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Why History Matters: The Legacy of the Imperial Navy and the Making of Japan’s Post-war Defence Policy’

Why History Matters: The Legacy of the Imperial Navy and the Making of Japan’s Post-war Defence Policy’

This paper is about how history is remembered, memorialised, and displayed for the purpose of national defence. It focuses on how the legacy of the Imperial Navy lived on in the post-war Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF), informing its strategic thinking and working as a military organisation. This paper sets forth a rather controversial argument. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shinjuku Culture in the 1960s – Talk by Go Hirasawa and Jelena Stojković

Shinjuku Culture in the 1960s –  Talk by Go Hirasawa and Jelena Stojković

The 1960s marks a crucial turning point culturally, socially and politically. When it comes to Japan, there were lots of countercultural activities at the time in the town of Shinjuku in Tokyo. This emblematic site was a hotbed of avant-garde art, involving such artists as Nagisa Oshima, Daido Moriyama and Shuji Terayama, to name but […]

Teacher Training: WJEC Japanese Language Units (QCF)

Teacher Training: WJEC Japanese Language Units (QCF)

Enhance your Japanese language lessons by giving your pupils the opportunity to gain formal recognition for their learning. The WJEC Language Units are small bite-sized qualifications which enable learners to demonstrate their competence and progress by producing evidence in the classroom. The Benefits : Internally assessed by you in the classroom. Each qualification requires approximately […]

Talk: Building Blocks: Curating Architecture

Talk: Building Blocks: Curating Architecture

Despite the complexity and difficult curatorial challenge in exhibiting architecture as a medium, a number of such exhibitions have been held in a variety of settings. Often involving installations, sketches, photos and models, we are able to gain an insight into the minds, worlds and inspirations of architects and the environments they create, but what […]

The nightmare – troubled sleep in tsunami evacuation shelters in Yamada, 2011 – Brigitte Steger

The nightmare – troubled sleep in tsunami evacuation shelters in Yamada, 2011 – Brigitte Steger

‘Ato wa neru dake’ – ‘And then all that’s left to do is to sleep.’ This is how two middle-aged women ended their summary of life in a small tsunami evacuation shelter in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture. Talking in mid-July, four months after the large tsunami and fires of March 2011 had completely destroyed their houses, […]

Public Seminar – Maths-As-It-Could-Be: The life and philosophy of Japanese mathematician Kiyoshi Oka

Public Seminar – Maths-As-It-Could-Be: The life and philosophy of Japanese mathematician Kiyoshi Oka

Kiyoshi Oka (1901-1978) was one of the greatest Japanese mathematicians of the 20th century. His contribution to mathematics was such that Carl Siegel mistakenly believed ‘Oka’ to be the name of a group of mathematicians. In Japan, Oka is known not only for his tremendous contribution to maths, but also as a great thinker and […]

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