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Sport and Diplomacy: Past Reflections and Looking Towards 2020 new
The Old Puppet Joruri: The Tale of High Priest Kochi new
Architecture on Stage: Atelier Bow Wow new
NIHONGO CUP | The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK FINALS DAY new
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
Japan Orientation at the University of East Anglia

Sport and Diplomacy: Past Reflections and Looking Towards 2020   org

Japan is due to host two sporting ‘mega-events’ in the next few years: The Rugby World Cup 2019 and The Summer Olympics, Tokyo 2020.

The build up to these events provides an opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future role of sport as an opportunity for diplomacy. This symposium, organised by the Japan Foundation London in collaboration with the Japan Sport Council London and SOAS Japan Research Centre, focuses on mega-sporting events as a public diplomatic platform, and how they create legacies for the global community.

Sport Diplomacy is a relatively new and flourishing field in academia building upon the heritage of studies in sport and history, politics and sociology. With the 2019 and 2020 events on the horizon, this event will examine the role of sports throughout history in Japan since the hosting of the Olympics in 1964 in Tokyo.

We are pleased to welcome Mr Tetsuya Kimura, the Director General of Japan Sports Agency, the extra-ministerial bureau of Japanese sports, as a key speaker to talk about the nation’s government led initiative 'Sport for Tomorrow'. Sport for Tomorrow is an international project to implement changes on a national and international scale in time for and beyond 2020, which consists of three pillars: international cooperation through sports, academy for future sports leaders, and promotion of sport integrity through global anti-doping activities.

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The symposium looks at sports’ versatility as a diplomatic communication medium, and how Japan approaches the unique opportunity of hosting mega-sporting events to leverage the power of sport in this time of globalization.

Keynote Speakers

  • Tetsuya Kimura ( Director-General, Japan Sports Agency)
  • Richard Caborn (former Minister of Sport 2001-7)
  • Dr Helen Macnaughtan (Chair, SOAS Japan Research Centre)
  • Dr J Simon Rofe (SOAS University of London)

Organisers: Japan Foundation London with Japan Sport Council, London and SOAS Japan Research Centre


The event is also supported by JSPS London and is followed by a reception sponsored by Sake Samurai.

Image: courtesy of the Japan Sport Council

Date: 15 May 2017 from 5.30pm to 9.00pm

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, WC1H 0XG


The event is free and open to the public but registration is essential to guarantee a place. To book a place please click here to use the online application form

For further details and to view the event programme please visit the SOAS website here.

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The Old Puppet Joruri: The Tale of High Priest Kochi   org

Old Joruri, a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre which originated in the 17th century, is rarely performed outside Japan. However the rediscovery of a 300 year old text at the British Library has inspired a very special performance.

It is with great pleasure that the Japan Foundation, in collaboration with the British Library, present The Tale of High Priest Kochi. Featuring realistic puppets with lifelike features and beautifully embroidered Japanese costumes, this unique production tells the story of Buddhist monk Kochi Hoin.

The performance will be accompanied by a complementary talk on the play and the remarkable tale of its discovery.

This work was specially commissioned by The Japan Foundation to The London Performance Implementation Committee at the British Library.  

For tickets and more information, please click here

Photo by Eiji Shimakura

Date: 2 June 2017 - 3 June 2017

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London 

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Architecture on Stage: Atelier Bow Wow   org

The Architecture Foundation, in association with the Barbican and The Japan Foundation London, presents a talk by one half of Atelier Bow Wow, architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto. Founded soon after the collapse of Japan’s economic bubble in the 1990’s, Atelier Bow Wow’s series of distinguished house designs include the award winning Mini House (1998) and House and Atelier Bow Wow (2005, pictured).

In this exclusive talk, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto will draw on his experiences as both a designer and observer in reflecting on Tokyo's suburban landscape.

This event is part of Architecture on Stage - a programme of talks and debates organised by The Architecture Foundation and the Barbican. 

For tickets and more information, please click here

Please note that this event has now sold out 

Date: 22 May 2017 from 7.00pm

Frobisher Auditorium 1, Barbican, London

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NIHONGO CUP | The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK FINALS DAY   org

Come and see the UK’s most talented young students of Japanese language at the Finals Day of the Nihongo Cup – the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students!

Students from all levels of secondary education – Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 – will showcase their amazing talent and hard work in their Japanese language studies while competing for some fantastic prizes – including a trip to Japan!

Don’t miss out this chance to see the UK’s biggest Japanese speech contest for secondary school students. The contest will be followed by a reception, giving you a chance to meet the students.

Free entry, no booking required (seating first come, first served)

The contest will begin promptly at 12:30. Audience members will be admitted into the hall from 12:00. The contest will end at 15:45, with refreshments served until 16:30. 

Date: 24 June 2017 from 12.30pm to 4.30pm

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London. WC1R 4RL

Nihongo Cup is organised by the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Japan Foundation London.


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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

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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Japan Orientation at the University of East Anglia   JPsupported

Japan Orientation is a focused short course which allows students to explore the latest approaches to Japanese Studies offered as part of the University of East Anglia’s International Summer School.

The programme will be  delivered by the University of East Anglia’s specialised Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS) and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC)  and will concentrate on stimulating discussion with speakers who are leading researchers in the field of Japanese Studies, in culture, history, international relations, business, media and much more.

The course is suited to those currently at university who are interested in Japan, East Asia and the latest approaches to Japanese Studies.

For more information please see the website of the University of East Anglia.

Date: 24 June 2017 - 21 July 2017

University of East Anglia

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