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The Arrival of Tango in Japan: Allure, Fear, and Morality in Early Twentieth-Century Japan – with Yuiko Asaba

The Arrival of Tango in Japan: Allure, Fear, and Morality in Early Twentieth-Century Japan – with Yuiko Asaba

In the early twentieth-century, Argentine tango arrived in Japan as a critical part of the country’s modernisation. Since that fatal moment, its foreign, provocative allure – a music that ‘originated’ far, far away in Argentina – spiced with a hint of romanticised ‘low-life’ imaginaries, has continued to capture Japanese people’s hearts and curiosity across the […]

Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity

Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity

Join the Japan Foundation for a series of events celebrating the publication of “Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom, and Female Subjectivity” a look at the legendary actor and of the first prominent female film directors in Japan. A Screening of two of her films, The Wandering Princess and The Ballad or Narayama will be shown in […]

The Expression of Youth: Japanese Street Fashion in Post-War Culture

The Expression of Youth: Japanese Street Fashion in Post-War Culture

Thanks to its uniqueness, Japanese street fashion has made a name for itself in the couture world and has enjoyed global attention. Subcultures such as Cosplay, Lolita, and Gothic Lolita have been capturing imagination of people not only in Japan, but across America, Europe and the rest of Asia since the end of the 20th […]

Artist Talk: Aida Makoto

Artist Talk: Aida Makoto

Aida Makoto is a Japanese contemporary artist known for his provocative work. From mountains of dead salarymen, a blender full of young women, and harakiri (ritual suicide), his highly skilled workmanship shared with Japanese traditional paintings appear grotesque at first, but they tend to carry a scathing message towards contemporary culture and society. Controversial though […]

Author’s Talk: Genki Kawamura

Author’s Talk: Genki Kawamura

Genki Kawamura may be better known for his work as a producer on critically acclaimed films such as Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa) and Confessions (Kokuhaku), but he has been recently looming on the Japanese literature world and his literary repuation shows just how multi-talented he is. His debut novel, If Cats Disappeared from […]

Japan Matsuri 2018

Japan Matsuri 2018

London’s very own festival of Japanese culture – Japan Matsuri – returns on Sunday, 30 September 2018 in Trafalgar Square in the centre of the city. A regular fixture now in the London calendar, this free annual festival brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, and activities for all the family. Everything kicks […]

JAEFF 2018: Youthquake

JAEFF 2018: Youthquake

This edition of the Japanese Avant-Garde Experimental Film Festival, in partnership with The Japan Foundation, riffs off the Oxford Dictionaries word of 2017: ‘Youthquake’- defined as ‘a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.’ From ‘sun tribe’ delinquents in Bad Boys, psychedelic drag queens in Funeral Parade […]

Summer Explorers! 2018

Summer Explorers! 2018

Our popular Summer Explorers free film season returns! From puppetoon animation to Samurai comedy, and a film version of Japan’s mega hit TV drama, we have something to suit all ages and tastes.

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club