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Japan Foundation/BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2020: Publishing Your Research new
Screening of Singing Lovebirds (1939)
Japan Foundation at the Language Show London 2019
UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Project
The 15th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2019
Fogscape #03238 Installation at Lumiere Durham 2019 new
Experience Japan Exhibition 2019

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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Japan Foundation/BAJS Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop 2020: Publishing Your Research   org

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

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

Student Submissions:

Once registered, we ask students to send in a piece of work that they will be submitting for publication in the future. The work will be shared ahead of the event and feedback on submitted work will be provided by other students and academics throughout the morning session in small groups. The deadline for submissions is 13th January 2020. If you are unsure as to whether your submission would be suitable, please contact Mara Patessio at mp78@soas.ac.uk. If you do not want to submit a piece of work, or do not have something to submit, but would like to participate in the event anyway please contact us, and (depending on numbers) we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Travel Grants:

The Japan Foundation is able to offer a partial travel grant of £70 per attendee after attendees have covered the first £20 of their fare. The British Association for Japanese Studies is able to offer £50 per attendee towards the cost of accommodation.

Registration:

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

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

The final deadline for registration is January 21st.

To register, please click here.


Date: 13 February 2020 from 10.00am
Venue:

SOAS, University of London
London, WC1H 0XG

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Screening of Singing Lovebirds (1939)   org

 

The Japan Foundation is delighted to partner with the British Film Institute and Independent Cinema Office in presenting Singing Lovebirds (1939) directed by Masahiro Makino, as part of the Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen season.

Director Makino was considered the Busby Berkeley of Japan and in this warm-hearted musical about the tangled love lives of the samurai, the influences of Hollywood are clear. Fusing jazz numbers with traditional Japanese joruri provides a very hummable mix of east and west. Fans of Kurosawa might be surprised to see Shimura, star of Seven Samurai, in a singing role.

Screening at the following dates and venues across the UK:

Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

BFI Southbank, London

Cultureplex, Manchester

BFI Southbank, London

QUAD, Derby

Depot, Lewes

GFT, Glasgow

Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast

Showroom Workstation, Sheffield

Eden Court, Inverness

Tyneside, Newcastle

 

Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 20:00

Sunday, 20 October 2019 at 15:50

Saturday, 2 November 2019, at 20:00

Friday, 8 November 2019 at 18:40

Saturday, 9 November 2019 at 15:00

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 21:00

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 at 18:30

Sunday, 8 December 2019 at 15:30

Sunday, 8 December 2019 at 15:15

Monday, 16 December 2019 at 20:00

Tuesday, 7 January 2020 at 18:30

 

..with more dates and venues to follow!


Date: 19 October 2019 - 7 January 2020

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Japan Foundation at the Language Show London 2019   org

Come and see the Japan Foundation at the Language Show London 2019!

The Language Show London is a language event for those who offer products and services ot language teachers, learners, translators, linguists, language professionals and businesses.

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

Our attractions include:

  • The Japan Foundation Information Stand

When: 15-17 November (Fri-Sun) 2019

Where: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX

Packed full of information about studying and teaching Japanese in the UK, staff members from the Japan Foundation London would be delighted to give you advice on learning Japanese or teaching Japanese. We can also write your name in Japanese for you, and teach you how to write it yourself!

  • Talk: Cross curricular learning: Japanese through maths

When: 17 November (Sunday), 3:30pm to 4:15pm

As student take-up of languages decreases and languages are squeezed out of the curriculum, Clare Kuroishi, an experienced Japanese classroom teacher, talks about the techniques and outcomes of incorporating languages with other subjects based on her experience of incorporating Japanese with the teaching of mathematics.

  • Japanese Language Tasters

When: 15 November (Friday), 2:15pm to 2:45pm / 16 November (Saturday), 4:30pm to 5:00pm

Ever wanted to try learning Japanese? Experience Japanese language first hand with our taster sessions! Beginners welcome. There will be two tasters, one on Friday and a repeat on Saturday.


Date: 15 November 2019 - 17 November 2019
Venue:

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX


For more information, please click here.

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UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Project   org

   

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

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

 

Date: 4 October – 15 November 2019

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

 

Date: 14 September 2019 – 30 September 2020

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

Sakubei Yamamoto Coal Mining Paintings World Tour


Date: 4 October 2019 - 30 September 2020

For more information, please click here.

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The 15th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 15th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is open for applications!

This contest gives students the chance to make their voices heard in Japanese, and win some fantastic prizes! Finalists will all perform their speeches on Saturday 29th February 2020 in the Great Hall, King’s College London.

:: Contest Aims
The main purpose of the event is to improve the speaking and presentation skills of students studying Japanese as a foreign language. Through this event, we hope to promote Japanese language learning at higher education level in the UK and Ireland.

:: Who can apply?
The contest is aimed at undergraduate students who are currently studying Japanese as a foreign language at a university in the UK or Ireland.

 

There are three different categories:

1. Speech Category:  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: 11th November 2019 

 

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: 9th December 2019 

 

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: 16th December 2019

*Details of JF Standard can be found here:

http://jfstandard.jp/pdf/jfs2015_pamphlet_eng.pd

 

Videos from the 14th Contest Finals Day can be viewed here - Coming soon!

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Contest Poster

Attention: poster revised on 04/10/2019

Speech Category Application Form

Speech Category Rules and Guidance

Individual Presentation Category Application Form

Group Presentation Category Application Form



Date: 27 August 2019 - 16 December 2019

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) December 2019   org

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is a test which evaluates and certifies the Japanese-language proficiency of non-native speakers of Japanese.The test is conducted twice a year, in July and December, in Japan and various locations around the world.

The next JLPT will take place on Sunday 1st December 2019, at three locations in the UK: London (SOAS University of London), Edinburgh (the University of Edinburgh) and Cardiff (Cardiff University). 

Registration will open at each test centre as follows:

Please note that the registration at each test centre will close when the test centre has reached its maximum capacity.

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

 


Date: 1 December 2019
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Fogscape #03238 Installation at Lumiere Durham 2019   JPsupported

 

The Japan Foundation is delighted to support this collaborative installation piece as part of Lumiere Durham 2019!

 

A rolling nocturnal fog cascades into the River Wear.

Fujiko Nakaya has been transforming public spaces around the world for over half a century with her ephemeral fog sculptures. An original commission for Lumiere 2015, Fogscape #03238 returns to cloak the riverside in plumes of ghostly water vapour. By bringing the clouds down to the ground, the artist hopes that people will be reminded of their own role in climate change. 

 

About Fujiko Nakaya 

Fujiko Nakaya’s innovative use of fog as a sculptural medium emerged during her involvement with E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), a global initiative promoting collaboration between artists and engineers. As Tokyo representative for the group, Fujiko produced the world’s first fog sculpture for Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan by shrouding the roof of the Pepsi pavilion with artificially produced fog. Over the last 50 years she has created more than 90 of these immersive installations. As the daughter of Ukichiro Nakaya, the glaciology physicist credited with producing the world’s first snow crystal in a laboratory, her lifelong goal, like her father, is to instil a sense of wonder into our everyday experiences of the environment. Since Lumiere, her sculptures have continued to transform public spaces across the world from Boston’s Emerald Necklace Parks to the Art Tower Mito in Japan, reshaping the idea of what an artwork can be.

 

About Simon Corder

Simon Corder is a London based artist and designer. He has been working with lighting for over 40 years. When he left school in 1978 he joined the circus as a ‘ring boy’ and went on to perfect his craft as a lighting designer for touring theatre and opera. His practice encompasses lighting for performance, set and production design, light art, zoo design, event production and photography. Simon Corder has worked on four commissioned pieces for Artichoke, including Winter Garden at Elvet Bridge for the first ever Lumiere Durham in 2009.


Date: 14 November 2019 - 17 November 2019
Venue:

Riverside Between Fulling Mill & Framwellgate Bridge, Silver St, Durham DH1 4PW


For more information, please click here.

Image credit: Fogscape #03238, Fujiko Nakaya, Simon Corder, Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

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Experience Japan Exhibition 2019  

Experience Japan Exhibition will be back in London this November for the 9th year, bringing information on the growing range of exciting study and research opportunities in Japan. 

The event, hosted by Keio University and co-hosted by the British Council, allows participants to meet representatives of Japanese Universities and receive information on the various study programmes. There will also be a chance to find out about various scholarships and funding opportunities offered to international students and how to take advantage of them. There will also be guest speakers giving an insight into various aspects on Japan. The hugely popular JET Programme will also have a guest speaker to discuss the scheme. 

Throughout the day the Japan Foundation will be introducing our support programmes and language resources for Japanese Studies and Japanese Language Learning at our information stand. 


Date: 23 November 2019 from 12.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue:

The Roal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace,
St. James's, London SW1Y 5AG


For more information and a full timetable, please visit the Experience Japan website

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