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Artist Talk by Shun Ito

Artist Talk by Shun Ito

Japanese artist Shun Ito is a multi-hyphenate artist whose career spans from performing arts to moving images. His meticulously constructed kinetic sculptures projected by light or the power of gravity, produce complex colours, shapes, and sound though dynamic energy. As a former dancer and technical director of KARAS (founded by Saburo Teshigawara), Ito’s interest in […]

Henry Dyer: The Japanese art of a Scottish engineer – Rosina Buckland

Henry Dyer: The Japanese art of a Scottish engineer – Rosina Buckland

In 1872 Scottish industrialist Henry Dyer was appointed to establish the Imperial College of Engineering in Tokyo. During his time there he played a considerable role in the Westernisation of the Japanese education system, and in the country’s industrialisation. He left Japan at the age of 35, and in returning to Glasgow brought back numerous […]

Eddie Jones: in conversation

Eddie Jones: in conversation

We are delighted to welcome Eddie Jones for a special event in which he will discuss rugby, and his involvement with both the England and Japan national teams, in conversation with Andrew Fraser. While the 2015 Rugby World Cup was a sobering experience for fans of English rugby, it was widely regarded as the best […]

Common Thread: Artist talk by Satoru Aoyama

Common Thread: Artist talk by Satoru Aoyama

Building up layer upon layer of intricate coloured thread, Japanese contemporary artist Satoru Aoyama creates photo-realistic interpretations of his subject matter entirely constructed through the art of embroidery. Like pixels on a monitor, Aoyama reproduces modern media images through an assemblage of fine stitches to disguise his craft and any evidence that his efforts are […]

Third Thursday Lecture: ‘Myriad Countries’: The Outside World on Historical Maps of Japan

Third Thursday Lecture: ‘Myriad Countries’: The Outside World on Historical Maps of Japan

Historical maps offer a vivid record of previous generations’ mental landscapes. They can help us understand the nature and characteristics of other cultures’ knowledge of the world. This talk draws examples from the collection donated by Sir Hugh Cortazzi to SISJAC’s Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Library in order to answer the question: How was the […]

Symposium: In the Wake of Japan’s Nuclear Tsunami: Reflections on the Nature of Disaster in the 21st Century

Symposium: In the Wake of Japan’s Nuclear Tsunami: Reflections on the Nature of Disaster in the 21st Century

The Great East Japan earthquake was the most powerful earthquake in Japan’s recorded history and the fourth most powerful earthquake on Earth since 1900. The resulting tsunami caused the deaths of more than 15,000 people, and triggered multiple nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant. Five years on we will discuss the outcome […]

Generation to Generation: Window on Ise – Japan’s Most Sacred Place

Generation to Generation: Window on Ise – Japan’s Most Sacred Place

The 42nd G7 summit will take place on 26-27 May in Ise-Shima in Mie Prefecture. The site of the Ise Grand Shrine, this area is known as the spiritual heart of Japan, a place of both cultural significance and scenic beauty. For this special event we welcome a number of guest speakers, including the Mayor […]

Girls’ Aesthetics in Japanese Theatre – Nobuko Anan

Girls’ Aesthetics in Japanese Theatre – Nobuko Anan

Japanese girls’ culture evokes various images, from kawaii Hello Kitty and fighting girls in anime to female students involved in the sex business. While these are all parts of a vibrant Japanese girls’ culture, in this talk, I will focus on a particular group of girls and adult women, who embody what I call “girls’ […]

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