Linguistic and cultural competence is essential to the establishment and maintenance of contact across borders. English may still be the main common vehicle of communication between Norwegians and Japanese, but during the last 20 years, the number of Norwegians who have chosen to learn Japanese has increased immensely. As a consequence, a large group of Japanese proficient Norwegians has emerged. These language learning processes are time-consuming, and also involve a great amount of cultural learning of great value.
In Norway, Japanese language and culture is taught at four separate institutions of higher education: University of Oslo, University of Bergen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Norwegian School of Economics. The academic staffs are involved in a wide range of Japan-related research, mainly in the humanities and social sciences. Among the research areas we find:
- Japanese linguistics, language teaching and intercultural communication
- Japanese politics, history and religion
- Japanese literature, film and popular culture
While Norwegian is a rather minor language globally speaking, increased student mobility has contributed to a growth in the number of Japanese who embark on learning Norwegian. In Japan, the Nordic Department at Tokai University offers Norwegian language and culture as a specialization. Several other institutions have academic staff with Norwegian society as their main area of expertise, and various kinds of research collaborations exist.
Book 2 of Naru Hodo is now out! Harry Solvang, PhD, of the University of Bergen, has compiled the first ever Norwegian-language guide to modern Japanese grammar. The work is comprehensive, designed for both beginner/intermediate students and those at a higher level. Volumes are available from Fagbokforlaget
There will be an International Symposium on “Modern Art and Japonisme in the North” at the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno. The presenters are from leading Nordic art institutions and includes two Norwegians. This will serve as a unique opportunity to listen to different perspectives on the influence of Japanese art on European culture.(…)
Registration deadline: Must arrive by October 30, 2015 (Only mailed applications will be considered) What is the Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship? With the goals of further strengthening the fundamentals of international research into Japan and deepening international understanding of Japan through researchers’ activities, the Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship invites leading international researchers of the Japanese(…)