“Like Bombs”: Narrative, Memory, and Linguistic Terrorism in Contemporary Okinawan Fiction – with Vicky Young

“Like Bombs”: Narrative, Memory, and Linguistic Terrorism in Contemporary Okinawan Fiction – with Vicky Young

In 2002, one year after 9.11, the Okinawan writer Sakiyama Tami published one of her most provocative essays, entitled “Shimakotoba de kachāshī” (“Inciting with Island Words”). Split into three parts, the essay targets standard Japanese (hyōjungo) as a monolithic language symbolic of hegemonic oppression and assimilation before setting out the agenda for Sakiyama’s own literature: […]

Winter’s Night: LKFF 2019 Teaser Screening

Winter’s Night: LKFF 2019 Teaser Screening

Winter’s Night, a meditative drama reflecting on the lifecycle of romance as seen through the eyes of four stranded tourists. Director Jang Woo-jin takes us on a journey through vivid landscapes and alcohol-fuelled encounters in which the two couples are thrust into a remote environment with no real escape from the circumstances of their relationships. […]

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra The sixth Europe Tour 2019

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra The sixth Europe Tour 2019

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Pietari Inkinen are planning Europe tour in April 2019, which will be the first Europe tour in 13 years for JPO. It will be the first time for the orchestra to visit Finland, and other visits include cities in Germany, Austria, and the United Kingdom. Pietari INKINEN, Chief Conductor Japan […]

Wakan: The Colourful Life of Japanese Herbs From Organic Dyeing to Bath Salts

Wakan: The Colourful Life of Japanese Herbs  From Organic Dyeing to Bath Salts

Japanese herbalism, or wakan, has an intricate origin and development story. Extracted from organic flora, the natural benefits of plants and roots native to Japan have long been applied to medicine, food as well as fragrance. More recently, as contemporary interest in harnessing the power of nature is on the up rise, herbs have also started to […]

Threats and Opportunities in Today’s Middle East – Lt Gen (Retd) Sir Tom Beckett

Threats and Opportunities in Today’s Middle East – Lt Gen (Retd) Sir Tom Beckett

We are delighted to welcome Lieutenant General (Retired) Sir Tom Beckett, Executive Director of IISS–Middle East , to brief members of the Japan Society on current developments in the Middle East and the opportunities and challenges these present. This timely briefing will be of particular relevance to Japan Society members with an EMEA responsibility as […]

A Timeless Pallette: The Story of wa no iro – Japanese Colours

A Timeless Pallette: The Story of wa no iro – Japanese Colours

Over centuries, Japan has developed a colour palette unique to its nation and with deep connection to its inimitable nature. Owing to the very subtle distinctions in the shades and grades of these colour schemes, 450 hues of wa no iro have been catalogued. These have been developed within and cherished by, not only Japanese art spheres […]

Private View: Explore the Japanese collection at the British Library

Private View: Explore the Japanese collection at the British Library

Did you know that British Library is the home of more than 400 manuscripts and 4,000 printed works created before the Meiji Restoration? Among the highlights of the Japanese collection are the 8th-century Hyakumantō darani, the oldest example of printing in Japan, lavishly illustrated Nara ehon manuscripts and 16th century works printed by the Jesuits. From mediaeval materials to […]

Dance Beyond Movement: Talk with Saburo Teshigawara & Rihoko Sato (KARAS)

Dance Beyond Movement: Talk with Saburo Teshigawara & Rihoko Sato (KARAS)

Saburo Teshigwara is one of the most influential Japanese performers and choreographers to date and highly acclaimed for his innovative forms of physical expression that break away from conventional stylistic techniques. Starting his creative career in 1981 after studying plastic arts and classic ballet, he soon went on to form his performance company KARAS. Since then, […]

What Brexit Means for Japan

What Brexit Means for Japan

As Brexit day on March 29th rapidly approaches, Japanese companies based in the UK have started to prepare for a no-deal scenario. Honda has recently announced the closure of its UK production line for four-wheeled vehicles by 2021 (though it stated that Brexit was not the reason), and other companies such as Sony, Panasonic, and […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club