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Why does Japan still use ‘orphanages’ rather than family-based foster care and adoption?

Why does Japan still use ‘orphanages’ rather than family-based foster care and adoption?

In contemporary Japan, approximately 85 per cent of children in alternative care are placed in large institutions. This contrasts with global discourse, encapsulated in the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, and with practice in most OECD countries, which use family-based foster care more extensively. Explanations for Japan’s outlier status often focus on […]

National Memories and Norms in International Politics in East Asia

National Memories and Norms in International Politics in East Asia

Since World War 2, East Asia has experienced dramatic and complex political and economic transformations. Problems associated with emotions, memories, and narratives of the past – particularly those relating to the War and to Japanese colonisation of other countries in the region – are underlying factors that shape the ups and downs of political and […]

Imaginary Solutions

Imaginary Solutions

Imaginary Solutions is a new collaboration between the Tokyo-based Butoh dancer and martial artist Takahiro Tomatsu, and the acclaimed London-based experimental music ensemble ARCO, led by composer/performer Neil Luck.  The title of the event is a reference to commonalities in the exploratory, expressionist, and speculative natures of both Butoh and contemporary experimental music. This public, live […]

Minyo Crusaders @ Jazz Cafe

Minyo Crusaders @ Jazz Cafe

The Guardian: “Delightfully quirky album of folk songs reimagined from Afrobeat to reggae”The Observer: “The focus is on great grooves and fine playing. A band to seek out.”The Times: “Minyo Crusaders sound like nothing else lurking on your Spotify playlist”Gilles Peterson: “Fascinating… love this. Thoroughly recommended” Debut UK live performance from Japan’s Minyo Crusaders – […]

Japan Sings! – Japanese musicals at QUAD – Derby

Japan Sings! – Japanese musicals at QUAD – Derby

As part of the British Film Institute’s national season of musicals, QUAD-Derby’s regular Asian movie night Satori Screen will be screening 5 Japanese musicals over three days. This is a rare chance for UK based audiences to see these films on the big screen, which cross a wide variety of styles and genres in both […]

Japanese Ink Painting Course – Ink Landscapes

Japanese Ink Painting Course – Ink Landscapes

Learn the foundation of how to paint traditional Japanese ink landscape, known as paintings of ‘mountains and water’. This mixed level course will take you step by step into the appreciation of the landscape as a place in one’s heart. Join Talia and learn how to paint mountains, water, trees and waterfalls using traditional Japanese […]

An Introduction to Gagaku: Workshop with Tenri University Gagaku Music Society

An Introduction to Gagaku: Workshop with Tenri University Gagaku Music Society

Following concert-lectures on 24 and 25 October, these workshops by Tenri University Gagaku Music Society present a rare opportunity for Japan House guests to gain a first-hand experience of the distinguished courtly music tradition of Gagaku. During the workshop guests can try the various instruments that make up the gagaku orchestra. These include the wind […]

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 […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club