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Tiny Objects can tell the Truth. British Influence on the Birth of Japanese Archaeology

Tiny Objects can tell the Truth. British Influence on the Birth of Japanese Archaeology

It was about one hundred years ago when the first department of archaeology was founded in Japan, at Kyoto Imperial University (1916). Kosaku Hamada, the first professor of archaeology, had studied the subject under Professor Flinders Petrie, the ‘Father of Egyptian Archaeology’, from 1913 to 1916 at University College of London. At that time both […]

The Women of Ishikawa

The Women of Ishikawa

Be drawn into the faraway world of The Women of Ishikawa. It is a selection of strange, hilarious, and tragic folk stories from the mountains of Ishikawa, brought over from Japan and performed by Doubtful Sound. The show is in a mix of Kaga-ben (the local dialect) and English, and the stories are sprinkled with […]

Masayuki Tayama – Piano Recital hosted by Markson Pianos

Masayuki Tayama – Piano Recital hosted by Markson Pianos

Masayuki Tayama, one of today’s most accomplished pianists, is much in demand across Europe and Japan. He first came to prominence when he won First Prize in the Takahiro Sonoda International Piano Competition in Japan, followed by numerous top prizes in Europe, including the Birmingham International Piano Competition. Tayama studied at the Toho University of […]

KOKESHI, FROM TOHOKU WITH LOVE

KOKESHI, FROM TOHOKU WITH LOVE

Pop-up shop, talk and exhibition by Manami Okazaki, the author of Kokeshi, from Tohoku with Love. Kokeshi are traditional wooden dolls that are predominantly made in rural hotspring villages in the Tohoku region. Originally a children’s toy made by farmers, these simple and charming folktoys have captured the hearts of collectors around the world. More […]

Talk:Kokeshi from Tohoku with Love

Talk:Kokeshi from Tohoku with Love

Kokeshi are traditional wooden dolls that and are characterized by their lack of arms or legs. They are produced in the Tohoku region of Japan and were originally toys for children. However today they are more often used as decorations in the home. Outside of Japan, kokeshi dolls are considered to be an icon of […]

Thinking for Oneself. Individuality in Early Modern Japan, with some memories of Carmen Blacker

Thinking for Oneself. Individuality in Early Modern Japan, with some memories of Carmen Blacker

For this year’s Carmen Blacker Lecture we are delighted to welcome Peter Nosco, Professor of Japanese History and Culture at the University of British Columbia. The Carmen Blacker Lecture Series honours the memory and scholarship of Carmen Blacker (1924-2009) and is organised jointly by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures […]

Private Viewing and Artist Talk: Travels in a Paper Coat

Private Viewing and Artist Talk: Travels in a Paper Coat

Following two successful exhibitions at the Poetry Society (2015) and the Glass Tank Gallery, Oxford Brookes University (2016), Travels in a Paper Coat is the third Matsuo Basho inspired collaboration between sculptor Isao Miura and poet, Chris Beckett. For this new multi media exhibition, they are joined also by filmmaker Nikolai Azariah. Japan Society members […]

MODE curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto

MODE curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto

MODE is a new annual series of events, staged in collaboration with multiple organisations in different venues across London, featuring a diverse mix of music, visual art, performance and film. The inaugural MODE programme has been curated by Japanese composer, pianist and electronic pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto, and will present a range of emerging and established […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club