Thursday, 14 April, 2011
4-5pm, followed by a drinks reception to 6pm (registration essential)
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle London NW1 4QP
Nearest tube: Baker Street
Is there something more to the West’s fascination with Japanese anime and manga? How are anime films and manga comics cultural channeling zones, opened by the horrors of war and disaster and animated by the desire to assemble a world of new looks, feelings and identities? 3:AM Asia contributor Roland Kelts addresses the movement of Japanese culture into the West as sign and symptom of broader reanimations. With uncertainty now the norm, style, he argues, is trumping identity, explaining, in part, the success of Japanese pop and fashion, design and cuisine in the West.
First posted: Friday, March 25th, 2011.