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Japan Society Book Club: Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse

Japan Society Book Club: Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse

Black Rain tells the story of a young woman caught in the radioactive ‘black rain’ that fell after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. lbuse bases his tale on real-life diaries and interviews with victims of the atrocity. The result is a book that is free from sentimentality, yet manages to reveal the magnitude of the […]

Central and Local Governance in Japan and the UK: Lessons from Okinawa and Scotland

Central and Local Governance in Japan and the UK: Lessons from Okinawa and Scotland

The coral reefs, white sand beaches and sub-tropical rainforests of Okinawa, a chain of islands stretching over 600 miles of ocean between Southwest Japan and Taiwan, seem a distant world from the misty mountains and lochs of Scotland, but recent political developments in Scotland have brought to light some surprising parallels. Like Scotland, Okinawa is […]

Carmen Blacker Lecture 2015 – Amaterasu’s progress: the Ise shrines in the public sphere of postwar Japan, with John Breen

Carmen Blacker Lecture 2015 – Amaterasu’s progress: the Ise shrines in the public sphere of postwar Japan, with John Breen

In 2013, the Inner and Outer shrines in Ise were rebuilt at vast expense. On 2 October 2013 Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess, abandoned her old, and somewhat worn, shrine to progress to her new abode, located a matter of metres away on an adjacent site. Her old shrine was duly dismantled. This was the latest […]

Talk on Modern Day Japan – ‘In Japan in the Raw’

Talk on Modern Day Japan – ‘In Japan in the Raw’

Kingston Lacy is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the restoration of their onsite Japanese Gardens. They are holding a number of Japanese themed events during June and July 2015. As part of this, they have an afternoon talk (17th July 2015 at 2pm) lasting approx. 1 hour, delivered by Mary Symons, an Ikebana Sensei and […]

Japan Society Book Club: The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa

Japan Society Book Club: The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa

The Diving Pile compiles three stories by Yoko Ogawa: a lonely teenage girl falls in love with her foster-brother as she watches him leap from a high diving board into a pool, sparking an unspoken infatuation that draws out darker possibilities; a young woman records the daily moods of her pregnant sister in a diary, […]

Energy and Climate Change in the Build Up to COP21

Energy and Climate Change in the Build Up to COP21

The world is moving towards a crucial climate change meeting in Paris in December 2015. At COP21 some 40,000 delegates and officials will convene in an international effort to address the effects of climate change, striving to achieve a universal, legally-binding agreement to lay the groundwork for more sustainable low-carbon economies. This seminar, hosted by […]

Public Seminar: STEMming the Gender Gap: A New Era for Japanese Women in Science and Engineering?

Public Seminar: STEMming the Gender Gap: A New Era for Japanese Women in Science and Engineering?

In January 2014, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that ‘Japan should be the place that gives women the opportunity to shine. Thirty per cent of leadership positions should be occupied by women by 2020’. This promise seemed to herald a new era for women in the workplace in Japan. 30 years ago, the Equal […]

Former Prime Ministers in Japanese Politics: Who’s Sori Now? – Hugo Dobson

Former Prime Ministers in Japanese Politics: Who’s Sori Now? – Hugo Dobson

This lecture is based on a current research project that seeks to make two contributions. First of all, it provides an alternative political history of Japan from the perspective of former prime ministers and their post-premierships. Japan’s modern political history is a relatively well-researched field presenting little opportunity for new perspectives. However, by focusing on […]

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