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Celebrating Satsuma 150

Posted on 17 April 2015, under Other News

Izumi Thomas is the chair of Satsuma 150 which is being celebrated in the UK this year. Satsuma 150 aims to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Satsuma students in the UK in 1865. Izumi is from Fukiage in Kagoshima and now lives in London where she is a freelance translator and a visiting researcher at the British Museum. Below is an interview with her about this year’s commemoration.

Celebrating Satsuma 150

BUTOH WORKSHOP with Kae Ishimoto in Oxford Sunday, 19 April from 1-5pm

Posted on 15 April 2015, under Events, Scholarships

This workshop welcomes people from all backgrounds and levels of experience. It will begin with an integrative warm-up, combining methods from floor techniques to breath control, designed to relax the participants’ bodies fully. Kae will then introduce students to Hijikata Tatsumi’s method of butoh* and lead them through a number of Hijikata’s choreographic sequences (butoh-fu), such as ‘pollen’ and ‘nerves’. 

BUTOH WORKSHOP with Kae Ishimoto in Oxford Sunday, 19 April from 1-5pm

Yusuke Suzuki, the Daiwa Scholarship Homestay Olympian, breaks the 20km race walk world record

Posted on 9 April 2015, under Scholarships

Japan’s Yusuke Suzuki broke the 20km race walk world record at the Asian Race Walking Championships in his home town of Nomi on Sunday, 15 March, exactly one week after Yohann Diniz set the previous mark.

Yusuke Suzuki, the Daiwa Scholarship Homestay Olympian, breaks the 20km race walk world record

Two days in Tōhoku

Posted on 31 March 2015, under Other News, Staff

Jason James, the Director of the Daiwa Foundation,  gives us an account of his travels through Tohoku in March 2015. Weaving through the region in a worryingly small car, Jason finds locals determined to stay despite the slow progress of reconstruction. – The Shinkansen was packed when I got on at Ueno, but after Sendai –

Two days in Tōhoku

Edmund de Waal featured in 'Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector' at the Barbican Centre until 25 May

Posted on 16 March 2015, under Art & Exhibitions, Events, Scholarships

As part of  the Barbican’s major new exhibition on artists as collectors (Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector), former Daiwa Scholar,  Edmund de Waal is showing the first collection he ever made as a child, containing shells, fossils and architectural fragments, alongside sixty-five Japanese netsuke from the collection given to him by his Uncle Iggie. To draw these historical collections together, Edmund is also exhibiting a work he made in 2011, from the collection of a private man, a biographical work of fifty-seven porcelain vessels held within a vitrine. All three collections will be on public view for the first time.  The show is on until 25 May 2015.

Edmund de Waal featured in 'Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector' at the Barbican Centre until 25 May

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Sketches from the Poem Road (after Basho’s 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North'), 2 March to 25 April 2015

Posted on 13 March 2015, under Events

This exhibition at Covent Garden’s Poetry Society Café, from 2 March to 25 April, is a collaborative show of drawings and poems by Isao Miura & Chris Beckett, exploring the legacy of Matsuo Basho’s masterpiece Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North), its enduring power as a model of travel-writing, and the influence of haibun and haiku in British poetry today.

Sketches from the Poem Road (after Basho’s 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North'), 2 March to 25 April 2015

Former Daiwa Scholar Eluned Gramich has won the New Welsh Writing Award

Posted on 4 March 2015, under Scholarships

Former Daiwa Scholar Eluned Gramich has won the inaugural New Welsh Writing Award which celebrates the finest non-fiction writing (in short form) on the theme of nature and the environment. Her winning essay, Scenes of a Hokkaidan Life, was about her homestay in Hokkaido while on the Daiwa Scholarship programme. It will be published in the summer edition of the New Welsh Review.

Former Daiwa Scholar Eluned Gramich has won the New Welsh Writing Award

The dynamic Yamato Drummers of Japan will return to the UK in spring 2015

Posted on 2 March 2015, under Events

The dynamic Yamato Drummers of Japan will return to the UK this Spring with their brand new show BAKUON, embarking on a 20-date UK tour opening at Bristol Hippodrome on Monday 20 Apri 2015, with a press night on Tuesday 21 April at Woking New Victoria Theatre.

The dynamic Yamato Drummers of Japan will return to the UK in spring 2015

Japanese Koto Concert and Workshop on 7 March 2015

Posted on 27 February 2015, under Events

RNIB Music Advisory Service – Japanese Koto Concert on 7 March 2015, 13:00-14:00. Discover the Koto with the Kakehashi Koto Ensemble.

Japanese Koto Concert and Workshop on 7 March 2015

Collaborative workshop to further Ocean Sunfish research - supported by a Daiwa Foundation Small Grant.

Posted on 23 February 2015, under Grants

In the September 2014 funding round, a Daiwa Foundation Small Grant was awarded to academics from Queen’s University Belfast collaborating with the National Institute of Polar Research in Tokyo, to unravel the ecology of an understudied, globally distributed predator, the ocean sunfish.

Collaborative workshop to further Ocean Sunfish research - supported by a Daiwa Foundation Small Grant.
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