Another packed and diverse week of events, coinciding with the opening of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo. One major new exhibition should probably not be missed by anyone studying 16th to 18th century European culture: "Old Masters from the State Hermitage Museum" (Mori Arts Center Gallery, until 18 June), featuring a large collection of paintings from the collection of Catherine the Great (including Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Gainsborough's "Portrait of a Lady in Blue", above).
On the lecture front: tomorrow (Monday) is the University of Tokyo English Society annual meeting, featuring a farewell lecture by the head of department, Professor Noriko Imanishi. On the 23rd begins a major international conference at Gakushuin on the "History of Consumer Objects", featuring plenaries from Maxine Berg and Lawrence Klein. In addition, David Attwell from the University of York will be giving two lectures at UTokyo Komaba on J.M. Coetzee.
Other topics this week include arts and robotics, hate speech, Japanese indie bands, Alfonso Mucha, and another really fascinating-looking experimental film at Intermediatheque: see the complete list below for details.
Also, check out the redesigned "What's on Next" page on our website: it has been rearranged to make events easier to see, with art exhibitions now on a separate page of their own.
Lectures and conferences
(* = partly in English. ** = main language of event is English)
3/20 - "Signature de la vie: arts et robotique", Franco-Japanese Forum, University of Tokyo, 2pm
3/20 - University of Tokyo English Society Annual Meeting (東大英文学会総会) - including farewell lecture by Professor Noriko Imanishi (今西典子先生). Flier for the event
3/20 - Symposium on the future of history teaching (歴史教育に関するシンポジウム9, Nihon University, 12.30pm (https://www.chs.nihon-u.ac.jp/information/20170320/)
3/21 - Half-day workshop "Japonya’da Sohbet-i Osmaniye-3" (on 17th - 19th century Ottoman Empire), Chiba University, 3.30pm (http://earlymodernstate.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2017/01/3-japonyada-soh.html)
**3/21 - Vivian Shaw, "Hate Speech and the Gendered Burden of Care: Anti-Discrimination Politics in Japan", Sophia U Institute of Comparative Culture, 6.30pm
3/21 - Japanese Learners' Debate, TUFS, 12:15pm
**3/21 - "The End of the Global Rule of Law?", conversation with Andrew Hurrell, Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford (United Nations University, 6.30pm)
*3/22 - "Dynamics in Middle Eastern Societies During the Mongol Period", symposium at UTokyo IASA, 13:30,
**3/23-03/25 - History of Consumer Culture: Objects, Desire, Sociability conference, Gakushuin University, Tokyo (http://www-cc.gakushuin.ac.jp/~20070019/HCC2017cfp.html)
**3/24 - J. M. Coetzee’s The Schooldays of Jesus (2016), workshop with Professor David Attwell, Komaba Campus UTokyo, Building 18 1st Floor, 3pm.
3/24 - Film screening - "EXPRMNTL 1963 – Japanese Experimental Film in Blossom", 18:00, Intermediatheque
**3/25 - "The Comedy of Seriousness in J.M. Coetzee", lecture by Professor David Attwell, Komaba Campus UTokyo, Building 18 4th Floor, 1pm. Followed by a special panel on Coetzee and Zoe Wicomb.
**3/25 - "From Idols to Indie Bands- Explore the Japanese Music Scene with Music Writer Ian F. Martin", Kinokuniya Tokyo, 3pm
3/25 - Tokyo American Literature Society (日本アメリカ文学会東京支部) meeting, Keio University Mita Campus, 1pm
3/25 - Contested Concepts in Modern Japanese Philosophy, Toyo Bunko, 2pm (Japanese)
3/26 - Seminar on comparative study of etiquette history in East Asia (東アジアにおける比較儀礼史の研究), Ochanomizu University, 11am
Art exhibitions and drama
until 3/26 - "Matisse et Rouault" exhibition, Shiodome Museum (http://panasonic.co.jp/…/museum/exh…/17/170114/index_en.html)
until 3/26 - "Murmur and Tumult. Masterpieces of Nabis from the Musee d’Orsay", Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
until (tbc) - "Tokyo Mosaic (2): The Face of New Japan", Intermediatheque
until 3/20 - Performance of Dacia Maraini's "Mary Stewart" at the Bunkaza Theatre, Shin-moriya Building
until 4/1 - Performance of August Strindberg's Miss Julie / Dance of Death, Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon (http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/cocoon/20170310.html)
until 4/2 - Special Exhibition on "Titian and the Renaissance in Venice", Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (http://www.tobikan.jp/en/exhibition/h28_titian.html)
until 4/2 - "Revisiting Siebold's Japan Museum", Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
until 4/4 - Food design exhibition: "Jikifu: A Japanese Aesthetics of Taste", Intermediatheque
until 4/5 - Treasures of the Waseda University Library exhibition
until 4/5 - Seize the Uncertain Day (ふたしかなその日), Tokyo University of the Arts University Museum
until 4/9 - Exhibit on "The Romanov Dynasty: Russia seen from Japan, Japan seen from Russia", Toyo Bunko (http://www.toyo-bunko.or.jp/museum/romanov.pdf)
until 4/9 - "Edo and Beijing: Cities and Urban Life in the 18th Century", Edo-Tokyo Museum
until 4/16 - "Parody and Intertextuality: Visual Culture in Japan around the 1970s", Tokyo Station Gallery
until 4/16 - "This is Kyosai!" (これぞ暁斎), Bunkamura Museum of Art
until 4/28 - "Tea utensils from the Tomioka Collection", Waseda University Aizu Museum (free)
until 5/28 - Special Exhibition: "Akamon Gate: From Yo-hime Palace to the University of Tokyo",University of Tokyo Museum
until 6/5 - Alfonso Mucha Exhibition (ミュシャ展), National Art Center, Tokyo
until 6/11 - Treasures of the Natural History Museum in London, National Museum of Nature and Science Ueno
until 6/11 - Indian contemporary artist N.S. Harsha, Mori Art Museum, http://www.mori.art.museum/english/contents/n_s_harsha/
until 6/18 - "Old Masters from the State Hermitage Museum", Mori Arts Center Gallery
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