Beyond Japan Ep. #42: Japan in the British Media with Dr Christopher Hayes

This week Oliver is joined by Dr Christopher Hayes, Research Associate at the Sainsbury Institute, to discuss his insights on British travel shows that see TV personalities travel the archipelago and reduce it to binary tropes such as “traditional Japan” and “ultra-futuristic Japan”, or “traditional Japan” and “weird Japan”.

Beyond Japan Ep. #41: Tech, Art & Rehabilitation with Kanako Nakamura

This week Oliver is joined by joined by Kanako NAKAMURA, General Manager of Digital Interactive Rehabilitation System (Digireha for short), to discuss tech, art and rehabilitation. Kanako will explain how technological innovations and digital art can revolutionise monotonous rehabilitation processes for disabled children, creating a joyful, customised experience and fostering interactive relationships with family members.

Faces of Faith: Early Japanese Religious Statuary at the Sainsbury Centre

As museums across Japan commemorate the 1,400th anniversary of the death of Prince Shōtoku Taishi, the Sainsbury Centre presents its fascinating collection of rare Buddhist and Shinto artefacts to celebrate the UK-Japan season of culture and invites you to step in to this time of monumental change in East Asia, centred around the exceptional Kamakura period (1185-1333) statue, the Female Shinto Deity.

Beyond Japan Ep. #40: Futurism: A Global Art Movement with Dr Daria Melnikova

This week Oliver is joined by joined by Dr Daria Melnikova to discuss the art movement of Futurism in the early 20th century and how collaborating Russian and Japanese artists within the movement challenged its founding principles and Eurocentrism.

Beyond Japan Ep. #39: Gagaku: Court Music Through the Ages with Professor Fabio Rambelli

This week Oliver is joined by Professor Fabio Rambelli to discuss gagaku (雅楽), a traditional form of Japanese music which has endured to the modern day largely unchanged for over a thousand years.

Beyond Japan Ep. #36: Robotics in Elder Care with Dr Naonori Kodate

This week we are joined by Dr Naonori Kodate, Associate Professor in Social Policy and Director of Research at University College Dublin, who will introduce us to the growing phenomenon of robotics in elder care.

Beyond Japan Ep. #35: Peace, Youth Politics & Article 9 with Professor David Slater

Our third and final Shōtoku interviewee is Bryan Lowe, Assistant Professor of Religion at Princeton University, with whom Oliver will be getting to grips with the tricky task of reading history from mythology in ancient texts such as the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki.

Beyond Japan Ep. #34: History & Myth in Ancient Texts with Prof Bryan Lowe

Our third and final Shōtoku interviewee is Bryan Lowe, Assistant Professor of Religion at Princeton University, with whom Oliver will be getting to grips with the tricky task of reading history from mythology in ancient texts such as the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki.