Lecture on recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake
26+27 June 2013
On 26 and 27 June, Mr. Gouta Matsumura, Representative Director of the Ishinomaki NPO center, held two lectures respectively at the University of Sharjah and at the General Secretariat of the Executive Council – Abu Dhabi. Mr. Matsumura talked about his city, Ishinomaki; which was severely hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and presented his center's unique experience in developing revival activities in and around Ishinomaki.
16 May 2013
> UAE nationals only may apply.
> Applicants for the Research Program must have been born on or after 2 April 1979.
> Applicants for the Undergraduate Program must have been born between 2 April 1992 and 1 April 1997.
> Deadline to apply (Tuesday 11 June 2013)
> Exams and interview (Saturday 15 June 2013)
Application is by post or courier only to the following address:
Culture and Information Section
Embassy of Japan
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Attention Mr. Kaneko
(Please write down on the top of envelope "Scholarship Application")
Details on the right side of the page
Click here for the press release in Arabic.
Japanese robot creator holds workshop at Khalifa University
17 December 2012
On 17 December 2012, under the auspices of the Embassy, Prof. Tomotaka Takahashi, world-renowned robot creator, held a workshop in Khalifa University. More than 100 students from the Robotics Institute and Nippon Club enjoyed the demonstration performed by his robots.
Japanese Film Screening on 17 November
8 November 2012
The Embassy of Japan will hold a Japanese Film Screening on Saturday 17 November, 2012. Animation film called “5 Centimeters per Second” will be screened in Japanese language with Arabic subtitle. The film was directed by a world-renowned animation creator Makoto Shinkai.
The event is open for public. Admission free.
Japanese Films on Abu Dhabi Film Festival
2 October 2012
This year, three films related to Japan will be screened by the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (11th - 20th October 2012).
Schedule and Details:
For more details, please visit Abu Dhabi Film Festivals’ official website: http://www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae
Workshop on Japanese Traditional Confections
3 September 2012
explaining the process to make Wagashi
On September 3rd, 2012, the Embassy held a workshop on Wagashi, traditional Japanese confectionery, at the Ambassador’s residence in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with TORAYA.
This event was organized to introduce diversity of Japanese culture to Emirati people. UAE officials in the education sector and members of the General Women’s Union participated in the workshop.
Following the lecture about history and ingredients of Japanese confections and the demonstration of preparation, participants tried to prepare the sweets, learned about Japanese tea ceremony and tasted Wagashi and tea.
They enjoyed learning the concept of Wagashi that lies not only in the taste but also in the beautiful presentation.
Monthly Japanese Film Show (September)
6 September 2012
The Embassy of Japan will hold a Japanese Film Show on Sept. 15th, 2012. The film “Creyon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring States (Anime)”will be screened in Japanese language with Arabic subtitle.
Date/Time: 15:15- Saturday, September 15th, 2012
New Japanese Language Courses start again in September 2012
26 August 2012
For details, please check Guidelines For Applicants.
Application forms are available here. (Deadline of submission is Wednesday 5 September)
!!Important notice for students of the previous courses!!
If your previous level was L5, please take L5 this time again.
If you took L8 before, please register for L6.
For previous L9 students, please take L7 (conversation) class.
L7 is a class for advanced learners who completed the text “Genki 1”.
2. Please beware that the Location has changed from the former place.
Introducing Japan in the English Summer Challenge of UAE University
18 July 2012
Left: Quiz given from Mr. Ohmori
Right: Mr. Ohmori and students
On 19th July, Mr. Setsuo Ohmori, DCM of the Embassy of Japan, made a presentation on Japan in the English Summer Challenge of UAE University, which is sponsored by ADEC with the aim of improving local high school students’ skills of English.
The presentations were made for both male and female students separately. After showing a DVD on Japan, Mr. Ohmori introduced basic information on Japan and the bilateral relations between UAE and Japan by giving quiz.
The pictures of Japan, shown in the DVD, attracted students’ attention. In addition, the quiz stimulated their intellectual curiosity and increased their interaction with the topics during the presentation.
At question and answer session, students were keen to understand various aspects in details by raising questions on several topics as Japanese culture, latest technologies, trade and information on studying in Japan.
The Embassy of Japan highly evaluates this opportunity for promoting and introducing Japanese culture to the UAE young generation and looking forward to cooperate with other educational institutions as well.
Japanese Students from the Fujimigaoka High School had exchanges with the UAE students and a senior official from Masdar
15 July 2012
March 28th and 29th, Japanese students from the Fujimigaoka High School visited the UAE as their short-term study abroad program, and had an opportunity for making warm relationship with UAE students.
On March 28th, the Japanese students visited the UAE University (UAEU) to develop friendship with members of the “Sakura Club (Japan Club)” of the UAEU. After respective presentations about respective schools, the “Sakura Club” guided the campus and offered an opportunity for Japanese students to try on the UAE’s traditional costume, Abaya. As the UAEU students voluntarily provided their explanation about the museum which Japanese student visited after the exchange program at the UAEU campus.
The following day, the students of Fujimogaoka met with the members of Japan Club of the Zayed University. The members of Japan Club explained the development plan of Saadiyat Island for Japanese students at the Manarat Museum in the Island. Students exchanged gifts and their contact information for further communications.
A few months later, on May 31st, students from the Fujimigaoka received a senior official from Masdar, Dr. Nawal Al Hosani, Director-Sustainability. Dr. Hosani visited Japan to promote the “Zayed Future Energy Prize,” and taking this opportunity, she visited Fujimigaoka to learn about the Fujimigaoka’s education for environment. Dr. Hosani also received their hearty welcome from the students who visited the UAE last March.
Furthermore, on July 13th, the members of “Sakura Club” from the UAEU visited Fujimigaoka Campus in Tokyo. Friendly relationship between students from the UAE and Japan was renewed through their presentations about Japanese culture, such as Japanese calligraphy, and Kendo performance.
Further development of wider two-way relationship is expected between the two countries through this kind of friendly interaction between the students from the UAE and Japan.
Japan won the AFC Futsal Championship title
On June 1st, Japanese Futsal National Team won the final by 6-1 at Al-Wasl Stadium, in Dubai, and was crowned the new champion of Asian Futsal.
The game seesawed at the beginning, but at 15th minute of the first half Japanese team scored the go-ahead goal. In the 10th minute of the second half, a Japanese player got a red card. As a result, the team was forced to play in an extremely difficult situation. However, they got over the disadvantage and scored 6 goals.
Japanese team has already won the ticket to the World Cup to be held in Thailand this November. Congratulations to all the players, the coach and all the supporting fans!
For more details please visit:
Global Day 2012 at Abu Dhabi University
Members of Abu Dhabi University Japan Club (above) and Japan Club's stall (below)
On 30 May, Abu Dhabi University hosted an annual cultural festival “Global Day” at khalifa city campus of the university. Following an opening ceremony attended by a number of ambassadors and diplomats, traditional dances and songs were performed by students from various countries. Members of Japan Club of the university performed Kimono (Japanese traditional wear) show.
The First Japanese Speech Contest in the UAE
Teachers and students of Zayed University
On May 24th, the First Japanese Speech Contest in the UAE was held successfully at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence.
18 beginner level speakers and 7 intermediate and advance level speakers competed to win the awards in each level. Following speeches, Mr. Ahmad Bukhash, chief architect & founder of Archidentity who majored in architecture and design in Kyoto Institute of Technology and a alumnus of Japanese Government scholarship program, made a presentation about his experience in Japan, concluded question and answer session.
To celebrate the occasion, a reception was held and a Japanese buffet including Sushi-roll and tempura was served there. The contest and the reception was a precious chance for Japanese language educators and learners to exchange their experience and opinions.
The result of the 1st Japanese Speech Contest
The opening ceremony of the new Japanese School Premises and Japanese Culture Center
Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili and Mrs. Hoda Kanoo with Japanese School students at the opening ceremony
On May 3rd, the opening ceremony of the new Japanese School premise and the launch of Japanese Culture Center was held successfully held at its new school premises in which H.E. Tatsuo Watanabe, Ambassador of Japan to the UAE, H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council and Mrs. Hoda Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation attended.
After the greetings from Mr. Ubukata, Ambassador Watanabe and Dr. Al Khaili made their remarks in which they hope the relocation of Japanese School and opening of Japanese Culture Center would be a milestone for developing the educational and cultural ties between UAE and Japan. Following the remarks the students and teachers sang three Japanese songs in chorus.
After the opening ceremony, Mr. Onodera, the principle of the Japanese School in Abu Dhabi, guided the guests on tour in the new premise. During the tour, “soran-busi”a Japanese traditional dance was presented by kindergarten pupils and a Japanese tea ceremony was demonstrated for them.
Book Donation Ceremony at Zayed University
Mr. Setsuo Ohmori and Dr. Lauren R. Wilson hold one of the books donated to Zayed University
On 8 April, Mr. Setsuo Ohmori, Chargès d’affairs, of the Embassy of Japan attended a ceremony for the donation of 100 titles of Japanese books which were donated by Nippon Foundation to Zayed University Dubai Campus this year.
AT the library of Zayed University, Mr. Ohmori was received by Dr. Lauren R. Willson, Provost of Zayed University. Present in the reception were the Japanese Club students and their Japanese teacher.
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2012
2nd Apri, 2012
Japan's booth in the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
The annual event “Abu Dhabi International Book Fair” was held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from March 28th - April 2nd. During this period, more than 200,000 visitors toured the booths and stands of the Exhibition where more than 500,000 titles were displayed.
In the Japanese booth, around 300 titles were displayed with a variety of subjects and topics such as Manga, Anime, Origami (Paper Folding), Japanese Foods, Japanese language, mentality and history. Mr. Hideki Yamada, Director of the First Editorial Department of the University of Tokyo Press, answered many questions posed by visitors and publishers wishing to further their understandings of Japanese culture.
A small origami class, held in front of the booth, attracted a large number of people. The class promoted selling out more origami books from Kinokuniya booth, located in the backside of the Japanese booth.
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair has now become a good opportunity to introduce the attraction of Japanese culture towards the people of UAE.
Reception to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the earthquake
22 March 2012
Japanese calligraphy demonstration by Mr. Liva
On March 22, the Embassy of Japan in the UAE held a reception to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake at the Ambassador’s residence in Abu Dhabi. More than 130 guests attended the reception. In the opening remarks, Ambassador Watanabe renewed his condolences to all victims of the unprecedented disaster, assuring that he firmly believed in recovery and revival of Japan thanks to various assistances from the people of the UAE.
A calligraphic demonstration was made by Mr. Bruno Riva, a Swiss calligrapher, after the speech. He wrote several pieces in Japanese letters under the theme of the reconstruction of Japan. The guests enjoyed the exhibition on the walls of the venue where numerous messages and thoughtful gifts the Embassy had received from Emiratis and other nationals residing in the UAE were displayed.
Small World 2012
16th March 2012
On March 16th, an annual charity event “Small World 2012” was held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
Japanese youths from the “Japan Future Leaders School” visited UAE
10 March 2012
Left: Emirati students teaching the history of Arabic coffee to the Japanese members
Center: Emirati students serve a traditional Emirati breakfast
Right: A Japanese member making a traditional Emirati food
From March 7 to 10, 14 members of “Japan Future Leaders School” visited Abu Dhabi. They participated in a cultural exchange program with members of the Nippon Club at Khalifa University. While having a traditional Emirati breakfast prepared by the Club members, students from the two countries introduced traditional commodities to each other in their own culture. During a presentation made by the Japanese members, they shared basic knowledge about Japanese culture, politics and economy with the Emirati students. They also made discussions on interesting topics such as the Imperial System, job hunting in Japan and so on.
TAIKO LEGEND; Heart Beat from Japan
Japanese Drum Concert by Mr.Eitetsu Hayashi attracted UAE people
8 February 2012
photo by Sakae Oguma
On 26 and 29 February, Taiko (Japanese drum) concerts by Mr. Eitetsu Hayashi and members of “EITETSU FU-UN no KAI” were held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the UAE, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of UAE-Japan Diplomatic Relations. H.H. Sheikh Abdullah attended the concert held at Abu Dhabi National Theatre. More than 1,500 audiences thronged to see the performance in the two cities were fascinated with their resounding beats.
Concurrently with the concert, a Japanese photo and food exhibition was arranged and held by the Japanese Community in Abu Dhabi. The hall was crowded with a large number of visitors who toured the exhibition and enjoyed the taste of sushi.
Release of Newly-Translated Japanese Books by Kalima
7 December 2011
From left: Ambassador Watanabe, Dr. Ali bin Tamim and Mr. Kawakami, Managing Director of the Kinokuniya Book World
On December 6, 2011, and in the presence of Ambassador Watanabe and Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Director of Kalima, the foreign books translation project of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), held a ceremony at Kinokuniya Book World in Dubai to announce the release of newly-translated series of Japanese literature into Arabic.
Reception in Celebration of the 78th Birthday of His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan
30 November 2011
The reception opened with the National Anthems of the UAE and Japan sung by the students of the Abu Dhabi Japanese School.
In his speech, Ambassador Tatsuo Watanabe expressed his gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other high officials for their kind support to make the move of the school to the new premises a reality. By referring to a Japan cultural center, newly established within the Japanese school, he emphasized the excellent and diversified bilateral relationship between the UAE and Japan and hoped the expanding cultural exchange will deepen a mutual understanding and consolidate a friendship between the two countries further.
World Robot Olympiad (WRO)2011 Abu Dhabi
1 November 2011
On November 19 and 20, 2011, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) will host the World Robot Olympiad(WRO) 2011. 76 students and coaches in 19 teams from elementary, junior high and high schools will participate from Japan. Let us come and see to cheer Japanese teams! Entrance is free of charge (except for Car Parking fee).
For information of the participating Japanese teams, click here（in Japanese）
Books Donation to the Zayed University
19 October 2011
On October 18, at the Library of the Zayed University’s new campus in Khalifa A city, Ambassador Watanabe and Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim, the Vice President of the University, attended a ceremony for the donation of the books from Japan. The donated books included 313 titlesoffered by the Japan Foundation (160 in English, 146 in Japanese and 7 in Arabic), 99 titles offered by the Nippon Foundation (all in English).
Big gratitude for the donation-- UAE university students won introduction on Japanese culture
28-29 September 2011
To express sincere gratitude to the donation received from the four universities: UAE University, Khalifa University, Zayed University, and HCT, UAE students were invited to a two-day event hosted by the Embassy of Japan to the UAE. During the above event, UAE students experienced the taste of Japanese tea and culture at the Japanese Tea House in Emirates Palace.