With a packed day exploring the literature and culture of this fascinating country, Japan Now is joined by writer Richard Lloyd Parry, Ghosts of the Tsunami, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake, Tokyo Idols, contemporary artist Suzanne Mooney, and novelists Tomoyuki Hoshino and Toshiki Okada whose works speak exclusively to the Heisei generation (1989 to present).
There will also be a talk by Hideo Furukawa, one of Japanese literature’s most highly regarded authors, who will read from his latest book, Slow Boat, and who will be joined by author Mariko Nagai, Dust of Eden: A Novel, to discuss their approach to writing Japan’s recent history through poetry and photography,
Not only limited to novelists and writers, one of Japan’s leading contemporary photographers Mika Ninagawa, will join Simon Barker to discuss her work as well.
Japan Now also includes Japan North and Japan Now Touring which include talks, film screenings and visual art events at Sheffield, and various other locations.
This is an unmissable opportunity to take the pulse of the nation through its artists and their imagination, and to get books signed at the event.
The Japan Foundation will also be hosting a separate talk with Hideo Furukawa on 28 February at King’s Place, King’s Cross. More details to follow soon.
For Japan Now details please visit the British Library website for full details and to book tickets: https://www.bl.uk/events/japan-now-2018
For Japan Now North details please see below:
Programmed by Modern Culture in partnership with the Japan Foundation and University of Sheffield.
Supported by Arts Council England, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the Japan Society.
Goze is a term referring to visually-impaired female musicians who travelled Japan playing shamisen. After World War II, with the expansion of the welfare service for disabled people and the enhancement of education for visually impaired people, Goze came to be recognised as relics of the pre-modern times. With the passing of Haru Kobayashi (1900-2005), who was known as the “last Goze”, the culture of Goze, once maintained by visually-impaired people, disappeared from Japanese society in the 21st century. Is it right for Goze culture to be forgotten completely?
In this talk, Professor Kojiro Hirose will discuss “the hands of Goze” and approach the relevance and the possibility of Goze culture from three different angles: “touching the sound”, “touching the colour”, and “touching the heart”. Referencing Goze folk songs, which Goze created and spread as their own oral traditions, Professor Hirose will clarify the role that tactile culture of visually impaired people should play in today’s society.
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP
The Japan Foundation is delighted to sponsor the second year of the London Asia Pacific Centre’s Contemporary Japan Speaker Series. From November 2017 to March 2018, the series will bring five top Japanese professors to London to discuss contemporary Japanese economics, politics and society
Confirmed speakers for 2017/2018 include:
23 November 2017: Professor Kumiko Miyazaki, Tokyo Institute of Technology
25 January 2018: Professor Tanaka Sigeto, Tohoku University (Event information)
15 February 2018: Professor Seio Nakajima, Waseda University (Event information)
22 March 2018: Professor Yasumasa Igarashi, Tsukuba University (Event information)
For more information please see the homepage of the London Asia Pacific Centre
This workshop is supported by the Grant Programme for Japanese Studies Projects. For more information about this programme please click here.