Fall 2016 Japanese Program Waiting-list

Before put your name in the waiting list, be sure to go to CUNYFirst and check if there is any opening in “any” sections which you wish to register. If you find one, just register there.

If yoou cannot find an opening, please go to the following website and register your name and email address. We will contact you 2 weeks before the fall term. Please be aware that there is no guarantee for your registration.


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Free online Japanese test to see which JLPT level you should take

From sensei-online:

Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:23 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

“Amanda Rollins”


Check out the J-CAT. I registered for the test and took it the next day. It accurately predicted my JLPT level. The test took about one hour.

It looks like you can only take it once every six months? It’s run by Tsukuba University.

J-CAT: Japanese Computerized Adaptive Test

English: http://www.j-cat.org/en/

((Thanks go to Rebecca Allen (Ohio) for telling me about it. She uses it as a placement test.))

Happy testing!


Amanda Rollins
Program Coordinator
Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
[banner tiny version]<http://www.speakjapan.org/>

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Monkey Business in New York


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How to Install Japanese on your devices


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Yoga in Japanese

hosh yoga
Starting April 21th, Hosh Yoga in Brooklyn will be offering Japanese Yoga classes on Thursdays. It wishes to support Japanese residents who want to start yoga (but may not fully understand English) and students of Japanese who would like to practice the language.

Website: Details
Time: Thursdays (beginning 4/21), 3-4 PM
Location: 55 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11221
Fee: Drop-ins $10

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West Meets East Matsuri (Baruch Japan Club, April 12th, Tuesday from 6:00 pm)


West Meets East Matsuri is a showcase of Japanese culture based performances that express the mixture of both the west and east. Directly after WW2, the Japanese built up their pop culture to specifically mimic that of the United States but by the early 2000s their roles switched, and the United States began borrowing from Japanese pop culture. Our show demonstrates traditional Japanese performances and their transition into the modern, exemplifying how they have taken from western culture and how we have taken from their eastern culture.
Location Information:
Baruch College – Newman Vertical Campus (View Map)
55 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
New York
Room: Multipurpose Room (1-107 to 1-111)

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Naomi Kawase’s Sweet Bean at Lincoln Plaza Cinema


From acclaimed director Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest, Still in the Water), the 2015 film Sweet Bean (あん) is a poignant and exquisite intergenerational drama about three characters finding connections in the most unexpected ways. It begins with a introverted loner Sentaro (Matoshi Nagase) who runs a “dorayaki” shop (pancakes filled with sweet bean paste) in the suburbs of Tokyo. A 76 year old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) persistently asks Sentaro to work in his shop and eventually he accepts. The acceptance is the start of change for Sentaro, Tokue and Wakana (a regular at the shop) as they begin to open their hearts to reveal old wounds and painful secrets.

Dates : Until March 24th

Showtimes & Tickets

Location: Lincoln Plaza Cinema
1886 Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets, New York, NY 10023

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The Japanese Musical Film at Japan Society

From Japan Society:

April 8–23, 2016

This spring, Japan Society celebrates the astonishing yet little-known world of Japanese musical films. The series focuses on the golden age of the “popular song film” starring teen idols and TV stars from the 50s and 60s. It also reaches back to prewar singing samurai and forward to twenty-first century genre mashups – 10 songful cinema gems all on 35mm! Musical performance in these films incorporates Japanese musical tradition as well as the utopian space of the Hollywood musical to create a rich commentary on the intimate and unequal relation between Japan and the USA. This series is guest curated by Michael Raine, Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Western University, Canada.

Details & Tickets ($12/$9 members,seniors, students)
Location: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

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Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarships

From The American Association of Teachers of Japanese:

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.

Qualifications, Instructions, Application Forms
Deadline for Fall 2016: April 8

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Meijo University Summer School 2016

meijoMeijo University (Nagoya, Japan) offers the summer program (from June 27 – July 9th) during the summer of 2016.

Two professors–Dr. Yasumi Murata and Dr. Mami Futagami–from Meijo University visited Baruch College and gave an information session on March 3rd, 2016.

The summer program comes with several fee waivers and a scholarship for covering the expense for accommodation. Still, you need to cover the rest of the expenses (see below).

As the Baruch Japan Program, we will be able to send 3 students for the program. If you are interested in the program and seriously consider applying to the program, please familiarize yourself with the program first. And, then, please notify Professor Suzuki of your interest ASAP: SHIGERU.SUZUKI@baruch.cuny.edu.

The brochure is downloadable here:

This is the website for the 2015 Summer Program (last year). The website will be renewed very soon:

You are responsible for finding out the final amount of the expenses, but the estimated expenses for an individual student will be the followings:

  1. Transportation (Air tickets + domestic transportation in Japan)
  2. The accommodation: 30,000 yen (approx. $270 dollars). The accommodation expense is 80,000 yen (approx. $710) but the scholarship covers the amount of 50,000 yen (approx. $ 440). Therefore, you are responsible for the rest: 30,000 yen (approx. $270).
  3. 2-week travel insurance (mandatory)
  4. Several meals (lunch and dinner), although some meals are provided (see the brochure) + your private expenses for free time (souvenir, exploring the city, and others)



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