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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 […]

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 […]

Public Seminar: Economic Policy and the Welfare State in Japan and the UK

Public Seminar: Economic Policy and the Welfare State in Japan and the UK

In this public seminar political scientists Prof Nobuhiro Hiwatari and Prof Junko Kato from the University of Tokyo join us to discuss their latest research into social policy reforms during financial crises, and tax politics and the welfare state. Abstracts Are Neo-Liberal Reforms Undemocratic? Evidence from the OECD and cases from the UK and Japan […]

Music and Nature in the Transnational Shakuhachi Scene – Joe Browning

Music and Nature in the Transnational Shakuhachi Scene – Joe Browning

Once the instrument of a sect of Zen Buddhist monks, the shakuhachi, has, since the 1960s, become important to a growing number of musicians outside Japan, especially in Australia, Europe and North America. This lecture explores the significance of “nature” in the lively transnational scene surrounding this Japanese end-blown bamboo flute. For those encountering the […]

Public Seminar – Always on and connected: comparing young people and their mobile social media use in Japan, the US, and the UK

Public Seminar – Always on and connected: comparing young people and their mobile social media use in Japan, the US, and the UK

Smartphone use has seen a meteoric rise in the past few years. Indeed, it is now hard for most of us, especially young people living in cosmopolitan urban centres, to imagine a world without the smartphone – and, for that matter, without the social media apps it supports such as Twitter, Facebook and LINE. But […]

Japan Society Book Club—Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Japan Society Book Club—Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the story of a man whose four best high school friends, Mr Red, Mr Blue, Miss White and Miss Black, ostracise him—he is colourless, because his name is the only one without a kanji symbol for a colour. It is, translator Gabriel told The Australian last […]

Out of Step – Artist talk by contact Gonzo

Out of Step – Artist talk by contact Gonzo

Contact Gonzo is an improvisational performance group from Osaka, Japan that disregard the framework of the prevailing definition and code of dance. Their pioneering style is a balance of elements from contemporary dance, performance art and urban culture mixed with influences from martial arts. The collective of four members with different backgrounds – Yuya Tsukahara, […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club