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Japan is due to host two sporting ‘mega-events’ in the next few years: The Rugby World Cup 2019 and The Summer Olympics, Tokyo 2020.
The build up to these events provides an opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future role of sport as an opportunity for diplomacy. This symposium, organised by the Japan Foundation London, the Japan Sport Council London and SOAS Japan Research Centre, focuses on mega-sporting events as a public diplomatic platform, and how they create legacies for the global community.
Tetsuya Kimura ( Director-General, Japan Sports Agency)
Richard Caborn (former Minister of Sport 2001-7)
Dr Helen Macnaughtan (Chair, SOAS Japan Research Centre)
Dr J Simon Rofe (SOAS University of London)
Organisers: Japan Foundation London, Japan Sport Council London and SOAS Japan Research Centre
The event is also supported by JSPS London and is followed by a reception sponsored by Sake Samurai.
The event is free and open to the public but registration is essential to guarantee a place.
For further details and to view the event programme please visit the SOAS website: https://www.soas.ac.uk/jrc/events/15may2017-sport-and-diplomacy-past-reflections-and-looking-toward-2020.html
Image: Courtesy of the Japan Sport Council
Okinawa Day is back at Spitalfields this year for a day of Okinawan folk & classical music, Eisa dancing, Karate, food, drinks & much more! Come along with your friends & families, admission is free!
When: Saturday 24th June 2017
Where: Spitalfields, London E1 6AA
Economic growth in recent years has been stubbornly low in developed economies, with the result that increasingly unconventional monetary policy measures have been adopted to provide stimulus. Japan was the first major economy to face these problems, and Professor Kiyohiko Nishimura has had a ring-side seat, having been a member of the Bank of Japan’s Policy Board from 2005-8, and Deputy Governor from 2008-13.
Professor Nishimura will examine the current state of the global economy, focussing on three “seismic” structural changes that have been dampening growth. He will then focus on monetary policy, arguing that “conventional unconventional” monetary policies are entering a phase of declining marginal effectiveness. He will also discuss the Bank of Japan’s negative interest rate policy and “yield-curve control” policy framework from the viewpoint of information and communication. We are fortunate also to have an expert discussant in the form of Professor Jagjit Chadha, Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, who himself has been an advisor to both the Bank of England, where he used to work, and to HM Treasury.
Please arrive before 6:30pm to clear security. Registration prior to the event is essential and you will be asked to present photographic identification and a printed copy of confirmation email upon entry to the Embassy of Japan.
What goes with a summer Friday night in London better than saying cheers with friends? Saying cheers with a glass of sake and enjoying the amazing offerings of Urban Food Fest! The Kampai Social is part of the larger HYPER JAPAN event, and allows you not only access to HYPER JAPAN itself (a £15 value) but also to Urban Food Fest, not to mention…
Join the special HYPER JAPAN after work crew and we’ll throw in a ticket to the Sake Experience – Europe’s largest public tasting event for sake.(also a £15 value). We’ve gathered ten breweries from across Japan, boasting a selection of over two dozen sakes for you to sample, and also invited the master brewers behind these creations. You’ll have the rare chance to speak directly with these artisans, learning more about their offerings and craft. To add to the experience further, attendees will be able to vote for their favourite, with all those taking part eligible for a draw to win fabulous prizes. Treat yo’self!
Urban Food Fest will be bringing a decadent selection of international cuisine to spice up the evening’s offerings. See our page for more info!
London’s very own and much loved festival of Japanese culture – Japan Matsuri – returns this year on Sunday 24th September to Trafalgar Square, one of the capital’s most famous landmarks. Now in its 9th year and a regular fixture in the London calendar, this energetic annual event brings people together to enjoy an amazing day of Japanese food, music, dance and so much more. It’s a firm family favourite attracting large numbers of children and young people. And it’s absolutely free!
Japan Matsuri is a charity and organized by volunteers from the Japan Association in the UK, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK, the Japan Society and the Nippon Club. Additionally it receives support from the Embassy of Japan in the UK and the Japan Foundation and is also supported by the Mayor of London and Westminster City Council.
The Experience Japan Exhibition aims to introduce the growing range of study and research opportunities available in Japan.
This year, 14 of Japan’s leading universities will be attending to provide information on degree programmes taught entirely in English, as well as on the research opportunities, summer courses and other options open to international students. There will also be a chance to find out about the variety of scholarships and research funding available to enable you to take advantage of these learning opportunities.
The seminar line-up offers participants the chance to learn about the basics of life in Japan and hear directly from people with experience of studying and researching there. Guest speakers will also be delivering presentations that provide insights into Japanese language and popular culture, and there will be a special seminar on the ever-popular Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.
So come along and find your way to Japan – the experience of a lifetime awaits!
Online registration is recommended but not required. Pre-register via the link below to receive a special gift on the day of the exhibition.
Those who pre-register can also enter a prize draw for the chance to win a London-Tokyo return flight ticket courtesy of Japan Airlines.
A free film season dedicated to celebrating the diverse and exceptional work by the new generation of female directors who have emerged from the Japanese archipelago in the last fifteen years.
A selection of four films, three of them UK premieres, will offer a glimpse into the distinctive voices of these writer-directors, whose work remains largely undiscovered outside their home country. Each with their particular style, these filmmakers have secured themselves a unique place in the current Japanese film industry. They have done so by occupying a narrative space that is neither mainstream nor fully arthouse, subverting genre boundaries, creating unparalleled new visions, and rarely adhering to a solely female-centric vision.
To complete the season, a panel discussion with Japanese cinema experts will examine the proliferation of female filmmakers in the modern Japanese film industry. In doing so, framing debate on the current position of women behind the scenes both in Japan and across the globe.
This season has been curated by Irene Silvera Frischknecht as part of the M.A. in Film Studies Programming and Curation at the National Film and Television School in collaboration with the Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan in the U.K.
22nd November, 6.30pm, at the Embassy of Japan in the UK: Rent-a-Cat dir. Naoko Ogigami (2012)
Book here: http://bit.ly/2hafWlR
30th November, 6.30pm, at Courthouse Cinema: Bare Essence of Life: Ultra Miracle Love Story dir. Satoko Yokohama (2009)
Book here: http://bit.ly/2hzs254
1st December, 6.30pm, at Courthouse Cinema: Death of a Japanese Salesman dir. Mami Sunada (2011)
Book here: http://bit.ly/2i0kk40
2nd December, 12pm, at Rich Mix: Wild Berries, dir. Miwa Nishikawa (2003)
Book here: bit.ly/2AVwV0h
2nd December, 2.30pm, at Rich Mix: panel discussion with Jasper Sharp, Kate Taylor, Alejandra Armendáriz and Irene Silvera
Book here: http://bit.ly/2h8A87M
Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema
Everybody has once told a lie or kept something hidden from others. Whether for good intentions or otherwise, it is a fundamental and intriguing aspect of human nature which has provided inspiration to countless storytellers and filmmakers.
With diverse cinematic voices, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 features some of the best examples of cinema from Japan and will look at how the country’s filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the “(un)true” colours of human nature. The twists and turns of life portrayed in the programme are at times heart-rending, at other times hilarious, but always enthralling.
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 is programmed and produced by Junko Takekawa, Paul Graham, Yuri Kubota and coordinated by Darian De La Cruz and Melisha Kontemeniotis. Special thanks to Kiyomi Nakazaki, Dr Alexander Jacoby and Jasper Sharp.
3 leading UK based Japanese makers come together to present TUKURU at the Sway Gallery exclusively for Clerkenwell Design Week 2018.
Ceramics Ikuko Iwamoto MA RCA, metalsmith Kei Tominaga MA & mix media artist Naori Priestly MA RCA will be presenting collections and their interpretation of TUKURU – the Japanese word for Create.
Ikuko Iwamoto MA RCA (Ceramics)
‘TUKURU means to create, however, it could have broader translations including to cook, to brew, to grow, etc. (All depends on the Chinese letters you apply with it). My background is a farmer who creates crops. My new collection will incorporate old everyday farming tools into my sculptures’.
Kei Tominaga MA (Metalsmith)
When the hands are working, shapes always appear so that “Creating” means “Moving hands” for me. Growing up I was immersed in the environment where always some materials and creating around in my childhood since my mother’s dressmaking work. I was watching how the materials turn into the things/ product and playing with the pieces of material like paper, cloth, string which I can find easily. I still use everyday material as motifs as it’s concept or texture, reflecting those ideas on the metal and creating works by my hands.
Naori Priestly MA RCA (Mixed Media Artist)
My approach for this group show focuses on a rather cynical way. Tukuru is also meaning of ‘pretend something’. In English, many words feature a silent/magic ‘e’. Likewise, in Japanese some typographic symbols pretend to be words and work like word in the sentence. She has been curious about this creature like symbols.
Two these makers will be demonstrating their making skills throughout CDW (please see essential information for event times). This will be one of the very few showcases to display contemporary high-end craft during CDW 2018. All work is available to purchase and welcome bespoke commissions.
TUKURU at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018
Dates: 22-24 May: 11:00am – 19:00pm daily
Location: Sway Gallery, 70-72 Old St, London EC1V 9AN
Press Brunch: Tuesday 22 May. 11am – 1pm
**An exclusive viewing of TUKURU and chance for you to meet all three makers over Japanese tea and nibbles. RSVP essential via: firstname.lastname@example.org**
Private view: Tuesday 22 May. Sake-based cocktail served between 18:00pm – 20:30pm
Drinks receptions: Wednesday 23 May 18:00pm – 20:30pm
Maker demonstrations – Free entry
22 May 4pm to 5pm // Naori Priestly
Modular Origami demonstration
Naori Priestly will demonstrate using paper folding techniques to make 3D structure with paper.
23 May 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm // Ikuko Iwamoto
The Dotty-decoration by Ikuko Iwamoto
Ikuko Iwamoto will decorate the cup by applying dots with syringe-like tool with porcelain slip.
About Clerkenwell Design Week
This May will see the ninth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) take place from May 22-24th 2018. As the annual focus for London’s leading design district, the festival programme has been created to reflect the unique nature of this vibrant London hub which is home to a plethora of creative businesses, design consultancies, showrooms and architectural practices. 2018 will again play host to hundreds of design-led fringe events, showroom presentations, workshops, talks and public-facing installations. Activities will run over three days and follow a
distinct trail north to south from Spa Fields down to Farringdon.
Press Contact (for images and invitations):
Future Icons // www.futureicons.co.uk
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