13 Assassins

Takashi Miike, the director responsible for such uncompromising and unforgettable movies as Audition andIchi The Killer indelibly stamps his trademark style on the Samurai genre with the ultra-violent, all-action, blood-spattered epic, 13 Assassins.

One of the most prolific, wildly unpredictable and controversial directors in cinema, here Miike reinvents himself once more “in top, slash-tastic form” (Variety), throwing in several obvious nods to the works of Akira Kurosawa and enough grotesquery to satisfy his loyal legions of fans, with a movie that has been described as a “handsomely mounted samurai adventure” (Cinematical) that is “too damn magnificent to ignore” (Twitch). With special previews from 5 May

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Japan Society Golf Tournament

I’m not interested in playing golf but you might….

Thursday, 2nd June 2011

Old Thorns Golf & Country Estate
Griggs Green
Liphook
Hampshire
GU30 7PE

£65 for Japan Society members
Please make cheques payable to “The Japan Society”

8.30am – Registration. Hot drinks and bacon rolls.
9.30am – Tee off. 1st & 10th tees are reserved until 10.30am
(half way house refreshments provided)
2.15pm – Two course lunch in private room.

The Japan Society Annual Golf Tournament, for the Asprey and Garrard Plate, will be held this year at The Old Thorns Golf & Country Estate, Hampshire. Set amidst the rolling hills of the North Hampshire countryside the par 72 championship course has an illustrious history with names such as Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Isao Aoki and Bill Rogers having played a competitive four ball there.

The society’s annual tournament is a popular event, with 24 members participating last year at Donnington Grove. A maximum of 32 players will be accepted on a first come first serve basis and members are welcome to bring friends and colleagues. Tee off will be from the 1st and 10th Tees commencing 9.30am.

A light breakfast will be provided from 8.30am and the package includes 18-holes of golf and a two course lunch in a private room on completion. The all-in price for the day is £65.

We are very grateful to our sponsors Intralink for their kind support.
Intralink develops and implements market strategies for companies targeting Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea.

More detailed instructions, including directions and timings will be sent nearer the date.

To enter, please complete the form below providing details of your handicap. Cheques should be made payable to “The Japan Society” and enclosed with your entry form.

Please contact The Japan Society on tel: 020 7828 6330 or email:events@japansociety.org.uk for further information

Brick Lane

Fine settimana abbastanza positivo, almeno fino adesso. Venerdi’ sera sono andato in zona Brick Lane a mangiare, con la ragazza Giapponese, in uno dei tanti ristoranti Indiani. Brick Lane e’ una zona che conosco poco ma che mi ha colpito in modo positivo. Al ristorante Indiano il cibo e’ stato ottimo, ho presso i classici Samosa come starter e come piatto principale Chiken Pasanda piu’ una delle mie birre favorite, la Cobra. Dopo il ristorante siamo andati a fare un giro nella zona e siamo entrati in uno dei tanti bar/locali pienissimi di giovani di varie nazionalita’.

Tra le altre cose positive di questo fine settimana e’ che sono riuscito ad affittare la stanza ad una ragazza Giapponese. E’ qui da me da due giorni e tutto procede bene. Ora vi devo lasciare vado a lavorare, si ogni tanto faccio extra il fine settimana.

So far, a good weekend. Friday evening I went to Brick Lane, with the Japanese girl I met few weeks ago, to one of the many Indian restaurants in the area. I don’t know Brick Lane well and I was very impressed by what I had seen. In the restaurant I had as starter Samosa and as main dish Chicken Pasanda with Cobra beer, one of my favourite. After the restaurant we went for a walk and to a very crowded bar. Excellent evening!

Amongst the positive thing of this weekend I have to mention that I finally found a new flatmate for the room I wanted to rent, a Japanese girl, who had moved in few days ago and seems very nice. That’s all for now, I have to go to work to do a bit of extra hours.

Situated Senses 01 : Inclined Angles at Hanmi Gallery

HANMI GALLERY INTERIM EXHIBITION
20 May – 05 June 2011
Situated Senses 01 : Inclined Angles

Situated Senses introduces contemporary artists who focus on the theme of space, in particular site-specificity. They present experimental form of artwork closely related to the specific feature of a space which is differentiated from the typical form of exhibit spaces.

Situated Senses presents two prominent contemporary Korean artists, Shan Hur and Soon-Hak Kwon. Hur and Kwon have created a unique situation in a void space where its original use was far removed from the traditional meaning of exhibit spaces.

The space was built to be a design office in the 1980s and there are plans to transform it into a gallery space (HANMI GALLERY) in the near future. In the meantime, the plan is to use this space for artistic trials and experimentations by talented young artists. In this way, the empty space becomes a laboratory and the artists become practitioners.

Exhibition Dates : 20 May – 05 June 2011
Opening Hours : Monday – Friday 10AM-6PM, Saturday – Sunday 11AM – 6PM
Private View : Friday 20 May 6 – 8PM
Curated by Jay Jungin Hwang (Independent Curator)

Artists Information
Shan Hur (b.1980) graduated from Seoul National University with B.F.A in sculpture and Slade School of Fine Art with M.F.A in sculpture. He had one solo exhibition and participated in several group exhibitions in London. He won 1st prize in ‘The Open West (Gloucestershire, UK, 2011)’ and was awarded in ‘Brighton University Art faculty Prize (UK, 2007).’ He works and lives in London.

Soon-Hak Kwon (b.1979) graduated from University of Incheon College of Fine Arts with B.F.A in painting, Hongik University with M.F.A in photography and Royal College of Art with MA in photography. He had four solo exhibitions and participated in several group exhibitions in Seoul, London, and Paris. He won gold prize in ‘29th Competition of Chang-Jark Arts’ Association (Korea, 2004)’, a prize for ‘Selected Artist’ in ‘28th Joong-Ang Fine Arts Prize (Korea, 2006).’ He works and lives in London.

HANMI GALLERY
30 Maple Street,
London W1T 8HA
United Kingdom
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Healthcare Provision and Management in the UK and Japan

Seminar details:

14 June 2011

6:00 – 7:45pm, followed by a drinks reception to 8:45pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Uncertain Futures: The Individual, Society and the State in the UK and Japan, will consider the issues surrounding healthcare provision and management in the UK and Japan. This is a highly topical area for debate in the UK as spending cuts and healthcare reforms focus attention on the ways in which the NHS must adapt to changing times. The Japanese health service is facing similar difficulties as Japan’s ageing population and low birth rate impact upon healthcare needs and provision. Our speakers bring both academic and professional perspectives to bear on this comparative discussion of the economics and social dynamics of healthcare provision.

Professor Kiyoshi Morita

Kiyoshi Morita is Director of Okayama University Hospital. He has also been Head of Okayama University since December, 2010. Since graduating the University Medical School with MD in 1974 he has been specializing in anaesthesiology in many hospitals in the South part of Japan. From 1978 to1980 he was Fellow of Anaesthesiology of Albert Einstein Medical College, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, New York, USA. In 1984 he started teaching at Okayama University while practicing at the hospital. He is Professor at Department of Anaesthesiology and Resuscitology, Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2004-2009 He was a Board of Directors, The Japanese Society on Intensive Care Medicine. Since 2009 he is President of the Japanese Society of Anaesthesiologists.

Professor Gwyn Bevan

Gwyn Bevan is Professor of Management Science in Department of Management Research at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has worked as an academic at Warwick Business School and in Medical Schools in London and Bristol. He has also worked in industry, consulting, the Treasury, and for the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI). His current research includes studies of outcomes of the natural experiment of different policies in UK countries for the NHS and schools following devolution; and the SyMPOSE (Systems Modelling for Performance Optimisation and Service Equity) project funded by the Health Foundation, which is a programme of collaborative research that aims to reduce expenditure on health care with least harm to the health of populations and without widening inequalities in health.

Dr Jonathan Batchelor

Jonathan Batchelor is a consultant dermatologist at Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust and researcher at the Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology at the University of Nottingham. His research interests include the methodology and reporting of dermatology clinical trials, and the application of the principle of evidence-based medicine to in the field of clinical dermatology. He is currently involved in developing feasibility work for clinical trial of treatments for vitiligo and is on the steering committee for the Eczema Priority Setting Partnership which, in conjunction with the James Lind Alliance, seeks to involve both clinicians and patients in the process of identifying future research priorities in the field of eczema treatments. Dr Batchelor was a Daiwa Scholar in 2001-3, spending a year at the National Centre for Child Health and Development, where he undertook research on patients’ ability to assess the reliability of health information. He was also a visiting doctor at the Showa University Department of Dermatology.

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