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Japanese Folk: Song, Dance, Instruments (Summer School)

Japanese Folk: Song, Dance, Instruments (Summer School)

Traditional folk song (min’yo) opens doors to various aspects of Japan’s culture and also to a challenging world of music and dance. Participants will taste not only the singing and a bit of dancing but also the instruments: shamisen 3-stringed ‘banjo’, shakuhachi and shinobue bamboo flutes, and percussion. The main teachers will be the professionals […]

Director Talk: Atsushi Funahashi

Director Talk: Atsushi Funahashi

Atsushi Funahashi is one of Japan’s celebrated up-and-coming filmmaking talents emerging on the global stage. Having started making films in the United States, Funahashi’s Office Kitano produced film Big River (2005) was his first of four consecutive films selected for the Berlin International Film Festival, and his career has developed steadily since. Following the disaster […]

Preserving Culture on the Margins: Toyama Prefecture in the Postwar Era

Preserving Culture on the Margins: Toyama Prefecture in the Postwar Era

The populist tone that has characterized recent Japanese elections recalls a time more than fifty years in the past when people on the margins of society were seen, as never before, to hold a key to the future of the nation. This talk looks primarily at articles, editorials, and special issues of writings by young […]

400 years ago: The English mission to Japan and its legacy – Timon Screech

400 years ago: The English mission to Japan and its legacy – Timon Screech

This illustrated lecture will outline the historical facts, but also bring to life the gripping story of human interaction, bravery and mutual attempts at comprehension, that surround the first trade interactions between Britain and Japan in 1613, 400 years ago this September. The Clove left England together with two other vessels of the East India […]

The National Orchestra of Korea

The National Orchestra of Korea

After major concerts around the world, the National Orchestra of Korea finally make their London debut with this Barbican concert, which opens the K-Music Festival, a London-wide celebration of the best of Korean music. Under their artistic director Won Il, this acclaimed Orchestra have developed a special voice in Korean culture – drawing on traditional […]

Public Seminar – The Japan Mint and the Royal Mint: A History of Exchange

Public Seminar – The Japan Mint and the Royal Mint: A History of Exchange

When the Meiji government came into power in 1868 it recognised the pressing need to produce a credible and reliable currency which would aid the modernisation of Japan. Thus, in 1871 it established the Japan Mint in Osaka where high-quality coins would be produced. Japan developed its mint by combining traditional Japanese techniques with knowledge […]

Japan Society Book Club – The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami

Japan Society Book Club – The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami

Tsukiko, thirty-eight, works in an office and lives alone. One night, she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, ‘Sensei’ in a local bar. He is thirty years her senior, retired, and presumably a widower. Their relationship, traced by Kawakami’s gentle hints at the changing seasons, develops from a perfunctory acknowledgment of […]

POLYSICS to Release Weeeeeeeeee!!! Across UK and Europe

POLYSICS to Release Weeeeeeeeee!!! Across UK and Europe

Japan’s notorious boiler suited techno-new-wave hooligans POLYSICS return with Weeeeeeeeee!!!, their latest high-energy album, scheduled to shatter the eardrums of the UK and Europe from 10 June courtesy of JPU Records. Following in the footsteps of their 15th anniversary release – which featured collaborations with a number of music legends, including the band’s personal hero, […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club