The Japan Foundation E-mail Magazine Vol. 301

■■ The 58th International Speech Contest in Japanese: Call for Applications for 2017 ■■
Dear readers,
It is the season of cedar pollen. It is said that approximately one third of people in Japan have a symptom of cedar pollen allergy.
So, many of us wear surgical masks to protect ourselves from pollen. If you visit Japan from abroad at this time of the season, you might find bizarre to see so many people wearing white masks.
Regardless of what it may look like, wearing a mask is probably the best way to protect us as it blocks small particles. For some people who feel uncomfortable to wear white one, non-white masks are available, too: pastel colored, bold colored, floral printed, scull printed, argyle pattered, dot patterned, and so on. We can choose one that matches our clothes.
It is also the blossom season, beginning with plum followed by peach and cherry. With a mask, we should not let nasty pollen spoil our outing.

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◇ The 58th International Speech Contest in Japanese: Call for Applications for 2017
The 58th International Speech Contest in Japanese will take place in June, in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture.
We look forward to your active participation in the contest.
Deadline: Tuesday, April 25

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/japanese/education/benron/index.html

◇Presentation by JF Fellow "Promotion of Japan-Sri Lanka Business Relations through Sri Lankan Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Japan"
A presentation given by one of our 2016-2017 Japan Foundation Fellows (Scholars and Researchers) followed by discussion.
Date: March 13, 2017
Venue: The Japan Foundation Headquarters

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/intel/study/fellowship/2017/02-01.html

◇Japanese Film Screening - Osaka
The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office and Osaka International House Foundation organize Japanese film screening.
Dates: March 17, 2017
Venue: International House, Osaka (iHOUSE)

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/world/kyoto/2016/01-01.html

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▼△▼△The Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition▼△▼△

The Japan Foundation offers various traveling exhibition programs conducted overseas.

◇Japanese Design Today 100 <renewal version>
Dalian (China)
March 5 - 18
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/n_design_100.html

◇Struggling Cities: from Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s
San Jose (Costa Rica)
March 2 - 19
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/struggling.html

◇The Dolls of Japan: Shapes of Prayer, Embodiments of Love
Reykjavik (Iceland)
Until March 26
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/dolls.html

◇TOHOKU-Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers
Barcelona (Spain)
March 1 - 31
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/photo_tohoku.html

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◇Performing Arts Network Japan
Play of the Month: Arakawa, God Killer Tune
http://www.performingarts.jp/

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Vol.301 2/28/2017
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