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.





University of Oxford Internships and Work Placements in Japan

Until 30th June 2019


The Oxford Alumni Club of Japan is currently running a six month long campaign to expand the number of intern host companies and organisations in Japan for 2019 and beyond.

Art & Design

Lifelines: the Woodcuts of Naoko Matsubara

16 April – 6 October 2019

Gallery 11, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University

This exhibition celebrates the remarkable artistic career of Naoko Matsubara, a distinguished Japanese print artist based in Canada. 40 joyful woodcuts created over six decades demonstrate the remarkable innovation and variety of her work

And More

Japanese Garden Community Picnic

11 May 2019

Hammersmith Park, London

The Japanese Garden in Hammersmith Park is one of Hammersmith’s special connections to Japan, as it was created as part of the 1910 Japanese-British Exhibition.

Art & Design

EXHIBITION: JIZAI by Haruo Mitsuta

17 April -14 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the unique works of the acclaimed Japanese artist Haruo Mitsuta to the UK public.

Academia & Science

Tattoos, homesickness and adventure: British royals in Japan and Japanese royals in Britain in the 19th century

25 April 2019

Cathedral Hostry, Norwich

Queen Victoria came into indirect contact with Japan in 1868, but in the following year her second son spent several weeks in Japan and in the early 1870s several members of the Japanese imperial family visited Britain, some staying for long periods. Subsequently there were many other visits, including one by the future George V...

Art & Design

EXHIBITION: Living Colours: Kasane – the Language of Japanese Colour Combinations

5 April – 19 May 2019

Japan House London

This exhibition explores the work of the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka Dye Workshop in Kyoto. The Japanese have long had a deep appreciation of colour and a close relationship with their natural surroundings and the changing of the seasons. 


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