Japanese Language Class
There are some spaces in the Embassy to have lessons for beginners, intermediates and advanced learners.
Those classes are held onsite once every Wednesday at the Embassy with support from Japanese teachers and volunteers.
See the details here for more 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.
Marugoto encompasses both language and culture, features real-life communication, and allows you to experience the lifestyle and culture behind this communication.
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.
Japanese in Anime & Manga
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.
NHK World - Easy Japanese
"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.
Website for Foreign Nationals as Residents to Learn Japanese
from Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs
Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs has created a website to help non-Japanese speakers learn language skills that will directly help their life in Japan! If you're looking for useful and relevant Japanese to use in daily life, have a look at the website below!
©Japanese Language Division, Agency for Cultural Affairs
Live and On Demand TV/Streaming programmes
Learn Japanese Live 24/7 - Three Youtube based programmes provide live streaming for Everyday Life, JLPT Study and Daily Conversations.
海外向け日本語サービス News7 - live streaming, Good morning Japan news - On Demand (In Japanese)
JapaNews24 is the live news (24 hours) channel (In Japanese).
FNNプライムオンラインLive News channel - フジテレビ系列28局のデジタルニュースメディア「FNNプライムオンライン」のYouTubeチャンネル (In Japanese)
TBS NEWS DIG Powered by JNN TBS/JNNのニュースを配信 Live News (in Japanese)
Sakura TV shows Japanese culture, tourism, food nature. arts and much more about Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa.
Other Useful Japanese Language Links
- New Zealand Association of Japanese Language Teachers
- Kids Web Japan Language Lab
- Association for Japanese Language Teaching
- The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa
- Study in Japan - A Comprehensive Guide
Prizes and Commendations
2023 Ambassador's Prize Ceremony
On 15th March 2023, the Embassy held the Ambassador's prize ceremony for Japanese language students from Massey University and Victoria University. Details
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.
2020 Ambassador Commendation Ceremony
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.
2019 The Conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays
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.
2018 The Conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette
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.
2018 Foreign Minister's Commendation Ceremony
Foreign Minister's Commendation to Dr Yushi Ito, the former Japanese programme director of Victoria University of Wellington.
2018, 2019 Ambassador Commendation Ceremonies
Ambassador Hiroyasu Kobayashi presented Certificates of Commendation to six people on 19th March 2019. Click here for more details.
January 23 2018, Ambassador Toshihisa Takata presented Certificates of Commendation. Click this for the details.
- Results of the 11th Annual Wellington Regional Japanese Speech Competition (13 August 2021)
- Results of the 10th Annual Wellington Regional Japanese Speech Competition (20 June 2019)
- Results of the 9th Annual Wellington Regional Japanese Speech Competition (29 June 2018)
- Summary and results of the 8th Annual Wellington Regional Japanese Speech Competition (30 June 2017)
- Past speech competitions
Groups for Japanese language education
- New Zealand Association of Japanese Language Teachers (NZAJLT)
It is an organisation that supports the teaching and learning of Japanese, promoting the language, and providing resouces for teachers and sharing relevant information about teaching Japanese.
Main events: Secondary School Trivia Quiz Evening
- 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)
Main events: Japanese Language Speech Contests for secondary school and tertiary students
Japanese National Language Advisor
Ms Kaori Fukazawa - Future Learning Solutions
Japan Information & Cultural Centre
- Centre Functions
- Subscribe Event News
- JET Programme (Work in Japan)
- MEXT Scholarships
Language Education & Cultural Support
Japan - New Zealand Relations