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Book Launch & Talk - Aesthetic Strategies of the Floating World, by Alfred Haft

The Japan Foundation was delighted to present this book launch and talk on the highly-regarded new publication, Aesthetic Strategies of the Floating World.  We were joined by the book’s author, Afred Haft (British Museum), who examined how the Floating World responded to the authority of Japan’s classical tradition, and made ukiyo-e (popular woodblock prints) an agent in the social and cultural politics of their time.  Following Haft’s talk, Tim Clark (British Museum) and Dr Christine Guth (Royal College of Art) gave incisive and thought-provoking commentaries on the book, before the panel took questions from the audience in what was a lively and interesting Q&A session. 

We had a full house for this event and the Japan Foundation would like to thank all those that came along and helped to make this such a successful evening. 

Image: Fûryû yatsushi Genji: Matsuzake Chôbunsai Eishi circa 1790, collection of the British Museum