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Nuclear non-proliferation policy in Northeast Asia, then and now: From the 1950s to President Trump

Nuclear non-proliferation policy in Northeast Asia, then and now: From the 1950s to President Trump

In Northeast Asia, four nuclear-armed states joust for position. Three other regional actors also once tried to join the nuclear club: Japan during World War II and South Korea and Taiwan under authoritarian governments in the 1970s and 1980s. The fact that they didn’t is a non-proliferation success story. Washington forced the latter two to […]

Talk: Love and Perverted Desires in Four Centuries of Japanese Literature

Talk: Love and Perverted Desires in Four Centuries of Japanese Literature

In this talk, Damian Flanagan will explore the shifting sexual norms of Japan’s literary history from the Edo Period to the present. Back in the 18th Century, same sex relationships were common in Japan, indeed seen as underpinning the power structures of samurai hierarchy, while anything thought to challenge social stability – like adultery with […]

Experience the Art and Craft of Wasanbon

Experience the Art and Craft of Wasanbon

Wagashi are Japanese sweets, and they come in many stunning varieties, each belonging to traditions developed since the Edo period. This workshop is a rare opportunity to learn about the art of wasanbon, a particular type of wagashi which shares its name with the fine-grained sugar used to make it. Wasanbon are shaped using intricately […]

2s, 3s and 4s by Natsko Seki

2s, 3s and 4s by Natsko Seki

2s, 3s & 4s is the first London solo exhibition of Natsko Seki, an established freelance illustrator known for her bright and playful style. For Seki, each project is an opportunity to take up a challenge and discover more – experimenting with new techniques in the pursuit of a new language. Exploring the role of […]

Ballerina: The Reason I Keep Dancing

Ballerina: The Reason I Keep Dancing

Japan has and continues to produce world class ballet dancers. Dancing at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is the pinnacle of a dancer’s career, and young Japanese ballet dancers dream of joining the world-famous Royal Ballet company. Such is the success of Japanese ballet that Ryoichi Hirano and Akane Takada are currently principal […]

Talk: Joso’s Japan: Wood and Paper Houses

Talk: Joso’s Japan: Wood and Paper Houses

The Times Literary Supplement describes her as a writer who applies ‘an other worldly curiosity to a basic but universal question: what is it to live somewhere?’ In this event, Jayne Joso will talk us through the essential elements of the Japanese wood and paper house, and how one of these enigmatic spaces came to […]

Artist Talk: Earth, Pigment and Stone: Artist Julie Brook’s Japan

Artist Talk: Earth, Pigment and Stone: Artist Julie Brook’s Japan

In May 2016 the 2015 Daiwa Art Prize finalist Julie Brook made her first visit to Japan, meeting renowned Japanese artists across a variety of disciplines and introducing the Japanese public to her work and practice. This talk will introduce a London audience to the nature of Brook’s practice, where she makes sculptural work inspired […]

HIKARI by Aki Kondo

HIKARI by Aki Kondo

On 11 March 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the north-east coast of Japan. At that time, Aki Kondo was attending an art university in Yamagata just over the mountain from the disaster stricken area. The school was temporarily closed, forcing Kondo to return to her family home in Sapporo. In this period she […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club