The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation – Supporting closer links between the UK and Japan
Exhibition: 16 May 2013 – 10 Jul 2013
Chris Wainwright has been working with semaphore as a semi-obsolete signalling system for a number of years and incorporating it into a series of photographic performances and actions. These works are made at night and sited adjacent to places where there have been natural disasters or at environmentally fragile sites caused by human intervention and exploitation. Much of the work in the exhibition has been made in the Tohoku Region of Japan prior to and after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
Seminar: 21 May 2013
The security of energy supply remains the most important objective of current energy policy in the UK, Japan and for countries across the globe. For this reason, nations often work to reduce their reliance on energy imports. Any disruption of energy supplies as a result of political turmoil and/or terrorism in oil- or gas-producing nations can have serious economic, political and security implications for many countries.
Special event: 30 May 2013
This film screening and talk, introducing short films about Butoh dance, will be presented by Florencia Guerberof, performer and founder of Asian Performing Arts UK. Firstly, she will show her own film recordings ‘Impressions’ featuring Yoshito Ono and ‘Duration’ which reflect her own impressions during her research on Butoh dance in Japan during 2009. The screening will continue with the documentary ‘Still Move’ by Marieke Schroeder. The film portrays Japanese dancer and choreographer Saburo Teshigawara who creates a fusion of Butoh principles and postmodern elements. The event aims at portraying a different side of Butoh dance.
Talk: 5 June 2013
This event brings together Natsuki Kikuya, independent sake sommelier, and Masa Noguchi, Chef at luxurious Japanese restaurant Zuma, London. They will discuss their respective fields, exploring the attraction of the Japanese traditional drink, and discussing life in the kitchen of a top-class Japanese restaurant. After the talk, there will be tasting of specially selected sake and a demonstration of how to make exquisite ‘tsumami’ (Japanese-style canapés) with ingredients easily found in supermarkets in the UK. Rie Yoshitake will also introduce sake and her organisation Sake Samurai. Yosuke Kawakami from Embassy of Japan in the UK will act as M/C.