The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation – Supporting closer links between the UK and Japan

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Exhibition: 5 Mar 2015 – 16 Apr 2015

View more info on 祈り Inori/Spiritual Journey – Sengu

祈り Inori/Spiritual Journey – Sengu

This exhibition introduces some of Yukihito Masuura’s works in his eight-year quest to capture Michelangelo’s sculptural oeuvre and the bronze works of Rodin and Bourdelle. Masuura has also documented the ceremonial practices of Sengu in Japan, such as the restoration of Japan’s most revered Shinto locations: Ise Jingu and Izumo Taisha. The Christian and Shinto images exhibited here explore the relationship between religion and art and the cultural differences between Japan and the West.

Private view: 5 March 2015

View more info on 祈りInori/Spiritual Journey – Sengu

祈りInori/Spiritual Journey – Sengu

This exhibition introduces some of Yukihito Masuura’s works in his eight-year quest to capture Michelangelo’s sculptural oeuvre and the bronze works of Rodin and Bourdelle. Masuura has also documented the ceremonial practices of Sengu in Japan, such as the restoration of Japan’s most revered Shinto locations: Ise Jingu and Izumo Taisha. The Christian and Shinto images exhibited here explore the relationship between religion and art and the cultural differences between Japan and the West.

Artist talk: 5 March 2015

View more info on 祈りInori/Spiritual Journey – Sengu

祈りInori/Spiritual Journey – Sengu

“The art of sculpture photography is to let the sculpture speak. My photography made Bourdelle’s works move and Rodin’s spin. In retrospect the crying agony of the images might have been a reflection of my personal struggles around that time. I used only my camera and natural light in dark churches. When I had almost given up hope, the light played a miracle each time and produced three providential works. Through photography I discovered the existence of the ‘Invisible World’. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to record Sengu shrine restoration and ceremonies – a culture symbolising Japanese spirituality. This exhibition is to express my wishes for a peaceful world.”

Seminar: 12 March 2015

View more info on Glenn Gould and Natsume Soseki

Glenn Gould and Natsume Soseki

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Three Cornered World, Alan Turney’s award-winning translation of Kusamakura by Japan’s great literary maestro Natsume Soseki (1867-1916). Two years after it was published, the translation was read by the world’s most famous pianist Glenn Gould (1932-82). The Three Cornered World was not only to become Gould’s favourite book, but also one that would obsess Gould for the last 15 years of his life.