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JFF Plus: Online Festival

12/04/2020 - 12/13/2020
FREE (No Registration Required)

Click Here to watch the trailer

The Japan Foundation’s first online film festival, JFF Plus will showcase 28 Japanese films ranging from dramas, animation, and documentaries. All titles are available for free to stream. Please go to JFF Plus: Online Festival page to check out schedule and watch films.


Japanese Training Programs - NOW AVAILABLE!

Fiscal Year 2021
April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022

Click here to contact us with any questions or to inform us of your intention to apply to one of these programs.

Arts & Culture Programs - NOW AVAILABLE!

The Japan Foundation organizes programs to introduce various aspects of Japanese arts and culture all over the world. In addition, it promotes networking and human resources development in arts and cultural fields by interactive collaboration/co-production, and through dispatching and invitation of specialists.

Click below to download the online application forms and guidelines.


This program is designed to provide financial support for 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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This program is designed to provide partial financial support for overseas publishers intending to translate and/or publish books originally written in Japanese. The program aims to foster better understanding of Japan by encouraging overseas publishers to translate and publish Japanese books. The grant covers part of the translation cost and/or publishing costs (e.g. costs for paper, typesetting, printing and binding). Applicants may apply for one of the following categories: “translation only” “publication only” or “translation and publication.”
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This program aims to support the development of professionals specializing in the study of Japanese visual arts by providing an opportunity for curators and researchers from abroad to conduct research in Japan, and by so doing, promote the study of the field and the introduction of Japanese art overseas. This fellowship is implemented by the Japan Foundation with generous funding from the Ishibashi Foundation.
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Virtual Lecture: Giggle without Google

Understanding Japanese sense of humor through media
tuesday, december 15
6:00PM-8:00pm (PST)
free admission, rsvp required

If you want to laugh at Japanese comedy shows like a true native, you should know the cultural context behind each story.  Professionals from Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy (JVTA) in Tokyo will be introducing and analyzing some of Japan's most popular comedy shows, comedians, and entertainers on the air right now. You'll see just how much culture, planning, thought, and context goes into a single head bop and the slightest of side-eyes.  When it comes to comedy, you need more than just language to laugh along with the natives! 

detailsclick here to RSVP

Music Mondays: Virtual Concert

Every monday
12:30pm* (PST)
*6:00PM (PST) when live from Japan

We want to bring some cheer to your lives by music!   JFLA will be presenting live music performances via JFLA Facebook LIVE! Every Monday at 12:30pm, talented performers will play their repertoire dedicated specially to you. Just go to JFLA's Facebook page (   Let’s start a new week with some uplifting music at home! 


Virtual Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl

every other wednesday
12:30PM (1 SESSION, 15MIN)

We would like to help during these trying times.  Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl will be offered via JFLA Facebook LIVE!
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 will be one session starting at 12:30pm.  Just go to JFLA's Facebook page (  Refresh and recharge yourself with us at home!


Virtual Bilingual Yoga at Lunchtime

Every other wednesday
12:30pm (1 session, 15min)

We would like to help during these trying times.  Bilingual Yoga will be offered via JFLA Facebook LIVE!

No need to change clothes or use a yoga mat; you will be seated in a chair at home and receive an instruction from our instructor in bilingual (English and Japanese). Easy and relaxed!
There will be one session starting at 12:30pm.  Just go to JFLA's Facebook page (  Stretch and refresh yourself with us at home!


2020-21 Grants Now Available!

  1. *NEW* Special COVID-19 Relief Grant for Japanese Teaching Materials
    Deadline:  1/31/2021

  2. Japanese Language Learners Event Grant
    Deadlines:  3/1, 9/1/2020

  3. Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant
    Deadlines:  3/15, 9/15/2020

  4. Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese Language Courses
    Deadline:  4/10/2020

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


JF Nihongo

winter 2021 online japanese language class
Online registration is now open!

Let’s kiss 2020 goodbye and study Japanese in 2021! This online courses uses Japan Foundation's textbook, "Marugoto" as well as original online resources instructed by our experienced language teachers. The classes are very interactive, informative, and fun! For this special course, the tuition price is discounted 20% off of our regular tuition, which takes place in a in classroom setting.