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Free Japanese Cinema Screening

The Cross (十字架)

Wednesday, August 10 @ 7pm 

In the autumn of his second year of middle school, Shunsuke Fujii committed suicide.  He left behind Yu, who was named as his close friend in his suicide letter, and Sayu, whose birthday fell on the same day he died.  Shunsuke’s father was unable to forgive his classmates who knew about Shunsuke’s bullying but did nothing.  And Shunsuke’s mother was still filled with pain as she clung to the memories of her son.
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Lecture Series 34
Feel the Beat! Taiko Across the Pacific
Thursday, August 11 @ 7pm

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The art form of Japanese taiko drumming is practiced across the globe – not only in Japan, but in other parts of Asia, Europe, South America, and of course, the United States. Is there a difference in the way taiko is performed throughout the world?
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Making Sushi in Japanese
Thursday, August 25 @ 7pm
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Experience sushi like never before in this popular workshop!  Learn to make different types of sushi, order sushi in Japanese, and eat them!  A professional sushi chef will instruct participants during the sushi-making, and our language instructors will teach them useful vocabulary and expressions as well as manners and customs related to sushi.
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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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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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International Japanese Essay
Contest for Japanese Language
Deadline: August 10

On the 100th anniversary of the death of Natsume Soseki, The Asahi Shimbun and three other organizations will jointly hold an international Japanese essay contest on the influential Japanese author.  First and second prize winners will be invited to a symposium in Tokyo!
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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.  Register by August 26 and get 10% off discount!

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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