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4 January 2017

"Japan: a Land of Beautiful Things", talk in Edinburgh on Monday, 9 January 2017

Even in the post-war, as Japan first rebuilt from the ruins of the Pacific War and then underwent a process of economic and industrial growth that brought with it pollution, urban dislocation and rapid technological development, the myth and reality of Japan as a land of beautiful objects has persisted and in turn continued to inspire artists and makers abroad.

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2 December 2016

Concert by Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki on 14 Dec 2016

Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki – Wed 14th Dec, 7.45pm (doors 7.15)
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF

Love, loss, hardship and a nostalgic pining for one’s hometown are the subject of the Japanese “enka” and “minyo” performed by virtuoso musician Hibiki Ichikawa (Tsugaru shamisen) and Akari Mochizuki (voice).

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18 October 2016

Daiwa Ichiban Lecture: Lionel Barber on “Britain after Brexit”

On 29 September 2016, in collaboration with the British Embassy in Tokyo, Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, spoke on the subject of “Britain after Brexit” at Ambassador Tim Hitchen’s Residence. This was the second lecture in the ongoing Daiwa Ichiban Lecture Series. In his speech, Barber recounted the historical significance of Europe for

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4 October 2016

Hiraki Sawa & Tetsuya Umeda - opening Thursday 6 October 2016

INVITATION to Hinterland at ROAMING ROOM: 37-39 Bryanston Mews West,  Marylebone,  London  W1H 2BW – 6 to 29 October 2016 Hiraki Sawa and Tetsuya Umeda at Roaming ROOM  OPENING  THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER 11- 6pm with Live Action at 12 midday Exhibition open until Saturday 29 October Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm until  Live Actions: Thursday 6 October 12 midday Thursday 13

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15 September 2016

The end of the Tokyo Madrigal Club

I received an invitation today for what will apparently be the final concert of the Tokyo Madrigal Club. Admission is free, and it’s on October 10 (a National Holiday in Japan) from 2.30-4.30, at Wesleyan Holiness Asakusabashi Church. I’m not sure how many people have heard of the Tokyo Madrigal Club, but it’s the end

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3 September 2016

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2016 (Wales)

The Kotatsu festival – the largest festival of Japanese animation in Wales – returns for its sixth year!
24th – 25th September 2016 at ‘Chapter’, Cardiff
and 15th October 2016 at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre

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26 August 2016

A Kyoto theatre group and Deptford musicians collaborating on double bill in London and Stroud in September 2016

“117 – one one seven” & “Ghost House Gone House” – This double bill theatre and music event, presented by Kyoto-based theatre group, BRDG and Deptford-based music duo, Rabbit is about an old Victorian house which used to exist at 117 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London, and the family which used to live there. UK performances in September 2016.

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