free workshop
learn natural japanese through acting
sat. december 10 at 1:00pm
waiting list

By playing a role, using gestures and facial expressions, acting is a fun way to learn natural Japanese!

In this workshop, Japanese actor, Atsushi Hirata, will teach you how to react like Japanese people in natural settings, and how to speak spontaneously using basic Japanese phrases.  He will also share his cross-cultural experiences as a Japanese actor working in TV commercials and movies in the US.

This workshop is suitable for beginning Japanese learners and we welcome those who have no experience at all.

Relax and have fun!  You will be able to act in Japanese!

      • Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
      • Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
      • Location: The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)  See MAP
      • Age: 18 years old and up
      • Fee: free
      • Instructor: Atsushi Hirata

Atsushi Hirata was born and raised in Japan. He graduated University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. He studied Method, Michael Chekhov technique, screen writing under former Actor Studio teacher Mel Gordon.      

He was appeared in numerous theater productions such as Robber Bride Groom, Seven Leas, and Voices from Okinawa at East West Players. He made his film debut in Second Chance, an award-winner in the L.A. Short Film Festival. Other Film and TV credits include Flashforward, Good Soil, and miscellaneous national commercials such as HP, DIGIORNO, WENDYS, and so on. His voice work includes recurring roles on Hawaii Five-O, Swingtown, and Oscar winning film Letters from Iwo Jima.  

Currently he is working as a Japanese teacher at Seiai Gakuin along with pursuing his career in Hollywood.


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If you have any questions, please contact us. Tel:(323) 761-7510 or E-mail:

Rules and Policies

1. Cancellation

Cancellation Deadline: Fridiay December 2
Cancellation must be received by e-mail ( by the cancellation deadline.

2. Cancellations by JFLA

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA), may cancel the workshop if necessary. Applicants will be notified in advance and receive full refunds. The workshop contents are subject to change.

3. Course Availability

The workshop is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for the workshop will close once it is filled to capacity.

5. Waiting List

Once the workshop becomes full, applicants can be placed on a waiting list. If space becomes available, applicants will be enrolled in the workshop.