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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 […]

Japan Society Book Club: The Sea and Poison by Shusaku Endo

Japan Society Book Club: The Sea and Poison by Shusaku Endo

Doctor Suguro, haunted by his wartime experience as an intern co-opted into performing vivisections on American airmen, practices medicine in a dingy office in a modern-day Tokyo backwater. In a series of flashbacks within flashbacks, this short novel tackles themes of cruelty, moral weakness, and contempt for human life as the reader is introduced to […]

A journey into the fabled world of Japanese running with Adharanand Finn

A journey into the fabled world of Japanese running with Adharanand Finn

With viewers in their millions watching marathon relay ekiden, and with the most developed and lucrative league in the world, long distance running in Japan is a serious business. Big companies such as Honda, Konica Minolta and Toyota keep teams of road-runners who live and train together and compete in races, and further down the […]

Reality Check: Artist talk by Chim↑Pom

Reality Check: Artist talk by Chim↑Pom

Chim↑Pom, the six-strong artist collective known as the enfant terrible of Japan’s art scene, create distinctive works that challenge contemporary social problems, and the realities that we choose not to see. Formed in Tokyo in 2005, the group’s approach is underscored by the use of found objects, mass media, and chance. Chim↑Pom work mainly in […]

150 Years On: the Satsuma Students in Britain and the ‘unequal treaties’ – Andrew Cobbing

150 Years On: the Satsuma Students in Britain and the ‘unequal treaties’ – Andrew Cobbing

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Satsuma Students in Britain. Most of this group of nineteen went on to enrol at University College London, although the leaders were otherwise engaged talking to the Foreign Office or buying textile machinery in Manchester. It was a project remarkable because overseas travel was […]

Miso: A Versatile Ingredient

Miso: A Versatile Ingredient

Thanks to the ever growing popularity of Japanese cuisine worldwide, miso soup is well-known- however, the real value of miso is still not very much appreciated yet in the UK. Miso (a fermented paste made from soybeans), is so versatile that it can be used as a base seasoning in variety of dishes- not just […]

Rethinking ‘Japanese’ Pop Culture: Transnational media cultural connections and the question of cultural diversity

Rethinking ‘Japanese’ Pop Culture: Transnational media cultural connections and the question of cultural diversity

Since the late 1980s, Japanese consumer technologies, and subsequently pop culture exports such as Pokemon and Hello Kitty, have become increasingly familiar to many people around the world. But has our increased exposure to these cultural exports led to a greater understanding of the diversity of contemporary Japan? Eminent Japanese media and cultural studies scholar […]

Adapt and Evolve: East Asian Materials and Techniques in Western Conservation

Adapt and Evolve: East Asian Materials and Techniques in Western Conservation

Over three days of events, we will look at the introduction, formalisation, and evolution of East Asian materials and techniques that have become part of paper conservation practice across the globe. On 8 April we are offering a range of studio tours across London, granting access to the conservation studios of some of the world’s […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club