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Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Address: 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Canada, M3J 1P3
Phone: 416-736-5016
Main Office:
Ross South 580
Counter Hours:
8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)

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                           Japanese Program at a glance                                      

Event Calendar & Announcement
The internal application for the 41st Ontario Japanese Speech Contest (OJSC) is available until November 15, 2022. Application Form

Honours Minor Program online orientation on November 17, 2022 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. poster

Worldometer: Coronavirus World Wide List  

  • Seven students participated in the 39th Ontario Japanese Speech Contest held on line on March 7, 2021. All of them presented their speeches extremely well and York has six prize winners. Congratulations!
    • Grand Prize: Mr. Peter Wenxiang Zang (Intermediate)(jp2000)
    • Beginners 1st: Mr. Heshan Wadumasethrige (jp1000)
    • Beginners 2nd: Mr. Taek Oh (jp1000)
    • Beginners 3rd: Ms. Harmony Newcombe (jp1000)
    • Open 1st: Ms. Lilika Zhang (jp3000)
    • Special Prize: Mr. Richard Pelchat (Advanced)(jp3000)
    • Y-File  link
  • All three York participants won the 1st prize in the National Contest. Congratulations!
    • Beginners 1st: Mr. Heshan Wadumasethrige
    • Intermediate 1st: Mr. Peter Wenxiang Zang
    • Open 1st: Ms. Lilika Zhang
    • Y-File  link
  • Six students participated in the 40th Ontario Japanese Speech Contest held on line on March 6, 2022. All of them won the following top prizes. Congratulations!
    • Grand Prize (Advanced 1st): Ms. Hyokyoung Han (jp3000)
    • Beginners 1st: Mr. Elvin Yam (jp1000)
    • Beginners 2nd: Ms. Janel Acheampong  (jp1000)
    • Advanced 2nd: Ms. Shirley Ho (jp3000)
    • Special Prize (Beginners): Ms. Keying Ren (jp1000)
    • Special Prize (Intermediate): Ms. Harmony Newcombe (jp2000)
    • Y-File  link
  • Japanese Studies professor awarded Order of Japan  Y-File link  Consulate link

                                                    Lectures & Speeches
Online lecture: 'Simultaneous interpretation' by Ms. Akiko Shinoda  Nov. 15. 2013  (JF, JSAC & York)   link
                                                                Articles on Japan
'World’s oldest living person celebrates 117th birthday' - Metro  link
'This Japanese Shop Is 1,020 Years Old. It Knows a Bit About Surviving Crises.', New York Times, January 7, 2021   link

                                                         online picks
Travel - Nara  link
Travel - 'Unbeaten tracks in Japan' by Isabella Bird  link
Kanji - '70% of Kanji vocabulary used in Chinese was created in Japan'  link
Japan-China - surprised in Japan  link  link  link  link
魅力を失う日本〜そして誰もいなくなる link
DNAからみた縄文人ーゲノム分析から見た日本人の起源  link
Living Lonely and Loveless in Japan | Foreign Correspondent  link
The Iron Road by NHK  link
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