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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 will introduce her works by using video and audio materials and consider the potential of Japanese traditional music, its creativity and its future. Takechi will be joined by award-winning violinist Midori Komachi, who will perform a selection of Takechi’s original pieces for violin.

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10 March 2017

Gobara Lacquerware: Unique Urushi

The Hiruzen Plateau in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture, is visited by over 2 million tourists per year. Gobara, a small village hidden away in one of the plateau’s corners, is home to Gobara lacquerware, a type of lacquerware that is made for everyday use. In this event, join artisan Kunimitsu Takatsuki to discover more about the history and techniques of this unique urushi.

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14 March 2017

Love and Perverted Desires in Four Centuries of Japanese Literature

In this talk, Damian Flanagan will explore the shifting sexual norms of Japan’s literary history from the Edo Period to the present. How have the great writers of Japan from Ihara Saikaku and Natsume Soseki to Yukio Mishima and Haruki Murakami responded to the challenge of these shifting sexual norms and how does understanding the sexuality of the age change our understanding of their works?

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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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