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Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism attracts a great deal of attention from around the world. In this talk, Toda Seizan, the head priest of Daiji-in Daitokuji temple, will discuss the close relationship between Zen Buddhism and the Japanese tea ceremony. He will also talk about the Heart Sutra, which is one of the most familiar sutras in Japan. There will then be the chance to experience dokkyou (sutra chanting) and shakyou (sutra transcription).

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The Women of Ishikawa

Be drawn into the faraway world of The Women of Ishikawa: a selection of strange, hilarious, and tragic folk stories from the mountains of Ishikawa, brought over from Japan and performed by Doubtful Sound. The show is in a mix of Kaga-ben (the local dialect) and English, and the stories are sprinkled with traditional folk songs from the SOAS Min’yo Group. 

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Political Leadership and Policy-Making Processes under the Abe Administration: What has gone wrong?

This seminar will discuss the LDP Abe Administration, which, although a product of several political and administrative reforms since the 1990s, continues to raise new questions: is it really working well and precisely what we expected? Has Japan departed from the traditional model defined by weak government and strong civil servants? This seminar will attempt to answer these questions.

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Archives and secret papers: uncovering hidden truth

We live in a world where we are surrounded by endless information.  However, when information is so readily available, how do we tell fact from fiction?  In this seminar, three journalists, who specialise in uncovering new facts by using National Archives, will discuss how public documents can be used to reveal government secrets, both past and present, and uncover the truth in Japan and the UK.  Although the use of archives is a long-standing journalistic practice, in our information saturated societies, it may take on new importance in the dissemination of knowledge.

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19 July 2018

Bristol Fish Project to celebrate Doyo no Ushi no Hi on 6 August 2018

On Monday, 6 August 2018, Bristol Fish Project is celebrating the Japanese tradition of Doyo no ushi no hithe day of the ox. The day (from 3pm – 8pm) will involve the sharing of a variety of Japanese traditions including eating Unagi – Eel provided by Kansai Kitchen (tickets for the day in general (free) and for the bbq (£10.02) here) and beer on sale from the New Bristol Brewery – ‘Japan’ Brewed with Jasmine and Green Tea! Entry is free though you are encouraged to reserve your free place here as this will help with numbers. 

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10 July 2018

Exhibition : Ohgetsu Fujita presents… Emoji & Jazz on 27th, 28th & 29th July 2018

Up-and-coming Japanese artist Ohgetsu Fujita visits the UK especially to present her unique take on the art of calligraphy. The result is an evolution of tradition which focuses on spatial beauty. Hundred Years Gallery is proud to showcase her collection of Emoji-inspired artwork, fusing both traditional calligraphy (*1), Zenei-Shodou (*2) and her own creative techniques, which Fujita-san has mastered over the course of her career.

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9 July 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 and cover letter to rosalind.grubin@dajf.org.uk, copied to nana.ota@dajf.org.uk, by Friday 20th July 2018.

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