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.
Seminar: 6 July 2015
This event at the Foundation is timed to coincide with the week of a Zen master’s 80th birthday, and followed a larger exhibition of his calligrahpy at Yugagyo Dojo in south London. Daizan Rōshi introduced Zen Master Shinzan’s artworks, giving some art-historical and cultural background. This was followed by a demonstration of the art of the Zen brush.
Talk: 29 June 2015
Berlin based artist Youki Hirakawa talked about his oeuvre to date in relation to the main themes that inspire his works. Time and place are two notions of special interest for Hirakawa. Reflecting on the expanded sense of these principal vectors of orientation, he creates poetic works of art that often move us in their singular beauty.
Book launch: 25 June 2015
The poems in One More Civil Gesture, the first full collection of poetry by C. E. J. Simons, were written in Japan, where he has lived since 2006. The book contains poems inspired by Japan, and also by frequent travel in Burma, China and Mongolia.The gestures of these poems are ‘civil’ in two senses: in their bold and exciting use of inherited forms, whether Western or Japanese; and in their aspiration to eschew self-expression in search of representations of the human capacity to engage with the other – to be civilised through immersion in the unknown.
Talk: 24 June 2015
Bizen (named after Bizen in Okayama Prefecture, where it is produced) became the most popular type of ceramic in Japan during the Edo period because of its superior clay and durability. Many tea ware masterpieces were made in this period, and it became renowned for its red-brown hues and flourishes of melted ash.
Special event: 18 June 2015
The Daiwa Foundation welcomed Taro Takeuchi back to perform in a concert of the early guitar and harp-lute.
Seminar: 17 June 2015
How ready is Japan to be a society like Britain, which accepts a diversity of races and cultures in society? And is British society really as accepting of diversity as it claims to be? Join us in the latest of our annual seminars on diversity in the UK and Japan to discuss this important topic.