Past Events

27 July 2016

Artist Talk: The Future of Public Art

In today’s ever-changing world, how exactly has our view of publicness, commons and common spaces evolved?

Artist Kenji Yamada and curator Jason Waite are interested in exploring the intricate details of spaces closed off from society and historical places that have evolved from cultural forces. In this talk, they will discuss possible approaches to publicness as well as potential futures in our socio-cultural world.

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30 June 2016

Cook Japanese at Home

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.

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21 June 2016

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.

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20 June 2016

How has the Financial Times influenced Japanese journalism?

The unexpected purchase of the Financial Times Group last year by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun surprised everyone both in Japan and in the UK. It is unprecedented for a major Japanese newspaper to purchase a highly regarded Western newspaper.

For this event, 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.

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9 June 2016

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

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8 June 2016

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.

The Foundation was delighted to offer this unique opportunity to experience a Zazen workshop with the head priest of Zensho-an Temple and to learn more of its history and practice.

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2 June 2016

Unexpected Stories by Umi Kumano

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.

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24 May 2016

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.

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20 May 2016

Taisuke Koyama in conversation with Gemma Padley

The artist Taisuke Koyama will be joined by Gemma Padley, freelance photography journalist and editor, and Projects Editor at British Journal of Photography, to discuss Koyama’s practice his exhibition Generated Images, currently in show at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House.

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17 May 2016

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?

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11 May 2016

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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