04/08/2020The Spirit of Animism and Story Making in Manga: 2-Session Workshop with Fumio Obata
In this workshop, Manga artist Fumio Obata will introduce examples of anthropomorphism in visual culture and manga in Japan, and discuss how plants in particular can successfully be given human characteristics. Workshop participants will learn how to create their own characters and devise a short manga story.
10/08/2020ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: No-no Boy by John Okada
Placed in the post-World War 2 setting of a Japanese-American student, Ichiro Yamada. Returning home from University he faces social unacceptance and marginalisation for his non-participation in the war.
13/08/2020Japan Literatures of Remembering. A Panel Discussion on Fiction, Poetry and Anime
The discussion will reflect on the transformations of Japanese identity in literature, exploring themes of time, memory and diversity. We are fortunate to be joined by Mimi Hachikai in Japan who will be reading her poetry alongside her translator Kyoko Yoshida.
26/08/2020ONLINE EVENT - Bilingual Public Speaking Clubオンライン版 バイリンガル・パブリックスピーキングクラブ
The club is open to anyone who would like to improve their skills at speaking in Japanese or English and to learn techniques and tricks to expand their communication and presentation abilities.
28/08/2020Online Beginners’ Shibori (Stitch and bind) Workshop
In this online workshop, led by Rob Jones, the participants will learn basic shibori stitching and binding techniques. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners.
02/09/2020ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Family Romance, LLC directed by Werner Herzog
In partnership with Modern Films, the Film Club in September will discuss Family Romance, LLC, the latest film by Werner Herzog, which explores themes about loneliness and connection. Based on a real-life Japanese Company where family and friends can be made available to hire.
08/09/2020Online Talk - Katagami Stencils: Historical Influence and Contemporary Practice
The Japan Society is pleased to announce a special online talk on Katagami with researcher Mamiko Markham, Head of Collections at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) Zoë Hendon, and practitioner Sarah Desmerais.
14/09/2020Japan Society Book Club: The Frolic of the Beast by Yukio Mishima
Inspired from the classic Noh play ‘Motomezuka’, The Frolic of the Beast follows the university student Koji after having been discharged from prison. The plot gradually develops into a strange love story.
12/10/2020Japan Society Book Club: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata
With the ethereal tone and aesthetic styling characteristic of Kawabata’s prose, The Old Capital tells the story of Chieko, the adopted daughter of a Kyoto kimono designer, Takichiro, and his wife, Shige.
09/11/2020Japan Society Book Club: The Tale of Heike
The Tale of the Heike is Japan’s great martial epic: a masterpiece of world literature and the progenitor of all samurai stories, first assembled from scattered oral poems in the early fourteenth century.