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

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                           Japanese Program at a glance                                      

Event Calendar & Announcement
Ontario Japanese Speech Contest (OJSC): March 3, 2024, 13:00 ~   link

  • 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: name withheld by request  (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): name withheld by request (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): Name withheld by request
    • 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
  •  DLLL Student Awards 2022-2023@Founders College, October 20, 2023  photo

    • Best student in JP1000: Justyn Chai (JP1000)
    • Peter Sato Award 2023: name withheld by request (JP2010)
    • Peter Sato Award 2023: Ava-karie Hislop (JP2000)
    • Peter Sato Award 2023: Arman Ahmed (JP1000)
    • Volunteer: Arianna Carrera (JP3070) 
  • Two York students were selected and invited to Japan on the Kakehashi Project sponsored by the Japanese government
    • Ms. Ava-Karie Hislop (jp2000, 2022-23)
    • Mr. Maximos Yao (jp2000)
  • York students did well at the 42nd Ontario Japanese Speech Contest held on March 3, 2024. 8 students participated in the contest and all presented excellent speeches. The following are the prize winners. Congratulations!
    • Grand Prize (Advanced): Ms. Hei Tung Chloe Shek
    • 1st Prize (Open): Ms. Wonkyung Lee (jp2000)
    • 3rd Prize (Intermediate): Ms. Binying Wan (jp2000)
    • 2nd Prize (Beginners): Ms. Secret Shields (jp1000)
    • 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
Google's AI LaMDA   link
Self-domestication  link
Kurofune  link
Japan: Ende des Pazifismus?  link
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