The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai carries out Japanese-Language Training Programs for Foreign-Service Officers & Public Officials. Mr. Steve Aklesso Bodjona, who currently serves as Chargés d'affaires ad interim of the Embassy of the Republic of Togo and participated in the program in 2009, told us of his joy and difficulty about learning Japanese, his memories of teachers and other participants he met at the Institute, and his efforts for setting up the Embassy.
The Japan Foundation held the "Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibition" in Paris from April through June, 2014 in Madrid in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Japan-Spain exchanges from July 5 through September 28, 2014. What impressions did the exhibition give the participants in Paris and Madrid? In this article, Mr. David Jiménez Román, co-founder of the Spanish language otaku-culture blog Ramen for Two, investigates.
Kristin Surak, the former Japan Foundation Fellow for Japanese Studies, gave a presentation on the historical rise of the iemoto (grand masters of tea ceremony) and their transformation, a topic she has been researching for more than 10 years.