To coincide with the retrospective, Michael also organised a one-day workshop at the University of Leeds on Saturday 3rd November. The aim of the workshop, which was entitled ‘Kinuyo Tanaka: Actress and Filmmaker’, was to provide new perspectives on Tanaka as an actress and to critically introduce her work as a filmmaker. To this end, papers were given by Michael Smith, Irene Gonzalez (SOAS), Lauri Kitsnik (University of Cambridge) and Dr. Alexander Jacoby (Oxford Brookes University). The day concluded with a 35mm screening of 'The Eternal Breasts' (dir: Kinuyo Tanaka, 1953) at the ICS Cinema. The workshop was advertised in the festival guide and website, as well as being publicised in academic circles; this resulted in a healthy attendance comprised of both academics and members of the public, all of whom seemed to find the event informative and enjoyable.
Michael has also been awarded a sum of money by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation to produce a publication based on the retrospective and workshop. He also plans to submit postdoctoral applications based around further work on Kinuyo Tanaka.