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Japan is currently going through the most dramatic demographic transition that the world has ever seen that cannot be ascribed to either war or plague. Life expectancy is rising, fertility rates are falling, the country is ageing and the population is shrinking – all faster than in any other country in the world. According to most estimates, by the end of the current century, the Japanese population will be half its present size. There is no area of Japanese educational, social, political and economic policy which remains untouched by this demographic shift. This talk will discuss some of its most immediate implications, focussing in particular on a predicted implosion of Japan’s higher education system where, since 2014, supply has for the first time outstripped demand.
Roger Goodman has since 2008 been Head of Oxford University’s Social Sciences Division which, with almost 1000 academic staff, is one of the largest groups of social scientists in the world. In 2003, he took up the Nissan Chair of Modern Japanese Studies. Prof. Goodman’s research over the past 30 years has been mainly on the education and social welfare system of modern Japan. He has published many books including, most recently, Higher Education and the State, 2012, A Sociology of Japanese Youth, 2011, and Ageing in Asia, 2007. Prof. Goodman is currently Chair of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.
Ignacio Jarquin joins the Japan Society to discuss and perform excerpts from his stunning show Mme Butterfly – The One Man Opera.
Behind the sweeping emotionalism of Puccini’s popular tragedy Madama Butterfly lies a real-life drama of imperialism and sexual exploitation amid the grittiness of late 19th century Nagasaki. Set thirty years after the end of the iconic Puccini opera, which leaves a mixed race child abandoned by its mother and father, Ignacio’s new work seeks to answer the question, ‘What happened next?’
Mme Butterfly – The One Man Opera brings together nihon buyo, noh and a contemporary operatic score by doyen British composer Michael Finnissy to depict Madame Butterfly’s son in his journey to America in search of his father, now the Governor of Georgia and engaged in a fight for re-election.
Ignacio will discuss how Mme Butterfly – The One Man Opera uses traditional Japanese music, dance and drama to explore an iconic story that belongs fundamentally to Western cultural archetypes, and will draw parallels between Puccini’s opera and Michael Finnissy’s wonderful new score. He will also be joined by historian Chris Roberts, who will discuss the sociocultural environment in which the Butterfly story was born.
Since the opening of Japan to greater contact with the West in the mid nineteenth century, Japan’s relationship with the wider world has been one of its most sustained and dynamic sources of new ideas. The Japanese have engaged internationally in a wide variety of ways and for a broad range of different motives. Despite the breadth of these means and purposes, all have faced a similar dilemma: the question of language. In short, the need to learn a (usually European) language has been a persistent barrier to better and more fruitful connections overseas.
For some, a potential solution to their problems came in the form of the constructed language Esperanto. Intended to facilitate international communication and cooperation, Esperanto was designed to be easy and fast to learn. Japan came to be the home of the largest non-European Esperanto community. Particularly in the 1920s and 1930s, a wide range of Japanese experimented with it: socialists and anarchists; schoolchildren; scientists, engineers and doctors, followers of various religions old and new; foreign visitors to Japan and Japanese abroad. Although peaking in the interwar period, it is a history which spans the twentieth century.
The Esperanto movement was but one part of a wide network of popular efforts: groups, and individuals seeking to reimagine Japan’s position on a global scale. By following the broad history of popular, bottom-up attempts to forge connections with worlds beyond Japan’s borders, I aim to explore a new dimension of the ways in which ordinary Japanese saw themselves, and the world around them.
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation will host a recital by award-winning violinist Ms Lisa Ueda, in aid of the children of Fukushima, who have still been suffering from the effects of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disasters. This year is particularly poignant, as it marks the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The 5th of May is Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day) in Japan, and Lisa also performed at the Foundation on Children’s Day in 2011.
Lisa will perform Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata, followed by Respighi’s Sonata. She will be joined by her distinguished duo pianist, Daniele Rinaldo.
Lisa and the Daiwa Foundation would like to ask you to support Academy Camp, a Japanese charity helping and supporting the children of Fukushima to expand their experience of study by taking them to academic camps. GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding service for non-profits around the world, will match 100% all donations to Academy Camp for children in Fukushima and other Tohoku projects while funds remain.
Please take part in this wonderful opportunity to help them: https://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/academy-camp/
More information about the Duo: http://www.lisaueda.com/#!uedarinaldo-duo/ct3n
The recital will be held from 7pm at St Pancras Church,Euston Rd, London NW1 2BA
【Gamadase from UK project】
The earthquake (biggest magnitude is 7.3) occurred at south area of Japan and Kyushu on April 14 (main shock occurred on April 16) did big harm in each city.
49 people passed away in Kumamoto near the epicenter in particular, and the dead related to an earthquake exceeded 20 people.
It also causes housing damage beyond 100,000 houses (current as of 5/25 days).
There are much people who can’t live the life as always even though more than 1 month has passed from the earthquake occurring.
However, some people are trying to advance the pace to the rehabilitation gradually in Kumamoto.
We hope this project can support Kumamoto’s rehabilitation and also be the bridge between London and Kumamoto.
This is a project for the purpose of gathering contributions through the Can badge sale to help with the reconstruction for the area that suffered damage caused by Kumamoto earthquake generated in Japan in April, 2016.The profit that gathered is all sent to the distribution Committee of the Japanese Red Cross Society through the country’s Japan Embassy in the UK and is sent to the affected place.
We provide 3 types of badges design by Risako Ueda which include simple one and Kawaii one all of which expressing the connection between Japan and UK.
Now you can find our badges at Japan Centre and Okinawa Day which will be held on June 25th.
The JETAA London PUB QUIZ IS BACK!
Sharpen up on your trivia and clear out those cranial cobwebs – JETAA London is having a charity pub quiz on Thursday 30 March 2017! We will be raising money for Second Harvest Japan, Japan’s first food bank. Get a team together and get involved!
Teams: up to 6 people
Cost: £2 per person (all proceeds will go to Second Harvest Japan – so feel free to contribute more!)
Venue: The Somers Town Coffee House Basement Bar (The Cosy Kettle), NW1 1HS (between Euston and King’s Cross stations)
As ever there will be prizes, ranging from wonderfully desirable to frankly disappointing! Quiz starts at 7:30pm so ARRIVE EARLY to register your team and bag yourself some seats as the pub quiz is always popular! The Committee will be there from 6:30pm.
Feel free to turn up alone or with a couple of friends even if you don’t have a full team! We’re happy to introduce you to some more team members.
This event is open to anyone who would like to demonstrate their quiz prowess with new and old friends whilst helping raise money for a good cause. Please feel free to invite non-JET friends along!
More about Second Harvest Japan: https://2hj.org/english/
P.S. There will be a prize for the best team name, so get your thinking caps on!
GREAT PRIZES TO BE WON! All money raised goes towards the British Heart Foundation!
Come along to The Taproom (basement) for a Japan-themed pub quiz and raffle!
There will be non-Japan rounds too, so you don’t have to be an expert to join in!
Pub quiz entry: £5
Raffle tickets: £1 a strip
Times: Arrive from 6.30pm. Pub quiz starts at 7pm, followed by raffle!
Nearest station: Highbury & Islington / Angel
The Taproom serves craft beer and delicious pizza!
Prizes include a Japanese meal, DVDs, books and more!
Proud East brings the tastes and energy of Japan to London with a new Pop-up!
Whether you want to connect with traditional culture, sample new, fresh flavours or experience a neon-lit night to remember, Proud has a corner of vibrant Japan to enthral every visitor.
Embrace the contemporary sounds, tastes and vibrant street-life of Japan this Spring and venture down the blossom-lined paths of Regent’s Canal to Proud East. With hands-on workshops, eclectic cinema and the delicate tastes of Japanese fine cuisine, Proud’s pop-up fuses Tokyo’s dynamic cultural hub with century old customs.
Combining national culinary traditions with the modern theatre of street food vendors, Proud East’s open plan kitchen will be taken over by one of the finest London restaurants, Tonkotsu, with a tantalising menu including fresh Gyozo, Crab Korokke, Chicken Kara-age and Tonkotsu’s signature dish, their intensely flavoursome and creamy Ramen.
For more info on the event, see the website here http://www.proudeast.com/popupjapan/
Hana Machi – by SAKI&Bitches
DATES: 13-28 Sep 2018
PRIVATE VIEW: 13 Sep 18-20
In a celebration of heritage and the power of a woman’s sexuality, ‘Hana Machi’ is an intimate exhibition by Japanese-born, London-based painter, SAKI&Bitches.
SAKI&Bitches is Japanese Street artist/painter/illustrator currently based in London.
She has a background in the fashion industry, having worked as a make-up artist for seven years in Tokyo, New York and London before switching from faces to the canvas.
As a self-taught artist, SAKI’s work/style grow from doodles on the back of scrap pieces of paper to full-scale portraits.
She’s playing around with multiple mediums over the years; paint, pencils, stencils, woodcraft and some sculpting.
Her work is unintentionally controversial and erotically sweet, it’s plain twisted.
Her glamorous paintings keep flirting around London!
An art exhibition in support of National Ugly Mugs (NUM).
Part of the art sales will be donated to NUM.
Their mission: ending violence against sex workers