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Van Gogh and Japan: The Provence Years

Van Gogh and Japan: The Provence Years

For Van Gogh, Japan held great appeal, particularly its woodblock prints. In 1888 he left Paris and headed south, to the city of Arles in Provence. In its clear light, he developed as a landscape artist under the inspiration of Japanese artists. On his arrival, he wrote that “I feel I’m in Japan”. Join Van […]

Book Launch: On Kurosawa: a Tribute to the Master Director

Book Launch: On Kurosawa: a Tribute to the Master Director

In a recent BBC poll of 208 film critics from over 40 different countries, two of the four top-ranking films were directed by Akira Kurosawa. Why are Kurosawa’s films so highly-rated in countries as diverse as China, Belgium and Mexico? In this talk, Peter Tasker will explore Kurosawa’s legacy, read from his new book On […]

Artist Talk: Mari Katayama

Artist Talk: Mari Katayama

In the photographic self-portraits of Mari Katayama, the artist’s body features prominently, surrounded by painstakingly arranged objects, both in intimate settings or set against vast landscapes. The recipient of the Grand Prize at Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2012, Katayama was born with various developmental challenges, and had both legs amputated at age nine and has […]

A long-term comparative perspective between prehistoric Japan and Britain

A long-term comparative perspective between prehistoric Japan and Britain

The most distinct characteristic of human beings is our ability to create various cultures. While genetic studies have confirmed that modern humans are biologically a species which emerged a relatively recent 200,000 years ago and which has a high level of genetic homogeneity, humans have developed amazing cultural diversity. We see this in the rich […]

Japanese box-office smash ONE CUT OF THE DEAD coming to the UK

Japanese box-office smash ONE CUT OF THE DEAD coming to the UK

The biggest suprise in Japan’s film history is coming to the UK. Independent film ONE CUT OF THE DEAD was so successful that it became the first film ever to gross more than 1000 times its budget ! Opening on just 2 screens in Tokyo, it ended up playing at more than 350 cinemas and […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club