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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

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.

Opening for an International Sales Assistant - Japanese business - with DK International Publishing and Licensing

Posted on 23 February 2015, under Other News

DK International Publishing & Licensing are seeking a confident and enthusiastic Sales Assistant with proven communication skills, both on the telephone and face-to-face, to work in our Tokyo office. The Assistant will provide administrative support to Sales Managers within the Japan team. Apply by 6 March 2015.

Opening for an International Sales Assistant - Japanese business - with DK International Publishing and Licensing

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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

'Sound and Vision' at LGLondon - curated by Jonathan Watkins and featuring work by Yukio Fujimoto and David Cunningham

Posted on 23 February 2015, under Art & Exhibitions

Sound and Vision at LGLondon is on from 21 February to 11 April 2015

This exhibition, curated by Jonathan Watkins, Director of the Ikon gallery in Birmingham,  focuses on the nature of human perception. The circumscription of our aural and visual experience – simply, through the way our bodies work – is played on by David Cunningham (b. Ireland, 1954) and Yukio Fujimoto (b. Japan 1950) in order to achieve compelling artistic outcomes. They make the most of the truism that we only hear what we can hear, and see what we can see. This is the first time Cunningham and Fujimoto, both equally acclaimed and influential internationally, have exhibited together.

'Sound and Vision' at LGLondon - curated by Jonathan Watkins and featuring work by Yukio Fujimoto and David Cunningham

Daiwa Scholar Natasha Pulley's first novel to be published in May 2015

Posted on 19 February 2015, under Scholarships

Natasha Pulley is one of the six 2013 Daiwa Scholars. She will be finishing the Scholarship at the end of March 2015. Natasha read English at the University of Oxford and in 2012 she completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She has a long-standing interest in Japan and in Japanese literature, and has recently completed her first novel, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. It will be published on 1 May 2015.

Daiwa Scholar Natasha Pulley's first novel to be published in May 2015

Japan Research Network Edinburgh - bringing together those working on any area of Japan

Posted on 19 February 2015, under Education, Scholarships

Together with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh, former Daiwa Scholar Dr Chris Harding is setting up a ‘Japan Research Network Edinburgh’. The Network’s aim is to bring together scholars working on any area of Japan – staff, researchers, and graduate students alike – via a website (JRNE.org ) where they can search for one another via name, institution, and research interests. They will also hold seminars in Edinburgh a few times per year. Their first will be given by Angus Lockyer, on 12th March 2015. Though they are particularly keen to get colleagues in Scotland and the north of England talking to and meeting one another, they would very much like to extend the invitation to scholars across the UK.

Japan Research Network Edinburgh - bringing together those working on any area of Japan

'Fog invites people' - Fujiko Nakaya, 'Fog Bridge' artist, was in conversation at Tate Modern on 17 February 2015

Posted on 18 February 2015, under Art & Exhibitions, Grants

Over a career spanning 40 years, Fujiko Nakaya has pioneered the use of water vapour as a sculptural media. Nakaya has fabulous English, so it was not surprising to hear that she had gone to school in Chicago. Later on she returned to New York to study. In her entertaining talk at Tate Modern yesterday, 17 February 2015, she gave an overview of her work and also engaged in a question and answer session. She is effortlessly charming and humorous.

'Fog invites people' - Fujiko Nakaya, 'Fog Bridge' artist, was in conversation at Tate Modern on 17 February 2015
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