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Japan Society Book Club: The Gossamer Years. The Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan by Michitsuna no Haha

Japan Society Book Club: The Gossamer Years. The Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan by Michitsuna no Haha

The Gossamer Years: The Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian is the English translation of Kagerō Nikki (lit. the Mayfly Diary), a work of classical Japanese literature that falls under the genre of nikki bungaku or diary literature. Written around 974, Kagerō Nikki is considered the first extant work in Japanese prose written by a […]

A long-term comparative perspective between prehistoric Japan and Britain

A long-term comparative perspective between prehistoric Japan and Britain

The most distinct characteristic of human beings is our ability to create various cultures. While genetic studies have confirmed that modern humans are biologically a species which emerged a relatively recent 200,000 years ago and which has a high level of genetic homogeneity, humans have developed amazing cultural diversity. We see this in the rich […]

The Fukushima Accident and Its Aftermath

The Fukushima Accident and Its Aftermath

The Japan Society is delighted to welcome Mr Naomi Hirose, Executive Vice Chairman, Fukushima Affairs, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, for a special briefing for members. More than seven and a half years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Steady progress has been made towards […]

Art that Speaks: Meiro Koizumi

Art that Speaks: Meiro Koizumi

Meizo Koizumi is best recognised for this exploration of the boundaries between the private and the public spheres, as well as the blurring of the lines between objective and subjective memories of his participants, especially those we may perceive as heroic. His distinguished approach is demonstrated in his video work Confessions (2014), in which he […]

Imamura Shohei: How to Win Fans and Influence People in the Postwar Japanese Studio System – with Jennifer Coates

Imamura Shohei: How to Win Fans and Influence People in the Postwar Japanese Studio System – with Jennifer Coates

Imamura Shohei’s first four films have received significantly less academic and critical attention than his work from 1960 onwards. Stolen Desire (Nusumareta yokujo, 1958), Ginza Station (aka Lights of Night, Nishi Ginza eki mae, 1958), and Endless Desire (Hateshinaki yokubo, 1958), made at Nikkatsu Studios, have been largely dismissed, with My Second Brother (Nianchan, 1959) […]

The Expression of Youth: Japanese Street Fashion in Post-War Culture

The Expression of Youth: Japanese Street Fashion in Post-War Culture

Thanks to its uniqueness, Japanese street fashion has made a name for itself in the couture world and has enjoyed global attention. Subcultures such as Cosplay, Lolita, and Gothic Lolita have been capturing imagination of people not only in Japan, but across America, Europe and the rest of Asia since the end of the 20th […]

Japan Room Lecture: The Curious Case Of Japan Leads To Deep Revelations About Money

Japan Room Lecture: The Curious Case Of Japan Leads To Deep Revelations About Money

How weak is macroeconomic theory? Japan has terrible macroeconomic numbers (by leading nation standards) yet a high quality of life. This contradiction drags macroeconomics, monetary policy, taxation, and politics under a spotlight. In this talk, Professor Michael Mainelli intends to draw on the work of his Long Finance movement, along with the work of Professor […]

Artist Talk: Aida Makoto

Artist Talk: Aida Makoto

Aida Makoto is a Japanese contemporary artist known for his provocative work. From mountains of dead salarymen, a blender full of young women, and harakiri (ritual suicide), his highly skilled workmanship shared with Japanese traditional paintings appear grotesque at first, but they tend to carry a scathing message towards contemporary culture and society. Controversial though […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club