The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA) is a cultural exchange institution which promotes international awareness and mutual understanding between Japan and overseas countries. They provide a wide range of programs relating to introducing Japanese arts and culture, promoting people-to-people exchange, support for Japanese studies and language, education and assisting media-related projects such as publications, translations, and film/video productions by offering various kinds of grants.
Their activities are non-profit and are financed by Japanese government endowment, annual government subsidies and funding/donations from the private sector. In addition to its Tokyo headquarters, the Japan Foundation has 22 offices in 21 countries, including two offices in the United States located in Los Angeles and New York.
Now located in the Wilshire Courtyard of the Miracle Mile District, JFLA conducts arts and cultural programs for the Western United States. The office also provides comprehensive assistance for Japanese-language education nationwide. They offer unique and exciting language courses. These courses focus on how well learners can do things in practical settings. Using materials from Japanese daily life, students will enjoy these friendly, interactive, and above all, fun courses. The courses are designed for new Japanese-language learners, as well as those who are interested in improving their existing language skills. Each course focuses on specific themes and learning goals, such as inviting friends or business e-mail. Each course is offered once a week for 8 weeks.
The Japan Foundation LA will be hosting their Summer Camp for Teens. This year’s theme is “Discover Little Tokyo,” students will learn simple expressions in Japanese while exploring Little Tokyo. The camp runs from July 22- July 26. The Japan Foundation is located at 5700 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 100. For more information call (323) 761-7510 or visit www.jflalc.org.
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