Archived Lecture Events

19 May 14
Competing Identities: Japan, the Koreas, and Missed Opportunities---John Swenson-Wright

Competing Identities: Japan, the Koreas, and Missed Opportunities—John Swenson-Wright

Monday 19 May 2014 6.45pm The Swedenborg Society 20-21 Bloomsbury Way (Hall entrance on Barter St) London WC1A 2TH For a PDF map of the venue please click here Free – booking recommended Book online here Nearest underground station: Holborn Japanese sake and light refreshments will be served following the lecture Since 2011, Japan, the […]

21 Jul 14
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Carmen Blacker Lecture 2014—Tsushima: Japan viewed from the margins—archives, books, ginseng

Monday 21 July 2014 6.45pm The Swedenborg Society 20-21 Bloomsbury Way (Hall entrance on Barter St) London WC1A 2TH For a PDF map of the venue please click here Free – booking recommended Nearest underground station: Holborn Light refreshments will be provided And Thursday 17 July 2014 6.00pm Blackfriars’ Hall St Andrews Plain Norwich NR3 […]

15 Sep 14
Music and Nature in the Transnational Shakuhachi Scene - Joe Browning

Music and Nature in the Transnational Shakuhachi Scene – Joe Browning

Monday 15 September 2014

Once the instrument of a sect of Zen Buddhist monks, the shakuhachi, has, since the 1960s, become important to a growing number of musicians outside Japan. This lecture explores the significance of “nature” in the lively transnational scene surrounding this Japanese end-blown bamboo flute.

29 Sep 14
The Origins of Noh - Reijiro Tsumura

The Origins of Noh – Reijiro Tsumura

Monday 29 September 2014

We are delighted to welcome Tsumura Reijiro to discuss the origin, history and styles of Japan’s noh theatre. This will be a rare opportunity to hear at first hand from a master of the genre and ‘living national treasure’.

20 Jul 14
The nightmare: troubled sleep in tsunami evacuation shelters in Yamada, 2011 - Brigitte Steger

The nightmare: troubled sleep in tsunami evacuation shelters in Yamada, 2011 – Brigitte Steger

Monday 20 October 2014

Brigitte Steger explores the sleep of tsunami survivors staying in shelters in the aftermath of the March 2011 Tsunami. She explores environmental and emotional issues including shelter regulations and anxieties that made sleep problematic and how people regained or failed to regain restful slumber.

05 Aug 14
Japanese Elements Within Freemasonry

Japanese Elements Within Freemasonry

Wednesday 29 October 2014 6.30pm

Join us to explore the influence of Japanese culture on the catechistic rituals of the Freemasons.

17 Jul 14
Why History Matters: The Legacy of the Imperial Navy and the Making of Japan's Post-war Defence Policy

Why History Matters: The Legacy of the Imperial Navy and the Making of Japan’s Post-war Defence Policy

Monday 17 November 2014

This paper is about how history is remembered, memorialised, and displayed for the purpose of national defence. It focuses on how the legacy of the Imperial Navy lived on in the post-war Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF).

25 Nov 14
The Siege of Tsingtao - Jonathan Fenby

The Siege of Tsingtao – Jonathan Fenby

Monday 15 December 2014

In 1914, Europe was not the only continent coming to terms with a new form of conflict, and to strike a blow at Kaiser Wilhelm’s naval forces, Britain and its ally Japan laid siege to the German-held port of Tsingtao. In this lecture celebrated historian Jonathan Fenby will examine the causes of the battle, the ulterior motives for it, and the path on which it set East Asia for decades to come.

23 Jan 15
Interpreting Japan’s controversial plutonium strategy - Peter Wynn Kirby

Interpreting Japan’s controversial plutonium strategy – Peter Wynn Kirby

Monday 16 February 2015

This talk will discuss Japan’s notoriously expensive and ill-fated plutonium programme against the irradiated backdrop of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns and the uncertain future of Japan’s nuclear energy apparatus

27 Jan 15
Lecture by Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan

Lecture by Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan

Wednesday 4 March 2015

In this 2015 annual update for the Society by the British Ambassador to Japan, Tim Hitchens will share his insights on the political, diplomatic and commercial situation in Japan.

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