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From Dying Race to Indigenous People: the struggle over Ainu representation in modern Japan – Richard Siddle

From Dying Race to Indigenous People: the struggle over Ainu representation in modern Japan – Richard Siddle

The Ainu are the indigenous people of northern Japan. This may appear a straightforward statement; after all, the subordination and dispossession of the Ainu under a colonial regime in Hokkaido has numerous parallels among other Fourth World populations like Native Americans, Australian Aborigines, Inuit, Maori, Sami and others. Sparked into political activism by the wave […]

Japan, East Asia, Asia: Cultural spheres in conversation

Japan, East Asia, Asia: Cultural spheres in conversation

Join a discussion with art historian Maki Fukuoka (University of Leeds), and curator Pauline J Yao (M+, Hong Kong and Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Leeds) about contemporary art in Japan and Japan’s relationship with its regional neighbours. How are these cultural spheres seen to be interconnected or disconnected? Do these connections matter? Pauline J. […]

The Many Faces of Noh – Talk and Demonstration by Hideta Kitazawa

The Many Faces of Noh – Talk and Demonstration by Hideta Kitazawa

Noh is a traditional form of Japanese theatre characterised by its use of masks. A key element of the performance, Noh masks are both highly detailed and deeply expressive. Originating from just 60 basic designs, today there are believed to be over 200 different kinds in use. Following the success of his talk in 2009 […]

‘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 […]

Joint Lunch with JCCI: Future developments on Climate Change and Opportunities in the Clean Energy Transition – Sir David King

Joint Lunch with JCCI: Future developments on Climate Change and Opportunities in the Clean Energy Transition – Sir David King

2016 saw the Paris Agreement enter into force, marking a turning point in the fight against climate change. Under the agreement 194 countries, including the UK, Japan and the US, have put forward commitments to cut carbon emissions and agreed limits to global temperature rises from 2020. As we enter 2017, the current state of […]

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 […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club