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The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta Comes to Tokyo

Posted on 28 July 2015, under Grants, Music

Following the huge success of their concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in March 2014, the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta is performing at Opera City in Tokyo on August 20th 2015 at 7pm. The concert is the culmination of this year’s project, organised by the UK-based charity Keys of Change. Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Panos Karan, the founder of Keys of Change, has been working with young musicians from middle schools in Fukushima for the past four years.

The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta Comes to Tokyo

Deconstructing Boundaries: Is 'East Asian Art History' possible?; 11 October at SOAS

Posted on 27 July 2015, under Art & Exhibitions, Events

The aim of this symposium is to give insight into the changing boundaries and concepts of ‘art’ in Japan and East Asia. We hope especially to illuminate the exchanges and dialogues that took place among the artists of Japan and other East Asian nations.

Deconstructing Boundaries: Is 'East Asian Art History' possible?; 11 October at SOAS

Hiroshima Dispersed - International play readings to commemorate Hiroshima Day on 6 August in Deptford

Posted on 24 July 2015, under Events, Grants

Members of London Bubble Theatre and local people will take part in a public play reading to commemorate Hiroshima Day, on the 70th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city. The reading will take place on Thursday, August 6, at 8.30 pm at Creekside Discovery Centre, Deptford, SE8. A lantern making workshop will accompany

Hiroshima Dispersed - International play readings to commemorate Hiroshima Day on 6 August in Deptford

Japanese and European scientists studying the effects of ocean acidification

Posted on 24 July 2015, under Grants

Scientists from Shimoda Marine Station at the University of Tsukuba have found volcanic vent systems off Shikine Island which release millions of litres of CO2 per day. This provides a hugely exciting opportunity

Japanese and European scientists studying the effects of ocean acidification

Celebrating Satsuma 150

Posted on 17 July 2015, under Events, Music, 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

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Japanese Wooden Temple Gate at Dorich House Museum, Kingston University

Posted on 10 July 2015, under Art & Exhibitions

Architecture students from Kingston University have designed and built a temporary five metre tall wooden structure, which is a 1:5 scale interpretation of the Temple Gate from Todaiji Nandaimon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nara. The students were led by tutors Takeshi Hayatsu and Simon Jones as part of a year-long live project, in

Japanese Wooden Temple Gate at Dorich House Museum, Kingston University

UK-Japan Cultural Heritage Research

Posted on 9 July 2015, under Grants

We are grateful to Daiwa Foundation Small Grant for supporting the research into climate change impacts on, and improved disaster risk management for, cultural heritage sites in Japan and the UK.

From 2nd to 4th of July Prof Rohit Jigyasu (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto), Dr Lee Bosher and Dr Ksenia Chmutina (Loughborough University, UK) carried out a visit to York, one of the case study cities, where they met with the York Prepared team and investigated how heritage buildings deal with flooding.

UK-Japan Cultural Heritage Research

Satsuma 150 event on 10 July 2015 from 5:30pm at SOAS

Posted on 9 July 2015, under Events

Satsuma Biwa (Japanese narrative lute tradition) with Junko Ueda: Concert & lecture/demonstration on 10 July 2015 at SOAS, University of  London – Admission free!

Satsuma 150 event on 10 July 2015 from 5:30pm at SOAS

ピカ PIKA Concert at Windmill Brixton on Thursday 16 July 2015

Posted on 7 July 2015, under Music

ピカ PIKA /Moon Mama of Afrirampo /Acid Mothers Temple (Japan) is playing a two set show at Windmill Brixton. The drummer and guitarist from Osaka is famous in Japan’s Experimental Rock and Improv scene for being the drummer of the legendary Japanese duo ‘Afrirampo’ (2002-2010), as well as for playing in Acid Mothers Temple. When: Thursday

ピカ PIKA Concert at Windmill Brixton on Thursday 16 July 2015

Satsuma Biwa Concert at the City of London Festival on Wednesday 8 July 2015

Posted on 6 July 2015, under Music

Satsuma Biwa Concert with Junko Ueda at the City of London Festival 2015. Junko Ueda is a Japanese singer/satsuma-biwa player, presenting Japanese traditional biwa lute music (story-telling) as well as contemporary pieces for the instrument. Ueda studied satsuma-biwa with the famous Kinshi Tsuruta and composition at the Tokyo College of Music. When: Wednesday 8 July,

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