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Exhibitions Abroad Support Program
Deadline: December 1, 2016

This program is designed to support museums and art institutions overseas that organize exhibitions introducing Japanese art and culture to audiences overseas. In addition, this program is designed to support overseas international exhibitions such as biennials/triennials introducing Japanese artists and their works.
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Lecture:Magic and Power in Edo's City Planning                         
Friday, December 2 at 7pm


Edo (modern Tokyo) was built to be the Tokugawa seat in 1590, and in 1603 it became headquarters of their shogunate. It was carefully planned to meet ancestral expectations of how an impressive East Asian metropolis should look, entailing a certain alignment of streets, with temples positioned in designated locations, according to magical criteria.
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Free Japanese Cinema Screening
Blindly in Love 

Wednesday, December 14 at 7pm

Warm-hearted love story that gained popularity through word of mouth. A clumsy and introverted 35-year-old virgin guy falls in love for the first time in his life, with a blind woman.
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Time After Time Capsule "Drop-Off"Day

Special Display at Japanese American National Museum                          
Thursday, December 15 at 3pm-8pm
Admission: Free

Help kawaii artist Sebastian Masuda fill a gigantic Hello Kitty time capsule! Bring either a cherished personal item or a letter to your future self, to be placed in the capsule. The capsule is one of ten that are currently traveling the world and will be assembled for a major display in Tokyo in 2020. The capsules will be opened in 2035.

Japanese Language Courses

Winter 2017 term                       
Jan. 14 - April 4
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Winter is nearly here, and the registration period for our JF Nihongo Winter Term has begun!  We are now accepting registrations for our popular Japanese courses which will begin on January 14th.  Our courses are designed for new Japanese-language learners, as well as those who are interested in improving their existing language skills. Read More> 

Introduction to Polite Japanese                    
Jan. 21 - Feb. 4
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Politeness in Japanese is essential for smooth communication in social settings.  In this course, you will be familiarized with the system of honorifics (“keigo” in Japanese).  Course of three meetings.  All applicants are eligible for a 10% Early Bird Discount if you register by January 9, 2017!  Read More> 

2017 Japanese-Language Programs

2017-2018 J-LEAP
Now Accepting Applications 
January 10, 2017

Are you interested in Inviting a Japanese Assistant Teacher (AT) to your K-12 classroom for up to two consecutive school years? Do you want to give your students an opportunity to learn and hear Japanese from a native speaker or an additional native speakers for some variation? If so, make sure you apply for J-LEAP, which was started in 2011 with the help of the Laurasian Institute (TLI).
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Training Program for Japanese-Language Teachers
Deadline: December 1, 2016   

If you a Japanese-language teacher looking for ways to improve your proficiency, methodology, and knowledge of Japan, we have multiple programs including long-term, short-term, training program on a specific theme (new for 2017), project-based training program and graduate program (Master's Course) for teachers.
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Japanese Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Field
Deadline: December 1, 2016    

This program provides specialists (Researchers, Postgraduate Students, Librarians, Museum Curators, etc.) who need a good command of Japanese language to conduct field work and research through an intensive residential training course on the Japanese language.
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