The “Japan-UK Season of Culture” will unfold in 2019 and 2020, when Japan hosts two sporting landmarks: the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.  It seeks to build on the British people’s keen interest in these events by showcasing Japan’s multifaceted attractions.  We hope that people all over Britain will join with us in embracing this chance to deepen mutual understanding, thus helping to create an enduring legacy.







Art & Designe

Solo Exhibition by Nobuko Tsuchiya at Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019

22 June - 29 September 2019

The White Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds

Nobuko Tsuchiya uses a variety of media to create imaginative sculptures that evoke an arresting narrative quality. Her work incorporates found household objects including mop buckets, table legs, rags and plastic tubing....

Art & Design

Touring Exhibition: This is Manga – the Art of URASAWA Naoki

5 June – 28 July 2019

Japan House London

This summer Japan House London presents an exhibition on the popular form of Japanese illustrated literature - manga - through the work of internationally acclaimed manga artist, URASAWA Naoki....

Art & Design

The Citi exhibition Manga

23 May - 26 August 2019

British Museum, London

Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.

Art & Design

The Chief, The Missionary, His Wife & Her Brother

13 July - 2 November 2019

Hertford Museum, Hertford

Discover the amazing family of the Hertford Museum founders and their fascinating lives amongst the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido, North Japan......


Gastropolis Kobe Fair in London

13 - 26 July 2019

Japan Centre-Piccadilly circus, Japan Centre Ichiba-Westfield London, London

Kobe's Food & Beverage Fair introducing famous sake, rice, roasted seaweed, sauces, and other products all from native Kobe.

Academia & Science

Carmen Blacker Lecture 2019: Dragon Bones, Sacred Pillars and Holy Tombs: Some Archaeological Observations on Traditional Japanese Religion – with Professor Simon Kaner

22 July 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

The onbashira festival takes place every six years in the area around Lake Suwa in Nagano prefecture. It involves the cutting down of huge cedar trees which are then ridden down the steep mountain slopes, eventually being set up in the sacred precincts of the Suwa Grand Shrine...