The Japan Foundation E-mail Magazine Vol. 303

■■ The 2016 Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship winners have been selected ■■

Dear readers,

A week ago, the Japan Weather Association announced that cherry blossoms started blooming in Tokyo.
Every year, as soon as we hear this announcement we become unable to hold our excitement. The best time to view the blossoms is normally a week to ten days from the announcement, and we are now busy arranging cherry blossom viewing parties.

Some cherry blossom spots allow us to have a picnic. We bring home-prepared bento or buy prepared foods at "depachika" (which literally translates as "the basement of department stores" and is a nickname for food halls). At depachika, you can buy a variety of seasonal bento. There are also Japanese sweets of the season, most of which are decorated with cherry petal motif.

Next week, the Japan Foundation's official Twitter account (see below) will tweet with beautiful cherry blossom pictures. You can read our tweets without having your own account! So, let's enjoy the blossom season together, shall we?

The Japan Foundation Official Twitter
https://twitter.com/japanfoundation

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◇The 2016 Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship winners have been selected
The winners are Norte Japon, Kumamoto International Foundation, and Iojima District Board.

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/citizen/index.html

◇Japonismes 2018
A showcase of comprehensively Japanese arts and culture "Japonismes 2018" will take place in France from June 2018 to February 2019.

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/area/japonismes/index.html

◇Call for applications: The Japan Foundation Summer Institute in Japan 2017
We are now accepting applications for the Japan Foundation Summer Institute, which will be held in Japan from July 6 to July 10.

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/intel/study/network/2017/03-01.html

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

The Japan Foundation offers various traveling exhibition programs conducted overseas.

◇Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master's Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics
Hanoi (Vietnam)
April 13 - 30
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/manga_hokusai.html

◇Japanese Design Today 100 <renewal version>
Bratislava (Slovakia)
April 11 - May 28
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/n_design_100.html

◇Struggling Cities: from Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s
Singapore (Singapore)
April 7 - May 14
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/struggling.html

◇The Spirit of Budo: The History of Japan's Martial Arts
Ottawa (Canada)
April 26 - May 16
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/budo.html

◇Handcrafted Form: Traditions and Techniques
Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei)
April 3 - 30
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/handcraft.html

◇Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan
Bucharest (Romania)
April 20 - June 1
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/handcraft_tohoku.html

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▼△▼△More▼△▼△

◇The website of the the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa has been redesigned.
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/urawa/index.html

◇The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Education Bulletin - Vol.13 is now available online
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/japanese/teach/research/report/13/index.html

◇"Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin" was updated
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/japanese/teach/tsushin/index.html

◇Performing Arts Network Japan
Artist Interview: Hisashi Watanabe
Play of the Month: Dodome Yuki
Arts Organization of the Month: Vital Arts
http://www.performingarts.jp/

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◇Our next issue will be delivered on April 11, 2017.
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http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/contact/index.html

Vol.303 3/28/2017
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