Japanese Language Information

Japan Foundation's Japanese Language Support link

'Minato' (literally meaning 'Harbor') is a place where you can study the Japanese language with online courses, and interact with people from all over the world via online communities. From this 'Minato', or 'Harbor', each person can embark on a voyage of study that suits their own personal needs, later returning to port and repeating the journey as often as they wish. In this way, 'Minato' provides a place of learning and a place for meeting new, like-minded friends.

marugotoMarugoto まるごと

From this portal page, you can access websites providing various resources, learning support and purchase information.

Challenge with Erin ! - The Japan Foundation has released this mobile app for young people to study Japanese and test their ability more easily and in a more engaging way. You can use it to study beginner-level vocabulary and expressions through card games, manga and quizzes, and to check how much you retained. The app teaches Japanese from complete beginner up to early intermediate level, and there is no need to be able to read Japanese to use it! Click HERE for more information.

Erin's Challeng! I Can Speak JapaneseI Can Speak Japanese - An innovative free website offering both Japanese-Language study and cultural understanding. This website gives the opportunity to study Japanese through extensive videos and audio, as well as giving the opportunity to experience modern Japanese culture and scenes. Website https://www.erin.ne.jp/en

"Japanese in Anime & Manga" Website“Japanese in Anime & Manga” Website - An e-learning site that offers a fun way to learn a number of character/genre-based Japanese expressions that appear in anime and manga.

The aim of the website is to give Japanese learners and anime/manga fans from all over the world an opportunity to learn Japanese in an enjoyable way, using the anime/manga they enjoy as a gateway to their studies. They hope to deepen learners' understanding of the Japanese language and culture, and to give an added incentive to study. Website: http://anime-manga.jp

NHK World TV - Live andd On Demand programmes

"Easy Japanese" is a program of Japanese language lessons produced by Japan's public broadcaster, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN. You can learn basic grammar and useful expressions through lessons designed in audio-drama style. You can download audio and texts for the lessons free of charge.


Or Watch the live NHK TV programmes online at https://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/live !

Japanese Language Useful Links




2020 Ambassador's Prizes

On 23 July 2020, Ambassador Kobayashi presented the Ambassador's Prizes to Mr Finnian Galbraith from Victoria University of Wellington and Ms Savannah Thompson de Mello from Massey University. More details here.




Ambassador Commendation Ceremony (2020)

Ambassador Hiroyasu Kobayashi presented Certificates of Commendation to eight people on 15th July 2020. Click here for more details.




2019 Ambassador's prizes

For the details of our ambassador's prize information, click here.

  2019 Ambassador's prizes to two students.


The Conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays upon Dr Yushi Ito (30 May 2019)

Dr Yushi Ito, Former Head of the Japanese Programme of Victoria University of Wellington was bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays, on Thursday 30th May 2019, at a Conferral Ceremony of the 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. More details here.


The Conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun,
Gold Rays with Rosette upon Dr Edwina Palmer (17 December 2018)

Dr Edwina Palmer, Former Associate Professor and Head of the Japanese Programme of Victoria University of Wellington was bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, on Monday 17th December, at a Conferral Ceremony held at the Official Residence of the Ambassador of Japan to New Zealand. More details here.


Foreign Minister's Commendation Ceremony (26 July 2018)

Foreign Minister's Commendation to Dr Yushi Ito, the former Japanese programme director of Victoria University of Wellington.

Ambassador Commendation Ceremonies (2018, 2019)

Ambassador Hiroyasu Kobayashi presented Certificates of Commendation to six people on 19th March 2019. Click here for more details.




Ambassador Commendation Creremony 2018On January 23 2018, Ambassador Toshihisa Takata presented Certificates of Commendation. Click this for the details.





Speech Competitions



Groups for Japanese language education

Wellington Association of Japanese Language Teachers
President: Hidemi Fuke (Queen Margaret College, Wellington)
Tel: (04) 473 7160
Main events: Wellington Regional Japanese Speech Competition

Japanese Studies Aotearoa New Zealand (JSANZ)
JSANZ is an advocacy network for Japanese language education and Japanese studies at tertiary level in Aotearoa New Zealand.
President: Penny Shino (Massey University, Palmerston North)
Website: http://www.jsanz.org
Main events: Japanese Language Speech Contests for secondary school and tertiary students

New Zealand Association of Japanese Language Teachers (NZAJLT)
President: Jo Barber
Main events: Secondary School Trivia Quiz Evening



Japanese Language Advisor


E-mail: fls.japanese@uniservices.co.nz .

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