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Author Talk with Kanako Nishi

Author Talk with Kanako Nishi

Since her debut in 2004 with a collection of short stories Blue (Aoi), Kanako Nishi’s star has risen rapidly in the Japanese literary world. Born in Tehran, and raised in Cairo and Osaka, Nishi has been praised by critics for her unorthodox style and the use of language in her books which are often written using the distinctive […]

An Introduction to Japanese Kagura by Professor Terence Lancashire

An Introduction to Japanese Kagura by Professor Terence Lancashire

From ancient times, various traditional entertainments have been created and evolved in Japan’s long history. These range from the court ensemble of gagaku to the theatre of noh, kabuki and puppetry and various instrumental ensembles including the three stringed shamisen and 13 stringed koto. In contrast to these urban forms there are a wide variety of folk performing arts which includes the shrine […]

The Art of Culinary Diplomacy in the Mid-19th Century. Britain and Japan at the Table

The Art of Culinary Diplomacy in the Mid-19th Century. Britain and Japan at the Table

National food and cuisine are important aspects of cultural diplomacy and hospitality. Celebratory banquets and feasts have always been part of the life of politicians, ambassadors, and monarchs, who often share delicacies and elaborate dishes representing national culinary excellence while discussing political matters and international affairs. In this lecture, Professor Yoshiko Goto will explore the […]

Saori Freestyle Weaving Workshops

Saori Freestyle Weaving Workshops

WORKSHOPS(a) Tuesday 10 September – 10.30am -1.30pm(b) Tuesday 10 September – 2.00pm-5.00pm(c) Wednesday 11 September – 10.30am-1.30 pm(d) Wednesday 11 September – 2.00pm-5.00pm Please specify which date/time you would like to participate when booking.The Japan Society is delighted to present Saori freestyle weaving workshop, led by Janine, who has kindly offered these workshops to Japan […]

Artist Talk by Keiko Takemiya

Artist Talk by Keiko Takemiya

Keiko Takemiya is arguably one of the most influential manga artists in Japan. Starting her career as an artist in late 1960 while still a teenager, her fame rapidly grew to stardom. This reached a new height in the 1970s when she became a seminal member of “the Fabulous Year 24 Group” – a new wave […]

EVENT: Tenugui Wrapping Workshop

EVENT: Tenugui Wrapping Workshop

On Friday 23 August Japan House London wrapping expert will showcase the art of Japanese wrapping techniques at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel. In Japanese culture, wrapping is not simply a means of masking the object from the recipient, but an art form in itself. Sophisticated methods of wrapping in Japan began in the […]

Music & Manga: A Vision of Sound

Music & Manga: A Vision of Sound

Shinichi Ishizuka is an award-winning manga artist who uses his personal experiences and pursuits to inspire the subject matter of his works. Together with his editor, Katsuki Dai (who has edited a number of manga magazines and worked with top manga artists), Ishizuka has created a wildly popular graphic series BLUE GIANT and BLUE GIANT SUPREME.  The series centers around a […]

SYMPOSIUM: Classical Arts x Digital Technologies

SYMPOSIUM: Classical Arts x Digital Technologies

Currently on display in the Citi exhibition Manga at the British Museum, ‘Yōkai Hikimaku’ is a kabuki theatre curtain painted by the famous artist KAWANABE Kyōsai (1831-1889), featuring various Japanese demons called yōkai. The Theatre Museum at Waseda University has recently digitized this piece in high-definition and converted the still images of the demons into […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club