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Reiwa – a new era in Japan

Reiwa – a new era in Japan

Japan will enter into a new era of ‘beautiful harmony’ from 1 May, a day after Emperor Akihito abdicates and is succeeded by his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito, ending the imperial era Heisei. Since the Gengo system began in the 7th century, the country has adopted almost 250 eras. This one, however, will be […]

A Night of Music

A Night of Music

The Colchester Military Wives Choir are being joined by The Amici Mixed choir from Okinawa, Japan and the Bao-Lai junior High School Chorus from Taiwan, for A Night of Music. This is set to be a fine evening featuring talent from East and West. Tickets £12 are on sale in Mann’s Music, 123 High Street […]

Love and Desire Between Women in Girls’ manga

Love and Desire Between Women in Girls’ manga

Manga, or Japanese comic books, is a 4 billion dollar a year industry, making up 40% of the country’s published works. Yet, contrary to Western comic books which often focus on targeting male readers, in Japan, a particularly prominent and developed genre of manga is shojo manga (Girls’ manga), with women across the nation’s demographic making up […]

Aeolian String Quartet

Aeolian String Quartet

Mei Fujisato (violin), Sherry Shen (violin), HyunJin Soh (viola), Ekaterina Solomennik (cello) PROGRAMME Debussy String Quartet Op.10 I. Anime et tres decide II. Assez vif et bien rythme III. Andantino, doucement expressif IV. Tres modere Prokofiev String Quartet No.2 Op.92 I. Allegro sostenuto II. Adagio III. Allegro Aeolian String Quartet The Aeolian String Quartet features an international line-up of postgraduate students from the Royal […]

THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS (1985) with Q&A from director Macoto Tezka – England Premiere

THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS (1985) with Q&A from director Macoto Tezka – England Premiere

SUNDAY, MAY 19th from 3:30pm at the Prince Charles Cinema Directed by Macoto TezkaStarring Shingo Kubota, Kan Takagi, Kyoko Togawa, Kiyohiko Ozaki1985 | 100mins | Japan | rated (15) Rocky Horror meets Phantom of the Paradise with a long-lost 80s Japanese rock-musical featuring zombies, animation and much more, directed by Macoto Tezka, the son of […]

Japanese Photography Revisited: Talk by Dr Lena Fritsch and Miho Kajioka

Japanese Photography Revisited:  Talk by Dr Lena Fritsch and Miho Kajioka

Japanese photography is without doubt one of the most admired art forms from Japan and has established its name as a respectable artistic genre from its introduction into the country. It has constantly evolved in technique, subject matter and even perception, both from the side of its creators as well as viewers. Photography in Japan […]

The Emperor System in Japan. Origins, Evolution and the New Imperial Era

The Emperor System in Japan. Origins, Evolution and the New Imperial Era

Emperor Akihito’s abdication in favour of his son Crown Prince Naruhito has re-ignited a many-sided debate about the fundamental values of Japanese society and the state itself. Some commentators see Emperor Akihito’s attempt to modernise the image of the Imperial family and present a liberal face on peace and reconciliation issues as at odds with […]

BUTOH RESIDENCY

BUTOH RESIDENCY

BUTOH RESIDENCY offers three days of live performances, films and a workshop that see Japanese and European musicians, dancers and artists working together to advance the global recognition of Butoh – both as a uniquely Japanese art form and as a vibrant international platform for communicating in or beyond all languages. Collaborating artists include pianist and […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club