Art & Design

Talking Contemporary Japan Special: Japanese discussion with director Katsumi Sakaguchi + documentary screening

22 November 2011, London

The Japan Foundation are delighted to announce that we will be providing a unique opportunity for advanced Japanese language learners to practice their Japanese while interacting with renowned Japanese director, Katsumi Sakaguchi, in a one-evening special of Talking Contemporary Japan.


The evening’s programme will begin with a showing of one of Mr. Sakaguchi’s most powerful documentaries, “Karin no ie,” in its original Japanese language.  Karin no ie addresses the topic of children who, through a variety of circumstances, cannot live with their parents – a serious social problem in contemporary Japan. Participants will then have the opportunity to discuss the documentary’s content in Japanese among themselves and with Mr Sakaguchi himself.  The discussion will be guided by Seiji Fukushima, Chief Japanese Language Advisor at the Japan Foundation, who will provide explanations of the language featured in the documentary.


Participants will also receive a free ticket to see a one-off screening of Mr. Sakaguchi’s 2011 movie, Sleep (“Nemuri Yusurika”), at the ICA cinema on 16th February at 6:30pm, as part of Japan Foundation’s Touring Film Programme, Whose Film Is It Anyway?

This truly is an unmissable chance to practice real-life, advanced Japanese while meeting one of Japan’s most insightful commentators on modern Japanese society.


Fee: £7.00 (fee includes free ticket to view the movie Sleep at ICA, worth £10.00) 

15 February 2012, 6:30pm
The Japan Foundation, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH

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Tel: 020 7436 6698

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