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HIKARI by Aki Kondo

On 11 March 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the north-east coast of Japan. To those who experienced the earthquake, the world has irrevocably changed after the catastrophe. The exhibition title HIKARI, meaning “light,” represents the hope we need in order to live on after the disaster, and suggests that the victims are still with us in this world in the form of light. In this exhibition, Kondo attempts to reconcile the remembrance of this tragedy and a renewed appreciation of life itself.

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Private View: Stella Maris was a name I found in a dream by Yoi Kawakubo

Stella Maris was a name I found in a dream is a new exhibition by the Spanish-born Japanese artist Yoi Kawakubo. This exhibition is the latest in a series of shows presenting works that Kawakubo has developed over the past two years. Shedding light into remote corners of history, these works deliver an experience that undoubtedly will transport the visitor to an archipelago of elucidations, mysteries and rumination on the history of mankind.

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Marriage in Crisis? The Development of Virtual Relationships in Japan

Japanese society faces not only a “marriage crisis” but also a “relationship crisis”. It is estimated that there are over 10 million adults without a spouse or a partner; many of these continue to live with their parents late into their working lives, often termed ‘Parasite Singles’. How are these people’s feelings of intimacy and relationship satisfied? In this talk, Professor Masahiro Yamada and Professor Adrian Favell will discuss the rise of unmarried adults, and how these relationship crises have led to the development of virtual relationships in Japan.

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“I’m Alone, But Not Lonely” - An Essay on the Rise of Otaku

Sociologist Volker Grassmuck will give an illustrated talk about his visit to Tokyo in 1989 and the experiences which resulted in his popular and influential essay “I’m Alone, But Not Lonely”. The essay focuses on the emergence of the Otaku phenomenon. The essay’s enduring relevance and popularity today points to the implicit proposition ‘Are we not all Otaku now?’

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18 October 2016

Daiwa Ichiban Lecture: Lionel Barber on “Britain after Brexit”

On 27 September 2016, in collaboration with the British Embassy in Tokyo, Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, spoke on the subject of “Britain after Brexit” at Ambassador Tim Hitchen’s Residence. This was the second lecture in the ongoing Daiwa Ichiban Lecture Series. In his speech, Barber recounted the historical significance of Europe for

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4 October 2016

Hiraki Sawa & Tetsuya Umeda - opening Thursday 6 October 2016

INVITATION to Hinterland at ROAMING ROOM: 37-39 Bryanston Mews West,  Marylebone,  London  W1H 2BW – 6 to 29 October 2016 Hiraki Sawa and Tetsuya Umeda at Roaming ROOM  OPENING  THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER 11- 6pm with Live Action at 12 midday Exhibition open until Saturday 29 October Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm until  Live Actions: Thursday 6 October 12 midday Thursday 13

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15 September 2016

The end of the Tokyo Madrigal Club

I received an invitation today for what will apparently be the final concert of the Tokyo Madrigal Club. Admission is free, and it’s on October 10 (a National Holiday in Japan) from 2.30-4.30, at Wesleyan Holiness Asakusabashi Church. I’m not sure how many people have heard of the Tokyo Madrigal Club, but it’s the end

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