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Bakumatsu Kabuki Heroes: Thieves, Cutpurses and Extortionists – Alan Cummings

Bakumatsu Kabuki Heroes: Thieves, Cutpurses and Extortionists – Alan Cummings

Like theatres elsewhere in the world, kabuki was viewed askance by the authorities during the Tokugawa period. Bakufu officials repeatedly issued legislation that was designed to hem in and control the theatre’s impact on popular morality and customs. Kabuki reacted in different ways to this web of control. On the one hand, the creation of […]

Japan Society Book Club: Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse

Japan Society Book Club: Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse

Black Rain tells the story of a young woman caught in the radioactive ‘black rain’ that fell after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. lbuse bases his tale on real-life diaries and interviews with victims of the atrocity. The result is a book that is free from sentimentality, yet manages to reveal the magnitude of the […]

Central and Local Governance in Japan and the UK: Lessons from Okinawa and Scotland

Central and Local Governance in Japan and the UK: Lessons from Okinawa and Scotland

The coral reefs, white sand beaches and sub-tropical rainforests of Okinawa, a chain of islands stretching over 600 miles of ocean between Southwest Japan and Taiwan, seem a distant world from the misty mountains and lochs of Scotland, but recent political developments in Scotland have brought to light some surprising parallels. Like Scotland, Okinawa is […]

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley, is a historical novel written while she lived in Japan on the Daiwa Scholarship. The watchmaker in question is a Japanese immigrant living in London at the time of the Fenian bombings of Whitehall, in the late nineteenth century. Many aspects of the book are taken from […]

Carmen Blacker Lecture 2015 – Amaterasu’s progress: the Ise shrines in the public sphere of postwar Japan, with John Breen

Carmen Blacker Lecture 2015 – Amaterasu’s progress: the Ise shrines in the public sphere of postwar Japan, with John Breen

In 2013, the Inner and Outer shrines in Ise were rebuilt at vast expense. On 2 October 2013 Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess, abandoned her old, and somewhat worn, shrine to progress to her new abode, located a matter of metres away on an adjacent site. Her old shrine was duly dismantled. This was the latest […]

Talk on Modern Day Japan – ‘In Japan in the Raw’

Talk on Modern Day Japan – ‘In Japan in the Raw’

Kingston Lacy is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the restoration of their onsite Japanese Gardens. They are holding a number of Japanese themed events during June and July 2015. As part of this, they have an afternoon talk (17th July 2015 at 2pm) lasting approx. 1 hour, delivered by Mary Symons, an Ikebana Sensei and […]

Japan Society Book Club: The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa

Japan Society Book Club: The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa

The Diving Pile compiles three stories by Yoko Ogawa: a lonely teenage girl falls in love with her foster-brother as she watches him leap from a high diving board into a pool, sparking an unspoken infatuation that draws out darker possibilities; a young woman records the daily moods of her pregnant sister in a diary, […]

Energy and Climate Change in the Build Up to COP21

Energy and Climate Change in the Build Up to COP21

The world is moving towards a crucial climate change meeting in Paris in December 2015. At COP21 some 40,000 delegates and officials will convene in an international effort to address the effects of climate change, striving to achieve a universal, legally-binding agreement to lay the groundwork for more sustainable low-carbon economies. This seminar, hosted by […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club