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Japanese Ceramics Exhibition
YAKISHIME - Earth Metamorphosis
Oct. 18-Nov. 18 / Admission:FREE  

This exhibition introduces yakishime ceramics, which developed in distinctive directions in Japan, as a part of Japanese traditional culture. It explores the history of yakishime, from its origins to the present, its use in tea wares and utensils for serving food, and its emergence as objets d'art.
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Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Seven Samurai

Wednesday, October 26 @ 7pm
At Goethe-Institut Los Angeles   

This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.
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New Course!
Introduction to Polite Japanese
Oct. 22 - Nov. 5 

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).The courses are aimed for those at the B1 level and consist of a concise set of three meetings (once a week for three weeks). Read More>

2017 Japanese Arts & Culture Exchange Programs

Performing Arts JAPAN 2017-2018
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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Support Program for Translation

and  Publication on Japan

Deadline: November 21, 2016

This program is designed to provide financial assistance for foreign publishers to translate and/or publish Japan-related books. The grant shall cover part of the translation cost and/or publishing cost (paper cost, plate-making cost, printing cost, binding cost, etc.).
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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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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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