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Workshop: Action in Japanese!

learn natural japanese through acting
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Free admission, reservation required

By playing a role, using gestures and facial expressions, acting is a fun way to learn natural Japanese!
In this workshop, Japanese actor, Naoyuki Ikeda, will teach you how to react like Japanese people in natural settings, and how to speak spontaneously using basic Japanese phrases. This workshop is designed for beginning Japanese learners and we welcome those who have no experience at all!


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Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Shoplifters
(121mins, 2018)

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Wednesday, March 27 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

Drama interweaving emotional ties that transcend family, directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu. Won the Palme d'Or in competition at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.


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Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl

Wednesday, April 3
12:30pm, 1:00pm (20min sessions)
free admission

Mid-week fatigue is a familiar foe to many of us.  Why not maximize your relaxation and join us for a Sound Bath at Lunchtime!
The singing bowl used for this program harmoniously combines the healing qualities of the Tibetan singing bowl and its Japanese traditional singing bowl. Relax and feel your stress dissipate into thin air as the sounds of the singing bowl lead you into a meditative state.
There is no charge and no reservation required. All are welcome to come, sit, listen, and refresh!


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Free Japanese Cinema Screening

Penguin Highway
(118mins, 2018)

Directed by Hiroyasu Ishida

Wednesday, April 10 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

An animated sci-fi fantasy adapting Tomihiko Morimi's identically titled novel. Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. He has a great rapport with The Lady at his dentist's office.


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Japanese Conversation Cafe: Tea Time

saturday, april 13
12-2PM
Free admission, register now

Our popular Tea Time event is coming back again, this time on a Saturday afternoon!  100 people get together and you will enjoy Japanese snacks and tea while you chat with native Japanese speakers. All levels welcome! Japanese language experience is not necessary-this event is open to everyone, ages 18 and up.


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JFLA Lecture Series 60

Cherry Blossoms Odyssey
Lecturer: Naoko Abe

Thursday, April 18, 7pm
Free Admission, Registration required

Cherry blossoms are symbols of beauty. They originated in Japan more than 2,000 years ago and can now be seen all over the world. But the role of sakura in Japanese history has been checkered and not always positive.


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JF Nihongo Spring 2019

April 20 - June 29
Register now!

Study Japanese this spring!  The registration for JF Nihongo Spring term has started!
People interested in learning Japanese at JFLA will have three beginner-level Japanese-language courses.  In each class, students will learn concepts and communication skills which are essential to having a well-rounded understanding of everyday Japanese! 

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CPS Now Hiring Japanese Teacher

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States of America (USA).
With over 108,000 students learning Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin,
Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, and American Sign Language in 351 schools. Together with
the Consulate General of Japan, in Chicago, we are looking to expand our Japanese Language Program.


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2019-20 Grants Now Available!

  1. Japanese Language Learners Event Grant
    Deadlines:   3/1/2019,  9/1/2019

  2. Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant
    Deadlines:   3/15/2019,  9/15/2019

  3. Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese Language Courses
    Deadline:  4/10/2019 

  4. Japanese Language Education Project Grant
    Deadline:  Two months prior to the project start date


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