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Movie Chat: Watch and Discuss!

April 5, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

*For Students at an Intermediate High Level

Do you like watching movies? Do you also find yourself analyzing movies and talking about the context with others? Then this discussion workshop is for you! We are now accepting students for an exciting 7-week workshop. During these 1.5 hour sessions, students will examine and discuss 3 Japanese films that will be shown over the course of the workshop. These are the awesome movies:

  1. 黒澤明監督『天国と地獄 』: “High and Low” by Akira Kurosawa
  2. 小林正樹監督『怪談』より “耳なし芳一”:“Hoichi the Earless”from“Kwaidan” by Masaki Kobayashi
  3. TBA

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 workshop is the perfect opportunity to not only discover and discuss 3 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: Starting on April 5th at 6:30pm (Pacific Time) Tuesdays 7 sessions!

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.


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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.


April 5, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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