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Japan Festival 2012: A night of music from Japan

Japan Festival 2012: A night of music from Japan

There’s so much going on in London at the moment, and with not one by TWO Japanese culture festivals happening right now I was spoilt for choice. Japan Festival 2012 started on Wednesday 25th July and continues until Tuesday 7th August, at Broadgate Circle, near Liverpool Street Station. I popped along on Thursday after work … Continue reading

Exhibition: “re:new tohoku” at Asia House

Exhibition: “re:new tohoku” at Asia House

If you’re in London this weekend I urge you to visit the free exhibition of crafts from Tohoku (the region in northeastern Japan which was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011) which is currently on display at Asia House – only until Sunday! Tonight I had the pleasure of … Continue reading

“Image Langue: Linear Code” at the ICN gallery

“Image Langue: Linear Code” at the ICN gallery

The current exhibition at the ICN gallery in Shoreditch is “Image Langue: Linear Code”  by artist Gen Miyamura. Shizuoka born Miyamura has created works which draw on the traditional Bokusho-style of calligraphy, and create a new kind of abstract expressionism. In this exhibition, “Image Langue: Linear Code”, Miyamura has built on his original dot codes, … Continue reading

TeZukA

I’ve been putting off writing a review of TeZukA which I saw at Sadler’s Wells recently because I simply didn’t know what to say. It was like nothing I had ever seen before, and I’ve been struggling to find the words to describe it. Basically, TeZukA was a dance performance choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (link … Continue reading

“Eikanji” (英漢字)

Recently, a student introduced me to the concept of “eikanji”.  This is an idea created by a Japanese calligrapher called Tomomi Kunishige (知美国重).  She is a 32-year-old Japanese woman from Yamaguchi prefecture. She began learning calligraphy at the age of 6 (which is quite normal in Japan) and by the age of 16 she had … Continue reading

Shuji (習字)

On Monday I had calligraphy class.  Still attempting to memorize kanji for my exam in December, I decided to try 家族 (kazoku – family) this week.  The first kanji, 家, can be read as ‘ie’, which means ‘house’. The second kanji, 族, ‘zoku’ means ‘tribe’ or ‘clan’.  This was a really difficult one to try, … Continue reading

Shuji (習字)

I went back to my calligraphy class this week, determined to practice something that might be useful for my exam preparation.  Fortunately, no other students came to class this week, so I had a private lesson!  When I suggested to my teacher that I wanted to practice 読 (yomu – to read) she suggested that … Continue reading

Shuji (習字)

Today I had my calligraphy class and I decided to write 旅 (‘tabi’), which means ‘travel’.  It wasn’t too difficult, although I still have a lot of work to do on the finer details.  I’m trying not to write anything too complicated as there’s no point at the moment (until I learn how to make … Continue reading