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‘New’ Abenomics and Japan’s Labour Market Policy – Hiroaki Richard Watanabe

‘New’ Abenomics and Japan’s Labour Market Policy – Hiroaki Richard Watanabe

This talk addresses the ‘new’ Abenomics, which was announced in September 2015, by focusing on the labour market policy. In addition to the three policy arrows of the original Abenomics, which were combined as the first new arrow aimed at GDP 600 trillion yen, the new Abenomics added two new arrows aimed at improving the […]

A Story of Locality and the Creation of Regional Identity in Japan, from the viewpoint of producer, Hidetaka Ino

A Story of Locality and the Creation of Regional Identity in Japan, from the viewpoint of producer, Hidetaka Ino

augment5 Inc. has recently attracted attention worldwide for its independent productions. Their stunning films, featuring views of a Japan which they find particularly beautiful, have gone viral among an internet audience. We are delighted to welcome producer Hidetaka Ino for this special event featuring some of his key works, including the True North, Akita series. […]

Experience the Art and Craft of Wasanbon

Experience the Art and Craft of Wasanbon

Wagashi are Japanese sweets, and they come in many stunning varieties, each belonging to traditions developed since the Edo period. This workshop is a rare opportunity to learn about the art of wasanbon, a particular type of wagashi which shares its name with the fine-grained sugar used to make it. Wasanbon are shaped using intricately […]

An Ode to Toru Takemitsu – Talk by Oliver Knussen and Maki Takemitsu

An Ode to Toru Takemitsu – Talk by Oliver Knussen and Maki Takemitsu

Toru Takemitsu is among the most important composers in the history of Japanese music. Almost entirely self-taught, Takemitsu went on to compose several hundred independent works and score over ninety films. The first composer to be fully recognised in the West, Takemitsu achieved international renown for his distinctive style. Combining elements of the Occident and […]

Anisong – The Musical World of Anime

Anisong – The Musical World of Anime

From the onset of anime in Japan, the accompanying music has always been fine-tuned to the content of the anime as well as its audience. While the music style of each song varies and differs depending on the period, the songs used and created for anime are often passionate, melodic and almost always undeniably infectious. […]

Silk, Porcelain and Lacquer: China and Japan and their Trade with Western Europe and the New World, 1500-1644 – Teresa Canepa

Silk, Porcelain and Lacquer: China and Japan and their Trade with Western Europe and the New World, 1500-1644 – Teresa Canepa

Focusing on the prolific trade, overseas transport and consumption of Chinese silk and porcelain, and Japanese lacquer between 1500 and 1644, this lecture will show how the material culture of late Ming China and Momoyama/Early Edo Japan on one side of the globe, and Western Europe and the New World on the other, became linked […]

Ballerina: The Reason I Keep Dancing

Ballerina: The Reason I Keep Dancing

Japan has and continues to produce world class ballet dancers. Dancing at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is the pinnacle of a dancer’s career, and young Japanese ballet dancers dream of joining the world-famous Royal Ballet company. Such is the success of Japanese ballet that Ryoichi Hirano and Akane Takada are currently principal […]

Lecture by Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan

Lecture by Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan

The current British Ambassador to Japan, Tim Hitchens, will complete his tour of duty at the end of 2016. In this 2017 annual update for the Japan Society, Mr Hitchens will look back over his four years in Japan, as well as reflecting on the past eventful year in particular. This talk comes at an […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

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