Upcoming Events

‘Japanese Craft Documentaries’

Moving Image Archive, Kelvin Hall, 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AW

From 6 to 7.30pm

Free and open to the public.

This will be co-organised by Kelvin Hall and Japan Desk Scotland, with a grant from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

12 December 2018

Evacuation Order in Fukushima – July 2017‘ (2018)

Evacuation order was issued after a Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011, but it has been lifted in some areas with the progress of decontamination activity. It is still in operation, however, in areas close to the nuclear power plant. One of such areas was visited in July 2017. In addition, the progress of an international research to compare Fukushima with Chernobyl at Fukushima University Institute of Environmental Radioactivity is reported. This is Japan Desk Scotland’s sixth Fukushima documentary.

9 January 2019

Design Kimono – Koji Yoshie‘ (2017) and ‘Live a tradition in Maramureş, Romania‘ (2014)

How to preserve traditions? In designing and dyeing kimono, Kyoto-based Koji YOSHIE releases his imagination within the framework of traditional stencil dyeing technique and traditional kimono design patterns. Maramureș-based Ioan Pop, on the other hand, improvises while singing traditional fork tunes. Creativity seems the key to preserve traditions.

13 February 2019

Hiroshima after Fukushima‘ (2014) and ‘Make Peace in the Philippines‘ (2015)

‘I saw everything in Hiroshima’/‘You saw nothing in Hiroshima.’ This dialogue is repeated in Alain Resnais’s 1959 film, ‘Hiroshima mon amour.’ What do you see in Hiroshima, especially after the Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011? In the Philippines, people are trying to make peace. As part of this peace-making process, two Japanese journalists are asked to meet with two elderly men who have lost their fathers during WWII by the hands of Japanese soldiers. What is peace?