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Sights and Sounds of Japan - Old Traditions in New Contexts

The Japanese Studies group at the University of Cambridge invites you to experience different aspects of Japanese traditional culture as it is lived today!

Sights and Sounds of Japan - Old Traditions in New Contexts





  • Sound-culture in Early Twentieth Century Japan (10-12am)


Workshops (1.15 to 4.30pm): 

  • Noh kotsuzumi (shoulder drum of the Noh theatre) with Akihiro Iitomi

  • Kimono with Hiroko Iitomi

  • Rakugo storytelling with Matthew Shores

  • Yanagawa gotenmari (embroidered balls) with Hiroko Iitomi

Akihiro Iitomi with Japan Sound Portrait - a lecture and performance of Noh music with digital sound portrait (5-6.30pm)

Listen in: BBC Radio3 'Late Junction' on Thursday, 3 March 2016


Sound and Vision: Experience the Virtual Reality of Japan (12-5pm)


Photo Exhibition: "Living Here in Fukushima - 3.11 and After", Darwin College, Cambridge, 11.30am-3pm

At the 5th anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, students from Tohoku University in Sendai (Japan) will display artefacts made in their home province and look forward to interesting conversations.

All welcome. Participation is free but please complete the online booking form

Venue: Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, ground floor

Time: Friday, 11th March, 2016 from 10.00 to 18.30 


Contributors: Akihiro Iitomi, Hiroko Iitomi, Neil Cantwell, Nick Luscombe, Scott McPherson, Matthew Shores, Yongsuk Song.

Organiser: Brigitte Steger, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

We are grateful for financial support provided by the Japanese Embassy in London.