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Display: The Geometrist
by Tomoko AZUMI

Until 10 January 2019

Japan House London

Pop-up display of beautiful and complex polyhedra made from Takeo paper, and created in collaboration with designer Tomoko AZUMI.

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New Year Display

Until 10 January 2019

Japan House London

To celebrate the beginning of 2019 Japan House London has a display of objects to signify good fortune for the year ahead.

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Japan in Landscape – Watercolour Paintings exhibition by Matthew Phinn

11 January – 29 January 2019

Sway Gallery London

This exhibition is a collection of watercolour paintings celebrating the diversity and beauty of Japanese landscape. Matthew integrates Japanese brushwork and aesthetics with a traditional English water colour technique.

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Masters of Japanese Prints: Life in the City

12 January – 12 May 2019

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol

Featuring original woodblock prints from Bristol’s collection, this exhibition explores the sophisticated urban culture of Japan in the 18th and 19th centuries, from fashion and day trips to geisha and the kabuki theatre.

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Artist Talk: Mari Katayama

24 January 2019

Royal Society of Arts, London

In the photographic self-portraits of Mari Katayama, the artist’s body features prominently, surrounded by painstakingly arranged objects, both in intimate settings or set against vast landscapes....

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Van Gogh & Japan: The Provence year by Martin Bailey

30 January 2019

Asia House, London

Van Gogh specialist, Martin Bailey, will talk about his discoveries about the artist's period in Provence - with a particular emphasis on his love for Japanese prints.

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EXHIBITION: The inkblot looked like me – by Susumu Matsuura

30 January – 28 February 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Susumu Matsuura’s theme is “humans”, and most of his work expresses human emotions. He is interested in looking at the two-sided nature of human beings, who harbour both positive feelings and greed...

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February Half Term: an Egypt and East Asia celebrationEVENT TITLE 1

9, 10, 12 February 2019

National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh

Celebrate the launch of our new Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries with a packed half term programme of exciting cultural demonstrations and activities.

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INNERVISIONS by AKIKO BAN

14 February - 25 February 2019

Sway Gallery London

The Sway Gallery London is pleased to announce Innervisions, an exhibition by Akiko Ban, a Japanese interdisciplinary artist based in London.

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MANGA JIMAN Competition

19 February - 29 March 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Exhibition and award ceremony of MANGA JIMAN Competition.

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Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi)

24 February 2019

Akiyoshi-dai Museum of Natural History, Japan

Ilana Halperin will give a talk at Akiyoshi-dai Museum of Natural History on Sunday 24th February from 1.00-2.30pm.

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Rosetsu’s One-Inch Square Picture and the Culture of Exhibitions in 18th Century Kyoto – with Matthew McKelway

28 February 2019

Rudolf Steiner House, London

n 1798 the painter Nagasawa Rosetsu painted an image of five hundred disciples of the Buddha (arhats) on a piece of paper approximately one-inch square. The painting, which was rediscovered in the last decade,...

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Painted Poems - 絵詩 – by Rie Takeda

1 - 18 March 2019

Sway Gallery London

The Sway Gallery London is proud to present a carefully curated selection of artworks by the Japanese artist and calligrapher, Rie Takeda, taken from her Painted Poems series.

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Potters From Japan

2 March - 19 May 2019

Leach Pottery, Cornwall

Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada’s endeavours, in establishing the Leach Pottery nearly a century ago, cemented a lifelong friendship and strong bonds between subsequent potters and their communities in the UK and Japan....

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PERFORMANCE The Art of Amezaiku: Japanese Sugar Sculpting Demonstration & Talk by TEZUKA Shinri

3 March 2019

Japan House London

Amezaiku is the centuries-old Japanese craft of sculpting sugar into intricate works of edible art. For the amezaiku craftsman, speed and precision are key: sugar paste is heated until soft and pliable, and then quickly and finely crafted into shape by hand and with special U-shaped Japanese scissors (nigiri-basami) before the mixture cools and hardens again.

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Demonstration: Amezaiku artist Shinri Tezuka

4 March 2019

Le Cordon Bleu London

Amezaiku artist Shinri Tezuka will join for a demonstration at Le Cordon bleu on the Japanese traditional sugar art that he has become world renowned for.

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Private View: untitled yet' by Shuhei Yamada

5 March 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the work of the renowned Japanese artist Shuhei Yamada to the UK public.

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EXHIBITION: untitled yet' by Shuhei Yamada

6 March - 8 April 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the work of the renowned Japanese artist Shuhei Yamada to the UK public.

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Talk on Kimono & Workshop

12 March 2019

Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Talk by Dr Saeko Yazaki and Workshop. Co-organised by University of Glasgow and Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh.

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Kimono fashion show

18 March 2019

Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh

Kimono fashion show by collaborating with Tartan.

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Artist Talk: untitled yet' by Shuhei Yamada

19 March2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Shuhei Yamada will be discussing the ideas and inspiration behind his work which is on display at the Foundation. In his early works, which include photography and video footage....

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Third Thursday Lectures: Thinking about Late Hokusai

21 March2019

Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Norwich

“Our exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave, held at the British Museum and Abeno Harukas Art Museum, Osaka in the summer and autumn of 2017, proposed that the older the artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) became, the more powerful and sublime was his art....

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Master - An Ainu Story – by Adam Isfendiyar

22 March - 10 April 2019

Sway Gallery London

Through a series of photographs and interviews taken by Adam Isfendiyar over a two year period, 'Master - An Ainu Story' tells the life story of an Ainu man - Kenji Matsuda, who grew up being discriminated against in his homeland because of his Ainu heritage.

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Private View: Jake Tilson, Finding Tsukiji

27 March 2019

White Conduit Projects, London

London-based artist Jake Tilson is presenting a series of new works from an ongoing project about Tokyo’s famous fish market, Tsukiji, at White Conduit Projects. Finding Tsukiji showcases a large display of ten photo books....

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Music in Ukiyo-e

1 April - 30 June 2019

Japanese Gallery Kensington Ltd., London

Japanese Gallery Kensington presents a collection of Ukiyo-e featuring musical instruments and those who were part of the world of entertainment. Prints by Utamaro Kitagawa, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Chikanobu Yoshu, amongst others, offer and insightful view into the world of traditional music and its importance in the visual culture of Japan during the Edo and Meiji periods.

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Sakura in Fukushima

2 April - 11 April 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Photography exhibition of winners' works from Fukushima cherry blossom photo contest.This event will be co-organised by NHK Fukushima and the Embassy of Japan in the UK.

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Private View: Explore the Japanese collection at the British Library

3 April 2019

British Library, London

Did you know that British Library is the home of more than 400 manuscripts and 4,000 printed works created before the Meiji Restoration? Among the highlights of the Japanese collection are the 8th-century Hyakumantō darani, the oldest example of printing in Japan...

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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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Talk: Living with Colours: Talk by 5th-generation Master Dyer YOSHIOKA Sachio

5 April 2019

Japan House London

At the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Fushimi, a little away from the centre of Kyoto city, skilled craftspeople dye cloth and washi in a variety of colours according to the seasons.....

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Gallery Talk: Spotlight on ‘Living Colours’ with Dyeing Weaver YOSHIOKA Sarasa

6 April 2019

Japan House London

The exhibition ‘Living Colours’ explores the work of the 200-year old family-run Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Fushimi, near Kyoto city,.....

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Exhibition: Samurai : Ancient warriors of Japan

6 April - 13 July 2019

Buckinghamshire County Museum, Buckinghamshire

Exhibition of a private collection of historical Japanese arms and armour, from the 16th – 19th century, as well as some stunning modern swords by accredited high level swordsmiths.

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Event: Dyeing Washi: Demonstration by YOSHIOKA Sarasa

7 April 2019

Japan House London

Based in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, the craftspeople of the 200-year-old family-run Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop dye cloth and Japanese paper (washi) using age-old natural dyeing techniques and plant-based materials...

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A Timeless Pallette: The Story of wa no iro - Japanese Colours

8 April 2019

Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

Over centuries, Japan has developed a colour palette unique to its nation and with deep connection to its inimitable nature. Owing to the very subtle distinctions in the shades and grades of these colour schemes, 450 hues of wa no iro have been catalogued....

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Wakan: The Colourful Life of Japanese Herbs
From Organic Dyeing to Bath Salts

10 April 2019

Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

Japanese herbalism, or wakan, has an intricate origin and development story. Extracted from organic flora, the natural benefits of plants and roots native to Japan have long been applied to medicine, food as well as fragrance. More recently, as contemporary interest in harnessing the power of nature is on the up rise....

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Japanese Natural Dyes and Natural Remedies:
Talk and Demonstration by SUGIMOTO Kakuro and Tetsuo

11 April 2019

Japan House London

Japan House London’s current exhibition ‘Living Colours’ tells the story of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Japan which creates its organic dyes using natural ingredients found in the roots, leaves, barks, fruits and petals of a variety of trees and plants including shikon (Purple Gromwell root) and kihada (bark of the Amur cork tree)...

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ARE YOU ME? –saga in manga linea- by K:KO

13 April – 8 May 2019

Sway Gallery London

K:KO (Keiko Kikkawa) is a Japanese artist based in Warsaw, Poland. She has studied manga art and modern arts in Kyoto, as well as animation in the Czech Republic. Her illustrations are a mix of Japanese manga style and European culture.

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Private View: JIZAI by Haruo Mitsuta

16 April 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The Private View is an opportunity to have a first look at the works of the acclaimed Japanese artist Haruo Mitsuta. Dr Clare Pollard, University of Oxford, will give an introduction to Jizai Okimono during the evening.....

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Lifelines: the Woodcuts of Naoko Matsubara

16 April – 6 October 2019

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University, Oxford

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.

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EXHIBITION: JIZAI by Haruo Mitsuta

17 April - 14 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Mitsuta is the only contemporary artist who makes Jizai Okimono (“articulated animals”) – flexible animal figures made from metal pieces, which can replicate the movements of the original animals. Originally they were made by armourers in the late Edo and the Meiji period....

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Artist Talk by Kohei Nawa

18 April 2019

Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

Award-winning artist, Kohei Nawa, is currently one of the most prominent names in the world of contemporary art. His iconic PixCell series – sculptural installations in which objects such as deer are overlaid with transparent glass beads – stormed the world at the beginning of the century....

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Fragments of Japan

2 May - 14 June 2019

Gill Wing Jewellery, London

Gill Wing Jewellery celebrates Japanese design in their new exhibition “Fragments of Japan” in their Islington gallery on Upper Street, from 2nd May until 14th June. Sculptural brooches and unique earrings by three female Japanese jewellers are amongst the highly collectable and wearable art pieces in this special showcase.....

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A Visual Feast - The Culinary Microcosm of the Japanese Lunch Box

3 May 2019

The Royal Society, Dining Room, London

The traditional Japanese lunch box, or bento, has undergone a number of metamorphoses over the long course of its history, becoming a staple and a unique point of pride in Japanese cuisine....

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TATSUYA DONKAI Photo exhibition 【SPIRIT OF KYOTO】

8 - 12 May 2019

Arthill Gallery, London

'Development of technologies has made the world very convenient. On the other hand, I feel the world has been becoming flat under the name of “globalization”. There is a thing Kyotoites have maintained even in such a changing era...'

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Indigo Hands Installation & Workshops

8 - 30 May 2019

Coal Drops Yard, London

Coal Drops Yard has commissioned BUAISOU for a series of handmade and hand dyed flags specifically for London Craft Week....

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Talk: Japanese crafts and the challenge of translation

9 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Japanese crafts are highly regarded and valued. However, translating specific craft-related terms is challenging and many of these terms are poorly translated. Interpretations often lack standardization, with the English terminology used to describe Japanese crafts varying depending upon the books or magazines that they appear in.....

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Japanese Ceramic Painting with artist Miyu Kurihara

9 May 2019

Couverture & The Garbstore, London

Notting Hill located concept store Couverture & The Garbstore is proud to host London based artist Miyu Kurihara for this unique, one-off workshop. Guests will hear how the artist established her art career and has progressed to become one of London’s celebrated traditional Japanese ceramic artists.......

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Curator Gallery Tour: Spotlight on ‘Living Colours’

9, 16 & 18 May 2019

Japan House London

English translation of Japanese traditions is a notoriously tricky endeavour, particularly in the world of craft. Without comprehensive fixed guidelines and conventions, terminology used to express names, provenance and styles of craft items can vary across Japan, causing confusion for visitors to Japan who wish to learn more......

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Refracting Light

9 May - 9 June 2019

Eames Fine Art Gallery, London

An exhibition of new works by artist Sophie Layton. Using traditional Japanese printmaking techniques and inspired by blown glass, these works represent an exciting juncture in the artist’s career.

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Artist Talk: Haruo Mitsuta in conversation with Giuseppe Piva and Manuela Moscatiello

10 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Mitsuta is the only contemporary artist who makes Jizai Okimono (“articulated animals”) – flexible animal figures made from metal pieces, which can replicate the movements of the original animals. Originally they were made by armourers in the late Edo and the Meiji period......

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SYMPOSIUM: Crafting Shared Understanding: Japanese-to-English Translation Guidelines for Craft

10 May 2019

Japan House London

English translation of Japanese traditions is a notoriously tricky endeavour, particularly in the world of craft. Without comprehensive fixed guidelines and conventions, terminology used to express names, provenance and styles of craft items can vary across Japan, causing confusion for visitors to Japan who wish to learn more......

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Feel the Heart of Japanese Kitchen Utensils: Kama-Asa Pop-up Shop at Sway Gallery London

13 - 25 May 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

For the first time KAMA-ASA, originally located in Asakusa, Tokyo is coming to London to introduce their Japanese kitchenware and tools, including knives, charcoal, cauldron, Japanese charcoal grill, kettles, Japanese kama pots, yukihiranabe (aluminium cooking pan) and wasabi graters....

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Common Cause: John Ruskin, Japan & the Craft Tradition

15 May – 5 August 2019

Location

15th May 2019 JapaneseTea Ceremony & Presentation. Celebrating the friendship of Japan and Great Britain through the inspirational legacy of John Ruskin, the Urasenke Foundation will present and demonstrate the ancient Japanese art of tea. Brantwood Coach House.

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Fujita Tsuguharu: a classical painter?

16 May 2019

Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Norwich

After being neglected by critics and historians for about half of a century, the work of Fujita Tsuguharu (Léonard Foujita, 1886-1968) is being rediscovered as suggest recent exhibitions in Tokyo and Paris. But points of view have changed as the importance of vanguardism in 20th century art history has receded into the background....

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Japanese Photography Revisited: Talk by Dr Lena Fritsch and Miho Kajioka

17 May 2019

Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

Japanese photography is without doubt one of the most admired art forms from Japan and has established its name as a respectable artistic genre from its introduction into the country....

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Artist Talk: Ryohei Kan in conversation with Andrew Nishiyama Taylor

17 May 2019

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, London

Japan Society is pleased to announce a special talk by artist Ryohei Kan on the closing evening of his first UK solo exhibition, As you see it, at Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix in Spitalfields, East London. In conversation with Andrew Nishiyama Taylor...

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The Special Edition of The London Photograph Fair

18 - 19 May 2019

King's College London, London

Exhibition at Vintage photography Collectors fair, an exhibition 36 rare photograhic views of Mount Fuji, taken in the 19th and early 20th centuries by a diverse group of photographers.

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It’s a Girls' World: Talk on Shojo Manga with Artist HAGIO Moto and Editor FURUKAWA Asako

20 May 2019

Japan House London

One defining characteristic of manga is its broad appeal – a major part of the Japanese publishing industry since the 1950s, comics in Japan are read by all genders and ages and encompass a wide range of genres targeted to diverse demographic groups....

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MANGA JIMAN: IN RETROSPECT

21 May – 28 June 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

This exhibition looks back over 12 years of the competition and celebrates the stories of the winning artists who have gone on to even bigger and brighter achievements.

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‘My Brother’s Husband’: Manga Artist TAGAME Gengoroh in Conversation with Book Curator HABA Yoshitaka

22 May 2019

Japan House London

Celebrating the opening of our new library display ‘LGBT+: Diversity in Manga’, book curator HABA Yoshitaka is joined in conversation with renowned manga artist TAGAME Gengoroh to discuss his ground-breaking work ‘My Brother’s Husband’......

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The Library: LGBTQ+: Diversity in Manga 

22 May - 31 August 2019

Japan House London

This display explores the various ways in which gender and sexuality are portrayed in Japanese manga culture. Exhibited works include ‘the god of manga’ TEZUKA Osamu’s 'Princess Knight' (Ribon no kishi) which depicts a cross-dressing female knight......

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Talk: Book Curation: Talk by HABA Yoshitaka

23 May 2019

Japan House London

A leading expert in the emerging field of ‘book direction’, curator of the Library at Japan House, and founder and director of BACH, HABA Yoshitaka is dedicated to creating innovative ways in which we interact with books.....

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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.

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The Citi exhibition Manga: Programme of Events

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.

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Talk: How Manga Can Change the World: Captain Tsubasa in Conversation

24 May 2019

British Museum, London

Presented in collaboration with the British Museum, acclaimed manga artist TAKAHASHI Yoichi, creator of the football-themed sensation 'Captain Tsubasa' and the Manga exhibition curator at the British Museum, Nicole ROUSMANIERE, discuss the global impact Takahashi's artwork has had over the past four decades – from popularising football in Japan in the 1980s, to inspiring Syrian refugee children....

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Ikebana Exhibition and Demonstration – The art of Japanese Flower Arrangement

24, 25 May 2019

One Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London

IKEBANA, also known as KADO is the Japanese art of flower arrangement with the origin of tradition dates back to the 6th Century. Ohara School of Ikebana England Chapter is delighted to host the Ikebana exhibition & demonstration.

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Love and Desire Between Women in Girls' manga

25 May 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

Manga, or Japanese comic books, is a 4 billion dollar a year industry, making up 40% of the country’s published works. Yet, contrary to Western comic books which often focus on targeting male readers, in Japan, a particularly prominent and developed genre of manga is shojo manga (Girls’ manga)...

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URASAWA Naoki Live Drawing Performance

3 June 2019

Japan House London

Watch internationally acclaimed manga artist URASAWA Naoki make the finishing touches to Japan House London’s upcoming exhibition ‘This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI’ during a special large-scale live drawing performance on one of our tokonoma glass booths.....

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'Japanese Should to English Could?' - Sansho Living x Aoyama Flower Market Pop Up at Sway Gallery

3 - 7 June 2019

Sway Gallery London

Sansho Living is proud to showcase unique and beautiful Japanese ceramics and homeware, including flower vases, fruit bowls and lampshades all suitable for everyday western lifestyle....

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Talk: WIRED in Conversation with URASAWA Naoki

5 June 2019

Japan House London

Japan House is collaborating with WIRED for a special event with internationally acclaimed manga artist URASAWA Naoki on Wednesday 5 June 2019 at Japan House London..

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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....

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EXHIBITION:Everything Comes in Waves by Kentaro Yamada

6 June – 26 July 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the London-based Japanese artist Kentaro Yamada to the UK public. Everything comes in waves is his first solo exhibition in London....

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URASAWA Naoki Book Signing

7 June 2019

The Shop, Japan House London

To celebrate the opening of Japan House’s new exhibition ‘This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI’, join us for a rare opportunity to meet a modern manga master, with a special book signing featuring internationally acclaimed manga artist URASAWA Naoki......

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A Selection of Works from ‘The Song of Koumi’ to be Exhibited in Mayfair

10 - 22 June 2019

54 The Gallery, London

This exhibition of Richard Hoare’s recent work will include a room of works selected from the collection ‘The Song of Koumi‘ that was exhibited at The Koumi-Machi Kougen Museum of Art in Nagano Prefecture, Japan - September and October 2018.

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Fading into Shapes and Patterns by Yasunobu Shidami

12 - 27 June 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

This exhibition is inspired by traditional Japanese designs seen in historical artefacts.

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Editing Manga: NAKAGUMA Ichiro in Conversation with Nicole ROUSMANIERE

13 June 2019

Japan House London

One important yet lesser known aspect of the manga industry is the editing process. Many manga artists are followed step by step by dedicated editors who have been appointed by their publishing houses and establish a close and mutual relationship with them during the development of the story on the page...

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What makes a good manga artist?

14 June 2019

British Museum, London

Acclaimed Manga Editor Nakaguma Ichirō joins British Museum Curator Nicole Rousmaniere alongside award-winning British Manga artists Shangomola Edunjobi and Elena Vitagliano, to discuss the importance of human expression and rights in the creation of manga, as well as the question ‘What makes a good manga artist?’

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Hikari Shimoda: Stand Up, Saviour

14 June – 13 July 2019

Dorothy Circus Gallery, London

The colourful and disarming artworks by the Japanese pop painter Hikari Shimoda will intertwine with the emotional and poetic Street Art by the Italian Millo, filling up Dorothy Circus Gallery’s walls.

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Dorozome (mud dyeing) Talk & Workshop with Dye Garden Tour

15 June 2019

The Pavilion. The Horniman Museum, London

Amami Oshima is an island in the Ryūkyū archipelago, southern Japan. It is renowned for Oshima tsumugi, a kimono cloth dyed by dorozome (mud-dyeing), an ancient technique that gives a unique black colour to textiles.....

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YOKO ONO: LOOKING FOR… - SKY PIECES

15 June - 6 October 2019

The Heong Gallery, Cambridge

Demonstrating Yoko Ono’s use of the ‘sky’ since the early 1960s, the exhibition Sky Pieces will fill The Heong Gallery with pieces of the sky, featuring over thirty works, ...

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Flower and Kimono Show for the Purpose of International Artistic and Cultural Exchange

16 June 2019

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

"For the last seven years we have held a flower show twice a year in England and have opened a new workshop for Japanese flower arrangement...

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Talk: URASAWA Naoki - Artist as Explorer: A talk by Helen MCCARTHY

19 June 2019

Japan House London

Combine your visit to Japan House London’s URASAWA Naoki exhibition ‘This is MANGA’ with an evening lecture on the artist by leading UK anime and manga writer Helen MCCARTHY

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Third Thursday Lecture: Manga at the British Museum

20 June 2019

Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Norwich

This talk gives a behind the scenes look at the creating of The Citi exhibition Manga マンガ (23 May to 26 August 2019) currently on display in the Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery at the British Museum. Manga is a visual form of narrative storytelling that employs the power of line to literally draw the reader into the story....

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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....

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Our Road to Recovery: Revitalising Sendai Through Lacquerware

25 June 2019

Japan House London

Eight years have now passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, the largest major earthquake in Japan’s recorded history, which triggered a tsunami of a scale said to occur only once in a thousand years and was followed by the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station....

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Writing Women: Reviving Kana Shodo (‘Woman-Hand’), a Forgotten Female Script; Lecture & Demonstration by Kaoru Akagawa, Master of Japanese Calligraphy

26 June 2019

Senate House, London

A rare opportunity to see an ancient female script–one created mainly by and for woman–come to life!

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Connections: An exhibition of Japanese ceramics

27 June – 20 July 2019

Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London

This special group exhibition features five Japanese ceramists – Ikuko Iwamoto, Hiro Takahashi, Kaori Tatebayashi, Yo Thom and Motoko Wakana – who bring the craft and aesthetic of Eastern ceramics to British studio pottery.

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Artist Talk by Nobuko Tsuchiya

28 June 2019

Impact Hub King's Cross, London

Nobuko Tsuchiya is a Japanese artist best recognized for her eclectic sculptures, seemingly freely assembled almost entirely out of discarded scraps of familiar household objects such as plastic tubing, disused cables, mop buckets and even a disused bath tub. Having studied art at the Accademia di Belle Arte in Florence and Goldsmiths...

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Classical Arts x Digital Technologies

29 June 2019

Japan House London

Currently on display in the Citi exhibition Manga at the British Museum, 'Yōkai Hikimaku' is a kabuki theatre curtain painted by the famous artist KAWANABE Kyōsai (1831-1889), featuring various Japanese demons called yōkai...

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Our Road to Recovery: An Anime Studio in Fukushima

2 July 2019

Japan House London

In 2014, producer, director and screenwriter ASAO Yoshinori established the animation studio Fukushima Gainax (now known as Gaina Co., Ltd.) with the aim of reinvigorating his home prefecture Fukushima which had been severely damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The studio has since brought many tourists to the region through its animations which introduce the appeal of Fukushima and Tohoku to the world, and accompanying manga and animation museum......

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Kansai Yamamoto: More is more

3 July 2019

V&A Dundee, Scotland

One of the most renowned fashion designers of our time joins us for an exclusive talk.....

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Artist talk: Kentaro Yamada in conversation with Mark Rappolt

4 July 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The artist Kentaro Yamada will be discussing his work and exhibition Everything Comes in Waves with Mark Rappolt, the Editor-in-Chief of ArtReview and ArtReview Asia....

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Manga: colour and style

5 July 2019

British Museum, London

Come to the Museum for a free Friday Late celebrating Japanese manga, art, fashion and design to celebrate the Citi exhibition Manga at the British Museum (23 May-26 August 2019).

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Kaku Hayashi at International Ceramics Festival

5 - 7 July 2019

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales

The Japan Foundation is proud to be supporting the appearance of Kaku Hiyashi at International Ceramics Festival. After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1978, she quickly rose to become one of Japan's leading ceramicists.....

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A Drunk Pandemic

5 - 21 July 2019

Victoria Station Tunnels, Manchester

Here at the invitation of Contact Young Curators, five emerging local artists brought together by MIF and Contact, Tokyo’s Chim↑Pom are building a temporary brewery underneath Manchester Victoria Station.

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Visitors by Ushiki Masanori

5 July - 2 September 2019

Pocko Gallery, London

Visitors is an ongoing series of portrait characters by Ushiki Masanori who is regarded as a cult figure in the art world of Japan and much like his predecessors, Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami, Ushiki’s aesthetic centres around diverse themes of childhood and contemporary media.

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BASARA: A Talk by Kansai YAMAMOTO

6 July 2019

Japan House London

Dive into the creative world of internationally acclaimed fashion icon Kansai YAMAMOTO during this special talk at Japan House.......

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An exhibition of three Japanese ceramicists

9 - 17 July 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

The first British showing of two self-taught Japanese ceramicists alongside the return of a firm favourite, Shinichi Sawada, resulting in an exciting exhibition opportunity.

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Music & Manga: A Vision of Sound

11 July 2019

Asia House, London

Shinichi Ishizuka is an award-winning manga artist who uses his personal experiences and pursuits to inspire the subject matter of his works. Together with his editor, Katsuki Dai (who has edited a number of manga magazines and worked with top manga artists), Ishizuka has created a wildly popular graphic series BLUE GIANT and BLUE GIANT SUPREME...

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“A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Makie”
The Lacquer Works of Koyanagi Tanekuni.

11 July - 21 September 2019

Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London

The artist’s first exhibition outside Japan of Lacquer works by the contemporary craftsman Koyanagi Tanekuni in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.

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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......

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Manga Innovations: Talk by Paul GRAVETT

18 July 2019

Japan House London

Combine your visit to Japan House London’s manga exhibition This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI with an evening lecture on the development of the art form by international comics art expert Paul GRAVETT......

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Japanese tableware pop-up by MADE IN JAPAN TABLEWARE at Sway Gallery

19 - 30 July 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

For the first time Made In Japan (MIJ) tableware will be coming to London to introduce their Japanese collections, ranging from Dining plates, Serving platters and Ramen bowls to Glassware, Cups and sauce dishes for affordable price!

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The myriad worlds of manga - GOLDEN KAMUY

20 July 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

Manga is a visual form of narrative storytelling, one full of opportunities to engage and extend people’s understanding of the world. Golden Kamuy, currently one of the most popular manga in Japan and increasingly read internationally, reveals a dramatic and inspiring storyline replete with cultural diversity, violence, adventures of survival, love and heart-warming laughter....

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Japanese Museums, Talk by Sophie RICHARD

25 July 2019

Japan House London

n conjunction with the publication of ‘The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums’ in July 2019, Japan House is hosting a talk on Japanese museums by its author, art historian and researcher Sophie RICHARD.......

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What is Manga? Drawing Workshop by KUTSUWADA Chie

27 July 2019

Japan House London

During the final weekend of the exhibition This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI, Japan House London invites guests and aspiring mangaka to a beginner’s manga class led by UK-based artist KUTSUWADA Chie......

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Draw Your Own Manga Page: Workshop by Elena VITAGLIANO

31 July 2019

Japan House London

Encouraged by the interest and curiosity that the exhibition This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI has elicited in our guests, Japan House London continues to explore manga with a two-hours drawing class led by international manga artist Elena VITAGLIANO......

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LOST IN TRANSITION by Vanessa Milito Rodriguez

1 - 28 August 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

VMR - Vanessa Milito Rodriguez - is an Italian-Colombian artist born in Milan, Italy. She has become fascinated with the traditional Japanese tattoos, Irezumi, which then led her to the discovery of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

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MANGA in a global society: the origins and development of a genre – Special Lecture with Fusanosuke Natsume, Manga Critic and Columnist

19 August 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

In partnership with the British Museum City Exhibition Manga マンガ, we are delighted to welcome Professor Fusanosuke Natsume to give the Japan Society’s August lecture....

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The Citi exhibition Manga マンガ– private view of the British Museum exhibition with curators (Japanese or English)

22 August 2019

British Museum, London

The Japan Society is delighted to invite its members to a private view of the exhibition with British Museum curators Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere and Uchida Hiromi. In the last week of the exhibition, which will close on 26th August, this event is a great opportunity for a second view of the exhibition or for a last minute visit illuminated by the insights and final considerations of its curators....

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Anno's Journey: the World of Anno Mitsumasa


22 August – 27 October 2019

Japan House London

This exhibition explores the work of Anno Mitsumasa, one of Japan’s greatest children’s book illustrators and authors, who is best known for his picture books, with few or no words, published from the late 1960s onwards....

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Tenugui Wrapping Workshop


23 August 2019

The Rubens at the Palace, London

On Friday 23 August Japan House London wrapping expert will showcase the art of Japanese wrapping techniques at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel.....

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Artist Talk by Keiko Takemiya

25 August 2019

Foyles Bookstore, London

Keiko Takemiya is arguably one of the most influential manga artists in Japan. Starting her career as an artist in late 1960 while still a teenager, her fame rapidly grew to stardom.....

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TALK: Scenes In and Around the Capital: Talk by Prof Timon Screech

27 August 2019

Japan House London

llustrator Anno Mitsumasa’s series of watercolour paintings ‘In and Around the Capital’ depict the city of Kyoto (Japan’s former capital) and its environs, paying homage to a genre of screen paintings capturing views of the city known as Rakuchū rakugai-zu (lit. ‘scenes in and around the capital’) which became popular in Japan in the early 16th century......

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Impressions of Tokyo

28 August – 2 September 2019

The Former Newington Library, London

'Impressions of Tokyo' is a culmination of three years of work based around what has now become his iconic style.

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Land of the Rising Cat – Japanese Prints and Kawaii Cat Crafts Sales Exhibition

6 – 27 September 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

Sway Gallery London is proud to present an exciting, 100 purrcent cat-themed pop-up, introducing over 200 items, including collectables, kawaii crafts and folk toys, artworks, as well as Japanese woodblock prints!

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Saori Freestyle Weaving Workshops

10 & 11 September 2019

Craft Central, London

The Japan Society is delighted to present Saori freestyle weaving workshop, led by Janine, who has kindly offered these workshops to Japan Society members at a significantly discounted price. During this special three-hour workshop, you will be introduced to the intuitive art of Saori weaving...

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JAPAN TIDE

10 - 21 September 2019

Leyden Gallery, London

The Leyden Gallery will hold a solo exhibition of the works of two Japanese artists, Jun Nishizaki and Hirofumi Kawamura.

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Kuroko

14 - 29 September 2019

Yorkshire Hub, Leeds

Kuroko is a group exhibition of artists based in UK and Japan working in sculpture. The exhibition is supported and presented by Index Festival Leeds, the artist led fringe festival during the inaugural Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019.

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Museum of the Moon - coinciding with Tsukimi

16 September - 6 October 2019

Derby Cathedral, Derby

Museum of the Moon is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones and it will be with us from Monday 16 September to Sunday 6 October.

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Ikebana Demonstration led by Three Masters of the Ohara School

17 September 2019

Farm Street Church, London

The three masters of the Ohara School will present a two-hour show of wonderful arrangements and give their personal insights into the art of Ikebana.

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Shrines

17 September - 3 November 2019

Upfront Gallery, Cumbria

Sumi-e, suiboku-ga and photographs of a journey around Japan visiting beautiful and mysterious Shinto shrines....

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Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Woodblock Prints from the Ashmolean Museum

20 September 2019 - 26 January 2020

Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby

Giant spiders, dancing skeletons, winged goblins and hordes of ghostly warriors are among the subjects depicted in this display of striking 19th century woodblock prints, drawn from the Ashmolean Museum’s rich collection of Japanese art.

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Powerful Nature: Inspiring Japanese Art and Culture

20 September 2019 - 26 January 2020

Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby

An exhibition of Japanese watercolours and prints from Derby Museums’ own collection, including works made by two of Japan’s most famous artists, Katsushika Hokusai (c.1760-1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858).

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The Big Draw Japan 2019

22 September & 27 October 2019

Kyoto Botanical Gardens, Yoyogi Park (Tokyo), Japan

The Big Draw Festival, founded in the UK, takes place every year and, since its launch in October 2000, this annual, international celebration of drawing, which brings people together under the banner ‘drawing is a universal language’, takes place in over 25 countries, involves over 1000 events and has encouraged over 4 million people back to the drawing board.

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All You May Want to Know About Shojo Manga : A Lecture by Tomoko Yamada

24 August 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

Though it might not be widely recognised in the UK, shojo manga (girls’ manga) is an established genre within the Japanese manga world, for many decades having been primarily targeted at a female readership demographic. Constantly evolving in its narrative structures as well as the pictorial expression......

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Inside/Out: Jiro Takamatsu and Keiji Uematsu in conversation

30 September - 29 November 2019

Royal Society of Sculptors, London

This exhibition of work by Jiro Takamatsu (1936-1998) and Keiji Uematsu (b.1947) will bring post-war Japanese sculpture associated with the influential Mono-Ha (School of Things) to a wider audience.

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JAL FOUNDATION The 16th World Children’s Haiku Contest 2019-2020

1 October 2019 - 29 February 2020

Throughout the UK

Haiku in English contest applicable for children under the age of fifteen. The 16th contest’s theme is ‘Sports’.

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Private View: The Post-Anthropocene by Inose Naoya

3 October 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

The Private View was a chance to have a first look at the exhibition The Post-Anthropocene by the London-based Japanese artist Inose Naoya.....

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Artist Talk: Inose Naoya

3 October 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London


The artist Inose Naoya will discuss his work and exhibition The Post-Anthropocene.....

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The Post-Anthropocene by Inose Naoya

3 October - 1November 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the London-based Japanese artist Inose Naoya to the UK public....

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NARA  faith and renewal(tentative)

3 October - 24 November 2019

British Museum, London

This exhibition will display masterpieces of Buddhist art preserved for 1300 years in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan. It will publicize the history and culture of Nara which laid the foundation of Japan, through international exchanges via the Silk Road.

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Taki Katei – Japanese Paintings

4 October 2019 - 13 April 2020

World Museum, Liverpool

In 2019 National Museums Liverpool will host the first-ever exhibition of Taki Katei’s work outside Japan as part of the Japan 2020 Cultural Olympiad.

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Part Seen, Part Imagined

5 October – 1 December 2019

Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Part Seen, Part imagined brings together new and existing work by a number of artists and designers based in Scotland who have all formed their own relationships with Japanese tradition and culture in their practice, ...

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Kimonos: a portrait of a Japanese family

9 - 31 October 2019

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Presented within the Mackintosh Suite of the House for an Art Lover visitor attraction the exhibition places the kimonos (some 20-30) into the context of the Japanese influence on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald.

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Textile installation by artist Seiko Kinoshita

18 October - 3 November 2019

Strutts North Mill Museum & Visitor Centre, Belper

Artist Seiko Kinoshita is creating an illuminated lantern walk through the historic Clusters housing in Belper, alongside a contemporary textile installation which will be in the fascinating basement of the North Mill – we can’t wait for this!

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Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

29 February – 21 June 2020

V&A, London

This exhibition will reveal the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of kimono from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and in the rest of the world. Rare 17th and 18th century kimono...

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the modernist magazine - issue themed JAPAN

March 2020

The publication and distribution of a single issue in March 2020 (1300 copies) of the modernist magazine themed entirely on Japan.

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