Past Events

18 July 2017

Figure Skating with Fumie Suguri

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and QUEENS, indoor ice rink, was delighted to offer this unique figure skating workshop with four-time Japanese National Champion and three-time World Championship medallist Fumie Suguri. She shared 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

In this seminar, speakers discussed the history and the future of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the lead up to Tokyo 2020. We were 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 discussed 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. In this talk, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan Professor Kiyohiko Nishimura and Director of NIESR Professor Jagjit Chadha examined 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 was 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 approached 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 talked about the difficulties of handling historical issues affecting the region, and discussed what could be done to build peace in North East Asia for future generations.

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23 June 2017

Guitar Music from the Time of Jane Austen (1775-1817)

We welcomed back the lute and baroque guitarist Taro Takeuchi to the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. Together with mezzo-soprano Sophie Maisey, he performed some of the finest pieces from the time of Jane Austen. The concert included pieces by Mozart, Handel, Haydn and others.

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20 June 2017

Chiune Sugihara: Visas of Life

Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat based in the Japanese consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1940, went against his superiors and granted more than 2,000 transit visas to Jewish refugees looking to escape Europe by travelling to Japan, helping as many as 6,000 Jews to flee. In this event, Akira Kitade shared the stories of the fateful encounters between Japanese civilians and Jewish refugees at a time of life and death during the Second World War.

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8 June 2017

Nana Shiomi: This Side and the Other Side

This Side and the Other Side is an Anglo-Japanese odyssey of the artistic achievement of Nana Shiomi. It follows a 20-year journey of printmaking. In this event, Nana Shiomi discussed her life as a printmaker and the completion of ‘One Hundred Views of Mitate’.

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6 June 2017

Isabella Bird and Japan: A Reassessment

In this talk, Professor Kiyonori Kanasaka spoke about the different aspects of his Isabella Bird studies and activities. In particular, he considered how he came to understand Isabella Bird the person – her actions, decisions and motivations – and how and why her travels in Japan have been so widely misinterpreted and misunderstood.

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1 June 2017

Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan

The House of Illustration hosted the UK’s first ever exhibition of handmade background illustrations for classic sci-fi anime films. It featured drawings and paintings from some of the most influential productions in the genre’s 1990s heyday, including Production I.G’s phenomenally influential 1995 film Ghost in the Shell. In this talk, House of Illustration curator Olivia Ahmad, was joined in conversation by the exhibition’s curator Stefan Riekeles and Helen McCarthy, author of The Anime Encyclopaedia.

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30 May 2017

Private View: To Look at the Fire by Toshiaki Hicosaka

The first London solo exhibition of the artist Toshiaki Hicosaka invited us to reflect on the world through fire: the driver of evolution, life, comfort and violence. From ocean to fire, his immersive installations of painting embraced elements of the everyday. Through this new body of work by the artist, viewers were able to rethink the social and cultural environment that they live within.

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