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Contact Points Talk and Lecture

Contact Points Talk and Lecture

In association with the Japan Foundation, the Tate Research Centre will host an evening of artistic exploration. As part of Tate Research Centre: Asia’s Visiting Fellowship Programme 2016, Eva Bentcheva and Yohko Watanabe present the culmination of their research, promising to deepen awareness and understanding of the challenge that Asian art presents to the UK. […]

Japan Society Book Club: N.P by Banana Yoshimoto

Japan Society Book Club: N.P by Banana Yoshimoto

A celebrated Japanese writer has committed suicide, leaving behind a collection of stories written in English. But the book, itself titled N.P., may never be published in his native Japan: each translator who takes up the ninety-eighth story chooses death too—including Kazami Kano’s boyfriend, Shoji. Haunted by Shoji’s death, Kazami is inexorably drawn to three […]

‘Aliens Invade!’ The Barbarians and the Shogun with Lesley Downer

‘Aliens Invade!’ The Barbarians and the Shogun with Lesley Downer

In 1853 Commodore Perry’s gunboat diplomacy forced an end to 200 years of Japanese isolationist policy. In this talk author Lesley Downer will unpick the many compelling narratives set in motion by the arrival of Commodore Perry and his Black Ships, telling the stories from both American and Japanese viewpoints. Perry’s mission to Japan was […]

Illustrated Talk by Obi Impresario Genbei Yamaguchi X

Illustrated Talk by Obi Impresario Genbei Yamaguchi X

The Japan Foundation, in collaboration with V&A, are proud to invite Genbei Yamaguchi X to deliver an illustrated talk on the art of obi (sashes worn with kimono), on Wednesday, 9 November 2016 at Asia House. The tenth-generation head of a Kyoto family that specialises in making obi, Yamaguchi will discuss his career and collaborations […]

Talk by author Mitsuyo Kakuta

Talk by author Mitsuyo Kakuta

Mitsuyo Kakuta is an award-winning, prolific Japanese author whose works have earned her countless devoted readers. Kakuta started her serious writing career while she was still a university student, and her debut book won her the prestigious literature prize, the Kaien Prize for New Writers in 1990. Kakuta’s works, together with tapping into the more […]

Third Thursday Lecture: Painting in red: the Kakiemon porcelain legacy in Japan’s past, present and future

Third Thursday Lecture: Painting in red: the Kakiemon porcelain legacy in Japan’s past, present and future

This year is the 400th anniversary of the birth of porcelain in the town of Arita in Saga Prefecture, Japan. This lecture will examine in detail the past, present and possible future of the Kakiemon kiln which has been in operation in Arita for almost 370 years, under the same family management. The Kakiemon kiln […]

Talk: Joso’s Japan: Wood and Paper Houses

Talk: Joso’s Japan: Wood and Paper Houses

The Times Literary Supplement describes her as a writer who applies ‘an other worldly curiosity to a basic but universal question: what is it to live somewhere?’ In this event, Jayne Joso will talk us through the essential elements of the Japanese wood and paper house, and how one of these enigmatic spaces came to […]

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 […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

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