Culture Talk

Presentation about Japanese culture and society showcasing students on the Diploma in teaching Japanese as a foreign language course.

‘Culture Talk’ is aimed at everyone who would like to familiarise themselves with aspects of real Japan. IIEL students regularly present Japanese culture and society in English for many locals and Japanese learners.

This session is free of charge, but we ask you to contact IIEL to book your place in advance. Tel: 020 8331 3100 E-mail: HP:

Past topics are as follows;
  • About Kumamoto Prefecture
  • Animation as a National Strategy ~its bright and dark side~
  • Amusement Arcade
  • A Person Who Cannot Catch the Mood
  • Beetle Hunters
  • CHAOS!!—Event on Food
  • Characteristics of Japanese People
  • Chopsticks
  • Comedian Westerner and Smarty Pants Easterner
  • Daily Food in Japan
  • Earthquake
  • Eating Out in Japan
  • Ekiben
  • Eye Make-Up Culture in Japan
  • Exotic City NAGASAKI
  • Fashion Magazines and Japanese Women
  • Geiko or Geisha?
  • God of Manga--Osamu Tezuka
  • Green Tea
  • Hanami
  • Having Sukiyaki for the First Time
  • Hello Kitty! Hello Japan!
  • Heroes in Bakumatsu
  • Interatial Relationship
  • Izakayas
  • Japanese Amusement and Play
  • Japanese Animation
  • Japanese Breakfast
  • Japanese Bujutsu-Takeuchi-ryū Performance of and Iai
  • Japanese Children's School Life
  • Japanese Customs and Traditions Regarding Ancestor Reverence
  • Japanese Diet and Table Manners
  • Japanese Fairy Tales
  • Japanese Festivals
  • Japanese Ghosts
  • Japanese House
  • Japanese Lunch Box 'Obento'
  • Japanese Names
  • Japanese Sweets   
  • Japanese Visual-kei Bands
  • Japanese Wedding Ceremony
  • Japanese Winter Items
  • Japanese Wine
  • Kimono and Its Figure
  • Leaf-selling Business which Saved a Small Town of Ageing and Depopulation
  • Lost in Convenience
  • Maccha (Powdered Green Tea) and A Sauce Made from It
  • Manner of Japanese Cuisine
  • Manga: Japanese Cartoons
  • Marriage~Partner Hunting
  • Mascot for Each Region
  • Miso-Soup
  • Mobile Cashing
  • Nagoya, Japan
  • Ninja
  • Noh Play
  • ‘Nomi-nucation’ ~Drinking is a communication tool~
  • Now Shinkansen –to learn, to seek better
  • Oil Absorbing Facial Paper
  • Omikuji
  • Onsens
  • Okinawa
  • Osaka Spirits
  • Otaku Culture
  • People Living in Rubbish-Filled House-Compulsive Hoarding in Japan-
  • Prikura
  • Problems of Ageing in Japan—The Current Situation of a Region
  • Samurai Japan” Works Miracles--the essence of Japanese baseball
  • Sazaesan-Japanese Family  
  • Seasons in Japan
  • Setsubun : Eve of the Beginning of Spring
  • Shamisen and Kiyomoto (What My Mother Treasured)
  • Shitamachi
  • Smiley's Mail
  • Special Tour! (A Guide to My Birthplace)
  • Starting Early--Musical Education from Age 3
  • Sumo Wrestling
  • Sushi
  • Tengu no Yama – Takao Mountain
  • The Calligraphy
  • The Institutions and Customs of Summer in Japan--Yukata
  • The Most Popular Animation in Japan
  • The Rise and Fall (...and Rise?) of the Salaryman
  • The Shape of Japan: Territorial Conflicts   
  • The Saitobaru Burial Mounds
  • The Truth about University Girls
  • Tokyo Disneyland
  • Tokyo's Secret Island 'Ogasawara'
  • Valentine’s Day in Japan
  • Vending Machines
  • Waka--Japanese Ancient Poetry
  • Wanko One-bite noodles
  • Washlet <Japanese High-tech Toilet>
  • When Japanese Princes Became the Magi at the Vatican
  • Wrap and Go! –Furoshiki– It’s only a flat cloth but various usage
  • ‘3Rs’—Don’t Leave It to Others and ACTION NOW to Save Our Planet!(Recycling Policy and Practice in Japan)
  • Listen Carefully ~Earpick~
  • Okazaemon Powers -This is Okazaki!-
  • The Bag That Makes You Feel Happy
  • Departure (How Japanese People Get Prepared for Their Ending)
  • Magical Mystery Tour of “Hell”
  • Welcome to YOKAI World
  • Behind the Smile
  • Kawaii ! Lolita Fashion
  • Wagamama ? No! Wakayama !!
  • ~An Invitation to Peaceful Poetic Mountains~

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