September Training Day for Volunteers

Taken from Japan Foundation website

Friday, September 21st 2012

The Japan Foundation, London

The next Volunteer Training Day for our Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme will take place on Friday, September 21st 2012.

Our regular Training Days at our London office are a great opportunity to meet other volunteers, get teaching ideas, and ask any questions you may have.  We ask our volunteers who live within travelling distance to London to attend at least one Training Day before making a school visit, in order to get a full understanding of the JTS Programme.  Those who are not yet members of JTS but are interested in joining are also welcome to sign up for the training day.  You can read about our last Training Day, held in May 2012, here.

The day will begin with an induction for new attendees at 12:30 (registration starts from 12:15). Those who have been to a JTS Training Day before may attend from 13:00.  You can find a provisional timetable of the event below.

How to apply

To register, please click here to use our online application form.

The registration form uses Google Documents and is subject to Google’s standard terms and conditions of use. Alternatively, you may register by downloading and printing the PDF application form below, completing it by hand and sending it to the Japan Foundation by email, fax or post. Please note that your application may take slightly longer to process via this method.

If you are not yet a member of JTS, please click here for more information about the programme and to complete a membership application form.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 19th. Please note that this is event is free, but prior booking is essential.  Attendees who arrive without booking, including those accompanying attendees who have booked, may be denied entry.

For more information about the JTS programme, please click here.

Click here to apply for our September 2012 Training Day

Recruiting Docent Volunteers for Exhibition

Recruiting Docent Volunteers for Exhibition

at the Korean Cultural Centre UK

The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) is looking for volunteers who will work as docents(unpaid) during the exhibition of Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World’, at the KCCUK this summer.

The exhibition presents a traditional funeral bier along with the wooden figures of a variety of people, as well as mythological creatures that each served as decorations for the funeral bier. This summer exhibition forms part of All Eyes On Korea, 100 Day Festival of Korean Culture.  

 The volunteers will be working from 12 July to 8 September.

 – Mon to Fri 10am – 6pm

 – Sat 11am – 5pm

You can choose either Term 1 or 2 (Mon-Fri Term 1: 10am-2pm / Term 2: 2pm-6pm, Sat Term 1: 11am-2pm / Term 2: 2pm-5pm) for working by rotations during the exhibition and you have to be able to work minimum 2 weeks of time in total.

 Those who are interested in Korean art and cultures and Korean-English bilingual volunteers are preferable.

 Please download ‘Docent Volunteer Application Form’ and complete it then email to us with a copy of your ID with the headline of “Exhibition Docent Volunteer” to

 Application deadline: 6pm, Friday 29 June 2012

    (The deadline date can be changed depends on the number of applicants)

   ※ Orientation and Introduction for Docents: 2pm Wednesday 4th July 2012

Docent Volunteer application form.docx

Japan at the Mayor’s Thames Festival

Evening, Sunday 11th  September 2011 
5 pm to 6.30 pm: form procession
6.45 pm: Start
9.45 pm: Fireworks (and end of procession)

12 noon – 6pm
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September

The Mayor’s Thames Festival Night Carnival will be held in the evening of 11 September 2011, six months to the day after the massive earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region of Japan.  We’re raising money for Tohoku: you don’t have to give money, your participation, however, will generate cash.

During the weekend of the festival (Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 September; 12 noon to 6 pm) there will be workshops to make lanterns for the Night Carnival and other activities to raise money for the Japan Society Tohoku Relief Fund. These lanterns will be carried by volunteers and accompanying the JOJI HIROTA TAIKO DRUMMERS during the parade.

We need:
Empty plastic 1.5- or 2-litre mineral water bottles, ideally square bottles with ridged sides such as Volvic or Highland Spring, to provide the basis for the lanterns.  There are four collection points for bottles:

  • Embassy of Japan, 101/104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT (contact: Mark McEvoy, tel: 020 7465 6589)
  • Japan Society, Swire House, 59 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AJ (contact: Yuko Kobayashi, tel: 020 7828 6330)
  • Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle), London NW1 4QP (contact: Susan Meehan)
  • ICN Gallery, 96-98 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH (contact: Taki Togashi)

We are looking for at least 100 Volunteers, prepared to dress in yukata or happi, to carry lanterns in the Night Carnival and also volunteers to help during the daytime (in shifts between 12 noon and 6 pm) over the weekend of the festival.

If you would like to take part in the Night Carnival, or volunteer to help with lantern-making workshops and other activities, please fill in the form below and we’ll get in touch. Alternatively, please telephone the Japan Society office on 020 7827 6330 or email:

There is more information on the UK Japan Events Calendar.



We are looking for at least 100 volunteers (the more, the merrier), prepared to dress in yukata or happi, to carry lanterns in the Night Carnival on Sunday 11th September (approx. 6 – 9 pm). Or/and can you help with lantern-making workshops and other activities, working in shifts between noon and 6pm on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th? Please fill in the form below if you are willing to volunteer to help JAPAN at the THAMES FESTIVAL. Please submit one form per person if more than one of you wish to take part.