Japanese Studies Program @ York University    

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Japanese Section

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)

photo of girls in kimono in Kamakura by Norio Ota

                                           「日本語科 にようこそ」
                                  Welcome to the Japanese Studies Program ! 

                           Japanese Program at a glance                                      

Event Calendar & Announcement
We are getting ready for the 2023-24 academic year. We would like to encourage students who were interested in learning the Japanese language and culture to sign up for the courses offered in the Japanese Studies Program. Unfortunately due to the COVID pandemic in the past years the course offering and enrollment have been affected and disrupted quite a bit, but we will do our best in rebuilding the program including the honours minor degree program. We would appreciate your participation and continuing interest in the program. Welcome (back) to the Japanese Studies Program at York University.  

Orientation for Honours Minor Degree Program     Link
October 5, 2023, Thursday, 11:30 - 12:30  Founders College Room 109
You can attend via Zoom.
Link: https://yorku.zoom.us/j/97994195345?pwd=VER4bFNpTTVXWHVEbE83TWhZdXlnUT09  

  • 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, Norio Ota, awarded Order of Japan  Y-File link  Consulate link
  • Japanese Studies professor, Norio Ota, awarded the Fumiko Ikawa-Smith Award for life-time service to the Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC), October 2022.
  • Eight students participated in the 41st Ontario Japanese held on March 4, 2023. Six of them won the following prizes. Congratulations!
    • Grand Prize (Advanced 1st): Ms. Risha Pelchant (jp3200)
    • Intermediate 1st: Ms. Ava-Karie Hislop (jp2000)
    • Intermediate 2nd: Ms. Chengsi Ma (jp2000)
    • Intermediate 3rd: Ms. Afia Fobi (jp2000)
    • Beginners 1st: Mr. Ahmed Arman (jp1000)
    • Beginners 2nd: Mr. Maximos Yao (jp1000)
    • Y-File  link
  • York students won big at the 34th National Japanese Speech Contest of Canada held on March 27, 2023. The prize winners are the following. Congratulations!
    • Grand Prize (Advanced): Ms. Risha Pelchant
    • 1st Prize (Intermediate): Ms. Ava-Karie Hislop
    • 3rd Prize (Beginners): Mr. Ahmed Arman
    • List of all the prize winners: link
    • Y-File  link
  • York language students work with Japanese writing buddies Y-File  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
Karoshi 'death by overwork' DW  link
Being Japanese part 1 & 2   link
Dying Out of Sight: Hikikomori in an Aging Japan - NHK Documentary    link
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