Japan400 Plymouth: Turning Japanese by Learning Japanese
  • Rolle Marquee, Plymouth University

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A tall ship will sail into Sutton Harbour on 27 September to commemorate the historic homecoming of The Clove 400 years ago. This re-enactment is the centrepiece of Japan400 Plymouth, an eight-day international event that celebrates the historic and cultural links binding the United Kingdom and Japan. 

Japan400 Plymouth reaffirms these links and opens new opportunities for exchange, collaboration and discovery. 


As part of the Japan 400, Plymouth University are offering a language workshop day on 30th September.

Familiarise yourself with the nuances of Japanese honorific address.  Get a grip on hiraganaand katakana; start to learn one of the 1,800 characters you need to read and write Japanese. Practise everyday greetings.  Begin your journey learning the fascinating language that is Nihongo. The workshops will consist of a basic introduction to the Japanese language focusing on Speaking and Writing Japanese. There will be an explanation of the key Japanese kanji characters as well as the two phonetic alphabets: Katakana and Hiragana.

Participants will be able to try their hand at writing greetings and names in Japanese. In addition there will be a chance for people to speak Japanese and find out how relatively simple it is to get by in Japan with basic conversation. The focus will be on personal information: name; age hobbies and asking questions. Participants will be able to write calligraphy using traditional Japanese brushes, ink and paper.

4 one hour drop in sessions will take place in the Rolle Marquee, Plymouth University. Delivered by Crispin Chambers.

10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm

Speaker Profile

Crispin Chambers has been teaching Japanese to Years 7 -13 at Tavistock College since 1996, having previously worked in Japan under the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme. Due to his outstanding achievements in education, Crispin won the Pearson Award for

Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in October 2013. He runs a high profile Japanese language and culture exchange for Tavistock College students and students from Edogawa ward in Tokyo.

For further information, please email events@plymouth.ac.uk.

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