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Artist talk: Yoshitomo Nara

Artist talk: Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara is one of the most influential and internationally renowned contemporary artists from Japan, best known for his paintings of cartoon-like wide-eyed children and animals. The characters in Nara’s works often sport fiendish expressions and provocative stances; appearing ‘cute’ at first, but also convey underlying tones of adult anxiety, isolation and rebellion. Adored by […]

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 […]

The Power of Conscience

The Power of Conscience

Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat based in the Japanese consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1940, went against his superiors and granted visas to Jewish refugees looking to escape Europe by travelling to Japan via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Many more Japanese along the way assisted the refugees with their escape. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre estimates that […]

Public Seminar: Japanese Archaeology in the Digital Age

Public Seminar: Japanese Archaeology in the Digital Age

Japan has one of the best archaeological resources in the world. And yet many of the treasures that archaeologists have uncovered throughout the archipelago over the past 150 years remain little known to the outside world. As well as being a valuable research resource, Japan’s archaeology and cultural heritage can contribute to education in many […]

University Reform in Japan

University Reform in Japan

The Japanese Government is vigorously promoting university reform, and many universities are grappling with their own problems brought on by demographic change in Japan and various other issues. Government initiatives such as the development of highly-skilled professionals or increased funding for the research and development of innovative technologies have continued apace, however university administrations across […]

Art Meets Design – Talk: Yuri Suzuki x Kouichi Okamoto with Alex Coles

Art Meets Design –  Talk: Yuri Suzuki x Kouichi Okamoto with Alex Coles

Today, the names Yuri Suzuki and Kouichi Okamoto have become synonymous as fusion artists who can freely cross the boundary between design and art. While both have worked in product design creating functional objects, each has been involved in music and sound projects and their practices have started leaning towards the pursuit of creative expression […]

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 […]

Excavating cultural heritage: the archaeological implications of the Great East Japan disaster three years on

Excavating cultural heritage: the archaeological implications of the Great East Japan disaster three years on

As well as the terrible human cost, the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Pacific coast of northern Honshu in March 2011 had a major impact on cultural heritage. In the first instance a number of museums, stores and other facilities were directly damaged, and great quantities of heritage materials, both public and personal, were […]

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