Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for upcoming Fall '19 events.

Ongoing Opportunities

The Japanese Program provides students with many opportunities to learn Japanese in context through speech presentations, participation in cultural activities, language practice with native speakers, and the use of technology.

Consulate General of Japan Annual Japanese Language ContestThe program also aims to broaden student perspectives on Japan by inviting special guests to present on topics ranging from traditional arts to popular culture, through the support of the Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature.

There are many activities that students can get involved in each semester. For example, the Boston Area Speech Presentation, which began in 2001, invites students from colleges and universities in the greater Boston area to present in Japanese on topics of their choice. Brandeis students have engaged their audiences with challenging issues, including racial discrimination, immigration, identity, and the differences between men's and women's language in Japan.  Students have also participated in the Annual Consulate General of Japan in Boston Japanese Language Contest (essay and speech) for colleges and universities since its inauguration in 2011.


Students also actively participate in the rich heritage of Japan through presentations on calligraphy, origami, food, and films. Celebration of the New Year and traditional displays of culture, such as the Doll Festival (Hinamatsuri) and the Bean-Throwing Festival (Setsubun), are events not to be missed.

To reinforce in-class learning and provide an opportunity for self-expression, the Japanese Program has developed a peer-tutoring system in which students are paired with a Japanese native speaker for one hour each week. In addition, all students learn how to create a simple web page in Japanese to introduce others to their special interests in Japan.


Past Events

Conversation Day with Native Speakers of Japanese (JPAN 20B)

We invited about 30 native speakers of Japanese to JAPN 20B and enjoyed conversations with them. Please see the conversations and the interviews after the conversations. 

4 studentsvideo links for students interviews:

6th Brandeis International First-Year Video Festival "Language Oscars" Japanese Language Program Video

Title: Beautiful 10 days/ きれいな十日

Watch the video


Instructor: Hisae Fujiwara


International Video Competition

April 25, 2017

Congratulations to the students in JAPN 20B: Continuing Japanese, who won second place in the 5th Annual International Video Competition on Tuesday, April 25!

Title: The Turtle Inside My Dream (watch the video)

Participants: Jingyuan Huang ’17, Allison Tien ’20, Nancy Tran ’20, Charlie Weld ’20

Instructor: Hisae Fujiwara

Learn more about the International Video Competition and see past winners on the Foreign Language Oversight Committee (FLOC) website.

Kyōgen Workshop 2017

On March 24, 2017, Katsumi Yanagimoto led a kyōgen workshop for students in the Japanese Language Program. Visit our Kyōgen Workshop page to learn more about kyōgen and to watch a video of Yanagimoto and several students performing "Chidori (Plovers)."


2016 International Video Competition

April 14, 2016

I Am Global Week Language Lunch

Nov. 17, 2015

Japanese Language Table

Friday afternoons