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Depāto: The Role of the Department Store in 20th Century Japan

Depāto: The Role of the Department Store in 20th Century Japan

For the people of Japan throughout the 20th century, department stores offered a window into modernity and the outside world. Since the opening of the first department store in Japan in 1904, these institutions have been influential in introducing modern, urban and foreign lifestyles to Japan. Not only shops selling fashion, food and homeware; these […]

At the Crossroads: Japan and Low-Skilled Foreign Workers

At the Crossroads: Japan and Low-Skilled Foreign Workers

Despite a steady decline in the size of its workforce, Japan continues to prohibit the formal entrance of low-skilled migrant workers. In this talk, Dr Kristin Surak will discuss the history of labour migration in post-War Japan, and the ways in which the country has – at multiple crossroads – avoided a turn to foreign […]

Book Launch and Talk by Dorothy Britton

Book Launch and Talk by Dorothy Britton

To mark the publication of Dorothy Britton’s Rhythms, Rites and Rituals: my life in Japan in two-step and waltz time, the Japan Society is holding a special book launch with a talk by the author. Sir David Warren, the Japan Society Chairman, will chair the event and will also speak about Dorothy’s life, achievements and […]

Japan Society Book Club: Woman Running in the Mountains by Yuko Tsushima

Japan Society Book Club: Woman Running in the Mountains by Yuko Tsushima

21-year-old Takiko Odaka lives with her working-class family in a small house in a crowded Tokyo neighborhood. After graduating from high school, she takes a job as an office clerk for a small company, but after a brief affair with a married man she discovers she is pregnant. Despite her increasingly exhausting and alienated existence, […]

Lecture by Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan

Lecture by Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan

In this 2015 annual update for the Society by the British Ambassador to Japan, Tim Hitchens will share his insights on the political, diplomatic and commercial situation in Japan. This year’s talk comes close on the heels of both the first ‘two-plus-two’ Foreign and Defence ministerial talks between the Japanese and British governments and The […]

The enduring charm of Ikenobo

The enduring charm of Ikenobo

How modern styles have developed from the traditional roots of the oldest school of Ikebana A demonstraiton by Sue Pryke and Gaye Henson Entrance fee: Members £6 – Non Members £10 Date: 3 March 2015, Doors open 12pm Venue: The Brompton Oratory Church Hall, Brompton Road, SW7 2RP Web: www.ikebana.org.uk Organiser: Ikebana International London Chapter […]

Japan Society Choral Workshop

Japan Society Choral Workshop

The Japan Society is delighted to present its first ever choral workshop – a chance for Japanese and anyone with an interest in Japan to meet and sing British and Japanese choral music in a relaxed environment. The workshop will be led by Jonathan Gregory, Director of the UK-Japan Choir and Orchestra and Fellow of […]

Rediscovering Forgotten Modern Japanese Painters: The Charles Stewart Smith Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rediscovering Forgotten Modern Japanese Painters: The Charles Stewart Smith Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

From 1892 to 1893, whilst on his honeymoon with his third wife, Charles Stewart Smith (1832-1909) bought several thousand Japanese prints, as well as Japanese ceramics and paintings, from the Irish journalist and collector Francis Brinkley (1841–1912). Perhaps most significant among the pictorial works is a group of 100 album paintings by highly acclaimed Meiji […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

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