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Koji Yamamura: In The Studio Where Japan's Leading Animation is Born new
[Online Event] Kikuko Tsumura in Live Conversation new
[Online Event] Keiichiro Hirano in Live Conversation new
The 17th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students new
BFI JAPAN: 100 YEARS OF JAPANESE CINEMA (Part 1) new
[Online Event] Working Women in Manga new
Funding for Japanese Language Education Projects held in the UK - September 2021 Applications OPEN new

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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[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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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
Download 017 ApplicationForm-GroupPresentationCategory
Download 017 ApplicationForm-IndividualPresentationCategory
Download 017 ApplicationForm-SpeechCategory
Download 17 FAQ
Download 17 RulesGuidance_SpeechCategory
Download speech_students2022_A3poster
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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

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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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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
Download 2021-22 Flowchart (Sept)
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