An Online Newsletter Showcasing Our Programs For The Month Of October, 2021!
With the transition to fall almost complete, we are seeing more overcast skies and cooler weather here in Los Angeles. We had our first live event last month at the Shoseian Teahouse and we thank everyone who showed up to experience the screams of the samurai warrior.

This month, we will be organizing a anime subtitling workshop so make sure you sign up for this event as seats are limited. We will be screening Hotel Royal, not to be confused with Battle Royale, for Japanema. Make sure to participate in onigiri action online, and mark your calendars for our 2nd Yokai Lecture featuring guest speaker Zack Davisson.

We are also well into the current school year and we will start accepting applications for J-LEAP for the next school year. If you missed registering for our Japanese language courses, the next term begins in January and registration will open next month so check back if you are interested in taking our classes.

As always, there will be the trio of Wellness Wednesday activities every Wednesday so don't miss out!
Tuesday, October 12th 7PM (PT)
Admission Free, Registration Required
Come and join us to learn how to subtitle your favorite anime! Using popular Japanese animated films such as Studio Ghibli’s movie “Spirited Away”, they will demonstrate how to create subtitles, have the characters speak naturally in English while remembering to make the context understandable for viewers.

Kaibyo: Supernatural Cats by Zack Davisson
Tuesday, October 26th @7PM (PT)
Zoom Registration Coming Soon!
Make sure to check our website for updated information!
(104 mins, 2020)
Wed, 10/13 7PM - Thur, 10/14, 7PM (PDT)
Click Here to Watch (accessible during screening period only)
This drama adapts a series of novels set within a love hotel into a single story interconnecting the present and the past. At the helm is Masaharu Take who has directed “100 Yen Love” and the “We Make Antiques” series. He brings his unique blend of understated humor to this offbeat dramedy.

Fall has officially fallen and if you missed registering for our popular Japanese course, your next chance would be Winter 2022. Registration starts on November 5, 2021, and classes start in Mid-January, 2022.

2022 J-LEAP
Interested in a grant opportunity which brings a young assistant teacher from Japan to help strengthen and enhance your K-12 Japanese language program? J-LEAP (Japanese-Language Education Assistant Program), co-administered by Laurasian Institution and Japan Foundation, is currently in its tenth year and is now accepting applications from host schools for the 2022 cycle!

7th Annual Onigiri Action Campaign
October 5th - November 5th
TABLE FOR TWO USA (TFT) invites everyone to participate in their 7th annual ONIGIRI ACTION campaign from Oct. 5th to Nov. 5th. This campaign aims to provide 1 million school meals to children around the world. During the campaign, every rice-ball-related post on the campaign website or social media with #OnigiriAction will provide five school meals to children in need.

In the month of October, JFLA will host an online Onigiri Action event in collaboration with TFT. Stay tuned for upcoming information.

Wednesday, October 6th & 27th
12:30PM PT (15 Min Session)
Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl will be offered this month 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!

Wednesday, October 13th
12:30PM PT (15 Minute Session)
Whether at work or at home, let's refresh yourself for 15 minutes on your lunchtime together with us! Karate Exercise will be offered via JFLA Facebook LIVE!

World class instructors from Kyokushin Karate of Los Angeles will give you a set of beginner’s level exercises from their basic movement with their English instruction.

There will be one 15-minute session starting at 12:30pm. Just go to JFLA's Facebook page. Achieve the unity of body and spirit!

Wednesday, October 20th
12:30PM PT (15 Minute Session)
Bilingual Yoga will be offered this month 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!

2021-2022 Japanese Language Grants Now Available!
Language Education Project Grant
Deadline: Two months prior to the project start date


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.).

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Japanese Language Education Update 93
With the new school year well under way, I hope everyone is doing well so far! We are continuing to hold virtual events through our organization as well as attend conferences and webinars online. Although there are increasing in-person events and many are going back to in-person classes, please continue to stay safe and healthy. As I’ve previously mentioned before, our institutional survey will begin in the month of October! Every few years, we have many Japanese language teachers who take time out of their day to answer questions about their classes and their situations. The survey will help give us an idea of how many Japanese language learners, teachers, and institutions are in the United States. The survey will be sent from so teachers, please keep an eye on the emails! If you haven’t heard from us regarding our survey by end of October, please contact us at to make sure we are able to send out our surveys successfully. Since 2018, there has been many changes in world language education and accessibility in terms of classes. As classes were offered online, it made it possible for people from different locations to take language courses outside of their area. Hopefully that means more students were able to take Japanese regardless of location. Also, registration filled out fast for Japanese language proficiency exam this year, as last year, we were unable to do on-site exams. We hope that test takers/future test takers use our free e-learning platform “Minato” to test and/or brush up their Japanese abilities. There are also sample questions on the official website so please check those out in terms of practicing. The exam itself is a lot of recognizing through reading and listening so make sure to brush up on those skills as much as you can. I wish test takers luck for the month of December!
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles