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Talk: Wireless Technology

Talk: Wireless Technology

Wireless technologies have become deeply engrained in everyday life. Oyster cards and contactless bank cards have become the norm, and in some areas, it has become commonplace to monitor electricity and gas usage through smart meter systems, faultless technology that rapidly assimilates data into a centeralised data collection centre. These systems are facilitated by two […]

Double Method by Tokyo Rumando×Hideka Tonomura

Double Method by Tokyo Rumando×Hideka Tonomura

Collaborating together for the first time, Tokyo Rumando and Hideka Tonomura are at the cutting edge of an exciting and groundbreaking generation of new photographers working in Japan today. Despite using very different methodologies, these two women photographers share the same interest in mapping intense psychological subjects to deconstruct the framework that links the past […]

Crafting Japan from Materials and Techniques: Hand Crafted Chrysanthemums

Crafting Japan from Materials and Techniques: Hand Crafted Chrysanthemums

The ceramic chrysanthemum flower is one type of hand-crafted decorative element. Using a sharp-tipped bamboo tool, the shapes of the flower petals are cut out one-by-one from a lump of clay. Once the artist has a circle of petals, these are then carved in high relief. This process is repeated several times to create the […]

Talk: Human Rights in Japan: Freedom of Expression, the Media and the Constitutional Amendment

Talk: Human Rights in Japan: Freedom of Expression, the Media and the Constitutional Amendment

In April 2016, concluding his Japan Mission, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression raised various concerns, warning of “serious threats to the independence of the press”. Dr Sanae Fujita has been closely engaged with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy. She informed […]

Talk: Abandoning the Kimono

Talk: Abandoning the Kimono

Kimonos were among the most highly sought-after export wares produced for the Western market after Japan’s 200-year-long isolation policy ended in 1868, opening its ports to trade. In Britain, kimonos gradually became embedded in mainstream fashion from 1900 onwards. Kimonos were, then, very feminine, domestic garments normally worn indoors. Surviving kimonos from this period show […]

Bizen Osafune Japanese Swords

Bizen Osafune Japanese Swords

The origins of Japanese swords are not widely known, however the present-day form of Japanese swords originated around a thousand years ago. Nowadays, Japanese swords no longer serve as weapons, rather they are appreciated both in Japan and overseas as items of beauty or symbolic protection. Setouchi city, Osafune in Okayama Prefecture, a region with […]

Classical Guitar Recital by Sean Shibe: J.S. Bach and Villa-Lobos

Classical Guitar Recital by Sean Shibe: J.S. Bach and Villa-Lobos

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation will host a recital by internationally acclaimed classical guitarist, Sean Shibe. This recital will follow Shibe’s debut tour of Japan in January 2018, featuring performances and masterclasses in Takasaki City Core Hall (Tokyo), Musashino Shimin Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo) and Munetsugu Hall (Nagoya), organised by the Musashino Cultural Foundation. In this concert, […]

Talk: The Extraordinary Untold Story of James Bond and Japan

Talk: The Extraordinary Untold Story of James Bond and Japan

For a James bond locale, exotic Japan fits the bill nicely with sliding doors and ninjas, high-tech gadgetry and interesting options for expendable henchmen. Yet for Ian Fleming Japan offered more than literary background colour. Tokyo was a city bristling with explosive espionage secrets – from the Soviet spy ring that turned the course of […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club