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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 […]

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 […]

Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker: Talk by Toco Nikaido

Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker: Talk by Toco Nikaido

Toco Nikaido is a celebrated Japanese theatre director, actress, singer, and choreographer. With her extensive knowledge of Japanese subculture, Nikaido started Banana Gakuen Junjo Otome-gumi (Banana Academy Pure-hearted Girls Group) and moulded her unique creative style that mixes perspectives from her own generation and those of 1960s and 1970s Japanese student movements. In 2013, Banana […]

Third Thursday Lecture: The New Way of Tea and its Art in Modern Japan

Third Thursday Lecture: The New Way of Tea and its Art in Modern Japan

Chanoyu (literally means “hot water for tea” but generally translated as “the Japanese tea ceremony) is more than making tea or drinking a bowl of tea. From its inception in the fifteenth century, chanoyu has been a codified practice that transforms a drinking activity into a ritual and sets it apart from everyday life. As […]

Self-made Photobooks as an Object – Talk by Yumi Goto

Self-made Photobooks as an Object – Talk by Yumi Goto

Photobooks could be considered a uniquely curated body of work in a portable and easily distributable format. Japanese photobooks in particular are highly collectible, and some Japanese photographers consider creating photobooks more important than displaying their work in exhibitions. In recent years, self and independently published photobooks have become highly sought after pieces of art […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club