An Online Newsletter Showcasing Our Programs for the Month of February, 2023!
We have a lot of information to cover and to start off we want to announce our Online Anime Voice Acting Workshop from Tokyo. We have partnered with JVTA again to bring this exciting new event for your enjoyment so make sure to RSVP and show up for the event.

Through our exhibition support program, JFLA is supporting the photo exhibition celebrating the life of cinematic legend, Yasujiro Ozu, at the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills. It is free to attend and on view now so don't miss out. Later this month we will traveling out to San Diego for an English Rakugo Performance at the Japanese Friendship Garden so stay tuned for more information!

For all the Japanese language teachers, we just announced our Japanese language grants for the 2023/2024 school year so make sure to look over the information below if you are thinking of applying. This is for teachers and organizations in the US only so if you are in a different country, you will need to follow up with your local Japan Foundation to find out about grants available in your area.

Our Japanese language classes started off strong in the new year with the first in-person class since 2020 and if you missed winter term, our next series of courses will start in April with registration starting in late March.

This month, we are also saying goodbye to a long time colleague and also introducing J-LEAP assistance teachers currently experiencing the American education system in different regions around the country. We also welcome back our first participant in the in-person training program at our Japanese Language Institute in Kansai, so make sure to read about his adventures below.

And as always, we will continue our trio of wellness events so make sure to join us on Facebook every Wednesday at 12:30PM PT.

Finally, the Japan Foundation was founded 40 years ago in Los Angeles and we hope to continue providing Japanese arts & culture events in the community as well as support Japanese language education nation wide!
THU, FEB 23rd @7:00pm - 8:30pm (PT)
Admission Free, Registration Required
Join us in voicing your favorite anime -- in Japanese! Natsu Shinomiya, a professional voice actor from Japan, will be challenging us to voice popular Japanese anime such as "Demon Slayer". Learn in a fun and casual setting with Bill-sensei, from the Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy (JVTA), who will be moderating. This workshop is designed for beginners of Japanese, but all experience levels (including none) are welcome.

SUN, FEB 19th
@Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
Event Details and Registration Information will be available soon on our website!
2023-2024 Japanese Language Grants Now Available!
Grant for Nationwide/Statewide/Region-wide Events for Learners
Japanese Language Learners Event Grant
(Examples: Speech Contest, Quiz Contest, Japan-themed Festival for Learners, etc.)
Deadlines: March 1 and September 1, 2023

Grant for Nationwide/Statewide/Region-wide Projects for Teachers
Japanese-Language Education Project Grant
(Examples: Conferences/Seminars/Workshops for Teachers, Teaching Material Development, Research Projects, etc.)
Deadline: 2 months before the project start date

Grants for Individual Japanese Language Programs
Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese-Language Courses
Deadline: April 10, 2023
Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant
Deadlines: March 15 and September 15, 2023


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.).

Through February 25th
Close February 11, 18, 20
Admission Free
The entertainment world was dealt a big blow by the pandemic. One after another, theaters were forced to either postpone or outright cancel performances. Beginning in July 2020, freelance photographers (Arisa Kasai, Shizuka Minami and Maiko Miyagawa) took portraits of 18 groups of artists over a period of about 7 months guided by their concept of “capturing the ‘present’ during the pandemic, characterized by the way in which the subjects’ routines meshed with the demands of the moment”. The photographers captured these artists’ emotions and their performances that would have otherwise never come to light, but were forged in a state of emergency which rekindled their passions for the stage.

Wednesday, February 8th
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, February 15th
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, February 22nd
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!

Available Through March 31st, 2024
In collaboration with Amazon Crossing, The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles invites you to watch the vido presentation program "World of Kamusari Series: Discussion with Shion Miura".

As the prologue, there is a video introducing the town of Misugi, Mie Prefecture, where both novels are set and movie "Wood Job" based on "The Easy Life in Kamusari", which was film there, and interviews with people who live in Misugi like Yuki or Yoki in the novels. Following these, in the feature program, the award-winning author of "The Great Passage", Shion Miura is joined by translator Juliet Winters Carpenter to discuss her rapturous novels, Kamusari series (The Easy Life in Kamusari / Kamusari Tales Told at Night) where the contemporary and the traditional meet amid the splendor of Japan’s mountain way of life to English readers. The discussion is moderated by Allison Markin Powell, award-winning translator and member of PEN America’s Translation Committee.

The photo exhibition to celebrate the life of cinematic legendary, Yasujiro Ozu is on view at the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, CA. This year is his 120th anniversary of birth and also 60th anniversary of his death. 

Admission is free and you could get complimentary Ozu postcards. Articles of interview with Mr. Matt Severson, director of the library, who curated this exhibition are available at the Ozu Yasujiro Society Official Website 

If you missed our WINTER term, we got you covered.
SPRING term registration is scheduled to start from mid-March.

Application Period: Friday, January 6th ~ Monday, February 20th
In this program, we invite students studying Japanese from around ten countries around the world to carry out an interactive program in Japan. We would like to continue to provide opportunities to realize coexistence with different cultures even in situations where it is difficult to travel overseas. In order to secure opportunities for exchange, we will introduce and implement a hybrid-type program that allows online exchange in addition to the conventional face-to-face content.

For more information, please check out the link below after January 6th. There are two components of the program so make sure you can fulfill that before applying. Please contact JFLA if you have any questions.

2023 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 select the best candidates from those who applied to move forward.

This month, we would like to introduce Eimei Onoda, currently at Lockport Township High School in Lockport, Illinois, Shiho Yabuuchi at John F, Kennedy High School in Iowa, and Tatsuro Otoishi at Eastern High School in Louisville, KY. You can read about her experiences in the program thus far at the links above.
As mentioned last month, long time JFLA staff member Yasuko Yokota retired at the end of last month. She finished her career here with one final in person Calligraphy Workshop also held last month. Mamiko Nakai, another long time staff member here will be taking her place as Office Manager. We wish Yasuko a happy retirement as she travels the world!
General Invitation to Join JF USA Digital Library
Our digital library system in coordination with our New York and Toronto office is still going strong and we recently added more volume to popular books so there is less of a wait time. We have also been incrementally adding new books as well so make sure to signup for an account below and also let your friends know about this free service.

Starting in 2023, we will be sending out updates once a week on Wednesdays by 6:30PM pacific time. If you register and do not receive a welcome email from us within a Wednesday of registering, please contact us so we can help you out. We hope you will enjoy this service from the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles!

Japanese Language Education Update 110
We just announced our quartet of Japanese language grants for the 2023-24 school year so please take a look at the article above for more information. As mentioned in last month's newsletter, there was a bit of a shakeup in our Japanese language team here at JFLA. Mike Penny is in charge of the Salary Assistance and Project Grants, and Megan Murata is in charge of Learner Event and Teaching Material Purchase Grant.

Since 2020, we have not been able to send any researchers to Japan as part of our Japanese Language Program for specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields, and most of the training was done online. For the 2022-23 fiscal year, we were finally able to restart this program and was able to send one participant for the long term training program that started and ended in the second half of 2022. You can click here read the report from Michael VanHartingsveldt, a PhD candidate in Japanese Art History at the University of Kansas, about his experiences in Japan. We wish him much success in completing his dissertation.
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles