Events category: Special event

28 April 2016

Masuda String Puppeteers: Shimane Prefecture’s Edo Period String Puppetry

Shimane Prefecture’s string puppeteering group Masuda String Puppets will give their first overseas performance at the V&A’s ‘Japan Festival for Families’ on 1 May 2016. Designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Shimane Prefecture, the Masuda String Puppeteers’ style is the only surviving Edo Period style string puppetry currently performed in Japan.

Before their premiere international show in London, they will demonstrate their intricate puppet handling here at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. Join us to hear about the history of Masuda String Puppets and to see a glimpse of the puppets in action.

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8 March 2016

The Grandchildren of Hiroshima

To mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in 2015 the London Bubble Theatre Company set out to transform this tragedy from a static collection of dates and events into a live, breathing monument from the past – and a warning from the future.

Eighteen hibakusha (A-Bomb survivors) shared their stories so that they could be explored and expressed through the medium of theatre. From these testimonies, the production of The Grandchildren of Hiroshima was born. We warmly welcome you to a screening of this production.

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28 January 2016

The Public Opinion Myth: Why Japan retains the Death Penalty

Japan, unbeknownst to many, retains the death penalty, and still executes criminal offenders to this day. The Japanese government’s official justification for preserving the death penalty is that the majority of the public is overwhelming in favour of this method of criminal punishment. Dr Mai Sato will screen a short version of the documentary film, “The Wavering Public? The Death Penalty, Justice and Public Opinion”, which explores what the death penalty means to ordinary citizens living in a retentionist state – one in which much of the practice surrounding the death penalty remains secretive and discreet.

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26 November 2015

SHIFT Presents: The DOTMOV Festival 2015

Japanese online magazine SHIFT presents the DOTMOV Festival 2015, premiering in the UK at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. We screened a selection of 12 short films to showcase emerging international talent in film and the visual arts.

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1 October 2015

Princes of the Yen

Princes of the Yen reveals how Japanese society was transformed to suit the agenda and desire of powerful interest groups, and how citizens were kept entirely in the dark about this. Central banks are some of the most secretive and misunderstood institutions in the world. What powers do they wield? Whose interests do they serve? How do their actions affect our everyday lives?

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20 November 2014

Film Screening: My Atomic Aunt

Director Kyoko Miyake, having lived outside of Japan for more than a decade, feels compelled to revisit Fukushima. She wants to find out the fate of her family’s home-town Namie, which with its golden beaches and friendly neighbours used to be her childhood idyll. Following her aunt Kuniko, Miyake begins to question her nostalgic childhood memories and in so doing understand the harsh economic realities and sacrifices that her Aunt and the people of Namie had to make in order to survive.

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