Seminar: Monday 10 March 2014
Securing energy is a life and death issue for the economic activities of any nation, while climate change is a shared concern for both developed and developing countries. State policies relating to energy and climate change can have a massive influence on a country’s business sector, but the business sector can also influence these policies. This seminar examines what steps are being taken by the business sectors in the UK and Japan to address these concerns.
Seminar: Tuesday 11 March 2014
Along with the impact of social media, today’s international relations are enormously influenced by how journalists cover stories and how they portray different countries. With that in mind, this seminar looks at how Japan and China and the relations between them have been discussed recently by journalists, and why.
Seminar: Friday 14 March 2014
Architecture is responsible for about 45% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, but how can this be changed? This event highlights the new trends of “compact” and “adaptive” design in the UK and contrasts their novelty here with their history in Japan, where they are more firmly embedded into the culture and design thinking. The speakers will discuss how living space can be “compact” but rich, inspired by the classic scale and order of a Japanese house, which is combined with advanced concepts and technologies.
Private view: Monday 17 March 2014
We will celebrate the opening of the Yasashii Hankachii exhibition with a private view on Monday 17 March. Yasashii Hankachi is an exhibition organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in association with JAGDA (the Japan Graphic Designers Association) in response to the devastation left by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the Tōhoku (north-east) area of Japan.
Seminar: Tuesday 25 March 2014
“Soft power” can be defined as a country’s ability to get what it wants by attracting rather than coercing others – by engaging hearts and minds through cultural and political values and foreign policies that other countries see as legitimate and conducive to their own interests. Is Japan’s use of its soft power a success at the moment? Is it possible for a state to use soft power and not make it look like propaganda?
Private view: Monday 31 March 2014
Gozo Yoshimasu’s first exhibition in the UK will open on the 31 March at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. As Though Tattooing on My Mind summarises fifty years of Yoshimasu’s career as one of the world’s most innovative and influential poets and artists. The exhibition presents pieces of his visual artwork together with various forms of his poetry, including double-exposure photography, copper-plate engravings, the sui generis gozoCiné video work and original manuscripts from his latest visual poetry series, “Kaibutsu-kun” (Dear Monster).
Artist talk: Monday 31 March 2014
Gozo Yoshimasu will talk about his latest solo exhibition at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. As Though Tattooing on My Mind is the first exhibition of the Japanese poet and artist Gozo Yoshimasu in the UK, and summarises fifty years of Yoshimasu’s career as one of the world’s most innovative and influential poets and artists. The exhibition presents pieces of his visual artwork together with various forms of his poetry, including double-exposure photography, copper-plate engravings, the sui generis gozoCiné video work and original manuscripts from his latest visual poetry series, Kaibutsu-kun (Dear Monster).
Seminar: Thursday 3 April 2014
One hundred years after the start of the First World War, this seminar presents two different points of view on a turning point in the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. Japan assisted Britain by defeating Germany in the Far East early on in the war, yet several factors tested the relationship between Britain and Japan. The event will be chaired by Professor Ian H. Nish of the London School of Economics.
Book launch: Tuesday 8 April 2014
We are delighted to announce the London launch of the Japan Society’s latest publication, “The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums” by Sophie Richard. Japan is a ‘museum kingdom,’ operating some 5600 museums nationwide – a figure that eclipses the 1800 or so accredited museums in the UK. The museums of Japan feature rich collections and excellent exhibitions in world-class galleries. The art lover’s guide to Japanese Museums acts as a personal guide, introducing readers to some of the most distinctive and inspiring art museums in the country.