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Photo Exhibition
Metamorphosis of Japan

After the War
June 12 - July 11, 2015

The Foundation is delighted to present the photo exhibition Metamorphosis of Japan After the War. It is with great pleasure that we introduce the work of 11 photographers who captured images of postwar Japan from 1945 to 1964. The exhibition takes place at West Los Angeles College Art Gallery.
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The First Japanese Major Leaguer
Mashi Murakami
Meet & Greet with Book Signing

Monday, July 6 @ 7pm

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Join us for the 50th anniversary celebration of the first Japanese baseball player in the Majors. Meet the legend Masanori "Mashi" Murakami and author Robert Fitts of the recently published "Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer" for a discussion on Japanese baseball and Mashi’s career and importance to U.S.-Japanese relations.
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Lecture Series 29
Brewing a community:
A sake maker's journey to her roots and beyond
Thursday, June 25 @ 7pm
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Rumiko Obata, sake brewery owner in Sado Island, Japan, will talk about carrying on the tradition of her family’s sake making business going back five generations and her passion for the age-old tradition of sake brewing.  Then, the certified Master Sake Sommelier, Yuji Matsumoto will guide you through the basic knowledge of sake.
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Japanese Courses Fall Term
Starts in mid-September

Our courses are designed for new Japanese-language learners, as well as those who are interested in improving their existing language skills.  Each course focuses on specific themes and learning goals, such as inviting friends or business e-mail.  Each course is offered once a week for 8 weeks for 18 years old and up.
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Workshop: Japanese for Travel
Thursday, July 9 @ 7pm
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Do you have plans to go to Japan in the near future?  If so, prepare for your trip with us!  You will learn helpful travel tips from a tourism specialist from JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization), and essential Japanese phrases from our JF Nihongo instructorFor beginners and those who have no experience.
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Summer Camp for Teens
Discover Little Tokyo, July 20 - 24

Step away from the classroom for a more interactive approach to language learning!  Learn Katakana and simple expressions in Japanese through fun activities such as exploring Little Tokyo and scavenger hunts. For 14-18 year-olds with no prior experience in learning Japanese.
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