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Manga: The New Generation – Talk by Ken Niimura and Miki Yamamoto

Manga: The New Generation – Talk by Ken Niimura and Miki Yamamoto

Manga has a deep root in the history of Japanese culture. A medium constantly evolving, Manga reflects the interest of readers as well as creating trends in Japanese society. Lately, there have been stirrings within the artistic world to suggest that the medium is on the verge of a new era of creativity. This change […]

Murdered for their Art? Censorship and the Dark Side of Edo-period Cultural Endeavours – Jenny Preston

Murdered for their Art? Censorship and the Dark Side of Edo-period Cultural Endeavours – Jenny Preston

On the eighteenth day of the second year of Enkyō [延享, 1746] Sekiguchi Kōsan [関口黄山] died in his home on Ukiyo street off Nihonbashi. He was twenty-eight years old, and the author of a small handful of scholarly works: a seal script [篆書] version of the Tōshisen [唐詩選, Tang Selection of Poems], a study of […]

Japan Society Book Club: The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

Japan Society Book Club: The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

The Pillow Book (枕草子 Makura no Sōshi) is a book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shōnagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi (定子) during the 990s and early 1000s in Heian Japan. The book was completed in the year 1002. In it Sei Shōnagon included lists of all kinds, […]

Artist Talk: Blue Passages by Shino Yanai

Artist Talk: Blue Passages by Shino Yanai

Blue Passages documents Shino Yanai’s recent performance featuring video, photography, and salvaged objects. She followed the perilous mountain route between France and Spain that was made by the German Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin in his doomed attempt to escape the Nazis in 1940. Beginning at sunrise on the beach of the French town, Banyuls-sur-Mer, Yanai […]

Talk by author Miri Yu

Talk by author Miri Yu

Miri Yu is a multi award-winning Japanese author of Korean descent from Yokohama, Japan. Although now known foremost for prose, Yu’s artist life started as an actress in the Tokyo Kid Brothers theatre troupe, before her attentions turned to playwriting, and literary works of both fiction and non-fiction. Through Yu’s (semi)autobiographical literary endeavours, Yu found […]

Ninagawa x Shakespeare – Talk by Yuriko Akishima

Ninagawa x Shakespeare – Talk by Yuriko Akishima

Yukio Ninagawa was an internationally renowned Japanese theatre director best known for his stylish and innovative stage interpretation. Throughout his vast career, Ninagawa was particularly drawn to William Shakespeare’s work and presented his fresh take on 26 of the Bard’s 37 plays. Ninagawa strove to foster intercultural communication through his visually stunning adaptations and helped […]

Treaty Port Life, 1859-1899, Seen from the British Consular Court – Chris Roberts

Treaty Port Life, 1859-1899, Seen from the British Consular Court – Chris Roberts

The case records of the British Consular Courts in Treaty Port Japan (1859 – 1899) cover the whole gamut of cases. In this talk, Chris Roberts will focus on what they tell us about daily life for Britons in Treaty Port Japan, their inter-relationship with each other, the other foreign communities in Japan and with […]

Edo Kiriko: Two Perspectives on the World of Japanese Cut Glass

Edo Kiriko: Two Perspectives on the World of Japanese Cut Glass

This event brings together Edo kiriko artist Toru Horiguchi and British glass historian Sally Haden to discuss the tradition from their own perspectives. Examining it from both the past and the present, they will highlight the particular characteristics of this very Japanese craft which was built on techniques brought from the UK, and offer an […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

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