Events category: Book launch

20 April 2017

Recasting the Past: An Early Modern Tales of Ise for Children

The Tales of Ise and its hero Ariwara no Narihira have fascinated Japanese and international readers for centuries. In this talk, Dr Laura Moretti will explore the 1766 picture-book Ise fūryū: Utagaruta no hajimari (The Fashionable Ise: The Origins of Utagaruta), examining how it adapts the The Tale of Ise for an eighteenth-century young audience and investigating how it challenges our expectations towards children’s literature.

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25 April 2017

Sino-Japanese Power Politics: Might, Money and Minds

The post-2012 standoff over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands has unveiled the antagonistic quality to Sino-Japanese relations, with an important addition: a massive information war that has cemented the two states’ rivalry. Dr Giulio Pugliese will give an account of Japan-China power politics in the military, economic and propaganda domains.

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13 December 2016

The Shogun’s Secret World of Women

In this talk, novelist Lesley Downer will describe the life, luxury and intrigue of Ooku, the Women’s Palace at Edo Castle which was home to hundreds of women – mother, wife and concubine, but only one man, the shogun. Weaving her talk around the story of Princess Atsu, the Satsuma girl sent at the age of twenty to be the shogun’s bride, Downer will recount some of the scandalous events that took place in the Women’s Palace and the extraordinary women who resided there.

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27 September 2016

Social Inequality in Post-Growth Japan

In recent decades Japan has changed from a strongly growing, economically successful country regarded as prime example of social equality and inclusion to a country with a stagnating economy, a shrinking population and a very high proportion of elderly people. In this book launch, David Chiavacci, Takehiro Kariya and Peter Matanle will provide a comprehensive overview of inequality in contemporary Japan.

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30 June 2016

Cook Japanese at Home

The title of Kimiko Barber’s new book ‘Cook Japanese At Home’ says it all. As a Japanese-born food writer and cookery teacher, Kimiko has been encouraging people to cook for many years. Although Japanese food has gained worldwide popularity, it is still considered somewhat ‘difficult’ to cook at home. In this talk, Kimiko aims to dispel this fear and to reveal the diversity of Japanese home cooking.

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3 May 2016

Bridges: Anglo-Japanese Cultural Pioneers 1945-2015

Bridges: Anglo-Japanese Cultural Pioneers 1945-2015 celebrates the work of a diverse range of people who have made a significant contribution to the understanding of Japan in the UK. The contributors are all UK-based professionals and work in a wide range of areas including academic, diplomatic, creative media, business and humanitarian work. Their wealth of experience provides a deep insight into the development of Anglo-Japanese relations from the beginning of the Post War period to the present day.

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26 April 2016

Japan, Russia and their Territorial Dispute: The Northern Delusion

The territorial dispute between Japan and Russia over the Northern Territories/Southern Kurils has been an enduring obstacle to closer relations between the two powers. Despite the passage of more than seven decades, within Japan there remains a resilience of belief that the four islands will eventually be returned. Dr James D. J. Brown offers an account of why Tokyo believes it still has a chance of securing the return of the islands, and will also provide a summary of the Abe administration’s latest efforts to achieve this goal.

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31 March 2016

Writing Photography’s History in Meiji Japan: New Approaches and Challenges

A Career of Japan is the first study of one of the major photographers and personalities of nineteenth-century Japan. Baron Raimund von Stillfried was the most important foreign-born photographer of the Meiji era and played a key role in the international image of Japan and the adoption of photography within Japanese society itself.

Dr Luke Gartlan will reflect on the historiographical challenges that were encountered in the writing of the first detailed study of von Stillfried’s work. Why do we need a book on Stillfried? In what ways does his career re-orient current understandings of nineteenth-century photography in Japan?

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1 March 2016

Femininity, Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Japan: Navigating contradiction in narrative and visual culture

From the 1980s onwards, the incidence of eating disorders and self-harm has been on the rise amongst Japanese women. Mirroring this, women’s self-directed violence is a theme increasingly seen in Japanese narrative and visual cultures.

Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen will discuss the relationship between normative femininity and women’s self-directed violence in contemporary Japanese culture, examining a range of well-known works such as Hayao Miyazaki’s animations alongside more unfamiliar creations. Hear how women’s private struggles with their own bodies have now become public discourse, available for consumption as entertainment and lifestyle products.

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