Events category: Special event

18 May 2017

Takaya Fujii: Ikebana: ‘The Way of the Flower’

Takaya Fujii’s ikebana has a significance far beyond its role as just art. It bridges Japanese Buddhist and Shintoistic principles of life and it reminds us that the impermanent beauty of nature should be honoured. We were delighted to host this special exhibition of his work and artist talk.

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5 April 2017

To Pick Up the Shadow - A Photography Workshop by Toshiaki Hicosaka

Photography captures images of the world through the use of light. Could the shadows also create a visual experience – one that does not appear under the light? This workshop invites you to take photos in central London at night using a unique and somewhat unorthodox method. Workshop participants are asked to bring their own digital camera that has a flash function.

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8 March 2017

The Creation and Future of Japanese Traditional Music

Yuka Takechi has forged a unique career as a composer at the highest level, creating new classical music for Japanese traditional music and its instruments. In this talk, Takechi introduced her works by using video and audio materials and considered the potential of Japanese traditional music, its creativity and its future. Takechi was joined by award-winning violinist Midori Komachi, who performed a selection of Takechi’s original pieces for violin.

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13 September 2016

Enjoying Japanese Tea

Both the British and the Japanese love of tea is a ritualised part of daily life. Green tea is synonymous with Japan; however has been steadily growing in popularity right across Europe. In this event, we would like to introduce you to the world of Japanese tea and offer you the chance to try many different types of tea and matcha sweets!

This event is supported by UCC.

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9 June 2016

A Marriage of Miso and Sake: Sake and Miso Canapé Tasting

Miso is an essential ingredient for miso soup, but it can also be used as a condiment for cooking meat, fish and vegetables. Sake, Japanese rice wine, has a mild taste with light acidity, bitterness or astringency, and is also low in calories.

For this special tasting, we will show you some recipes to go with sake using miso and other ingredients, so that you can try cooking with miso at home!

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8 June 2016

Zazen Meditation: Workshop and Practice

Zen teaches that gods, Buddhas and enlightenment all exist in our own minds. Thus, central to Japanese Zen Buddhism is the practice of meditation. Zensho-an is said to be the most popular temple for Zazen meditation, with waiting times for meditation sessions exceeding more than two months.

The Foundation is delighted to offer this unique opportunity to experience a Zazen workshop and to learn more of its history and practice.

The Foundation was delighted to offer this unique opportunity to experience a Zazen workshop with the head priest of Zensho-an Temple and to learn more of its history and practice.

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28 April 2016

Masuda String Puppeteers: Shimane Prefecture’s Edo Period String Puppetry

Shimane Prefecture’s string puppeteering group Masuda String Puppets will give their first overseas performance at the V&A’s ‘Japan Festival for Families’ on 1 May 2016. Designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Shimane Prefecture, the Masuda String Puppeteers’ style is the only surviving Edo Period style string puppetry currently performed in Japan.

Before their premiere international show in London, they will demonstrate their intricate puppet handling here at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. Join us to hear about the history of Masuda String Puppets and to see a glimpse of the puppets in action.

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8 March 2016

The Grandchildren of Hiroshima

To mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in 2015 the London Bubble Theatre Company set out to transform this tragedy from a static collection of dates and events into a live, breathing monument from the past – and a warning from the future.

Eighteen hibakusha (A-Bomb survivors) shared their stories so that they could be explored and expressed through the medium of theatre. From these testimonies, the production of The Grandchildren of Hiroshima was born. We warmly welcome you to a screening of this production.

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