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Chiune Sugihara: Visas of Life

Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat based in the Japanese consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1940, went against his superiors and granted more than 2,000 transit visas to Jewish refugees looking to escape Europe by travelling to Japan, helping as many as 6,000 Jews to flee. In this event, Akira Kitade will share the stories of the fateful encounters between Japanese civilians and Jewish refugees at a time of life and death during the Second World War.

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To Look at the Fire by Toshiaki Hicosaka

The first London solo exhibition of the artist Toshiaki Hicosaka invites us to reflect on the world through fire: the driver of evolution, life, comfort and violence. From ocean to fire, his immersive installations of painting have embraced elements of the everyday. Here, fire reveals itself to viewers as a medium of perceptual relations. Through this new body of work by the artist, viewers can rethink the social and cultural environment that they live within.

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19 June 2017

Southampton and Tokyo collaboration in Marine Robotics and Coral Mapping

The diverse and abundant marine life that coral reefs support creates spectacular scenes that are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of divers from all over the world. While to most, the word coral will conjure up images of people snorkeling in warm, clear blue waters, coral reefs are also known to exist more than a kilometre beneath the ocean’s surface, in complete darkness where the temperature of the water is just few degrees above freezing. The role that healthy coral plays in supporting marine life, not only in the shallows of the tropics but also in the deep ocean, is seen as one of the key essential variables for scientists to form a better understanding of the marine ecosystem.

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15 June 2017

Arts Catalyst, O-Furoshiki Stitching Group: 1 & 15 July 2017

You are invited to participate in two workshops that will take place in early July at Arts Catalyst and to actively engage in the creation of a cloth that will be sent back to Fukushima as a gesture of reciprocity. During each session Arts Catalyst will bring people from different communities and backgrounds together to help us reflect upon issues of displacement, migration and belonging in our area and beyond – 1 and 15 July 2015.

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12 June 2017

Twenty Years on from Jason Kouchak's "Across the Water" Piano Recitals in Edinburgh and Belfast

Twenty years ago,  the pianist, composer and singer-songwriter  Jason Kouchak,  in association with the Consulate General of  Japan in Edinburgh and the Embassy of Japan in Belfast and with the support of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, held an evening of piano recitals called Across the Water at the Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh on 31 October 1997 and at the Harty Room, Queen’s University Belfast on 7 November 1997.

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