"Agriculture and livestock farming have been practiced in Tibet since ancient times owing to the elevation and characteristics of the land. Farmers and pastoralists differ in the ways in which they earn their livelihoods, and there are also differences in their thinking and customs. In addition, repeated changes in other factors, such as religion, history, politics, and economics, have given form to a variety of different cultures. In order to understand the background of this multilayered Tibetan civilization, it is critical to have a perspective that looks at the living of the common people, whose ways of life are rooted in the land itself. This exhibition introduces the "present" state of pastoralists living with their livestock in the Amdo region of Northeast Tibet from a variety of perspectives." (http://www.tufs.ac.jp/english/2017/02/ilcaa-2017feb-mar-event.html)
Professor Kate Hodgkin (UEL) speaking on historiography and C17th autobiography (Toyo University, Feb 23/25)
Professor Kate Hodgkin (University of East London) is visiting Toyo University in late February to give two papers on historiography and seventeenth-century literature: 1) "Constructions of the self: memory, time and space in seventeenth-century English autobiography" (23 Feb, 14:30pm) and 2) "Unofficial Histories: Raphael Samuel and the History Workshop movement" (25 Feb, 13:30pm). Details at the Toyo University Institute of Human Sciences website. English with Japanese interpretation.
With most universities in the middle of entrance exams, next week is dominated by arts events. Two new exhibitions have just opened: one on Indian contemporary artist N.S. Harsha, Charming Journey, at the Mori Art museum, the other on the French post-impressionist Nabis painters at Mitsubishi Ichigokan. The annual Yebisu International Festival opens on the 10th in the Photographic Museum in Ebisu, on the theme of "Multiple Future" (multiple but still singular?). Finally, the director of the Art Museums of Skagen will give a lecture on the Scandinavian Skagen painters at the National Museum of Western Art on the 11th (pictured above is Michael Ancher's A Stroll on the Beach, 1896).
Lectures are thinner on the ground this week but topics include: the Ogasawara islands, Confucian role ethics, Professor Bruce Grant of NYU on politics in the Caucasus, and a Soseki/Shiki symposium.
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LECTURES AND CONFERENCES
5 Feb 2017 - Arts Council Tokyo Traveling Research Laboratory - discussion of Ogasawara Islands, 2pm (https://www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/en/events/17069/)
9 Feb 2017 - Roger Ames (Peking U) "Theorizing "Person" for Confucian Role Ethics : A Good Place to Start", UTokyo 2pm (http://utcp.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/events/2017/02/confucian_role_ethics_a_challe/)
10-12 Feb 2017 - Reading of Alex Buzo's play "Norm and Ahmed" at Sengawa Theatre(http://japan.embassy.gov.au/tkyo/events.html)
10 Feb - "The Donkey Wars: Satire and Political Imagination in the Caucasus", Prof. Bruce Grant (NYU), Toyo Bunko, 3pm (http://earlymodernstate.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2017/01/post-aa44.html)
10 Feb - 26 Feb 2017 - Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2017, theme of "Multiple Future" (マルチプルな未来) (http://www.yebizo.com/)
11 Feb 2017 - "150th Birthday Commemoration Soseki/Shiki Symposium "Words, Things, the World", TUFS 13:30pm
**11 Feb 2017 - Lisette Vind Ebbesen (Director, the Art Museums of Skagen), lecture on "The Skagen Painters", National Museum of Western Art, 2pm (https://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/events/index.html)
EXHIBITIONS AND DRAMA
until 14 Feb 2017 - "Romeo & Juliette", TBS Akasaka Act Theatre (http://romeo-juliette.com/)
9 Feb - 19 Feb 2017 - 海外戯曲リーディング - International Drama reading festival, Sengawa Theatre (http://www.sengawa-gekijo.jp/kaigaigikyoku/)
until 19 Feb 2017 - "Lascaux: The Cave Paintings of the Ice Age", National Museum of Nature and Science, Ueno (http://www.timeout.com/…/lascaux-the-cave-paintings-of-the-…)
until 26 Feb 2017 - Exhibition on "Marie Antoinette, Queen at Versailles", Mori Arts Center Gallery Roppongi (http://www.ntv.co.jp/marie/outline/)
until 3 Mar 2017 - Exhibition on Christian icons and prayer aids (キリスト教信仰のかたち―祈りの道具にみる多様性―), Kokugakuin University Museum (http://museum.kokugakuin.ac.jp/event/detail/2016_christ.html)
until 5 Mar 2017 - "World Book Design" exhibition at the Printing Museum, Tokyo (http://www.printing-museum.org/exhibi…/…/161203/img/zoom.pdf)
until 26 March - "Matisse et Rouault" exhibition, Shiodome Museum (http://panasonic.co.jp/…/museum/exh…/17/170114/index_en.html)
until 26 March - "Murmur and Tumult. Masterpieces of Nabis from the Musee d’Orsay", Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
until 2 April 2017 - Special Exhibition on "Titian and the Renaissance in Venice", Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
*until 9 April 2017 - Exhibit on "The Romanov Dynasty: Russia seen from Japan, Japan seen from Russia", Toyo Bunko
until 11 June 2017 - Indian contemporary artist N.S. Harsha, Mori Art Museum, http://www.mori.art.museum/english/contents/n_s_harsha/
Haruki Murakami's first multivolume novel in seven years - perplexingly titled Killing Commendatore in English (騎士団長殺し) - is released in Japan on February 24th, and Kinokuniya bookstore in Shinjuku is already starting their countdown: from tomorrow (February 4th), those who pre-order the book can pick up tickets for the midnight launch on the 23rd (presumably, as this is after the last train, to be followed by reading it in the store until dawn...). Details on Kinokuniya's website.
A chance to see two back-to-back Canadian fringe theatre shows at the World Peace Theatre in Kawasaki from 17 to 19 February: Haley McGee's "I'm Doing This For You", a story-telling / live art / improvisation show about a woman travelling around the world to give a birthday gift; and "Space Hippo", a satirical shadow puppet sci-fi animation (!) featuring "an ordinary Hippopotamus who is sent into space by politicians in a misguided attempt to save the world from an impending ecological disaster". English with Japanese subtitles (Yokohama Theatre Group). Reservations here.
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