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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 […]

Shodo (書道)

Shodo (書道)

Shodo : Japanese Calligraphy. Open to everyone. Learn how to write your name in Japanese. Old clothes recommeneded due to possible ink staining Admission: £10. Children under 12 years free Date: 20 June 2015, 12.00pm until 16.00pm Venue: Japanese Cultural Centre, 3 Church Lane, Ballymoney, CoAntrim, N Ireland, BT53 6DU Email: japanesecentreni@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://sites.google.com/site/japaneseculturalcentre/ Organiser: […]

Japan Society Book Club: Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai

Japan Society Book Club: Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai

The Setting Sun is told through the eyes of Kazuko, the unmarried daughter of a widowed aristocrat, whose search for self meaning in a society that has no use for her forms the crux of the novel. Hard financial times force the family to take a cottage in the countryside, and their situation is complicated […]

Artist talk by SHIMURAbros

Artist talk by SHIMURAbros

SHIMURAbros are the sister and brother artist duo of Yuka and Kentaro Shimura, currently researchers at Studio Olafur Eliasson and exemplifying a new breed of Japanese contemporary artists. Working and exhibiting internationally, SHIMURAbros are known for incorporating elements of sculpture, installation and avant-garde filmmaking in their work. Film is the catalyst to all their creations […]

Public Seminar: INEMURI: The Art of Napping in Japan

Public Seminar: INEMURI: The Art of Napping in Japan

Japan is known for long working hours and a strong work ethic, and recent polls have shown that Japanese workers enjoy less sleep at night than workers in any other country. Yet, one thing that surprises many foreign visitors to Japan is the number of people in public that can be seen napping during the […]

The Sandwich Generation: Women with Work and Double Care Responsibilities

The Sandwich Generation: Women with Work and Double Care Responsibilities

Balancing care responsibilities and work is becoming increasingly difficult: a ‘sandwich generation’ is emerging, whose members are providing care both for their children or grandchildren, and for their elderly parents, often while continuing to earn and pursue their careers. Based on comparative international research projects, Junko Yamashita of the University of Bristol will discuss care […]

Post 3.11: What Can Art Do? Four Years On: Art and the Disaster

Post 3.11: What Can Art Do? Four Years On: Art and the Disaster

Post 3.11 is a series of talks showcasing the activities of artists who through various ways, have been engaged with the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region of Japan. The series aims to re-examine the role of artists and art in the aftermath of such unprecedented events. Four years have now passed since […]

Don’t mention the War! Writing the Alienated Self in Post-war Japan – Mark Williams

Don’t mention the War! Writing the Alienated Self in Post-war Japan – Mark Williams

This paper represents an attempt to consider how artists in general—and Japanese post-war novelists in particular—deal with traumatic experience and how this process is reflected in their subsequent literary texts. More specifically, it will consider how two Japanese immediate post-war authors, Shimao Toshio (1917–86) and Shiina Rinzō (1911–73)—neither of whom saw active experience at the […]

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