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The Power of Politics

The Power of Politics

This seminar takes place just two days after the Japanese Lower House election, while the clock is also ticking towards a General Election in the UK next year. It seems a timely moment to consider the power that politicians wield in the two countries, and the extent to which they can actually affect the lives […]

The Siege of Tsingtao – Jonathan Fenby

The Siege of Tsingtao – Jonathan Fenby

In 1914, Europe was not the only continent coming to terms with a new form of conflict. Through a mix of complex alliances and global ambition, the war had spread to northern China, where the German-held port of Tsingtao became a key battleground. To strike a blow at Kaiser Wilhelm’s naval forces, Britain and its […]

Dealing with North Korea

Dealing with North Korea

North Korea is arguably the world’s most troublesome country. It is expanding both its plutonium and enriched uranium paths to a nuclear weapon and, according to the senior US military commander in South Korea, can probably mount a nuclear weapon on Nodong missiles that can reach Japan. Development of a road-mobile, intercontinental missile may enable […]

Artist Talk by Riusuke Fukahori

Artist Talk by Riusuke Fukahori

Riusuke Fukahori is a talented Japanese artist who is renowned for developing a unique technique whereby layers of resin are successively poured and painted on to produce hyper realistic representations of goldfish swimming in water. His meticulous work recently burst into popular culture after a video of his process went viral, racking up almost three […]

Karaoke in Japanese

Karaoke in Japanese

This workshop will give you an understanding of the origin of Karaoke and its development. No vocal technique or previous experience necessary as long as you enjoy singing. Open to all levels. Booking before Wed 3 December required. Date: 6 December 2014, 10.30 – 15.00 Venue: City Lit, 7-11, Keeley Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BA […]

Bigakko: Anti-Academy – Talk by Alice Maude-Roxby

Bigakko: Anti-Academy – Talk by Alice Maude-Roxby

The alternative art school Bigakko was established in 1969 in the Jimbocho district of Tokyo by the publishers Gendaishicho-sha. Involving some of the most radical artists of the time and developed in opposition to the mainstream academy system, students at Bigakko experienced unorthodox teaching and workshops by Genpei Akasegawa, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Hiroshi Nakamura and Mokuma […]

Book Launch: Japanese Tree Burial: Ecology, Kinship and the Culture of Death

Book Launch: Japanese Tree Burial: Ecology, Kinship and the Culture of Death

Tree burial (樹木葬, jumokusou), a new form of disposing the remains of the dead in Japan, was initiated in 1999 by a Zen Buddhist temple in the northeast region of Tohoku. Unlike conventional cemeteries filled with ancestral gravestones, its graveyards are vast woodlands where newly planted trees and small wooden tablets inscribed with the names […]

Artist Talk: Takahiro Ueda

Artist Talk: Takahiro Ueda

The practice of Takahiro Ueda is interdisciplinary, recalling a scientific researcher observing natural phenomena: atoms, chemical elements, sound vibrations, weather and environmental changes. His work is realised in collaboration with teams of experts including quartz miners, scientists and engineers. Ueda combines technological experimentation and fine art – the audio-visual performance Track of At[o]m uses apparatus […]

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