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Japan in today’s world: Language, Culture and Society.

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Wednesday 22 March 2023

12pm - 1pm




FoEP 0.06 LT, Faculty of Education


Language Centre

Flyer for Japan in today's world: language, culture and society 2023 seminar.

Japan in today’s world intends to introduce general aspects of Japanese culture and society in the 21st century.

Japan has emerged as one of the most economically and technologically advanced countries since the 1950s, whilst it sustains its unique culture deeply rooted in its history and nature, which is significantly different to those in the West. You will be able to learn some useful expressions and greetings, but most importantly, the session will give insight into social etiquette when introducing yourself. Furthermore, this seminar will analyse potential challenges for foreigners living in Japan, such as social norms, taboos, and cultural expectations. Shinto and Buddhism are two major religions in Japan. Religion in Japan is a way of living that is inseparable from Japanese social and cultural values and traditional festivals in Japan still have a religious background. This session will introduce some of the festivals that visitors in Japan are likely to experience. Finally, a brief discussion of school education in Japan will finalise this session.


Maya Shimizu is a Japanese language tutor who teaches the Japanese language in the UniWide language programme (Institution-wide language programme) at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the evening language step courses at Edge Hill University. She studied biology, and holds an MSc at the Kyoto Institution of Technology. She has over 10 years experience in language teaching and medical translation. She lives in Manchester with her family.


Faculty of Education (Piazza) FoPE0.06 LT, building 11 on the campus map.


If you are not a member of Edge Hill staff or a current Edge Hill student you can request a temporary parking permit for this event by contacting the Language Centre.

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