert in the field of ninja, Prof Yuji Yamada from Mie University in Japan, will explain the historical work done by real ninja while examining if any of their spirit and skills can be transferred to us in the modern age.

About Prof. Yuji Yamada

Prof. Yuji Yamada is a specialist in medieval Japanese cultural history and serves on the Faculty of Humanities, Law and Economics at Mie University, Japan. He earned his Ph.D. in history from Tsukuba University. His research focuses on the history of ‘vengeful spirits’, strange phenomena, Ise shrine, and ninja studies. His most recent publications include The Spirit of Ninja (2019).


Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom. 


Date: 16 June 2020 from 12.00am

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Rakugo and Kobanashi – Demonstration, Talk, Performance Event   org

A rakugo event is happening! This event includes performances by two rakugo masters: Medal of Honour with Purple Ribbon receiver Yanagiya Sankyō, and Ryūtei Saryū, Yanagiya Sankyō’s apprentice and a master. There will be a lecture on rakugo traveling across cultures, an introduction to Japanese language education through kobanashi, and a kobanashi presentation by Japanese language learners. We hope you will enjoy rakugo and kobanashi during these two precious days!

Why not download our event flyers

Event Details

  • Schedule (planned):

25th September (Saturday)

15:00 to 17:40 (BST)

Rakugo Explanation (English)

Professor Kazumi Hatasa (Purdue University)

Lecture: "Can rakugo be funny for any audience?" (tentative title) (English)

Professor Matilde Mastrangelo (Sapienza University of Rome)

Demonstration Commentary "God of Death" (English)

Professor Kazumi Hatasa (Purdue University)

Rakugo "God of Death" (Japanese with English subtitles)

Yanagiya Sankyō

26th September (Sunday)

Part One: 10:30 to 11:30 (BST)

Dialogue: "The Utilisation of Kobanashi in Japanese Language Education and its Practice" (Japanese)

Professor Kazumi Hatasa (Purdue University)

Marco Di Francesco (DPhil Candidate, University of Oxford)

Part Two: 11:40 to 13:05

Kobanashi Performance Event (Japanese with English subtitles)

Japanese Language Students

Demonstration Commentary "Kanjou Box" (English)

Professor Kazumi Hatasa (Purdue University)

Rakugo "Kanjou Box" (English)

Ryūtei Saryū

Rakugo Question Corner (Japanese with English translation)

Yanagiya Sankyō     Ryūtei Saryū

 

Speakers and Performers

  • Rakugo “God of Death”

Yanagiya Sankyō

Rakugo Performer

Yanagiya Sankyō (stage name) is a Rakugo Master from Tokyo. He has been a Rakugo performer since 1967 and achieved Shin’Uchi Rakugo Storyteller Master status (the highest Rakugo rank) in 1981. Currently, he is the Permanent Director of the Rakugo Association. Yanagiya Sankyō was a recipient of the Japan Foundation Award in 2014, for his work incorporating Rakugo in the field of Japanese language education. In 2017 he was given the Medal of Honour with Purple Ribbon by Japan. He has performed Rakugo all over the world, including in the USA, Europe and Asia.

  • Rakugo “Kanjou Box”

Ryūtei Saryū

Rakugo Performer

Ryūtei Saryū (stage name) is a Rakugo Master from Kashiwa City in Chiba Prefecture. He was an apprentice of Yanagiya Sankyō from 1993 and began performing Rakugo. He was promoted to Shin’Uchi Rakugo Master Storyteller status (the highest Rakugo rank) in 2006.  He has performed Rakugo all over the world, including in Europe. From 2013 he has been working as a part-time lecturer at Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, teaching about Edo culture and Rakugo.

  • Lecture “Can rakugo be funny for any audience?" (Tentative title)

Matilde Mastrangelo

Sapienza University of Rome          

Full Professor of Japanese Language and Literature

Matilde Mastrangelo is full professor of Japanese Language and Literature at the Sapienza University in Rome. After graduating from the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples, she spent five years completing her studies at the University of Tokyo. In 1996 she was awarded a PhD in Far East Asian Civilisation by the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples. Since 2001, when she obtained a Fellowship from the Japan Foundation, she has studied storyteller San'yutei Encho, and especially his ghost stories, translating Botandōrō (The Peony Lantern) into Italian.

  • Dialogue “The Utilisation of Kobanashi in Japanese Education and its Practice”

Kazumi Hatasa

Purdue University           

Professor at the School of Languages and Culture

Kazumi Hatasa received his Ph.D. in Education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. He started teaching at Purdue University in 1988, and is currently a professor in School of Languages and Cultures. He was Director of the School of Japanese at Middlebury College from 2004 to 2018. He has received the Foreign Minister’s Commendation in 2020. He has been working with professional performers to introduce students to Rakugo and Yose and to incorporate Rakugo and Kobanashi into Japanese Language education.

Marco Di Francesco

University of Oxford        

DPhil Candidate, Area Studies (Japan)

Marco di Francesco is currently studying for a DPhil at the University of Oxford in the School of Global and Area Studies, focusing on Japan. As part of his degree in Japanese Language and Culture at the University of Venice, he studied abroad at Waseda University and joined the university’s Rakugo research circle, where he discovered his interest in Rakugo. He is currently living in Tokyo for one year from December 2020 for fieldwork, exploring the state of contemporary Rakugo from a social anthropological perspective. 

  • Rakugo Explanation and Demonstration Commentary

Kazumi Hatasa

Purdue University          

Professor at the School of Languages and Culture

  • Kobanashi Performance Event

Japanese Language Students

Performers: Students of Japanese from Around the World 

With: The Organising Team of the International Kobanashi FestivalKKGH

Global students are challenging themselves with kobanashi!

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  • “What is Rakugo?”

The traditional art of one-man story-telling in Japan. A single figure sits in the traditional seiza style on stage and ensnares his audience only using a fan (Sensu), a cloth (Tenugui) and his own voice. Although many Rakugo stories are comedic, there are many types of dramatic stories.

  • “What is Kobanashi?”

A short, witty story. They are often told just before the main rakugo performance. Both beginners and advanced learners can enjoy learning Japanese while experiencing Japanese culture through the practice and presentation of short kobanashi.


Date: 25 September 2021 - 26 September 2021
Venue:

Online event.

Download Rakugo and Kobanashi Flyer (Japanese)
Download Rakugo and Kobanashi Flyer (English)

This event is organized with the cooperation of: The Organising Team of the International Kobanashi FestivalKKGH

Contact: event.japanese@jpf.org.uk

 

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BFI JAPAN: 100 YEARS OF JAPANESE CINEMA (Part 1)   org

 

We are proud to partner with the British Film Institute’s most anticipated and ambitious

Japan season. The first of two parts at BFI Southbank focus on the Golden Age of the studio system which includes KUROSAWA’s Throne of Blood and Yojimbo. Some of the screenings are already sold out. Enjoy the selection of Japanese masterpieces on the big screen!

Special online talk event will be announced soon.


Date: 18 October 2021 - 31 December 2021

For more information, please click here.
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The Fourth Online Get-Together   org

Calling all secondary school teachers of Japanese! We will be holding a fourth 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 exams, and more.

As well as group discussion sessions, Ms Anne Rajakumar will be giving a talk on the theme of: “How to make your lesson effective - Integrating the use of online resources into your teaching (Flipped Learning) -".

About the speaker

Anne Rajakumar has been teaching Japanese for over thirty years, in both Australia and the UK. She is the author of the successful Australian primary-level workbooks, Yonde Kaite, and has a website and Youtube channel which hosts a wealth of material to support the GCSE and International Baccalaureate Japanese programmes. Until giving up classroom teaching last year, Anne was the Head of Japanese at Hockerill Anglo-European College and since then she has focussed on teaching online. For the past seven years making online resources to support 'Flipped Learning' in the classroom has been a major focus of her work, and she has integrated the use of online resources into her teaching (Flipped Learning) to great effect. 

Date:

-          5th February 2022 (Saturday), 10:00-11:30 (BST) (main event), 11:30-12:00 (optional post-event discussion session)  

Schedule:

-          First half: Presentation by Ms Anne Rajakumar

-          Second half: Group discussion

To apply, please click here:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/QQ70RN/

 

Participation fee: Free (Registration in advance is required.)

Registration Deadline: 25th January 2022

Languages used: English will be used in the main presentation, but some parts of the event will be in Japanese.

 

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: 5 February 2022 from 10.00am - 12.00pm
Venue:

Online Event

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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022   org

 

What Lies Beneath

The Intricate Representations of a ‘Dark Mind’ in Japanese Cinema

4 February to 31 March 2022

 

The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for its 19th edition with an exciting showcase of Japanese films, most of which have only recently been released in Japan, and all of which intricately render their respective dark depths of the human mind.

So, what constitutes an unfathomable ‘dark mind’ lurking beneath the surface in modern age Japan? Would the definition of it now be more diverse when the society we are living in is more complicated than before? Does such a psychological state add to an interesting cinematic story?

From recently released contemporary works, to anime and rare classics, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 aims to answer these questions and demonstrate how films, seemingly different in tone and style, have the same facet running through them and that all ultimately deal in human darkness. From crime films to charming dramas, presenting an assortment of stories about people from different walks of life, this programme will showcase the cinematic voices and skills of both experienced and emerging filmmakers and aims to cater to the varied tastes of the UK audiences.


Date: 4 February 2022 - 31 March 2022

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Kobanashi Workshop for Educators – Sharing Teaching Practices and Learning   org

Since last year, the Japan Foundation has been continuing work concerning Japanese language education that utilizes Kobanashi. 

In this workshop, participants can view concrete examples of how Kobanashi is used in teaching, drawing on the actual practice of educators in a variety of locations.

They can explore the discovery of practice as well as any issues encountered, and also make plans for new methods of practice. In this way we hope to create an enjoyable workshop with collaborative learning.

We welcome both participants who already use Kobanashi in practice, as well as Japanese language educators who wish to use Kobanashi in their lessons in the future.

  • Workshop Format: Online (Zoom software
  • Dates:  16th July 2021 (Fri)
  • Time: 10:00 - 12:30 (BST
  • Number of Participants: Approx. 20
  • Instructor: Dr. Kazumi Hatasa (Purdue University, United States of America; Chair, Dept. of East Asian Language and Cultures, SLC, Asian Studies Faculty).
  • Guidelines for Prospective Participants: PDF Sign-Up Guidelines (This can be downloaded as the attachment file below).

The application form link is included in the Sign-Up Guidelines PDF. We would like to ask prospective participants to read the guidelines carefully and then fill out the application form.

  • Sign-up Deadline: 28th June (Monday), 17:00 (BST)

 


Date: 16 July 2021 from 10.00am - 12.00pm
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The 17th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 17th 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! Finals Day will be held online, on Saturday 5th March 2022.

 

:: 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:  For those studying a Japanese course aiming for the equivalent of JF standard C1 or C2 at a university the UK or Ireland including as an elective, optional or other university-based language course. Five finalists will be selected.

Application Deadline: 8th November 2021 (15:00 GMT)

2. Individual Presentation Category: For those studying a Japanese course aiming for the equivalent of JF standard B1 or B2. Participants will give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese. The aim of the presentation is to introduce a particular theme to the audience, for example a region, event, custom, etc. from the UK or another country outside Japan. Five finalists will be selected.

Application Deadline: 6th December 2021 (15:00 GMT)

3. Group Presentation Category: For those studying a Japanese course aiming for the equivalent of JF standard A1 or A2. Participants will take part in groups of two to four students and give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese. The aim of the presentation is to introduce a particular theme to the audience, for example a region, event, custom, etc. from the UK or another country outside Japan. Five groups which are selected to present during the finals day will be given a special award.

Application Deadline: 13th December 2021 (15:00 GMT)

 

*Details of JF Standard can be found here: https://jfstandard.jp/pdf/jfs2015_pamphlet_eng.pdf

Videos from the 16th Contest Finals Day can be viewed here

 

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


Date: 28 September 2021 - 13 December 2021
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[Online Talk] Drawing Movements - Creator Talk with Atsushi WADA and Sarina NIHEI   org

 

In collaboration with this year’s London International Animation Festival, two Japanese animation creators, Atsushi WADA and Sarina NIHEI, whose works will be shown as part of the festival, will come and talk about their creative processes as well as the ideas and inspirations behind their productions. As award-winning artists, both WADA and NIHEI have been recognised internationally for their work. During this talk, you will be able to hear directly from these talented creators as to how they have continued to flutter their wings of imagination and crystalise it into the fascinating motion pictures.

 

The talk will be moderated by Alex Dudok de Wit.

 

 

 

 

 

About the speakers

(Moderator) Alex Dudok de Wit is a journalist who writes chiefly about the art and business of animation. He is the Deputy Editor at Cartoon Brew, the most widely read animation news site, and an animation correspondent for Sight & Sound, the magazine of the British Film Institute. His writing has also appeared on the BBC and in Vulture, Little White Lies, The Telegraph, The i, The Independent, Time Out, and Index on Censorship. His first book, Grave of the Fireflies (BFI Film Classics), was published by Bloomsbury on May 6.

 

Sarina NIHEI is a freelance animation director from Japan. Being obsessed with Estonian animation, she decided to pursue a career in the field. She is a graduate of London's Royal College of Art. Her graduation film from the RCA, Small People with Hats, won prizes at festivals around the world including the Grand Prize at the 2015 Ottawa International Animation Festival, HAFF, and Best post-graduate film at the British Animation Awards 2016. More recently, her work has gathered the Special Distinction Prize at BIAF 2020 South Korea and Best International Short Film at Bit Bang Fest 2020 Argentina, among many others. Specialising in hand-drawn animation, she loves to make surreal stories.

 

Atsushi WADA graduated from the Osaka Kyoiku University, Image Forum Institute of Moving Image and Tokyo University of the Arts. He likes to portray comfortable movements and is always thinking about the Japanese traditional concept of ‘Ma’, the tension produced between movements. In a Pig's Eye (2010) won the Best of the Festival at London International Animation Festival, and the Best Film at Fantoche International Animation Film Festival. The Mechanism of Spring (2010) premiered at the Venice Film Festival and The Great Rabbit (2012) won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. His solo exhibition My Marsh was held in Yokohama Museum of Art in 2017 and in Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in 2018. A new game animated by WADA, My Exercise, was released in 2020 and a new short film Bird in the Peninsula is in production.

 

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 4 December 2021 from 1.00pm

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[Online Talk] Rendering Culture & Conveying Nuance: How Translators Read Japanese Poetry   org

 

Translating literature into a different language requires not only high linguistic skills but also a fair understanding of the culture and society depicted in the original version. Distilling authors’ intended messages and meaning, translators navigate subtle nuance, aided by reading between the lines if necessary. However, is the medium of poetry comparable? Condensing wording, meaning, and nuance to fit the desired meter and style, writing poetry is, technically, very different from writing novels. Therefore, should those who accept the challenge of translating poetry be equipped with special skills disparate from those that are required for translating novels?

 

For the second day of the miniseries ‘Finding Japanese Poetry’, the Japan Foundation has invited three experienced poetry translators, YOTSUMOTO Yasuhiro, LENTO Takako, and Dr Janine Beichman, to introduce and explore their individual approaches to Japanese poetry and consider issues in reading and translating this sophisticated but demanding literary form, in an informal roundtable discussion. This will be led by Dr Alan Cummings, Senior Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, who is also a translator of the shortest type of Japanese poem, the haiku.

 

 

About the panellists

 

(Moderator)

Dr Alan Cumming is a translator and senior lecturer in Japanese Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, SOAS, University of London. His academic research is in early modern Japanese literature and theatre, especially kabuki. Amongst his publications are a volume of translations of haiku and senryu, Haiku: Love (British Museum Press, 2013), and several translations in the Kabuki Plays on Stage series (University of Hawai'i Press).

 

 

Dr Janine Beichman, professor emerita of Daito Bunka University in Japan, has published biographies and translations of the poets Masaoka Shiki and Yosano Akiko, and translated Ōoka Makoto's anthology of classical and modern poems by Japanese poets. Her most recent publication is the translation of Ozawa Minoru’s Well-Versed: Exploring Modern Japanese Haiku. She has received grants from the NEH, the NEA, and America PEN for her research and translations of Yosano Akiko. Beneath the Sleepless Tossing of the Planets, her translations of Ōoka Makoto’s poetry, received the 2019-2020 Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature.

 

LENTO Takako was born and educated in Japan. LENTO is an award-winning translator of poetry from Japanese to English and vice versa. Her books include translations of Yosa Buson, Tamura Ryuichi, Tanikawa Shuntaro, Yoshimasu Gozo, Kaneko Mitsuharu, Nagase Kiyoko, and Shinkawa Kazue. She frequently contributes essays and translations to publications in the U.S. and Japan. Ms. Lento holds an MA in literature from Kyushu University and an MFA in poetry and translation from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in the U.S.

 

YOTSUMOTO Yasuhiro was born in 1959. So far he has published 13 books of poetry, two novels, and a couple of literary criticisms. Yasuhiro also published a few poetry translations including Stay home on Earth! , an anthology of COVID-19 related poems from around the world; The Poetic Works Homo Sapiens, an anthology of contemporary poetry from 32 poets in 22 countries; and Kid by Simon Armitage. His latest book is The Selected Poems of Shinkawa Kazue (Vagabond Press, Sidney), co-translated with Takako Lento.

 

The Japan Foundation ‘Finding Japanese Poetry Series’

 

 

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 

Image credit: Photo used in top image by Elisa Calvet B. on Unsplash

Date: 14 July 2021 from 1.00pm

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[Online Talk] Tokyo x Contemporary Art: 3 Views of the City   org

 

In this special online talk event, acclaimed artists Mohri Yuko, Takano Ryudai and Yamaguchi Akira will introduce their work and talk about Tokyo. Despite using different artistic media, ranging from woodblock printing to photography and installation, their art has similarly been inspired by the metropolis. How is Tokyo shown in their works? How has living in Tokyo impacted their practise? What does Tokyo mean to them? The artists are joined by curator Lena Fritsch, who recently included their works of art in the Ashmolean Museum's exhibition Tokyo: Art & Photography (running until 3 January 2022) which is supported by the Japan Foundation.

The exhibition is a celebration of one of the world’s most creative, dynamic and fascinating cities. Including works on loan from Japan and new commissions by contemporary artists, the show spans the exquisite arts of the Edo period and the iconic woodblock images of Hiroshige to photographic installations.

 

 

About the speakers

(Moderator) Dr Lena Fritsch is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. She has researched Japanese art for over fifteen years with publications including Tokyo: Art & Photography (2021), Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography since 1945 (2018), an English-language version of Moriyama Daido’s Tales of Tono (2012), The Body as a Screen: Japanese Art Photography of the 1990s (2011), and Yasumasa Morimura’s Self-Portrait as Actress (2008). Fritsch holds a PhD in art history from Bonn University, and also studied at Keio University, Tokyo.

 

MOHRI Yuko lives and works in Tokyo. She works on installations that detect invisible and intangible energies such as gravity, magnetic and wind. Her major solo exhibitions include: “SP.” (Ginza Sony Park, Tokyo, Japan, 2020); “Voluta” (Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, 2018); “Assume That There Is Friction and Resistance” (Towada Arts Center, Aomori, Japan, 2018). She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions such as: “34th Bienal de São Paulo” (São Paulo, Brazil, 2021); “Glasgow International 2021” (Glasgow, UK, 2021); “The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art” (Brisbane, Australia, 2018); “14th Biennale de Lyon” (Lyon, France, 2017); “Yokohama Triennale” (Kanagawa, Japan, 2014). She is also the grantee of the Asian Cultural Council for a 6-month residency in New York (2015) and the recipient of the Grand Prix, Nissan Art Award (2015); The 67th Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists (2017). In 2018, Mohri, as East Asian Cultural Exchange Envoy, visited 4 cities in China.

 

TAKANO Ryudai is a photographer born in 1963 in Fukui. He has been engaged in his artistic practice on the theme of sexuality since 1994, in 2005 winning the Kimura Ihei Award for In My Room. Since then he has produced a number of works viewing the “down there” matter of sexual desire in the context of its relationship to the likes of identity and social norms, including How to contact a man, which explores the theme of sexuality in pornographic format; and With me, whose unguarded expressions of sexuality led to trouble with the police. In addition, Takano has produced series that question the notion of a hierarchy of value in visual representation, including the Reclining Woo-Man series of “unmarketable” body images; and Kasubaba, which captures very familiar yet neglected parts of the distinctively Japanese urban landscape. Since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011, Takano has been engaged in various projects on the theme of shadows.

 

YAMAGUCHI Akira (b. 1969, Tokyo) grew up in the Gunma prefecture and graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with a MA in Oil Painting in 1996. His work is characterized by a style of painting which uses the technique of oil painting within the traditional Japanese painting style. Known for painting bird’s-eye views of cities and battlefields, he traverses a variety of methods of expression including sculpture, manga, and installation. He has exhibited many shows both internationally and domestically. He has contributed public artworks in several locations including Narita International Airport and Nihonbashi Station (Tokyo Metro). He has also produced the official art poster for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

 

 

Image credits:

Yamaguchi Akira, New Sights of Tokyo: Tokaido Nihonbashi Revisited, 2012. © Yamaguchi Akira. Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery.

Mohri Yuko, Moré Moré Tokyo fieldwork, since 2009. © Mohri Yuko. Courtesy the artist.

Takano Ryudai, Tokyo Tower (2011.03.11) from Daily Snapshots, 2011. © Takano Ryudai. Courtesy the artist and Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo.


Date: 7 December 2021 from 12.00pm

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Up-Close and Personal: Curators' Treasures   org

 

After nearly 3 months of enduring lockdown, museums and galleries in some parts of the UK are finally being given the go ahead to reopen and welcome visitors. Treasures will once again see the light of the day, inviting the curiosity of their viewers. Despite the great efforts of their curators, it is a common fact that each displayed object comprises only a part of a museum’s entire collection. For Japanese collections, this sometimes means that many fascinating objects may not have their chance to be shown often, however curators look for ways to make them accessible to audiences through store visits, talks, publications and online presentations.

In light of this, and reflecting on current circumstances, the Japan Foundation has invited a number of curators from various museums and art galleries in England to introduce their “favourite Japanese objects” which you may have never come across before, in this on-line seminar. These curators are Janet Boston, Rosie Gnatiuk, Clare Pollard, Kate Newnham, and Rachel Barclay. From antiquity to modern design, they will explain the reasons for their love as well as reveal the story of the objects which you may never have known otherwise.

Further, together with Yoshi Miki, who has done extensive research on Japanese collections in the UK, as moderator, they will discuss the ways in which objects of Japanese culture in museums and galleries, including their favourites, should be made the most of in the scope of the coming “new normal”.

Join us to hear these curators’ passion and to consider together the ways in which we should cherish our treasures.

 

Moderator

Yoshi Miki, Curatorial Consultant, and Visiting Professor, National Museum of Japanese History, Sakura, oversees the UK project “Research and Use of overseas Japanese artefacts and documents", funded by the National Institute for the Humanities since 2011. He co-curated a special exhibition "KIZUNA Japan Wales Design" at the National Museum Wales in 2018. He worked for Museums in the US and Canada for many years before he became Head of Curatorial at Kyushu National Museum in 2002-2006. He lives in San Francisco.

 

Presenters

Dr Clare Pollard is Curator of Japanese Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University ’s museum of art and archaeology and Britain’s first public museum. The Ashmolean is home to an extensive collection of Japanese art, including ceramics, lacquer, paintings, prints, sword furniture and decorative arts of the Meiji era (1868-1912). Clare’s research has focused mainly on Meiji art, while in recent years she has developed a series of exhibitions and catalogues of the Ashmolean’s Japanese print collections.

Kate Newnham is Senior Curator, Visual Arts at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. In addition to leading the art team she has curatorial responsibility for the Asian art collection, Designated as being of national/international importance. There are over 1,200 Japanese objects in the collection with highlights being netsuke, 18th-century woodblock prints and porcelain from the Irene Finch collection. Recently Kate has worked on a successful series of Japanese print exhibitions and an associated haiku competition.

Rachel Barclay is Curator of the Oriental Museum, Durham University. Rachel has led the programme to redisplay all of the Museum’s permanent galleries as well as managing the museum’s programme of temporary exhibitions and art installations. She has overseen the expansion of the Japanese collections with the acquisition of major new collections of prints and ceramics. She is currently partnering with the National Museum of Japanese History on an exhibition and catalogue for a collection of Japanese woodblock prints.

Janet Boston is Curator of Craft and Design, and Rosie Gnatiuk is Curator of Costume at the Manchester Art Gallery. The Gallery is the original useful museum, initiated in 1823 by artists, as an educational institution to ensure that the city and all its people grow with creativity, imagination, health and productivity. The gallery’s Japanese collections include ceramics, metalwork, glass, furniture, lighting, fashion and prints. The gallery has recently acquired contemporary Japanese work in all of these subjects except prints.

 

Image credits (left to right):

Starry Night Trail, 2009 by Ayako Tani, glass ©️Manchester Art Gallery

Porcelain vase with 'peach bloom, glaze, H.6.4cm, Gift of Sir Herbert and Lady Ingram, EA1956.682 ©️Ashmolean Museum

The Battle of Komaki: Kato Kiyomasa and Honda Tadakatsu, 1899, by Chikanobu Yōshū ©︎Oriental Museum

 

Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom.

 

To book your place, please visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/up-close-and-personal-curators-treasures-tickets-112507589228


Date: 5 August 2020 from 6.00pm

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Funding for Japanese Language Education Projects held in the UK - September 2021 Applications OPEN   org

Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme 2021-2022

September 2021 Applications

Institutions can apply for up to £3000 for non-profit-making projects or activities which promote Japanese language education in the UK. We prioritise projects that fit into one of the five following categories:

  • Category 1 - Newly Introducing Japanese into the curriculum

Up to £3,000 for projects that promote the introduction of Japanese into the curriculum (or onto the main school timetable) at primary and secondary schools. This grant covers staff costs and the cost of Japanese language books. Projects may take place online or offline.

  • Category 2 - Supporting GCSE or A-level courses

Up to £3,000 for projects that support GCSE or A-level courses. Particularly, if schools/organisations require support to ensure a large number of candidates are able to take formal qualifications in Japanese, they will be able to maintain their project by re-applying the following year. This means organisations will be able to apply for up to a total of £6,000 over two years. (Please note that we do not supplement the salary of teacher(s) already hired by the applying organisation.) Covers staff costs and costs of Japanese language books. Projects may take place online or offline.

  • Category 3 - Japanese clubs

Up to £2,000 for organisations that newly introduce Japanese as an extracurricular activity or enrichment subject. In the case of schools, this is even if this is not within the school timetable. Covers staff cost, Japanese language book cost, origami cost and calligraphy cost. Clubs may take place online or offline.

  • Category 4 - Projects that enable links between primary/secondary institutions and institutions of higher education

Up to £3,000 for projects that strengthen connections between secondary institutions and institutions of higher education and create and/or strengthen networks among pupils, students, and teachers for the purpose of helping to promote Japanese language education in the UK. These projects can be aimed at both potential learners of Japanese and people who already are learning Japanese. This is a recently added category, so please contact us if you have any questions or would like to apply but are unsure as to whether your project is suitable. These projects may take place online or offline.

  • Category 5- Purchasing Japanese language teaching materials and/or books related to Japan

New/Special Category for This Application Period

Up to £2000 for the purchase of Japanese language teaching materials and/or books, DVDs etc. that serve the purpose of teaching about Japan, Japanese language and/or Japanese culture. Please note that this Category is for applicants who ONLY wish to apply for these materials. If you are applying for teaching materials as part of a larger project (such as a club, or curriculum teaching), please select the relevant category 1-4.

Applicants who successfully applied for funding for the 28th May 2021 deadline are able to reapply to this category. Applicants are able to apply to this category in addition to categories 1 to 4, with the maximum total amount eligible for both categories combined being £5000. 

Materials purchased as part of projects in this category must not be given to students, however loans are permissible. Ideally, we would like these materials to be placed in the library of the organisation.

Please note that to apply for this category you must fill out “Grant Application Form (September 2021) – Category 5”.

The deadline for applicants for this Category is 31st October 2021 (Sunday). Please note that this is a different deadline than for projects in Categories 1-4/Other. All purchases and payments made for these projects must be completed by 31st January 2022 (Sunday) and Final Reports submitted by the end of February 2022.

 

For this September 2021 application period, please note that there are two different deadlines depending on project category:

  • The application deadline for Categories 1-4/Other of the September 2021-22 programme is 30th September 2021.
  • The application deadline for Category 5 of the September 2021-22 programme is 31st October 2021.

Download general information about the programme

Download the Grant Application Form (September 2021) – Categories 1-4/Other

Download the Grant Application Form (September 2021) – Category 5

You can also download the LPSP 2021-2022 Grant Flowchart below:

 LPSP 2021-2022 Grant Flowchart.


Date: 1 September 2021 - 31 October 2021
Download 2021-22 General Information (Sept)
Download 2021-22 Application Form Categories 1-4
Download 2021-22 Application Form Category 5
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[Online Talk] Wagashi - A Cultural Sweet Feast for the Eyes   org

 

Wagashi, or ‘Japanese-style confectionery’, has had a long and illustrious history. Created from plant-based ingredients such as azuki beans and rice, the elegant and delicate handmade creations are the result of artistry and have entertained not only the Japanese palate but also their eyes. Often reflecting the seasons, evoking nature, and symbolising important rites of life, wagashi, the elaborate art form with many shapes and colours, has co-existed for many years with other Japanese cultural staples, particularly literature.

In this special talk, NAKAYAMA Keiko, archivist at the famed confectioner Toraya, will introduce the charms of this artistry unique to Japan by tracing its history while looking into the unique aesthetic principles, materials, and designs. She will also elaborate on its relationship with Japanese culture and literature, such as its mention in The Tale of Genji or Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book.

Though sadly you will not be able to savour the taste in this talk, it will still be a treat for the eyes.

 

About the speaker

NAKAYAMA Keiko is the Expert Director of Toraya Archives. She graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Aesthetics and Art History. The theme of her dissertation at the university was The Design of Wagashi. NAKAYAMA has published several books on wagashi including The World of Wagashi (Iwanami Shoten), Wagashi Design in the Edo Era (Poplar Publishing Co., Ltd.), and the children’s book A Book of Wagashi (Fukuinkan Shoten). She also wrote about wagashi for a school textbook for 5th grade elementary pupils which aimed to encourage school children to become more familiar with traditional Japanese arts and culture.

 

About Toraya Archives

Toraya Archives was originally established in 1973 as the ‘Confections Reference Room’ with the objective of contributing to the development, preservation and transmission of wagashi culture. In addition to collecting Toraya-specific historical documents and antique utensils, the archives house general wagashi-related materials and conduct research. Information about wagashi is shared in an annual academic journal Wagashi, on the archives’ website, and through occasional exhibitions at the gallery attached to Akasaka store. While there is no facility for browsing the archives’ historical records they do try to respond to enquiries in as much detail as possible.

https://www.toraya-group.co.jp/toraya/bunko/

 

Special Thanks to Toraya

This event is curated with Mu: Arts.

 

 

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 28 July 2021 from 1.00pm

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Local Project Support Programme September 2021 Applications - Online Seminar and Q&A Session   org

You can find information on the programme as well as links to download an application form here: https://jpf.org.uk/whatson.php#1192

Are you considering applying for funding but aren’t sure about how to go about it? Do you have a project in mind but aren’t sure if it’s eligible? We would strongly recommend that you sign up to take part in our Online Seminar and Q&A session.

During this one-hour session, a member of our staff will talk participants through the application process, and then open the floor to questions and answers. We want to make sure the application process is as easy-to-understand as possible.

This session will be held twice on 15th September 2021 (Wednesday).

1. First Session: 13:00 to 14:00

2. Second Session: 18:00 to 19:00

We will be using Zoom software. Once you have applied we will send you information on how to join the session.

If you would like to take part, please sign up 13th September (Monday).

Apply for a place for Session 1 by filling out our Eventbrite Form here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/169614151493

Apply for a place for Session 2 by filling out our Eventbrite Form here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/169614665029

If you are unable to attend either session but are still interested in applying, please do not worry! We will be making a recording of the first part of the seminar (explanation of application process) and uploading it to our Youtube channel.


Date: 15 September 2021
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‘Private Rehearsals’ – A Virtual Reading   org

The Japan Foundation London in partnership with Fabula Collective presents the virtual reading of ‘Private Rehearsals’ 

‘Private Rehearsals’ is a contemporary, satirical take on the Alexander Dumas fils story, ‘The Lady of The Camellias’, written by TAOSHITA Tetsu and adapted by Oladipo Agboluaje. It is a play about the lies we tell ourselves, how and who we perform them for and the complicated reality of love and art in crisis.

We are inviting you to the first ever rehearsed reading online, which will take place on 3rd of September 3pm BST.

To secure your space please follow the link below.


Date: 3 September 2020 from 3.00pm

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[Online Talk] Up Close and Personal: Curators' Treasures in a Castle, Palace, and Manor House   org

 

The first places which spring to mind when wanting to see a collection of Japanese artefacts in the UK may be museums or art galleries where many treasures related to Japan have been preserved. With the aid of current digital technology, cataloguing and displaying on a digital site is gradually becoming more common, making some objects available to the public even when they might not be physically exhibited at such institutions. However, it may not be well known that these are not the only places to appreciate Japan: palaces, castles, and manor houses – historical settings where Japanese art is naturally suited – can also provide an interesting insight into the unique heritage.

 

Thanks to the extensive research conducted by Yoshi Miki, Curatorial Consultant and Project Researcher at the National Museum of Japanese History, Japan, it has been rediscovered that those institutes outside conventional museums also have precious treasures from Japan. In this special talk (a follow-up to last year’s Up-Close and Personal: Curators’ Treasures event with five curators from various museums in England) we have opened our doors to a ‘keeper’ of palaces and castles in the UK. In addition, we have invited a specialist at a museum created from a private library collection in the Republic of Ireland. Together they will share their favourite treasures with you and help open our horizons to the new normal. Let’s see what they cherish!

 

 

About the speakers

(Moderator) Yoshi Miki, Curatorial Consultant, and Project Researcher of the National Museum of Japanese History, Sakura, oversees the UK project “Research and Use of overseas Japanese artefacts and documents", funded by the National Institute for the Humanities since 2011. He co-curated a special exhibition "KIZUNA Japan Wales Design" at the National Museum Wales in 2018. A new special exhibition at Durham University’s Oriental Museum "Monogatari" is scheduled to open in January 2022. He worked for Museums in the US, Canada, and Japan before he became a Head of Curatorial at Kyushu National Museum in 2002-2006. He lives in San Francisco.

 

Susanne Gronnow is Property Curator for the National Trust at Erddig, a country house in Wales. This country house museum was once home to the Yorke family whose treasured possessions not only came from Wales and the UK, but from further afield too. In 2018, selected Japanese collections from National Trust properties were displayed in KIZUNA: Japan Wales Design exhibition at the National Museum of Wales (Amgueddfa Cymru), including a 400 year old lacquered coffer described as the first ever Japanese object known to have come to Wales. Susanne has also worked for the National Trust at Chirk Castle and Powis Castle.

 

Rachel Peat is Assistant Curator of Non-European Works of Art at Royal Collection Trust. She is responsible for the research and display of 13,000 world cultures objects in the British Royal Collection, which are held by The Queen in trust for the nation. These include Japanese porcelain, lacquer, metalwork, arms and armour, folding screen paintings and embroideries acquired by members of the British Royal Family since the early seventeenth century, which today furnish 13 current and former royal residences. Rachel is editor of Japan: Courts and Culture (published May 2020), the first publication dedicated to Japanese material in the Royal Collection. She is the curator of an exhibition of the same name at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, which will open in early 2022.

 

Mary Redfern is Curator of East Asian Collections at the Chester Beatty, Dublin. Mary previously worked with East Asian collections at the National Museum of Scotland and the Victoria and Albert Museum, completing her PhD at University of East Anglia in 2015 on the Meiji Emperor's tableware. Her publications include Art of Friendship: Japanese Surimono Prints and Tennō no dainingu hōru (Emperor's Dining Hall) written with Yamazaki Taisuke and Imaizumi Yoshiko. Most recently, she curated the exhibition Edo in Colour: Prints from Japan’s Metropolis, now open at the Chester Beatty.

 

 

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

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Image credits for top image:
Fat tails of lucky mice, Utagawa Toyohiro, Japan, 1804. CBL J 1621.2. Chester Beatty, Dublin. CC BY-NC 4.0
The red japanned bureau bookcase found in the State Bedroom at Erddig, Wrexham, Wales. ©National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel
Samurai armour; Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021
*The objects included in the top image will not necessarily be included in the speakers' talk

 


Date: 3 August 2021 from 6.30pm

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[Online Talk] Japanese Sounds - Spiriting Away and Praying for Peace   org

 

Japanese sounds have followed a different path in their use and development. Like the sounds of instruments from the West they play a part in the composition of melodies but, more importantly, Japanese sounds have lived along with us for a long time, existing for very specific purposes separate from music: for spiriting away and praying for peace. This use is particularly notable with many percussion instruments.

 

In this special talk, Prof MOTEGI Kiyoko, one of the leading specialists and researchers of Japanese sound (Oto), will introduce and demonstrate in real time some examples of Oto and the musical objects identified in Japanese life, discussing how these have evolved and have come to be associated with Japanese faith and culture.

 

After Prof. MOTEGI’s presentation, there will be a discussion with Dr Lucia Dolce, Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhism at SOAS University of London, and Chair of the SOAS Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions.

 

These traditional instruments may be replaced by advanced technology which prevents disasters and pandemics. However, it is interesting to learn what our predecessors believed in and struck to pray for a better world, and how that mindset and customs still survive in contemporary Japan.

 

About the speakers

 

MOTEGI Kiyoko is a musicologist born in Yamanashi Prefecture in 1949. She graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and, following her work as a director assistant at the National Theatre from 1976 to 1981, she became a teacher of Japanese music. She is now professor emerita at Joetsu University of Education. MOTEGI is currently a member of the Arts Council Tokyo Evaluation Committee. She serves as an expert advisor and a selection committee member for the Japan Biwa Music Competition. MOTEGI specializes in the study of traditional Japanese music but is particularly familiar with the instruments of kuromisu music in kabuki, Buddhist music, and various instruments used in folk performing arts. Her major books include Japanese Traditional Sound Sources and Japanese Sake Brewers’ Songs.

 

Dr Lucia Dolce is Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhism at SOAS University of London, and Chair of the SOAS Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions. Her work combines archival research and extensive fieldwork to explore hermeneutical and ritual practices of religion in Japan. She has published extensively, in English and in Japanese, on Buddhist traditions of the Lotus Sutra and Tantric Buddhism, Shinto-Buddhist combinatory cults and the visual dimension of religion in Japan.

 

 

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Date: 15 September 2021 from 1.00pm

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Conjuring A Sense of Movement - Japanese Graphic Designers And Sports Posters   org

 

Japan has been the birthplace of a significant amount of talent in the field of graphic design. From book covers to product packaging, their high-quality and imaginative designs have kept inspiring the world and, as a result, imprinted many names in design history. This innovative spirit may be particularly noticed in poster design. With fresh and ground-breaking aesthetics, the outcome quite often exceeds a mere tool of communication.

Ahead of the postponed TOKYO2020, the Japan Foundation will hold a special talk focusing on Japanese posters which were created for sports or sporting events since the time of the previous Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

With help from the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion which collects numerous graphic treasures, the inhouse curator, KITAZAWA Eishi, will talk about the significance in aesthetics and functionality of sports posters, introducing iconic names such as KAMEKURA Yusaku who played an important role as a post-war graphic designer in Japan, while discussing how such designs reflected the social and artistic developments at the time.

Following his talk there will be a discussion with Dr Sarah Teasley, a specialist in Japanese design and its histories.

 

About the speakers

KITAZAWA Eishi, born in Nagano prefecture in 1958, graduated from the Faculty of Literature at Keio University and joined Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd in 1980. Since 1991, he has been in charge of the ginza graphic gallery (ggg). In 2008, the activities promoting graphic design and graphic art have been taken over by the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion; since that time, as a member of the Foundation, Kitazawa has also been in charge of the kyoto ddd gallery. As a curator, he has planned and held more than 300 exhibitions introducing both domestic and international artists.

 

Sarah Teasley is a social historian who works at the interface of history and design research, and a specialist in histories of design in modern and contemporary Japan. Most recently, she was Reader in Design History and Theory and Head of Programme for History of Design at the Royal College of Art. She received her PhD from the Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies of the University of Tokyo. She has published extensively on design and making in Japan, including 'Design and Society in Modern Japan', a special issue of the Review of Japanese Culture and Society (2017).

 

This talk is made possible thanks to the help of the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion.

 

Image credits (left to right):

Victory 1976, Shigeo Fukuda, 1976

World Table Tennis Championships 2015, Yuri Uenishi, 2015

 

Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom.

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Date: 2 September 2020 from 12.00pm

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UCL-Japan Youth Challenge   org

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is a prestigious annual summer school programme which has had a tremendous reputation and impact since 2015. Pre-university students from Japan and the UK attend a series of university-style lectures on a wide range of subjects by academics from leading UK universities including UCL (University College London), and engage in the UCL Grand Challenge Workshop.

In 2021, the programme will be held online due to COVID-19 guidelines.

Theme

Through the past UCL-Japan Youth Challenge programmes, young students have been provided with opportunities to look into social problems, mainly through science and technology. This year, the cultural side of the issues will be highlighted and discussions of how art and design could contribute to solving those problems and developing the sustainable future will be held.

For the full programme, please visit the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge homepage.

Eligibility

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 for under 18s.)

Applications

To apply, please complete the forms available here.

All participants will receive a complimentary ticket for Hyper Japan Online and two UK based participants will be selected to for a free trip to Japan in 2022. 

There is no application deadline, though please note that spaces are limited.


Date: 3 August 2021 - 24 August 2021
Venue:

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[Online Event] Kaga Yuzen: Colours of Japanese Elegance - A Talk with MAIDA Hitoshi   org

 

Kaga Yuzen is the traditional technique of dyeing preserved in the Kaga area (Ishikawa prefecture) of Japan. Diverging from the original version born in Kyoto and developed in its own unique way, Kaga Yuzen’s characteristic style is well represented by an elaborative creative process – mainly used in kimono textiles – from designing the exquisite pattern to hand-dyeing by skilled craftsmen for the last half a millennium. The application of the distinctive colours as well as the sophisticated dyeing techniques make Kaga Yuzen textiles exceptionally desirable art pieces and thus prized as a luxurious brand in Japan.

 

In this special talk, the Japan Foundation has invited MAIDA Hitoshi, a descendant of Maida Senga Kogei, to guide us through the intricate creation process of Kaga Yuzen by showcasing the work and the captivating workmanship of his workshop. In 21st century society, kimono may no longer be the prime attire for Japanese people, but MAIDA will also discuss how he, representing a new generation within the long-standing traditional artform, believes this beautiful craft could be sustained and evolve alongside modern life. The talk will be followed by a discussion moderated by Marjolein de Raat, a Japan Foundation Assistant Curator at National Museum of Scotland.

 

About the speakers

MAIDA Hitoshi was born in 1974 in Kanazawa, Kaga Prefecture, Japan. As the third generation of a Kaga Yuzen dyeing family, Maida Senga Kobo (Maida Dyeing Studio established in 1932), MAIDA started learning the dyeing technique from his father in 1998 after studying architecture at Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo. Since then, MAIDA has received numerous awards including the Japan Kogei Association award in 2018. While preserving the traditional Kaga Yuzen skills, he has challenged the development of the tradition and has been pushing Kaga Yuzen to a new stage, by displaying his works in hotels and fashion retail outlets such as Uniqlo in Disney World in Florida, U.S.A. Award-wining MAIDA is one of the most active craftsmen as well as a safe-keeper of Kaga Yuzen of the younger generation.

 

Marjolein de Raat is the Japan Foundation Assistant Curator at the National Museum of Scotland. She has an MA in East Asian Studies with a specialisation in Japanese Studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on cultural exchange between Europe and Japan in the early modern and modern period. In particular, she is interested in how this exchange is expressed in material culture, art, and fashion. In her current role, she works (amongst others) with the National Museum of Scotland’s collection of Japanese garments and textiles, studying the mutual exchange between Japanese and European fashion in the late 19th and early 20th century (Meiji and Taishō periods)."

 

In collaboration with IndigoRose Project

 

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Date: 21 September 2021 from 1.00pm

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Colouring for the Future - From a Kutani Porcelain Studio   org

 

Kutani ware is one of Japan’s traditional porcelain forms, with almost 400 years history and originating from Ishikawa in the north-western region of Hokuriku. Rather than its shape, its characteristics lie in the application of five vivid colours of Japanese pigment: green, blue, yellow, purple and red; as well as in the bold yet artistic painting style which is individual to each kiln.

Having fascinated global ceramic connoisseurs and lovers for a long time, this style of porcelain has cultivated a number of renowned creators and some of their works have been exhibited in museums worldwide. However, preserving the tradition is not a single man’s journey and many Kutani ware schools, like many other pottery practices, have been safe-guarded in a “studio” system where several skilled professionals are required to take part in the creation process.

In this online event, the Japan Foundation in collaboration with IndigoRose Project has invited KAMIIDE Keigo, a direct descendant of Kutani Choemon’s kiln founded in 1879, to talk about the history and unique features that exemplify this colourful porcelain. Using conference technology to show the audience around his studio virtually, he will also explain how the pottery system works in the modern age and will present his role as a descendant of this ceramic custom, while demonstrating his idea of driving the tradition forward as a legacy for the future, as well as the way the Kutani techniques have been utilised in his artistic practice.

KAMIIDE will be joined by Dr Clare Pollard, Curator of Japanese Art at the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford University), for a brief conversation following his presentation.

 

About the speakers

KAMIIDE Keigo is a successor of the Kutani Choemon pottery studio (founded in 1879) and has been engaged in full-scale kiln management since the establishment of a joint company, Kamide Shigei. In the studio, he and his fellow craftsmen are involved in the creation of innovative works including the ‘JAIME HAYON x KUTANI CHOEMON’ collaboration series with a Spanish designer, as well as the application of the Kutani porcelain transfer technique, known as ‘KUTANI SEAL’. As an individual artist, he creates his own works and holds solo exhibitions.

Dr Clare Pollard is Curator of Japanese Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University’s museum of art and archaeology and Britain’s first public museum. The Ashmolean is home to an extensive collection of Japanese art, including ceramics, lacquer, paintings, prints, sword furniture and decorative arts of the Meiji era (1868-1912). Clare’s research has focused mainly on Meiji art, while in recent years she has developed a series of exhibitions and catalogues of the Ashmolean’s Japanese print collections.

 

Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom.

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Date: 24 September 2020 from 12.00pm

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[Online Event] Competing Visions of Modernity: Architects who Changed Japan   org

 

Like many other nations, Japan has undoubtedly been influenced by and benefited from the modernist movement in architecture, in terms of the societal impact it carried and the position it held as a springboard for technological advancements. Japanese architecture holds a prominent position globally thanks to its aesthetic distinctiveness and design quality pioneered by a coterie of visionary architects. Of these figures, two stand out as particularly significant and influential: TANGE Kenzo and SHINOHARA Kazuo. While each created their own school of thought which took different directions in their ideologies, approaches, materials and views on society, both gained domestic and international notoriety as truly original voices and great contributors to modernism as a global movement.

Focusing on visionaries who shaped the course of Japanese architecture, Dr Seng Kuan – a Japan Foundation Fellow, Project Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo, and Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design – will talk about the achievements of these two towering figures, explaining why he believes that TANGE and SHINOHARA represented two distinct vertices in this uniquely rich and momentous chapter of international modernism. He will then analyse the scope of their influence over subsequent generations of architects, providing his own predictions for how Japan’s architectural landscape might transform going into the future. After Dr Seng Kuan's presentation, there will be a short discussion with Robert Brown, Professor of Architecture and Master of Architecture Program Leader at the University of Plymouth

 

About the guest speakers

Dr Seng Kuan teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Tokyo. He has written extensively on modern architectural culture in East Asia, most notably on Tange Kenzō, the Metabolists, Shinohara Kazuo as well as on the relationship between architectural design and structural engineering. Seng’s research projects have been recognized with grants from the Graham Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the Association for Asian Studies. He received a PhD in architecture from Harvard University and serves as chief editorial advisor to the journal a+u.

Robert Brown is Professor of Architecture and Master of Architecture Program Leader at the University of Plymouth. He has taught and lectured in Japan, including at Kobe University, as well as in Austria, Canada, China, Egypt and US. His research interests include socio-cultural identity and place, with publications on Japanese architecture and rituals. He is the author of various entries referencing Japanese architecture for The Encyclopaedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (forthcoming). He is the recipient of funding from the Daiwa Foundation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Japan 21 Foundation, and is chair of the RIBA Research Grants Committee. 

 

Image credits:

Tange Kenzō, House in Seijō, Tokyo, 1953. Photo by Hirayama Chūji

Shinohara Kazuo, House in Kugayama, Tokyo, 1954. Photo by Hirayama Chūji 

 

The Japan Foundation Game Changer Series: The World is Changing; What Changed Japan

 

Please note that this will be an Online Event held on Zoom.

 

This online event is free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential. To reserve your space, please book your ticket here

 

 


Date: 29 June 2021 from 1.00pm

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Kimono Crossing the Sea - Its Power to Inspire Imagination and Creativity   org

 

‘Kimono’ is a word that has long been synonymous with the image of Japan and Japanese culture. Though it was once cast aside by modern women who viewed it as old-fashioned and impractical to wear, much appreciation is now given to the kimono, especially among the younger generation and global fashion designers who believe it is expressive and on trend. It isn’t the first time, however, that the kimono is at the center of attention; in fact an enthusiastic admiration of the wardrobe piece was demonstrated in western Europe in the latter half of the 19th century when various Japanese products such as ukiyo-e had spread overseas, and the ‘Japonisme’ whirlwind had taken over. For progressive artists such as Manet and Whistler, as well as innovative fashion designers such as Paul Poiret and Madeleine Vionnet, the kimono was not merely a beautiful garment invoking exoticism, but an inspirational source for their creativity and, as a result, we are able to perceive its significant influence in their pieces.

What was it about the kimono that mesmerized and captured the imagination of those artists?

Celebrating the UK’s first comprehensive exhibition about the kimono – Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk – at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (running until 25 October 2020), the Japan Foundation has invited renowned fashion historian and curator, FUKAI Akiko, to talk about kimono as it was depicted in the latter half of 19th century and the intriguing relationship between the kimono and artists. Reflecting on the fact that its significance has been relatively dismissed in art and fashion history, she will explore what kimono meant to these masters and what they drew out of stylish, oriental fashion.

The talk will be preceded by a brief introduction by Anna Jackson, the Curator of Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, and a brief conversation with FUKAI Akiko will follow her lecture.

 

About the speakers

FUKAI Akiko

Award-winning and renowned fashion historian and Director/Curator Emeritus of the Kyoto Costume Institute, FUKAI Akiko obtained an MA and honorary doctorate at Ochanomizu University and studied Art History at the Université de Paris IV (Institute des Arts et de l’ Archeologie). She has organized several major and acclaimed fashion exhibitions such as “Japonism in Fashion,” and “Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion” in Japan and overseas. She is also the author of multiple influential books including Reading Fashion from Pictures (PHP Institute, Kyoto, 2009), and Kimono and Japonism (Heibonsha, Tokyo, 2017) as well as Fashion (Taschen, Köln, 2002), of which 650 thousand copies have been sold so far.

Anna Jackson

Anna Jackson is Keeper of the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum. A specialist in Japanese textiles and dress, she has written widely on the subject and is the curator of the exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk and editor of the accompanying publication. Her other major research interest is the cultural relationship between Asia and Europe. In 2004 she was co-curator of Encounters: the Meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800 and in 2009 lead curator of Maharaja: the Splendour of India’s Royal Courts, which subsequently toured internationally.

 

Image credit:

Mrs George Smith (partial cropped version), Frederic William Burton. Private Collection. Image: National Gallery of Ireland

 

Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom.

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Last chance to see!

The Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum will close on 25 October 2020. The exhibition is financially supported by the Japan Foundation.


Date: 16 October 2020 from 12.00pm

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Japanese Artists at the Architecture Film Festival London   org

 

We are proud to partner with Architecture Film Festival London in welcoming Japanese artists to the programme line-up of the festival this June. Exploring film and installation performance pieces that create architecture out of light, projection, and film, Capsule #3 titled Temporal Architecture Sculpted in Time will include films and videos that showcase Japanese visual, sound and spatial artists such as Shiro Takatani and Dumb Type.

 

Temporal Architecture Sculpted in Light

 

Existing between the real and the imagined, the architecture of space and time created by film allows us to temporarily inhabit non-existent worlds. Intently constructed to be experienced through multiple senses, it deconstructs the space it inhabits and reconstructs an alternative space to be experienced. Manifested in a range of forms, either being passively observed or actively engaged with, this temporal, imaginary architecture is built out of light, projection, film and data.

This capsule will explore film and installation performance pieces that create architecture out of light, projection, and film. It will examine non-physical imaginary spaces which sit between virtual 3D systems and physical architectural spaces. By looking at temporal art pieces that are intended to be observed and experienced in the present and in person, this programme aims to investigate / explore architecture that has been created and enhanced with the medium of film.

 

Shiro Takatani, Between Nature and Technology

Giulio Boato, Canada, 2019, 52′

 

Across Europe and Japan, this film covers over three decades of Shiro Takatani’s artistic journey through his installations, theatre and dance performances. Takatani and his collaborators (including composer Ryuichi Sakamoto) explain the driving principles behind his work where nature and people are observed through modern tools. Takatani uses technology to improve our understanding of our environment: enhancing infinitely small organisms, showing large scale galaxies, creating an interaction between performers / dancers with cameras and large screens. Carefully selected performances and installations – remarkably filmed – demonstrate the evolution of his work.

 

2020

Dumb Type – Members: Takayuki Fujimoto, Ken Furudate, Satoshi Hama, Marihiko Hara, Yuko Hirai, Ryoji Ikeda, Nobuaki Oshika, So Ozaki, Ryo Shiraki, Norico Sunayama, Shiro Takatani, Yoko Takatani, Mayumi Tanaka, Hiromasa Tomari, Misako Yabuuchi, Aoi Yamada, Toru Yamanaka, Yukiko Yoshimoto, Japan, 2020, 57′

Under the direction of Shiro Takatani who was one of the founding members, this work is the first to be presented since Voyage (2002) 18 years ago.

 

 

Date: 2 June 2021 - 27 June 2021

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Creativity and Designing JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Games)   org

 

RPG, or the Role-Playing Game, is a widely known computer game genre. Though it did not originate in Japan, for decades the passion for RPGs has been strong among its nationals. Japanese computer game creators have developed an abundance of unique RPG content which subsequently and uniquely have evolved into JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Game). Among these are the ever-popular Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy titles which secured their stable fanbase with the concepts of ongoing character growth and the evolution of storylines through battles. Games like these have managed to push Japan’s computer RPG industry to global success and continue attracting avid players. Interconnected with other media products such as anime and manga, JRPGs are also a source of drive in Japan’s commercial market. However, as the technology and user demands have shifted, Japanese creators may find themselves at crossroads and be compelled to revise the definition and existence of JRPGs in the 21st century where change is constant.

In this very special talk, the Japan Foundation has invited TOKITA Takashi, computer game creator and producer from Square Enix to talk about the position of Japanese RPGs. Based on his own experience of being involved in the creation of many JRPGs, including Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger, he will explain the philosophies that he believes are fundamental in creating an interactive game world where users feel themselves becoming the main character as they play, while revealing the creative processes of Japanese RPGs and how the games can stand the test of time.

A brief conversation with Professor of Digital Media at Bath Spa University, James Newman, will follow TOKITA’s lecture.

 

About the speakers

TOKITA Takashi is a producer in the computer game industry. Since joining Square Enix (Square) in 1986, after working on Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Legend etc. as a graphic designer, he developed Final Fantasy IV as a game designer. TOKITA has worked as a director on various titles including Chrono Trigger and Parasite Eve.

James Newman is Professor of Digital Media at Bath Spa University, UK. He has written widely on videogames, gaming histories, preservation and the cultures of play and has published a number of books including Videogames; Playing with Videogames; and Best Before. He is currently writing books on spectating videogames and on the early histories of game sound and music. James is a member of the research and curatorial team at the UK's National Videogame Museum and a co-founder of the Videogame Heritage Society Specialist Subject Network.

 

Special thanks to Square Enix and Kayoko Tezuka, Tuning for the Future (TFF) in Japan.

http://www.npo-tff.org

 

Image credit: ©1991, 2017 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved.
LOGO & IMAGE ILLUSTRATION: © 1991, 2007 YOSHITAKA AMANO

 

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Date: 18 November 2020 from 12.00pm

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Celebrating:

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Japanese Documentary Filmmaker Haneda Sumiko: Authorship and Gender Discourses   org

This project proposes a rediscovery of probably the most important female documentary maker from Japan, Haneda Sumiko (1926-), who was a pioneer female documentarist and one of the most prolific in post-war Japan. Haneda was one of the few women working in the influential Iwanami Productions where she participated in the creation of many short and long non-fiction works from the early years of the company between 1950s and 1980s and as an independent filmmaker until 2012.

The project is the result of a collaboration of scholars working on Japanese Cinema from several angles -Gender Studies, Documentary Film, Film Theory and Authorship- who are joining efforts to cast light on this still under-researched female director.

Programme:

Thursday 30th September (All times BST)
Online Symposium

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome. Fabio Gyi (SOAS JRC Chair).

Introduction. Marcos Centeno, Irene González-López, Alejandra Armendáriz-Hernández, Ricardo Matos.

09:10 - 10:05

Professor Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano (Kyoto University).

Making Meaning of Haneda's 'Japanese Women': A Women's College in the Village (Mura no fujin gakkyu, 1957) and The Cherry Tree with Gray Blossoms (Usuzumi no sakura, 1977).

Moderator: Marcos Centeno

10:05 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 10:35 

Marcos Centeno (Birkbeck/UV Guest Lecturer Nanzan University)

Haneda Sumiko's Transnational Cinema: Japanese Settlers in Manchuria

10:35 - 10:55

Hikari Hori (Toyo University)

Documentary and the Intimate Sphere: Haneda Sumiko in the 1980s and the 1990s.

10:55 - 11:15

Discussion

Moderator: Forum Mithani (Cardiff)

11:20 - 11:45 

Screening the work of Haneda Sumiko. Notes on the circulation and distribution of Japanese documentary - Part I Working with Haneda Sumiko

Pre-recorded conversation with Satō Tokue, filmmaker, Haneda Sumiko’s personal assistant, Manager of Kanatasha, Inc..

Interviewer: Irene González-López

 

Afternoon Session 

15:00 - 16:00 

Live Screening: Dedicated Treasures of Horyuji-Temple (Hōryūji ken'nō hōmotsu, Haneda Sumiko, 1971, 20min)

Introduction: Alejandra Armendáriz-Hernández (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)

16:00 - 16:55 

Anne McKnight (University of California, Riverside)

Usuzumi and Eco-thinking

Moderator: Teresa Castro (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3)

16:55 - 17:05  Break
17:05 - 17:50 

Screening the work of Haneda Sumiko. Notes on the circulation and distribution of Japanese documentary - Part II

Roundtable

Alexander Jacoby (Oxford Brookes University), Irene González-López (Birkbeck) Moderator: Ricardo Matos (Birkbeck)

17:50 - 18:00  Closing Remarks 

 

Friday 1st - Saturday 2nd October 
Online film screening: The Japanese Settlers to Manchuria and Inner Mongolia of Mainland CHina (Aa Manmo Kaitaku-dan, Haneda Sumiko, 2008, 120 mins). BIMI. Free but prior registration to the symposium is essenetial in order to access the film. 

Registration

This event is free and open to public. If you would like to attend the event please register. Please register via Zoom.

Image: Kanatasha and Haneda Sumiko


Date: 30 September 2021 - 2 October 2021
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(in)Animate Objects - the Contemporary Puppetry of Nakamura Aya   org

NAKAMURA Aya is a London-based theatre practitioner, puppeteer and puppet maker originally from Japan. The unique style she has cultivated within the field is distinctly recognisable in the productions she has been part of, including adaptations of traditional Western fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel (Horse+Bamboo Theatre, 2016), as well as Japanese literary classics like AKUTAGAWA Ryunosuke’s The Spider’s Thread (Rouge28 Theatre, 2020). Challenging our assumptions of what a puppet is, NAKAMURA works with a variety of mediums to produce puppets made in the paper theatre style, puppets constructed of everyday objects, and even human-sized Bunraku-style dolls.

Kicking off 2021 in the first of our online events in the new year, the Japan Foundation presents a special webinar during which NAKAMURA will talk about what sparked her interest in taking up puppetry and her creative influences, in addition to her philosophy and work as a puppeteer, puppet-maker, and workshop leader in more detail. She will also discuss her artistic collaborations, both national and international, such as with the multi award-winning company Rouge28 Theatre (which the Japan Foundation has had the pleasure of supporting in the past).

After her initial presentation, there will be a virtual showing of her short film production in the paper theatre style, The Spider’s Thread, followed by a discussion with the composer for the work, Verity Lane, uncovering the behind the scenes of the project. Among other topics, they will examine the feasibility of collaborative projects under the restrictive period of the ongoing pandemic and how performing art professionals can and do adapt to the new environment going forward. They will be joined by Vicky Ireland MBE FRSA, an Artistic Director specialising in theatre for children, who will moderate the conversation.

 

About the guest speakers

Verity Lane is a neurodivergent composer, writer, artist, director and producer that specialises in creating avant-garde multidisciplinary works steeped in Japanese culture. She lived in Japan for 10 years, graduating from Osaka College of Music with a masters in composition where her studies focused primarily on traditional Japanese instruments and aesthetics. She collaborates frequently with Japan and UK based artists and musicians and has recently set up Jo-Ha-Kyū Arts, an arts company focused on producing genre-defying works steeped in Japanese culture.

Vicky Ireland MBE FRSA trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama. She was the presenter for twelve years of BBC Children’s TV, 'Words and Pictures'. As Artistic Director of Polka Theatre, London from 1988-2002 she directed, produced and commissioned new theatre writing for children. Now with the actress Kumiko Mendl, she is Co-Artistic director of A Thousand Cranes, which creates theatre for children, inspired by stories from Japan and Europe. She is also the Chair of Action for Children’s Arts. Vicky was awarded the MBE medal in 2002 for services to children’s drama, the first of its kind.

 

Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom.

To book your place, please click here.


Date: 28 January 2021 from 6.30pm

For more information, please click here.
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The 16th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Finals Day / 第16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

Why not join us for the online Finals Day of the 16th 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.

This event is FREE to attend, but prior registration is required. This event will be held online using Zoom software. Once you have registered, you will be sent information on how to join the Zoom event, including the Zoom ID and password.

To register to attend, please click here / ご登録はこちら

(The deadline to register is Monday 1st March 2021) 

The Sixteenth 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.

Please note that the timing of the day's event are TBD.

Download our event poster! - Coming soon.


Date: 6 March 2021 from 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Venue:

Online (Zoom software).


The 16th Japanese Speech Contest is generously supported by:

The British Association of Japanese Studies, Central Japan Railway Company, Clearspring, Connect Job, Eikoku News Digest Limited, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, IIJ Europe Limited, Japan Airlines, Japan Centre, JP Books, Ningyocho IMAHAN, Nikkei Europe Limited, Regions, Ricoh UK Limited, SUQQU Cosmetics, and ZOOM Japan.

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The Third Online Get-Together For Secondary School Teachers セカンダリー日本語教師のための第3回ONLINE懇親会   org

Calling all secondary school teachers of Japanese! We will be holding a third 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 exams, and more.

 

As well as group discussion sessions, Dr Marina Sereda-Linley from Luton Sixth Form College will be giving a talk on the theme of “Teaching Japanese to Multi-level Class”. Dr Sereda-Linley received her Master and Doctor degrees in Japanese Applied Linguistics from Osaka University of Foreign Studies and Osaka University, Japan, respectively. Since joining Luton Sixth Form College as a Japanese language tutor in 2015 and facing the challenges of a multi-level classroom, she has been actively contributing to research into and the application of Differentiated Instruction in Japanese. 

 

Date:

  • 27th March 2021 (Saturday), 16:00-17:30

 

Schedule:

  • First half: Presentation by Dr Marina Sereda-Linley (Luton Sixth Form College)
  • Second half: Group discussion

 

To apply, please click here.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ZJQ8Y1/

 

Participation fee: Free (Registration in advance is required.)

Registration Deadline: 19th March

Languages used: Japanese/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: 27 March 2021 from 4.00pm - 5.30pm
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Women and Sport in Japan   org

Unfortunately, due travel restrictions surrounding Coronavirus, several speakers and commentators have become unable to attend this event. The organisers have therefore taken the difficult decision to cancel this event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

This is the fourth event in our Sport Symposia Series organised together with SOAS Japan Research Centre This event will focus on the theme of Women and Sport in Japan.

Guest speakers will be a mix of academic researchers and sportswomen. Discussion will focus on the changing environment for women and sport, in terms of participation, progress and challenges. Guest speakers will share the inspirational stories of their sporting careers.

 

 

Helen Macnaughtan
Helen is Chair of the Japan Research Centre and Senior Lecturer in International Business & Management (Japan) at SOAS University of London. Her research interests focus on a range of topics relating to gender, employment and sport in Japan. She has previously published on the history of women’s volleyball in Japan with reference to the gold medal victory for the ‘Oriental Witches’ at the Tokyo 1964 Olympics. She is currently researching the history of rugby in postwar Japan with a focus on the corporate history of the game.




Guest Speakers

Sakai Mariko
Sakai Mariko is an Olympian who competed in Artistic (Synchronized) Swimming at the 2012 London Olympic Games. After retiring as an athlete, she has worked for the Japan Sport Council (JSC) where she is secretary for a project initiated by the government to develop a better environment for female high-level mother athletes. She also works at Tsukuba International Academy of Sport Studies at Tsukuba University Japan as a researcher since 2018. She worked in Cirque du Soleil from 2014 to 2017 where she was inspired by many performers, and she incorporates these skills into current coaching for young athletes. Having served as a national coach of her sport over the last year, she has been seeking to promote her sport for both male and female athletes.


Hirano Yuka
Hirano Yuka is a professional female football player, currently signed at the Women`s Team of 1. FC Köln (Cologne), Germany. The Japanese attacker was signed up after trials and scored four goals in her subsequent first six games for 1. FC Köln. In a game against Wolfsburg she showed the data system what the coaches already knew – after running 11,9km, she ran more than any other FC player. When the Japanese national women’s football team won the Women’s World Cup in 2011, Yuka was 15 years old, and she decided she wanted a football career – preferably abroad. Now, at 23 years of age, she is making that dream come true. She has been in Germany since February 2019 and is teaching herself German. She doesn’t yet know how long she will remain in Germany, and her goal is to play in as many different footballing countries as possible, preferably in Europe and America. “I want to get to know different cultures and experience as many things as possible” says Yuka.


Christian Tagsold
Christian Tagsold is at the Department of Modern Japanese Studies, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. He has previously researched the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and its role for re-establishing national identity in Japan after World War II. He has broad experience in organising sports mega-events. He was a member of the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA Confed Cup 2005, the FIFA World Cup 2006, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011. He will interpret Japanese-English for Yuka Hirano as well as talk about his time with the Japanese women’s team in FIFA events.


Konul Nurullayeva

Konul conducts research at the University of Azerbaijan and is on the Executive MBA program at the Swiss Business University. She worked for the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan as Director of International Relations for over 10 years. She was the youngest and the first female chef de mission in the history of the Olympic Games to represent her national team in Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014) Winter Olympic Games. She was deputy chef de mission during the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing (2008) and London (2012). She was the youngest female CEO of “Baku 2020” (Olympic Games Bid Committee) in the history of the Olympic movement. In 2015 she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Inaugural European Games and chef de mission of the biggest team in the history of Azerbaijan. She is the first female representative from Azerbaijan to be elected in the European Olympic Committees’ “Gender Equality in Sport” Commission. In 2013 she was elected as the first female member to the Executive Board of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF). She is Director of the “Gender Equality” Commission of the ISSF and member of the Coordination Commission of the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games - “Konya 2021”. She is fluent in Azerbaijani, Russian and English.


Panel Commentators

Nefeli Chondrogianni
Nefeli is a passionate sports professional and an advocate for women sports development. From her position as Communications and Technical Affairs Manager at Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy (FBMA), a government entity of Abu Dhabi – UAE, she oversees the expansion of the Emirate’s women sports offering by planning and implementing various initiatives that aim to make sports a part of every Emirati woman’s daily life. 'She is studying for a PhD in Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent (UK) on the topic of social impact of international non-mega sports events on local communities supervised by Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou and Dr Simon Hoult. She has an M.A. in Sport Management from the London Metropolitan University, UK, and an M.Sc. in Exercise and Quality of Life, from the University of Thrace, Greece.


Dikaia Chatziefstathiou
Dikaia is an expert in Olympic Studies and her work on Olympism has been widely published and cited. In the most recent work, she applies the theory and methodology adopted in her Olympic research into the world of football unpacking issues of power in the dressing rooms. She is Director of Research Environment and Knowledge Exchange, and a Reader in Olympic Studies & the Social Analysis of Sport at the School of Human and Life Sciences in Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. She is also an International Research Expert of the Centre for Olympic Studies & Research (COS&R) at Loughborough University, UK; and a Senior Associate of the Hibou Alliance of sports professionals worldwide. She is the winner of the inaugural Coubertin Prize 2008 awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (IPCC) for her qualitative research on Pierre de Coubertin’s writings and speeches.


Mara Yamauchi

Mara Yamauchi is a former elite British marathon runner and diplomat. A two-time Olympian, she is the second fastest British marathon runner ever, with a PB of 2:23:12. She grew up in Kenya, and has lived in Japan for many years as a diplomat and professional athlete. Mara finished 6th in the 2008 Beijing Olympic marathon – the best performance ever by a British woman in this event – and was runner-up in the 2009 London marathon. She also competed for Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics. In January 2013 Mara retired from elite competition and now works as a running coach, commentator and motivational speaker. She lives in London.


Photo Credit: Marimo Images

Simon Rofe
Simon is Reader in Diplomatic and International Studies in the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, and Programme Director for MA Global Diplomacy, at SOAS University of London. His research focuses upon diplomacy, international and global history, with a particular focus on the diplomacy of sport. He is the author and editor of a number of books and academic articles including “Sport and Society: Games within Games” (Manchester University Press, 2018).


 

  1. 'She is studying for a PhD in Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent (UK) on the topic of social impact of international non-mega sports events on local communities supervised by Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou and Dr Simon Hoult.'

Date: 11 March 2020 from 5.00pm - 7.00pm

This event is free to attend but registration is essential

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Rakugo Performance and Introductory Lecture for Japanese Language Education and Japanese Intellectual Studies   org

The traditional art of one-man story-telling, Rakugo, has been enthralling audiences in Japan since the nineteenth century. A single figure sits in the traditional seiza style on stage and ensnares his audience using a fan, a cloth and his own voice. Although many Rakugo stories are comedic, there are many types of dramatic stories performed by Rakugo masters and beloved by audiences.

We are honoured to be offering those involved in Japanese language education and Japanese intellectual studies (both students and teachers) an opportunity to participate in our online Rakugo Performance and Introductory Lecture Event. Yanagiya Sankyō and Ryūtei Saryū, two renowned masters of Rakugo, will showcase their incredible skills with two performances. Professor Kazumi Hatasa of Purdue University, an expert in Rakugo, will give an explanatory lecture on the art of Rakugo performance. Professor Hatasa has conducted research into how the traditional art of Rakugo can be used to enhance Japanese language education.

The purpose of this event is not only so participants can enjoy extraordinary Rakugo performances, but also so they can gain a deeper understanding of Rakugo as an art form and how Rakugo can be utilised for the purpose of Japanese language education and Japanese intellectual studies.

This event will take place entirely online and is limited to participants who are involved in Japanese language and Japanese intellectual studies at an undergraduate or postgraduate university level.

Applications for this event are now CLOSED as the event is fully booked. We thank you for your interest in this event.

If you have submitted an application form, we will be contacting you soon as to whether you were successful. We thank you for your patience.

Important: As stated on this event information page, this event is for "students and teachers involved in Japanese language education and Japanese intellectual studies in the United Kingdom and Europe" at an "undergraduate or postgraduate university level". We will therefore prioritise the applications of those who meet this eligibility criteria. We apologise for any disappointment caused.

The deadline for applications is 19th June 2020 (Friday). (Applications are now CLOSED due to the event reaching capacity)

The lecture will be held in English, and the performances will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

Date/Time: 25th June (Thursday), 10:00am – 11:30am (BST), 11:00am – 12:30am (CET).

Location: Online event using Zoom software. Find out about Zoom here.

Speakers and Performers:

Yanagiya Sankyō (Rakugo performer, recipient of the 2014 Japan Foundation Award)

Ryūtei Saryū (Rakugo Performer)

Professor Kazumi Hatasa (Professor of Japanese, Purdue University)

Participants: Students and teachers involved in Japanese language education and Japanese intellectual studies in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Maximum Participants: 100

 

Schedule:

  • Opening remarks
  • Introduction to Rakugo (Professor Kazumi Hatasa)
  • Demonstration of gestures used in Rakugo (Yanagiya Sankyō with Professor Hatasa)
  • Rakugo Performances (Yanagiya Sankyō and Ryūtei Saryū)
    • Performance one: Ryūtei Saryū performing “Tsuru”
    • Performance two: Yanagiya Sankyō performing “Ikuyo-mochi
  • Questions and Answers (in English and Japanese)
  • Close

Profile of Performers and Speakers

Yanagiya Sankyō

Yanagiya Sankyō (stage name) is a Rakugo Master from Tokyo. He has been a Rakugo performer since 1967 and achieved Shin’Uchi Rakugo Storyteller Master status (the highest Rakugo rank) in 1981. Currently, he is the Permanent Director of the Rakugo Association. Yanagiya Sankyō was a recipient of the Japan Foundation Award in 2014, for his work incorporating Rakugo in the field of Japanese language education. In 2017 he was given the Medal of Honour with Purple Ribbon by Japan. He has performed Rakugo all over the world, including in the USA, Europe and South Korea.

Ryūtei Saryū

Ryūtei Saryū (stage name) is a Rakugo Master from Kashiwa City in Chiba Prefecture. He began performing Rakugo in 1993. Ryūtei Saryū was an apprentice of Yanagiya Sankyō from 1993. He was promoted to Shin’Uchi Rakugo Master Storyteller status (the highest Rakugo rank) in 2006.  He has performed Rakugo all over the world, including in Europe. From 2013 he has been working as a part-time lecturer at Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, teaching about Edo culture and Rakugo.

Professor Kazumi Hatasa

Kazumi Hatasa received his Ph.D. in Education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. He started teaching at Purdue University in 1988, and is currently a professor in School of Languages and Cultures. He was Director of the School of Japanese at Middlebury College from 2004 to 2018. He has been working with professional performers to introduce students to Rakugo and Yose.


Date: 25 June 2020 from 10.00am - 11.30am
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The Second Zoom Online Get-Together   org

Calling all secondary school teachers of Japanese! We will be holding a second Zoom 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 exams, and more.

 

As well as group discussion sessions, Mrs Satoko Suzui from the University of Bath will be giving a talk on the theme of Tips for Making Teaching Resources for Busy Teachers”. Mrs Suzui used to be a secondary school teacher of Japanese and has a wealth of experience developing teaching resources for GCSE & A-level.

 

Date:

-          28th January 2021 (Thursday), 19:00 to 20:30

 

Schedule:

-          First half: Presentation by Mrs Satoko Suzui (University of Bath)

-          Second half: Group discussion

 

To apply, please click here.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/1S4SO5/

 

You can read some comments from participants of the first Zoom Online Get-Together 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.
  • An excellent opportunity to meet and share.
  • 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.

Date: 28 January 2021 from 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Venue:

Online event.

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The Place of Japanese Cinema in the UK
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2021 Online Special - Talk Series
  org

 

Geographically, Japan is 6000 miles away from the UK but the position of Japanese cinema may be much closer to the hearts of some Brits. Thanks to the enormous efforts and enthusiasm of UK-based cinema experts belonging to such organisations as BFI, ICA, and many film festivals, certain names from Japan’s catalogue of filmmakers - Kurosawa, Mizoguchi or more recently Kitano and Miike, to name a few - are permanently engraved in this nation’s cinematic history. Two decades into the 21st century, is the admiration felt for Japanese film by British people still going strong? Has the perception of Japanese cinema changed?

Celebrating the very first online edition of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, on the launch night of the season, we have invited a cinema programmer, a critic and an academic mainly representing the next generation of UK film experts to informally discuss what Japanese cinema means to them and what the current position of Japanese cinema is in this country, while candidly exploring if the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, which marks its 18th year, has indeed made any impact on the people’s perception.

 

About the panellists

 

Alex Davidson (moderator), Cinema Curator at the Barbican

Jennifer Coates, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, The University of Sheffield

Peter Munford, Satori Screen Programmer at QUAD, Derby

Ren Scateni, Freelance Critic and Curator based in Edinburgh

Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Programme Officer, the Japan Foundation London

 

Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom.

To book your place, please click here.


Date: 19 February 2021 from 6.00pm

For more information, please click here.
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BATJ-JF Spring Seminar - Exploring and Reflecting on Classes in an Online Setting: How can we cultivate ICT literacy for teachers of Japanese?   org

This Seminar will be organised by the Japan Foundation, London and the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language. Each year, we use these seminars as an opportunity to raise practical, every-day themes that apply to both younger and older learners at all types of educational institutions, and invite educators at the forefront of their fields, to provide a novel and exciting learning opportunity. It is our hope that through this year’s seminar we can once again contribute to the development of the community of educators of the Japanese language. We look forward to receiving applications from teachers from a wide variety of locations.

Event Outline

  • Date/Time: 14th March 2021 (Sunday), 10:30 to 12:30 GMT
  • Theme: Exploring and Reflecting on Classes in an Online Setting: How can we cultivate ICT literacy for teachers of Japanese? (Keywords: online environments, active learning, ICT literacy)
  • Speaker: Dr Tomohisa Yamada (Associate Professor at Hokkaido University)
  • Target audience: Japanese language educators in the United Kingdom and Europe.   (We will also accept applications from those in other regions, depending on the number of applicants).  Post-graduate university students specialising in Japanese language education in the United Kingdom and Europe are also welcomed to join.
  • Maximum number of participants: 150
  • Location: Online seminar using Zoom software
  • Spoken language: Japanese
  • Planned schedule: Following the seminar, there will be an optional social gathering from 12:30
  • Cost of seminar/applications: This is posted on the BATJ website. 
  • Organisers: The Japan Foundation, London and the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language.

To apply to attend this seminar, please visit the Seminar page on the BATJ website using the link below: 

Seminars & Workshops (batj.org.uk)

 

Speaker Profile: Dr. Tomohisa Yamada

Associate Professor at Hokkaido University (Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education/ Graduate School of International Media-Communication and Tourism Studies) 

Dr Yamada has an MA from the Institute of Education, University of London, and a doctorate (academic) from Hokkaido University. After working with the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies Language Centre and Saga University Exchange Student Centre, he assumed his present post in 2012. His area of research is educational technology and teacher education. As well as his research activities, he is actively involved in giving lectures and professional development programmes aimed at increasing ICT literacy for teachers of Japanese. He was awarded the Hokkaido University Excellent Teachers award (2014 to 2019). Among his key publications are “Practical Use of ICT (Second Edition)” (sole author), “Active Learning for Teachers of Japanese” (co-author) and “Creating Online Classes for Japanese Language Educators ” (author and editor; scheduled to be published) (All published by Kuroshio Shuppan).

Message from Dr Yamada:

In the spring of 2020, the structure of the world was hugely altered due to Covid-19. Our social lives were restricted, and it was decided that educators and students in educational facilities would move their classes online for just a few weeks. Under these circumstance, information and questions began flying back and forth between educators: What actually are online classes? How can I organise group activities online? I’ve found this useful ICT tool! And so on. Even the teachers who were initially able to keep up with all of the information out there found themselves at some point confused by the huge quantity of all the information out there. At the very least, this was the situation I found myself in.

A year has passed since then. Looking at the world, it appears that online learning is becoming the de facto standard. What have we learnt over the past turbulent year? How should educators approach “classes” and “students” from now on?

In this lecture, I want us to work together to compare the advantages and disadvantages of online classes compared to face-to-face classes, and to try to think about what factors we should be mindful of in realizing interactive online classes. Furthermore, I would like to introduce some of the new insights/knowledge obtained from the Japan Foundation, London ICT Literacy Course that took place in the 2020 fiscal year, regarding what are the key important points to increase ICT literacy for educators.


Date: 14 March 2021 from 10.30am
Venue:

Online.


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Summer Explorers 2019   org

Our annual Summer Explorers season is back as a summer treat - now with new venue and dates!

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 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!

Curated and Presented by the Japan Foundation.

16 August

17 August

20 August


Date: 16 August 2019 - 20 August 2019
Venue:

Screen 1 | The Soho Hotel | 4 Richmond Mews | London W1D 3DH


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How Do They Read? Voices and Practices of Japanese Literature Translators   org

 

For many years, Japanese literature has been respected by enthusiastic readers globally, providing joy and invoking a curiosity about a world they have never stepped into. This passion has recently extended to many newly released contemporary novels, with proof evident in the “Convenience Store Woman” becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Arguably, it is the heyday of contemporary Japanese authors of high calibre.

However, the efforts, influence, as well as the responsibility of literary translators should not be overlooked. Foreign readers are in effect reading the text and seeing the world that is recreated by them. Quite simply translators are authors by proxy.

What approach does a good translator take when reading the original text in order to convey the original ideas into another language?

Inviting three experienced translators of Japanese literature, Prof. Stephen Dodd, Polly Barton and Ginny Tapley Takemori, this talk aims to reveal the daily practices of translation behind the scenes and to discuss how these professionals overcome not only the difference in language but also in culture, in order to make the work as true to the original as possible while ensuring it is entertaining for an English audience.

 

Prof Stephen Dodd (Moderator)

Stephen Dodd is Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature at SOAS, University of London. He has written widely on modern Japanese literature. He is author of Writing Home: Representations of the Native Place in Modern Japanese Literature (Harvard University Asia Center, 2004), and The Youth of Things: Life and Death in the Age of Kajii Motojirō (Hawai’i University Press, 2014.). His translation of Mishima Yukio’s Life for Sale (Inochi urimasu, 1968) was published through Penguin in 2019, and he is now translating Mishima’s sci-fi novel, Beautiful Star (Utsukushii hoshi, 1962).

 

Polly Barton

Polly Barton is a translator of Japanese literature and non-fiction, based in the UK. Recent translations include Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki (Pushkin Press) and Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda (Tilted Axis/Soft Skull Press). Her translation of Kikuko Tsumura's There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job is upcoming from Bloomsbury. After being awarded the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, she is currently working on a non-fiction book entitled Fifty Sounds.

 

Ginny Tapley Takemori

Ginny Tapley Takemori is a Japan-based literary translator who has translated over a dozen Japanese authors, from Meiji greats Izumi Kyoka and Koda Rohan to contemporary bestsellers Ryu Murakami, Miyabe Miyuki, Akiyuki Nosaka, and Kyoko Nakajima. Her translation of Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman was selected Book of the Year by Foyles book shop and numerous publications including The New Yorker. Her translation of Murata’s Earthlings will be published this autumn, while Things Remembered and Things Forgotten, by Kyoko Nakajima, co-translated with Ian MacDonald, is forthcoming in Spring 2021.

 

Please note that this online event will be hosted on Zoom.

For More information, please click here


Date: 18 June 2020 from 12.00pm
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Kobanashi Workshop for Educators – Kobanashi Performance Instruction Methods to Teach Japanese Language Learners   org

The Japan Foundation, London

 

Kobanashi Workshop for Educators – Kobanashi Performance Instruction Methods to Teach Japanese Language Learners

Workshop Format:Online(Zoom software)

Dates

Time

Number of Participants

30th October 2020 (Fri)

17:00 - 19:00(GMT Greenwich Meantime)

15

31st October 2020 (Sat)

15:00 - 17:00(GMT Greenwich Meantime)

15

Instructor:Dr. Kazumi Hatasa(Purdue University, United States of America; Chair, Dept. of East Asian Language and Cultures, SLC, Asian Studies Faculty).

Guidelines for Prospective Participants:PDF Sign-Up Guidelines

The application form link is included on the Sign-Up Guidelines PDF. We would like to ask prospective participants to read the guidelines carefully and then fill out the application form. 

※Sign-Up Deadline: 5th October (Monday), 17:00 (BST)


Date: 30 October 2020 - 31 October 2020
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[Online Event] Reframing Japanese Narratives for the UK Stage   org

 

In recent years there has been a noticeable trend in new UK productions made for the stage to be sourcing their ground material not only from Japanese plays but also through adapting other forms of Japanese media, such as anime, literature, or film. Be it a direct adaptation or simply taking inspiration, the communication of the culture which the original is steeped in is not entirely removed from the creation process. The culmination of such adaptations results in distinct visions of Japanese culture reframed to suit the message of their creators and lend relatability to their native audiences.

In celebration of After Life, adapted for the stage from Hirokazu Kore-eda’s feature film and to be presented at the National Theatre between 2 June and 24 July 2021, we invited a group of UK theatre professionals – who have looked towards Japan for source materials in their respective productions – to join an informal roundtable talk aimed at exploring the significance of looking at other languages and art forms in conceptualising new works, and any challenges that may be faced in doing so.

*Please note: Contrary to earlier announcements, Jack McNamara will no longer participate in the event. In his place we welcome Franko Figueiredo (more information below).

 

 

About the panellists

(Moderator) Professor Ken Rea is a theatre director, acting teacher, and author of the bestseller, The Outstanding Actor, Seven Keys to Success. After working as a leading actor and director in New Zealand, where he founded the Living Theatre Troupe, he studied theatre in Bali, Java, India, China and Japan, as well as studying with leading European teachers. Today, at the renowned Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is Professor of Theatre, Ken has trained some of Britain's leading actors, bringing to them his unique process, influenced by his research in Asian theatre. Through his corporate training Ken has also made a striking difference to thousands of business leaders. And as a journalist, he has been a regular feature writer for The Times and was for 15 years a theatre critic for The Guardian. As a public speaker, Ken gives many large-scale presentations in the worlds of business and the arts.

Franko Figueiredo is the co-founder and artistic director of StoneCrabs Theatre Company. Franko and StoneCrabs Theatre Company have been running yearly drama workshops in Japan since 2006. He has directed all of Mishima's Modern Noh plays in English for StoneCrabs to great critical acclaim, including Sotoba Komachi (Metro and Time Out Critics Choice); Busu (Mishima’s take on the Kyogen play of the same name), and The Damask Drum (International tour, Pick of the EdFringe 2017). Franko also directed Asphalt Kiss, a co-production between One Two Works and StoneCrabs at Owl Spot Theatre, Tokyo in 2018. Currently they are collaborating with Busu Theatre on a new production inspired by tales of loneliness and Japanese folklore.

Jeremy Herrin trained as a theatre director at both the National Theatre and the Royal Court, where he became Deputy Artistic Director in 2008. He became Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre in September 2013. In 2009, Jeremy directed Polly Stenham's play, Tusk Tusk for which he was nominated for an Evening Standard Best Director Award. In 2012 he was named as one of the Stage top 100. In 2014 Jeremy directed the critically acclaimed adaptations of Hilary Mantel's novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies for the RSC and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Director. The productions transferred to the West End at the end of 2014 and opened on Broadway in April 2015. Most recently he directed Noises Off at The Garrick Theatre and The Visit at The National Theatre. For TV Jeremy directed Talking Heads and Unprecedented for the BBC.

Yojiro Ichikawa is a director who has been working in the UK, US, EU and Japan, in various kinds of theatre including musical, drama and physical theatre. He founded and has been the Artistic Director of a UK theatre company Théatre Lapis, which aim is to question traditional boundaries including those that exist between genres or cultures, and to seek other frontiers. His directing credits include Letter from the Sea at Polish Theatre Bydgoszcz and the New National Theatre Tokyo, Tell Me On A Sunday at the New National Theatre Tokyo which won a Yomiuri drama award, The Red Candle based on Mimei Ogawa’s Novel, at the Brunel Museum and was also appreciated by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Pearl and Dagger at The Other Palace, a new musical created through the collaboration between the British and Japanese creatives, and KUWENTO an online production based on Japanese folktales.

Alexandra Rutter is a director and producer of Anglo-Japanese collaborative theatre, and an ambassador for inter-cultural productions based on Japanese source material. She founded and has been director of UK Theatre company, Whole Hog Theatre since 2012 and is currently a Resident Director and Producer at Nelke Planning: a leading Japanese producer of “2.5 Dimensional Musicals” (theatre based on Japanese animation, comics and video games). Her most notable work includes: Creative Director on Magia Record (Madoka Magica Franchise) starring idol group Keyakizaka46, and Director of the world’s first stage production of a Hayao Miyazaki film Princess Mononoke (with the kind permission of Studio Ghibli). Most recent credits include the postponed 2020 production of the world’s first stage adaptation of The Garden of Words, based on the Anime by Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave films.

 

Special thanks to the National Theatre and IGAWA Togo.

 

Please note that this will be an Online Event held on Zoom.

 

This online event is free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential. To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 17 June 2021 from 6.30pm

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Artist Talk by Keiko Takemiya   org

 

Keiko Takemiya is arguably one of the most influential manga artists in Japan. Starting her career as an artist in late 1960 while still a teenager, her fame rapidly grew to stardom. This reached a new height in the 1970s when she became a seminal member of “the Fabulous Year 24 Group” – a new wave of female authors that revolutionised manga by developing new drawing techniques and introducing unconventional subject matters to the genre of girls’ manga, such as science fiction, fantasy, as well as boys’ love. Takemiya’s representative manga, The Poem of Wind and Trees (1976-84), which has sold nearly 5 million copies so far, is praised by critics and readers alike as a monumental work that laid the foundation for the rapidly growing genre of boys’ love within manga. In addition to her creative work, Takemiya has been a great advocate of preserving this nation-specific graphic art form as a cultural asset and was the first manga artist in Japan to be elected as President of an academic institution.

During this very special talk and in a rare appearance Takemiya, in conversation with comics historian Paul Gravett, will discuss her extensive career as one of Japan’s leading manga artists, and her inspirations behind iconic works such as To Terra… (1977-80) which shaped the precedent for female manga artists to create stories for a young male readership. Reflecting on the development of the narrative art form in Japan, she will also review what manga has meant to her and the society at large.


Date: 25 August 2019 from 2.30pm
Venue:

Foyles Bookstore, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT London


For more information, please click here.

This event is held in collaboration with Foyles.

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Image Credit: ©To Terra…, KeikoTAKEMIYA

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Born Into A Noh Family: How the New Generation is Keeping the Tradition Alive   org

 

Noh is a traditional Japanese performing art with a history of almost 600 years. Comprising both music and dance, the extremely sophisticated and stylised body movements of the performers and the wearing of elegant masks to identify the characters make Noh distinctive. Alongside Kyogen, which developed in parallel, the significance of Noh performance to global performing arts was recognised by UNESCO in 2008, when it was designated as Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Compared to Kabuki, there are comparatively fewer obstacles on the path towards becoming a Noh performer. Anybody who wishes to learn the Noh art form can do so, regardless of their gender or origin. Nonetheless, becoming a professional is a long process of perfecting the skill over the course of many years, and those who are born into a Noh lineage often have their future predetermined in order to keep this very intricate tradition alive.

How do these new generations settle into their fated roles? How much dedication is necessary to carry on creating an enduring legacy?

In this special online talk, the Japan Foundation has invited Noh performer TAKEDA Takafumi, a direct descendant of an established Noh family, to share his experience of being born into such specific circumstances. In conversation with Dr Ashley Thorpe (Royal Holloway, University of London) who specialises in Noh, Takeda will reveal the daily practices he has followed since childhood, his views on the pursuit of keeping the tradition alive, as well as how he and his family adapt to the changes and challenges of the present day.


TAKEDA Takafumi

Board member of Noh Shо̄ Kai.

Born in Tokyo in 1989 as the second son of TAKEDA Naohiro, a Shite (main role) Noh actor of Kanze-Ryū School. Since his debut at the age 3, Takafumi has studied and been trained under his father. He has taken part in about 100 performances every year in which he took on the intricate Shite role several times. In addition to this, he has been involved in projects run by Gyokuto no Kai, which support victims of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. He has also been active in the promotion of Noh performances through various workshops and other activities as part of the Ōryū no Kai projects which center on conveying the appeal of Noh. His Shite role repertoire includes his performance in Shyakkyo in 2018, and he is scheduled to perform as Shite once again in Midare in 2020.

Dr Ashley Thorpe

Ashley Thorpe is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance at Royal Holloway. He has studied Noh in the Kita School for ten years and is a member of the theatre company Theatre Nohgaku. In 2011, he established the only annual intensive Noh training programme in Europe, Noh Training Project UK, with Richard Emmert and Matsui Akira. He has written and performed his own English Noh, Emily (London, 2019), and performed alongside the Ōshima family of Noh actors in the touring production of Janette Cheong’s Between The Stones (London, Ireland, Paris, 2020).


Please note that this online event will be hosted on Zoom.


Date: 2 July 2020 from 12.00pm

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Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Screenings and Special Talk Events   org

 

The Japan Foundation London and Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival have teamed up!

We've partnered with Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival, which is back this October to celebrate its 10th anniversary, on free, online and live screenings on their YouTube channel. Four screenings will be presented, with short film programmes featuring award winning film makers and emerging talents from various universities across Japan.

Date: 24 and 25 October, at various times

 

In addition to the free streaming of some of the most innovative and inspiring Japanese animation works, we offer you opportunities to virtually meet the creators behind them. From knitting to clay, you will see how versatile Japanese animation techniques can be. 

All events listed below are free and take place online via Zoom. Join us in this creative hub, wherever you may be!

 

Knitting into Animation

Online Talk with YATA Miho and YODA Takeshi

Who could have imagined that colourful wool threads could be transformed into a cute and fun animation with lots of sheep! YATA Miho, a Japanese animation creator, mesmerized viewers when her work was streamed as part of the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival special in July.  Together with YODA Takeshi, composer and theremin player who performed the memorable music in The King of Amechau Country, they will talk about their creative processes and their sources of inspiration in this online talk. Their presentations will be followed by a conversation with Abigail Addison.

Saturday, 24 October from 13:00 (BST)

Book here.

 

 

Animation Workshop with ARAI Chie

Online Workshop

ARAI Chie is the creator behind the twinkling and friendly mascot of the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival. She is also an animator who created the festival’s opening animations and other short films. Her drawings are quite often seen in the form of flip books, and bring to mind a similarity to manga. In this workshop, she will explain where the idea for the cute character came from, illustrating step-by-step the process of her creation. Participants will be invited to join a brief session in which they can try and test their skill on paper to check their potential for being a future animator! Moderated by Shangomola, a London based manga artist.

Sunday, 25 October from 12:00 (BST)

Book here.

 

 

Clay Metamorphosis

Online Talk with YUSAKI Fusako

Having lived and worked in Italy, YUSAKI Fusako is an award-wining female creator and a pioneer of Japanese clay animation. Metamorphosing clay into a lively animation rich in colours defines her work and her philosophy: nothing remains the same. In this very special talk, in conversation with Robin Lyons – a producer of animation works and the Managing Director of Calon – YUSAKI will explore her long-standing career and how her life and work has changed shape like the ever-malleable materials she loves.  This is a rare opportunity not to be missed.

Sunday, 25 October from 14:00 (BST)

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Date: 24 October 2020 - 25 October 2020

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Sayaka Murata Exclusive Recorded Interview at Cheltenham Literature Festival + LIVE Q&A   org

 

Online Events in partnership with the Japan Foundation

SAYAKA MURATA returns to Cheltenham Literature Festival
with an Exclusive Recorded Interview followed by a LIVE Q&A Session

One of the most celebrated of the new generation of Japanese writers, SAYAKA MURATA has won not only the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, but the Gunzo, Noma, and Mishima Yukio Prizes, been named a Freeman’s ‘Future of New Writing’ author, a Vogue Japan Woman of the Year and her novel Convenience Store Woman (trans. Ginny Tapley Takemori) became a global sensation. She returns with Earthlings (trans. Takemori), a shocking, wild and funny tale of a young woman who is convinced she is an alien and a powerful exploration of finding freedom from familial and societal expectations. In this special conversation she speaks with The New York Times Tokyo bureau chief Motoko Rich from her home in Tokyo and gives an insight into her literary life in the city.

 

Registration Information:

(Please note that the LIVE Q&A Session requires a separate booking)

Recorded Interview streaming at 10:00am (BST) - please click here

LIVE Q&A Session starting at 11:00am (BST) – please click here

 

Online Event in partnership with the Japan Foundation 

SAYAKA MURATA returns to Cheltenham Literature Festival  

with an Exclusive Recorded Interview followed by a LIVE Q&A Session

One of the most celebrated of the new generation of Japanese writers, SAYAKA MURATA has won not only the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, but the Gunzo, Noma, and Mishima Yukio Prizes, been named a Freeman’s ‘Future of New Writing’ author, a Vogue Japan Woman of the Year and her novel Convenience Store Woman (trans. Ginny Tapley Takemori) became a global sensation. She returns with Earthlings (trans. Takemori), a shocking, wild and funny tale of a young woman who is convinced she is an alien and a powerful exploration of finding freedom from familial and societal expectations. In this special conversation she speaks with The New York Times Tokyo bureau chief Motoko Rich from her home in Tokyo and gives an insight into her literary life in the city.


Date: 3 October 2020
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The Art of the Pinch: A Lecture and Demonstration on Tsumami Zaiku   org

 

Tsumami zaiku is a traditional Japanese craft that enjoys a long history of some 200 years. By folding and pinching colourful pieces of cloth, the technique enables you to create day-to-day accessories, including ornamental combs and hairpins (kanzashi), with elaborate and intricate designs such as delicate flowers and birds. It is believed that the wife of a daimyo (lord) and her lady-in-waiting started tsumami zaiku as a hobby. Over the years, however, the craft has been adopted into the lives of society at large with many women matching a variety of these handmade accessories to their ceremonial kimono worn at annual festivals or on special occasions. Furthermore, in recently years, tsumami zaiku has become stylish in popular culture, appealing to followers of contemporary fashion in and outside Japan.

With this in mind, we have invited YAMASHITA Tomomi, an official instructor of the technique, to lead a lecture on brief history of the artistry, describing how this handmade technique can be applied to and is enjoyed in modern times. She will then demonstrate the tsumami-making method, introducing the range of tools, techniques, fabrics, and explain the basics of fixing and assembling the piece so that you can create your very own design at home.

Joining YAMASHITA is Cora Fung, a practitioner of tsumami zaiku based in the UK who has been fascinated by the craft. She will define her own attraction to the craft, displaying examples of her own work as a way to show you how inclusive this hobby is of creators outside of Japan.

If you wish to craft alongside with us in real-time, we suggest you prepare for the session with the necessary materials listed below.

Join us and bring your own tsumami zaiku idea to life, be it an ornamental hairpin or an early Christmas decoration! All ages and skill levels welcome.

 

Materials for a simple one petal demonstration:

  • Woodworking glue
  • 2-3 pieces of square cloth (about 4 cm). Fabric with bonds such as thin cotton is best.
  • If you have some, tapered long tweezers. If not, there may be alternative instructions on folding by hand.
  • Something flat to lay underneath the materials (for those who want to use starch glue). You can find out how to make starch glue by clicking here.

 

About the speakers

YAMASHITA Tomomi is a Certified Instructor of the Tsumami Zaiku Association. She has hosted workshops for some 500 visitors from over 30 countries around the world. In 2019, she has also launched the ‘Tsumami kanzashi’ website to pass on the traditions of and information on tsumami zaiku. So far, the website has been visited by people from over 50 countries and can be found here: tsumami-kanzashi.com/

Cora Fung is a self-taught tsumami zaiku artist based in Sheffield. She has been practising the craft for three and a half years and has created a wide range of accessories and artwork. Apart from traditional subjects such as chrysanthemum and crane, she also creates modern patterns and objects such as angel wings, ocean waves, and umbrellas. She trades under the trade name Takara Crafts and her crafts have been showcased in various craft fairs and exhibitions in the Yorkshire area and Manchester.

 

This talk has been made possible with the kind assistance of Kayoko Tezuka, Tuning for the Future (TFF) in Japan.

http://www.npo-tff.org

 

Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom.

To book your place, please click here.


Date: 28 November 2020 from 11.00am

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Free Japanese Film Streaming!   org

 

During this unprecedented situation we all find oursleves in, we believe it important to share the beauty of Japanese cinema through free streaming services. The below links will take you to two film sharing initiatives that the Japan Foundation has been involved in.

We hope you enjoy the complimentary access these films while they are available!

'Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections'

A great opportunity to watch three fantastic pieces of cinema produced by the Japan Foundation Asia Centre and Tokyo International Film Festival. A journey through space and time!

Available online until June 30, 2020


Moosic Lab X Japanese Film Festival

Thanks to Moosic Lab, our film festival in Asia has set up a free streaming service where you can watch both feature and short Japanese indie films.

No subscription needed!

Expires early June 2020


Date: 29 April 2020 - 30 June 2020
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MANGA in a global society: the origins and development of a genre – Special Lecture with Fusanosuke Natsume, Manga Critic and Columnist   org

We are delighted to welcome Professor Fusanosuke Natsume to give a lecture on manga in global society.

The term manga originated in China; it was first employed in Japan in the Edo period (1608-1868). The most representative example of its use in Japan is Hokusai manga (fifteen volumes issued serially between 1814 and 1819 and then in 1830s and 1840s with the final volume appearing in 1878), however, the meaning of the word in the Edo period was not the same as the meaning of manga today. In the Meiji period (1868-1912), in response to the shock of western culture, the printing technologies, distribution and production processes were all modernized. Aware of its connections with Japan’s traditional culture, the word manga was redefined as a new genre. After that, under the influence of European and American caricatures and cartoons, manga, as a medium, came to include aspects of both. Today, when we use the word ‘manga’, in most of cases, we mean MANGA created after 1980s. Are the manga in Japan and manga read by a global audience the same? Or are they different?

Known in Japan as a manga critic and columnist, Professor Fusanosuke Natsume teaches critical studies on manga and animation at Gakushuin University. He was awarded the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 1999. During the course of his career, he has engaged in debates surrounding manga as ‘anti-art’ seen many attempts to create exhibitions of manga, and explored the boundaries between manga in Japan and graphic novels, bande dessinée and comics from other parts of the world.

 

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996, email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.


Date: 19 August 2019 from 6.45pm
Venue:

The Swedenborg Society, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way (Hall entrance on Barter St), London WC1A 2TH


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This event is planned by the Japan Society in association with the British Museum and the Japan Foundation.

 

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Spirits of Action: Japanese Manga and Sports   org

 

Being an avid manga reader and a sport fanatic may seem to be mutually exclusive characteristics. In Japanese manga history, however, they have always been a good match and played well together in attracting manga fans as well as enthusiastic sports players. From tennis to judo, a huge variety of sports have been a source of inspiration for the ‘sports manga’ form of the graphic novel read by girls, boys, and young adults alike, and the genre has kept driving the market and readership forward. Certain works have gained huge momentum and have become a trend in Japanese society. The genre’s continuing popularity and influence is proven in the fact that many ‘sports manga’ titles have been adapted into other media such as film and animation.

In the lead up to TOKYO2020 (postponed to next year), the Japan Foundation has invited YOSHIMURA Kazuma of Kyoto Seika University to talk about the inseparable relationship between manga and sports. Succinctly tracing its history from post-war to today, YOSHIMURA will discuss the position of ‘sports manga’ in Japanese culture and how its contents have evolved to reflect the time, society and people’s spirits, and indeed how the genre has managed to keep attracting Japanese readers, as well as manga artists, even while changing its shape.

After YOSHIMURA’s presentation, there will be a brief conversation with Rayna Denison.

 

About the speakers

YOSHIMURA Kazuma completed coursework for a Ph.D. program at Ritsumeikan University. He currently serves as the head of the Faculty of Manga, as well as at the International Manga Research Center. His field of research is in the history of philosophy and manga studies. Yoshimura’s published work includes Manga’s Handling of Prejudice (2007), Manga Textbook (2008), Multiple Hiroshima (2012), ‘Chiran’ as a convenient manga experience – Media dynamics of ‘Authentic record on KAMIKAZE’ (printed in The Birth of Chiran, edited by Yoshiaki Fukuma, Makoto Yamazaki, 2015), and Osamu Tezuka – ‘the God of Manga’ fostered by unfavorable wind (printed in Intellectual History of Japanese People Vol.4 (2015, Iwanami Shoten).

Rayna Denison is a Senior Lecturer in and Head of Department for the Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of East Anglia. Her research and teaching interests centre on Japanese film and animation. She is the author of Anime: A Critical Introduction (Bloomsbury 2015), and the editor of Princess Mononoke: Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess (Bloomsbury 2018). Her scholarly articles can be found in many leading journals, including Cinema Journal, Velvet Light Trap, Japan Forum and the International Journal of Cultural Studies.

 

Image credit: 原作/恵本裕子、脚色・構成・作画/小林まこと『JJM 女子柔道部物語』第1巻(講談社、2016年) ©小林まこと/講談社

 

Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom.

To book your place, please click here.


Date: 28 October 2020 from 12.00pm
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A Story in Four Frames - Japanese Yonkoma Manga   org

 

Yonkoma manga is one of a range of manga formats produced in Japan. As the direct translation of the name suggests, it comprises of just 4 frames in which a story starts, develops and ends. Although it may be relatively unknown overseas, this manga style has a long-standing history. Primarily associated with daily printed newspapers for many years, the characters featured in specific yonkoma often could become household names while the storylines tend to develop while reflecting social and political trends. In recent years, there has been a rise in more variation of content but the simplicity and conciseness in telling a story, reminiscent of Japanese haiku, remains the same.

Following the yonkoma manga workshop we held in May 2020, the Japan Foundation has invited SAIKA Tadahiro of Kyoto Seika University to explain the characteristics of yonkoma manga and trace its history to date. SAIKA will also examine the way this classic format, which is embedded in Japanese culture, has evolved over time and in the context of changes in Japanese society, while introducing some of the new wave seen in the world of contemporary yonkoma manga.

A brief conversation with London-based writer, curator, critic and lecturer specialising in international comics, Paul Gravett, will follow SAIKA’s lecture.

 

About the speakers

SAIKA Tadahiro was born in Wakayama, Japan in 1980. He completed his PhD at the Graduate School of Cultural Studies, Kobe University. SAIKA is currently a research fellow at the International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University. His research interests include the social context in which manga is produced and the way in which the gaze towards manga artists has shifted with time. In addition to carrying out his research, he translates and writes articles on manga and also teaches at various universities in Japan.

Paul Gravett, co-founder of Escape magazine and Comica Festival, is a London-based writer, curator, critic and lecturer specialising in international comics. His books include Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics (2004), Great British Comics (2006), Incredibly Strange Comics (2008), Comics Art (2013), Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics (2017) and Posy Simmonds (2019). He also edited 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die (2011). He has curated retrospectives of several prominent creators and co-curated Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK for The British Library. In 2017, he curated Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics, which The Barbican Centre is touring worldwide.

 

Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom.

To book your place, please click here.


Date: 26 November 2020 from 12.00pm

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“Course on the Application of ICT for Teachers - Learning ICT Literacy Through Practice”   org

Instructor: Dr. Tomohisa Yamada, Hokkaido University Associate Professor

Guidelines for Applicants

At the Japan Foundation, London, we create and offer quality professional development programmes for educators in Japanese language education.

This newly developed online course aims to help teachers to update and increase their ICT literacy skills. Participants will be invited to be a member of our safe and friendly online learning community to work on carefully selected tasks at their own pace. There will also be a plenty of opportunities to ask questions and to receive guidance and feedback.

Type: Online (using Zoom and Slack software)

Event period: End of November 2020 to March 2021

Applicant Criteria: Teachers of Japanese who are currently employed by an educational institution in the United Kingdom or Europe. (We will prioritise applications from teachers working in secondary education in the United Kingdom)

Participation Requirements: Participants must have no issues with online learning and be able to participate actively in topic discussions, as well as granting permission for the Japan Foundation, London to use images, recordings, surveys, interviews etc for activity reports, evaluations, and future publicity.

Course Language: The course will mainly be conducted in Japanese, but there will be English language support when necessary.

Number of Participants: 15

How to Apply: Please fill out the online form below.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/P0Z0E5/

Application Deadline: 16th November (Monday) 9:00AM (GMT)

Note: This course is designed to take place with a small number of participants. The Japan Foundation, London will evaluate applications to decide on who will participate. Please understand that we cannot answer questions regarding success or failure of application.

Please click here to download the Guidelines for Applicants

Schedule (planned):

-      16th November 2020 (Monday) – Application deadline

-      20th November 2020 (Friday) – Notification of application results

-      28th November 2020 (Saturday) – Course orientation

-      December 2020 – Distribution of Lecture Video 1

-      January 2021 – Distribution of Lecture Video 2

-      February 2021 – Distribution of Lecture Video 3

-      March 2021 – Reflection and evaluations

 

Instructor: Dr. Tomohisa Yamada

Associate Professor at Hokkaido University (Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education/ Graduate School of International Media-Communication and Tourism Studies)

Dr Yamada has an MA from the Institute of Education, University of London, and Ph.D. in Education  from Hokkaido University. After working with the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies Language Centre and Saga University Exchange Student Centre, he assumed his present post in 2012. His area of research is educational technology and teacher education. As well as his research activities, he is actively involved in giving lectures and professional development programmes aimed at increasing ICT literacy for teachers of Japanese. He was awarded the Hokkaido University Excellent Teachers award (2014 to 2019). Among his key publications are “Practical Use of ICT (Second Edition)” and “Active Learning for Teachers of Japanese” (Kuroshio Shuppan).

Message from the Instructor:

In 2020, due to Covid-19, our lives and our classroom classes have become limited, and we have been forced to move online. Teachers are now urgently required to be able to use ICT. Not only focusing on improving the efficiency of administration and teaching results, but also looking ahead to the future of education, this online course will be formed of the following three perspectives:

  1. Making and Organising: A lesson on the efficacy of the creation of teaching materials, managing student grades and data management.
  2. Presentation: A lesson on what ICT literacy is necessary to present teaching materials to learners.
  3. Linking: A lesson on how to create a space outside of the classroom for teachers and learners to make connections, and how to use that space effectively.

We aim to have participants in this course learn these points together, and for the participants a learning community which promote/value collaborative collegiality. I hope that through this network, the amount of colleagues to whom you can express your “how do I do this?” will increase, and this network that will begin in the United Kingdom will spread to Europe.

 

Course Coordinator: Yuko Fujimitsu (The Japan Foundation, London – Japanese Language Chief Advisor)


Date: 16 November 2020
Venue:

Online.

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[Online Talk] Designs That Defined Modern Japan   org

 

The decades leading up to the turn of the 21st century have seen in Japan an unprecedented amount of growth and development, with the nation spearheading the way in pioneering technologies, art, and designs. While some cross-referenced existing global design movements, Japanese creators have focused on the needs and preferences of their society, creating many ground-breaking products with new conceptions that revolutionised not only the fields of design in Japan, but also provided key inspiration for future designs in the Western world. From fashion to ceramics, transportation devices to objects used in the daily lives of the average person, Japan offered new directions to explore original ideas.

But are there any tangible items in particular which can be said to stand out as the game changers in the history of Japanese design? To answer this question, we invite Professor KASHIWAGI Hiroshi, a prominent design historian and critic, who will draw on his long-standing career in the field to give his view as to the objects which deserve such an esteemed title. After introducing and providing a socio-historical background on his selection of objects, he will delve into where he believes the future of Japanese design is heading. Following KASHIWAGI's presentation, there will be a short discussion with Josephine Rout, Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum

 

About the speakers

KASHIWAGI Hiroshi is a Professor Emeritus at Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Majored in History of Modern Design. He is a design critic and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London. Born in Kobe in 1946. Graduated with a design degree from Musashino Art University. He has been attempting to spell out modern thought aesthetic through his research in design. Selected Exhibitions: Curator for the exhibition; Tanaka Ikko Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2003. Curator for the exhibition; Fantaisies Cybernetiques, Maison de la culture du Japon a Paris, 2003-4. Selected Publication: Modan dezain hihan (Critique of the modern design) Iwanami Syoten, Tokyo, 02. “Shikiri” no Bunkaron (Cultural studies on “boundary”) Kodansya, Tokyo. 04. Tantei-syosetu no shitunai (Interior of Detective Story) Hakusuisya, Tokyo, 11. Dezain no Kyokasyo (The Textbook on Design) Kodansya, Tokyo, 11. Kaji no seijigaku (Studies on Domestic Science) Iwanami Syoten, Tokyo, 15. Shikaku no Seimeiryoku (The Life Force of Visual Culture) Iwanami Syoten, Tokyo. 17.

Josephine Rout is a Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum where she looks after the Japanese collections of Meiji, Modern and Contemporary Fashion, Design and Metalwork. She is a graduate of the University of Canterbury, Aotearoa, New Zealand, and the Royal College of Art, London. At the V&A, she was Assistant Curator for the Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art refurbishment, curated the Friday Late Neo Nipponica and was Project Curator of the exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk. Her first book, Japanese Dress in Detail (2020), is shortlisted for the 2021 Association of Dress Historians Book of the Year Award.

 

The Japan Foundation Game Changer Series: The World is Changing; What Changed Japan

 

Please note that this will be an Online Event held on Zoom.

 

This online event is free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential. To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 23 June 2021 from 1.00pm

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All You May Want to Know About Shojo Manga
A Lecture by Tomoko Yamada
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Though it might not be widely recognised in the UK, shojo manga (girls’ manga) is an established genre within the Japanese manga world, for many decades having been primarily targeted at a female readership demographic. Constantly evolving in its narrative structures as well as the pictorial expression, it has inspired girls and young women through comic media suitable for different stages of their lives. Reflecting the demands of Japanese contemporary society, it often acts as a companion guide on which its readers can model their life styles.

So what is shojo manga and what actually defines the genre?

The Japan Foundation is delighted to welcome manga curator, critic, and shojo manga researcher at Meiji University, Tomoko Yamada, who will take you on a journey through the world of shojo manga with her insightful and informative illustrated talk. Having written extensively on the effects of the genre on visual pop culture, and interviewed many shojo manga artists including Keiko Takemiya, Yamada will delineate the origin of shojo manga as well as the characteristics and development of this unique narrative art with fresh perspective. Yamada will also elucidate how the readers have interacted with one another during the development of the genre throughout the years, while pointing out some of the pivotal moments in the history of shojo manga.

This talk will map out Japan’s arguably lesser known yet certainly one of the most expansive manga genres, as well as offer the opportunity to discover more about who’s who in shojo manga, complementing the City: Manga exhibition at the British Museum.


Date: 24 August 2019 from 2.30pm
Venue:

The Swedenborg Society | Swedenborg Hall | 20-21 Bloomsbury Way | London WC1A 2TH


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Seikatsu Kogei: Objects For Intentional Living Exhibition Organised by The Japan Foundation, Sydney   org

Organised by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, Seikatsu Kogei: Objects for Intentional Living explores the Japanese craft movement that began in the 1990s known as Seikatsu Kogei, or lifestyle crafts. See how the works of Seikatsu Kogei artists re-examine our relationship to the objects in our lives, presented together in Australia for the first time.

Included in this exhibition are some 50 works by 22 currently-active Seikatsu Kogei artists. The objects on display are made from a variety of materials, including wood, ceramics, lacquer, glass, metal, bamboo, paper and clay.

Due to the unexpected closure of The Japan Foundation Sydney gallery as a result of COVID-19, the Seikatsu Kogei: Objects for Intentional Living exhibition is now available to view online. We invite you to enjoy the exhibition virtually by clicking here.

Please note that the end date of the exhibition may be subject to change.


Date: 21 February 2020 - 31 July 2020
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Carving Out Beauty - The Life and Work of Munakata Shiko   org

 

"Like the vastness of space, like a universe unlimited, untold, unattainable, and inscrutable- that is the woodcut."

– Shiko Munakata.
(Munakata: the “Way” of the Woodcut, Brooklyn, Pratt Adlib Press, 1961)

 

Best known for his earlier phase of black and white woodblock prints, MUNAKATA Shiko (1903-1975) is one of the greatest Japanese artists of the 20th century. His works are instantly recognisable by the expressive urgency with which he worked to bring out the vitality that is characteristic of his art. A self-taught artist, he continued to be inspired by the love of nature and folk traditions of his native Aomori. Perhaps the most indicative element of his work has been the Buddhist imagery created in Toyama (after the 1945 bombing of Tokyo forced him to escape the capital), which heavily featured in his prints and earned him a number of accolades from esteemed temples of Japan. He made his mark on an international scale, too, receiving first prize in exhibitions held in Lugano (1952), Sao Paulo (1955), Venice (1956), and Hayward Gallery in London (1991), as part of an exhibition which subsequently toured in the UK.

Ensuring the legacy of his name lives on in present day, independent curator and researcher, ISHII Yoriko, has been a key figure in lectures and publications aimed at revealing a hidden side of the folk art master. As MUNAKATA’s granddaughter, she is arguably best equipped to do so.

Commemorating the 45th anniversary of MUNAKATA’s death, The Japan Foundation is delighted to welcome her as she delivers an insightful online talk about the life and work of the artist, drawing on personal memories of him to paint a picture of the man behind the woodblock prints. Elaborating on the philosophy and techniques used by MUNAKATA in his work, as well as the different stages of this career as an artist, ISHII will explain the significance his prints continue to have – both in Japan and globally – and what is being done to preserve his memory.

After her presentation, ISHII will have a brief conversation with artist, educator and author, Elspeth Lamb.

 

About the speakers

ISHII Yoriko

Born in Tokyo in 1956, she is the granddaughter of MUNAKATA Shiko. After graduating from university, she began working as a curator at the Munakata Museum of Art (closed in 2011) in Kamakura City. In recent years, through exhibition supervision, writing, lectures, and similar activities, she has worked to convey the lesser known attributes of her grandfather. ISHII is also currently a special researcher at Nanto Shiritsu Fukumitsu Museum.

 

Elspeth Lamb

Elspeth Lamb is an artist, educator and author. Her book ‘Papermaking for Printmakers’ was published by A&C Black London in 2006 and sells worldwide. She has exhibited in New York, London, Tokyo, Kyoto and Toronto and she has been artist in residence in Japan several times since 2000 ,studying and researching with hanga masters and more recently with a Unesco Hosokawa-shi papermaking master in Ogawa, Japan.

 

This talk has been made possible with the kind assistance of Kayoko Tezuka, Tuning for the Future (TFF) in Japan.

http://www.npo-tff.org 

 

Image credit: In Praise of Flower Hunting, 1954 /「華狩頌(はなかりしょう)1954」, Shiko Munakata

 

Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom.


Date: 20 October 2020 from 12.00pm

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Postgraduate Workshop 2021   org

The Japan Foundation/BAJS Postgraduate Workshop is back! A lot has changed since the 2020 iteration, and this year’s online workshop will be tackling the effects of the global pandemic on academia head on. The workshop will take place online and will be spread over two mornings. The aim of this workshop will be to help postgraduate students develop their careers in JS navigating the 'new normal'.

 This year, participating students will also be able to present their latest research to academics and their peers, gaining important feedback at a time when presenting opportunities is low.

There will also be talks and discussions about key areas surrounding the rapidly changing world of Japanese Studies. Topics will include:

  • Funding opportunities available to PhD candidates and early career researchers.
  • The current state of academia in Japan and the effects of COVID-19
  • Job opportunities both inside and outside of academia 
  • Creating a social media research presence
  • And more…

Eligibility

Registration is open to postgraduate in any field of the humanities of social sciences with a focus on Japan (including comparative studies). Spaces are limited and priority will be given to PhD/Dphil students from the UK/Ireland. Master’s level students may apply at any time but their places will not be confirmed until closer to the event. Students must be able to attend both days.

Registration is free for all participants. To register, please fill in this form.


Date: 25 February 2021 - 26 February 2021
Venue:

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Naomi Kawase: In Focus
at the Open City Documentary Festival
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The Japan Foundation is proud to partner with Open City Documentary Festival on screenings of a selection of works by critically-acclaimed Japanese director, Naomi Kawase.

The director herself will be in attendance.

1:30pm - Embracing + Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth + Q&A

In these two deeply personal films, Naomi Kawase reflects on her relationship with her father, absent throughout her childhood. Embracing (1992) revolves around Naomi’s search for her father despite her adoptive mother’s discouragement and her own doubts about what she might find. Combining nostalgic home movies and handheld Super 8mm footage of nature, Kawase weaves together an achingly beautiful search for identity and the true meaning of family. Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth (2001) chronicles Naomi’s reaction to her father’s death a decade later, drawing lifelong connections between her original search, her childhood with her adoptive parents and her unfulfilled longing for a relationship with her birth parents.

Followed by a Q&A with director Naomi Kawase

 

4:00pm - Katatsumori + See Heaven + Chiri + Intro 

This triptych of moving tributes from Naomi Kawase creates an affectionate portrait of her bond with her great-aunt who adopted and raised her. Capturing her lovingly with close up Super 8mm photography, Katatsumori (1994) introduces us to Uno Kawase as she enters her eighties. A recurrent figure in all of Kawase’s personal documentaries, Uno remains kind, good-humoured and devoted to her adoptive daughter, and See Heaven (1995) offers an intimate, experimental collage of images dedicated to the playful but tender relationship between the two. In Chiri (2012), we witness Uno’s daily routine as she nears her final days and Kawase grapples with coming to terms with her great-aunt’s passing.

Director Naomi Kawase will be present to introduce the screening.

 

Monday, 9 September at Curzon Soho Cinema

6:30pm - Birth/Mother + Extended Conversation 

About to give birth to her own child, Naomi Kawase turns her camera back on to her adoptive mother and great-aunt in this riveting examination of family, motherhood and the female body. An intensely intimate and candid film, Birth/Mother (2006) captures images of her great-aunt’s ageing body while Kawase reflects on her own journey to becoming a mother. The film offers a more complex portrayal of the relationship between the two women than Kawase’s earlier shorts, but the connection between them remains undeniable.

Naomi Kawase will join us after the screening of the film for an extended in-conversation event


Date: 8 September 2019 - 9 September 2019
Venue:

The Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent St, London W1B 2HW

and 

Curzon Soho Cinema, 99 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 5DY


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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

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Nihongo Cup 2020 - Finals Day   org

The UK’s talented young students of Japanese language will be competing at the Finals Day of the Nihongo Cup – the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools.

Students from all levels of Secondary education – Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 – will showcase their amazing talent and hard work in their Japanese language studies while competing for some fantastic prizes.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, the Finals Day will take place as an online event this year. We will be posting more details shortly, so please check back here for updates.

Please be aware that this event is closed to the public. Spectators will be limited to finalists, their families and their teachers, as well as Nihongo Cup organisers, sponsors and so on.

To read our report about last year’s finals day, click here.

Download the programme for Finals Day by clicking here!


Date: 27 June 2020 from 12.30pm
Venue:

Online event.


The Nihongo Cup is co-organised by the Japanese Language Committee of the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Japan Foundation London.

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Author Talk with Kanako Nishi   org

 

Since her debut in 2004 with a collection of short stories Blue (Aoi), Kanako Nishi’s star has risen rapidly in the Japanese literary world. Born in Tehran, and raised in Cairo and Osaka, Nishi has been praised by critics for her unorthodox style and the use of language in her books which are often written using the distinctive Kansai dialect. The praise has also materialised into awards she has garnered, among them the Oda Sakunosuke Prize in 2006, the Kawai Hayao Literary Prize in 2012, and the prestigious Naoki Prize in 2015 for her novel Saraba! (2014). Notably, she is also an accomplished author of children’s books with one of her representative works, Entaku (Entaku: Kokko Hitonatsu no Imagine, 2011), having been adapted into film by Isao Yukisada in 2014. Her other novels have inspired many filmmakers as well as enthusiastic readers from different generations.

In conjunction with her much anticipated appearance at this year's Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Nishi, in conversation with literary translator Polly Barton, will talk about her work aimed at both adult and younger readerships, reflecting on the inspiration behind her stories and her writing style, including how she draws on her own international upbringing to shape her narratives. They will also discuss some of the major themes explored in Nishi’s novels such as individualism, society, power, and what the author wishes to express through her literature.

Though many of Nishi’s books are yet to be translated, this talk will provide a first insight into the creative process of one of Japan’s best-loved novelists, whose debut on a global stage has been eagerly anticipated.

A small selection of Nishi’s works translated into English:

Merry Christmas, English trans. Allison Markin Powell, fiftystorms.org https://fiftystorms.org/merry-christmas-by-kanako-nishi

Burn, English trans. Allison Markin Powell, Freeman's: Power, Fall 2018 issue https://www.amazon.com/dp/0802128203

This event is free to attend, but booking is essential. To book via Eventbrite, please click here.


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Date: 11 October 2019 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Royal Society of Arts (RSA), Durham Auditorium, Durham House Street — off The Strand, London WC2N 6HG


This event is organised in partnership with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. Nishi will be appearing at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday, 12 October in the morning and afternoon. For more information about the Festival, please visit their website here.


 

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The Japan Foundation Touring Exhibition:
The Superlative Artistry of Japan
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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!

Update: The official exhibition catalogue is now available for viewing online completely free of charge. Simply click on the PDF icon below and enjoy the exhibition from home!


Date: 18 January 2020 - 19 April 2020
Venue:

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

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Game + Culture: Co-evolution of Japanese Video Games and Society   org

 

From the likes of the Super Mario series to the more recent Animal Crossing and e-sports, Japanese video games have been widely acknowledged as some of the best in business, attracting evangelical fans all over the world. Though ostensibly created with borderless content and universal characters, it is argued by some that Japanese video games are deeply embedded in and reflective of Japanese society. Their palpable spirit and philosophies may be understood as being sourced from Japan’s old traditions, even from well-known art forms such as haiku and the practice of tea ceremony. However, it is difficult to perceive at a glance how these seemingly unrelated pretechnological art forms and culture have influenced 21st century digital content.

Inviting HIRABAYASHI Hisakazu, a video game journalist and analyst, this special talk aims to identify ‘Japaneseness’ in digital game content, analysing to what degree it has rooted from Japanese cultural as well as social history and to what extent it is indebted to old Japanese traditions. While illustrating some characteristics of leading game companies such as Nintendo, HIRABAYASHI also explains the future visions of these companies and game creators against a background of the recent evidence of a decline in the global share of Japanese games. 

A brief conversation with Culture Director of the BGI, Iain Simons, will follow HIRABAYASHI’s lecture.

 

About the speakers

HIRABAYASHI Hisakazu (Interact Co., Ltd. CEO / Game analyst) In 1985, after graduating from Aoyama Gakuin University, he joined the publishing company Takarajima where he worked as editor of a game specialty magazine. In 1991, he established Interact Co., Ltd., a consulting company specializing in the game industry, and started supporting companies entering the game industry. He currently works as a consultant of the game industry, a journalist, and a commentator on television and radio programs. HIRABAYASHI’s works include the book Gemū no daigaku (The University of Gaming) and Gemū no jiji mondai (Current Issues in Gaming). He is an editorial board member of Digital content white paper of Japan, as well as a board member of the Japan Game Culture Foundation.

Iain Simons makes, writes and talks about videogames and culture across many popular and specialist media. He has written numerous books and papers and regularly contributes to conferences and events around the world. In 2005 he curated the first videogame festival at London’s SouthBank Centre, after which he founded GameCity in 2006. In 2008, this project led to co-founding the first National Videogame Archive, with the National Media Museum. In 2015 he co-founded the National Videogame Arcade, the acclaimed cultural centre for games, which following a merger with the BGI relaunched as the National Videogame Museum. He has worked as a creative consultant with many organisations including the BBC, ArtsDepot, British Film Institute, Barbican Centre, NHS and sits on the heritage advisory board of BAFTA.

Image credit: Partial photo of retro Nintendo games by Nick Hamze on Unsplash

Please note that this session will be hosted on Zoom.

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Date: 12 November 2020 from 12.00pm

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Nihongo Cup 2021 - Applications Open!   org

Nihongo Cup is the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School students across three categories: Key Stage 3, Pre-GCSE Key Stage 4 and 5, and Post GCSE Key Stage 4 and 5.

Finalists will be invited to perform their speeches as part of an online Finals Day. Their speeches will be watched by a panel of judges and VIPs from the field of Japanese language education and Japan-UK relations. They will also have a chance to win some fantastic prizes!

Finals day will take place on 10th July 2021 (Saturday). 

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

To find out more and to download application forms, please download the "Application Pack" zip file at the bottom of this event listing.

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

Please read the information carefully before applying.

The closing date for applications is: 23rd April 2021 (extended!)


Date: 16 December 2020 - 23 April 2021
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Nihongo Cup is organised by the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Japan Foundation London.

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[Online Talk] Art In Motion - Creatives Who Have Transitioned to Video Artistry   org

 

Since its emergence in the late 1960s, video artistry has been gaining an increasingly prominent position in the visual arts sphere, forming a key element in many independent and large-scale exhibitions worldwide. Setting itself apart from conventional filmmaking, its unique way of conveying a particular vision or message has been adopted by many artists, including those who do not necessarily begin their career with motion image.

So, what is the attraction of video art from the artists’ perspective? Is it easier to create in its infinite variety and in the current times which heavily rely on digital alternatives? Perhaps it provides a greater medium for expression?

In conjunction with the Japan Foundation’s online exhibition, 11 Stories on Distanced Relationships - Contemporary Art from Japan (which ran 30 March - 5 May 2021), we have invited three of the exhibited artists,  who are either based in or closely connected to the UK, and who began their careers with other media of expression but later adopted moving image.

The three artists are NOGUCHI Rika whose main medium is photography but who recently started incorporating video art, YANAI Shino who produces performances and installations mostly in video, and SAWA Hiraki who studied sculpture but is known for his videos which capture his subject’s full psychological territory. Together they will talk us through their individual relationships with video art and what inspired them to select this medium in their conceptualisations, while introducing some of their representative works. The conversation will be led by Stuart Tulloch, curator and Head of Programme at Firstsite.

 

About the speakers

Stuart Tulloch is Head of Programme at Firstsite, Colchester (www.firstsite.uk). Previously Curator at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2012 – 2014) and Curator Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (2003 – 2012). Between 1999 – 2003, Stuart was an Assistant Exhibition Organiser at Hayward Gallery, London.  At Hayward he was part of the team that organised the major exhibition of contemporary Japanese art entitled Facts of Life, in 2001. He has since led solo exhibition presentations and projects by Shimabuku (Ikon, 2013) and Makoto Nomura (Grundy, 2004). He is currently leading a mayor project of new work by celebrated artist Michael Landy for Firstsite opening June 2021 - Welcome to Essex.

NOGUCHI Rika, born in 1971, lives and works in Okinawa Prefecture. NOGUCHI has been using the media of the photograph as a means to visualize “What is there, but invisible.” Recently she has also been working on video art focusing on subjects such as insects and plants. Major recent solo exhibitions include At the Bottom of the Sea (Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, 2017) and To the Night Planet (Loock Gallery, Berlin, 2016). Group exhibitions include Twinkling Skin, Emission of Light by Life and Death (Ashikaga Museum of Art, Tochigi, 2020), and 21st Sydney Biennale SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement (Sydney, Australia, 2018).

YANAI Shino lives and works in London. YANAI has produced performances and installations mostly in video and sound that explore through fieldwork the brutality inherent in beauty and socially or historically disguised violence. Recently, she has been interested in pathways and relics. Major recent solo exhibitions include The Deep End (Sagacho Archives, Tokyo, 2019) and Blue Passages (White Conduit Projects, London, 2016). Group exhibitions include 'de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2020) and What We See (The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2013).

SAWA Hiraki is based in London and the Ishikawa Prefecture. SAWA creates videos that capture his subject’s full psychological territory, including mental landscapes and memories. In recent years, he has worked on installations that combine an axis of video with three- and two-dimensional works. Major exhibitions include Overlapping Circles: 5 Artists Collaborate with the Collection (Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Chiba, 2020), KAAT Exhibition 2018: Hiraki Sawa (solo exhibition–Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Kanagawa, 2018), Under the Box, Beyond the Bounds (solo exhibition–Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, 2014) and the 17th Sydney Biennale (Sydney, Australia, 2010).

 

Please note that this will be an Online Event held on Zoom.

 

This online event is free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential. To reserve your space, please book your ticket here: 

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Date: 25 May 2021 from 1.00pm

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A Reading Performance of Pearl and Dagger at The Other Palace   org

 

The Japan Foundation is proud to partner with Thèatre Lapis on this special reading performance.

Pearl and Dagger is a new musical inspired by the Japanese folktale, A Story of Oki Island, which can originally be found in Ancient Tales and Folklore of Japan, written in 1906 by Richard Gordon Smith, a British naturalist.

It is the story of Tokoyo, a young woman dealing with the grief over her deceased mother. When her father, the former samurai Oribe, is wrongly imprisoned on a mysterious island, she sets out on a journey to find him and must discover the secrets of the island, her family, and the meaning of real bravery.

Originally conceived by composer/lyricist Eden Tredwell, directed by Yojiro Ichikawa and co-written by Nozomi Abe, this is the first trial show of the unique production devised from the collaboration between British and Japanese artists, combining both Western musical theatre and Japanese tradition. As part of Thèatre Lapis five-year project ‘Brilliance 2016-2020’, which retells Japanese stories in unique theatre setting, the team behind this production aims to raise and increase awareness of Japan and Japanese culture, as well as hopes that this theatrical experience becomes an invitation to the world of Japanese aesthetics.

Thèatre Lapis is planning to expand this production and tour it to various locations in the UK towards 2020.


Date: 29 November 2019 from 2.00pm
Venue:

The Other Palace, Studio, 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA


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[Online Talk] The Pursuit for New Aesthetics - An Architectural Talk with HIRANO Toshiki   org

 

HIRANO Toshiki is an architectural designer based in Tokyo, Japan. Having studied under the globally acclaimed architect TAKAMATSU Shin, his talent began to be recognised abroad when he was awarded the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize upon receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University in 2012. HIRANO aims to lend his distinct style to landmarks on an international scale as, in addition to his design work in Japan, he has been a pivotal creative voice involved in project proposals and design competitions such as for the Abu Dhabi Flamingo Visitor Center and the Aalto Museum Extension in Jyvaskyla, Finland. His work is frequently featured in public exhibitions such as his Malformed Objects at the Yamamoto Gendai, Tokyo in 2017. He teaches at the University of Tokyo and currently serves as a co-director of SEKISUI HOUSE - KUMA LAB by KUMA Kengo.

Ahead of the London Design Biennale 2021 in June, in which HIRANO will be representing Japan with his latest installation project Reinventing Texture supported by the Japan Foundation, we are proud to welcome him at an online talk event where he will discuss his defining projects including the work he will be presenting at the Biennale. HIRANO will also explore what he considers to be the new architectural aesthetic, as well as how his creative philosophy has and does determine his architectural activities. His presentation will be followed by fellow architect and co-founder of Pareid, Déborah Lopez, and will be moderated by Sarah Mineko Ichioka, director of Desire Lines (Singapore).

 

About the guest speakers

HIRANO Toshiki is an architectural designer based in Tokyo, Japan. He teaches at the University of Tokyo and currently serves as a co-director of SEKISUI HOUSE - KUMA LAB. His research and work investigate the new aesthetics in architecture drawing inspirations from digital technology, art and philosophy. His latest installation project "Reinventing Texture”, curated by Clare Farrow Studio, will be exhibited at Somerset House for the London Design Biennale 2021.

Website: toshiki-hirano.com

 

Sarah Mineko Ichioka, Hon FRIBA, leads Desire Lines, a strategic consultancy for environmental, cultural and social-impact organisations and initiatives. She has been recognised as a World Cities Summit Young Leader, one of the Global Public Interest Design 100, and a British Council / Clore Foundation Cultural Leadership International Fellow. She has advised initiatives including the European Prize for Urban Public Space, Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and Milan Triennale. Ichioka is a co-curator of the Singapore Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale of Architecture, and co-author, with Michael Pawlyn, of 'Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency' (forthcoming 2021).

Déborah Lopez is a licensed architect in Spain and co-founder of Pareid; an interdisciplinary design and research studio currently located in London. Her work adopts approaches from various fields and contexts, addressing topics related to climate, ecology, human perception, machine sentience, and their capacity for altering current modes of existence through imminent fictions (if). Currently, she is a Lecturer (Teaching) at the Bartlett, UCL in London where she co-leads Research Cluster 1 and 20  under the title of ‘Monumental Wastelands’. She has been recently awarded the Arquia Innova Award by Fundación Arquia and her work has been featured in different international institutions and exhibitions such as the Royal Academy of Arts, Centre Pompidou, the Seoul Biennale and the Venice Biennale.

 

Reinventing Texture by Toshiki Hirano in collaboration with MA Interior Design at the Royal College of Art and MSCTY Studio.

Curated by Clare Farrow, Interdisciplinary Curator and Writer, Clare Farrow Studio.

Sponsored by KP Acoustics and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by the Japan Foundation and by Arts Council Tokyo.

The Biennale will run from 1-27 June and can be experienced in person and also digitally through the London Design Biennale website.

 

Please note that this will be an Online Event held on Zoom.

 

This online event is free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential. To reserve your space, please book your ticket here

 


Date: 3 June 2021 from 1.00pm

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Yonkoma manga: A workshop led by Shango   org

How have you been managing your life under the lockdown? Would you like to learn how to express and share a slice of your life in a manga panel? Follow as author and manga artist Shango gives you tips on drawing yonkoma manga online!

Yonkoma manga is a Japanese comic strip format which utilises four panels generally of equal size to tell a brief story or illustrate a scene – often with humorous undertones. Originating in early 20th century Japan, the format has proliferated in many other Asian countries, and indeed the West, since.

This workshop is open to all abilities and you do not have to have any prior knowledge of manga drawing, or yonkoma manga. Whether you just want to spend an hour creatively and ease any stresses, or are an aspiring illustrator, the pace will be right for everyone.

Following the workshop, participants are welcome to share their creations with us at Japan Foundation, as well as with Shango, by tagging our social media accounts or using the hashtag #YonkomaChallenge.

Author/Artist Shangomola Edunjobi began his comics career in 2014 when his One Page Comic ‘Scarlet’ took first prize in the London Graphic Novel Network A3 comic competition 2014. Since then he has won a series of awards and also contributed to the 2019 Citi MANGA exhibition at the British Museum as its Curator of tone. He will start the session by introducing his work, explaining his methods and motivations, such as the passion for creating ethnic diversity in comics. Then, he will take the participants through a step by step tutorial, teaching you structure, technique, and style so that you can add your individual story to the project.


Date: 29 May 2020 from 12.00pm
Venue:

Online Zoom Seminar


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[Online Event] Delving Into ' Grave of the Fireflies' with Alex Dudok de Wit   org

 

It is probably not an overstatement to say that many view the films produced by Studio Ghibli to be the gateway for the Japanese animation craze gaining traction across the globe. Easily accessible in foreign countries and boasting universally engaging and uplifting storylines, works like Spirited Away or My Neighbour Totoro directed by Hayao MIYAZAKI have become household names worldwide. However, the contributions of the other creative giant for Studio Ghibli, Isao TAKAHATA, have sometimes slipped under the radar; in particular those works with storylines which cannot necessarily be classed as fantasy or family friendly. One such film is Grave of the Fireflies, directed by TAKAHATA and based on an autobiographical story by NOSAKA Akiyuki. The film follows two Japanese children orphaned by a catastrophic air raid in Kobe, portraying their struggle to survive the last days of the Second World War with an unflinching realism rarely seen in animation. But why has this film been left out of the frenzied consumption of Studio Ghibli’s works?

In conjunction with the release of the first book-length study of the film in English, Grave of the Fireflies (BFI Film Classics) in May, we invite the author, Alex Dudok de Wit, a journalist with expertise on Japanese anime, to explore his findings and the significance of this title. With critical analysis contextualised by the film’s production background, he will focus on Isao TAKAHATA’s contribution to the animation genre, moving away from the more common spotlight on Hayao MIYAZAKI’s work. His presentation, which will include live reading of short passages from the book, will be followed by a conversation with Dr YOSHIOKA Shiro, lecturer in Japanese Studies at Newcastle University, who specialises in MIYAZAKI and Studio Ghibli’s animation.

 

‘Grave of the Fireflies’ by Alex Dudok de Wit will be published by Bloomsbury on 6 May (ISBN 9781838719241) as part of the BFI Film Classics series. 

 

We are pleased to share an exclusive discount code for our subscribers and event attendees which can be applied when purchasing your own copy from bloomsbury.com

To take advantage of this offer, please visit the official purchase site here, and enter code ‘GOTFJF’ at check out for 25% off and free shipping. Expires 25 June 2021.

Please note that any transactions carried out on bloomsbury.com fall under the merchant’s responsibility and any questions or issues related to a purchase should be directed to them.

 

About the guest speakers

Alex Dudok de Wit is a journalist who writes chiefly about the art and business of animation. He is the Associate Editor at Cartoon Brew, the most widely read animation news site, and an animation correspondent for Sight & Sound, the magazine of the British Film Institute. His writing has also appeared on the BBC and in Vulture, Little White Lies, The Telegraph, The i, The Independent, Time Out, and Index on Censorship. His first book, Grave of the Fireflies (BFI Film Classics), was published by Bloomsbury on May 6.

YOSHIOKA Shiro is lecturer in Japanese Studies of Newcastle University. His main research interest is Japanese popular culture, especially anime. He has published articles and book chapters on Ghibli, Miyazaki and Takahata in English and Japanese, and is currently working on a monograph on Miyazaki, which overviews his life and career focusing on how he came to be seen as an auteur and quasi-intellectual. Besides Miyazaki and Ghibli, recently he is interested in how fans experience anime beyond the texts in various ways such as ‘pilgrimage’ to the locales.

 

 

Please note that this will be an Online Event held on Zoom.

 

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.

To reserve your space, please book your ticket here.

 


Date: 26 May 2021 from 6.30pm

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Celebrating:

 

Ghibli Double Bill!

If you’re interested in this event, you might enjoy the below event

hosted by our New York office:

Exporting Studio Ghibli: The Road to Worldwide Recognition

Date: 27 May, 7:00pm (BST)

Online Zoom event. Book here.

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March 2020 – BATJ and JF Spring Seminar: Using Drama as a Method of Education   org

The upcoming seminar "Using Drama as a Method of Education", based on the seminar in April 2019 “Participatory Approaches and Drama for Learning”, aims to further explore of the possibility of the drama method for Japanese Language Education. Inviting Professor Michiharu Miyazaki (Hirosaki University, Society for Acquisition-Oriented Learning Board Member) as a keynote speaker, this seminar will introduce the knowledge gained from the latest practical education research. We hope that the participants will be able to use the seminar as an opportunity to learn from exchanging ideas and conversing with each other.

Speaker: Professor Michiharu Miyazaki

Professor Miyazaki worked for 30 years as a teacher at the Toho Gakuen Elementary School and began work at Hirosaki University in April 2018. His specialities are drama education, education methods and teacher education. In 1995, he met Dr. Watanabe Jun at an invitation programme of the global education advocate Dr. David Selby. Professor Miyazaki has been an active member in the Society for Acquisition Oriented Learning since its foundation in 2006, taking a central role in the development of learning activities and has co-published many works on practical studies with Dr. Watanabe. He also writes scripts for children’s plays and is involved in staging them. Selected publications: Watanabe Jun, Society for Acquisition Oriented Learning. (2018) “Introduction to Participatory Activities” (Gakuji-shuppan); Watanabe Jun et al. (2019) “Methods of Education and Skill Theory” (Kobundo)

 

This seminar will take place entirely online, enabling participation from teachers all over the world.

 

Please note that this seminar will take place entirely in Japanese.

 

To find out more and to apply to attend, please go to the BATJ website by clicking this link.

 

Cost: £10 (BATJ members), £20 (non-BATJ members)


Date: 14 March 2020 from 9.00am - 4.30pm
Venue:

Online seminar


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Applications for the Japanese Local Project Support Programme 2021-2022 are open!   org

Institutions can apply for up to £3000 for non-profit-making projects or activities which promote Japanese language education in the UK. Please check out our website for information on the type of projects we support, such as newly introducing Japanese into the curriculum or funding Japanese clubs.

 

We prioritise projects that fit into the following four categories:

 

1. Newly introducing Japanese into the curriculum

 

Up to £3,000 for projects that promote the introduction of Japanese into the curriculum (or onto the main school timetable) at primary and secondary schools. This grant covers staff costs and the cost of Japanese language books. Projects may take place online or offline.

 

2. Supporting GCSE or A-level courses

 

Up to £3,000 for projects that support GCSE or A-level courses. Particularly, if schools/organisations require support to ensure a large number of candidates are able to take formal qualifications in Japanese, they will be able to maintain their project by re-applying the following year. This means organisations will be able to apply for up to a total of £6,000 over two years. (Please note that we do not supplement the salary of teacher(s) already hired by the applying organisation.)  Covers staff costs and costs of Japanese language books. Projects may take place online or offline.

 

3. Japanese clubs

 

Up to £2,000 for organisations that newly introduce Japanese as an extracurricular activity or enrichment subject. In the case of schools, this is even if this is not within the school timetable. Covers staff cost, Japanese language book cost, origami cost and calligraphy cost. Clubs may take place online or offline.

 

4. Projects that enable links between primary/secondary institutions and institutions of higher education

 

Up to £3,000 for projects that strengthen connections between secondary institutions and institutions of higher education and create and/or strengthen networks among pupils, students, and teachers for the purpose of helping to promote Japanese language education in the UK. These projects can be aimed at both potential learners of Japanese and people who already are learning Japanese. This is a recently added category, so please contact us if you have any questions or would like to apply but are unsure as to whether your project is suitable. These projects may take place online or offline.

 

The application deadline for the 2021-22 programme is 28th May.

 

This year’s first funding deadline is 28th May – so please get your applications in by that date!

 

Download the following three documents by clicking on the “attachment” links at the end of this article:

 

-       - The General Information document.

 

-       -  The Application Form.

 

-        -  The Grant Flowchart

 


Date: 4 May 2021 - 28 May 2021
Download 2021-22 Flowchart
Download 2021-22 Application Form
Download 2021-22 General Information

We will also be holding a seminar on 14th May (Friday) providing application guidance. Find out more here: https://jpf.org.uk/whatson.php#1175 

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Local Project Support Programme 2021-2022 Online Seminar and Q&A Session – Applications Open!   org

Are you considering applying for funding but aren’t sure about how to go about it? Do you have a project in mind but aren’t sure if it’s eligible? We would strongly recommend that you sign up to take part in our Online Seminar and Q&A session.

During this one-hour session, a member of our staff will talk participants through the application process, and then open the floor to questions and answers. We want to make sure the application process is as easy-to-understand as possible.

This session will be held twice on 14th May 2021 (Friday).

1. First Session: 13:00 to 14:00

2. Second Session: 18:00 to 19:00

We will be using Zoom software. Once you have applied we will send you information on how to join the session.

If you would like to take part, please sign up 12th May (Wednesday).

o   Apply for a place for Session 1 by filling out our Eventbrite Form here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/152709005747

o   Apply for a place for Session 2 by filling out our Eventbrite Form here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/152710070933

If you are unable to attend either session but are still interested in applying, please do not worry! We will be making a recording of the first part of the seminar (explanation of application process) and uploading it to our Youtube channel.

 


Date: 14 May 2021

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