Past Events

13 January 2017

Ballerina: The Reason I Keep Dancing

Japan has and continues to produce world class ballet dancers. Dancing at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is the pinnacle of a dancer’s career, and young Japanese ballet dancers dream of joining the world-famous Royal Ballet company. In this talk, Miyako Yoshida, who has performed in numerous leading roles at the Royal Ballet, shared her love of dancing with us.

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12 January 2017

Private View: 2s, 3s & 4s by Natsko Seki

2s, 3s & 4s is the first London solo exhibition of Natsko Seki, an established freelance illustrator known for her bright and playful style, which she often employs for travel-related illustrations and children’s books. Drawing viewers into her works, the artist creates a world where the differences in things have whimsical harmony as well as rhythmical contrasts.

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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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29 November 2016

SHIFT Presents: DOTMOV Festival 2016

DOTMOV is a digital film festival which aims to discover gifted filmmakers who are as yet unknown, providing them with an opportunity to exhibit their works on the global stage. Join us for the UK premiere of DOTMOV 2016 to explore the possibilities and potential of a new generation of digital artists.

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25 November 2016

Immigration policy and challenges: Post-Brexit UK and Japan

Immigration was one of the key campaign issues leading up to the UK’s “Brexit” referendum in June. Japan continues to control immigration tightly, but its rapidly ageing society is putting the government under pressure to allow for more importation of foreign labour. This seminar will discuss the immigration issues currently facing both nations and possible future directions for each.

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22 November 2016

Yoi Kawakubo and Mark Rappolt, Art Review, in conversation

The artist will be joined in conversation by ArtReview and ArtReview Asia editor-in-chief Mark Rappolt, to discuss his practice and his current exhibition “Stella Maris was a name I found in a dream”, on show at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House until 15 December.
The discussion will be chaired by independent curator Eiko Honda.

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17 November 2016

“I’m Alone, But Not Lonely” - An Essay on the Rise of Otaku

Sociologist Volker Grassmuck will give an illustrated talk about his visit to Tokyo in 1989 and the experiences which resulted in his popular and influential essay “I’m Alone, But Not Lonely”. The essay focuses on the emergence of the Otaku phenomenon. The essay’s enduring relevance and popularity today points to the implicit proposition ‘Are we not all Otaku now?’

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9 November 2016

Private View: Stella Maris was a name I found in a dream by Yoi Kawakubo

Stella Maris was a name I found in a dream is a new exhibition by the Spanish-born Japanese artist Yoi Kawakubo. This exhibition is the latest in a series of shows presenting works that Kawakubo has developed over the past two years. Shedding light into remote corners of history, these works deliver an experience that undoubtedly will transport the visitor to an archipelago of musings, mysteries and rumination on the history of mankind.

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7 November 2016

Marriage in Crisis? The Development of Virtual Relationships in Japan

Japanese society faces not only a “marriage crisis” but also a “relationship crisis”. It is estimated that there are over 10 million adults without a spouse or a partner; many of these continue to live with their parents late into their working lives, often termed ‘Parasite Singles’. How are these people’s feelings of intimacy and relationship satisfied? In this talk, Professor Masahiro Yamada and Professor Adrian Favell will discuss the rise of unmarried adults, and how these relationship crises have led to the development of virtual relationships in Japan.

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20 October 2016

Joso’s Japan: Wood and Paper Houses

In this event, author Jayne Joso will talk us through the essential elements of the Japanese wood and paper house, and how one of these enigmatic spaces came to settle itself as a character in its own right in her critically acclaimed novel, My Falling Down House.

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