Seminar: 5 October 2015
In 1865, nineteen Japanese students set off by ship from the Satsuma Domain (present day Kagoshima Prefecture) to the UK, with the brief to learn about western society and technologies. This development was an important factor in the lead up to the Meiji Restoration.
Special event: 1 October 2015
Princes of the Yen reveals how Japanese society was transformed to suit the agenda and desire of powerful interest groups, and how citizens were kept entirely in the dark about this. Central banks are some of the most secretive and misunderstood institutions in the world. What powers do they wield? Whose interests do they serve? How do their actions affect our everyday lives?
Seminar: 29 September 2015
The Okinawa islands in the south had long been independent as the Ryukyu Kingdom and played a crucial role as the conduit of trade between Japan and the outside world. Naturally, many foreign ships had passed through- in some cases were stranded in the area- and are now found as underwater archaeological sites.
Talk: 22 September 2015
The Missing Post Office invites you to post a letter, like a message in a bottle, which will float on the sea of time. A letter to and from anyone, anything, anywhere and at any time, which will one day be washed ashore.
Seminar: 14 September 2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to internationalise Japan’s universities is part of his plan to revitalise the nation’s economy. Professor Miki Horie of Ritsumeikan University will discuss how the government hopes to solve Japan’s structural problems by transforming the higher education sector.
Exhibition: 5 Aug 2015 – 13 Aug 2015
To coincide with the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Daiwa Foundation is hosting a special exhibition featuring artworks made by children in the aftermath of the bombings.
Talk: 21 July 2015
Natasha Pulley (Daiwa Scholar 2013) will read from her novel ‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’. Set in London in 1883, the novel centres on a watchmaker who is a Japanese immigrant at the time of the Fenian bombings of Whitehall.
Exhibition: 12 Jun 2015 – 17 Jul 2015
The Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2015 exhibition features three shortlisted artists: Oliver Beer, Julie Brook and Mikhail Karikis. The artists are exhibiting their work at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery, London until 17 July 2015. The overall winner, Oliver Beer, will then exhibit at the Aoyama | Meguro Gallery in Tokyo in Autumn 2015.