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Kobanashi - Introductory Hands-on Workshop for Teachers new
Talk event - Capturing Beauty and Power in Structure: ISHIMOTO Yasuhiro with ASAKURA Mei new
Online Seminar – A Discussion on ‘Japanese for Children’ with the teachers who wrote “Ohisama - Hajime no Ippo” / オンライン研修会『おひさま―はじめのいっぽ―』執筆者の先生方と考える「こどものための日 new
Online Seminar – How to Start Extensive Reading in Japanese/ オンライン研修会「日本語多読のはじめ方」 new
Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme 2024-2025 (Spring) Applications Now Open
In the Shadows of Gratitude: AGEING & CARE in Japanese Society - *Talk and Documentary Screening* new
KABUKI KIMONO: Costumes of Bandō Tamasaburō V
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE 2024
Art Without Heroes: Mingei
Nara to Norwich: Kannon Bosatsu Replica Scroll and Shomyo performance by Karyobinga Shomyo Kenkyukai
Special screening: 'Beautiful Mystery' (1983) as part of Queer 80s at the Barbican Centre new
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 2024 new

Kobanashi - Introductory Hands-on Workshop for Teachers   org

  • I want to try out some new activities.
  • I wonder if there are  any activities that are fun for learners and benefctial for leaning Japanese.
  • Are there any activities that make the most of each learner’s’ uniqueness?
  • Learning Japanese for exams is boring.
  • I am always looking for ideas to incorporate Japanese culture into lessons.

If any of these apply to you, why not take part in the ‘Kobanashi Introductory Hands-on Workshop for Teachers’?

‘Kobanashi’ is style of Japanese sitting comedy, performed as a prelude to rakugo. ‘Kobanashi’ stories are short, and of course fun, so it is a good activity even for learners at a beginner level. You might feel that it could maybe be difficult for teachers who are not native Japanese speakers, but this is not the case.

In this workshop, we will listen to stories of Japanese language education practices where ‘Kobanashi’ has been adopted, experience performing ‘Kobanashi’, then, will have time for reflecting on our own Japanese language teaching  practices until now and think about what we will pursue in the future.

Lastly, you can hear some exciting news from the Japan Foundation, London!

We are looking forward to your application!

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  • Theme: Kobanashi Introductory Hands-on Workshop for Teachers
  • Date: 9th June 2024, Sunday, 10:00 to 12:00 (BST/ UTC+1) / 11:00 to 13:00 (CEST)
  • Venue: Online (Zoom meeting)
  • Participation fee: Free
  • Spoken languages: Japanese and English

              * Simple and easy Japanese will be used. (A2+ to B1 level of JF Standard / CEFR)

              * Slides will be bilingual, in English and Japanese.

 

  • Target audience: Japanese language educators who are based in the United Kingdom and Europe

* Those with NO experience of Japanese teaching practice incorporating ‘Kobanashi’ are also very welcome.

*Those with an interest in Japanese language education who are not currently teaching (including students) are very welcome to attend.

*In the event that we receive many applications, applicants living in the UK or Ireland will be prioritised.

 

  • Maximum number of participants: 60
  • Facilitators (Alphabetical order):

BRAND Nayuta

KAMURA MIRTO Aya

KAWASHIMA Makiko
OFUNE Chisato

TAKAGI Michiko

  *Advisor:HATASA Kazumi

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     *Application deadline: 3rd June 2024, Monday, BST/UTC+1  16:00, CEST 17:00

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Contact: The Japan Foundation, London Language Team: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp (English & Japanese)


Date: 9 June 2024 from 12.00am to 12.00am
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Talk event - Capturing Beauty and Power in Structure: ISHIMOTO Yasuhiro with ASAKURA Mei   org

ISHIMOTO Yasuhiro (1921-2012) remains one of Japan’s leading photographers. Born in the USA to a pair of Japanese immigrant farmers, ISHIMOTO studied both in Japan and at the Institute of Design in Chicago (also known as the New Bauhaus), where he was taught photographic technology by Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan. After returning to Japan in the mid-1950s, he photographed the Katsura Rikyu (Katsura Imperial Villa). His work was praised highly, and so ISHIMOTO was pushed into fame, not least because his masterpieces were a breath of fresh air for the world of Japanese photography, employing modernistic expressions of the structural and stylistic power his photographic subjects held.

 

In celebration of the exhibition Yasuhiro Ishimoto. Lines and Bodies at LE BAL in Paris (19 June to 17 November), the Japan Foundation, London, together with The Photographers’ Gallery, will host a talk by ASAKURA Mei (curator at The Museum of Art, Kochi) exploring the legendary photographer while illustrating the characteristics of his works and the legacy he left. The Museum of Art to which ASAKURA belongs is home to the Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center, a facility that holds almost the entirety of ISHIMOTO’s works, leaving ASAKURA uniquely positioned to share insights unmatched in depth and expertise.

 

To book your place, please click here to access the booking form.

Please note that the confirmation email system is not automated and is subject to office opening hours.


ISHIMOTO’s exhibition at LE BAL in Paris is supported by the Japan Foundation.


Date: 20 June 2024 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW

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Online Seminar – A Discussion on ‘Japanese for Children’ with the teachers who wrote “Ohisama - Hajime no Ippo” / オンライン研修会『おひさま―はじめのいっぽ―』執筆者の先生方と考える「こどものための日   org

The Japan Foundation offices (Paris, Budapest and London) will jointly hold an online teachers’ seminar on the topic ‘A Discussion on ‘Japanese for Children’ with the teachers who wrote “Ohisama - Hajime no Ippo”’ on 2nd June 2024 (Sunday).

The theme, date and time of the seminar 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: A Discussion on ‘Japanese for Children’ with the teachers who wrote Ohisama - Hajime no Ippo

 Date/Time: 2nd June 2024 (Sunday),  9:00-11:30 (BST/UTC+1)

 Application Deadline: 26th May 2024 (Sunday)

Online form

 Enquiries:

 The Japan Foundation, Paris: kenshu@mcjp.fr (Japanese / French)

  The Japan Foundation, London enquiries: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp  (Japanese / English)

 

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このたびパリ日本文化会館が中心となり、国際交流基金の欧州3拠点共催で202462日(日)にオンライン日本語教師研修会を開催する運びとなりました。

 

今回は、特に低年齢の子どもさん向けに開発された日本語教科書『おひさま‐はじめのいっぽ‐』の執筆者である3人の先生方を招いてのセミナーです。先生方に本の紹介していただきつつ、日本語を学んでいる子どもたちについてみなさんといっしょに考えたいと思います。

 

多くの方にご参加いただけると幸いです。

 

テーマ:「『おひさま―はじめのいっぽ―』執筆者の先生方と考える「こどものための日本語」」

日時:202462日(日)9:00-11:30 (英国夏時間)

形式:オンライン(Zoom

使用言語:日本語

対象:欧州在住で子供に対する日本語教育に関心があるすべての方

   (上記の方を主たる対象としていますが、その他の地域の方の参加も可能です)

講師:山本絵美(Emi Yamamoto)ライデン大学日本学科講師

   上野淳子(Junko Ueno)   てらこや@アムステルダム主任講師

   米良好恵(Yoshie Mera)   おひさまプロジェクト代表

 

申込:https://forms.office.com/r/2zbcERxR9c526日(日))

チラシhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1PwgnaryWnrNtb8bstTn5UOJSzXXNVIP8/view?usp=sharing

              ※ポスターの時刻は、中央ヨーロッパ夏時間です。英国、アイルランドからのご参加のみなさま、どうぞ時差にご注意ください。

 

問い合わせ先 : kenshu@mcjp.fr

       国際交流基金パリ日本文化会館 日本語事業部

       (担当:三浦多佳史、佐藤健、ナス・エミール、谷口萌子)

 


Date: 2 June 2024 from 9.00am to 11.30am
Venue:

Online event

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Online Seminar – How to Start Extensive Reading in Japanese/ オンライン研修会「日本語多読のはじめ方」   org

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Title: Online Seminar – How to Start Extensive Reading in Japanese/ オンライン研修会「日本語多読のはじめ方」

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The Japan Foundation offices (Madrid, Budapest and London) will jointly hold an online teachers’ seminar on the topic ‘How to Start Extensive Reading in Japanese’ on 14th June 2024 (Friday).

The theme, date and time of the seminar 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.

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 Theme: How to Start Extensive Reading in Japanese

 Date/Time: 14th June 2024 (Friday),  9:00-11:00 (BST/UTC+1)

 Application Deadline: 2nd June 2024 (Sunday)

Online form

 Enquiries:

 The Japan Foundation, Madrid:  nihongo.kyoshi@jpf.go.jp  (Japanese / Spanish)

 The Japan Foundation, London enquiries: events.japanese@jpf.go.jp  (Japanese / English)

 

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このたびマドリード日本文化センターが中心となり、国際交流基金の欧州3拠点共催で2024614日(金)にオンライン日本語教師研修会を開催する運びとなりました。

 

今回のテーマは「日本語多読のはじめ方」。

『言語教育における多読』(くろしお出版)の訳者のお一人、渡部倫子先生をお呼びしての開催です。

 

多くの方にご参加いただけると幸いです。

 

テーマ:日本語多読のはじめ方

日時:2024614日(金)9:00-11:00 (英国夏時間)

形式:オンライン(Zoom

使用言語:日本語

対象:多読に関心のある方

講師:渡部倫子  先生 (広島大学 大学院人間社会科学研究科 教授)

   

申込:Online form62日(金))

チラシ

              ※ポスターの時刻は、スペイン・ポルトガル時刻で表示されています。英国、アイルランドからのご参加のみなさまは、ポルトガルと同じ時間帯です。どうぞ時差にご注意ください。

 

講師からのメッセージ:

日本語教育の分野で2000年代に急速に注目されはじめ、現在では多くの教育機関で実践されている多読。その目的や効果には、どのようなものがあるでしょうか。また、精読とはどんな違いがあるのでしょうか。この講演では、多読の目的を明確にしたうえで、研究結果に基づいた多読の効果や、多読を取り入れたカリキュラムのポイントや活動例などについて丁寧に紹介します。

 

講師略歴:

広島大学にて博士号(教育学)を取得後、岡山大学言語教育センター等で日本語教育に従事し、現在は広島大学大学院日本語教育学講座の教授として、日本語教員養成と主に言語評価に関する研究を行っている。主な著書に『言語教育における多読』(くろしお出版)、『日本語でPEACE CLIL実践ガイド』(凡人社)、『算数文章題が解けない子どもたち』(岩波書店)など。Language Assessment Quarterly,  Journal of Extensive Reading,『日本語教育学』、『第二言語としての日本語の習得研究』、『日本テスト学会誌』などに論文を発表している。日本語教育学会の理事、第二言語習得研究会のジャーナル委員長、日本言語テスト学会の研究会運営委員、広島市日本語教育総合調整会議の座長などを歴任。

 

問い合わせ先 : 国際交流基金マドリード日本文化センター  nihongo.kyoshi@jpf.go.jp

 


Date: 14 June 2024 from 9.00am to 11.00am
Venue:

Online event

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Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme 2024-2025 (Spring) Applications Now Open   org

Spring 2024 Applications Now OPEN!

 Institutions can apply for up to £3000 for non-profit-making projects or activities which promote Japanese language education in the UK. Please see the attached documents at the bottom of this page for more detailed information.

 

We prioritise projects that fit into one of the four 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 – New 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, some costs for items contributing to Japanese language learning, such as origami and calligraphy materials. 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.

 

Application deadline: 23rd May 2024, 23:59 (Thursday) 

General Information document

LPSP 2024-2025 Grant Flowchart

Grant Application Form (May 2024)

We would be grateful if you could read the General Information document and the Grant Flowchart document before submitting an application.

 

If you have any questions, please contact info.language@jpf.go.jp

Please also refer to the “General Information” document above for detailed answers to many frequently asked questions.

 

Related Event!

Click here to find out about our seminar for potential applications for the Local Project Support Programme!


Date: 23 April 2024 - 23 May 2024
Download LPSP General Information Spring 2024-2025
Download LPSP Flowchart Spring 2024-2025
Download LPSP Application Form Spring 2024-2025
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In the Shadows of Gratitude: AGEING & CARE in Japanese Society - *Talk and Documentary Screening*   org

Date: Wednesday 5 June, 6:30pm – 9pm (Doors at 6pm)

Venue: Japan House London

The world is ageing. According to the World Health Organization, increased life expectancy and declining birth rates mean that between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 will have doubled. Nowhere is this trend easier to see than in Japan, where 1 in 10 people are over the age of 80 and almost 30% of the population is over the age of 65, according to a study published in 2023 by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Who will provide care to the growing number of frail and cognitively impaired older people in this historically unprecedented reality?

Japan relies on a combination of informal, unpaid care (primarily family members, but also local community volunteer groups) and formal, paid care to address the increasing needs of its ageing population. Despite the introduction of a national Long-Term Care Insurance system in 2000, family involvement in daily care of older family members has not decreased. Family members play a vital role as primary carers for almost three-quarters of frail and dependent older people, but as dependency increases with age, it is not uncommon for family carers to leave their jobs or move in with the person they are caring for, leading to dangerous levels of stress and fatigue. Understanding and recognizing the value of unpaid care is essential for ensuring their support over the course of what is often a long, painful, but ultimately transformative journey.

Join us for a discussion on this issue, with Dr Jason Danely, Reader in Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University and Chair of the Healthy Ageing and Care Research Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Network.

This event will feature a documentary film screening of I Go Gaga: Welcome Home, Mom as part of the release of new titles to the JFF + Japanese Film Festival Online.

The event will involve a 10 minute introductory talk from Dr Danely, followed by the documentary screening. After the screening, Dr Danely will lead a 30 minute Q&A session to share his expertise and facilitate an audience discussion.

About the Film

I Go Gaga: Welcome Home, Mom is the sequel to director NOBUTOMO Naoko's 2018 hit documentary I Go Gaga, My Dear. It is a record of the director’s own mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in her mid-eighties and the director’s nonagenarian father who continues to take care of his wife. Since the first film, the mother’s dementia has progressed and upon having a stroke, she begins hospital life. The ageing father goes to visit the mother every day at the hospital and continues to shower his wife with love and hope. A gently observed story about a fate that could happen to any family living in an ageing society.

Watch the trailer here.

About the Speaker

Dr. Jason Danely is a Reader in Anthropology and Chair of the Healthy Ageing & Care Research Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Network at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author of over 20 publications, including his most recent book, Fragile Resonance: Caring for Older Family Members in Japan and England (2022). His research expertise relates to cultural understanding and experiences of ageing and care in

Japan, where he has at various times taught, studied, performed theatre, travelled, meditated and raised children, over the last twenty years.

 

This is a free event, however booking is essential.

To reserve your place, click here!

 

Keep an eye on this page for the title of the documentary, screened as part of this event!

For enquiries, please email LO_info@jpf.go.jp


Date: 5 June 2024 from 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Venue:

Japan House London

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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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JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE 2024   org

Following on from the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024 (JFTFP24) in February and March, we are delighted to announce that JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE, first launched in 2020, will now also be held in the UK from 5 June at 4am until 3 July at 4am (all times BST).

For the first two weeks of the festival, 18 Japanese films will be available for streaming, with 2 television drama series that were popular in Japan being made available for the festival’s second half.

Enjoy the diverse world of Japanese cinema in person and also online this year!


Date: 5 June 2024 - 3 July 2024 from 4.00am to 4.00am

For more information, please click here.
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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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Nara to Norwich: Kannon Bosatsu Replica Scroll and Shomyo performance by Karyobinga Shomyo Kenkyukai   JPsupported

We are delighted to support the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in presenting a giant replica of the Dai Miei Daigajiku scroll from Hasedera - Hase Temple - in Japan, created using high-resolution scanning of the original.

The scroll depicts the bodhisattva Kannon, known as the bodhisattva of compassion, and was originally created during the Edo period (1603–1867) as a model for reconstructing the Kannon statue in the temple, which had been destroyed by fire in 1495.

Accompanying the scroll will be a programme of performances, discussions, and presentations, including a special series of shomyo chanting performances by the Karyobinga Shomyo Kenkyukai Ensemble.


Date: 20 May 2024 - 25 May 2024
Venue:

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

Some events at Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia,
Norfolk Road, Norwich, NR4 7TJ


For more information, please click here.
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Special screening: 'Beautiful Mystery' (1983) as part of Queer 80s at the Barbican Centre   JPsupported

We are proud to partner with the Barbican Centre for a special screening of NAKAMURA Genji's Beautiful Mystery (1983), screening as part of Queer 80s.

Political correctness flies out the window in this outrageous gay erotic comedy that satirises author and nationalist MISHIMA Yukio and his private army. 

 

Aspiring, patriotic bodybuilder SHINOHARA is spotted by the dominant MITANI (a caricature of queer writer and ardent nationalist MISHIMA Yukio) and recruited for militia, with plans to launch a coup d'état. The soldiers have more than revolution on the mind, though, and SHINOHARA finds himself in a world of gay sex and worship of the body. 

 

With an introduction by critic, curator, and occasional filmmaker Tony Rayns, this one-of-a-kind film is not to be missed.

 

*Please note this film contains a scene of rape that some viewers may find distressing.


Date: 6 June 2024 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Barbican Cinema 1, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS


For more information, please click here.

£13 per ticket, £11 concessions

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Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) July 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 1.36 million people in 87 countries worldwide having registered for the JLPT in 2019.

The next JLPT will take place on Sunday, 7th July 2024. Registration will start at each test centre in March. 

Please check this page for any updates on UK test centres for the July 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 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: 7 July 2024
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