The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Newsletter
Acting Director's Greeting

Who could have predicted that September 2020 would start like this?! I truly hope everyone is doing well.  

I would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of the feedback you have given us over the last 6 months. Many of you kindly participated in the evaluation surveys after our events and left us many creative suggestions. While we cannot always reply to everyone, please know that we read each and every one of your comments in order to improve our events. Even a click on ‘Like’ tells us a lot. We have taken the feedback and suggestions we’ve received into consideration and will be launching some new projects in the coming months.  

As for Japanese language education, fortunately we have been able to communicate with more and more teachers than ever thanks to online conference tools. This has allowed us to more quickly and easily reach and assist teachers and Japanese language programs in areas of the country that are struggling with tons of unprecedented problems. 

We are still in the very middle of this difficult situation, but I believe that our shared sense of curiosity and wonder help us live through it. Let’s keep our chins up! 

Shimpei Ishii
Deputy Director
September 14 - September 28
12:30PM PT
Our virtual concert series Music Mondays in September will present more amazing musicians! Bringing some cheer to your lives through music, we will be presenting LIVE performances via Facebook every Monday at 12:30pm (Starting on September 14).

This month, we will feature Hiroe Sekine & Rumi Inoue (9/14), Gary Matsumoto (9/21), and Kai Kurosawa (9/28).

To participate, please visit JFLA's Facebook page (

Fall 2020 Online Japanese Course
EJ1 - Full
EJ2 & EJ3 - Only A Few Spots Left 
September 12 - November 12
Let’s study Japanese this upcoming fall! This online courses uses Japan Foundation's textbook, "Marugoto" as well as original online resources instructed provided by our experienced language teachers. The classes are very It's 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.

Wednesday, September 2 & 23
12:30PM PT (15 Minute Session)
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 ( Refresh and recharge yourself with us at home!

Wednesday, September 16 & 30
12:30PM PT (15 Min Session)
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 ( Stretch and refresh yourself with us at home!

Watch Japan’s latest indie films! JFF ONLINE vol.2
Broadcast period: August 21st – September 30th[ 41 days ]
Region: Worldwide except Japan
Free of charge, no registration required
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
In the previous edition “JFF ONLINE vol.1”, we streamed 12 works from MOOSIC LAB since this March for 3 months.As an increase in demand for online streaming films due to the influence of COVID-19, it marked a record of more than 95,000 views and received a great amount of positive feedback.Following the success of the first edition,” JFF ONLINE Vol.2” present the 10 latest films, reflecting the actual society of Japan through the eyes of young artists.

Performing Arts Japan 2021-2022
Call For Applications
Deadline: November 2, 2020
Application for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboratrion grants for the 2021 – 2022 fiscal year is now open.

Online Events Are Eligible For
Mini Grant for Japanese Arts & Culture
Since COVID-19 has struck the U.S., many all events have been canceled. Many organizations and institutions are shifting from live events to virtual events held online. JFLA’s mini grant will also change to support such events. Examples of eligible online events include lectures, workshops, performing art concerts, exhibitions, and screenings, related to Japanese arts & culture. Expenses such as video recording & editing fees, AV equipment rentals, and studio rentals are covered by this grant. Successful candidates may be granted up to $5,000. Application and guidelines are available to download HERE.
If you have question regarding this grant, please contact
JFLA Support in Response to COVID-19
1. Advocacy Support Letter 
If your Japanese language program is in danger of being cut due to COVID-19, we will send a support letter to stakeholders (Superintendent, Principal, Dean, etc.).

Please contact for details.

(September 15th Deadline)
Grant Amount: up to $1,000
We understand that many schools will be continuing distance learning (or blended learning) for the 2020-21 academic year. If you need to purchase new teaching materials (digital learning software, etc.) for the new teaching environment, your school will be eligible to apply. Please contact for details.


Application Period: Now through September 30, 2020, or until funding is exhausted (whichever comes first)
In response to the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak, we have launched a COVID-19 Relief Grant (up to $10,000) for non-profit Japanese language programs in the U.S. which are facing temporary financial difficulty during the 2020-21 academic year. To be eligible, applying institutions need to submit a commitment letter, besides Application Form, regarding the continuation of their Japanese language program on a long-term basis after the grant support ends and BEYOND. The stronger the commitment is, the better chance of your receiving the grant.(Our one-year grant support should be beneficial to Japanese programs not only while they are receiving our grant support but also BEYOND the grant period.) Please contact for details.


We are also accepting applications for the following grant programs.
Grants for Nationwide/Statewide/Regional-level Events and Projects
(NOT for individual single institutional project)
Non-profit online/virtual events are eligible!
Deadline:  Two months prior to the project start date
Japanese Language Education Update 82
The school year has started virtually and at some regions, offline as well. I hope everyone continues to have a safe and healthy school year. Although this summer is not the usual summer where we can go out and relax, I hope you were able to energize during your break. At the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, we have continued helping Japanese language teachers and students over the summer and continued to provide resources to help as much as we can. We hope to continue doing that for this school year as well so please do not hesitate to contact any time for any questions or concerns in regards to Japanese language education. In terms of webinars, American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) finished up their summer webinar and is intending to resume in October for the fall. As the summer webinars were very informative and did not only focus on Japanese teaching skills. It also focused on developing understanding towards students’ diverse needs and perceptions within the classroom. With the world having difficulty in connecting physically, expressing and verbalizing these concepts and feelings are going to be important more than ever. With the new school year, students may not be familiar with each other and do not know how to connect. It’ll be important to have a space where students can interact with each other and also, for students to easily connect with teachers as well. I wish the best for students and teachers during this tough time.
Learn Japanese Anytime, Anywhere With Minato
If you are looking to learn Japanese on your own free time and are seeking free structured lessons, we want to remind you of our Minato website that currently has 62 self study lessons in various levels and languages as well as six tutor supported lessons (no English at the moment) for you to choose from. All you need to do is create an account and then register for the level that is right for you. For instructions on how to use the site, please watch this video.