The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation – Supporting closer links between the UK and Japan
Exhibition: 16 Jan 2014 – 12 Mar 2014
Tokyo Portraits is a series of figurative paintings inspired by the people and places of Tokyo – responses to everyday life in Japan’s capital, as seen through the eyes of a visiting UK artist. Inspired by the city’s crowded streets, large canvases depict masses of densely packed faces. These works have been made in collaboration with hundreds of people living or working in Tokyo, each volunteering to sit for their portraits. Other paintings are based upon everyday life in Tokyo, depicting people in trains, shops and streets – subtle distortions in space and scale often being used to combine the familiar with a slight sense of the unreal.
Seminar: 10 March 2014
Securing energy is a life and death issue for the economic activities of any nation, while climate change is a shared concern for both developed and developing countries. State policies relating to energy and climate change can have a massive influence on a country’s business sector, but the business sector can also influence these policies. This seminar examines what steps are being taken by the business sectors in the UK and Japan to address these concerns.
Seminar: 11 March 2014
Along with the impact of social media, today’s international relations are enormously influenced by how journalists cover stories and how they portray different countries. With that in mind, this seminar looks at how Japan and China and the relations between them have been discussed recently by journalists, and why.
Seminar: 14 March 2014
Architecture is responsible for about 45% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, but how can this be changed? This event highlights the new trends of “compact” and “adaptive” design in the UK and contrasts their novelty here with their history in Japan, where they are more firmly embedded into the culture and design thinking. The speakers will discuss how living space can be “compact” but rich, inspired by the classic scale and order of a Japanese house, which is combined with advanced concepts and technologies.