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The Shogun’s Queen – lecture dates 2017

Monday, 9 October, 2017· Last Updated on: Tuesday, 7 November, 2017

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The Shogun's QueenForthcoming lectures 2017

 

Thursday 9 November
6.00pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle
London NW1 4QP MAP

Nearest station: Baker Street

Admission free, booking essential

Turning Point: The Momentous Events that Created Modern Japan

To Japan, the arrival of Commodore Perry and his Black Ships in 1853 was almost as shocking as if Martians had landed. One of the few who were not fazed was the far-sighted daimyo Shimazu Nariakira. One of the most brilliant and powerful men of his day, he’d built a whole factory complex in Satsuma, far from the eagle eye of the shogunate, with blast furnaces, a glass factory and his own fledgling steam ships. He was the first person in the country to acquire a daguerreotype camera.

In this talk, Lesley Downer will start by setting the scene on the cusp of Perry’s arrival and will tell the story of the Black Ships from both Japanese and American viewpoints – what each side saw and what each made of the other. Among much else, she will describe the sudden and suspicious death of the shogun right after Perry’s first visit and how Perry’s men blacked up and performed a black and white minstrel show to the bemusement of the Japanese on their second visit. She will go on to talk about Townsend Harris, the first American consul, and how he and his trusty secretary, Hendrick Heusken, the first two westerners in Japan (other than the Dutch), travelled to Edo to have an audience with the shogun. That shogun too died mysteriously …

Her talk will be illustrated with contemporary documents and pictures including woodblock prints of Perry and Harris as seen through Japanese eyes, and American drawings of the Japanese.

Book tickets: http://dajf.org.uk/event/turning-point-the-momentous-events-that-created-modern-japan

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A Date for Your Diary: Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation on November 9th

Monday, 9 October, 2017· Last Updated on: Monday, 9 October, 2017

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The noise they make is like a dragon’s roar, like a thousand conch shells being blown all at once

The noise they make is like a dragon’s roar, like a thousand conch shells being blown all at once

Thursday 9 November at 6.00pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle
London NW1 4QP MAP

Nearest station: Baker Street

Admission free, booking essential

Turning Point: The Momentous Events that Created Modern Japan

To Japan, the arrival of Commodore Perry and his Black Ships in 1853 was almost as shocking as if Martians had landed. One of the few who were not fazed was the far-sighted daimyo Shimazu Nariakira. One of the most brilliant and powerful men of his day, he’d built a whole factory complex in Satsuma, far from the eagle eye of the shogunate, with blast furnaces, a glass factory and his own fledgling steam ships. He was the first person in the country to acquire a daguerreotype camera.

In this talk, Lesley Downer will start by setting the scene on the cusp of Perry’s arrival and will tell the story of the Black Ships from both Japanese and American viewpoints – what each side saw and what each made of the other. Among much else, she will describe the sudden and suspicious death of the shogun right after Perry’s first visit and how Perry’s men blacked up and performed a black and white minstrel show to the bemusement of the Japanese on their second visit. She will go on to talk about Townsend Harris, the first American consul, and how he and his trusty secretary, Hendrick Heusken, the first two westerners in Japan (other than the Dutch), travelled to Edo to have an audience with the shogun. That shogun too died mysteriously …

Her talk will be illustrated with contemporary documents and pictures including woodblock prints of Perry and Harris as seen through Japanese eyes, and American drawings of the Japanese.

Book ticketshttp://dajf.org.uk/event/turning-point-the-momentous-events-that-created-modern-japan

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A Date for Your Diary: Bradford Literature Festival on July 2nd

18 May 2017
COURTESANS AND CONCUBINES – in conversation with Moni Mohsin

Sunday July 2nd at 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Bradford Literature Festival
Bradford City Hall Banqueting Suite

COURTESANS AND CONCUBINES – in conversation with Moni Mohsin

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A Date for Your Diary: Daunt Books talk on 9th February 2017

27 January 2017
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Thursday, February 9th 2017 at 6.30 – 8.00 pm
Daunt Books
51 South End Road,
London NW3 2QB
Illustrated talk: ‘ “Traveller” – let that be my name.’ Travelling Japan through the ages
£5 entry fee includes wine, nibbles and conviviality – Click here to BOOK TICKETS

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A Date for Your Diary: SISJAC Talk at Norwich Cathedral 19th January

21 December 2016
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SISJAC (Sainsbury’s Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture)
The Hostry,
Norwich Cathedral,
Norwich

Illustrated talk: The Shogun’s Harem: Life in the Women’s Palace in Nineteenth Century Japan

Admission free. All welcome. Places are limited and booking is essential – Click here to BOOK A PLACE

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A Date for Your Diary: Asia House talk on 8th February 2017

23 November 2016
Love at the Crossroads in Old Japan, a talk at Asia House by Lesley Downer

Wednesday 8th February, 2017 at 6.45 – 8.00 pm
Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street,
London W1G 7LP

Illustrated talk: Love at the Crossroads in Old Japan

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A Date for Your Diary: Daiwa Foundation Japan House talk 13th December

2 November 2016
The Shogun’s Secret World of Women, an illustrated talk by Lesley Downer at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Tuesday 13th December, 2016 at 6.00 pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace,
Outer Circle,
London NW1 4QP

Illustrated talk: The Shogun’s Secret World of Women
Admission free, booking essential

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A Date for Your Diary: October Gallery lecture 7th December

27 October 2016
The Shogun’s Harem

Wednesday  7th December, 2016 at 6:00 – 9:00 pm
October Gallery Theatre
24 Old Gloucester Street
London
WC1N 3AL

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A Date for Your Diary: Travelling Through lecture 4th November

5 October 2016
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Friday 4 November, 2016 at 6:00 – 8:00pm

Travelling Through
131 Lower Marsh,
London SE1 7AE

Illustrated talk: ‘ “Traveller” – let that be my name.’ Travelling Japan through the ages […]

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A Date for Your Diary: SOAS lecture January 25th

17 September 2016
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SOAS University of London

Illustrated talk: The Ooku, the Shogun’s ‘Harem’: Life in the Women’s Palace in Nineteenth Century Japan

In 1854 Atsu, an 18-year-old girl, was chosen to become the shogun’s consort and rule over the ooku, the shogun’s harem or Women’s Palace.[…]

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