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Sep
15
Thu
2016
Yosakoi London September Meetings
Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Yosakai Group LondonYosakai dance group based in London.

Yosakoi is a highly energetic Japanese dance style – a modern take on the traditional summer dance of Awa Odori. It started in Kōchi in 1954 and since then it has become very popular throughout Japan.

If you are interested, you can just come along to any of our meetings listed in the sidebar. Whether you want to dance or just say hi, we are always happy to see new faces.

You can also email us at yosakoi.london@gmail.com and we will make sure you are notified of any new dates.

September meetings are scheduled for Tuesday 6th, Thursday 15th and Thursday 29th. Please arrive at 6.50pm to start at 7pm.

http://yosakoilondon.co.uk/

https://m.facebook.com/yosakoilondon/

Sep
29
Thu
2016
Yosakoi London September Meetings
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Yosakai Group LondonYosakai dance group based in London.

Yosakoi is a highly energetic Japanese dance style – a modern take on the traditional summer dance of Awa Odori. It started in Kōchi in 1954 and since then it has become very popular throughout Japan.

If you are interested, you can just come along to any of our meetings listed in the sidebar. Whether you want to dance or just say hi, we are always happy to see new faces.

You can also email us at yosakoi.london@gmail.com and we will make sure you are notified of any new dates.

September meetings are scheduled for Tuesday 6th, Thursday 15th and Thursday 29th. Please arrive at 6.50pm to start at 7pm.

http://yosakoilondon.co.uk/

https://m.facebook.com/yosakoilondon/

Jan
24
Tue
2017
心こころKokoro/Heart/Le Coeur @ Sway Gallery London
Jan 24 @ 11:00 am – Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm
心こころKokoro/Heart/Le Coeur @ Sway Gallery London | England | United Kingdom

This is good chance to see beautiful Japanese calligraphy art “書道 ( shodo )” in London. In this exhibition, she represents various 心こころ “Kokoro” in Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana, and the Latin alphabet ( English and French ).

Feb
26
Sun
2017
Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime @ Cafe Oto
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm
Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime @ Cafe Oto

A Blend of Classical and the Avant-garde
古典とアヴァンギャルドの融合

Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime is the new experimental music and animation project fronted by British producer and sound artist Verity Lane. Lane has collaborated with three animators and one traditional Japanese dancer to create four sonic installations thatpresent an alternative take on classical Japanese music. With a mix of world-class British and Japanese traditional instrumentalists, this project boasts intimate live performances as well as visual artwork and spoken word.

Embrace the dark and mysterious
暗闇と神秘を抱いて。

Experience an original interpretation of yugen, and immerse yourself within the mysterious sonic landscape.

Creative Participants:

Performers
Etsuko Takezawa (koto/Tokyo-based*), Ko Ishikawa (sho)/Tokyo-based*), Kaho Aso (traditional Japanese dance), Liam Noble (piano),Tomoko Komura (Narration), Clive Bell (shakuhachi)

Animators
Rowan O’Brien, Barry O’Brien, Etienne Eve

Artwork
Tottenham Soundscapes resident artist, Christopher Lane.

Yugenism: An introduction

Origin

• Derived from the Japanese term yugen.

• Yugen: a traditional Japanese aesthetic often referred to as the ‘dark and mysterious’, or simply Japanese sublime (Verity Lane’s choice of phrase). An aesthetic synonymous with Noh theatre.

• After extensive research into the term yugenism, Lane discoveredthat the late Japanese artist Kenzo Okada coined the phrase in the 20th century (after originally believing she conceived the idea first).

Yugenism: The movement as led by Verity Lane

• A progressive movement that explores new interpretations of the Japanese sublime.
• Faithful to its original roots, but updating the notion with radical creative elements.

Creative Result

• Melancholic, mysterious, dark, sublime, transcendental, programmatic (based on poems and stories), refined, impermanence.

Alternative Interpretations of the Japanese Sublime

You will be presented with 4 brand new pieces written for a combination of Japanese and Western instruments. The resulting soundscapes will be accompanied with bespoke animations and traditional Japanese dance. Instruments will include the koto (Japanese harp), sho (mouthorgan), shakuhachi (bamboo flute), piano and organ. Each piece is programmatic in nature, and aims to depict poems and famous Japanese stories.

Creativity and innovation is at the helm of this collaborative project –expressing the magic of the Japanese sublime.

Oct
4
Wed
2017
Phew @ Cafe Oto
Oct 4 @ 7:30 pm
Phew @ Cafe Oto  | England | United Kingdom

Phew is the performing moniker of Japanese avant-garde vocalist, whose eclectic career has consistently attracted collaborations with the cream of her contemporaries in left-field popular music. Inspired by seeing the Sex Pistols she first fronted Osaka art-punk band Aunt Sally, releasing one coveted album on Vanity in 1979. Ryuichi Sakamoto then produced her debut single as a solo artist and her subsequent classic self-titled LP features the propulsive backbone of CAN’s Jaki Liebezeit and Holger Czukay. The next three decades took her from post-punk with members of Einstürzende Neubaten and DAF to experimental pop with Jim O’Rourke , her stoic voice remaining unmistakably Phew throughout. In recent years she has come full circle as a solo musician, a scrupulous obsession with vintage hardware lending her new minimal synth work a metronomic aura reminiscent of the early Phew material, but now fully under her control.

Oct
20
Fri
2017
Japanese Sandscapes: The Tale of Mt Fuji @ The Shaft (Brunel Museum)
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 10:00 pm
Japanese Sandscapes: The Tale of Mt Fuji @ The Shaft (Brunel Museum) | England | United Kingdom
  • Experience a night of experimental Japanese music, sand-art, Japanese cuisine & sake at London’s newest venue, The Shaft!

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Event supported by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation & Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

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Venue: The Shaft (Brunel Museum
Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe
London, SE16 4LF)

Homepage

Nearest Station: Rotherhithe

Tickets: £10/£5 concessions

8pm, Friday 20th October 2017
(7pm food & drinks)
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/japanese-sandscapes-the-tale-of-mt-fuji-7pm-friday-performance-tickets-37889104331

*Reasonably priced Japanese food and drinks (specialty sake, beer and soft drinks) served 1 hour before and after the start of both performances*

DonDonburi (Gyudon & Yasaidon) https://www.facebook.com/dondonburistreet/

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Creative Participants

Verity Lane (Composer/Soundscapist)
Akifumi Kasanuki (Live sand art performance)
Kaho Aso (traditional Japanese dance/shinobue/nohkan/kotsuzumi)
Beibei Wang (percussion)
Alison Blunt (Violin)
Veryan Weston (Piano)
Tomoko Komura (storytelling)
*Detailed information below*

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Food

DonDonburi
“We are a street food stall that sell Gyudon and Yasaidon (vegan version), a popular Japanese dish of thinly sliced beef, cooked in a sauce served on a bed of rice. We also do a vegan version, we call Yasaidon, which is our own creation. We substitute the beef for fried tofu, mushrooms and daikon radish, which is then cooked in a vegetarian Dashi (stock).”

https://www.facebook.com/dondonburistreet/

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After her debut experimental multi-media project Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime sold out across London, soundscapist and composer Verity Lane is back with an exciting new project entitled Japanese Sandscapes: The Story of Mt. Fuji. With an international debut performance by up-and-coming Japanese sand artist Akifumi Kasanuki, this collaborative project aims to create elements of the Japanese sublime in the form of audio-visual installations that depict the famous Japanese story of The Bamboo Cutter.

To compliment Kasanuki’s live sand art display, traditional Japanese instrumentalist Kaho Aso will be bringing Lane’s music to life, with audio experiences scored for the kotsuzumi drum and Japanese flute and dance.

Medley for Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime

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Detailed Artist Biographies

Verity Lane/ Soundscapist and Project Leader

Verity Lane Born in Tottenham and spending the last 10 years in Japan, soundscapist, audio artist and producer Verity Lane specialises in creating highly visual soundscapes for traditional Japanese instruments.

Her recent music project Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime (supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation) saw her launch herself within London’s experimental music scene, selling out venues across London. BBC broadcaster and journalist Kevin Le Gendre described the event as “strikingly original” (Jazzwise Magazine, 27th February 2017)

https://www.facebook.com/veritycomposer/

Kaho Aso/ Kotsuzumi (drum), Japanese Flute & Dance (Buyo)

Kaho Aso is a traditional Japanese dancer, multi-instrumentalist and actor from Tokyo, Japan. She completed a PHD at the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts where she focused on traditional Japanese instruments. As well as performing internationally, she has appeared in a variety of Japanese advert campaigns, TV programmes and films, as well as the Hollywood film Blue Eye Samurai. She was appointed as a Japan Cultural Envoy by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, and currently resides in London.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0NuvfojMGA
http://aso.kaho.jp/ (Japanese)

Akifumi Kasanuki/ Sand Art
A graduate of Japan’s renowned Tama Art University where he specialised in Japanese art, Akifumi Kasanuki is now a fast emerging figure within Japan’s sand art scene. Resident sand-artist at Kawakuchiko Music Forrest, Kasanuki has developed his craft, and exhibits his work regularly at various exhibitions around Japan, including the Teshikaga Art Festival and Fuji’s Carne exhibition. Living and working in close proximity to Mt. Fuji has given Kasanuki a profound appreciation of this iconic mountain, which is reflected heavily in his work. This will be Kasanuki’s first performance outside of Japan, and promises to be a rare insight into the many aspects of Mt. Fuji not to be missed. www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBaHs1zMJPY

Beibei Wang/Percussion
Beibei Wang is an international breakthrough artist from China, focusing her talents on the field of percussion. She has attended various prestigious music schools in both China and the UK, including Central Conservatory of Music and Royal Academy of music. Her performance approach is uniquely expressive and engaging, blending both theatrical sensibilities with dramatic elements. Wang is a highly versatile musician, and enjoys working in various genres including classical, contemporary, jazz, rock and Chinese traditional music. She enjoys challenging perceptions, performing works that include non-conventional instruments such as fire and water. She has also worked with highly praised composers such as Tan Dun (composer of the soundtrack to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, (2000)).
http://www.beibeimusic.com/

Veryan Weston/Piano
Veryan Weston is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, arranger and improviser from Cornwall, England. He completed a degree in performance art at Middlesex University, followed by a master’s degree in composition at Goldsmith’s College, London. His unique style blends elements of modern composition with contemporary improvisation, as demonstrated in his collaborative works with renowned artists such as Phil Minton, Trevor Watts, Luc Ex, Hannah Marshall and John Edwards. He received a fellowship from the Digswell Arts Trust in Hertfordshire, where he co-founded and composed for the group Stinky Winkles (‘Young jazz Musicians of 1979’, by Greater London Arts Association). Other notable achievements include performing music on Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio alongside Lol Coxhill in 1986.

http://veryanweston.weebly.com/

Alison Blunt/Violin
Alison Blunt was born in Mombasa (Kenya), grew up in Nairobi, and subsequently the Lake District. Since undertaking classical violin training at prestigious music colleges including Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Blunt has been creating and performing new works utilising or consisting of improvisation. She has performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia, US, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand with a wide array of artists including Evan Parker, Mark Sanders, BARREL, Barcode Quartet and Berlin Improvisers Orchestra as well as performing as a soloist. Amongst broader performance and research activities, Blunt was a member of collective ASITIS, ‘Experiments in Spontaneous Performance’ and Apocryphal Theatre. A writer of articles and voice on radio and podcasts, she is also a highly experienced workshop leader exploring music-making with people of all ages and abilities. Blunt refuses to be pigeon-holed.

https://www.alisonblunt.com/

Tomoko Komura/Storytelling
Tomoko Komura is a London-based performer, actor and instrumentalist from Japan. She completed an MA at London International School of Performing Arts, and performs regularly around the UK as a member of Japanese band No Cars and the Frank Chickens.

Yoshie Omata/ Assistant Project Manager
Born in Yamanashi, Japan, Yoshie Omata studied piano performance at Tokyo’s Kunitachi College of Music. She then completed an MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has worked at several international music agencies and production companies in London, as well as taking on the accompanist role at the long-running multi-media project Sand Art & Live Music, Kawaguchiko Music Forest, Japan. She is the resident designer for the London-based community project Tottenham Soundscapes; her unique poster designs incorporate an element of hand-drawn calligraphy, bringing a traditional Japanese flavour to her work.

Oct
21
Sat
2017
Japanese Sandscapes:The Tale of Mt Fuji @ The Shaft, Brunel Gallery
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Japanese Sandscapes:The Tale of Mt Fuji @ The Shaft, Brunel Gallery | England | United Kingdom

♪Experience a night of experimental Japanese music, sand art, authentic Japanese cuisine and specialty Sake at London’s newest venue, The Shaft!♪

3pm, Saturday 21st October 2017
Reasonably priced Japanese food and drinks (specialty sake, beer and soft drinks) served from 2pm ~!

After her debut experimental multi-media project Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime sold out across London, soundscapist and composer Verity Lane is back with an exciting new project entitled Japanese Sandscapes: The Story of Mt. Fuji.
With an international debut performance by up-and-coming Japanese sand artist Akifumi Kasanuki, this collaborative project aims to create elements of the Japanese sublime in the form of audio-visual installations that depict the famous Japanese story of The Bamboo Cutter. To compliment Kasanuki’s live sand art display, acclaimed Japanese instrumentalist Kaho Aso will be bringing Lane’s music to life, with audio experiences scored for the kotsuzumi drum, Japanese flute and dance.

Event supported by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation & Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

What to Expect
You will be presented with four new works that explore the story of Japan’s iconic mountain, with narratives told in both sand and sound. To compliment Kasanuki’s live sand art display, traditional Japanese instrumentalist Kaho Aso will be bringing Lane’s music to life, with audio experiences scored for the kotsuzumi drum and Japanese flute, as well as avant-garde piano provided by free jazz legend Veryan Weston, experimental violin by Alison Blunt and awe-inspiring performances by percussionist Beibei Wang. Expect interactive performances throughout the course of this 1 hour show between traditional Japanese dance and visuals, as well as spoken word performances and storytelling.
Medley for Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime

Creative Participants
Verity Lane (Composer/Soundscapist)
Akifumi Kasanuki (Live sand art performance)
Kaho Aso (traditional Japanese dance/shinobue/nohkan/kotsuzumi)
Beibei Wang (percussion)
Alison Blunt (Violin)
Veryan Weston (Piano)
Tomoko Komura (storytelling)
*Detailed information below*
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Food

DonDonburi
“We are a street food stall that sell Gyudon and Yasaidon (vegan version), a popular Japanese dish of thinly sliced beef, cooked in a sauce served on a bed of rice. We also do a vegan version, we call Yasaidon, which is our own creation. We substitute the beef for fried tofu, mushrooms and daikon radish, which is then cooked in a vegetarian Dashi (stock).”
https://www.facebook.com/dondonburistreet/
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Verity Lane/ Sound Artists and Project Leader
Verity Lane Born in Tottenham and spending the last 10 years in Japan, soundscapist, audio artist and producer Verity Lane specialises in creating highly visual soundscapes for traditional Japanese instruments.

Her recent music project Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime (supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation) saw her launch herself within London’s experimental music scene, selling out venues across London. Music journalist Kevin Le Gendre described the event as “strikingly original” (Jazzwise Magazine, 27th February 2017)

https://www.facebook.com/veritycomposer/

Kaho Aso/ Kotsuzumi (drum), Japanese Flute & Dance (Buyo)
Kaho Aso is a traditional Japanese dancer, multi-instrumentalist and actor from Tokyo, Japan. She completed a PHD at the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts where she focused on traditional Japanese instruments. As well as performing internationally, she has appeared in a variety of Japanese advert campaigns, TV programmes and films, as well as the Hollywood film Blue Eye Samurai. She was appointed as a Japan Cultural Envoy by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, and currently resides in London.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0NuvfojMGA
http://aso.kaho.jp/ (Japanese)

Akifumi Kasanuki/ Sand Art
A graduate of Japan’s renowned Tama Art University where he specialised in Japanese art, Akifumi Kasanuki is now a fast emerging figure within Japan’s sand art scene. Resident sand-artist at Kawakuchiko Music Forrest, Kasanuki has developed his craft, and exhibits his work regularly at various exhibitions around Japan, including the Teshikaga Art Festival and Fuji’s Carne exhibition. Living and working in close proximity to Mt. Fuji has given Kasanuki a profound appreciation of this iconic mountain, which is reflected heavily in his work. This will be Kasanuki’s first performance outside of Japan, and promises to be a rare insight into the many aspects of Mt. Fuji not to be missed. www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBaHs1zMJPY

Beibei Wang/Percussion
Beibei Wang is an international breakthrough artist from China, focusing her talents on the field of percussion. She has attended various prestigious music schools in both China and the UK, including Central Conservatory of Music and Royal Academy of music. Her performance approach is uniquely expressive and engaging, blending both theatrical sensibilities with dramatic elements. Wang is a highly versatile musician, and enjoys working in various genres including classical, contemporary, jazz, rock and Chinese traditional music. She enjoys challenging perceptions, performing works that include non-conventional instruments such as fire and water. She has also worked with highly praised composers such as Tan Dun (composer of the soundtrack to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, (2000)).
http://www.beibeimusic.com/

Veryan Weston/Piano
Veryan Weston is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, arranger and improviser from Cornwall, England. He completed a degree in performance art at Middlesex University, followed by a master’s degree in composition at Goldsmith’s College, London. His unique style blends elements of modern composition with contemporary improvisation, as demonstrated in his collaborative works with renowned artists such as Phil Minton, Trevor Watts, Luc Ex, Hannah Marshall and John Edwards. He received a fellowship from the Digswell Arts Trust in Hertfordshire, where he co-founded and composed for the group Stinky Winkles (‘Young jazz Musicians of 1979’, by Greater London Arts Association). Other notable achievements include performing music on Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio alongside Lol Coxhill in 1986.
http://veryanweston.weebly.com/

Alison Blunt/Violin
Alison Blunt was born in Mombasa (Kenya), grew up in Nairobi, and subsequently the Lake District. Since undertaking classical violin training at prestigious music colleges including Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Blunt has been creating and performing new works utilising or consisting of improvisation. She has performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia, US, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand with a wide array of artists including Evan Parker, Mark Sanders, BARREL, Barcode Quartet and Berlin Improvisers Orchestra as well as performing as a soloist. Amongst broader performance and research activities, Blunt was a member of collective ASITIS, ‘Experiments in Spontaneous Performance’ and Apocryphal Theatre. A writer of articles and voice on radio and podcasts, she is also a highly experienced workshop leader exploring music-making with people of all ages and abilities. Blunt refuses to be pigeon-holed.
https://www.alisonblunt.com

Tomoko Komura/Storytelling
Tomoko Komura is a London-based performer, actor and instrumentalist from Japan. She completed an MA at London International School of Performing Arts, and performs regularly around the UK as a member of Japanese band No Cars and the Frank Chickens.

Yoshie Omata/ Assistant Project Manager
Born in Yamanashi, Japan, Yoshie Omata studied piano performance at Tokyo’s Kunitachi College of Music. She then completed an MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has worked at several international music agencies and production companies in London, as well as taking on the accompanist role at the long-running multi-media project Sand Art & Live Music, Kawaguchiko Music Forest, Japan. She is the resident designer for the London-based community project Tottenham Soundscapes; her unique poster designs incorporate an element of hand-drawn calligraphy, bringing a traditional Japanese flavour to her work.

May
3
Thu
2018
Butoh dancer Mushimaru Fujieda and vocalist/pianist Aya Ogawa London event @ Iklectik
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Butoh dancer Mushimaru Fujieda and vocalist/pianist Aya Ogawa London event @ Iklectik  | United Kingdom

Butoh dancer Mushimaru Fujieda and vocalist/pianist Aya Ogawa visit the UK to play a handful of live events– the final leg of a short European tour. They will be collaborating with percussionist Charlie Collins and violinist Beatrix Ward-Fernandez for a series of Butoh performances accompanied by live improvised music.

Jun
23
Sat
2018
Okinawa Day 10th Anniversary @ Spitalfields
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Okinawa Day 10th Anniversary @ Spitalfields

London Okinawa Sanshinkai is back at Spitalfields this summer for Okinawa Day!

This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Okinawa Day with special guests from Japan xx

Join us to celebrate Okinawan classical & folk music, Eisa dancing, karate, food, drinks & much more!

When: Saturday 23th June 2018
Time: 10am-6pm
Where: Spitalfields, London E1 6AA
Admission Free

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/londonsanshin/okinawa-day
Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/okinawadayinlondon

Programme:

10:00~ Stalls Opening
10:50~ Opening Speech: Mr. Hironobu Nara (JNTO)
11:00~ Opening Ceremony: Ryukyuan Classical “Kajadifu Bushi”
11:07~ Amami Music feat. Tamukai Miharu
11:30~ Okinawan Folk Music: “Champuru” Set
12:05~ Traditional Tea Ceremony & Ryukyuan Classical Music
12:25~ Tsugaru Shamisen feat. Ichikawa Hibiki
12:40~ Okinawan Music feat. Horiuchi Kanako
13:15~ Traditional “Eisa” Dancing
13:45~ Okinawan Karate & Kobudo
14:20~ Yaeyama Folk Music
14:45~ Miyako Folk Music feat. Yogi Masaki
15:10~ Ukulele Music
15:25~ Okinawan Karate & Kobudo
16:00~ Okinawan Folk Music: “Mo Ashibi” Set
16:30~ Amami Music feat. Tamukai Miharu
16:53~ Okinawan Music feat. Horiuchi Kanako
17:28~ Traditional “Eisa” Dancing & Grand Finale!

Jul
3
Tue
2018
The Power of Calligraphy @ Daiwa Foundation Japan House
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am

Misuzu Kosaka calligraphy at DaiwaFree event; booking essential

The calligrapher and artist Misuzu Kosaka has produced striking, highly original art works that have been incorporated into book designs, restaurant decors and commemorated major events. In this event, her calligraphy works will be introduced and interpreted by the critic Damian Flanagan. Misuzu will then give a demonstration of her dynamic calligraphy in action and invite participants to pick up a brush, splash the ink and attempt to create their own beautiful calligraphy.

Misuzu Kosaka

Misuzu Kosaka, a Tottori native and daughter of a poetry-loving Shinto priest, studied under Saisui Ishibashi, a kanji calligraphy master, and Yuri Sato, a kana calligraphy master. Today she is a director and instructor at the Calligraphy Education Society of Japan.  Misuzu has pioneered innovative ways of using calligraphy in modern artworks through solo exhibitions, charity exhibitions and by presiding over her own workshop.

http://www.misuzu-ism.com/

Damian Flanagan

Damian Flanagan is an award-winning author and translator who has published a number of books on Japanese literature. He has also written widely on Japanese politics, arts and society for publications including The Japan Times, the Asahi ShinbunNewsweek and the Nihon Keizai ShinbunYukio Mishima is his latest book, published in October 2014.  He lives in Manchester and Nishinomiya, Japan.

http://dajf.org.uk/event/the-power-of-calligraphy