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The Kyoto Tea House - An Impression

In this exhibition, several famous Kyoto tea houses will be introduced through photographs, architectural diagrams and other forms, to convey an understanding of key concepts such as wabi-sabi. This exhibition will give the viewer a feel for the Zen-influenced culture surrounding the Kyoto tea house, and highlight the history of the renowned Uji tea growing region south of Kyoto.

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A.B. Mitford and the Birth of Japan as a Modern State

In this talk, Dr Robert Morton will present a profile of A.B. Mitford as a young British diplomat and writer living in Japan during the turbulent years of 1866 to 1870. With his aristocratic bearing, charm, looks, perfect manners and remarkable courage, Mitford fitted into Japan perfectly. On the other hand, he was lucky to survive his posting.

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Kotan Chronicles: Selected Poems, 1928-1943

Kotan Chronicles, a collection of texts translated into English for the first time, takes the reader into the lives of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido, and their interaction with Japanese settlers in the 1920s and 1930s, a period when the traditional world of the kotan, or Ainu village, was being destroyed by the rapid development of the island. In this talk, Dr Nadine Willems discusses the poetry of Genzō Sarashina as both historical document and literary expression.

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12 August 2017

Cotswold Ekiden on 3rd September 2017

The beauty of the Cotswolds meets the Orient with a brand new running race coming on 3rd September 2017. Cotswold Ekiden brings together the best of Japanese culture and tradition in this relay race. Taking place at the beautiful Sudeley Castle in the heart of the Cotswolds, each runner within a team of four will

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28 July 2017

Daiwa Foundation Art Prize Artists: A Review

Started in 2009, the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize aims to introduce British artists to Japan by awarding the winner a solo exhibition in a Japanese gallery. Each year a winner is chosen from three finalists, all of whom go on to achieve further prizes and awards. This review recaps the finalists from each year and their

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