Monday 11 August 2014                   7.00pm

The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP

For a map of the venue please follow this link
Free for Japan Society Members

Book online here

To purchase a copy of the magazine in English – follow this link (sample stories are also available on the Granta website). For Japanese language versions of the magazine please contact Jack Cooke (jack.cooke@japansociety.org.uk)

Hello Kitty, earthquakes, manga, samurai, robots and sushi. These are some of the things we think about when we think about Japan. This small island nation looms large in the popular imagination, in often contradictory ways: as the epitome of refinement and tradition, and as an embodiment of a shiny, soulless future.

What is Japan to those who really know it? The latest issue of Granta magazine includes translated work from the most exciting Japanese writers today, alongside work in English. Here are twenty new Japans by its writers and artists, by residents and visitors and neighbours. This special issue of Granta has been published simultaneously in Japanese and English.

The book club is held every month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.


 

Tuesday 22 July 2014                           begins 8.30am

Essendon Country Club
Bedwell Park
Essendon
Hatfield
Hertfordshire AL9 6HN

Book online here
All members & guests are welcome to play

£70 per head (all-in price for the day)
Booking deadline: Friday 11 July

The Japan Society’s Annual Golf Tournament, for the Asprey and Garrard Plate, is due to take place at Essendon Country Club on Tuesday 22 July, with a shotgun start at 9.45 am. The format will be Stableford and players have to be ready by 9.15 am for transport to their allocated tee-offs. Any number of players can be accepted and so please bring friends, colleagues and clients. The all in price is £70, including breakfast, 18 holes of golf and a Japanese lunch on completion. BDO, a leading member, is once again providing the prizes and there will be competitions for ‘Nearest the Pin’ and ‘Longest Drive’; a mobile halfway house will be on hand to provide refreshments.

Designed by Fred Hawtree the old Course was opened about forty-one years ago and is a testament to parkland courses. Undulating in nature the course provides a real test for golfers of all abilities whilst they can enjoy the spectacular views. Probably the most demanding par 5 is the 12th, with tee shots halted by a sloping, narrow, tree lined fairway. The final hole, whilst being a long par-3, has a green well below the tees and will hopefully ensure a good end to a most enjoyable round.

Programme:

Breakfast from 8.30 am
Assembly and Briefing 9.15 am
Shotgun Start 9.45 am
Japanese Lunch 2.00 pm
Prizegiving by BDO

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.

Supported by:

BDO

 

Kajii Motojiro

Monday 14 July 2014                       7.00pm

The Japan Society
13/14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP
(nearest underground station – Baker Street)

Book online here
Free for Japan Society Members

We are able to offer members copies of the book at the discounted price of £25 (RRP £45). We also have a limited number of copies available for loan.

Please inquire when booking. 

The Japan Society book club is delighted to welcome Stephen Dodd, Senior Lecturer in Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, to discuss his new book The Youth of Things: Life and Death in the Age of Kajii Motojiro. The focus of the book club will be on Dodd’s translations of Kajii’s short stories, which comprises the second half of the book.

When he died from tuberculosis at the age of thirty-one, Kajii Motojiro had written only twenty short stories. Yet his life and work, Dodd argues, shed light on a significant moment in Japanese history and, ultimately, add to our understanding of how modern Japanese identity and literature developed.

The book club is held every month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.

 

 

 

BannerTanabata

Sunday 13 July 2014                                               11.00am – 5.30pm

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Free admission – just turn up on the day!

Some timed activities will need to be pre-booked. If you have a particular interest in robot or family drama workshops please email events@japansociety.org.uk to register in advance.

There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer. Email info@japansociety.org.uk to find out more.

The Japan Society will be taking in part in Tanabata at the Southbank Centre in July. Come and join in our celebrations of the Japanese star festival with free workshops, activities and performances for families. From robot workshops to taiko drumming, it promises to be a fun-packed day, full of song, dance and the re-telling of the Tanabata legend. Try your hand at Japanese calligraphy, dress up in festival yukata (summer kimonos) and follow a dedicated treasure trail! Find out about the seven traditional paper Tanabata decorations and make paper cranes, streamers and tanzaku on which to write your wishes.

In Japan, Tanabata takes place every year on the 7th day of the 7th month. The festival celebrates the romantic story of the weaver star Orihime and the cowherd star Hikoboshi, who are separated by the Milky Way and are only allowed to meet on this one day each year. To mark the occasion, the Japan Society has worked with Kinetika and a team of volunteers to make large-scale brightly coloured Tanabata fukinagashi decorations in the style of those put up in the Tohoku city of Sendai. They can be found on The Clore Ballroom balcony, on the Belvedere Road facade of Royal Festival Hall.

Don’t miss out on taking part in the Tanabata story!

Full programme details download the PDF here

Workshops

Kids Love Robots (60 minutes) by Professor Adrian Cheok and Osaka University Ishiguro Lab

Level 5 Function Room 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.00pm

Learn about, make and play with different kinds of robots from Japan

Family Drama Workshop (40 minutes)

Level 4 Blue Bar 1.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.45pm

Explore the themes of the Tanabata story in this practical workshop with Norifumi Hida

Yosakoi Soran (30 minutes)

Clore Ballroom 12.30pm, 4.15pm

Come and learn this lively festival dance with the Embassy of Japan and Japan Society

Activities (running all day)

Origami: the art of Japanese paper folding with British Origami Society

Yukata: Try on a summer kimono, worn by many at festivals in Japan

Calligraphy: Learn the art of Japanese brush writing

Manga: Create characters in Japanese manga style with members of the Cross#atch team

In the Clore Ballroom

12 noon – Taiko: Japanese drumming with Thames Taiko

12.30pm - Yosakoi Soran: come and learn this festival dance

1.00pm – Daimei no nai Ongaku-kai: Join in popular Japanese and English songs

1.30pm – Eisa: dance by kindergarten children from Bunka Yochien

1.45pm – Tanabata Story: told by Haruka Kuroda of A Thousand Cranes Children’s Theatre

2.15pm – Green Chorus: London’s own Japanese women’s choir

2.45pm – Kakehashi Koto Ensemble: traditional Japanese music for the 13-stringed koto

3.15pm - Daimei no nai Ongaku-kai: Another chance to join in familiar Japanese and English songs

3.45pm – SOAS Min’yo Group: distinctive folk songs from all over Japan

4.15pm – Yosakoi Soran: perfect your dance moves

4.45pm – Tsugaru Jamisen: raw and energetic sounds from the north of Japan

5.15pm – Taiko: Drumming finale with Thames Taiko

In the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer

1.45pm – Tsugaru Jamisen: raw and energetic sounds from the north of Japan

2.15pm – SOAS Min’yo Group: distinctive folk songs from all over Japan

2.45pm – Tanabata Story: told by Haruka Kuroda of A Thousand Cranes Children’s Theatre

3.15pm – Green Chorus: London’s own Japanese women’s choir

3.45pm – Kakehashi Koto Ensemble: traditional Japanese music for the 13-stringed koto

4.15pm – Tanabata Story: Another chance to hear this famous tale with A Thousand Cranes Children’s Theatre

In collaboration with: The Embassy of Japan The Southbank Centre Supported by: Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

 

Tuesday 1 July 2014                                 6.30pm

(and every first Tuesday of the month)

The Old Explorer (Lower Ground Floor)
23 Great Castle Street
Oxford Circus
London W1G 0HY

Standard Admission £5.50 (£1 Discount for: Japan Society members/Students/Regulars)

The Japanese Conversation Group provides a friendly and informal atmosphere for Japanese speakers of all nationalities to come together and speak Japanese. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at The Old Explorer, a central London pub. They begin at 6.30pm with a pay-as-you-go bar, and finish around 10.30pm.

You will receive all discounts for which you qualify. The Regular Attendee Discount will apply if you attended at least 50% of meetings during the previous calendar year, or once you attend six meetings in the current year.

Please visit the Japanese Conversation Group website http://jcg.org.uk for further details on their programme, which may be subject to change.

 

Tanabata

Sunday 22 June 2014                           10am – 6pm (any time – see below)

Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Free – but booking essential
Book online here

Be part of something big this summer!

As part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love, huge Tanabata fukinagashi streamers will be hung on the balcony of the Royal Festival Hall.

Together with the Southbank Centre and award-winning design team Kinetika, the Japan Society is hosting a workshop day, during which we will work on decorations to hang from the fukinagashi. Come and participate in the making of these iconic decorations, which will bring a touch of Japan to one of London’s great landmarks throughout the summer.

The workshops are open to all, but booking is essential so that we know how many people to expect. You can come just for a few hours, or stay for the morning or afternoon, or even the whole day. However, please note that places are limited.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996, email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form. When making your booking, please let us know what time you plan to come.  We will give you directions to the workshop room.

The Southbank Centre, Embassy of Japan and Japan Society are teaming up for more Tanabata celebrations on Sunday 13 July. Please watch this space for further information.

Tanabata photograph © Yasufumi Nishi  © JNTO 

Supported by:

GBSF_logo

 

Monday 9 June 2014                   7.00pm

The Old Star (basement alcove)
66 Broadway
London SW1H 0DB

For a map of the venue please follow this link
Free for Japan Society Members

To purchase an English translation of the book click here (second-hand copies only)

To purchase a Japanese copy of the book click here

Fires on the Plain is a Yomiuri Prize-winning novel by Ōoka Shōhei, published in 1951. It describes the experiences of a soldier in the routed Imperial Japanese Army on the Philippines in the final days of World War II.

The story is told through the eyes of a Private Tamura who, after being thrown out by his own company, chooses to desert the military altogether and wanders aimlessly through the Philippine jungle during the Allied campaign. Descending into delirium, Tamura is forced to confront nature, his childhood faith, hunger, his own mortality.

Ōoka Shōhei (6 March 1909 – 25 December 1988) was a Japanese novelist, literary critic, and translator of French literature who was active during the Shōwa period of Japan. Ōoka belongs to the group of postwar writers whose World War II experiences at home and abroad figure prominently in their works. Over his lifetime, he contributed short stories and critical essays to almost every literary magazine in Japan.

The book club is held every month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.


 

 

Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 June 2014                          11.00am – 7.30pm

Japan Centre Piccadilly
19 Shaftesbury Avenue
London W1D 7ED

No booking required

The Japan Society is delighted to be taking part in a two-day festival at the Japan Centre. Those attending F:EAST JAPAN will be able to enjoy a variety of food tasting events, hands-on activities from Japanese cooking to origami, and a prize-draw including a pair of tickets to Japan and a free JR Rail Pass.

The Japan Society will be running a stall at the following times:

Origami Paper Craft
Saturday & Sunday        11.00am – 1.00pm
Come and try the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Great fun for families, our team will teach you to make a whole range of origami-inspired designs you can take home with you.

Shodo Calligraphy
Saturday & Sunday       5.00 – 7.00pm
Fancy trying your hand at Japanese calligraphy? While some spend a lifetime mastering the art you can learn the basics at F:EAST JAPAN, writing your name and other characters with brush and ink.

For a full listing of the weekend’s events, please visit the Japan Centre website

No need to book, just come and join us! All ages welcome.

In association with:

The Japan Centre

 

Tuesday 3 June 2014                                 6.30pm

(and every first Tuesday of the month)

The Old Explorer (Lower Ground Floor)
23 Great Castle Street
Oxford Circus
London W1G 0HY

Standard Admission £5.50 (£1 Discount for: Japan Society members/Students/Regulars)

The Japanese Conversation Group provides a friendly and informal atmosphere for Japanese speakers of all nationalities to come together and speak Japanese. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at The Old Explorer, a central London pub. They begin at 6.30pm with a pay-as-you-go bar, and finish around 10.30pm.

You will receive all discounts for which you qualify. The Regular Attendee Discount will apply if you attended at least 50% of meetings during the previous calendar year, or once you attend six meetings in the current year.

Please visit the Japanese Conversation Group website http://jcg.org.uk for further details on their programme, which may be subject to change.

 

Tuesday 3 June 2014                                 6.30pm

(and every first Tuesday of the month)

 

The Old Explorer (Lower Ground Floor)
23 Great Castle Street
Oxford Circus
London W1G 0HY

Standard Admission £5.50 (£1 Discount for: Japan Society members/Students/Regulars)

The Japanese Conversation Group provides a friendly and informal atmosphere for Japanese speakers of all nationalities to come together and speak Japanese. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at The Old Explorer, a central London pub. They begin at 6.30pm with a pay-as-you-go bar, and finish around 10.30pm.

You will receive all discounts for which you qualify. The Regular Attendee Discount will apply if you attended at least 50% of meetings during the previous calendar year, or once you attend six meetings in the current year.

Please visit the Japanese Conversation Group website http://jcg.org.uk for further details on their programme, which may be subject to change.

 
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