Exhibition: 15 Apr 2016 – 27 May 2016
Taisuke Koyama’s exhibition, Generated Images, thematises the possibilities of photographic expression in the post-digital era. He aims to provide a space for audiences to experience ‘environmentalised’ images in the form of the tangible objects and data created by digital devices. When photographs are shared and data edited with unprecedented scale and freedom, how can an image actually be created? In his first solo show in London, Koyama tries to explore the potential of photographic media through ‘indeterminacy’ and the replication of images.
Talk: 24 May 2016
The oceans are acidifying at a rate that is unprecedented for at least the past 55 million years because they absorb around 25% of the carbon dioxide released by human activity. The coasts of Japan are already 30% more acidic than before the Industrial Revolution and look set to become 150% more acidic in our lifetimes.
Professor Jason Hall-Spencer will explain what ocean acidification is, and why it is a major environmental and economic concern for fisheries and coastal ecosystems in the NW Pacific. He will also introduce his groundbreaking three year project working with Shimoda Marine Station at the University of Tsukuba to explore the local marine life and carry out research at the CO2 seeps.
Talk: 17 May 2016
During the Second World War, the British government offered emergency Japanese languages courses to talented students in aid of the war effort. Many ended up reading the despatches of Japanese diplomats in Europe, including those of the remarkable Oshima Hiroshi, long-serving ambassador in Berlin. His despatches were invaluable in the struggle with Nazi Germany but they also had a lot to say about the Soviet Union. Oshima died in 1975, not knowing that his mail had been read throughout the war.
Why did all this have to be kept secret so long? What happened to the young men and women who learnt Japanese during the war? And why were their teachers so positive about Japan?
Seminar: 11 May 2016
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to announce this event in association with Photo London. Simon Baker, Curator, International Art (Photography), Tate, and Michael Hoppen, Owner and Founder of Michael Hoppen Gallery, will discuss the photographic creativity and innovation emerging from contemporary Japanese photo artists.
Special event: 5 May 2016
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation hosted a recital by award-winning violinist Ms Lisa Ueda, in aid of the children of Fukushima. This year is particularly poignant, as it marks the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The recital will be held at St Pancras Church, near Euston station.
Book launch: 3 May 2016
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.
Special event: 28 April 2016
Shimane Prefecture’s string puppeteering group Masuda String Puppets gave 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 demonstrated 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.
Book launch: 26 April 2016
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 will offer 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.