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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 […]

Public Seminar: The Work of the Visual in Mourning the Dead in Post-Tsunami Japan

Public Seminar: The Work of the Visual in Mourning the Dead in Post-Tsunami Japan

3.11 was probably the most minutely documented disaster in history. And yet for all of these images, the impulse to archive representations of loss points to another set of images that have themselves gone missing: hundreds of thousands of family photo albums that were washed away by the tsunami. In this special talk, Dr David […]

Public Seminar – Freeter, the Japanese Precariat: Youth and Labour Disintegration in Japan

Public Seminar – Freeter, the Japanese Precariat: Youth and Labour Disintegration in Japan

In the first of two special talks at the Japan Foundation, David H. Slater (Sophia University), drawing on 25 years of ethnographic research, will explore the tangled relations between patterns of work, representation and politics in Japan. Following the talk Dr Slater will be joined in discussion by Dr Helen Macnaughtan (SOAS, University of London). […]

Japan Society Book Club – Inside and Other Short Fiction

Japan Society Book Club – Inside and Other Short Fiction

Inside and other short fiction showcases the very best of recent writing by Japanese women writers today – including prize-winning novelists and authors never before published in English – as they explore the issue of female identity in a rapidly changing society. The savvy, modern protagonists in this volume are enmeshed in the recognizable dramas […]

Japan Society Book Club – Granta 127: Japan

Japan Society Book Club – Granta 127: Japan

Hello Kitty, earthquakes, manga, samurai, robots and sushi. These are some of the things we think about when we think about Japan. This small island nation looms large in the popular imagination, in often contradictory ways: as the epitome of refinement and tradition, and as an embodiment of a shiny, soulless future. What is Japan […]

Carmen Blacker Lecture 2014 – Tsushima: Japan viewed from the margins – archives, books, ginseng

Carmen Blacker Lecture 2014 – Tsushima: Japan viewed from the margins – archives, books, ginseng

Few Japanese or tourists ever visit Tsushima, the conjoined islands lying between Japan and Korea. This is a shame not only on account of its unspoiled natural beauties but also because of its intrinsic historical interest. Up to the end of the nineteenth century it served a crucial role as a conduit for goods, knowledge […]

Think Locally, Dance Globally: The Butoh Dance Form in the Age of Globalisation

Think Locally, Dance Globally: The Butoh Dance Form in the Age of Globalisation

One of the most important imports from Japan in the world of performing arts in the last half century has been the dance form butoh, which has shocked and captivated audiences around the globe. However, it appears that contact with Europe and America was changing butoh in significant ways. In this presentation, Professor Bruce Baird […]

Special Japan Society Book Club – The Youth of Things with translator Stephen Dodd

Special Japan Society Book Club – The Youth of Things with translator Stephen Dodd

The Japan Society book club is delighted to welcome Stephen Dodd, Senior Lecturer in Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, to discuss his new book The Youth of Things: Life and Death in the Age of Kajii Motojiro. The focus of the book club will be on Dodd’s translations of Kajii’s short […]

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