News for January 2017

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18 September 2017

Japanese Sandscapes: The Tale of Mt Fuji

Experience a night of experimental Japanese music, sand art, authentic Japanese cuisine and specialty Sake at London’s newest venue, The Shaft!

The event will be held over two days at The Shaft, Brunel Museum.
① 8pm, Friday 20th October 2017 (7pm food & drinks)
② 3pm, Saturday 21st October 2017 (2pm food & drinks)
Tickets: £10/£5 concessions

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8 September 2017

Leach Pottery

Masterclass at Leach Pottery with Jill Fanshawe Kato on 28 October 2017

With a focus on Japanese food and drink, this masterclass and talk delivered by Jill Fanshawe Kato at the Leach Pottery in St Ives will trace the influences which have contributed to this unique cuisine. In the tea ceremony, which reached its zenith in the 16th century, numerous small ceramic dishes presented on lacquer trays would be used in ceremonies lasting many hours and attended by nobility and rulers of the country.

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1 September 2017

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival returns to Cardiff and Aberystwyth this September and October

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival returns to Wales (ChapterSeptember 29th – October 1st, 2017Aberystwyth Arts Centre – October 28th, 2017) for another edition in 2017 with audiences able to enjoy a whole host of Welsh premieres, a Japanese marketplace, and a Q&A and special film screening hosted by an important figure from the Japanese animation industry. Follow this link for the press release.

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31 January 2017

Theatre Conversation: Shirotama Hitsujiya on 10 February, Birkbeck

Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre  welcomes Japanese artist Shirotama Hitsujiya on Friday 10 February, 5.30-6.30pm, in the Keynes Library, Birkbeck, University of London.

Japanese pop culture is filled with images of girls, from kawaii (“cute”) Hello Kitty to fighting girls in anime, and to eroticised girls in products targeting male consumers. In this talk, Shirotama Hitsujiya will discuss her company YUBIWA Hotel’s portrayals of girls, in relation to these girls in pop culture, and contextualise her work in the contemporary Japanese performing arts scene.

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25 January 2017

Daiwa Foundation funds projects ranging from indigo dyeing to copper mining

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation has published details of grants awarded to support UK-Japan projects in its latest funding round (September 2016).

One researcher from Durham University will travel to Kyoto University to develop the novel academic discipline of hominoid evolutionary thanatology (how funerals and death rites developed from apes to humans), resulting in a keynote paper and a multidisciplinary workshop in Kyoto in March 2017.

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4 January 2017

"Japan: a Land of Beautiful Things", talk in Edinburgh on Monday, 9 January 2017

Even in the post-war, as Japan first rebuilt from the ruins of the Pacific War and then underwent a process of economic and industrial growth that brought with it pollution, urban dislocation and rapid technological development, the myth and reality of Japan as a land of beautiful objects has persisted and in turn continued to inspire artists and makers abroad.

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