"Artist Talks: Winter Edition"
19:30-22:00, Monday 14th January. Doors open from 7pm
Good Heavens British Bar, Shimokitazawa
Artist Talks are informal events where artists get together to discuss art and ideas. They take place every few months in Shimokitazawa, in Tokyo. At each event, guest artists give short talks followed by a few questions from the audience.
For this event, we're pleased to announce that Deanna Gabiga, Sam Stocker, and Utako Shindo will give artist talks, as well as artists-in-residence Ragnhild May & Kristoffer Raasted, from 3331 Arts Chiyoda.
If you are just starting out in the Tokyo art world or if you have been making art here for decades, you are welcome to join us. But it isn’t only artists who are invited, all are welcome. Entrance is free. The only cost is the price of your drink.
Facebook page is here.
Saturday 15th December 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 pm.
Waseda University, Building 3, 7th Floor, Room 704
"Run by the Institute of 20th Century Media at Waseda Institute of Political Economy, Waseda University, this Symposium will hold three sessions on the theme “Journalism and propaganda on the Second Sino-Japanese War”. Japanese, Chinese, British, American and Soviet propaganda and journalism will be discussed in nine presentations during this day-long Symposium.
"The Symposium represents an attempt to examine the transnational agencies and actors operating to influence Chinese and Western publics during a conflict that was, debatably, the precursor to WWII. Journalistic actors and entrepreneurs worked in the gaps between multiple overlapping imperialisms, as defined by the accumulation of over 40 treaties between China and the world since the 1840s.
"Given the liberation of China by the Communist Party of China that followed the defeat of Japan by the Western Allies, the pronouncements and positions of the competing wings of Communism, and the increasingly defensive voices of Nationalist China were all in contention across the broad spectrum of political choices and voices that will be considered in this forum."
Language: Japanese, with some English support.
No fees, all welcome, and no registration is required - but please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend, to give us some idea of numbers.
The Drones Club - an informal academic group, meeting at Sophia University - will hold its next meeting on Monday 19th November, from 17:15 to 19:30 (drinks afterwards).
"Professor Keith Hanley of Lancaster University, UK will talk about Victorian representations of Jerusalem, and Peter Robinson of Aoyama University will talk about the travel notes of Mason Sears. As usual, these will be fairly short presentations, with discussion. The proceedings will last longer than usual (until 19:30), and and we will adjourn to the Sophians' Club afterwards for refreshment and further chinwagging."
Event is held at Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus, Building 6, Room 501. Free and open to all! Details at the Drones Club Facebook page.
In Japan, temples have played a crucial role in people’s lives for a long time. Having a close linkage with urban areas, temples may be compared to ‘windows’ navigating us through the historical and cultural layers of an urban city. Temples reveal the story of urban societies which have been handed down from the past to the present.
Sengakuji was founded by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogunate of the Edo period, in 1612, and has functioned as a scholarship and cultural platform of Zen Buddhism. It was acknowledged as one of the Edo’s three main gakuryō (Buddhist Colleges) which belongs to the ‘Sōtō-shū sect’ alongside Kichijōji Sendanrin in Komagome and Seishōji Shishikutsu in Shiba-Atago.
Set in Sengakuji, this program will explore the development of Japanese culture and Zen. The program consists of two sections, a guided tour and a lecture, both focusing on the history of gakuryō, Japanese literature and fine arts of Zen, and the important roles that Sengakuji and other Zen temples have played in the cultural history of Japan.
Timetable (18 November)
10:00-11:30 ・Guided Tour “Explore the Precincts of Sengakuji: Its History and Culture”
Lecturer: Kenmyou Muta (Priest/Department Director)/Language: Japanese only
13:00-14:30 Lecture “Scholarship and Culture of Zen Temples”
Lecturer: Takashi Horikawa (Professor at the Institute of Oriental Classics [Shido Bunko], Keio University), Kenmyou Muta
* The lecture will be held in Japanese. However, we will provide English language support for non-Japanese speakers.
More details here. Program is free (prior registration required).
This forum focuses on the architecture of universities, which stand very close to the local community but offer few opportunities for people to experience them.
Through lectures and case studies, the program will share and discuss projects in several universities to highlight their architecture and the activities of architectural archives in Japan and abroad.
Language: Japanese with language support in English
Timetable (Saturday 20th October)
Yohko Watanabe (Keio University Art Center, Keio University):
School and Memory: A study based on the ‘Architecture of Keio’ project
Takako Fujimoto (National Archives of Modern Architecture [NAMA], Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan):
Preserving and Utilising the Archives of Modern Architecture: Reflections on the activities of NAMA and architectural archives abroad.
Case studies (15:15-)
Michiyo Kohri (Meiji Gakuin Historical Museum, Meiji Gakuin University):
The University Campus, Narrated by Historical Buildings: With a focus on Imbrie Hall, Memorial Hall and Meiji Gakuin Chapel
Yuri Tomita, Miki Maruyama (Gakushuin University Museum of History, Gakushuin University):
Preserving and Utilising the Historical Buildings of Gakushuin University’s Mejiro Campus
Venue: Keio University, Mita Campus
Further details here.
Free, No registration required,
Contact: Keio University Art Center, Yu Homma
atelier jaku presents the first of a three-part series of concerts called the ‘Garden Series’. In this concert, the first half will feature new-music icon John Cage’s seminal Ryoanji for oboe and voice. Daryl Jamieson’s new piece utamakura 3: Saihōji for voice, cor anglais, and percussion with field recordings fills the second half.
Please join performers Yakushiji Noriko (voice), Unagami Nagisa (oboe/cor anglais), and Aita Mizuki (percussion) for a music event aimed at all five senses: including an art installation (Portable Garden) by regular atelier jaku collaborators Setsuami and Takeyama Keisuke, bespoke incense (Natura in minima maxima) and two specially-commissioned cocktails.
Saturday 10 November 2018, 16:00pm (doors open 15:30pm)
Isezaki Bar 333
1-3-1 Isezaki-chō, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Tickets are 3500 yen (not including food and drink).
Further details available here.
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