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Fumihiko Maki – Bodies of Thought

Fumihiko Maki – Bodies of Thought

Born in 1928, Fumihiko Maki was educated at the University of Tokyo and Harvard University. Since establishing Maki and Associates in 1965, he has completed many international projects including Hillside Terrace Apartments in Shibuya, Tokyo, the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the 4 World Trade Centre skyscraper in New York, amongst many others. Maki’s […]

Countdown to Kickoff: Japan’s rugby history one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Countdown to Kickoff: Japan’s rugby history one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup

With just one year to go before the Rugby World Cup 2019’s first match kicks off in Japan; the Japan Foundation London is delighted to announce a special symposium “Countdown to Kickoff: Japan’s rugby history one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup”, in partnership with SOAS Japan Research Centre. Japan will be the […]

Artist Talk: Taro Izumi

Artist Talk: Taro Izumi

Taro Izumi, one of Japan’s representative artists from the younger generation, inventively combines a vast array of media ranging from drawing and sculpture to performance and video to create thought provoking multimedia installations. His large structural works are often made up of simple, familiar objects, constructed in such a way as to transform everyday into […]

Recent Developments in the Global Market with Hiroshi Watanabe

Recent Developments in the Global Market with Hiroshi Watanabe

We are delighted to welcome Mr Hiroshi Watanabe, President of the Institute for International Monetary Affairs (IIMA) to brief Japan Society members on Recent Developments in the Global Market. Mr Watanabe’s wide ranging experience in the public and private sector, has given him a broad overview of the international financial scene. At a time of […]

Images with and without Texts: The Photographic Magazine in 1930s Japan – with Jelena Stojković

Images with and without Texts: The Photographic Magazine in 1930s Japan – with Jelena Stojković

The 1930s are sometimes referred to as the ‘golden age’ of Japanese photography. Following the touring of Film und Foto exhibition around the country in 1931 modernist approaches to the medium flourished on an unprecedented scale, among such prominent photographers as Kiyoshi Koishi, Iwata Nakayama and Nakaji Yasui. However, as a significant proportion of negatives […]

The Meiji Restoration from the British Perspective

The Meiji Restoration from the British Perspective

For its second event marking the sesquicentennial of the Meiji Restoration, the Japan Society is delighted to welcome three scholars and researchers who will focus in this session on contemporary British connections with Japan. In their talks, Lesley Downer, Ian Ruxton and David Warren, will consider the period leading up to and immediately following the […]

Political Leadership and Policy-Making Processes under the Abe Administration: What has gone wrong?

Political Leadership and Policy-Making Processes under the Abe Administration: What has gone wrong?

Since the end of the Yasuhiro Nakasone Administration (1982–87), commentators specializing in Japanese politics have regarded weak government, characterized by the frequent change of prime ministers, as a significant challenge in Japanese politics. In response to this, a strong government mobilized by politicians’ leadership finally emerged in the form of the LDP Abe Administration. Although […]

Tiny Objects can tell the Truth. British Influence on the Birth of Japanese Archaeology

Tiny Objects can tell the Truth. British Influence on the Birth of Japanese Archaeology

It was about one hundred years ago when the first department of archaeology was founded in Japan, at Kyoto Imperial University (1916). Kosaku Hamada, the first professor of archaeology, had studied the subject under Professor Flinders Petrie, the ‘Father of Egyptian Archaeology’, from 1913 to 1916 at University College of London. At that time both […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club