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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 […]

Japan Room Lecture: Nazani Tea Time from Ancient Greece to Mugicha

Japan Room Lecture: Nazani Tea Time from Ancient Greece to Mugicha

For all tea lovers, Nazani Tea will host an evening bridging the tea and infusion traditions of the East and West. Though Nazani Tea has a wide award-winning range of infusions, the evening will focus on Kykeon (both modern and traditional recipes), an ancient Greek blend commonly drunk 2,500 years ago, resurrected and sold for […]

Saori Freestyle Weaving Workshops

Saori Freestyle Weaving Workshops

WORKSHOPS(a) Tuesday 10 September – 10.30am -1.30pm(b) Tuesday 10 September – 2.00pm-5.00pm(c) Wednesday 11 September – 10.30am-1.30 pm(d) Wednesday 11 September – 2.00pm-5.00pm Please specify which date/time you would like to participate when booking.The Japan Society is delighted to present Saori freestyle weaving workshop, led by Janine, who has kindly offered these workshops to Japan […]

The Citi exhibition Manga マンガ– private view of the British Museum exhibition with curators

The Citi exhibition Manga マンガ– private view of the British Museum exhibition with curators

The Citi exhibition Manga マンガ at the British Museum (23 May – 26 August 2019) has been the Japanese art sensation of the summer in London and beyond, with thousands of visitors and a full public programme of events (including our monthly lecture with manga critic Fusanosuke Natsume on Monday 19 August and the Manga Symposium at the […]

Family Firms as Institutions: Cultural reproduction and status maintenance among multicentenary shinise in Kyoto

Family Firms as Institutions: Cultural reproduction and status maintenance among multicentenary shinise in Kyoto

Shinise are firms that have survived for more than a century (often for three or four), have retained ownership within the family, and focus on traditional line of business such as sake brewing, confectionery, temple ornaments or textiles. In Japan, Kyoto is the city with the highest proportion of century-old firms which maintain a high social […]

The Emperor System in Japan. Origins, Evolution and the New Imperial Era

The Emperor System in Japan. Origins, Evolution and the New Imperial Era

Emperor Akihito’s abdication in favour of his son Crown Prince Naruhito has re-ignited a many-sided debate about the fundamental values of Japanese society and the state itself. Some commentators see Emperor Akihito’s attempt to modernise the image of the Imperial family and present a liberal face on peace and reconciliation issues as at odds with […]

“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: […]

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 […]

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