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The Truth About…Ninjas – Talk and Demonstration

The Truth About…Ninjas – Talk and Demonstration

Ninjas are widely-known across the world and through modern depictions from Hollywood movies to anime such as Naruto, they have become an important and iconic part of Japanese history and culture. However looking beyond these cultural representations, how much do we know about the reality of these mysterious and elusive historical figures? In this special […]

Artist talk by Satoshi Kitamura in conversation with Nicolette Jones

Artist talk by Satoshi Kitamura  in conversation with Nicolette Jones

Satoshi Kitamura is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator whose work includes over 20 of his own books, and many more collaborations. Using a glass dip pen that produces his individual, slightly uneven line, Kitamura is skilled in finding the delicate balance between words and pictures, and creating visual depictions of abstract concepts such as […]

Japan Society Book Club – The Life of an Amorous Woman

Japan Society Book Club – The Life of an Amorous Woman

After a number of Book Clubs focusing on contemporary Japanese literature, we will be turning our attention to one of the early classics, Saikaku Ihara’s The Life of an Amorous Woman. Saikaku Ihara (1642-1693) dedicated the first 26 years of his career to poetry, at one point setting the record for the most haikus composed […]

Sixth Form Japan Day: a global perspective, a door to new opportunities

Sixth Form Japan Day: a global perspective, a door to new opportunities

The Japan Society, in association with Ritsumeikan (UK), is pleased once again to invite sixth form students to attend its popular FREE one-day course about Japan, its culture and its role in the global community. The day is designed to give insights into aspects of Japan, traditional and modern, through lectures and practical workshops. It […]

Public Seminar: 50 Years of the Shinkansen

Public Seminar: 50 Years of the Shinkansen

The Japan Foundation is delighted to present this special public seminar marking the 50th anniversary of the Tokaido Shinkansen. Joining us will be Yoshinori Hatta, General Manager of JR Tokai London Office, who will chart the history of the Tokaido Shinkansen, highlighting its strengths and achievements, while also looking to the future and the development […]

Fukushima Daiichi: Coping after a major nuclear accident

Fukushima Daiichi: Coping after a major nuclear accident

It is clear from the accidents at Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima Daiichi (2011) that severe nuclear accidents can occur, even if infrequently, meaning that coping strategies need to be developed in advance. Results will be presented from the UK/India NREFS research project (Management of Nuclear Risk Issues, Environmental, Financial and Safety), aimed at determining how […]

Japanese Elements Within Freemasonry

Japanese Elements Within Freemasonry

The catechistic ritual dramas performed by Freemasons during their lodge meetings revolve around Judeo-Christian concepts centered on the building of King Solomon’s Temple. Unbeknownst to most, an indigenised Japanese version of this known as The Kanto Ritual was proposed with a focus on the construction of Todai-ji. This lecture will explore the standard ritual practices […]

Found in Translation: Mackintosh, Muthesius and Japan

Found in Translation: Mackintosh, Muthesius and Japan

Following US Commodore Matthew Perry’s gunboat diplomacy of 1853-54, the closed country of Japan opened up to the Western world. For the Japanese it was a method of survival; for the West it was an enlightenment possibly unequalled since the Renaissance. And its influence continues to colour our attitudes towards architecture and design today. While […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club