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New Teaching Soroban Loan Scheme and Tutorial Videos

New Teaching Soroban Loan Scheme and Tutorial Videos

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new teaching soroban loan scheme and accompanying tutorial videos for teachers. The soroban is the Japanese abacus and is used as part of the national maths curriculum for primary school children in Japan. The teaching soroban is a larger version which can be used as a tool in the classroom to help children visualise numbers and understand place value and the decimal system.

New Wellbeing Teaching Resources!

New Wellbeing Teaching Resources!

Now more than ever it’s important to look after our mental and physical health and we are delighted to announce the release of new teaching resources which can be used to promote positive wellbeing.

ONLINE TALK - Visualising Numbers: Soroban as a tool for the maths classroom

ONLINE TALK - Visualising Numbers: Soroban as a tool for the maths classroom

Join us on Thursday 4 March for a special talk introducing the Soroban (Japanese abacus) and explaining how it can be used as a classroom tool to help children visualise numbers and understand the decimal system, with soroban teacher Tomoko Hoult.

Sixth Form Japan Week 2020 - Registration Now Open!

Sixth Form Japan Week 2020 - Registration Now Open!

Registration are now open for our annual Japan event for Sixth Form students. This year the event goes online, with a mix of live sessions and flexible on-demand content.

Radio Taiso Video is a Hit: Join in the Fun!

Radio Taiso Video is a Hit: Join in the Fun!

Radio Taiso is a 3 minute exercise routine that has been practised for nearly 100 years in Japan.

Celebrate Japanese Sports Day!

Celebrate Japanese Sports Day!

The Japan Society invites children and families to celebrate Sports Day, a Japanese national holiday, by playing typical Japanese sports day games at home or in the park.

16th World Children’s Haiku Contest 2019-2020 – Winners

16th World Children’s Haiku Contest 2019-2020 – Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 16th World Children's Haiku Contest 2020. The Japan Society would like to thank everyone for their support of this year’s contest and for their patience in waiting for the results.

Tanzaku: Write your Wish for Tanabata Star Festival

Tanzaku: Write your Wish for Tanabata Star Festival

We invite everyone to make a tanzaku decoration and share their tanabata wish with us. We have created a gallery to display our tanabata wishes this year and would love to see your wishes too.

Taking part in Sport Relief? Warm-up with Radio Taiso!

Taking part in Sport Relief? Warm-up with Radio Taiso!

Radio Taiso is a simple set of Japanese exercises, used as a whole-school warm up in Japan. However you’re fundraising, we want you to get everyone together and warm up with Radio Taiso!

16th World Children’s Haiku Contest 2019-2020 – Applications closed

16th World Children’s Haiku Contest 2019-2020 – Applications closed

With the Japan Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics, 2019-2020 is an important period for Japan and SPORTS. This year we are looking for haiku that express themes and feelings connected to SPORTS.