News for July 2015

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5 December 2018

The "Yamatorige” Project: Returning a National Treasure to its Rightful Home

One of our 2017 Daiwa Scholars Tumi Markan is currently helping to run the international component of the campaign – to raise the capital needed to buy the famous “Yamatorige (山鳥毛)”, an art sword designated as a National Treasure of Japan, for the internationally-recognised Bizen Osafune Sword Museum – both creating and running the online crowdfunding page, as well as working with the museum’s master craftspeople to create promotional and informative content for the project.

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27 November 2018

Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2010

The Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20 bridges the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Japan will organise the Japan Season of Culture in the UK, and the UK will oversee the UK Season of Culture in Japan in parallel. This was agreed between the Prime Ministers of Japan and the UK

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20 November 2018

Alumnus Carl Randall in group exhibition at Flowers Gallery London, 29 November until 5 January 2019

Alumnus and artist Carl Randall is included in the group exhibition Small is Beautiful at Flowers Gallery, Cork Street,  London W1S 3LZ, 29th November 2018 until 5th January 2019. Flowers is one of the UK’s leading commercial galleries, with galleries in New York, Central London and East London, representing prominent British figurative painters such as

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28 July 2015

The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta Comes to Tokyo

Following the huge success of their concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in March 2014, the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta is performing at Opera City in Tokyo on August 20th 2015 at 7pm. The concert is the culmination of this year’s project, organised by the UK-based charity Keys of Change. Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Panos Karan, the founder of Keys of Change, has been working with young musicians from middle schools in Fukushima for the past four years.

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17 July 2015

Celebrating Satsuma 150

Izumi Thomas is the chair of Satsuma 150 which is being celebrated in the UK this year. Satsuma 150 aims to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Satsuma students in the UK in 1865. Izumi is from Fukiage in Kagoshima and now lives in London where she is a freelance translator and a visiting researcher at the British Museum. Below is an interview with her about this year’s commemoration.

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9 July 2015

UK-Japan Cultural Heritage Research

We are grateful to Daiwa Foundation Small Grant for supporting the research into climate change impacts on, and improved disaster risk management for, cultural heritage sites in Japan and the UK.

From July 2-4, Professor Rohit Jigyasu (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto), Dr Lee Bosher and Dr Ksenia Chmutina (Loughborough University, UK) carried out a visit to York, one of the case study cities, where they met with the York Prepared team and investigated how heritage buildings deal with flooding.

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7 July 2015

ピカ PIKA Concert at Windmill Brixton on Thursday 16 July 2015

ピカ PIKA /Moon Mama of Afrirampo /Acid Mothers Temple (Japan) is playing a two set show at Windmill Brixton. The drummer and guitarist from Osaka is famous in Japan’s Experimental Rock and Improv scene for being the drummer of the legendary Japanese duo ‘Afrirampo’ (2002-2010), as well as for playing in Acid Mothers Temple. When: Thursday

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6 July 2015

Satsuma Biwa Concert at the City of London Festival on Wednesday 8 July 2015

Satsuma Biwa Concert with Junko Ueda at the City of London Festival 2015. Junko Ueda is a Japanese singer/satsuma-biwa player, presenting Japanese traditional biwa lute music (story-telling) as well as contemporary pieces for the instrument. Ueda studied satsuma-biwa with the famous Kinshi Tsuruta and composition at the Tokyo College of Music. When: Wednesday 8 July,

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