Colin Alexander McVean, a Scottish engineer in early Meiji Japan – with Colin Houston

Colin Alexander McVean, a Scottish engineer in early Meiji Japan – with Colin Houston

Colin Alexander McVean (1838-1912) was the son of a Free Church minister on the island of Iona, on the western coast of Scotland. He trained as a civil engineer and following some time with the Admiralty survey and the building of railways in Bulgaria and parts of the Ottoman Empire, he headed to Japan as […]

Naviar Haiku Fest IV

Naviar Haiku Fest IV

Naviar Haiku Fest is a day event of workshops, music contests, and live performances, which aims to explore the intersection between haiku and electronic music. The fourth edition of our festival will take place at the Corsica Studios in London on 14 December 2019. The event is divided into three parts. It will start with […]

A Workshop of Furoshiki

A Workshop of Furoshiki

Tamakurya Boutique presents a Workshop of Furoshiki! Come and learn some sustainable wrapping techniques and help the planet too by reducing your plastic usage. We are a unique start-up company who are teaching people a 2000-year-old Japanese custom and tradition. These techniques are ideal for transporting gifts, objects or shopping.  The workshop includes a short […]

Sumi-E: Japanese Brush Painting, Part 2

Sumi-E: Japanese Brush Painting, Part 2

Tutor: Takumasa Ono Improve your Sumi-e techniques and deepen your spiritual understanding through exercises to develop the learning in Part 1 of this course. Complete several paintings and gain confidence to continue at home. Full price £6015% concession available for students/OAPs Date: 30 November 2019Venue: The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London […]

A Reading Performance of Pearl and Dagger at The Other Palace

A Reading Performance of Pearl and Dagger at The Other Palace

Pearl and Dagger is a new musical inspired by the Japanese folktale, A Story of Oki Island, which can originally be found in Ancient Tales and Folklore of Japan, written in 1906 by Richard Gordon Smith, a British naturalist. It is the story of Tokoyo, a young woman dealing with the grief over her deceased mother. When her […]

How Japan sees China

How Japan sees China

What does China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) mean for Japan? On the one hand, China’s infrastructure investments in Asia, Africa, and Europe pose challenges to Japan’s political and economic influence. On the other hand, despite the reservations and scepticism, the Japanese government seems to recognise that BRI is now the “only game in town”— […]

Experience Japan Exhibition 2019

Experience Japan Exhibition 2019

Experience Japan Exhibition will be back in London this November for the 9th year, bringing information on the growing range of exciting study and research opportunities in Japan.  The event, hosted by Keio University and co-hosted by the British Council, allows participants to meet representatives of Japanese Universities and receive information on the various study programmes. […]

Call for Dreams + Q&A

Call for Dreams + Q&A

The UK Jewish Film Festival 2019, our 23rd edition, runs from 6 to 21 November at 12 cinemas across London. We then screen highlights on tour in 15-20 cities across the UK until 12 December. The UK Jewish Film Festival is a BAFTA qualifying festival, showing 90 films from around the world at more than […]

Why does Japan still use ‘orphanages’ rather than family-based foster care and adoption?

Why does Japan still use ‘orphanages’ rather than family-based foster care and adoption?

In contemporary Japan, approximately 85 per cent of children in alternative care are placed in large institutions. This contrasts with global discourse, encapsulated in the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, and with practice in most OECD countries, which use family-based foster care more extensively. Explanations for Japan’s outlier status often focus on […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club