Hokusai: What Makes Him Popular?

Recently, I attended a seminar on the topic of ‘Hokusai: What Makes Him Popular’ hosted by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. The main speaker was Alfred Haft, a Project Curator in the Department of Asia at the British Museum, focusing on Japanese art of the Edo period, especially woodblock prints, and Tsuyoshi Tane, is a Paris-based…

The British Media and its Representation of the Japanese

Earlier this month I was involved with the fifth event in the Cardiff-Japanese Lecture Series, this time with Professor Perry Hinton (University of Warwick). This was an engaging webinar and had things that will be useful for my update to Japan: The Basics and my work on Visual Packaging Culture. There were even some bits…

Astronauts as the Origin of Space Society: Reflecting on a Webinar

Last week I attended a seminar on the topic of ‘Astronauts as the Origin of Space Society’ hosted by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. The main speaker was Naoko Yamazaki, an aerospace engineer and an astronaut. In April 2010, she was onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as part of the crew of STS-131, an assembly and…

Troubling Anniversaries – An Excellent Online Conference

On 21 and 22 October I attended an online conference on the theme of ‘Troubling Anniversaries’. The conference was organised through a partnership between the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) within the School of Advanced Study in the University of London and Centre for Public History,(Opens in new window) The online conference explored the uses of…

Designs That Defined Modern Japan

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have attended a number of webinars (e.g. Tokyo: Art & Photography, Suicide and the COVID-19 pandemic: Trends in Japan and Around the World, ‘We Japanese are more polite than others’: Intercultural Communication and Stereotypes, and An Insight into the Mechanism of the Roles of Antiheros in Manga and Anime under…

Tokyo: Art & Photography

Back in July (2021) I attended a webinar for a book launch of Tokyo: Art & Photography. The webinar was fabulous, providing insights into the book itself. The webinar was organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and is available on YouTube. One thing that became clear during the webinar is that there was also an…

Suicide and the COVID-19 pandemic: Trends in Japan and Around the World

Recently I attended a seminar on the topic of ‘Suicide and the COVID-19 pandemic: Trends in Japan and Around the World’ hosted by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. The talk featured two speakers – David Gunnell, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bristol and a world-leading epidemiologist and public health physician, and Michiko Ueda, an…