Pianist Sunwook Kim – Wimbledon International Music Festival 2011

SUNWOOK KIM     

Wednesday 23 November 8.00 pm

St John’s, Spencer Hill SW19 4NZ

 BEETHOVEN: THE THREE LAST PIANO SONATAS

SUNWOOK KIM piano

BEETHOVEN Sonata in E major, op. 109

BEETHOVEN Sonata in A flat major, op. 110

BEETHOVEN Sonata in C minor, op. 111

 22-year old Korean pianist Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006: the competition’s youngest winner for 40 years, as well as its first Asian winner.

 “The major discovery of this concert was the extraordinary young Korean pianist Sunwook Kim. His technique and the extensive range of his tone colours allowed him to grasp every single nuance in the score with poise and natural ease.” ResMusica, Brussels

 “Quite a superb display and as well as a dazzling technique, he showed an interpretation of maturity and conviction.”  Dundee Courier

“Kim’s lightness of touch and finesse never less than compelling.”

Classicalsource

 

TICKETS: £28 – £23 – £15

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Underwater Love

Dir:

Shinji Imaoka

Writer:

Shinji Imaoka, Fumio Moriya

Cast:

Sawa Masaki, Yoshiro Umezawa, Ai Narita, Mutsuo Yoshioka

From Germany’s Rapid Eye Movies and Japan’s Kokuei Company comes a whimsical pink film musical about a woman and a sea creature.

Directed by pink-film veteran Shinji IMAOKA (Lunch Box, Frog Song), shot by Christopher Doyle – the famed cinematographer behind Hero and countless films by Wong Kar Wai – and with music by Germany’s Stereo Total, Underwater Love – A Pink Musical promises to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Asuka works in a lakeside fish factory. She is just about to be married to her boss. One day, she encounters a Kappa, a water creature living in the lake and learns that it is the reincarnation of Aoki, her first love. What ensues is a zany spectacle of love, music and sex.

DVD Release Date:

November 21st, 2011

DVD Specifications:

Anamorphic widescreen with removable english subtitles

DVD Bonus Features:

3 Interviews with Christopher Doyle. Interview with Shinji Imaoka. Behind the Scenes footage. Theatrical Trailer. First 2,000 copies include a limited edition soundtrack CD by Stereo Total

Zipangu Fest (ジパング・フェスト)

Zipangu Fest (ジパング・フェスト) is the first UK-wide festival devoted to Japanese film, introducing works new and old, many previously unseen by mainstream UK film audiences, to demonstrate the many identities of Japan as depicted by some of the country’s most exciting and revered talents.

Zipangu Fest operates as a UK-registered non-profit organisation, formed in the best interest of developing a new appreciation in the UK of Japanese film talents.

Zipangu Fest 2011 has been realised thanks to the following people:

Organising committee:
Festival Director & Chief Curator Jasper Sharp (http://jaspersharp.com/blog/about)
Assistant Curator Julian Ross
Producer Fei Phoon
Producer Tun Shwe
Press Relations Sarah Macdonald
Guest Relations Nikhila Anoth
Guest Relations Almudena Escobar Lopez
Guest Relations & Operations Eve Choomsawat
Operations Jia Luo
Print Shipping Garfman Leung
Video Editing Momoko Abe
Cover Artist Mike Lomon (http://michaellomon.com)

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners:
The Japan Foundation (http://www.jpf.org.uk)
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (http://gbsf.org.uk)
Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy (http://www.jvtacademy.com/english)
The SRK (http://thesrk.com)
Kinema Nippon (http://kinemanippon.org)
Branchage Film Festival (http://branchagefestival.com)
Electric Sheep (http://electricsheepmagazine.co.uk)
VCinema (http://variedcelluloid.net/vcinema)
Tsuru (http://tsuru-sushi.co.uk)
National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (http://www.momat.go.jp/english/nfc)
Coventry East Asian Film Society (http://cueafs.com)
Cafe OTO (http://cafeoto.co.uk)
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (http://ica.org.uk)
Neil Cantwell (http://www.dissolvingpath.com) & Tim Grabham (http://thesrk.com/795469/Tim-Grabham)
Aily Nash & Nine Yamamoto-Massan
Bo Ningen (http://myspace.com/boningen)
Erlend Palm
Sayaka Smith
Third Window Films (http://thirdwindowfilms.com)
Terracotta Distribution (http://terracottadistribution.com)
Sirida Pensri & Stefan Holliland

For further information click here

Keeping Japan on the Map

Keeping Japan on the Map

A one-day conference in celebration of the Sasakawa Lectureship Programme and the breadth of Japanese Studies in the UK today

Friday 18th November 2011 9.00 – 17.00

Birkbeck College, University of London Room B04 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H

The tragic events of 11 March 2011 brought Japan abruptly into international focus as the impact of the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear problems were played out live on TV screens. Since then, so much of the world has returned to its ordinary business and Japan appears once more to have slipped off the world map.

But what happened in Japan earlier this year and how it has been reported by the media further demonstrated that there is still much that we can learn from Japan and Japan can learn from others. Indeed, the coverage of the disaster itself, as well as programmes and articles relating to Japan that subsequently appeared on UK TV and in the media, have revealed a deep-rooted interest in Japan today.

There are a number of UK universities that have staff conducting significant research on a range of Japan-related subjects. This conference is a celebration of that work. It also provides an opportunity to show-case some of the research being conducted by a number of the Sasakawa Lecturers who were appointed following a programme of staff expansion in Japanese studies funded by a grant from the Nippon Foundation to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation in 2008.

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Flooding in Thailand

10 November 2011

The flooding situation in Thailand is mainly affecting the central provinces along the Chao Phraya River including Bangkok. Flood waters are subsiding in Ayutthaya. Other popular tourist destinations in the central region including Pattaya, Hua Hin, Kanchanaburi and Ko Chang have not been affected by the floods. Tourist destinations in the south of Thailand including Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani, Ko Samui, Hat Yai and Phang-Nga; and in the north including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Sukhothai, also have not been affected by the floods.

Flood waters in Ayutthaya and some other central provinces have begun to subside, although many areas are not yet fully accessible. Tourist attractions in Ayutthaya will reopen once they have been restored.

In some areas, tourists may find that there are occasional shortages of consumer products that are in high demand such as local brands of water and locally-bottled beer. These products are replenished periodically. Imported products including beer and bottled water are widely available.

The Transport Ministry is preparing alternate routes between Bangkok and the southern provinces in case some parts of Highway 35, a major road to the south also known as Rama II Road, is affected by the flood waters draining to the west of the city.

Situation in Bangkok
Areas flooded in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area include suburbs in the east and west, the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, and districts in the northern part of the city.

In central Bangkok, businesses, hotels, shops and tourist attractions remain open as per normal in areas including:

Khao San Road Ratchaprasong (Central World area)
Phetchaburi Road Sathorn
Ploenchit/ Chidlom Siam Square/ MBK/ Siam Paragon
Pratunam Silom/ Surawongse
Rama 1 Road Sukhumvit Road/ The Emporium
Rama 4 Road Yaowarat (Chinatown)

Given the rapidly changing nature of the flooding situation in Bangkok, visitors should check multiple sources of information to make an informed decision about whether they should visit central Bangkok at the present time.

The BTS Skytrain and MRT subway are operating normally at this time. Some MRT stations have closed certain entrances as a precaution. Visitors are advised to check with the BTS and MRT regarding the current status of their operations. Taxis and tuk tuks are available although the number in service is reduced. Many BMTA bus routes have been rerouted or suspended due to the flooding. Express boat services on the Chao Phraya River have also been suspended, as have most water-related tourist activities.

Transportation

Airports:
Bangkok is served by two airports. Suvarnabhumi Airport, the main international gateway to Thailand, remains open. It has considerable flood protection measures in place. Suvarnabhumi Airport is the main connector for international arrivals to domestic flights serving tourist destinations throughout Thailand such as Phuket, Chiang Mai and Surat Thani. Domestic flights are operating as per normal between Suvarnabhumi Airport and other airports in Thailand.

Transportation to and from the airport into central Bangkok including taxis, buses and the Airport Rail Link have not been affected by the floods and are operating normally. Highways from the airport to tourist destinations southeast of Bangkok such as Pattaya, Rayong and Ko Chang are open.

Don Mueang Airport, the old international airport, is closed due to flooding. The two domestic airlines operating from Don Mueang have temporarily switched their operations to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

A “Tourist Assistance Center” is set up on the 3rd floor of Airport Rail Link’s Makkasan Station to facilitate tourists’ transport from hotels in central Bangkok to the airport. The TAT and the Thai Hotels Association (THA) are providing free transportation from hotels to Makkasan Station. The Tourist Police will assist tourists at Makkasan Station and at the airport. Tourists who would like to use this service can contact the Tourist Assistance Center via the TAT Call Center at 1672, or the Tourist Police at 1155.

State Railway of Thailand and inter-provincial bus services:
State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and inter-provincial bus services are operating as per usual in areas that are not affected by the floods. In Bangkok and other areas affected by the floods, the SRT and inter-provincial bus service operators are adjusting their routes to best serve passengers given the disruptions caused by the flooding. Inter-provincial buses from Bangkok to southern provinces are leaving from a temporary station with shuttle services to and from the Southern Bus Terminal, also known as Sai Tai Mai.

Train services to northeastern Thailand are operating as per normal. Train services to the northern provinces are operating between Hua Lamphong station in central Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Trains to the north are being rerouted around flooded areas, adding approximately two hours of travel time. Train services to the southern provinces are operating mainly from Nakhon Pathom due to flooding in Bangkok’s western suburbs. The SRT is providing shuttle bus services between Hua Lamphong station and Nakhon Pathom. Travelers are advised to check in advance with these operators and may want to consider flying to their destinations within Thailand.

COP 17 and Beyond: Japan-UK and Global Action for Addressing Climate Change

11 November 2011 from 6.30pm

The Japan Foundation, London
Russell Square House
10-12 Russell Square
London, WC1B 5EH 

From late November to December, delegates from all over the world will meet in COP17 in Durban, South Africa to establish a new framework in order to continue to tackle the issue of climate change. Before the start of this conference, the Japan Foundation will host a special lecture here in London inviting four professionals representing both Japanese and European perspectives – the event will be moderated by Oliver Morton, currently senior editor at The Economist, where he was until recently Energy and Environment Editor.

Prof Mitsutsune Yamaguchi will deliver a presentation entitled ‘In search of an effective and feasible international framework – A balanced approach’ about Japanese policy on climate change issues and the rationale underlying it. Prof. M. Yamaguchi is an environmental economist and Project Professor at the University of Tokyo. He is a member of various Government committees on climate change and has been a lead author for the IPCC 3rd, 4thand 5th assessment reports.

Dr Robert Falkner, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Associate, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment will discuss ‘What future for international climate policy? Durban and beyond’. The talk will focus on the prospects for a future framework agreement on climate mitigation and the options available for advancing climate policy through multilateral channels.

Dan Dorner, Senior Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), will present the key climate change findings from the Agency’s flagship publication, the World Energy Outlook 2011, focusing on the latest data, policy developments and scenario projections for the next 25 years.

Jun Arima, special advisor to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for Global Environmental Affairs and Director-General of JETRO London, will discuss ‘COP17 and beyond – Japan’s view on a fair and effective international framework”’ based on his experience as Japan’s chief negotiator at the COP14, 15 and 16 and the on-going UNFCCC negotiation.

This event is supported by the Embassy of Japan, JETRO London and ANA

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.