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JAPAN NOW

JAPAN NOW

Japan Now is a day of talks and debate presenting literature, politics and wider culture of contemporary Japan and featuring writers and critics including Ian Buruma, Kyoko Yoshida, Takashi Hiraide, Fuminori Nakamura and Richard Lloyd Parry. From the nation’s response to the Tsunami to writers’ fascination with crime and mystery, Japan Now will take the […]

UK-Japan Workshop on Advanced Materials

UK-Japan Workshop on Advanced Materials

The purpose of this workshop is to identify a series of key materials with regards to 2-dimensional device applications. Both the U.K. and Japan have strong standing positions in this field and have been prioritising it as a strategic research area. During this workshop, recent research trends in the U.K. and Japan in the field […]

Public Seminar: Female Entrepreneurship in Japan

Public Seminar: Female Entrepreneurship in Japan

The Japan Foundation, in collaboration with Kobe University, is delighted to present this special seminar exploring the rise of female entrepreneurship in Japan. As part of recent economic revitalisation measures, the Japanese government has hoped to encourage business and career aspirations of women through a series of policies including promoting leadership roles for women in […]

Japan’s Role in the Great War 1914-18: A Reassessment from a Military History Perspective – Ian Gow

Japan’s Role in the Great War 1914-18: A Reassessment from a Military History Perspective – Ian Gow

Studies of World War One is a vast and still expanding area of world history. However in terms of general surveys and indeed military especially naval studies Japan’s contribution has not been fairly and positively acknowledged. Japan is given minimal attention in various historical WW1 and Naval Survey Histories surveys and in recent TV and […]

Ask me anything in Japanese with director Yuki Tanada

Ask me anything in Japanese with director Yuki Tanada

One of the highlights of the Japan Foundation’s Touring Film Programme 2016 will be the screening The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky, Yuki Tanada’s 2012 movie that boldly reveals the inner lives, hardships and cooped-up feelings of individuals in modern day Japan. As part of her UK tour, Tanada herself will be hosting a […]

Traditional Pottery of Kyoto: Miyagawa’s Makuzu ceramics

Traditional Pottery of Kyoto: Miyagawa’s Makuzu ceramics

In the early Edo period, Kyoto was still the capital of Japan and a bustling hub of craft, culture and trade. During this period, samurai, nobles and wealthy merchants were inspired by the vast range of ceramics brought to Kyoto from China and Korea. The potters of the city began to follow suit, creating beautiful […]

Japan Society Book Club: Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

Japan Society Book Club: Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

Two prostitutes are murdered in Tokyo. Twenty years previously both women were educated at the same elite school for young ladies, and had seemingly promising futures ahead of them. But in a world of dark desire and vicious ambition, for both women, prostitution meant power. Grotesque is a masterful and haunting thriller, a chilling exploration […]

Lecture by Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan

Lecture by Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan

In this 2016 annual update for the Society by the British Ambassador to Japan, Tim Hitchens will share his insights on the political, diplomatic and commercial situation in Japan. This talk comes at a particularly important time, following the Paris Climate Change Conference and with heightened concern over global, and regional, security. Both are areas […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club