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17 February 2017

Ikebana International London Chapter 6 are holding a demonstration on Tuesday 7 March 2017

Ikebana International London Chapter 6 are holding  a demonstration on the theme of ‘Early Spring, Basic to Landscape in Ohara Style’ by Ruriko Kojima, President of London Ohara England Chapter on Tuesday 7th March. All visitors are welcome, no need to prebook. Light Refreshments, Sales table, and Raffle Venue – Brompton Oratory Church Hall (Next to V & A) Brompton Road SW7

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1 February 2017

Japan Sound Portrait: Thursday 16th March 2017, 7:30pm Café OTO

Japan Sound Portrait – Thursday 16th March 2017, 7:30pm at Café OTO (18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL)

Japan Sound Portrait is a multimedia project building a variety of aural representations of the country, from a sound map phone application to virtual reality experiences, founded by BBC Radio 3 DJ and Musicity founder Nick Luscombe and KanZeOn film co-director/producer Neil Cantwell

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31 January 2017

Theatre Conversation: Shirotama Hitsujiya on 10 February, Birkbeck

Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre  welcomes Japanese artist Shirotama Hitsujiya on Friday 10 February, 5.30-6.30pm, in the Keynes Library, Birkbeck, University of London.

Japanese pop culture is filled with images of girls, from kawaii (“cute”) Hello Kitty to fighting girls in anime, and to eroticised girls in products targeting male consumers. In this talk, Shirotama Hitsujiya will discuss her company YUBIWA Hotel’s portrayals of girls, in relation to these girls in pop culture, and contextualise her work in the contemporary Japanese performing arts scene.

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4 January 2017

"Japan: a Land of Beautiful Things", talk in Edinburgh on Monday, 9 January 2017

Even in the post-war, as Japan first rebuilt from the ruins of the Pacific War and then underwent a process of economic and industrial growth that brought with it pollution, urban dislocation and rapid technological development, the myth and reality of Japan as a land of beautiful objects has persisted and in turn continued to inspire artists and makers abroad.

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2 December 2016

Concert by Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki on 14 Dec 2016

Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki – Wed 14th Dec, 7.45pm (doors 7.15)
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF

Love, loss, hardship and a nostalgic pining for one’s hometown are the subject of the Japanese “enka” and “minyo” performed by virtuoso musician Hibiki Ichikawa (Tsugaru shamisen) and Akari Mochizuki (voice).

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18 October 2016

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

On 29 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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