Events by year: 2018

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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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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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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4 July 2018

Corporate Governance and Value Creation in Japan

This is the first book to furnish a root cause of the low valuation of Japanese listed companies by using, as qualitative evidence, unique global investor surveys, which are rarely available for Japanese companies.
Illustrated with relevant statistics, evidence of shareholders’ voices, case studies, and empirical research, the book is highly recommended for readers who seek qualitative and quantitative evidence of Japan’s problems and potential prescriptions in connection with value creation.

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3 July 2018

The Power of Calligraphy

The calligrapher and artist Misuzu Kosaka has produced striking, highly original art works that have been incorporated into book designs, restaurant decors and commemorated major. In this event, her calligraphy works will be introduced and interpreted by the critic Damian Flanagan. Misuzu will then give a demonstration of her dynamic calligraphy in action and invite participants to pick up a brush, splash the ink and attempt to create their own beautiful calligraphy.

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2 July 2018

An update on the Japanese Economy: how women can change it

Japan’s period of low economic growth continues, despite the government’s best efforts to provide stimulus to the economy. The country’s ageing and shrinking population are two of the main obstacles to achieving sustained growth. In this seminar, the speakers will analyse the current state of the Japanese economy and the government’s approaches to dealing with it. They will discuss the benefits that may arise from increasing female labour participation and the limitations of government efforts to encourage a more active role for women in the economy.

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28 June 2018

Women’s Economic Empowerment in Post-Disaster Reconstruction: a study of Tohoku

On March 11 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the north-east coast of Japan, causing a massive tsunami. After disasters, women play a vital role in rehabilitating the household and the community, which is one strategic approach in post-disaster recovery efforts. In this talk, Tohoku, Japan, will be discussed as an example of good practices of economic empowerment of women in post-disaster reconstruction. Wider perspectives of economic empowerment issues for vulnerable communities and groups in post-disaster reconstruction will also be presented.

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27 June 2018

Closing the gender gap by 2030: Lessons from Japan and the UK

In 2017, Japan was ranked114th on the Global Gender Gap Index produced by the World Economic Forum, evidencing the magnitude of the gender gap problem in this country. Whilst the UK was ranked 15th, there are still several areas in which the country still performs poorly, such as the gender pay gap. In this seminar, the current status of the gender gap in Japan and the UK specifically and OECD countries more generally will be discussed, including about what policies have been implemented, what challenges still exist and future recommendations.

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26 June 2018

New Approaches: #MeToo in Japan and the UK

The #MeToo movement is a campaign that has enabled thousands of people around the world to speak out about sexual misconduct. In this seminar, the impact of #MeToo will be discussed in relation to the UK and Japan. The speakers will outline the implications and effects the movement has had across each society and the extent to which it may impact government policies and legislation, as well as the challenges that the movement faces.

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15 June 2018

“24 Seasons Calendar”: An ancient Japanese way of harmonising with seasonal changes

The “24 Seasons Calendar” is based on the ancient East-Asian Lunisolar calendar, which describes the transition of seasons in 24 steps.  Within Japanese society, people have learned to appreciate and harmonise with nature by adopting this calendar.  In this talk Rikako Kimino will discuss how people’s lives are affected by the calendar and how the changes in seasons are appreciated through different mediums, as well as introducing some popular objects.

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13 June 2018

Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice

In her book, Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice, Dr Kristin Surak explores the role of tea in Japan, including how its preparation and drinking became a strong symbol of Japan. In this event, Dr Surak will be in conversation with Hayato Hosoya, Academy Fellow at Chatham House, discussing the relationship between culture and nation and the position of the tea ceremony within an ever-changing Japan.

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7 June 2018

Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2018

On Thursday 7th June, the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2018 private view was held, with the work of the three shortlisted finalists, Kate Groobey, Keith Milow and Mark Neville, on display.  Midway through the event Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, announced Kate Groobey as this year’s winner. 

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