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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 […]

Artist Talk by Nobuko Tsuchiya

Artist Talk by Nobuko Tsuchiya

Nobuko Tsuchiya is a Japanese artist best recognized for her eclectic sculptures, seemingly freely assembled almost entirely out of discarded scraps of familiar household objects such as plastic tubing, disused cables, mop buckets and even a disused bath tub. Having studied art at the Accademia di Belle Arte in Florence and Goldsmiths, University of London, she […]

Family Firms as Institutions: Cultural reproduction and status maintenance among multicentenary shinise in Kyoto

Family Firms as Institutions: Cultural reproduction and status maintenance among multicentenary shinise in Kyoto

Shinise are firms that have survived for more than a century (often for three or four), have retained ownership within the family, and focus on traditional line of business such as sake brewing, confectionery, temple ornaments or textiles. In Japan, Kyoto is the city with the highest proportion of century-old firms which maintain a high social […]

‘Japanese Should to English Could?’ – Sansho Living x Aoyama Flower Market Pop Up at Sway Gallery

‘Japanese Should to English Could?’ – Sansho Living x Aoyama Flower Market Pop Up at Sway Gallery

On Thursday 6th June 2019, Sansho Living will lead a seminar The Beauty of Imperfection to introduce the participants to the philosophy of traditional Japanese aesthetics wabi-sabi, which promotes the acceptance of transience and imperfection.  The head florist at Aoyama Flower Market will guide the Flower Arranging and Bonkei Classes, on four different dates, at […]

Reiwa – a new era in Japan

Reiwa – a new era in Japan

Japan will enter into a new era of ‘beautiful harmony’ from 1 May, a day after Emperor Akihito abdicates and is succeeded by his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito, ending the imperial era Heisei. Since the Gengo system began in the 7th century, the country has adopted almost 250 eras. This one, however, will be […]

Love and Desire Between Women in Girls’ manga

Love and Desire Between Women in Girls’ manga

Manga, or Japanese comic books, is a 4 billion dollar a year industry, making up 40% of the country’s published works. Yet, contrary to Western comic books which often focus on targeting male readers, in Japan, a particularly prominent and developed genre of manga is shojo manga (Girls’ manga), with women across the nation’s demographic making up […]

Japanese Photography Revisited: Talk by Dr Lena Fritsch and Miho Kajioka

Japanese Photography Revisited:  Talk by Dr Lena Fritsch and Miho Kajioka

Japanese photography is without doubt one of the most admired art forms from Japan and has established its name as a respectable artistic genre from its introduction into the country. It has constantly evolved in technique, subject matter and even perception, both from the side of its creators as well as viewers. Photography in Japan […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club