Sun, January 26, 2020
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT
Museum of London
150 London Wall
Tsunagu/Connect is a new oral history project seeking to record the lives of Japanese women in the UK since 1945. The lives of Japanese women in the UK are little-known and otherwise misunderstood. Japanese women’s stories in their own words will be collected through intergenerational interviews, culminating in an exhibition, and a live performance piece in 2021. This groundbreaking production will use VR technology to provide an intimate glimpse of domestic interiors with a twist, with acclaimed performance artist Kazuko Hohki as compere and guide.
In order to learn more about the lives of these women and to gather their stories, they are looking for Japanese women to be interviewed and bilingual volunteers to conduct the interviews. Interviewers will be given training in oral history and expenses to cover travel.
Programme for launch event:
- Introduction to Tsunagu/Connect by Kumiko Mendl of Yellow Earth Theatre
- Introduction to the importance of oral history collecting by Museum of London
- An illustrated talk by writer Keiko Itoh, author of The Japanese Community in Pre-War Britain: From Integration to Disintegration
- Opportunities to engage with the Museum of London on their existing Japanese collection and proposed future galleries
Tsunagu/Connect is a project led by Yellow Earth Theatre and held in partnership with the Japan Society and the Museum of London. It is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020.