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London Korean Film Night: Earth

London Korean Film Night: Earth

Heo Sung, the son of a revered revolutionary leader is rescued from a life of rural poverty in order to study Law in Seoul. Passing the bar exam, the young man rises to become head of the household he once served when he marries the homeowner’s fickle daughter, Jeong-son. Typical of director Kim Ki-young’s female […]

Bizen Osafune Japanese Swords

Bizen Osafune Japanese Swords

The origins of Japanese swords are not widely known, however the present-day form of Japanese swords originated around a thousand years ago. Nowadays, Japanese swords no longer serve as weapons, rather they are appreciated both in Japan and overseas as items of beauty or symbolic protection. Setouchi city, Osafune in Okayama Prefecture, a region with […]

A Talk by Yu Irie- Memoirs of a Murderer Director

A Talk by Yu Irie- Memoirs of a Murderer Director

The Japan Foundation is delighted to invite director and screenwriter, Yu Irie. Irie began his career making short films, but is best known for directing his adaption of Jung Byoung Gil’s original gripping thriller, Memoirs of a Murderer (2017). Known to many as a director who does not conform to a set formula, he has […]

Rie Nakajima – Cyclic

Rie Nakajima – Cyclic

A captivating exhibition in which UK based experimental artist, Rie Nakajima fuses sculpture with sound. Best known for her work with sound art, Nakajima often uses a combination of kinetic devices, musical instruments and found objects in direct response to architectural space, and experiments with different mediums in order to probe and raise questions from […]

An Evening with Kay Ueyama

An Evening with Kay Ueyama

Kay Ueyama, is a prize-winning professional Japanese harpsichordist. Born in London, she grew up in Tokyo. She studied piano at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., and harpsichord at the Amsterdam Conservatory, and, in Paris with Christophe Rousset and Huguette Dreyfus. Kay won prizes at the Paola Bernardi Harpsichord competition in Italy in […]

The obscured ‘middle-way’ in Japanese politics: the transformative power of dialogue – with Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen

The obscured ‘middle-way’ in Japanese politics: the transformative power of dialogue – with Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen

“War” is the political ghost of the Japanese State. Any talk of changing Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution will for many involve a complex set of sentiments, and distrust can easily arise as to the intentions of such talks. As a meta-signaller of ‘Japanese peace’, Article 9 also often intercept with an imagined relationship […]

Tokyo 東京‐Ordinary people in Tokyo streets

Tokyo 東京‐Ordinary people in Tokyo streets

In the streets of Tokyo, I did my best to engage with a population so different from all that I knew until then, and to spontaneously overcome the potential distance between me and my subjects, without compromising my quest for the “unusual” and “light” in my images. I did not fully manage to ‘erase’ this […]

Heaven’s Wind – Book launch and talk with editor and translator Angus Turvill and Professor Jay Rubin

Heaven’s Wind – Book launch and talk with editor and translator Angus Turvill and Professor Jay Rubin

Taking its name from one of Japan’s best known classical poems, Heaven’s Wind (Amatsukaze) is the world’s first dual language anthology of Japanese women’s writing published by the Japan Society in 2018. Its stories are by some of the country’s most celebrated contemporary authors: Kuniko Mukoda – The Otter; Natsuko Kuroda – Ball, Kaori Ekuni […]

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