Online version: www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp/en/wm/may10.html



 

5 May is Kodomo-no-hi (Childrenfs Day) in Japan. People celebrate this Day by flying Koinobori (carp streamers), as the carp symbolize fortitude, in the hope that their children (traditionally male children) will become prosperous and successful in their lives. The month of May has much on offer with both traditional and non-traditional Japanese culture.

The European premiere of gMusashih directed by Yukio Ninagawa at the Barbican (5-8 May) will be a tribute to the late Hisashi Inoue, the great Japanese playwright and writer. His distinctive works were humorous yet sprinkled with satire on Japanese society. Inouefs Musashi is certain to amuse the British audience with its atypical samurai story. It is said that he was very much looking forward to the London performance of Musashi when he passed away on 9 April.

Fine weather is very much hoped for on 23 May when the Japanese Garden Party takes place at Hammersmith Park in celebration of the centenary of the Japan-British Exhibition 1910. Outside London, the Japanese Garden Society has helped build a Japanese garden at Norfolkfs favourite building, the Norwich Cathedral, introducing an interesting Japanese element in a not-so-Japanese environment

The art works of the members of the Japan Society is on display at the Embassy of Japan. Now in its second year, the exhibition once again reveals the artistic talents of its members. Come and vote for your favourite work by 26 May. Anyone can vote in this competition.

Similarly, the Japan Foundationfs Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2010 has over 30 entries which display all kinds of Japan-related activities. Find out about them and vote for your favourite before 10 am on 13 May.

Kabuki will be back again at Sadlerfs Wells 4-15 June. Kabuki superstar Ebizo Ichikawa XI will perform the epic play Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees).

Asobi - Play Exhibition

20 April - 27 May 2010
The Embassy of Japan, London

  Image: Takahiro Watanabe

Ninagawa Company - Musashi

5-8 May 2010
Barbican Theatre, London

Image: Setsuo Kato 

Japanese Garden Party

23 May 2010
Japanese Garden, Hammersmith Park



  Image: Shochiku

Kabuki
Featuring Ebizo Ichikawa XI

4-15 June 2010
Sadler's Wells, London

A Japanese Garden in Norwich Cathedral

In the autumn of 2009 the Japanese Garden Society (JGS) received a very unusual request - to help with the design and construction of a Japanese garden in Norwich cathedral...



Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2010

Vote for your favourite shortlisted entry here

You can all see all of the fantastic contest entries and read about the Japan-related activities that UK schools are doing.

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