September 10, 2011
The Mayor’s Thames Festival Night Carnival will be held in the evening of 11 September 2011, six months to the day after the massive earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region of Japan.
September 12, 2011
The book for discussion at this meeting is ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’. The book club itself is conducted in English but members can choose the language in which they read the book. A psychological thriller about a woman who murders her ex-husband, and her attempts to evade the police with help from her neighbour.
September 13, 2011
Calligraphy classes for all levels at The Buddhist Society with Sawako Ando
Maka Hannya Haramita Shingyo The Heart of Great Wisdom Sutra (Heart Sutra)
September 16, 2011
Set in a beautiful Japanese garden installation designed by filmmaker Ben Charles Edwards, it features unique theatre effects from raining cherry blossoms to projected waterfalls. The project promises highlights throughout the weekend including nail bars, sushi and Japanese tea ceremonies with kimono dressed staff to serve; but visitors must be aware this a unique Japanese activity, so shoes must be taken off at the door in true Japanese tradition.
September 16, 2011
Gagaku, literally ‘elegant music’, is generally called ‘Japanese court music’. Aside from the imperial palace, however, it is also performed in numerous temples and shrines, and since the late 19th century also by many secular groups as an art music. One of the most distinguished ensembles is the Gagaku Music Society of Tenri University, who will be performing at SOAS.
September 17, 2011
Family Fun: Help us commemorate the upcoming visit of the
Tashi Lhunpo monks by learning how to make your own Tibetan prayer flags and thangkas (miniature Buddhist paintings)
Cost: £5, must be booked in advance
September 18, 2011
Join this fantastic celebration of Japan and its rich culture at the County Hall on the South Bank.
September 19, 2011
Japanese firms have a reputation as influential foreign investors. With this back-drop in mind, Sierk Horn’s lecture examines how Japanese firms are currently developing their presence in the UK. His research finds that Japanese investment behaviour is evolving. While benefiting from a strong presence within Europe, Japanese firms are in the process of reconfiguring their UK presence. Recent surveys show Europe losing ground as a promising region for medium-term overseas business operations. Japanese manufacturers have downgraded the attractiveness of the UK as a business destination. In the last decade the number of Japanese firms in the UK has declined considerably, indicating an appreciable slow-down in interest from Japan.
September 20, 2011
Machiya are traditional forms of Japanese architecture found mainly in central Kyoto, the old capital of Japan.
This evening will provide a sensory insight and experience into the atmosphere of Machiya living. Starting with a very visual lecture, Pauline Chakmakjian reveals the various unique architectural features specific to these charming homes and gives a background to the lifestyle of Kyotoites from the past and present. Machiya would have private client rooms where guests would be entertained with geisha, koto concerts, Noh drama, fan games and other delights. Many Machiya also possess tea ceremony rooms where the merchants would invite their clients and guests as gestures of their respect and hospitality.
September 24, 2011
The exhibition at the Octagon Gallery in conjunction with the workshop weekend (see below) definitely promises to be a “must see” experience. We have pots coming from all over Japan – Bizen, Hagi, Shigaraki and Mino. These have been selected by Jim Keeling during his travels in Japan, and also by Jim’s Japanese contacts. This major selling exhibition features new work by Lisa Hammond, Shinichi Honma, John Jelfs, Jim Keeling, Gas Kimishima, Takumi Kudo, Namba Family, Yasushi Okada, Takeshi Yasuda and more!