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Artist Talk: Setsuko Ono

Alongside her debut solo UK exhibition at Japan House Gallery, Japanese artist Setsuko Ono will give a talk  at the foundation on the 23rd February, 6pm. Ono will discuss the concepts behind her paintings, sculptures, and her two public sculptures in Japan, Ocean and Dreams. She will also describe her progression into steel working, which she took up in 1995, and the techniques she uses – making spontaneous sculptures, drawing directly onto the metal without a blueprint or a plan.

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Hands of Goze: the Tactile Culture of Visually Impaired People in Modern Japan

In this talk, Professor Kojiro Hirose will discuss “the hands of Goze” and approach the relevance and the possibility of Goze culture from three different angles: “touching the sound”, “touching the colour”, and “touching the heart”. Referencing Goze folk songs, which Goze created and spread as their own oral traditions, Professor Hirose will clarify the role that tactile culture of visually impaired people should play in today’s society.

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Japanese Security Legislation and Constitutional Reforms after the Elections: Prime Minister Abe’s Legacy?

In 2015, under Prime Minister Abe’s leadership, the Japanese government enacted controversial new security legislation with the aim to facilitate the country’s role as a ‘pro-active contributor’ to international peace and security. This seminar focuses on the political, legal, and strategic implications unfolding from possible constitutional reforms. This is a timely and much needed discussion with clear repercussions on Anglo-Japanese defence relations and on the prospects of Japan’s continued contribution to a stable international system. (The event is organised in cooperation with the King’s Japan Programme.)

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Bizen Osafune Japanese Swords

The origins of Japanese swords are not widely known, however the present-day form of Japanese swords originated around a thousand years ago. Nowadays, Japanese swords no longer serve as weapons, rather they are appreciated both in Japan and overseas as items of beauty or symbolic protection. In this talk, former diplomat Kaori Sato will give an overview of “Bizen Osafune Japanese Swords” as well as the Japanese spirit through the art of sword making. She will also discuss the city’s challenge to revitalise the local economy through Japanese sword making.

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24 January 2018

Opportunity: Events Internships

We are looking to take interns to join the events team at the Foundation to assist in planning, preparing and coordinating our events. Our programme covers a wide range of events related to Japan, including lectures, seminars, book launches, culinary tastings and exhibitions. To apply, please send your CV to nana.ota@dajf.org.uk by Friday 23rd February 2018.

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22 January 2018

The Little Mochi Man Tour, January to May 2018

The Little Mochi Man is A Thousand Cranes’ new show for children aged 4 -7, their family and friends. It tells the tale of the runaway Mochi Man who escapes from the larder in search of adventure across Japan. The production is on national tour from 28 January to 30 May 2018. Venues include Watermans, Half Moon, artsdepot, the egg, Nuffield, Greenwich Theatre, The Cockpit, Cambridge Junction, The Courtyard, Hereford, Polka Theatre,  Stratford Circus, The Civic Barnsley,  Little Angel and Salisbury Playhouse.

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