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Dogs Without Names – film screening and QnA with director and contributors

Dogs Without Names – film screening and QnA with director and contributors

Following the death of her beloved golden retriever, a film maker channels her grief into making a documentary about people who rescue dogs and cats ‘without names’ – in other words, those with no one to care for them. Akane Yamada’s moving docu-drama looks at animal adoption centres and shelters around Japan including those struggling […]

Hokusai : beyond the Great Wave

Hokusai : beyond the Great Wave

Experience the beautiful and sublime work of one of Japan’s greatest artists. Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most famous and influential artists. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90. This new exhibition will lead you on an artistic journey through the […]

Night Train to the Stars:わが心の銀河鉄道 宮沢賢治物語

Night Train to the Stars:わが心の銀河鉄道 宮沢賢治物語

A biographical film of Kenji Miyazawa, Japan’s most popular fantasy novelist. Kenji is an idealist from an early age, forming a utopian vision with his friend Kanai Hosaka that inspires them to work for the happiness of farmers, although his pawnbroker father, Masajiro, objects to such idealism. Kanai is expelled from school for outlining his […]

The Meiji Ensoniment: Conflicting Ears and the Decision to Change Japanese Musical Culture

The Meiji Ensoniment: Conflicting Ears and the Decision to Change Japanese Musical Culture

In Doremi o eranda Nihonjin (2007), Yuko Chiba notes that a radical transformation in music-theoretical knowledge, musical practice, and aural habitus took place in Japan from the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. In this talk, I ask why and how this transformation occurred. I begin by outlining two schematic ears: an élite ‘samurai’ ear and […]

A dialogue between fire and clay: pottery and the appeal of the anagama kiln

A dialogue between fire and clay: pottery and the appeal of the anagama kiln

With the advent of open fires, humans discovered that clay hardened when it was heated. When the fire place was covered in order to achieve high temperatures more reliably, the kiln was born. In the quest for ever more durable and more beautiful pottery, firing techniques continued to develop and improve. Until relatively recently, when […]

London Korean Film Night: Bandhobi (2009)

London Korean Film Night: Bandhobi (2009)

Bandhobi is a story about the crossover between two different cultures and the friendship it can spark. As the title suggests, “female friend” in Bengali, the film follows the evolving relationship between Min-seo, a 17-year old rebellious Korean girl, and Karim, a 29-year old Muslim migrant worker from Bangladesh. This character-driven film subtly explores many […]

A History of the Japanese Print

A History of the Japanese Print

Tiger Tanuki presents a unique sales exhibition, tracing the history of the Japanese print from the classic ukiyo-e (‘pictures of the floating world’) of the Edo period (1615-1867) to the modern shin hanga and sosaku hanga prints of the 20th century. The exhibition features original works by renowned artists such as Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), probably […]

‘Between Serenity and Dynamism’ an exhibition of Korean Ceramics

‘Between Serenity and Dynamism’ an exhibition of Korean Ceramics

The Korean Craft and Design Foundation (KCDF) presents ‘Between Serenity and Dynamism; Korean Ceramics’, an exhibition that explores the beauty and heritage of Korean ceramics, and the contrast and harmony between the traditional and more contemporary forms of the craft that exists in Korea today. The exhibition – first to be shown at Salone del […]

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