Exhibition: 3 Jun 2016 – 15 Jul 2016
Umi Kumano creates his works by pairing seemingly un-related scenes and motifs as if they were part of a single event in one world. Although these elements may share no meaningful connection, the imagination of the viewers spins them into ‘Unexpected Stories’. Kumano’s sense of density and scale brings the viewers into a delicate atmosphere of joy and pale gloom, where the unpredictability of the artist’s narrative will surprise them.
Book launch: 30 June 2016
The title of Kimiko Barber’s new book ‘Cook Japanese At Home’ says it all. As a Japanese-born food writer and cookery teacher, Kimiko has been encouraging people to cook for many years. Although Japanese food has gained worldwide popularity, it is still considered somewhat ‘difficult’ to cook at home. In this talk, Kimiko aims to dispel this fear and to reveal the diversity of Japanese home cooking.
Special event: 28 June 2016
Midori Komachi will perform works for Solo Violin, exploring Japanese and Western connections. She will perform works by Bach, Ysaÿe and leading composers of today such as Toshio Hosokawa, Joji Yuasa, Toshi Ichiyanagi and Paul Patterson.
Seminar: 21 June 2016
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
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
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
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
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.