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Tuesday 29 March 2022 / 10:00am
Sixth Form Japan Taster

Tuesday 29 March 2022 

Participants choose either:
Morning Session: 10.00am to 1.00pm 
(Registration from 9.45am)Afternoon Session: 1.40pm to 4.40pm (Registration from 1.25pm) 

Daiwa Foundation Japan House13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)London NW1 4QP
Nearest underground station: Baker Street

Booking Details
Free. Open to all sixth form students in the UK. 
Booking deadline: 28 March 2022 at 10am.

Book online here

The Japan Society is pleased to welcome Sixth Form students back to an in-person Japan Taster event in March.  

This event offers students the chance to experience hands on workshops with experts and listen to live speakers in-person during a morning or afternoon session.  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 are considering taking Japanese studies (or Japanese alongside other subjects) at university. 

Keynote Speech by Ailin Conant

The keynote speech will be delivered by Japanese–American director Ailin Conant. She will be speaking about her latest work Amaterasu – Out of the Cave, a contemporary folktale inspired by the Shinto myth of the Japanese Sun Goddess and the God of Sea and Disease.
>> more about Ailin Conant

Cultural Workshops 

Students will have the choice of participating in two out of three practical workshops during the session to learn about kokeshi, hanko making, and the soroban. 

  • Design a Kokeshi with Aya Burbanks 
    In this workshop, Aya will walk you through a brief history of kokeshi and show you a selection some of her original handmade designs, some inspired by popular anime characters, before teaching you how to decorate a kokeshi with your very own designs!
    >> more about kokeshi and the workshop leader

  • Make your Personal Hanko with Nao Fukumoto  
    In this workshop, Nao will walk you through a brief history of seals in Japan and show you examples of different types of seals before teaching you how to carve your own simple personal hanko to take home! 
    >> more about hanko and the workshop leader

  • Soroban and Flash Anzan with Tomoko Hoult and Eriko Miyamoto
    In this workshop, soroban teacher Tomoko Hoult and former all-Japan soroban champion Eriko Miyamoto will teach you how to use the soroban and demonstrate how Flash Anzan can beat a calculator!
    >> more about the soroban and the workshop leaders

Please indicate your preference for workshops on the booking form. We will endeavour to accommodate everyone’s preferences however we cannot guarantee everyone will get both of their top choices.

The programme for the morning and afternoon sessions are the same; attendees choose one session. 

Morning Session* 

  • 09.45 - 10.00              Arrival and registration 
  • 10.00 - 10.10              Welcome and introduction to the day 
  • 10.20 - 11.10              Workshop 1 
  • 11.20 - 12.10              Workshop 2 
  • 12.20 - 12.50              Keynote Speech
  • 12.50 - 13.00              Closing 

Afternoon Session* 

  • 13.25 - 13.40              Arrival and registration 
  • 13.40 - 13.50              Welcome and introduction to the day 
  • 13.50 - 14.20              Keynote Speech 
  • 14.30 - 15.20              Workshop 1 
  • 15.30 - 16.20              Workshop 2 
  • 16.30 - 16.40              Closing 

*Please note exact times may be subject to slight changes on the day.

Booking information 

Registration for this event is now closed.

Important notes: 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • During the session students will have the opportunity to join 2 out of 3 possible workshops. 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.  
  • This event will be held at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House which has no parking spaces available and alternatives will need to be found. We apologise for any inconvenience. 
  • Food will not be provided at the event, so we advise teachers and students to eat before or after attending. 
  • Bookings for this course are conditional on completion of the course. Failure to attend without cancelling with at least 72 hours of notice will be subject to a fee of £5 per student, which will be invoiced to your school.

The Daiwa Foundation Japan House is located at 13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle) London NW1 4QP. The closest Underground station is Baker Street station, served by the Bakerloo Line, Circle and Hammersmith & City Line, Jubilee Line, and the Metropolitan Line. We advise everyone to check the service on the Underground that morning before taking the train to avoid possible delays. Please ensure to make your way to the main entrance on Outer Circle which is directly across from Regent's Park. Attendees will not be able to enter from the back door Cornwall Terrace Mews.

Coronavirus Information:

The Japan Society kindly requests that participants refrain from attending if they have tested positive for covid or have covid-like symptoms on the day of the event. In addition, we will take the following precautions against the spread of covid by:
  • Providing hand sanitiser for attendees to use on arrival and within workshops
  • Ventilating rooms wherever possible
  • Encouraging the wearing of face masks when all participants are gathered

If you feel unwell on the day or have covid-like symptoms, please let us know as soon as possible via email or by calling us on the day.