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New Course!
Discussions in Japanese
Sep. 24 - Oct. 8
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Do you want to brush up your Japanese?  Do you want to use your Japanese in a professional way?  In this course, you will develop the skill to describe a wide range of general topics in detail, give your opinions regarding these topics, exchange opinions effectively with others to develop the discussion in a group.
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Lecture Series 35
The Way of Japanese Bath
by Mark Edward Harris

Wednesday, Sep. 7 @ 7:30pm

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Japan, which lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire, is where a large chunk of the planet's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.  One benefit of this geological turbulence over the centuries has been the creation of hot springs (called “onsen” in Japanese) throughout Japan.
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Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Thermae Romae
Wednesday, September 14 @ 7pm

Lucius (Hiroshi Abe), an architect of spa baths for the Roman Empire, inadvertently travels through time and finds himself in a modern Japanese bathhouse. He takes elements of Japanese culture that he learns there back with him to Rome and is hugely successful, which leads the Emperor to command him to build a massive spa.
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Photo Exhibition:

The Way of Japanese Bath
Sep. 7 - Oct. 8

Photographer Mark Edward Harris first experienced Japanese hot springs in the early 1990s in Beppu, a town located on the southern island of Kyushu. Afterwards, he traveled extensively throughout Japan to capture images of various types of onsen and published a photographic collection entitled The Way of the Japanese Bath which is now in its second printing. 

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Special Screening
The Boy and the Beast
Sunday, September 25 @ 2pm
James Armstrong Theatre

Admission: FREE 

The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer WarsWolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice.
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JF Nihongo Fall Term
Sep. 10 - Nov. 19
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We offer unique and exciting language courses, the JF Nihongo (Nihongo=Japanese), which are based on the Japan Foundation’s JF Standard.  These courses focus on how well learners can do things in practical settings. Using materials from Japanese daily life, you will enjoy these friendly, interactive, and above all, fun courses. 

Performing Arts JAPAN 2017-2018
Call for Applications
Deadline: October 31, 2016

The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboratrion grants for the 2017 - 2018 fiscal year. This program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the US and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. 
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