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Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation -
Documentary screening and discussion
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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
Children's Lives in Wartime Japan

Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation -
Documentary screening and discussion
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Six years after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011, the Japan Foundation presents a screening of Vegalta: Soccer, Tsunami and the Hope of a Nation, a documentary telling the story of how a Japanese football club and their legendary fans set out on the long road to rebuild their hometown.

On 5 March 2011, Vegalta Sendai, a professional football team based in the north-eastern region of Japan, opened their 2011 campaign. Still newly promoted to the top flight of Japanese football, the team's focus was very much on survival. Six days later, the word took on a distinctly different meaning.

British filmmakers Douglas Hurcombe and Geoff Trodd travelled to Sendai to capture this remarkable story, following the response of both the team and its supporters in the aftermath of the disaster. Featuring interviews with the team's staff, players and supporters, as well as former Japanese league player Gary Lineker OBE, the film demonstrates how the team's activities both on and off the pitch not only helped give the city renewed hope, but would capture the imagination of the footballing world. In the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, this film illustrates how sports can be close to people’s hearts and be instrumental in bringing communities together.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's producer Ben Timlett and co-director Geoff Trodd.

Directed by Douglas Hurcombe and Geoff Trodd, 2017, 64 min


Date: 5 April 2017 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY


Booking:

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

 

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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017   org

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema
Experience Japan through Cinema 

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns this year with 14 fantastic Japanese films, offering an all-encompassing introduction to Japanese cinema through the prism of "desires, hopes and impulses".

Presenting films by established and up-and-coming directors, animation, documentary and classics, this year’s programme promises to not only entertain but also provide a vivid insight into what drives human action.

For full details of the lineup and participating venues, please visit the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme website.


Date: 3 February 2017 - 29 March 2017
Venue:

Nationwide

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The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945   org

In an exhibition co-organised with the Japan Foundation, Barbican presents the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design.

Featuring over 40 architects, ranging from renowned 20th century masters and internationally celebrated contemporary architects to exciting figures little known outside of Japan, the exhibition celebrates some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years.


Date: 23 March 2017 - 25 June 2017
Venue:

Barbican Art Gallery, London


For more information, please click here.

Image: Sou Fujimoto Architects, House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2011. Photo Iwan Baan

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Children's Lives in Wartime Japan   JPsupported

Manchester Central library are offering a glimpse into Wartime Japan with this exhibition of 50 picture diaries made by Japanese primary school children between 1944-1945.

Free entry, no booking required. 

Image kindly provided by Peter Cave, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies at University of Manchester


Date: 1 February 2017 - 31 March 2017
Venue:

Manchester Central Library 


For more information, please click here.
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