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Thinking for Oneself. Individuality in Early Modern Japan, with some memories of Carmen Blacker

Thinking for Oneself. Individuality in Early Modern Japan, with some memories of Carmen Blacker

For this year’s Carmen Blacker Lecture we are delighted to welcome Peter Nosco, Professor of Japanese History and Culture at the University of British Columbia. The Carmen Blacker Lecture Series honours the memory and scholarship of Carmen Blacker (1924-2009) and is organised jointly by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures […]

Noh Reimagined 2018: Sublime Illusions

Noh Reimagined 2018: Sublime Illusions

This year’s edition will showcase Mugen (“phantasmal”) Noh – a genre of Noh in which the main actor appears as a ghost in the dream of a travelling monk, who is played by the supporting actor. The ghost then tells the tragic story of its past life, expressing deep regret and lamentations, hoping to find […]

London Korean Film Night: My Brilliant Life

London Korean Film Night: My Brilliant Life

My Brilliant Life presents an idyllic image of youth and innocence as it recounts the first dream-like encounter of Mira and Dae-su at the tender age of 17. Falling in love, pregnancy and giving up on their future in order to raise a child may seem like an abrupt entry into the adult world, but […]

Sumire Kuribayashi n Friends – Concert presented by Yokohama Calling

Sumire Kuribayashi n Friends – Concert presented by Yokohama Calling

Hideaki Kanazawa and Sumire Kuribayashi. Nijuso, meaning duet, make their debut UK performance, playing tunes from their repertoire that are intimate and explorative, tender and compelling, that carry the listener on new journeys through familiar landscapes. Jason Yarde and Mark Mondesir will expand the colour palette and dynamics, adding saxophones and drums in duo, trio […]

Talk: Kengo Kuma on architecture and Identity

Talk: Kengo Kuma on architecture and Identity

As his first UK building nears completion, acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will speak about architecture and identity, exploring the relationship between place, building tradition and landscape. Opening in September 2018, The V&A Dundee is set to redefine the identity of the city and build upon its status as a UNESCO City of Design. Kuma […]

Artist talk -moment- Noritake Kinashi in conversation

Artist talk -moment-  Noritake Kinashi in conversation

In June 2018, the work of anglophile and polymath Noritake Kinashi will be appearing in a new exhibition, introducing the latest phase of his ongoing creative project ‘REACH OUT’. Also an actor, musician and comedian, Kinashi will showcase a series of paintings created as a result of his unique observational point of view, with his […]

MODE curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto

MODE curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto

MODE is a new annual series of events, staged in collaboration with multiple organisations in different venues across London, featuring a diverse mix of music, visual art, performance and film. The inaugural MODE programme has been curated by Japanese composer, pianist and electronic pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto, and will present a range of emerging and established […]

Oswald ‘Shiro’ White (1884-1970): Thirty-eight Years in the Japan Consular Service – with Hugo Read

Oswald ‘Shiro’ White (1884-1970): Thirty-eight Years in the Japan Consular Service – with Hugo Read

Oswald White was a very modest man, both professionally and privately, who never bragged about his great achievements or his intimate knowledge of the Japanese language and culture. As a direct result of this, he is less well known than many of his predecessors in the Japan service, but he is nevertheless a significant figure […]

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London United Korean Fan Club

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