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Is Japanese Food Healthy? Taste, Sense and Sensation - A Talk by Prof Ole G Mouritsen
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017
Tears and Laughter: Women in Japanese Melodrama
Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture
Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine
British Museum presents: Hokusai

Is Japanese Food Healthy? Taste, Sense and Sensation - A Talk by Prof Ole G Mouritsen   org

Japanese food has been looked upon by the world with great interest, not only for its variety but also its health benefits, promoting a balance diet. Because of its popularity, many Japanese ingredients are now available to buy in shops and supermarkets across the UK and are sometimes transformed into fascinating cuisines. Traditionally, Japanese food appeals to all the senses – the eyes, nose and tongue – all of which form an important aspect of appreciating the cuisine. But what makes Japanese food healthy?

In this special event, Prof Ole G Mouritsen, University of Copenhagen and author of Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste and Sushi: Food for The Eye, the Body, and the Soul will examine the benefits of Japanese food referring to how human’s senses are interconnected with the appreciation of food. He will also highlight two main characteristics of Japanese food, mouthfeel and umami, the latter forming an important aspect of many Japanese foods including tsukemono (Japanese pickles) and other fermented products.

Facing an age where an unprecedented amount of different foods are readily available, and are having a huge impact on people’s diets, this talk will offer the opportunity to re-examine what to eat and how to eat in order to improve one’s quality of life.

Following Prof Mouritsen’s presentation he will be joined for a discussion by award-winning food and travel writer Sybil Kapoor (chair) and Yoshinori Ishii, Executive Chef, Umu Restaurant, London.


Date: 17 October 2017 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Royal Society (Dining Room)
6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit: is-japanese-food-healthy.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Special thanks to Sakiko Nishihara, Creative-Concierge and Murakami-Ju Honten

Disclaimer: This event is not organised or endorsed by the Royal Society

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Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017   org

The 2017 edition of the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival, organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, will showcase the best in both mainstream and independent anime and feature a host of Welsh premieres including Masaaki Yuasa's The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (pictured) and Shukou Murase's SF thriller Genocidal Organ – a real treat for fans of all kinds of animation!

Following the festival’s opening weekend at Chapter in Cardiff, a selection of the films will then be shown at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.


Date: 29 September 2017 - 28 October 2017
Venue:

Chapter, Cardiff: 29 September 2017 – 1 October 2017
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 28 October 2017


For more information, please click here.

Image: The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (dir. Masaaki Yuasa, 2017)

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Tears and Laughter: Women in Japanese Melodrama   org

BFI presents, in partnership with the Japan Foundation, a season highlighting the female stars that shone in the melodrama of Japanese cinema's 'Golden Age'. The season features titles rarely screened in the UK, spotlighting the magnificent actors who starred in them - figures such as Kinuyo Tanaka, Setsuko Hara, Machiko Kyo, Isuzu Yamada and Hideko Takamine, who endure as beloved icons of Japanese cinema. 


Date: 16 October 2017 - 29 November 2017
Venue:

BFI Southbank, London


For full details of the programme and booking information, please visit the BFI website.

Public booking opens on 3 October 2017.

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Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to support the first institutional solo exhibition of Jiro Takamatsu to take place outside of Japan, presented by the Henry Moore Institute. Comprising over seventy sculptures, drawings and documents loaned from collection in Japan, USA and Europe, the exhibition celebrates the work of this leading figure of post-war art, tracing Takamatsu's artistic practice through his exhibition history.


Date: 13 July 2017 - 22 October 2017
Venue:

The Henry Moore Institute
74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH


For more information, please click here.

Jiro Takamatsu, documentary photography of 'Temporary Enclosure of Carioca Building Construction Site' (1971). Unidentiļ¬ed photographer. © The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates / Stephen Friedman Gallery / Fergus McCaffrey

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Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine   JPsupported

A collateral programme for the Folkestone Triennial, the major exhibition Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine comprises work by a number of contemporary Japanese artists spanning video, sculpture, painting, drawing and performance. Participating artists include Tatsumi Orimoto, Noe Aoki, Midori Mitamura and many more.


Date: 2 September 2017 - 22 October 2017
Venue:

The Metropole Gallery, Folkestone


For more information, please click here.

Image: Echo Tides - anti cool

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British Museum presents: Hokusai  

British Museum presents: Hokusai is a groundbreaking documentary offering an exclusive private view of the 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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