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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 101-104 Piccadilly London W1J 7JT

Exhibition and award ceremony of MANGA JIMAN Competition.

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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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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

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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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