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On 3 March, Japanese families with daughters celebrate �gHina Matsuri�h (or doll festival), setting up in their homes a display of dolls representing the emperor, empress, attendants and musicians in court dress, and eating diamond-shaped rice cakes and drinking shirozake.

For those interested in traditional culture, March offers Nakamura Fukusuke�fs Kabuki demonstration, the Kaetsu Centre�fs Japan Day, and a drum performance by Kodo. They are sure to please your eyes, ears and palate.

If your interest is in modern Japan, there is a lecture by Professor Arthur Stockwin on Japan�fs new politics and a film screening followed by a talk with Madame Beate Sirota Gordon, author of the women�fs rights clause in the Japanese Constitution.

As for highlights in February, the quality of entries in the Manga Jiman 2009 Competition and the level of Japanese proficiency of the finalists at the Peter Parker Business Japanese Speech Contest were higher than ever before. This reflected the growing interest in the UK in manga and the Japanese language, which may actually be inter-related.

Having seen applications for the 2010 JET Programme increase drastically from the previous year, we also hope many students will be interested in the MEXT Scholarships.

Japan Foundation Award Celebration Lecture by Professor Arthur Stockwin

18 March 2010, 18.30
The Embassy of Japan


Kabuki Meets West in London and Paris

2 March 2010
Brunei Gallery, SOAS

One Earth Tour 2010

2 - 11 March 2010
Various Locations


Kaetsu Centre Japan Day 2010

13 March 2010
The Kaetsu Educational & Culture Centre, Cambridge

The Gift of Constitutional
Rights - Panel Discussion
and Screening of 'The Gift of Beate'

9 March 2010, 19:00
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS


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Events Calendar

Manga Jiman 2009 Competition Results


The Sir Peter Parker
Awards for Spoken
Business Japanese

17 February 2010

MEXT Postgraduate Scholarships 2011-2013


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