Seminar: 21 June 2016

View more info on After Basho: Sketches from the Poem Road

After Basho: Sketches from the Poem Road

In this seminar, the artist Isao Miura will discuss ‘Sketches from the Poem Road’, the upcoming exhibition at Oxford Brookes University. The exhibition is the result of a creative collaboration between Isao Miura and poet Chris Beckett. The poet and artist undertake an interpretative journey in the footsteps of Matsuo Bashō and his 1689 trip which resulted in The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Talk: 20 June 2016

View more info on How has the Financial Times influenced Japanese journalism?

How has the Financial Times influenced Japanese journalism?

Ginko Kobayashi, author of Real Power of the Financial Times 「フィナンシャル・タイムズの実力], will be joined by financial columnist and FT journalist John Plender, to discuss the impact of the FT on Japanese journalism.

Special event: 9 June 2016

View more info on A Marriage of Miso and Sake: Sake and Miso Canapé Tasting

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 showed you some recipes to go with sake using miso and other ingredients, so that you can try cooking with miso at home!

Special event: 8 June 2016

View more info on Zazen Meditation: Workshop and Practice

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.

Exhibition: 15 Apr 2016 – 27 May 2016

View more info on Generated Images by Taisuke Koyama

Generated Images by Taisuke Koyama

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

View more info on Ocean Acidification and Underwater Volcanoes in Japan

Ocean Acidification and Underwater Volcanoes in Japan

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

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Reading the Mail of the Japanese Ambassador in Berlin

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

View more info on Contemporary Japanese Photography

Contemporary Japanese Photography

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.

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