Interpreting Japanese Fans

A talk by Kanji Ishizumi.

4 November 2011, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

People usually perceive folding fans to be implements used for the purpose of cooling oneself. Collectors of antique folding fans see them as decorative art. About one hundred years ago in the UK and Europe, most ladies carried a folding fan in their daily life as a decorative ornament. Mr Kanji Ishizumi, a sixth generation Japanese fan maker, will challenge and contradict these concepts of the fan in his presentation. He will explore the history of the folding fan, and explain how fans were actually used in Japan by monks and the aristocracy as communication tools and recording or writing instruments. In his talk, Mr Ishizumi will also discuss when, where and how folding fans were first invented, and the later development of fans as art.

Kanji Ishizumi was born in Kyoto in 1947, and belongs to the sixth generation of the Ishizumi Fan Company, which was established in 1881. He is a frequent lecturer on Japanese fans, and has given lectures at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Japan Foundation in London. Mr Ishizumi has also given lectures in New York, Los Angeles and Rome. He was invited as a keynote speaker at the North American Fan Association in California in 2011 and at the Asian Civilization Museum in Singapore.

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Related exhibition

Fan with a View, an exhibition of Nana Shiomi’s fans, will be on display at the Oriental Club on 8th November from 10am – 6pm. For more information please click here.

Image: Fan ‘Hokusai’ by Nana Shiomi MA RCA / RE (Woodcut Print / Edition of 30 / 34×58 cm approx.) © 2011 Nana Shiomi

Daiwa Foundation Tohoku Scholarships

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation announces the launch of a £250,000 scholarship fund to support Japanese students whose lives and studies have been affected by the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the north east of Japan. Scholarships will be made available to undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral students from the Tohoku region for study at universities in the UK. In the aftermath of this terrible disaster in Japan and in keeping with the educational objects of the Foundation, we hope that these new scholarships will contribute to the future of young people in the region. The Daiwa Foundation Tohoku Scholarships are being organised in partnership with the British Council in Tokyo. Further details and application procedures will be available shortly.

Work and Pensions in the UK and Japan

After the posts dedicated to the earthquake I think it is time to start, again, to highlight interesting events taking place across London. The next event is held at the DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation:

Work and Pension in the UK and Japan

This third seminar in the 2011 series, Uncertain Futures: The Individual, Society and the State in the UK and Japan, will consider issues relating to employment, retirement and pension reform. Fiscal restraints and demographics are contributing to ongoing policy discussions on working life and pension provision in both countries. Our speakers are well placed to set out changing aspects of government policy and to compare historical legacies and the transformation of welfare regimes. Political shifts in the UK and Japan have brought new ideas to bear on these difficult issues. How current governments are responding to social needs and economic circumstances will form the basis of the seminar discussion.

7 April 2011

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

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

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