An Online Newsletter Showcasing Our Programs for the Month of September, 2022!
A heat wave will be welcoming those of us on the West Coast to kick off the month of September. If you don't have AC, you can cool down while viewing our current exhibition Engines of Progress: Images of Railroad Culture in Modern Japan featuring prints and artifacts from the Paulette and Jack Lantz Collection.

We will also be continuing our trio of wellness events this month with monthly themes so make sure to join us on Facebook every Wednesday at 12:30PM PT. Have a relaxing Labor Day weekend and stay hydrated!
©Steve Crise Photoproduction
Engines of Progress: Images of Railroad Culture in Modern Japan 
from the Paulette and Jack Lantz Collection
August 2 - October 31, 2022
Closed: Monday, September 5th
The speeding steam locomotive is an enduring symbol of technological progress and an emblem of modern ideas of enlightenment, exploration, and empire. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first rail line in Japan, this exhibition focuses on railroad culture as captured in mass-produced woodblock prints and related objects.

FALL 2022
Farewell Summer, Hello JF Nihongo Fall! A few seats are still available for the newly added EJ1 class, EJ2 and EJ3. Hurry! Classes start next week!

Wednesday, September 14th
12:30PM PT (15 Min Session)
Meditation with Japanese Singing Bowl will be offered this month via JFLA Facebook LIVE! The catchphrase for this month is "Okagesama (Thanks to you, ...)!"

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, September 21st
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, Septmeber 7th & 28th
12:30PM PT (15 Minute Session)
Bilingual Yoga will be offered this month via JFLA Facebook LIVE! This month's theme is "Ease Your Stiff Shoulders."

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!

2022-2023 Japanese Language Grants Now Available!
Grant for Nationwide/Statewide/Region-wide Projects for TEACHERS
(Examples: Conferences/Seminars/Workshops for Teachers, Teaching Material Development, Research Projects, etc.)

Deadline: 2 months before the project start date

Deadlines: 9/15/2022

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
General Invitation to Join JF USA Digital Library
We started our digital library back in April in coordination with our New York and Toronto offices. There have been an overwhelming amount of interest in Libby and we appreciate everyone who have signed up to use this free service. If you know anyone who is interested in a digital library that specializes in Japanese language and culture related books, please forward them this newsletter and they can find more information at the link below. Applicants need to be 14 years or older and confirmation emails will be sent out at the end of the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays with directions on how you can login to the system and start checking out digital books on your phone or computer. Please make sure to check your spam box, especially for Gmail users and you do not need to register multiple times. If you do not receive a welcome email from us within a few days of registering, please make sure to contact us. If you have any questions, please reply to this email. We hope you will enjoy this new service from the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles!

Also, all OverDrive video titles were removed from on September 1, 2022, due to OverDrive acquiring Kanopy, a leading streaming video service and now OverDrive's flagship app for streaming video content.

Japanese Language Education Update 105
With the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, Summer is officially coming to an end and most if not all schools will be starting the new school year. Many including those here in Los Angeles have already started in the middle of August and many more will start next week including our own JF Nihongo Japanese language courses.

Our 2022~23 grant programs will also be coming to and end this month and grants for the 2023~2024 will be available in the next few months including our Teacher Training Program so be on the lookout for that.

Finally, we have several Assistant Teachers (ATs), teaching here for the first time and others on their second year and we look forward to hearing about their experiences soon. We wish all the teachers out there a safe and successful school year!
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles