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Movie Chat: Watch and Discuss Japanese Films

January 10 @ 6:30 pm


*For Students at an Intermediate High Level

**This is a conversation workshop — you’ll watch movies and discuss them in Japanese with your classmates.

Do you like watching movies? Do you also find yourself analyzing movies and talking about the context with others? Then this discussion workshop on Zoom is for you! We are now accepting students for an exciting 7-week virtual workshop. During these 1.5 hour sessions, students will examine and discuss 2 Japanese films that will be shown over the course of the workshop.

These are the awesome movies:

  1.  滝田洋二郎監督のおくりびと(2008): Departures
  2. 黒澤明監督の「夢」より「赤富士」:Mount Fuji in Red from Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams 

Students will be able to talk about each movie in length, while also learning more about the films’ cultural and historical backgrounds. The first session will outline the full 7 weeks of the workshop. Our amazing teacher Sakamoto-sensei will then create content for the students to review prior to each session, followed by a film discussion during the sessions.

This virtual workshop is the perfect opportunity to not only discover and discuss 2 awesome movies, but also practice your Japanese with your fellow movie-loving classmates!


*This workshop is meant for those at an Intermediate High level as defined on page 7 of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

*Workshops with low enrollment may be canceled.



Date: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm PST, starting January 10th. 7 sessions in total.

Fee: $230 (Membership is required for this booking. Join and support the Japan Society! Membership can also be applied to sign up for group lessons and workshop in the future!)

Class format: Zoom. We want to see your happy faces, so we will ask all students to turn their videos on.


Click here to register

Our Amazing Teacher:

Kumiko Sakamoto

Kumiko Sakamoto has been teaching Japanese for 24 years and will continue teaching diverse backgrounds. She earned her master’s degree in Japanese Pedagogy from SFSU and admires two teaching philosophies: Natural Approach by Dr. Stephen Krashen and Depth and Complexity by Dr. Sandra Kaplan. Her teaching mission acknowledges equity in mind awareness and supports Diversity and Inclusivity. Kumiko is one of the creators of an online reading book, “日本語で読書”, which is supported by the Japan Foundation. Her philosophy is based on human equality and the values of lifelong education. Kumiko’s hobbies are writing movie reviews and community service.


January 10
6:30 pm
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