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setsubun

 

gOni wa soto, fuku wa uchi!h (Out with the goblins and in with good fortune!). In early February in Japan, people shout these words while throwing roasted soybeans around their homes. Setsubun is a popular traditional ceremony to drive out evil spirits and bad luck as well as to bring in good fortune.

This year has already provided an early good omen in the form of an extremely successful Koshu Wine Tasting event on 12 January. Koshu white wines are noteworthy for their subtle flavour which goes very well with Japanese food. On 25 January, Japan Society Awards were presented to Professor David Cope and the Reverend Professor Kemmyo Taira Sato for their outstanding contribution to promoting Anglo-Japanese relations.


February offers a chance to experience both modern and traditional Japan. The Embassyfs third annual Manga competition will present awards to talented young British artists. It is encouraging to see how the quantity and quality of entries have increased over the last two years. On 25 February, Sir Hugh Cortazzi, former British Ambassador to Japan, will give a talk about the Japanese village in Knightsbridge which opened in 1885.@It gave people in Victorian London a chance to have a taste of Japanese life which must have been very foreign and exotic to them.

The exhibition at Goldsmithfs will feature innovative silver vessels produced by the award-winning Japanese artist, Hiroshi Suzuki. Meanwhile, the British Film Institute is showing films by Yasujiro Ozu, a prominent Japanese film director in the post-war period. For those inclined towards more traditional Japanese art, The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge will open a diplay of netsuke, miniature sculpture pieces worn by the Japanese during the Edo period.


Manga Jiman 2009 Exhibition


The Embassy of Japan
15 Feb - 31 Mar 2010

 

Japan in Late Victorian London:
The Japanese Village in
Knightsbridge and The
Mikado
, 1885


25 Feb 2010, 18:30 - 20:30
The Embassy of Japan

Ozu's Late Autumn


Opens 29 Jan 2010

British Film Institute

  Aqua Poesy VII

Silver Waves Exhibition

8 Feb - 6 Mar 2010
Goldsmith's Hall

Netsuke: Japanese Art in Miniature

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
23 Feb - 30 May 2010


 

Visit the new Japan-UK
Events Calendar

Koshu Wine Tasting

The Embassy of Japan
12 January 2010

  Japan Society Awards

Japan Society Awards

25 January 2010

 

The Miniature Appeal of Netsuke Nature's Beauty at Lake Akan
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2010 Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships for Japanese Studies




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