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17 July 2018

Kokeshi from Tohoku with Love

Kokeshi are traditional wooden dolls that are produced in the Tohoku region of Japan. They are considered to be an icon of Japan, reflecting Japanese aesthetic sensibilities with their simple, elegant and minimalist designs. At this event Manami Okazaki will talk about these quirky dolls. A range of Kokeshi will also be on display, providing a rare opportunity to see new styles alongside traditional designs.

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24 July 2018

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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26 July 2018

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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4 September 2018

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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6 September 2018

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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