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An evening of Rakugo

An evening of Rakugo

The Canadian High Commission and the Japan Society invite you to an evening of rakugo; comic storytelling from Japan with Canada’s own Katsura Sunshine. We are very grateful to Clifford Chance for hosting this event. Rakugo is an ancient form of comic storytelling in Japan, still very much alive and well, with over 700 professional […]

Behind-the-scenes: members tour of Japanese collections in Cambridge

Behind-the-scenes: members tour of Japanese collections in Cambridge

The Japan Society is organising a special visit to two Japanese archives in Cambridge, the Japanese print collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Japanese Department at Cambridge University Library. Members will make their own way to and from Cambridge (unless otherwise requested), allowing them to explore the town at their leisure following the day’s […]

Carmen Blacker Lecture 2014 – Tsushima: Japan viewed from the margins – archives, books, ginseng

Carmen Blacker Lecture 2014 – Tsushima: Japan viewed from the margins – archives, books, ginseng

Few Japanese or tourists ever visit Tsushima, the conjoined islands lying between Japan and Korea. This is a shame not only on account of its unspoiled natural beauties but also because of its intrinsic historical interest. Up to the end of the nineteenth century it served a crucial role as a conduit for goods, knowledge […]

Special Japan Society Book Club – The Youth of Things with translator Stephen Dodd

Special Japan Society Book Club – The Youth of Things with translator Stephen Dodd

The Japan Society book club is delighted to welcome Stephen Dodd, Senior Lecturer in Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, to discuss his new book The Youth of Things: Life and Death in the Age of Kajii Motojiro. The focus of the book club will be on Dodd’s translations of Kajii’s short […]

Netsuke: miniature masterpieces

Netsuke: miniature masterpieces

We are delighted to welcome Noriko Tsuchiya, author of a new British Museum publication Netsuke: 100 miniature masterpieces from Japan, and art dealer Max Rutherston to speak at this special event. They will discuss the history of netsuke, the small toggles intricately carved from various materials including ivory, wood and metal, and how they evolved […]

Tanabata: Fukinagashi workshop

Tanabata: Fukinagashi workshop

As part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love, huge Tanabata fukinagashi streamers will be hung on the balcony of the Royal Festival Hall. Together with the Southbank Centre and award-winning design team Kinetika, the Japan Society is hosting a workshop day, during which we will work on decorations to hang from the fukinagashi. Come […]

Maritime Security for the Shipping Industry

Maritime Security for the Shipping Industry

In November 2013, Japan passed legislation allowing Japanese registered shipping companies to deploy privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) with firearms aboard Japanese-flagged vessels when passing through piracy hotspots in the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea. It brings Japan’s registered shipping industry closer into line with practices increasingly being adopted […]

Japan Society Book Club – The Four Immigrants Manga by Henry Kiyama

Japan Society Book Club – The Four Immigrants Manga by Henry Kiyama

Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama was born on January 9, 1885, in Neu, a little village in Tottori Prefecture, western Japan. In 1904, at the age of nineteen, he sailed to San Francisco, where there was a growing community of Japanese immigrants, many of whom were shosei, or young student-workers. Kiyama was a talented artist, and while […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club