UK-Japan lecture series ‘Tokyo Futures, 1868-2020’

From the middle of the nineteenth century, Japan, like the rest of the world, was shaken by the transformations that followed its encounter with industry and empire. The country entered a new era, named after the Meiji emperor, and embarked on an ambitious programme of modernization, centred on Tokyo, its new capital.

The UK-Japan Lecture Series, consisting of six lectures held in the UK and Japan, will explore the upheaval, as it played out in the people’s understanding and experience of art, nature and the city. How did these come together in shaping the new capital? How did the Meiji experience leave its mark on city and country in the twentieth century? And how might we draw on this history as we head towards the second Tokyo Olympics in 2020?


24 April 2015 | Cathedral Hostry, Norwich | Professor Julia Adeney Thomas (University of Notre Dame)

30 May 2015 | Meiji Jingu, Tokyo | Professor Inaga Shigemi (International Research Centre for Japanese


14 October 2015 | Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London | Professor Jordan Sand (Georgetown University)

31 October 2015 | Japanese Nursing Association Hall, Tokyo | Professor Kuroishi Izumi ( Aoyama Gakuin Univeristy)


12 February 2016 | British Museum, London | Dr Sarah Teasley ( Royal College of Art)

19 March 2016 | Kyoto University of Arts and Design, Gaien Campus, Tokyo | Professor Watanabe Toshio (Research Centre for Transnational Art,
Identity and Nation, University of the Arts London)

The UK-Japan Lecture Series is supported by the Toshiba International Foundation.