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23 January 2018

The Extraordinary Untold Story of James Bond and Japan

For a James Bond locale, exotic Japan fits the bill nicely with sliding doors and ninjas, high-tech gadgetry and interesting options for expendable henchmen. Yet for Ian Fleming Japan offered more than literary background colour. Grab your Beretta, put on your tuxedo and fire up the Bentley… In this talk, Dr Damian Flanagan will take you on a thrilling spy adventure and show you Japan in a way you have never imagined before – the extraordinary untold true story of Bond, James Bond and Japan.

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6 February 2018

21st Century Shinto Studies

This event launches two books, “A Social History of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital” by Mark Teeuwen and John Breen, and “Shinto, Nature and Ideology in Contemporary Japan: Making Sacred Forests” by Aike Rots. Mark Teeuwen will address the topic of “The ever-changing Ise Shrines: Studying Ise’s history through the lens of its agents”, while John Breen will focus on the radical modern transformation of the Ise shrines. Aike Rots takes a critical look at the new Shinto discourse on nature and the environment, as it came to the fore at the start of the 21st century.

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8 February 2018

Classical Guitar Recital by Sean Shibe: J.S. Bach and Villa-Lobos

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation will host a recital by internationally acclaimed classical guitarist, Sean Shibe. This recital will follow Shibe’s debut tour of Japan in January 2018, featuring performances and masterclasses in Takasaki City Core Hall (Tokyo), Musashino Shimin Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo) and Munetsugu Hall (Nagoya), organised by the Musashino Cultural Foundation. In this concert, Shibe will perform Lute Suite No.2 in A minor (originally in C minor) BWV 997 by J.S. Bach, and a selection of Etudes and Preludes by Villa-Lobos.

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15 February 2018

Private View: Setsuko Ono

In 2018 Japanese artist Setsuko Ono will bring her work to London for the first time.
Ono creates steel sculptures characterised by their cut-out shapes, forming open and closed figures and designs. The cut-out silhouettes are bent in an animated way, while the cut-out negatives let sunlight and views of nature through.
The exhibition will include sculpture and mixed media paintings that reflect the artist’s interest in international politics; visitors will be able to use virtual reality goggles to experience Ono’s permanent installations in Japan.

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21 February 2018

The Origins of Shouzoku

In this special event, Hisashi Yoshida, Director of a Shinto ceremony company, will discuss the origins of ‘Shouzoku’, garments worn by Shinto priests, which will be followed by a musical performance by Tokiko Ihara, a Shō flute player, and a display of Shouzoku garments. Outside of Japan, not much is known about this element of Japanese society, and in his talk, Yoshida will spread Japanese culture and knowledge.

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27 February 2018

Hands of Goze: the Tactile Culture of Visually Impaired People in Modern Japan

In this talk, Professor Kojiro Hirose will discuss “the hands of Goze” and approach the relevance and the possibility of Goze culture from three different angles: “touching the sound”, “touching the colour”, and “touching the heart”. Referencing Goze folk songs, which Goze created and spread as their own oral traditions, Professor Hirose will clarify the role that tactile culture of visually impaired people should play in today’s society.

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