Japan Foundation Fellows Lecture Series I – The Japanese House : Material Culture in the Modern Home Book Launch

Date: 1 December 2010, 6:30pm
Venue: The Japan Foundation, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH
Fee: This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.
Tel: 020 7436 6695
Organiser: The Japan Foundation

In the West the Japanese house has reached iconic status in its architecture, decoration and style. Is this neat, carefully constructed version of Japanese life in fact a myth? Inge Daniels goes behind the doors of real Japanese homes to find out how highly private domestic lives are lived in Japan. The book examines every aspect of the home and daily life-from decoration, display, furniture and the tatami mat, to eating, sleeping, gift-giving, recycling and worship. The Japanese House re-evaluates contemporary Japanese life through an ethnographic lens, examining key topics of consumption, domesticity and the family.

Dr Inge Daniels is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, and received a Japan Foundation Fellowship in 2009-10. She will discuss sections from the book, while a series of photographs by Susan Andrews (Senior Lecturer in Photography at London Metropolitan University) will be exhibited.
Prof Joy Hendry, Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Europe Japan Research Centre at Oxford Brookes University will be the discussant.

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