Sixth Form Japan Day 2019

Thursday 7 November 2019                10.20am to 4.00pm
(Registration from 10.00am)

SOAS University of London
Russell Square Campus
London WC1H 0XG

Nearest underground station: Russell Square
For directions to the venue and a PDF campus map please click here

Free of charge to schools

Applications now closed

The Japan Society’s Sixth Form Japan Day will be returning to SOAS this autumn on Thursday 7 November.

The Japan Society, in association with Ritsumeikan University (UK) and SOAS, is pleased once again to invite Sixth Form students to attend its popular FREE one-day course about Japan, its culture and its role in the global community.

The day is designed to give an insight into aspects of Japan, traditional and modern, through lectures and practical workshops. It is aimed at students who are studying Japanese, but will also be of interest to those who have not had the opportunity to do so formally at school, but who are considering Japanese studies at universities in the UK, or applying to do other subjects at universities in Japan. Students will also have the chance to speak one on one with representatives from a range of universities offering Japanese studies.

University Exhibition

As part of the day we will have a University Exhibition, where students will have the chance to talk one on one with a range of representatives from universities in the UK offering Japanese Studies programmes. For those considering applying to do other subjects at universities in Japan, there will also be a chance to learn about study abroad opportunities.

For a list of the universities attending please click here.

Lectures and Workshops

The course will feature a keynote address by Fumio Obata, London-based graphic novelist/illustrator and author of Just So Happens, a highly acclaimed graphic novel which has now been translated and published in 8 different countries. The day will also include a lecture by Professor Haruo Noma from Ritsumeikan University and a talk by Dr Jennifer Coates from University of Sheffield.

For more information about our speakers please click here.

Elective practical workshops in small groups will allow students to take part in a range of activities, including: Calligraphy, Cookery (Sushi), Oekakinden (Smart Wearable Sports Technology), Manga (Drawing), Martial Arts (Aikido), Japanese Taiko (drumming), and a language focused workshop led by the Japan Foundation exploring the use of Kanji in everyday Japanese conversation.

For details of our workshops please click here.

Students can indicate their preference for workshops on the booking form. We will endeavour to accommodate everyone’s preferences however we cannot guarantee students will get their top choices.



10.00 – 10.20 Arrival and registration
10.20 – 10.30 Welcome and introduction to the day
10.30 – 11.00 Lecture 1: Virtual Reality for Multimodal Sensation
– Professor Haruo Noma (Ritsumeikan University)
11.15 – 11.55 Workshop 1
12.05 – 12.35 Lecture 2: Engaging with Japan: Study, Work, and More
– Dr Jennifer Coates (University of Sheffield)
12.35 – 13.35 University Exhibition and lunch
13.35 – 14.15 Workshop 2
14.25 – 15.05 Workshop 3
15.15 – 15.45 Lecture 3: One Manga-ka’s Way: Finding One’s Place Through Artistic Expression – Keynote Address by Fumio Obata
15.45 – 16.00 Closing remarks & Evaluation


The full programme can be downloaded here.

Booking information

Places will be issued on a first-come-first served basis. Students may attend on their own or be accompanied by a member of staff.

To register your place, please fill in the booking form and send to

Important note: To confirm your booking, you must read and accept our terms and conditions. Please check the box on the booking form to acknowledge you have read and accept these.

During the day students will have the opportunity to join 3 out of 7 possible workshop sessions. Please use the booking form to specify your preferred workshop. We will try, where possible, to give students their chosen workshops, but please note that this may not be possible in all cases. To help us match interests, please rank the workshop options 1-7, where 1 is the top preference.

Please note, this year the event will be held at SOAS Russell Square Campus which has no parking spaces available and alternatives will need to be found. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Lunch will not be provided at the event, so we advise teachers and students to bring or buy their own in advance.


Feedback from previous Sixth Form Japan Days:


Nice to see what Japanese can do for your career.
Student, Torquay Boys Grammar School (2018)

I got to know about what to expect in Japan and what to do there.
Student, William Morris Sixth Form College (2018)

“Very eye-opening and taught us how important it is to make our own decisions.”
Student, Ashbourne Independent College (2018)

“I enjoyed it very much and it has increased my interest in the Japanese culture.
Student, ACS International School Cobham (2018)



“It was a very fun and informative day and I learnt a lot”
Student, Barton Peveril 6th Form College (2017)

“Very insightful for my future possibilities.”
Student, Luton Sixth Form College (2017)

“The teacher was really nice and taught us different techniques to draw. I loved it!”
Student, Dartford Grammar School (2017)



“Nice to see students’ perspectives as I was wondering what life was life in Japan.”
Student, Melton Vale Post 16 Centre (2016)

“Very interesting insight! Adds to already high anticipation of studying Japanese at university.”
Student, Katherine Lady Berkeley’s School (2016)

“I learnt where [Japanese studies] courses are available.”
Student, Aquinas College (2016)



“Thank you again for this lively and insightful Japanese learning experience. All my students enjoyed it very much and would like to come again!”
Teacher, William Morris Sixth Form College (2015)

“Thank you for arranging this day for our students. It really was an extremely valuable experience for them.”
Teacher, Dartford Grammar School (2015)

“AWESOME!! Learned so much about manga. I would do it again if I could.”
Student, Luton Sixth Form College (2015)

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