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The Old Puppet Joruri: The Tale of High Priest Kochi
Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2017: Call for Participation!
How to become a Benshi! Silent Cinema and the Art of Live Narration new
NIHONGO CUP | The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK FINALS DAY
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
London, Rio, Tokyo Olympics Symposium
Kikagaku Moyo UK Tour
The Japanese House: I Was Born, But... + live piano and Benshi narration
Japan Orientation at the University of East Anglia
Mr Potsunen's Peculiar Slice of Life by Kentaro Kobayashi
British Museum presents: Hokusai

The Old Puppet Joruri: The Tale of High Priest Kochi   org

Old Joruri, a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre which originated in the 17th century, is rarely performed outside Japan. However the rediscovery of a 300 year old text at the British Library has inspired a very special performance.

It is with great pleasure that the Japan Foundation, in collaboration with the British Library, present The Tale of High Priest Kochi. Featuring realistic puppets with lifelike features and beautifully embroidered Japanese costumes, this unique production tells the story of Buddhist monk Kochi Hoin.

The performance will be accompanied by a complementary talk on the play and the remarkable tale of its discovery.

This work was specially commissioned by The Japan Foundation to The London Performance Implementation Committee at the British Library.  

Photo by Eiji Shimakura


Date: 2 June 2017 - 3 June 2017
Venue:

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London 


Booking:
To purchase tickets for either performance, please visit the British Library website:
Fri 2 June, 19:00 (Sold Out) | Sat 3 June, 14:00 (Sold Out)

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Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2017: Call for Participation!   org

The Japan Foundation and Centre Européen d'Études Japonaises d'Alsace (CEEJA) are now accepting applications for participation in Japanese Study Seminar: Digital Media and Communication (デジタル・メディアとコミュニケーション) scheduled for 25 to 26 September 2017 at CEEJA, in Kientzheim, France. The official language of the seminar will be JAPANESE.

This seminar aims to encourage networking among young researchers in Europe specialising in Japan related topics, and to further promote Japanese Studies in Europe.

Participants will join a two-day intensive workshop in the cozy and intimate atmosphere of CEEJA's facility in Kientzheim where they will present and discuss their current research projects with fellow participants and a guest mentor from Japan.

The theme of this year’s seminar will be "Digital Media and Communication (デジタル・メディアとコミュニケーション)". We are calling for applications from young researchers in Europe specialising in politics, history, sociology, literature, arts, language, philosophy, economics, architecture, religion, etc. 

The deadline for applications is 16 June 2017

For further details including eligibility and application procedures, please visit the Japan Foundation Tokyo website here.


Date: 25 September 2017 - 26 September 2017
Venue:

Centre Européen d'Études Japonaises d'Alsace (CEEJA), Kientzheim, France


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How to become a Benshi! Silent Cinema and the Art of Live Narration   org

Silent cinema was never truly silent. In Japan, silent films were accompanied not only by live music but also by Katsudo-Benshi. Providing live narration, on-screen voice acting and original commentary, Benshi became an influential and integral part of Japanese silent cinema.

In conjunction with the Barbican's screening of Yasujiro Ozu's I was Born, But... organised as part of The Japanese House exhibition, the Japan Foundation is delighted to present a special evening exploring the art of Benshi. Following an introductory talk by silent cinema specialist Pamela Hutchinson, Katsudo-Benshi Hideyuki Yamashiro and Silent Film Pianist Mie Yanashita will perform a clip from Orochi (1925) recreating an authentic Benshi experience. As part of his illustrated talk, Yamashiro will discuss Benshi as a contemporary occupation as well as the unique appeal of Japanese silent cinema.

This fascinating event will also offer a few audience members the chance to take to the stage and perform the role of Benshi under instruction from Yamashiro himself!


Date: 23 June 2017 from 6.00pm
Venue:

Foyles Bookshop, Level 6
107 Charing Cross Rd, London, WC2H 0DT


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click here

This event is organised by in association with Shindofuji Ireland

Special thanks to Matsuda Film Productions

For more details about the Barbican’s The Japanese House: I was Born, But…, supported by The Japan Foundation please click here

For more details about the Barbican’s The Japanese House exhibition, co-organised by the Japan Foundation, please click here

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NIHONGO CUP | The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK FINALS DAY   org

Come and see the UK’s most talented young students of Japanese language at the Finals Day of the Nihongo Cup – the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools!

Students from all levels of secondary education – Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 – will showcase their amazing talent and hard work in their Japanese language studies while competing for some fantastic prizes – including a trip to Japan!

Don’t miss out this chance to see the UK’s biggest Japanese speech contest for secondary school students. The contest will be followed by a reception, giving you a chance to meet the students.

Free entry, no booking required (seating first come, first served)

The contest will begin promptly at 12:30. Audience members will be admitted into the hall from 12:00. The contest will end at 15:45, with refreshments served until 16:30. 


Date: 24 June 2017 from 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Venue:

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London. WC1R 4RL


Nihongo Cup is organised by the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Japan Foundation London, supported by the Embassy of Japan.

     

 

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The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945   org

In an exhibition co-organised with the Japan Foundation, Barbican presents the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design.

Featuring over 40 architects, ranging from renowned 20th century masters and internationally celebrated contemporary architects to exciting figures little known outside of Japan, the exhibition celebrates some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years.


Date: 23 March 2017 - 25 June 2017
Venue:

Barbican Art Gallery, London


For more information, please click here.

Image: Sou Fujimoto Architects, House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2011. Photo Iwan Baan

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London, Rio, Tokyo Olympics Symposium   JPsupported

JF London are delighted to support this three day symposium at Goldsmiths, University of London, which will explore the changes accompanying the 2012 London Olympics, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The meeting will focus on existing research and interventions concerning the ways that global events have been accompanied by urban transformations and new forms of social (dis)advantage and exclusions, in different urban/nation-state contexts. What does the future hold for existing Olympic Cities? Are there ways of holding mega events which bring genuine benefits to cities and their citizens? How might the promises of ‘legacy’ be realised in more open and democratic ways?

London, Rio, Tokyo Olympics is a three-day event including documentary film screenings, a photography exhibition, academic presentations, a London Olympic site walking tour, workshops and networking sessions. 


Date: 8 June 2017 - 10 June 2017
Venue:

Goldsmiths, University of London, 8 Lewisham Way, London, SE14 6NW


Booking Information

Participation is free of charge. For more information and to register a place please see the symposium website  

This symposium is sponsored by the Japan Foundation London Grant Programme for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange

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Kikagaku Moyo UK Tour   JPsupported

This June, Tokyo’s Kikagaku Moyo will be performing at various venues across the UK as part of their world tour. Catch this Japanese psychedelic rock band and their experimental EP “Stone Garden” on the following dates:

20 June - Moth Club, London
http://www.mothclub.co.uk/events/2017/6/20/kikagaku-moyo

21 June - The Deaf Institute, Manchester
http://thedeafinstitute.seetickets.com/event/kikagaku-moyo/the-deaf-institute-manchester/1059625

22 June – The Library, Leeds
http://www.seetickets.com/event/kikagaku-moyo/the-library-pub/1058485

23 June – The Hope and Ruin, Brighton
http://www.hope.pub/events/2017/6/23/kikagaku-moyo-in-brighton-supports


Date: 20 June 2017 - 23 June 2017
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The Japanese House: I Was Born, But... + live piano and Benshi narration   JPsupported

In conjunction with the exhibition The Japanese House and Benshi event on 23 June, Barbican present a screening of Yasujiro Ozu’s early comedy I Was Born, But..., one of the few surviving examples of Ozu’s silent period filmmaking, featuring live piano accompaniment by Mie Yanashita and Benshi narration by Hideyuki Yamashiro.


Date: 25 June 2017 from 4.00pm
Venue:

Barbican Centre (Cinema 1), London


For more information, please click here.

Image: I Was Born, But... (Dir. Yasujiro Ozu,1932)

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Japan Orientation at the University of East Anglia   JPsupported

Japan Orientation is a focused short course which allows students to explore the latest approaches to Japanese Studies offered as part of the University of East Anglia’s International Summer School.

The programme will be  delivered by the University of East Anglia’s specialised Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS) and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC)  and will concentrate on stimulating discussion with speakers who are leading researchers in the field of Japanese Studies, in culture, history, international relations, business, media and much more.

The course is suited to those currently at university who are interested in Japan, East Asia and the latest approaches to Japanese Studies.

For more information please see the website of the University of East Anglia.


Date: 24 June 2017 - 21 July 2017
Venue:

University of East Anglia

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Mr Potsunen's Peculiar Slice of Life by Kentaro Kobayashi   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to support Mr Potsunen's Peculiar Slice of Life, a one-man show by the award-winning performance artist Kentaro Kobayashi. Following the show's sold-out run in London in 2015, Kobayashi will return to the UK for a limited run of this imaginative and magical show. Following the daily existence of one man, the mysterious 'Mr Potsunen', Kobayashi playfully combines mime-based live perfomance with film and projection in a story which is touching, eccentric and wonderfully funny.


Date: 5 July 2017 - 8 July 2017
Venue:

CORONET PRINTROOM
Print Room at the Coronet, London


For more information, please click here.
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British Museum presents: Hokusai  

British Museum presents: Hokusai is a groundbreaking documentary offering an exclusive private view of the forthcoming British Museum major exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave. Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Using Ultra HD video technology and stunning close-ups, the film will reveal the extraordinary detail in the work of Hokusai on the big screen – a real feast for the eyes!

From Sunday, 4 June 2017, the film will be screened at a vast number of cinemas across the United Kingdom. To find your nearest venue, please visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hokusai/hokusai_cinema.aspx


Date: 4 June 2017
Venue:

Nationwide


Image: Clear day with a southern breeze ('Red Fuji') from Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. © British Museum.

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