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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.


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.


*NEW* Special COVID-19 Relief Grant for Japanese Teaching Materials

The Special COVID-19 Relief Grant for Japanese Teaching Materials provides special financial support of up to $2,000 for the purchasing of teaching materials including hardware/equipment (laptops, tablets, etc.) for the purposes of Japanese-language education. Due to the teaching difficulties posed by the pandemic, many teachers across the country are in need of financial assistance for materials as well as hardware and electronic equipment such as laptops, tablets, etc.
While our regular annual Teaching Material Purchase Grant prohibits the purchasing of electronic equipment, JFLA is making an exception with this special grant program in order to meet the needs of teachers during this challenging time.
In step with making electronic equipment eligible for our grant support, we are also doubling the amount of the grant from $1,000 to $2,000.
*Grant applications must be received no later than 1/31/2021.