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Books of Magic is a similar thing. His kisses moved down to my neck, and he started to remove my clothes. Continuing down the saturated path I glanced straight in front at the car lights flashing past her. Harrison Ford stars as John Book, the police detective investigating the murder. And of course he is the only person she can depend on. However, the effectiveness of this control strategy aiming to reduce the number of BVDV-infected animals has not been assessed. A stochastic model was developed to compare the different control strategies over a year period.

The model was individual-based and simulated disease dynamics both within and between herds. Parameters included in the model were obtained from the literature, the Hokkaido government and the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Nine different scenarios were compared as follows: no control, test-and-cull strategies based on antigen testing of either calves or only cattle entering common pastures, vaccination of all adult cattle or only cattle entering shared pastures and combinations thereof.

The results indicate that current strategies for BVDV control in Hokkaido slightly reduced the number of BVDV-infected animals; however, alternative strategies such as testing all calves and culling any positives or vaccinating all susceptible adult animals dramatically reduced those. To our knowledge, this is the first report regarding the comparison of the effectiveness between the current strategies in Hokkaido and the alternative strategies for BVDV control measures.

Shallow repeating slow-slip-events along the convergent block boundary in northern Hokkaido , Japan. The Japanese Islands are divided into several crustal blocks [e. Loveless and Meade, JGR]. The maximum surface movements was about 15 mm, and the moment magnitude of the SSE would not exceed 6. This suggests that plate convergence takes place as episodic SSEs in this block boundary. As a result, we were able to find numbers of SSE signals in various segments along the boundary.

The detected SSEs are all fairly small, and surface movements did not exceed a few millimeters except the SSE reported in Ohzono et al. We also searched earthquakes that may have triggered these SSEs. SSEs in subduction zones are known to recur fairly regularly, e. However, shallow SSEs along the block boundary in the northern Hokkaido did not show such regular occurrences.

In Japan , the wetlands have shrunk markedly since s due to land-use development from wetland to urban and agricultural land. Rapid sedimentation in the Kushiro Mire, Hokkaido , northern Japan , was caused by extensive land-use development and stream channel rationalization during the s and s. In the Kuchoro River catchment, draining into the Kushiro Mire, the meandering stream was channelized in the mid- and downstream associated with land-use development between and Prominent degradation of a streambed due to channelization has occurred over 2 km in the midstream since channelization was finished.

Bare slope has occurred due to streambed degradation, and produced fine sediment through the freeze-thaw process in late fall season. During a flood event, stream flow eroded the streambed laterally and vertically, resulting in the overhang of riverbank and the dropping down the clods into the stream.

The upstream portion of a channelized reach is often degraded because of high flow velocities associated with a steeper streambed. Thus, the reach of streambed degradation is considered a major point-source of suspended sediment in the Kuchoro River catchment for the past 20 years, leading to the recent rapid sedimentation in the marginal area of the wetland. Invasive pneumococcal diseases in children in Hokkaido , Japan from April , to March In Japan , the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine PCV-7 became commercially available as a voluntary vaccine in March It was included in the routine immunization schedule in April and was replaced by PCV in November We evaluated cases of invasive pneumococcal disease IPD in children 2 developed the disease twice, and 1 developed it three times treated in the northern district of Hokkaido , Japan from April to March , before and after the introduction of PCV The incidence rate per , people aged Crustal structure and tectonics of the Hidaka Collision Zone, Hokkaido Japan , revealed by vibroseis seismic reflection and gravity surveys.

This study is the first integrated geological and geophysical investigation of the Hidaka Collision Zone in southern Central Hokkaido , Japan , which shows complex collision tectonics with a westward vergence. Seismic reflection and gravity surveys along a km-long traverse across the southern Hidaka Mountains revealed hitherto unknown crustal structures of the collision zone such as listric thrusts, back thrusts, frontal thrust-and-fold structures, and duplex structures.

The main findings are as follows. The intervening part between these two reflectors is inferred to be the POB, which is only little exposed at the surface. This inference is supported by the high positive Bouguer anomalies along the Hidaka Mountains. These reflectors may correspond to the velocity boundary 5. Abstract Tick-borne encephalitis virus TBEV is a zoonotic agent causing severe encephalitis in humans.

A recent epizootiological survey indicated that endemic foci of TBEV have been maintained in the southern part of Hokkaido until recently. In this study, we sought to isolate TBEV from wild rodents in the area. One virus, designated Oshima As, was isolated from an Apodemus speciosus captured in Hokuto in Thirty-six nucleotide differences resulted in 12 amino acid changes between Oshima As and Oshima 5—10 isolated in Oshima As caused high mortality and morbidity in a mouse model compared with Oshima 5— Although similar transient viral multiplication in the spleen was observed in the mice infected with Oshima As and Oshima 5—10, greater viral multiplication with an inflammatory response was noted in the brains of mice infected with Oshima As than those infected with Oshima 5— These data indicate that a few naturally occurring mutations affect the pathogenicity of the Oshima strains endemic in the southern part of Hokkaido.

A revised inoceramid biozonation for the Upper Cretaceous based on high-resolution carbon isotope stratigraphy in northwestern Hokkaido , Japan. Hayakawa, T. Acta Geologica Polonica, 63 2 , Biostratigraphic correlations of inoceramid bivalves between the North Pacific and Euramerican provinces have been difficult because the inoceramid biostratigraphy of the Japanese strata has been based on endemic species of the northwest Pacific.

In this study, carbon stable isotope fluctuations of terrestrial organic matter are assembled for the Upper Cretaceous Yezo Group in the Haboro and Obira areas, Hokkaido , Japan , in order to revise the chronology of the inoceramid biozonation in Japan. The carbon isotope curves are correlated with those of marine carbonates in English and German sections with the aid of age-diagnostic taxa.

According to the correlations of the carbon isotope curves, 11 isotope events are recognised in the sections studied. As a result of these correlations, the chronology of the inoceramid biozones of the Northwest Pacific has been considerably revised. Data on the sensory evaluation of potatoes Solanum tuberosum from different areas of Hokkaido , Japan , performed by untrained young adults. This data article describes a sensory evaluation of potatoes used in food processing from the Tokachi, Kamikawa, and Abashiri geographic areas of Hokkaido , Japan , performed by untrained young adults.

We gathered sensory data on potatoes from the four cultivars 'Toyoshiro,' 'Kitahime,' 'Snowden,' and 'Poroshiri. Table 1 provides the data from the evaluation of the five basic tastes sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami , as well as the evaluation of the egumi taste, which is a Japanese term indicating a taste that is acrid, astringent, and slightly bitter. Hydrological and chemical budgets in a volcanic caldera lake: Lake Kussharo, Hokkaido , Japan.

The contribution of groundwater output and input to lake chemistry was examined by estimating the hydrological and chemical budgets of a volcanic caldera lake, Lake Kussharo, Hokkaido , Japan. The lake level, meteorology, river water discharge and water properties were measured in the ice-covered period of February-March and in the open-water period of June-October in The inorganic chemistry was then analyzed for sporadically sampled surface water and hot spring water.

The chemistry of lake water at pH of 6. Excluding the days with rainfall or a great change in lake level, the water budget in June-October gave a net groundwater input of The chemical flux by the freshwater input plays an important role in the alkalinity of lake water, as does the chemical flux by the shoreline hot springs.

The large groundwater output could occur by the leakage through the highly permeable, underground pumice, distributed from the east-to-south lake basin to southeast of the outlet. Field observations of the electrostatic charges of blowing snow in Hokkaido , Japan. An electrostatic charge of blowing snow may be a contributing factor in the formation of a snow drift and a snow cornice, and changing of the trajectory of own motion. However, detailed electrification characteristics of blowing snow are not known as there are few reports of charge measurements.

We carried out field observations of the electrostatic charges of blowing snow in Tobetsu, Hokkaido , Japan in the mid winter of An anemovane and a thermohygrometer were used for the meteorological observation. Charge-to-mass ratios of blowing snow were obtained by a Faraday-cage, an electrometer and an electric balance. In this observation period, the air temperature during the blowing snow event was The measured charges in this observation were consistent with the previous studies in sign, which is negative, but they were smaller than the previous one.

In most cases, the measured values increased with the temperature decrease, which corresponds with previous studies. However, some results contradicted the tendency, and the maximum value was obtained on the day of the highest air temperature of This discrepancy may be explained from the difference of the snow surface condition on observation day. The day when the maximum value was obtained, the snow surface was covered with old snow, and hard.

On the other hand, in many other cases, the snow surface was covered with the fresh snow, and soft. Blowing snow particles on the hard surface can travel longer distance than on the soft one. Therefore, it can be surmised that the hard surface makes the blowing snow particles accumulate a lot of negative charges due to a large number of collisions to the surface. This can be supported by the results of the wind tunnel experiments by Omiya and Sato By this field observation, it was newly suggested that the electrostatic charge of blowing snow are influenced greatly by the difference of the snow surface condition.

The recent climatic change of subarctic zone recorded in lake sediments in Hokkaido , Japan. In the coastal area of the Sea of Okhotsk in the east part of Hokkaido located to for subarctic zone, many brackish-water lakes are distributed. The each lake shows a different present environment and history.

Therefore, the change that is common in those lakes seems to be the change concerning the climate. In this study, recent environment change in Abashiri region after the Little Ice Age is discussed by sedimentologic and geochemical high-resolution analysis of the cores collected from the Okhotsk brackish-water lake group.

The cores collected from four lake shows the length of 1 to 3m. The differences of the sedimentation rate of that lake are caused by the size of lake and catchment area. In Lake Mokoto, the catchment area is most large, and the size of lake is smallest among the four lake of Abashiri City. The cores collected from Lake Abashiri and Lake Mokoto consist of organic mud with the lamination in all cores. The core top 56 cm shows the black N1.

In comparison with the well-known Tethyan domain, Upper Triassic limestones from the Panthalassa Ocean are still poorly known. However, these carbonates represent a unique opportunity to have a more accurate view of the Panthalassa Ocean during the Triassic. Their study will allow comparison and correlation of biotic assemblages, biostratigraphy, diagenesis, and depositional settings of different Triassic localities from Tethyan and Panthalassic domains. Moreover, investigation of these carbonates will provide data for taxonomic revisions and helps to better constrain palaeobiogeographic models.

One of the best targets for the study of these carbonates is Hokkaido Island north of Japan. They have been accreted either as isolated limestone slabs or as clasts and boulders, and are associated with mudstones, cherts, breccias and basaltic rocks. Two major tectonic units forming Hokkaido Island and containing Triassic limestones have been accurately explored and extensively sampled: the Oshima Belt west Hokkaido a Jurassic accretionary complex, and the Cretaceous Sorachi-Yezo Belt central Hokkaido. The Sorachi-Yezo Belt is composed of Cretaceous accretionary complexes in the east and of Cretaceous clastic basin sediments deposited on a Jurassic basement in the west Ueda, , both containing Triassic limestones.

The origin of this belt is still matter of debate especially because of its western part which is not in continuity with any other accretionary complex known in the other islands of Japan and also due to the lack of data in this region. One of the main goals of this study is to. Origin of three Red-crowned Cranes Grus japonensis found in northeast Honshu and west Hokkaido , Japan , from to The Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis is an endangered species that has two separate breeding populations, one in the Amur River basin and the other in north and east Hokkaido , Japan.

We obtained feathers from three cranes found in northeast Honshu. The crane in Akita in , which also arrived at west Hokkaido , had a novel haplotype Gj Another crane in Akita in showed a heteroplasmy Gj7 and a novel type, Gj The third crane in Miyagi in also showed another type, Gj These results suggest that three Red-crowned Cranes appeared in Honshu and west Hokkaido were from the continent. Quantitative risk assessment of the introduction of rabies into Japan through the illegal landing of dogs from Russian fishing boats in the ports of Hokkaido , Japan.

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Japan has been free from rabies since and various preventive measures are in place protecting the country from the introduction of the disease. Historical reviews indicate that the illegal landing of dogs from Russian fishing boats in the ports of Hokkaido occurred frequently especially in the early s and this could potentially be a source of introduction of rabies into Japan.

The method of scenario tree modelling was used and the following entry and exposure pathway was considered the most likely route of rabies entry: a rabies-infected dog arriving on a Russian fishing boat lands in a port of Hokkaido in Japan , it becomes infectious, contacts and infects a susceptible domestic animal companion dog, stray dog or wildlife. Input parameter values were based on surveys of Russian fishermen, expert opinion and scientific data from the literature.

At present , the probability of the introduction of rabies as a result of one Russian fishing boat arriving at a port of Hokkaido is 8. The risk of rabies introduction has decreased 59 fold due to both the effective control of the issue of illegal landing of dogs and the decline in the number of Russian boat arrivals. Control efforts include education of Russian fishermen, establishment of warning signs, daily patrols and regular port surveillance of potential dog landing activity.

Furthermore, scenario analysis revealed that the policy of mandatory domestic dog vaccination does not contribute effectively to Japan 's rabies. Nishitani, N. Both events occurred during the main phase of the relatively large geomagnetic storms with minimum Dst of nT and nT respectively. In particular the observation of the equatorward flow dawn-dusk electric field up to as low as about 50 deg geomagnetic latitude is the direct evidence for the presence of electric field to drive ring current particles into the plasmaspheric regions.

Ionospheric convection associated with low-latitude aurora observed at Rikubetsu, Hokkaido , Japan during the St. Patrick's Day storm. The March storm St. Patrick's day storm , which occurred during March , is the largest one during Solar Cycle 24 for now. During the main phase of the storm, optical instruments installed at Rikubetsu, Hokkaido , Japan geomagnetic altitude: In addition, both the SuperDARN Hokkaido East and West radars succeeded in obtaining unprecedented set of high-time-resolution ionospheric convection data associated with the low latitude aurora up to below 50 degs geomagnetic latitude.

Details of the observation and the data interpretation will be presented. Estimation of seismic velocity in the subducting crust of the Pacific slab beneath Hokkaido , northern Japan by using guided waves. A subducting crust contains a large amount of water as a form of hydrous minerals e. Therefore, the investigation of seismic structure in the crust is important to understand ongoing physical processes with subduction of oceanic lithosphere.

A guided wave which propagates in the subducting crust is recorded in seismograms at Hokkaido , northern Japan Shiina et al. Here, we estimated P- and S-wave velocity in the crust with guided waves, and obtained P-wave velocity of 6. The obtained P-wave velocity about 6. The obtained S-wave velocity distribution also shows characteristics similar to P waves.

This regional variation may be caused by a small variation in thermal regime of the Pacific slab beneath the two regions as a result of the normal subduction in Tohoku and oblique subduction in Hokkaido. In addition, the effect of seismic anisotropy in the subducting crust would not be ruled out because rays used in the analysis in Hokkaido propagate mostly in the trench-parallel direction, while those in Tohoku are sufficiently criss-crossed. The July 12, , Hokkaido -Nansei-Oki, Japan , earthquake: Coseismic slip pattern from strong-motion and teleseismic recordings. We employ a finite fault inversion scheme to infer the distribution of coseismic slip for the July 12, , Hokkaido -Nansei-Oki earthquake using strong ground motions recorded by the Japan Meteorological Agency within km of the epicenter and vertical P waveforms recorded by the Global Digital Seismograph Network at teleseismic distances.

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The assumed fault geometry is based on the location of the aftershock zone and comprises two fault segments with different orientations: a northern segment striking at N20?? E with a 30?? W strike. For the southern segment we use both westerly and easterly dip directions to test thrust orientations previously proposed for this portion of the fault. The variance reduction is greater using a shallow west dipping segment, suggesting that the direction of dip did not change as the rupture propagated south from the hypocenter.

This indicates that the earthquake resulted from the shallow underthrusting of Hokkaido beneath the Sea of Japan. Static vertical movements predicted by the corresponding distribution of fault slip are consistent with the general pattern of surface deformation observed following the earthquake.

Slip in the southern segment is also predominantly shallower than 25 km, but the maximum coseismic displacements 2. This significant shallow slip in the southern portion of the rupture zone may have been responsible for the large tsunami that devastated the small offshore island of Okushiri. Localized shallow faulting near the island, however, may require a steep westerly dip to reconcile the measured values of ground subsidence.

Estimating subsurface water volumes and transit times in Hokkaido river catchments, Japan , using high-accuracy tritium analysis. The goal of this study is to estimate subsurface water transit times and volumes in headwater catchments of Hokkaido , Japan , using the New Zealand high-accuracy tritium analysis technique. Transit time provides insights into the subsurface water storage and therefore provides a robust and quick approach to quantifying the subsurface groundwater volume. Our method is based on tritium measurements in river water. Tritium is a component of meteoric water, decays with a half-life of Therefore, tritium is ideally suited for characterization of the catchment's responses and can provide information on mean water transit times up to years.

Only in recent years has it become possible to use tritium for dating of stream and river water, due to the fading impact of the bomb-tritium from thermo-nuclear weapons testing, and due to improved measurement accuracy for the extremely low natural tritium concentrations. Transit time of the water discharge is one of the most crucial parameters for understanding the response of catchments and estimating subsurface water volume. While many tritium transit time studies have been conducted in New Zealand, only a limited number of tritium studies have been conducted in Japan.

In addition, the meteorological, orographic and geological conditions of Hokkaido Island are similar to those in parts of New Zealand, allowing for comparison between these regions. These stations have altitudes between 36 m and m MSL and drainage areas between 45 and km2. Each sampled point is located upstream of MLIT dams, with hourly measurements of precipitation and river water levels enabling us to distinguish between the snow melt and baseflow contributions.

A relapsing fever group Borrelia sp. A relapsing fever Borrelia sp. The total prevalence of this Borrelia sp. The prevalence was significantly higher in deer fawns compared to adults Regional differences were also found in tick species collected from field and on deer. In the Shiretoko region, Haemaphysalis spp. Using real-time PCR analysis, B. This is the first report of a B. Based on our results, Haemaphysalis spp. Temporal trends of perfluoroalkyl acids in plasma samples of pregnant women in Hokkaido , Japan , Perfluoroalkyl acids PFAAs are persistent organic pollutants that are used in a wide range of consumer products.

Recent epidemiological studies have shown that prenatal exposure to toxic levels of PFAAs in the environment may adversely affect fetal growth and humoral immune response in infants and children. The study population comprised women who enrolled in a prospective birth cohort study conducted in Hokkaido.

Eleven PFAAs were measured in maternal plasma samples using simultaneous analysis by ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry. Future studies must involve a larger population of pregnant women and their children to determine the effects of prenatal exposure to PFAA on health outcomes in infants and children.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus carriage among veterinary staff and dogs in private veterinary clinics in Hokkaido , Japan. To explore the prevalence and molecular characteristics of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA in veterinary medical practices, MRSA carriage was tested among 96 veterinarians Vets , 70 veterinary technicians VTs and dogs with which they had contact at 71 private veterinary clinics VCs in Hokkaido , Japan.

MRSA isolates were obtained from 22 Vets [ The prevalence of MRSA among Vets was as high as that found in an academic veterinary hospital in our previous study. In contrast, only two blood donor dogs and one dog with liver disease 1. Large earthquakes have been occurring repeatedly in the South-East of Hokkaido , Japan , where the Pacific Plate subducts beneath the Okhotsk Plate in the north-west direction. For example, the Tokachi-oki earthquake Mw8. Yamanaka and Kikuchi analyzed the slip distribution of the earthquake and concluded that the earthquake had ruptured the deeper half of the fault plane of the Tokachi-oki earthquake.

Miyazaki et al. In addition, some previous studies suggest that the region with a large slip in large earthquakes permanently have large difference of strength and the dynamic frictional stress level and that it would be able to predict the spatial pattern of slip in the next large earthquake by analyzing the stress drop of small earthquakes e. Allmann and Shearer, and Yamada et al.

We estimated stress drops of earthquakes 4. The earthquakes were the ones that occurred from June, to December, in south-east of Hokkaido , Japan , from First we selected waveforms of the closest earthquakes with magnitudes between 3. We then calculated source spectral ratios of the pairs of interested earthquakes and EGFs by deconvolving the individual S-coda waves.

We finally estimated corner frequencies of earthquakes from the spectral ratios by assuming the omega-squared model of Boatwright and calculated stress drops of the earthquakes by. Stress drops for intermediate-depth intraslab earthquakes beneath Hokkaido , northern Japan. Spatial variations in the stress drop for intermediate-depth intraslab earthquakes in the subducting Pacific plate beneath Hokkaido were examined, using precisely relocated hypocenters, the corner frequencies of events, and detailed determined geometry of the upper interface of the Pacific plate.

The analysis results show that median stress drop for intraslab earthquakes generally increases with an increase in depth from 10 to Mpa at depths of km. Median stress drops for events in the oceanic crust decrease 9. The increase in stress drop with depth in the oceanic crust at depths of km can be explained by a lithofacies change increases in velocity and density and a decrease in the water content due to the phase change with dehydration in the oceanic crust. At depths of km, the decrease in the median stress drop in the oceanic crust would also be explained by that the temperature-induced rigidity decrease would be larger than that of the rigidity increase caused by lithofacies change and water content.

Stress drops for events in the oceanic mantle were larger than those for events in the oceanic crust at depths of km. These analysis results can help clarify the nature of intraslab earthquakes and provide information useful for the prediction of strong motion associated with earthquakes in the slab at intermediate depths.

Comparison of potential fecundity models for walleye pollock Gadus chalcogrammus in the Pacific waters off Hokkaido , Japan. Potential fecundity models of walleye or Alaska pollock Gadus chalcogrammus in the Pacific waters off Hokkaido , Japan , were developed. They were compared using a generalized linear model with using either standard body length L S or total body mass M T as a main covariate along with Fulton's condition factor K and mean diameter of oocytes D O as additional potential covariates to account for maternal conditions and maturity stage.

The biological importance of K on F P was obscure, because it was statistically significant when used in the predictor with L S i. Meanwhile, D O was statistically significant in both length and mass-based models, suggesting the importance of downregulation on the number of oocytes with advancing maturation. Among all candidate models, the model with M T and D O in the predictor had the lowest Akaike's information criterion value, suggesting its better predictive power.

These newly developed models will improve future comparisons of the potential fecundity within and among stocks by excluding potential biases other than body size. Evaluation of control measures for bovine viral diarrhea implemented in Nemuro District, Hokkaido , Japan , using a scenario tree model. A scenario tree model was developed to propose efficient bovine viral diarrhea BVD control measures.

The model used field data in eastern Hokkaido where the risk of BVDV infection in cattle has been reduced by an eradication program including mass vaccination, individual tests prior to communal pasture grazing, herd screening tests using bulk milk, and outbreak investigations of newly infected herds. These four activities were then used as hypothesized control measures in the simulation. In each simulation, the numbers of cattle infected persistently and transiently with BVDV detected by clinical manifestations and diagnosis tests and of missed by all of the diagnosis tests were calculated, and the numbers were used as indicators to be compared for the efficacy of the control measures.

The model outputs indicated that the adoption of mass vaccination decreased the number of missed BVD cattle, although it did not increase the number of detected BVD cattle. When the virus prevalence or the number of sensitive animals becomes low, the efficacy of herd screening test was superior to one of individual tests. Considering the model outputs together, the scenario tree model developed in the present study was useful to compare the efficacy of the control measures for BVD.

The impacts of disturbance on the spatial and temporal variations of carbon balance in forest ecosystems on Hokkaido , Japan. Carbon balance in a forest ecosystem can be quite variable if the forest ecosystem structure and function change abruptly as a result of disturbance and subsequent recovery processes. A map of forest age is useful for upscaling carbon balance from the site level to a regional scale because it provides information about when disturbance occurred and how it spread over a wide area. In this study, we used maps of forest age to help evaluate spatial and temporal variations in the carbon balance of forest ecosystems with a process-based ecosystem model.

However, few studies have attempted to quantify how much disturbance affects the spatial and temporal variations of carbon balance. In this study, we focused on how disturbance and subsequent re-growth affected the spatial and temporal variations of the carbon balance of forests. The model was validated with tower flux data obtained from forests with ages between 0 and 43 years. We investigated two case studies of simulated carbon balance: one that took into account the spatial distribution of forest ages derived from forest inventory data, and another that ignored the impact of disturbance i.

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We first focused on the difference from in the spatial distribution of net ecosystem production NEP between the disturbance and non-disturbance cases. In the non-disturbance case, the temporal and spatial changes in NEP were gradual. The formation process of the flood type lamina in the Lake Mokoto, Hokkaido , Japan.

In the coastal area of the Sea of Okhotsk in the east part of Hokkaido located to subarctic zone, many brackish-water lakes are distributed. Lake Mokoto consist of organic mud with the lamination. The 09Mk-1C core at In the soft X-ray photograph, the cyclic lamina set is observed. The cyclic lamina set consists of low- and high-density lamina. According to the meteorological data in Abashiri region, the annually precipitation is high from August to September.

Probably, the cyclic lamina set is formed by seasonal change of precipitation. In August , it showed a precipitation of mm which is about 4 times the average precipitation. In February , the 10 cm class short core 17Mk-4SC core was collected and the flood lamina was observed. Six layers showing different color were observed in top 6. Thickness of the first to fourth layers is about 5 mm, but the thickness of the fifth layer reaches 4 cm.

According to the observation of the soft X-ray photograph, the third and fifth layers were high-density lamina, and the others were low-density lamina. Because these layers were not observed in the 15Mk-3C core collected in March , they were deposited after that. It is estimated that the third layer showing the high-density lamina is the sediment of the flood event in August Because this lamina is remarkable, it will be used as a future key bed.

On the other hand, the fifth layer showing the high-density is a very thick. It has. Phylogenic analysis of the M genes of influenza viruses isolated from free-flying water birds from their Northern Territory to Hokkaido , Japan. During , influenza viruses of 28 different combinations of HA H1-H13 and NA N1-N9 subtypes were isolated from fecal samples of free-flying water birds at two distant lakes in Hokkaido , Japan. The M genes of other 65 strains belonged to Eurasian non-gull-avian and the one to Eurasian-gull lineages.

The M genes of 65 strains were grouped into three different sublineages, indicating that influenza viruses circulating in different populations of free-flying water birds have evolved independently in nature. However, the genetic characteristics of these ancient populations in Hokkaido were significantly different from each other, which is in agreement with the conclusions from mitochondrial DNA and ABCC11 gene analyses that were previously reported. The hooded crane is designated as an endangered species.

The cranes breed primarily in wetlands in southeast Russia and China in summer. Most of the hooded crane population winters in the Izumi plain in Japan. It is difficult to know the contamination status of their habitat because of their vast breeding area. We determined the levels of Cd, Pb, As, total Hg, Se, Zn, and Cu in the liver, kidney, and muscle of hooded cranes that were found dead in Izumi in the periods and compared with the levels in red-crowned cranes in Hokkaido , Japan , as the only cranes in which these elements had been studied extensively.

There were no notable differences between levels of the seven elements in the two periods. Overall, tissue levels of the elements examined in hooded cranes were comparable to those in red-crowned cranes except for Hg and Se. The symposium will be chaired by Dr J. We are delighted to be hosting four speakers at the symposium, who will reflect on a wide range of topics:. Session 2: Helen Macnaughtan Chair of the SOAS Japan Research Centre will be talking about Japan's post war rugby history up until the present day, reflecting on the place of Japan's university, and steel and iron industry teams.

Session 3: Simon Chadwick Professor of Sports Industry, Salford University Manchester will reflect on bidding for international sporting mega-events and explore some of the key economic and business issues affecting the Rugby World Cup. She will also reflect on Japan's World Cup Performance an the outlook for Japan as they prepare to become the host nation. Please click here for a full list of the speakers' biographies. We are delighted to be hosting four speakers at the symposium, who will reflect on a wide range of areas surrounding Japanese Rugby and sports-mega events:.

Session Simon Chadwick Professor of Sports Industry, Salford University Manchester will reflect on bidding for international sporting mega-events and explore some of the key economic and business issues affecting the Rugby World Cup. Please click here for a li. This event is now fully booked and we are unable to accept anymore registrations. For further details: please click here. Taro Izumi, one of Japan's representative artists from the younger generation, inventively combines a vast array of media ranging from drawing and sculpture to performance and video to create thought provoking multimedia installations.

His large structural works are often made up of simple, familiar objects, constructed in such a way as to transform everyday into the absurd. His playful, almost childlike works often conceal undertones of dark humour and irony which exist in our daily life. Celebrating his first solo show in London at White Rainbow Gallery, the Japan Foundation is delighted to hold this special evening with Taro Izumi, in which the artist will discuss his unique and collaborative approach to making art, and question the seemingly unfused relationship among images, body and consciousness.

The talk will also explore how he constantly challenges the media and objects he works with, as well as the audiences who view them. We will be running six twenty minute language tasters for beginners, inspired by the Pre-Summer Explorers film screening event. These language tasters will run throughout the afternoon on 11 August. We will teach people how to introduce themselves as if they were a Japanese film or anime character! You don't need to book and these sessions are completely free and are open to all, especially people who speak no Japanese!

Whether you just feel like learning some Japanese, or you want to pop in before or after one of the film screenings, everyone is welcome. Have you ever watched a Japanese film or cartoon and caught yourself wondering why all the characters sound so different?

In Japanese films, anime cartoons and manga comic books , characters all use a different style of Japanese based on their age, their gender, their job and more! This is a rare opportunity to learn about a more unusual part of the Japanese language, unlike the standard Japanese that is usually taught in the classroom. The topic of the short tasters will be simple self-introductions. Whether you want to introduce yourself like one of Akira Kurosawa's tough samurai characters or you want to know how your favourite anime characters speak, this event is a great opportunity to learn about a really interesting aspect of the Japanese language.

Come and visit our stand to learn how the Japan Foundation can help you learn about Japanese language and culture, get Japanese language started at your school, or simply get involved in events and activities related to Japan. For more information and to buy a ticket, please click here to visit the official Hyper Japan website. Tickets on sale now! Our popular Summer Explorers free film season returns! From puppetoon animation to Samurai comedy, and a film version of Japan's mega hit TV drama, we have something to suit all ages and tastes.

Hiroyuki Itaya, 95 min In order to cheer up their little son, Sadakichi Mayuta Fukuzaki and his wife ask their gloomy looking neighbour, Taihei Taihei Hayashiya , a former Rakugo storyteller, to give a performance for him. Sadakichi is deeply moved by his performance and hopes to become Taihei's apprentice. On this unhealed border, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events. Makoto Nakamura, 54 min The only friend Chieri has is a stuffed animal Cherry; it talks to her, helping her go through life in place of her late father.

When she visits her grandmother's house, they find a stray dog giving birth to puppies, but a mean crow and strange monster come to steal them. Can Chieri and Cherry keep them safe? Takeshi Watanabe and Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, min Masterless samurai Kyutaru Madarame Kazuki Kitamura is hired by a dog-loving gang to get rid of a rival gang's cat. The only problem - when Madarame comes face to face with the cat in question, he can't go through with it Shin Togashi, min In , 7-year-old Oshin is traded for 60kg of rice and sent to work in a lumber shop.

Suspected of theft by the owners, she runs away into the mountains during a blizzard. Found by the kind Shunsaku, Oshin learns how to read and write, and the importance of independent thinking. A remake of the biggest hit drama in Japanese TV history. These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click below:. Twenty schools in the UK have developed webpages to highlight to highlight the Japan-related work they have been doing, and to share their love and enthusiasm for Japan throughout the world, as participants in the Japan Webpage Contest for Schools.

Now, over six months after the contest opened, a panel of judges have selected the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Prizes, while members of the public have voted on the winners of the Primary and Secondary Public Vote prizes. The winners in alphabetical order are:. You will also have the chance to meet with the teachers and students at the reception after the ceremony.

This contest is open to any UK school that is teaching Japanese or doing any kind of project related to Japan. Your school does not need to be teaching Japanese to enter the contest. To enter the contest, all you need to do is make a simple webpage about the work that your school is doing with Japanese or Japan. This could be a blog, a wiki, or a page that's part of your school's website. Applications for this contest are now closed.

This talk will cover Japanese housing design, building methods and architectural styles. Please book your place via the Royal Academy website, please click here. Following the performance, visitors will be invited to get involved and have a go themselves! This performance will be part of the Kizuna exhibition, which explores the influence of Japanese design and the history of Japan's connection to Wales. Many of the works of art on display have come from major Japanese national museums especially for this exhibition and some have never been seen in the UK before.

Exhibition runs from 16 June - 9 September. Seiichi Hayashi is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist. After beginning his career as an animator at Toei Studios in , Hayashi became a leading figure in the vibrant avant-garde cultural scene of late s and early s Tokyo. As a regular contributor to the legendary alternative manga magazine Garo , Hayashi became renowned for pioneering new territory in the medium of comics, with stories ranging from allegorical critiques of postwar Americanisation and the Vietnam War, to touching reflections on motherhood inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and pop music.

Hayashi is perhaps best known for his graphic novel masterpiece Red Coloured Elegy Sekishoku Erejii , and his distinctive character designs for Lotte Koume Little Plum candy drops, which debuted in In conversation with art historian Ryan Holmberg , who will begin with an introduction to the counterculture of the s, Hayashi will speak about his comics, animation, and illustration work , as well as his central participation in this most innovative and turbulent era of postwar Japanese history.

The event will be a rare opportunity to hear a Japanese artistic legend speak about his life and work. Our ever-popular free film screenings are back this August! Due to the increasing popularity of our annual film showings, we've added an extra session this year - Pre-Summer Explorers! This dynamic annual event brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, family activities and much, much more. Visit our stand for information about studying Japanese, freebies and the chance to enter our quiz and win some great prizes!

Macoto Murayama is a digital artist who creates intricate computer-generated botanical images. In this talk, Murayama, who has been conducting research in the UK and visiting various botanical gardens as part of the Metal residency programme, will introduce his findings whilst also exploring the concepts and technological aspects behind his work. This event is co-organised with Metal. For more information, please click here. In this special seminar, Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen Newcastle University will explore some of the connections and meanings between colours and characters throughout the work of Haruki Murakami.

She will begin by analysing Murakami's latest novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage , before looking at earlier characters from well-known longer novels such as Norwegian Wood and 1Q84 as well as from short stories such as The Little Green Monster. In the first of two special talks at the Japan Foundation, David H. Slater Sophia University , drawing on 25 years of ethnographic research, will explore the tangled relations between patterns of work, representation and politics in Japan.

The rise of "freeter" on the Japanese scene in the early 's is in part the result of a shift in labour patterns among youth, and particularly young men, that had been occurring since economic growth began slowing in the 's. The term initially held the false promise of labour mobility, a certain "freedom" from the constrictions of Japan Inc institutionalized work patterns and the possibility of personal self-realization in diverse social domains.

This momentary distraction from the neoliberal fragmentation of social identity lasted for a short period of time, mostly spurred on by a corporatist mass media and opportunistic academics. Today the structural and policy patterns are familiar to late capitalist society around the world, but the cultural effects are somewhat more crushing. On the one hand, there is a desperate desire to return to the "suffocating embrace" of exploitative life-time employment in full-time work - work that is no long available after 25 years of labour degradation, and which seem to only accelerated with the rise of Abenomics.

On the other hand, we also see glimpse of politicization, the rise of precariat-style mobilization here and there. This will help give teachers of Japanese everything they need to start teaching primary level Japanese from September. In this free workshop, primary school teachers at all levels of Japanese proficiency will find out about these new materials and how to use them to inspire their pupils.

The resources follow the Japan Foundation Japanese Scheme of Work for Primary Schools , which is packed full of lesson plans, resources and exciting and fun ideas for teaching primary-level Japanese to Year 3 pupils. Participants will additionally have access to exclusive draft versions of the resources, and Dr Fukushima will give explanations about how he has used them, and how they might be adapted for other primary Japanese classes.

The resources themselves include worksheets, plans, activities, games etc. Dr Seiji Fukushima started his career as a Japanese teacher in Mexico in Alternatively, you may book a place by downloading and submitting the booking form below. And yet for all of these images, the impulse to archive representations of loss points to another set of images that have themselves gone missing: hundreds of thousands of family photo albums that were washed away by the tsunami.

In this special talk, Dr David H. Slater Sophia University addresses the various issues that have been raised therein, including the anxiety and ambivalence surrounding the uncontrolled circulation and handling of other people's photos; issues of obligation and debt to both the living and the dead; the role of the visual in the larger project of the 'work of mourning;' and the problems of politics and representation when these pictures end up in galleries around the world.

This summer the Japan Foundation will be hosting a number of special screenings of contemporary Japanese films, from animations, comedy films through to period dramas. For a full details of the films, please click here to download the flyer. Places are very limited limited to 80 people per screening — so book now to avoid disappointment! This summer holiday, we're launching a special campaign at the Japan Foundation London Library - a stamp rally, offering some lovely prizes! For more information about the Japan Foundation London library, click here.

Contact Gonzo is an improvisational performance group from Osaka, Japan that disregard the framework of the prevailing definition and code of dance. Their pioneering style is a balance of elements from contemporary dance, performance art and urban culture mixed with influences from martial arts. The collective of four members with different backgrounds - Yuya Tsukahara, Keigo Mikajiri, Takuya Matsumi and Masakazu Kobayashi — use physical strength and agility to create experimental encounters with attacks of movement.

Earning numerous invitations to perform at exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including MoMA in New York and the Sydney Biennale in Australia, they present their works not only through performances but also by means of art installations wherein photo and film is used. Reflecting on the current state of performing arts and performance art in Japan, they will also discuss how important it is to be responsive to the environment they encounter in order to fulfil their artistic creed.

In addition to the talk and mini performance at the Japan Foundation, contact Gonzo will perform twice in London on Saturday, 6 September. No booking required for either performance. The Japan Foundation is dedicated to supporting performing arts from Japan and through the PAJ Performing Arts Japan programme, we have helped bring exciting, cutting-edge artists to Europe to both present and develop their work.

Most recently, Underground Airport and Yo Nakamura , both of whom are representatives of a new direction for performing arts in Japan, have been invited by National Theatre Wales to take up a residency for future and further collaborations with the UK, supported by the Japan Foundation. In this joint artist talk, Yasuro Ito of Underground Airport, a theatre group renowned for portraying society through their metaphorical works, and Yo Nakamura , an award-winning dancer and choreographer, will introduce their careers and work illustrating how they each utilise a variety of media to create their own unique style.

Reflecting on their WalesLab project, where they have been able to take inspiration from the people, landscape and history of the area, they will look into how these encounters and experiences could influence their future work and activities, as well as the difficulties they have faced in the borderless and global performing arts world of today. Ito and Nakamura will also be joined for a discussion by Sioned Huws , independent choreographer and Artistic Director of the Aomori Project. This event will provide the opportunity to discover the future for Japanese performing arts and meet some of the most thrilling young talents that Japan has to offer.

To download the full event flyer, please click here. Smartphone use has seen a meteoric rise in the past few years. Indeed, it is now hard for most of us, especially young people living in cosmopolitan urban centres, to imagine a world without the smartphone — and, for that matter, without the social media apps it supports such as Twitter, Facebook and LINE.

But how do people in different parts of the world use their smartphones? What do they share cross-culturally — and what do they choose not to share? Do cultural differences really matter when the technology is the same? Image by Lee Chapman. With the increasing number of opportunities available, performing arts professionals have noted the benefits of international collaboration, and this has resulted in a growing number of projects being co-produced, even between the U.

Attributed to many factors, including arguably improved communication technology and the increased pace of globalisation, this established practice is not just about touring a one-off project; through combined efforts by producers and artists, multicultural understanding and artistic development is used to create new works that overcome barriers between nations, languages and companies.

Illustrating some past examples, Takahagi will also explain the different modes and mechanisms of creating a joint work, and expand on the rewards and challenges of these international activities, as well as what the future holds. Photo by Sarah Ainslie. Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March , Prof Tom Gill Meiji Gakuin University has made some 26 field trips to Nagadoro, a tiny hamlet that has absorbed some of the highest levels of radiation in Fukushima prefecture.

During the course of these field trips Prof Gill has got to know the people of Nagadoro as they undergo an agonizing series of trials and tribulations. In this special public seminar he tells their story and offers a glimpse of what life is really like for the residents of the nuclear disaster zone. The Fukushima nuclear disaster of will continue to affect millions of people for decades to come. The tremendous scale and complexity of this catastrophic event make it almost impossible to comprehend what is really going on in Fukushima. Any researcher must contend with the widely varying levels of radiation, the differing conditions for return to evacuated zones, the mixed fortunes of the decontamination programmes, the massive variation in compensation payments and many other challenges.

I long since realized that my only hope of keeping abreast of events was to focus very tightly on a single small community that I could get to know reasonably well through a long series of field trips. That community is Nagadoro. Nagadoro is a tiny hamlet of 71 households, on the southern edge of Iitate village. After 3. In three years and 26 field trips, I have slowly got to know the people of Nagadoro as they undergo an agonizing series of trials and tribulations. By telling their story, I hope to offer a glimpse of what life is really like for the residents of the nuclear disaster zone.

To download the flyer for this event, please click here. Also joining us will be Dr Christopher Hood , Reader in Japanese Studies, Cardiff University, who will examine the regional differences in design and usage of the Shinkansen and how this in turn reflects the diversity of Japanese cultures. Why did these artists move away from moralistic tales where good always defeated evil, and how did their experimental storylines and unique visual language evolve?

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Following the talk, Paul Gravett , a journalist and author specialising in comics publishing and promotion, will join the conversation. This event will provide an intriguing and insightful scope into Gekiga and alternative comics to Manga in Japan. In this public seminar political scientists Prof Nobuhiro Hiwatari and Prof Junko Kato from the University of Tokyo join us to discuss their latest research into social policy reforms during financial crises, and tax politics and the welfare state.

Are Neo-Liberal Reforms Undemocratic? In this paper I provide a new way of addressing whether spending cuts and social policy reforms are undemocratic. Although measures that weaken market protection and social safety nets are opposed by organized interests and are unpopular with the voters, what if they reflect the position of the democratically elected legislature and not just the incumbent government? To show this is a possibility, I hypothesize that, when faced with global recessions, party leaders competing for power must show that they have viable plans to revive the economy, and as such, they have strong incentives to persuade the median voter that such reforms are unavoidable in order to stabilize the economy and assure international investors.

Evidence from 20 OECD countries shows that the major left and right parties tend to move rightward during global recessions, but not so much leftward during economic recoveries with the rise of economic inequality. In addition, I show that spending cuts do represent the policy position of the legislative centre rather than the government centre. The validity of the argument is further demonstrated by examining the cases of Japan and the UK. Since the s, the institutionalization of regressive taxes for effective revenue-raising during a period of high growth has helped industrial democracies resist welfare state backlash.

Building on this observation, I argue that the funding capacity of a welfare state is path-dependent on a revenue shift from progressive to regressive taxation. Tax politics is a critical intervening factor. Japan has been regarded as a proto-typical example in which the government failed to introduce a strong revenue-raising machine during a period of high economic growth. Strong opposition to tax increases in Japan appears puzzling considering its relatively low tax level and extremely high debt compared with other industrial democracies.

Yet, it is consistent with a comparative analysis of tax politics in mature welfare states. I will explain the current situation in Japanese tax politics in comparison with other industrial democracies, focusing especially on European countries. Today, the names Yuri Suzuki and Kouichi Okamoto have become synonymous as fusion artists who can freely cross the boundary between design and art. While both have worked in product design creating functional objects, each has been involved in music and sound projects and their practices have started leaning towards the pursuit of creative expression in the field of art.

Bridging the gap between the two distinct domains, their work has been displayed in a number of institutions: UK-based Suzuki has collaborated with pop artist will. In this special talk, Suzuki and Okamoto, joined in conversation with Alex Coles , art critic and editor specialising in the interface between art, design and architecture, will discuss the reason behind their move beyond the design parameters of utilitarian products, reflecting on their own experiences within the creative industry. They will also expand on the differences in practice, approach and mindset between design and art, and how this unique aspect of visual arts integration will evolve in the future.

Kiyoshi Oka was one of the greatest Japanese mathematicians of the 20th century. In Japan, Oka is known not only for his tremendous contribution to maths, but also as a great thinker and philosopher. It is not just that the rate of marriage per se is declining in Japan, relationships between men and women are not actively developing in toto. The reasons for this are 1 the expectation that men ought to shoulder the burden of paying for household expenses after marriage continues to be strong, 2 the incomes of young men have become increasingly unstable, and 3 almost all unmarried people continue to live with their parents.

Part 1 : Lecture JF Standard places emphasis on promoting competence in accomplishing tasks. But what is the best way to measure this? In this lecture, we will look at different tests for assessing competence in accomplishing tasks and examine what we should assess and by what criteria. Part 1 of this seminar will be broadcast live on Japan Foundation's Ustream channel.

Part 2 : Workshop Using JF standard, we will consider simple exam questions for measuring competence in accomplishing tasks and create a rubric to assess them. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss what kinds of assessment can be used in their own classes and what form this assessment can take. This seminar will be held in Japanese.

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Despite the complexity and difficult curatorial challenge in exhibiting architecture as a medium, a number of such exhibitions have been held in a variety of settings. Often involving installations, sketches, photos and models, we are able to gain an insight into the minds, worlds and inspirations of architects and the environments they create, but what can be truly understood about architecture through such exhibitions?

As a member of Experiments in Art and Technology E. Following the talk, guests will have the opportunity to sample some of the varieties of sake discussed by our experts. Enhance your Japanese language lessons by giving your pupils the opportunity to gain formal recognition for their learning. The WJEC Language Units are small bite-sized qualifications which enable learners to demonstrate their competence and progress by producing evidence in the classroom. The Benefits :. Schedule: - To register for this event, please click here. While these diverse responses today are symptoms of the increasing globalization of cultures, it is also important to take a historical look.

In this public seminar, Dr Shion Kono Sophia University will situate the current Japanese debates on world literature in the global circulation and reception of Japanese literature over the past century. He will also discuss the prospects of Japanese literature as world literature. Click here for more details.

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The s marks a crucial turning point culturally, socially and politically. When it comes to Japan, there were lots of countercultural activities at the time in the town of Shinjuku in Tokyo. This emblematic site was a hotbed of avant-garde art, involving such artists as Nagisa Oshima, Daido Moriyama and Shuji Terayama, to name but a few. Reflecting the current resurgence of attention towards the arts and social expression of the s, as well as the attempts at their critical evaluation, this talk event will explore how the town of Shinjuku played a significant role in the birth of the new wave movement, and why it still influences and interests us today.

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Go Hirasawa , researcher at Meiji Gakuin University who specialises in political cinema, will delve into the various new activities that were created for and taking place both inside and outside of the various cultural venues in Shinjuku, and will analyse the artistic expression that was produced within such a chaotic urban space in the s. She will also discuss the chief practitioners, their main subjects of interest and a wide range of images that they produced. Presenting the new cultural forms, within and across disciplines, which emerged from Shinjuku, this talk will discuss the relationship between the town, art and the expression of creativity in the s in Japan.

Images: Left: Ecstasy of the Angels , , Dir. Koji Wakamatsu. Right: Diary of a Shinjuku Thief , , Dir. Nagisa Oshima. Using a glass dip pen that produces his individual, slightly uneven line, Kitamura is skilled in finding the delicate balance between words and pictures, and creating visual depictions of abstract concepts such as music and art. His aesthetic style, along with memorable narratives, has earned him numerous awards including the Mother Goose Award for the Most Exciting Newcomer to Illustration in for his involvement in Angry Arthur by Hiawyn Oram. Kitamura also works as a translator on projects such as Elmer the Patchwork Elephant by British author David McKee, and has collaborated with poets like Roger McGough and John Agard for their poetry collections and anthologies.

In The Carnival of Animals he illustrated the poems of a dozen distinguished British poets who were inspired by Saint Saens' orchestral music with the same title. Having recently returned to live in Japan after spending many years nurturing his career in the U. Jones is a writer, critic and broadcaster specialising in literary and arts journalism. Furuichi will also examine why young Japanese seem to be politically apathetic even in the face of rising social inequalities and an uncertain future.

Image: masaru minoya. The alternative art school Bigakko was established in in the Jimbocho district of Tokyo by the publishers Gendaishicho-sha. Involving some of the most radical artists of the time and developed in opposition to the mainstream academy system, students at Bigakko experienced unorthodox teaching and workshops by Genpei Akasegawa, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Hiroshi Nakamura and Mokuma Kikuhata, and the programme involved diverse approaches, ranging from vociferous political conferences to quiet meditation. In this talk, Alice Maude-Roxby , Head of Photography at Falmouth University, will provide an overview of the activities of Bigakko students and artists, and its impact and influence upon the contemporary visual art world.

Reflecting on the recent exhibition Anti-Academy at the John Hansard Gallery for which Maude-Roxby was the curator, she will analyse the activities of Bigakko within the context of the comparative unorthodox art education models in Iowa, USA and Copenhagen, Denmark while raising questions in consideration of contemporary development of fine art education in UK. Photograph by Morinago Jun.

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Japanese artist Aiko Miyanaga creates sculptural pieces that are associated with transformation. Winning the Nissan Art Award Grand Prize, Miyanaga is most well known for her use of naphthalene to produce moulds of everyday items such as clocks and keys, which are then encased in clear resin. In this special artist talk, Miyanaga will discuss her object-orientated work and the concept behind her attempts and the medium she chooses to express her ethos as an artist. In discussion with Mark Rappolt , editor of ArtReview, she will also reflect on where the value lies in her art considering the form may change but the material and weight never do.

For more information, please visit www. What's more, we will be giving a short Japanese taster session and a presentation on the resources and support available for Japanese language learners. This will take place on the Saturday from 5pm on the Downstairs Stage. Booking details and more information about the convention, which is organised by Anime League, can be found on the official website, www.

The conference is free to attend, and open to schools or local authorities that are new to Japan work, schools implementing Japanese into the curriculum, those involved with partnerships in Japan and schools looking to enhance or develop an existing programme of Japan-related study. The aim is for people to network and share practical ideas about introducing Japan and Japanese in their schools. It also aims to give experienced schools ideas on taking their Japanese activities further. To provisionally book your place on the course please click here. Draft Schedule: Hideki Nakazawa's Contemporary Art History: Japan , is a foundational text in the international understanding of post-war art in Japan.

First published in as part of an exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, it offered a bi-lingual panorama of the diverse trends, movements and personalities in Japanese art from the s to the present day, stressing their originality in relation to global discourses on Dada, Surrealism, Art Informel, Neo-Pop, Conceptualism and Neo-Expressionism, as well as introducing key works of Japanese art criticism.

While the avant garde of the s to 70s is beginning to be well mapped out by international art historians, later periods - of which Nakazawa has intimate autobiographical knowledge - remain less well known. He will present his original explanation of Japanese contemporary art trends in terms of periodisation and cyclical history, in the company of three experts on Japanese art and culture. To download the full flyer, please click here. Bottom: Portrait of Hideki Nakazawa. All images courtesy of the author. This workshop aims to assist the development of the next generation of Japanese specialists here in the UK, and to further strengthen the Japanese Studies community in this country.

It is a great opportunity to receive some practical advice on your research from senior colleagues, and to get to know fellow post-graduate students and others in the Japanese Studies community. Dr Peter Cave University of Manchester. Representatives from the Daiwa-Anglo Japanese Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Japan Foundation will give short presentations on their funding programmes.

Japanese Studies Masters students who are thinking of doing a PhD are also welcome to attend. The last event was over-subscribed so please get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to come along. Giving real life examples from her own classes, Bunting-sensei will provide step-by-step instruction on making effective and entertaining presentations, games and activities with PowerPoint.

Participants will not only be able to make their own PowerPoint resources in the session, but will also have the opportunity to share their resources with each other.

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All further bookings for Friday will be placed on a waiting list. Attendance fee: Free. Advanced booking is essential. It is open to all teachers of Japanese. The Japan Foundation is unable to provide laptops or other devices. Capacity: 16 participants per day — first come, first served. Participants may register for both days if they wish. Application deadline: 17th February. From century to century, decorative fabrics have been used to adorn the body and bring pleasure not only to those who wore them, but also to all who saw them.

One period of history, however, highlights a remarkable change in the visual design of Japanese textiles. Atkins , to give a special illustrated talk on the capacity of cloth to communicate the persuasive power of Japanese propaganda of the time. She will also discuss the meanings behind the distinct graphics represented in the textiles, and why these unique visual references symbolised the social, cultural, and even political interest and patriotism of this period in Japanese history.

Dr Jacqueline M.