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Fit for the Future? The Kimono in Contemporary Japan


23 November 2017
St Cross College, Oxford
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With few young Japanese people choosing to wear the kimono, and fewer still choosing the buy one of these expensive traditional garments, the shops and craftspeople who sell and make the kimono are facing troubled times. Third generation kimono shop owner Yoshihide Shibakawa is coming to St Cross College on Thursday 23rd November to deliver a special talk on his vision of the future of the kimono and what it means to be a retailer in the traditional industries in 21st century Japan. 
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STICERD Japanese Studies Programme Lecture: ‘Envisaging China’s Future’


24 November 2017
32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields (LSE)
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Toshiya Tsugami is an independent China business consultant. After graduating from the University of Tokyo (Faculty of Law) in 1980, he served in Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and observed China’s WTO entry negotiations. He has also been Economic Counsellor at the Embassy in Beijing and METI’s Director for Northeast Asia. Mr Tsugami’s lecture will consider China’s economic future, including the potentially divergent trajectories of the ‘old’ and ‘new’ sectors of its economy, as well as the short and longer term interactions between the country’s economy and its position in international politics. There will be an opportunity for questions to Mr. Tsugami.
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Heaven’s Wind: Translation of Japanese Poetry and Prose


27 November 2017
The Hostry , Norwich Cathedral
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Award-winning translators Peter MacMillan and Angus Turvill will explore the fascinating topic of translating Japanese poetry and prose. The evening will feature presentations by each author and a panel discussion, followed by a drinks reception. .
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Tears and Laughter: Women in Japanese Melodrama


16 October – 29 November 2017
BFI Southbank
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Japanese cinema’s ‘Golden Age’ following WWII to the early 1960s, an era when each year brought new masterpieces from directors such as Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi and Mikio Naruse. This film season includes several titles rarely screened in the UK, and spotlights the magnificent female actors who starred in them – figures such as Kinuyo Tanaka, Setsuko Hara, Machiko Kyo, Isuzu Yamada and Hideko Takamine.
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SAHGB’s Annual Lecture – Nihon to Seiyo: Japan and the West


29 November 2017
The Courtauld Institute of Art
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Neil Jackson, the Charles Reilly Professor of Architecture at the University of Liverpool in London and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) will take the opportunity of the Annual Lecture to look at the influence which Japanese architecture has had on the West, and that of Western architecture upon Japan, over the last one hundred and fifty years.
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From Patients to Pros: The Paralympics and the Evolving Image of Disabled Athletes in Japan


29 November 2017
Brunei Gallery, SOAS
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How did Japan come to embrace disabled athletes as elite competitors, and what remains to be done? This lecture tracks how Japanese perceptions of the role of the disabled and disability in sports changed between the 1964 and 2020 Tokyo Olympics, primarily focusing on representations of disabled athletes in official and popular materials over the past fifty years.
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Yasuhisa Kohyama & William Wilkins Ceramics Exhibition


8 – 30 November 2017
Erskine, Hall & Coe
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This exhibition comprises 23 ceramics by acclaimed Japanese artist Yasuhisa Kohyama, and 4 paintings based on these ceramics by British painter William Wilkins. Kohyama has played a significant role in reviving traditional Japanese ceramic techniques, and his work is collected and exhibited internationally. Wilkins specialises in pointillism to bring out luminosity and opacity in his still life paintings, especially in ceramics.
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Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers


22 November – 2 December 2017
Embassy of Japan, Courthouse Cinema, Rich Mix – London
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This film season is co-organised by the Japan Information and Cultural Centre (JICC), Japan Foundation and National Film and Television School and is dedicated to celebrating the diverse and exceptional work by the new generation of female directors such as Naoko Ogigami, Miwa Nishikawa and Satoko Yokohama who have emerged from the Japanese archipelago in the last fifteen years.
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Oku Memorial Trophy Rugby Tournament


2 December 2017 (kick off from 12 noon)
Richmond Athletic Ground
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Commemorating Ambassador Katsuhiko Oku’s tragic death in 2003, this rugby event is annually contested between two of his former clubs, London Japanese and the Kew Occasionals, and this year joined by Hertford College Oxford, his former college, who will field a Past & Present XV in the tournament. This is followed by an open after party in the RAG clubhouse.
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UK-Japan Music Society’s 26th Christmas Concert


9 December 2017 (5pm)
St John’s Wood Church, London
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After celebrating our 25th Anniversary Year, the UK-Japan Music Society has restructured UK-Japan Choir and is launching UK-Japan Consort – groups of young professional musicians of singers and instrumentalists from UK and Japan. Vivaldi Gloria, and music ofBach, Tchaikovsky, Hirai, Gregory and carols will be performed to anticipate the spirit of Christmas, conducted by Jonathan Gregory.
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Tokyo to the Tees: Middlesbrough and Japan


30 May – 31 December 2017
Dorman Museum
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Dorman Museum’s exhibition features the little-known connection between Teeside and Meiji Japan. 140 years ago, local artist Christopher Dresser was the first European designer to visit Japan after the reopening of trade links between the two countries. Tokyo to the Tees showcases the effect this had on his work, and tells the history of the local area’s once-thriving Japanese community.
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Kodo – Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble


30 January – 7 February 2018
UK Tour 2018
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Kodo is one of the best known and most influential taiko performing arts ensemble in the world and returns to the UK in 2018 with the European premiere performances of Evolution. Under the forward-looking artistic direction of kabuki luminary Tamasaburo Bando, Evolution showcases the creative development of Kodo, its past, its present and its commitment to the future of taiko performing arts. Evolution is presented under Kodo’s One Earth Tour banner and received its world premiere in Tokyo in 2016. The five UK performances in Brighton, Manchester, Canterbury, Birmingham and Gateshead between 30 January and 7 February mark the production’s very first performances outside of Japan.
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40 Years with Murakami Haruki, International Conference


8 – 9 March 2018
Newcastle University
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2018 marks the 40th anniversary of now-renowned Japanese author Murakami Haruki’s first novel. To celebrate this event, The School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University is hosting an Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project on the subject of Murakami and his work. Confirmed keynote speakers include four Murakami scholars from Japan and abroad. In addition, scholars and professionals are invited to submit papers on the subject for further discussion.
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Dressed to Impress: Netsuke and Japanese Men’s Fashion


4 November 2017 – 22 April 2018
The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath
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This exhibition explores the intricate accessories worn by Japanese men during the Edo period. Netsuke are a form of Japanese miniature sculpture that were primarily functional, but evolved into an important art form. The selections on display were chosen from over 2,300 in partnership with the British Museum, alongside other objects such as katana, kimono, and an inro display case.
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