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*Looking for Volunteers* UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024 new
Lecture and workshop - Beyond Tatami: Agriculture and Crafts in Oita new
The 20th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students new
Online talk - Godzilla Vs. Human: Rethinking the Monster new
The 2024 Survey on Japanese Language Education! new
KABUKI KIMONO: Costumes of Bandō Tamasaburō V
Film season - All Kaiju Attack! at the Barbican Centre
Art Without Heroes: Mingei
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2024 new
Online Seminar – Follow-up Session: Let’s Use Chat GPT for Learning Japanese! / オンラインフォローアップ研修会「Chat GPTを日本語学習に使ってみよう!」 new

*Looking for Volunteers* UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024   org

Are you interested in Japanese culture, or currently learning Japanese? Do you want to help pre-university students shape their future studies and careers?

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is looking for volunteers to assist during this year's summer school  for pre-university students from the UK and Japan, to help the participants to make the most out of their experience.

Volunteer roles:

- Join and facilitate group discussion during the UCL Grand Challenge Workshop on Tuesday 30th JUly

- Encourage Japanese high school students to communicate in English as much as possible

- Support the staff (catering, guide to venues and the toilet)

Dates and Venues:

- Rikkyo School in England: Saturday 27th July

- University of Cambridge: Sunday 28th & Monday 29th July

- UCL (University College London): Tuesday 30th - Satuday 3rd August

*Volunteers may join us from one day to the whole programme between Saturday 30th July and Saturday 3rd August


9am to 6pm (BST) *Times may vary depending on the day (may finish slightly earlier or later)

What is provided:

Reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed, and lulnch will be provided


Over 18 years old, who can travel to the location(s)

If you are interested in volunteering, please email

To find out more about the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge, visit the official website:

To download the information flyer for volunteers, click here.

Date: 27 July 2024 - 3 August 2024

Rikkyo School in England

Cambridge University

University College London (UCL)

Download UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024 volunteer flyer 20230627v1
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Lecture and workshop - Beyond Tatami: Agriculture and Crafts in Oita   org

Oita Prefecture's Kunisaki Peninsula and its Usa area are deemed a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in recognition of their sustainable agricultural traditions, and are home to various local plants, including shiitake mushrooms and shichitoi (a type of tatami grass/soft rush). Shichitoi in particular is unique to the region and is revered for its superior sturdiness and durability; as such, this special plant is widely used for tatami-making, as well as other craftworks.

In this very special event, HAYASHI Hiroaki, President of the Kunisaki Peninsula Usa Area GIAHS Promotion Association, will begin by giving an overview of the importance of agriculture in the region, introducing some of the materials harvested there.

This will be followed by expert craftsperson IWAKIRI Chika demonstrating the making of enza (small, round cushions) using shichitoi, after which workshop ticketholders will have the unique opportunity to get hands-on with this special material as they make their very own miniature shimenawa (a type of traditional rope) and, time permitting, misanga (a type of good luck charm).

This event has limited availability – book now at the link below to secure your place.

Click here to book on the Panorama Journal website.
Please note that this event has a recommended minimum age of 10 years.

Date: 28 July 2024 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Frankopan Hall, West Court, Jesus College, Cambridge, CB5 8BL

Price: £5-£20* per person - limited availability
*£5 to attend the lecture/demonstration and observe the workshop.
£20 to attend the lecture/demonstration and participate in the workshop.
NEW FAMILY/GROUP TICKET: £60 for four people to attend the lecture/demonstration ​and participate in the workshop.

Co-organised with Jesus College, University of Cambridge; Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature; and Oita Prefecture.
In collaboration with the ‘Spotlight on Local Japan’ project by Japan House London and the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

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The 20th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

Applications for the next Japanese Speech Contest for University Students will open in September. Please watch this space for more details, including application information and guidelines.

Date: 1 September 2024 - 9 December 2024
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Online talk - Godzilla Vs. Human: Rethinking the Monster   org

Godzilla is an enormous fictional monster created in Japan but hugely popular worldwide. Originating from a scenario by KAYAMA Shigeru (who would later pen a pair of novelisations reinforcing his original vision), the creature evolved as it took cinematic form, reflecting the socio-political fragility and fear of scientific and technological progress of its time.

With this year marking the 70th anniversary of the first Godzilla film’s release in 1954, and the Barbican Centre's All Kaiju Attack! film season taking place throughout August, this spectacular series of film productions is once again the centre of attention. In this special talk, experts from the worlds of both film and literature will look back on the works that make up the Godzilla series as they explore the creature’s significance and the ways in which the fantasies and messages within the franchise are relevant to real life.


Dr. Jeffrey Angles, Professor at Western Michigan University and translator of Godzilla and Godzilla Raids Again, the novels by franchise-spawning screenplay writer KAYAMA Shigeru
Steven Sloss, film critic, writer, and lifelong kaiju fan
Alex Davidson (moderator), Cinema Curator at the Barbican Centre

This event is free to attend, but booking is essential.
To book your place, please click here to open our booking form.

Date: 9 August 2024 from 6.30pm

Online, via Zoom - free to attend but booking is essential, see above

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The 2024 Survey on Japanese Language Education!   org

The Japan Foundation (JF) conducts its “Survey on Japanese Language Education” every three years in order to confirm the current state of Japanese language education in countries and regions around the world.

The information collected is very important as the results are widely used as basic data to understand the situation of Japanese language education all around the world.

The results will be compiled into a report containing the latest information concerning the current state of Japanese language education. They will also be utilised in our "search engine for institutions offering Japanese-language education".

The 2024 survey will be conducted from September 2024, but we wish to tell you basic information about the survey below. Additionally, your cooperation would be appreciated at this stage with item “5.” (“Request for information about institutions offering Japanese education”).

1.     Survey coverage

2.     Survey items

3.     Survey method

4.     Reward for responding to survey

5.     Request for information about institutions offering Japanese education.


1. Survey coverage:

All organisations that potentially offer Japanese language education outside Japan.

The following organisations are NOT covered by the survey:

  • Groups and activities that are not associated with an actual organisation
  • Overseas educational institutions that offer only ‘kokugo’ (Japanese national language) education 

*However, overseas educational institutions offering courses that are not ‘kokugo’ education (Japanese as a heritage language / foreign language) will be covered at the departmental/course level.

  • Broadcasters or website operators providing Japanese-language education for an unspecified number of people
  • Short-term Japanese language experience activities


2. Survey items:

(11 questions in total. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete).

Basic information on your organisation (organisation name, name of Japanese-language education department , address / URL, contact information, institution type, educational stage (level) (in formal education terms, primary / secondary (lower/upper) / higher, other education), positioning of Japanese-language learning

Number of teachers (by education stage (level), breakdown of full-time/part-time, number of teachers who are native Japanese language speakers)

Number of Japanese language learners (breakdown by education stage (level))*

Whether degree awarding, Japanese language teacher training courses, and online classes are offered

Purposes and reasons for learners’ Japanese language learning, the state of Japanese language development at your organisation

*In the case of primary and secondary education, there is a question about the number of learners studying the Japanese language as a formal subject or as an extracurricular activity. In the case of universities, there is a question about the number of learners studying the Japanese language as a major, as a non-major, or as an extracurricular activity. Preparing these figures beforehand and having them at hand will help you in completing the survey smoothly.


3. Survey method:

A questionnaire format to be answered online. The URL of the form will be sent to you via email.

*In some cases, we may seek your cooperation via a different method, such as over the telephone.


4. Reward for responding to survey:

After you have submitted your response, you will be able to download supplementary Japanese language teaching materials created by the Japan Foundation. Please use them in your lessons.


5. Request for information about institutions offering Japanese education.

Prior to the survey, we are seeking information on organisations that may teach Japanese in the UK. It does not have to be the organisation where you work . Ambiguous information is also welcome. If you know information on any organisations that may teach Japanese language, please provide information by the following ways. We appreciate your cooperation.

1.     Fill in the form.

2.     Send an email to


For your information, the institute that can be searched from the website below are responded that they offer Japanese language education in the previous survey in 2021.

Search criteria | Survey Report on Japanese-Language Education Abroad 2021 (


If your organisation does not receive a request despite offering Japanese-language education, or you have any other inquiries, please contact us via the email above. 

We are hoping that a large number of organisations will cooperate with the survey and would like to ask for your help in this survey as without your answers your Japanese language education activities will not be reflected in the data and we will not have fully accurate figures, which would negatively affect the value of the survey.


Thank you for your support.

Date: 30 May 2024
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KABUKI KIMONO: Costumes of Bandō Tamasaburō V   org

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


Date: 21 November 2023 - 8 December 2024

Venue: The Ashmolean Museum

Click here for details

Date: 21 November 2023 - 8 December 2024
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Film season - All Kaiju Attack! at the Barbican Centre   JPsupported

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first ever Godzilla film, the Barbican Centre, in collaboration with the Japan Foundation, is screening the wildest Japanese monster movies from across seven decades with introductions from historians and experts.

In 1954, the first ever Godzilla, a dark, thrilling movie masterpiece, was released in Japan. It was a box office phenomenon, and launched a franchise that has continued to this day. While these films featuring kaiju (literally “strange beasts”) have long been beloved in Japan, until relatively recently the reception in the west has been inconsistent, where releases with crude dubbing and savage edits to running times, making the stories incoherent, have led to mockery.

Featuring Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah and even a toxic smog monster, this summer kaiju season is full of the same inventiveness and sheer joy that led Godzilla Minus One to win its Oscar.

Mothra Vs. Godzilla (7 Aug)
Destroy All Monsters (14 Aug)
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (18 Aug)
Shin Godzilla (20 Aug)
Godzilla Vs. Hedorah (25 Aug)
Mothra (28 Aug)

For more information and to book your tickets, click here to visit the Barbican's website.

Date: 7 August 2024 - 28 August 2024

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

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Art Without Heroes: Mingei   JPsupported

In collaboration with William Morris Gallery, we're proudly presenting the UK's most wide-ranging exhibition dedicated to Mingei, the influential folk-craft movement originating in Japan during the 1920s and 1930s. Showcasing a diverse array of works including ceramics, woodwork, textiles, and more, this exhibition explores Mingei's cultural significance and its enduring relevance in contemporary craft and consumerism.

Date: now on, until 22 September 2024
Venue: William Morris Gallery
Click here for details

Date: 23 March 2024 - 22 September 2024
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Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2024  

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is a test for non-native speakers of Japanese which evaluates and certifies their Japanese-Language proficiency. The test takes place twice a year (July and December) in Japan and various locations around the world. Currently, it is the largest Japanese language test in the world, with more than 1.48 million people worldwide having registered for the JLPT in 2023.

The next December JLPT will take place on Sunday, 1st December 2024. Registration will start at each test centre from early/ mid-August.  

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

Japan Research Centre, SOAS University of London

University of Edinburgh

University of Leicester

Please note that the JLPT is very popular and registration at each test centre will close when the test centre has reached its maximum capacity.

For more information about the test, please visit JLPT website.

Ø  Let’s Try Sample Questions!

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

Date: 1 December 2024
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Online Seminar – Follow-up Session: Let’s Use Chat GPT for Learning Japanese! / オンラインフォローアップ研修会「Chat GPTを日本語学習に使ってみよう!」  


The Japan Foundation offices (Cologne and London) will jointly hold an online teachers’ follow-up session on the topic ‘Let’s Use Chat GPT for learning Japanese’ on 13th July 2024 (Saturday).

This seminar is open both for those who attended the seminar held on 13 April 2024, and also for those who have watched the recorded video of the seminar!

The other details of the seminar, such as the theme, date and time, are as follows. Please find the event details below written in Japanese.

*Please note that information is only available in Japanese, as the seminar will be conducted in Japanese. Thank you for your understanding.


 Theme: Follow-up Session: Let’s Use Chat GPT for Learning Japanese!

 Date/Time: 13th July 2024 (Friday),  9:00-12:00 (BST/UTC+1)

 Application Deadline: 8th July 2024 (Monday)

Online form

 Eligibility: Those who attended the online seminar held on 13th April 2024

                      Those who have watched the recorded video of the 13th April 2024 seminar

                (Video is available from:



 The Japan Foundation, Cologne:  (Japanese / German)

 The Japan Foundation, London enquiries:  (Japanese / English)







この機会に「Chat GPT」をどのように日本語学習、日本語教育に活用できるか、私たちと一緒に考えてみませんか?





日時:2024713日(土)9:00-12:00 (英国夏時間)



対象: 日本語教師研修会2024春(4/13実施)に参加した方




講師:東健太郎(国際交流基金ケルン日本文化会館 日本語教育アドバイザー)













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問い合わせ先 :ケルン日本文化会館日本語/ドイツ語)

ロンドン日本文化センター:  (日本語/英語)


Date: 8 July 2024 from 9.00am to 12.00pm
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