Past Events

20 September 2017

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 In this talk, Dr Nadine Willems discusses the poetry of Genzō Sarashina as both historical document and literary expression.

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14 September 2017

Private View and Artist Talk ─ Decorative but Calm

While working to promote their traditional works, the artists of Decorative but Calm have realised that craftsmanship is an international language; crafts appeal to the personal sensibility of each viewer. In this exhibition the pursuit of elaborate designs aims, in a true expression of Japanese aesthetics, to create a “decorative but calm” space for reflection that does not intend to overwhelm the viewer.

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5 September 2017

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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25 July 2017

The Teabowl: East and West

In this talk, Dr Bonnie Kemske, author of the new book The Teabowl: East & West, looks at the context of the teabowl as it arose in chanoyu, or Japanese tea ceremony, and the changes it has undergone through the centuries.

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20 July 2017

Private View: 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.
Japan’s leading calligrapher Tomoko Kawao offered a calligraphy demonstration during the private view.

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18 July 2017

Figure Skating with Fumie Suguri

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and QUEENS, indoor ice rink, is delighted to offer this unique figure skating workshop with four-time Japanese National Champion and three-time World Championship medallist Fumie Suguri. She will be sharing her skating brilliance with adults and children, from beginners to advanced skaters.

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17 July 2017

History and the Tokyo 2020 Games

Join us to discuss the history and the future of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the lead up to Tokyo 2020. We are delighted to invite Japanese Olympian ice skater Fumie Suguri, and British Paralympic long-distance runner Noel Thatcher to share their experiences with us. Alongside them Dr Vassil Girginov will discuss how both the Games have developed, and their role in modern global society.

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13 July 2017

Central Bank Policies after the Global Financial Crisis

Economic growth in recent years has been stubbornly low in developed economies, with the result that increasingly unconventional monetary policy measures have been adopted to provide stimulus. Japan was the first major economy to face these problems. Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan Professor Kiyohiko Nishimura and Director of NIESR Professor Jagjit Chadha will examine the current state of the global economy and monetary policy.

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4 July 2017

Artist Talk: Toshiaki Hicosaka, To Look at the Fire

The first London solo exhibition of the artist Toshiaki Hicosaka invites us to reflect on the world through fire: the driver of evolution, life, comfort and violence. In this talk, the artist is joined in conversation by Dr Sunil Manghani, Reader in Critical and Cultural Theory at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.

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29 June 2017

How to Deal with a Rising China: a Japanese Perspective

In this talk at the University of Cambridge, Professor Akio Takahara approaches the bilateral relations in a comprehensive way and explore four areas of factors in the relationship, namely, domestic politics, economic interests, international environment and security, and people’s perceptions and identity.

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28 June 2017

Historical Issues and Peace Building: Japan, China and the two Koreas

Japan, China and the two Koreas have struggled to understand each other’s different perspectives on historical issues, and this has been preventing constructive diplomatic dialogue between them. In this seminar, we will talk about the difficulties of handling historical issues affecting the region, and discuss what can be done to build peace in North East Asia for future generations.

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