An Online Newsletter Showcasing Our Programs For The Month Of December, 2021!
This has been an interesting year as many of you would agree and it is now finally coming to a close. We will end the year with two movie screenings, as well as our Wellness Wednesday events throughout the month. There are still seats available for our Japanese language classes started in January so make sure to sign up if you are interested. Finally, the new year will bring some changes for us, but we will continue to bring you new events to experience Japanese language and culture in Los Angeles and beyond.

In celebration of the holiday season, our office will be closed from Thursday, December 23rd to Monday, January 3rd. We will be back on Tuesday, January 4th and hope to see you all in the new year!
JFLAB Series: Visual Arts Exhibition
End: Thursday, December 2nd
Hours: 12pm-6pm (Last call: 5pm)

FREE Admission, Appointment Only
Location: Hollywood & Highland 2F
(6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles)

Gift of Fire (111mins, 2020)
Admission Free, Registration Required
In the midst of WWII, young Japanese researcher Shu (Yuya Yagira) and his team are assigned to work on nuclear fission. This group of scientists races the rest of the world to split an atom, a vital first step towards developing nuclear weaponry. Shu feels remarkable pressure to complete this task, as his step-brother, Hiroyuki (Haruma Miura), is sent to fight on the war’s front lines. The brothers, along with their best friend through childhood, Setsu (Kasumi Arimura), confront their complicated feelings for each other and their country as the war progresses and Japan’s chances of winning become more and more dire. Shu struggles to honor his obligations to science, his family, his country and his own morality in this pivotal moment in history.

Saturday, December 11th
@3:00PM - MAKUKO (2019/108mins)
@5:30PM - JESUS (2019/76mins)

Makuko --- Drama directed by Keiko Tsuruoka, whose student films The Town of Whales and My First Love earned acclaim at overseas film festivals. Based on Yellow Elephant's Kanako Nishi's novel by the same title.

JESUS --- The first feature-length film by 22-year-old promising new director, Hiroshi Okuyama, who also wrote, shot, and edited the film. It screened at the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival where it won the New Directors Award.

Only a few seats are available!
A goal without a timeline is just a dream. Let’s set your goal in Winter 2022 and learn Japanese online. You will still make it only if you act quickly and register online.

2022 J-LEAP
The initial Lead Teacher (LT)/Host Organization application period for the Japanese Language Education Assistant Program (J-LEAP) has ended, and now the Laurasian Institution and the Japan Foundation will now select the best candidates from those who applied to move forward.
In the meantime, JF Headquarters has begun its Assistant Teacher (AT) application period which will end on Tuesday, January 18th, 2022.

This month, we would like to welcome Mina Morichika, who is currently at Madison Country Day School in Madison, WI! Read about her experiences in the program thus far!
Wednesday, December 1st
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, December 8th
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!

Wednesday, December 15th
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!

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 96
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and also get to enjoy their December holidays with their friends and family. In terms of Japanese language education, we have been conducting our Survey on Japanese-Language Education Abroad 2021 and have been contacting institutions all throughout the United States. We would like to thank each and every single person who have participated and will be participating in this survey. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us anytime at . In addition to our survey, we have recently collaborated with AATJ for our first ever Advanced Leadership Training via ZOOM in the beginning of November. We gathered Japanese language teachers all over the United States who have continued to demonstrate leadership skills within their community. It was a great opportunity to further collaborate amongst individuals from different regions and areas. The training will continue on for next year so we look forward to seeing what ideas the participants have. And about two weeks ago, ACTFL 2021 Virtual took place! We held our virtual exhibition booth with our very own video that made participants feel like they came over to our booth. We also presented at the Live Showcase to show our results from Survey on Japanese-Language Education Abroad 2018. We compared and contrasted data from world-wide to nation-wide in terms of learners, teachers, and institutions. If you would like to learn about the details of the survey, please visit The Japan Foundation website at any time.

Lastly, I wanted to mention that this is my last month as the Associate Program Officer at The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. It was a wonderful two and a half years and I’ve learned so much from my time here. I enjoyed connecting with people from different fields. It was a pleasure to provide support and resources to Japanese language educators. If you ever have any questions or inquiries, please email at any time. I’m sure we will cross paths again. Until then, take care!
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles