The Life of Yokohama Merii Language Workshop

April 26, 2015
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Calling all Advanced Japanese Language Learners for a unique 3-day language workshop that offers the opportunity to explore the theatrical presentation Yokohama Rosa through original scripts, the plays themselves and intimate discussions with special guests. This workshop is one of three special advanced Japanese workshops coinciding with Japan Society’s Stories from the War theatrical presentations this spring. Workshops are open to students who are preparing for the JLPT N2 or N1, or in Japanese levels 12-13 and/or Kanji 3-4 or have the equivalent level of proficiency.

The Life of Yokohama Merii Language Workshop Schedule:

Language Workshop, Part One:
Saturday, April 25, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Theatrical Performance
, Part Two:
Michiko Godai

Yokohama Rosa
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 pm

Language Workshop, Part Two:
Sunday, April 26, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

About the performance:

Travel through time with legendary actress Michiko Godai in Yokohama Rosa, an intimate portrait of a woman whose life was forever changed by WWII. In this original one-woman tragicomedy inspired by a mysterious old woman frequently sighted on the streets of Yokohama and known by locals as "Merii-san," Godai transforms on stage from a vulnerable young woman to a confident streetwalker, a love-sick middle-aged woman and finally, a frail but compassionate homeless lady. Performed annually in Yokohama on the anniversary of the end of WWII in Japan, Godai’s captivating piece reveals the war’s deep and lasting consequences on the most personal level. Performed in Japanese with English subtitles.

About the instructor:

Ms. Kazue Kurahara holds a BA from Hunter College and an MA in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and TESOL from NYU. She holds teaching certificates in both Japanese and ESL. She has taught Japanese at various institutions, including New York University, Hunter College, Pace University, and The New School. Together with Akai sensei, she is currently co-hosting Japan Society’s YouTube series "Uki Uki NihonGO! + Culture”.

To register:

Fee: $105 nonmembers/$90 Japan Society members / $53 Students with valid Student ID
(includes theater ticket $35 nonmembers/$28 members/$18 Students with valid Student ID)

Course Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)

To register by phone with a credit card, please call either (212) 715-1256 or (212) 715-1293.

Important Notice: Cancellation Policy

Please note that there will be no refund or cancellation for tuition after 12 pm on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 (for Tokyo Rose and 3 Workshop package), 12 pm on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 (for Yokohama Merii) and 12 pm Thu, May 14, 2015 (for Noh and Nagasaki). All refunds are subject to a $20 service charge, including those requested by the deadline date. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted.  By registering for a course, I accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.

Stories from the War
Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society presents the Society-wide series Stories from the War. Encompassing theater performances, film screenings, lectures, panels and educational opportunities for young people, programming from January to August explores history and considers challenging issues that the U.S. and Japan faced surrounding WWII through a contemporary lens.

Stories from the War is supported by a generous grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.

  • Sunday, April 26, 2015
  • 12:00 pm