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Private View: 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. 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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Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan

The House of Illustration is hosting the UK’s first ever exhibition of handmade background illustrations for classic sci-fi anime films. It will feature drawings and paintings from some of the most influential productions in the genre’s 1990s heyday, including Production I.G’s phenomenally influential 1995 film Ghost in the Shell. House of Illustration curator Olivia Ahmad, will be joined in conversation by the exhibition’s curator Stefan Riekeles and Helen McCarthy, author of The Anime Encyclopaedia.

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Isabella Bird and Japan: A Reassessment

In this talk, Professor Kiyonori Kanasaka will speak about the different aspects of his Isabella Bird studies and activities. In particular, he will consider how he came to understand Isabella Bird the person – her actions, decisions and motivations – and how and why her travels in Japan have been so widely misinterpreted and misunderstood.

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Nana Shiomi: This Side and the Other Side

This Side and the Other Side is an Anglo-Japanese odyssey of the artistic achievement of Nana Shiomi. It follows a 20-year journey of printmaking. In this event, Nana Shiomi will discuss her life as a printmaker and the completion of ‘One Hundred Views of Mitate’.

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9 May 2017

The "Radical Craft" touring exhibition of extraordinary making continues to tour the UK

“Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making” is a Craftspace and Outside In touring exhibition which launched at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester on 12 March 2016. The exhibition features 34 international (2 Japanese) and UK artists who express their creativity beyond the bounds of convention. The exhibition will tour to eight venues around the UK. It is currently at the Barony Centre, West Kilbride, 8 April – 10 June 2017. The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to be supporting the exhibition with a Small Grant.

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11 April 2017

City & Guilds of London Art School to host visit from Tokyo University of the Arts' Sculpture Research Lab in May 2017

In their first visit to the UK, master woodcarvers and conservators Professor Yabuuchi Satoshi, Dr Kojima Hisanori and Lee Pin-Yi from Tokyo University of the Arts’ Sculpture Research Lab will collaborate with the City & Guilds of London Art School own expert carvers and conservators on a number of events at the Victoria & Albert Museum and City & Guilds of London Art School on 6, 8 and 10 May 2017.

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22 March 2017

Terunobu Fujimori's continuing collaboration with Kingston University students

In 2015, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation awarded a Daiwa Foundation Small Grant to  Mr Takeshi Hayatsu, lecturer at the School of Architecture & Landscape, Kingston University and Director of Hayatsu Architects. Hayatsu invited architect and architectural historian Terunobu Fujimori to London to participate in a round-table event on the theme of contemporary crafts held in a pavilion* to be built by Kingston Architecture students at Dorich House Museum in 2016, under Fujimori’s guidance and supervision.

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22 March 2017

British Association of Japanese Government Scholars - talks in London on 28 March 2017

The British Association of  Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholars (BAMS) will host its second edition of the BAMS Talks on Tuesday 28th March 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, with a range of topics from civil society to space robotics. All the presentations will be given by former or newly awarded MEXT Scholars and it is completely free or charge to attend!

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