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Treaty Port Life, 1859-1899, Seen from the British Consular Court – Chris Roberts

Treaty Port Life, 1859-1899, Seen from the British Consular Court – Chris Roberts

The case records of the British Consular Courts in Treaty Port Japan (1859 – 1899) cover the whole gamut of cases. In this talk, Chris Roberts will focus on what they tell us about daily life for Britons in Treaty Port Japan, their inter-relationship with each other, the other foreign communities in Japan and with […]

Edo Kiriko: Two Perspectives on the World of Japanese Cut Glass

Edo Kiriko: Two Perspectives on the World of Japanese Cut Glass

This event brings together Edo kiriko artist Toru Horiguchi and British glass historian Sally Haden to discuss the tradition from their own perspectives. Examining it from both the past and the present, they will highlight the particular characteristics of this very Japanese craft which was built on techniques brought from the UK, and offer an […]

Tales of Ise with Translator Peter MacMillan

Tales of Ise with Translator Peter MacMillan

Written by multiple authors over a period of approximately one hundred years, The Tales of Ise is one of the most famous and important works of Japanese literature. Consisting of 125 poem tales loosely based on the life of the hero, Narihira, a model lover of the Heian period, they evoke a world in which […]

High School and University Articulation Reforms: Revolutionising Education in Japan

High School and University Articulation Reforms: Revolutionising Education in Japan

Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) published the final report of The Council for High School/University Articulation System Reform on 31 March 2016, announcing the most revolutionary and comprehensive education reforms since the Second World War. These integrated educational reforms aim to transform high school education, the university entrant selection process […]

A Ruin Nation: Excavating Japan’s Haikyo Boom – Mark Pendleton

A Ruin Nation: Excavating Japan’s Haikyo Boom – Mark Pendleton

Since the 1990s, Japan has been caught up in a boom in interest in haikyo (ruins) that extends from literary and artistic representations to industrial heritage campaigns and tourist initiatives. These material remnants evoke past glory days, such as the postwar economic boom, while also bringing to the surface questions about how Japan deals with […]

Japan Society Book Club: Apparitions – Ghosts of Old Edo by Miyuki Miyabe

Japan Society Book Club: Apparitions – Ghosts of Old Edo by Miyuki Miyabe

In old Edo, the past was never forgotten. It lived alongside the present, in dark corners, and in the shadows. In these tales, award-winning author Miyuki Miyabe explores the ghosts of Japan, and the spaces of the living world they inhabit. Written with a journalistic eye and a fantasist’s heart Apparitions brings the restless dead, […]

Confucius in Tokugawa Japan: Unofficial Ceremonies of Worship, with James McMullen

Confucius in Tokugawa Japan: Unofficial Ceremonies of Worship, with James McMullen

For this year’s Carmen Blacker Lecture we are delighted to welcome James McMullen​, a highly respected scholar of Japanese Confucianism,​ and Fellow Emeritus at St Antony’s and Pembroke Colleges, Oxford. The Carmen Blacker Lecture Series honours the memory and scholarship of Carmen Blacker and is organised jointly by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of […]

Hawaiian History with Britain and Japan

Hawaiian History with Britain and Japan

Beautiful beaches as well as stunning natural wonders and scenery are associated with the Hawaiian island chain, but there is so much more to this Pacific paradise than these and Pearl Harbor. Hawaii is also the only American State to have had a working royal palace. This lecture will look at the connection between British […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club