Book launch: Tuesday 3 May 2016
Bridges: Anglo-Japanese Cultural Pioneers 1945-2015 celebrates the work of a diverse range of people who have made a significant contribution to the understanding of Japan in the UK. The contributors are all UK-based professionals and work in a wide range of areas including academic, diplomatic, creative media, business and humanitarian work. Their wealth of experience provides a deep insight into the development of Anglo-Japanese relations from the beginning of the Post War period to the present day.
Special event: Thursday 5 May 2016
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation will host a recital by award-winning violinist Ms Lisa Ueda, in aid of the children of Fukushima. This year is particularly poignant, as it marks the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The recital will be held at St Pancras Church, near Euston station.
Seminar: Wednesday 11 May 2016
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.
Talk: Tuesday 17 May 2016
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?
Artist talk: Friday 20 May 2016
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.