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Book Review: Ghosts Of The Tsunami: Death And Life In Japan’s Disaster Zone

December 15, 2017 3 comments

A deeply moving book by Richard Lloyd Parry!

Ghosts of the TsunamiAt 2.46pm Japan time on the 11th March 2011 a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Tohoku. The earthquake moved Japan’s main island of Honshu 2.4 meters further east, moved the earth on its axis by between 10 – 25 cm, and at the time dropped Honshu’s Pacific coast by around one meter. It triggered massive tsunamis, some of which were up to 40.5 meters (133 feet) in height, some of which travelled up to 10km (6 miles) inland.

As is pointed out in the book it wasn’t the earthquake which caused most of the damage; most of Japan’s physical infrastructure is built to Read more…

Memorial Concert For Japan Earthquake & Tsunami 2016

March 23, 2016 1 comment

Kakehashi Project: “The Unity Bridge Project”

Japan Memorial Concert 2016 pic 1111th March 2011 was a devastating day in Japanese history. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful to ever be recorded in Japan, hit the country’s east coast and triggered a massive tsunami that devastated the Tōhoku region. The wave travelled 10km inland in some areas of the country, and over 15,000 people were killed by the event. To this day, Japan is still in shock about the disaster but they are determined to remain brave in the Read more…

Event: Memorial Concert For Japan Earthquake And Tsunami

A message of hope and of friendship between Britain and Japan!

Memorial Concert  for Japan Earthquake & TsunamiTo mark the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on 11th March 2011, a concert performed by the Hokusai Orchestra, with conductor Akiko Ohtomo-Smith at the helm, and singer Naomi Suzuki was held on 5th March in the Attlee Suite of the Houses of Parliament hosted by the Read more…

Event Dates: One Year Anniversary Of The Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

March 10, 2012 5 comments

One year on!

All over the world events, concerts and services are being held on or around 11th March to honour the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

While it would be a mammoth task indeed to try and list here every known event in the UK alone, a few suggestions have been Read more…

Seven Beach Aid Presents: You Are Not Forgotten – Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Aid

February 13, 2012 3 comments

An event to remember the people affected by the tsunami

In association with Golders Green Parish Church

Sunday 11 th March 2012

14:00 – 16:30 (doors open at 13:30)

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Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: The Aftermath – An Overview

July 7, 2011 6 comments

“Fall down seven times, get up eight” (Japanese proverb)

There is a famous Japanese saying: “Fall down seven times, get up eight.”  These words perfectly reflect the courage and spirit the people of Japan have shown these last few months.  Their ability to rise above such devastation as the recent earthquake and tsunami is an inspiration to us all.

Writer Maria Rainier presents an overview of the devastation that struck Japan and shook the world almost four months ago. Read more…

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Book Review: Walking in Circles: Finding Happiness in Lost Japan. A Shikoku Memoir

November 11, 2020 Leave a comment

For the second time in seven years Todd sets off on the 88 temple 1,400 km Pilgrim’s Trail (Shikoku Henro) around the smallest, and possibly least visited by foreign tourists, of Japan’s four principle islands; Shikoku.

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Book Review: Yasuke: The True Story of the Legendary African Samurai

The remarkable life of history’s first foreign-born samurai, and his astonishing journey from Northeast Africa to the heights of Japanese society.

YasukeA quite astonishing and meticulously researched biography which isn’t written in an academic style yet is suitable for both the general reader and history buff. Thoroughly engaging it reads like a novel and really does bring Yasuke’s story to life in a way that a purely academic tome could not have done.

In the pre-amble the narrative briefly touches on the aftermath of Akechi Mitsuhide’s overthrow of his liege lord Oda Nobunaga at Honnō-ji Temple in Kyōto and, as one of Nobunaga’s loyal vassals, Yasuke’s involvement. The story, broken down into three sections; ‘Warrior’, ‘Samurai’, and ‘Legend’, then turns in ‘Warrior’ to the arrival in Japan in 1579 Read more…

Exhibition Review: ‘Sakubei Yamamoto and the Rich Seams of Japan’s Coal Mining History’

October 8, 2019 Leave a comment

4th Oct – 15th November 2019 at the Japanese Embassy in London

yamamoto sakubeiIt was Monday 30th July 1973 when, just before 620 am, Colin Burton (a maternal uncle), who had moved from Bolsover Colliery to work at Markham Colliery at Stavely in Derbyshire, stepped off the pit cage having had to ascend back to the surface during the early part of the shift. As he moved away twenty-nine fellow coal miners boarded the double decker pit cage to begin the journey down the shaft to join their shift mates on Read more…

Book Review: Midnight in Broad Daylight

A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds!

Midnight in Broad Daylight CoverThough the title of this book is taken from Sankichi Tōge’s poem about the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima this book isn’t actually all about that event; one chapter late on in the book is dedicated to the event with its post traumatic effects on the populace, and the family in particular, covered in subsequent chapters. It is quite frankly an astonishing and incredibly moving account of one Japanese-American family’s experience of immigrant status in the USA and the effect of the Great Depression, racism, movements of various members of the family back and forth between Japan and the USA in the lead up to the Second World War, the consequences for the various members of the family in situ in both countries during Read more…

Art Review: Hokusai: Beyond The Great Wave – An Exhibition At The British Museum

Exhibition dates: 25th May – 13th August 2017

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hokusai.aspx

 

the great wave off kanagawa

Katsushika Hokusai was born Tokitarō in 1760 in Honjo Warigesui, the present-day Kamezawa area of Sumida City. He was adopted by Ise Nakajima, an artisan, who made and supplied metal mirrors to the Shōgun’s court and, according to “Katsushika Hokusai Den” (Biography of Katsushika Hokusai) by Kyoshin Iijima, a mother who was granddaughter to Kobayashi Heihachirō, an expert swordsman and high ranking retainer of Read more…

Book Review: Where The Dead Pause And The Japanese Say Goodbye – A Journey By Marie Mutsuki Mockett

December 5, 2016 4 comments

Its pages are often full of a light that illuminates a fundamental human experience!

where-the-dead-pause-and-the-japanese-say-goodbyeOn Friday 11th March 2011 at 2.46pm local time the 9.0 magnitude Tōhoku Earthquake, the most powerful on record to have ever hit Japan, struck off the Pacific Coast of Tōhoku triggering Tsunami’s some of which reached up to 133 feet (40.5 metres) and travelled up to 6 miles (10 km) inland. Nearly 16,000 people were killed, over 6,000 injured and just over 2,500 people are still missing. It is against this back drop that Mutsuki Mockett weaves her way through a landscape of grief; that of her own personal, complicated, grief at the loss of her beloved father, and that of the people of the region from where some of her ancestors came. Read more…

Event: Charity Kimono Culture Evening London

October 20, 2015 Leave a comment

In support of Aid For Japan!

Kimono Culture Evening eventDate: Friday 30th October 2015

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Richmond Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave, Richmond TW9 1TP

Help us raise money for children orphaned by the March 2011 tsunami by enjoying an evening of Japanese kimono, food and music. The tickets are just £40 each and all proceeds go to Read more…

NHK World TV Autumn Technology Programming Schedule

October 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Robot-led exercise classes for the elderly, unmanned aviation for disaster monitoring and badminton-playing robots!  

NHK World LogoNHK WORLD TV, the 24-hour international English language channel produced by Japan’s public service broadcaster NHK, announces its autumn technology programming schedule showcasing pioneering medical robots to assist in elderly care, cutting-edge advances in unmanned aviation technology and a badminton-playing Read more…

Exhibition: The Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo Exhibition London

March 8, 2013 1 comment

“Photography is the art of visually carving out a primary moment and making it eternal!” His Excellency Mr Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan to the UK

The Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo ExhibitionMarch 2013 marks the second anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that devastated eastern Japan. To celebrate the nation’s courage and international support the Asahi Shimbun, widely regarded as one of Japan’s most respected daily newspapers, and Mitsubishi Corporation have come together to host the Great East Japan Earthquake Press photo Exhibition which Read more…

Two Years After: Remembering The Devastation And Celebrating Hope

February 14, 2013 1 comment

The Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo Exhibition Comes to London in March!

The Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo ExhibitionPresented by The Asahi Shimbun and Mitsubishi Corporation

The Asahi Shimbun and Mitsubishi Corporation will co-host The Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo Exhibition in London from Tuesday 5 until Sunday 17 March. The exhibition was held in three Asian cities during 2012: Bangkok, Jakarta and Seoul. Now, the 2013 exhibition marks the second anniversary of the Read more…

Kobe Metal Outfit BRAIN DEATH ZOMBIE Make International Debut in London

January 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Including support act Umez!

Brain Death Zombie flyerWhen: Saturday 12 January 2013 from 7pm.

Where: The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA. Tickets: £6 (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/201100)

Event pages: [facebook] [last.fm] Read more…

Book Review: Strong in the Rain By Lucy Birmingham and David McNeill

December 5, 2012 2 comments

Living through the historic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown!

Japan earthquake and tsunami 3/11No one could have thought that in March of 2011, the northeast coast of Japan would be hit by an earthquake 9.0 magnitude, one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, sending a tsunami crashing through the towns, destroying all in its wake. Even though the country has regular earthquake evacuation drills, and sea walls as high as forty feet, nothing could’ve prepared it for a disaster of such scale. The catastrophe continued with a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that would rival Chernobyl. After the disaster, Japan faced being in the news, and sympathy from around the globe grew, as did the Read more…

Event Report: Japan Matsuri 2012 At Trafalgar Square London

October 31, 2012 4 comments

Londoners get a taste of Japanese culture!

On Saturday 6th October, under a blissful (almost) clear blue sky, Trafalgar Square in London played host to Japan Matsuri 2012. 70,000 people were expected to come and go throughout the day and it’s quite possible that number was met. Since the first matsuri festival started in 2009, the event’s popularity has grown year after year spreading the rich and vibrant culture of Japan and gaining new fans. Unquestionably this year was Read more…