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Japanema: Kagemusha
Wednesday, November 26 at 7pm

In his late, color masterpiece Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa returns to the samurai film and to a primary theme of his career—the play between illusion and reality. Sumptuously reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, he creates a historical epic that is also a meditation on the nature of power.
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JFLA Lecture Series 24 - Shikinen Sengu: Heart of Japan Captured by Photographer Sanjiro Minamikawa
Tuesday, December 9 at 7pm

Free to Attend, RSVP Required!

Photographer Sanjiro Minamikawa documented the 62nd Jingu Shikinen Sengu at Ise which was completed in 2013. In his lecture, Mr. Minamikawa will use his visual documentation of the ceremony to demonstrate how traditions are passed on from one generation to the next, as well as the coexistence of nature and humanity.
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2015-2017 J-LEAP
Now Accepting Applications
Deadline: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Invite a Japanese Assistant Teacher (AT) into your K-12 classroom for up to two consecutive academic years to give your students an opportunity to hear and learn Japanese from a native speaker.
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Language Courses: JF Nihongo
Winter Term Registration
Starts in Late November

Let’s learn Japanese this fall!  Our courses are designed for new Japanese-language learners, as well as those who are interested in improving their existing language skills.  Enjoy the friendly, interactive, and above all, fun courses! 
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FY2015 Program Guidelines and

Application Forms are NOW Available
Deadlines: Multiple for Arts and Culture/December 1st for Japanese Language

For information on Arts and Culture Programs, please visit our website with additional information on the JF world-wide website! For information on Japanese Language Programs, please visit Teacher Training Program at the Japanese Language Institute, Urawa, or Japanese Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields at the Japanese Language Institute, Kansai.  
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JF Nihongo Workshop

Thu. December 11 at 7pm
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Come celebrate with us in our traditional way!  You will learn Japanese vocabulary and basic expressions related to New Year’s as well as Japanese New Year’s customs.  Beginners and people with no experience with Japan are very welcome!
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Guest Entrance Now Open

We are happy to announce that construction in our courtyard has reached a milestone and our guest entrance is now open to our patrons. Starting on Tuesday, November 4, please enter through the courtyard instead of the employee entrance in the back. The renovation of both the men's and women's bathrooms on the first floor is also complete so you will no longer have to use the bathrooms on the second floor. Construction is still ongoing as they renovate the center island on Courtyard Place and we appreciate your patience for a little bit longer.