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Talk – Gekiga: The Evolution of Alternative Manga

Talk – Gekiga: The Evolution of Alternative Manga

The gritty genre of “Gekiga” was named by Yoshihiro Tatsumi in 1957. Based on “Komaga”, previously proposed by Masahiko Matsumoto, it aimed to differentiate itself from mainstream Manga and depict realism in daily life while pursuing a more systematic induction of the reader’s gaze. The development of this visual expression by Tatsumi resulted not only […]

Japan Foundation/JGap Japanese Language Teachers’ Seminar: Self-Expressing Activities and Elementary Japanese Language Education

Japan Foundation/JGap Japanese Language Teachers’ Seminar: Self-Expressing Activities and Elementary Japanese Language Education

What does it mean to be able to function in Japanese? Up to now, language educators have been focusing on functional language activities such as asking for things or inviting someone to do something. But in addition to this kind of communication for practical purposes, there is also communication for social purposes. It is through […]

Public Seminar – Always on and connected: comparing young people and their mobile social media use in Japan, the US, and the UK

Public Seminar – Always on and connected: comparing young people and their mobile social media use in Japan, the US, and the UK

Smartphone use has seen a meteoric rise in the past few years. Indeed, it is now hard for most of us, especially young people living in cosmopolitan urban centres, to imagine a world without the smartphone – and, for that matter, without the social media apps it supports such as Twitter, Facebook and LINE. But […]

Japan Society Book Club—Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Japan Society Book Club—Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the story of a man whose four best high school friends, Mr Red, Mr Blue, Miss White and Miss Black, ostracise him—he is colourless, because his name is the only one without a kanji symbol for a colour. It is, translator Gabriel told The Australian last […]

Out of Step – Artist talk by contact Gonzo

Out of Step – Artist talk by contact Gonzo

Contact Gonzo is an improvisational performance group from Osaka, Japan that disregard the framework of the prevailing definition and code of dance. Their pioneering style is a balance of elements from contemporary dance, performance art and urban culture mixed with influences from martial arts. The collective of four members with different backgrounds – Yuya Tsukahara, […]

Public Seminar – NAGADORO: Rural Life after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Public Seminar – NAGADORO: Rural Life after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011, Prof Tom Gill (Meiji Gakuin University) has made some 26 field trips to Nagadoro, a tiny hamlet that has absorbed some of the highest levels of radiation in Fukushima prefecture. During the course of these field trips Prof Gill has got to know the people of Nagadoro […]

Young, Fearless and Limitless – Artist talk – Yo Nakamura and Underground Airport

Young, Fearless and Limitless –  Artist talk – Yo Nakamura and Underground Airport

The Japan Foundation is dedicated to supporting performing arts from Japan and through the PAJ (Performing Arts Japan) programme, we have helped bring exciting, cutting-edge artists to Europe to both present and develop their work. Most recently, Underground Airport and Yo Nakamura, both of whom are representatives of a new direction for performing arts in […]

Public Seminar: Tracing colours and characters in the work of HARUKI MURAKAMI

Public Seminar: Tracing colours and characters in the work of HARUKI MURAKAMI

In this special seminar, Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen (Newcastle University) will explore some of the connections and meanings between colours and characters throughout the work of Haruki Murakami. She will begin by analysing Murakami’s latest novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage, before looking at earlier characters from well-known longer novels such as […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club