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Book Launch: Zen-Life: Ikkyu and Beyond

Book Launch: Zen-Life: Ikkyu and Beyond

This book examines the Japanese culture of the Muromachi epoch (14-16 centuries) with Ikkyu Sojun (1394-1481), a celebrated monk and poet, as its focal point. Ikkyu’s contribution to the culture of his time was all-embracing and unique. He can be called the embodiment of his era, given that all the features typical for the Japanese […]

Arita Porcelain and the Chelsea Flower Show: 400 years of History

Arita Porcelain and the Chelsea Flower Show: 400 years of History

The town of Arita in Saga prefecture is one of the most famous centres for Japanese porcelain. Dating its production back to 1616, it will celebrate its 400th anniversary in 2016. Arita is small, with a population of just 20,000, but the first porcelain from Arita that was exported to Europe in the 17th century […]

Russia and the Power of Diplomacy: What can the International Community do?

Russia and the Power of Diplomacy: What can the International Community do?

This is the third in our 2014 seminar series on “Power”. In the previous seminar, we discussed “soft power”, and the panel concluded that a combination of hard and soft power, namely ‘smart power’, is the most effective way to influence other states in the contemporary world. But what can a weaker state with limited […]

The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums

The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums

We are delighted to announce the London launch of the Japan Society’s latest publication, The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums by Sophie Richard, the first English-language publication to focus on Japanese museums in over 30 years. Japan is a ‘museum kingdom,’ operating some 5600 museums nationwide – a figure that eclipses the 1800 or […]

The UK-Japan Alliance during World War I

The UK-Japan Alliance during World War I

One hundred years after the start of the First World War, this seminar presents two different points of view on a turning point in the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. Dr Ayako Hotta-Lister will talk about the alliance in a more positive light. Being an ally of Britain, Japan was asked to participate in the First World War […]

As Though Tattooing on My Mind

As Though Tattooing on My Mind

As Though Tattooing on My Mind is the first exhibition of the Japanese poet and artist Gozo Yoshimasu in the UK, and summarises fifty years of Yoshimasu’s career as one of the world’s most innovative and influential poets and artists. The exhibition presents pieces of his visual artwork together with various forms of his poetry, including double-exposure […]

Soft Power- Influence and Persuasion

Soft Power- Influence and Persuasion

“Soft Power” is a concept developed by Joseph Nye of Harvard University in 1990. “Soft Power” is a country’s ability to get what it wants by attracting rather than coercing others. In this seminar, Lord Howell will focus on the grey area of national power in the age of digital networks, on the role of […]

Private view: “Yasashii Hankachi: Gentle Heart Project”- Handkerchiefs for Tohoku Children

Private view: “Yasashii Hankachi: Gentle Heart Project”- Handkerchiefs for Tohoku Children

Yasashii Hankachi is an exhibition organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in association with the Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA). It is a response to the devastation left by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku (north-east) area of Japan, when over 18,000 people lost their lives and many more faced the difficulties of […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club