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Born in Okinawa

25 January 2019

Japan House London

Celebrating the UK premier screening of Born Bone Born as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019, join us for an evening dedicated to Okinawa, Japan’s tropical southern paradise.

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Japan Now 2019

19 - 25 February 2019

Venues around the UK

Japan Now returns this February with a series of events around the UK celebrating the most exciting Japanese literature and culture...

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Cherry Trees for Schools

Until 28 February 2019

Cherry Trees for Schools, The Japan Society, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP

We are now inviting schools in the UK to apply to be part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Planting Project in the UK, a project to celebrate the friendship between Japan and the UK

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Japan Study Tour Reunion Event

1 March 2019

Japan House London

Japan Local Government Centre (JLGC) will host a seminar and a networking reception for former participants of Japan Study Tour, including a feedback session of the tour this year. (Invitation Only)

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Japan Spring Series:Japanese for Beginners - Taster Session & Sushi!

1 March 2019

University of Stirling, Stirling

A “fun” taster session where you can learn some basic phrases from our guest lecturer, Ms Yuko Fujimitsu-san, the Chief Japanese Language Advisor, at the Japan Foundation (London), together with Mrs Noriko Tabner, the University’s resident Japanese teacher.

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Japan Spring Series:Traditional Japanese Poetry and Tea Ceremony (Urasenke)

4 March 2019

University of Stirling, Stirling

Professor Alan Spence will read poetry during the event, he is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short story writer. The tea ceremony will be performed by Mio Shapley, a qualified master of Urasenke Tea Ceremony, who studied with master Yoshiko Noda. 

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Japan Spring Series:Japanese Shodo (calligraphy) and Tsumami-zaiku (pinching handiwork) Workshop

7 March 2019

University of Stirling, Stirling

During our workshop with Yoko Murata, you will learn a little on the history of the Japanese writing system, and how to write your name or Japanese words on traditional Japanese paper using a brush and ink. You will also have the chance to make highly decorative flowers using traditional Japanese cloth.

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Japan Spring Series:Talk on Hokkaido

21 March 2019

University of Stirling, Stirling【TBC】

Event details to be announced shortly.

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Hanami Festival & Hanami Experience

4 - 28 April 2019

Brogdale Farm, the home of the National Fruit Collection, Kent

Brogdale will be hosting a day long festival of the blossom to encompass all things Japanese along with the chance for the public to picnic under the blossom throughout April 2019..

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6 April 2019

Moving Pictures Cinema@MERCATOMETROPOLITANO, London

South Social Film Festival is happy to partner with THE GREAT BRITAIN SASAKAWA FOUNDATION to celebrate JAPAN. Japan is a country renowned for its historical and extensive cinema, influential music industry, anime, video gaming and rich cuisine.

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Japanese Children's Day in Orkney

4 May 2019

King Street Halls, Kirkwall East Church, Orkney

he Japan Foundation, London is proud to be co-organising the Japanese Children's Day family event at King Street Halls in Orkney.

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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.

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Demolition Memorial Keepsake for LightNight 2019

17 May 2019

Performance Space, Bluecoat, Liverpool

Demolition Memorial Keepsake is a participatory project undertaken by Japanese artist anti-cool. A series of public workshops will explore memorial objects, funerals and ceremonies from different cultures. Inspired by Japanese cremation ceremonies, burning rituals will be held with local participants..

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18 - 25 May 2019

Various venues throughout Derry Londonderry and Northern Ireland

Based in Northern Ireland, Obon On The Foyle presents a week long celebration of Japanese culture, including taiko drumming, traditional dance, martial arts, manga, film culminating in our Obon Festival on the final day.

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Sakura Festival in Leeds VOL.3

8 June 2019

Leeds Kirkgate Market, Leeds

"We would like to introduce Japanese culture through stage performance, food, and culture experience booth especially by featuring ‘traditional side’ of Japan and ‘present-day’ or ‘modern side’ of Japan..."

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Okinawa Day 2019

22 June 2019

Spitalfields, London

"Our mission for Okinawa Day 2019 is to introduce Okinawan culture further in the UK and enrich the existing relationship between Okinawa and the UK which has been established through our previous Okinawa Day events..."

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Season of Culture – National Assembly of Wales Senedd Event

25 June 2019

National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff

Organisation in Wales that have a connection with Japan via cultural, business, manufacturing, educational, sporting, tourism, exchange groups, etc.

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Our Road to Recovery: A Café Building Communities in Rikuzentakata

26 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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Leicestershire Young Ambassador Japan Conference

3 July 2019

the University of Leicester


On Wednesday 3rd of July, Year 5 pupils from various schools in Leicestershire will take part in a day of sports and Japanese culture to celebrate the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of the Leicestershire Young Ambassador Japan Conference,....

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Japanese Star Festival Tanabata

7 July 2019

The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath

We plan to hold a one-day Festival at The Museum of East Asian Art on Sunday 7 July 2019 to cerebrate Japanese Star festival, Tanabata.

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Tanabata: Japanese Star Festival

7 July 2019

National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh

Celebrate Tanabata with a magical family afternoon at National Museum of Scotland.

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12 - 14 July 2019

Olympia London, London

HYPER JAPAN is the largest and only comprehensive exhibition and sale show in the UK where visitors can experience all the attractions of Japanese culture, cuisine, products and services at the same time.

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Pure Land Japanese Garden - lantern-lit evening garden

3 August - 29 September 2019

Pure Land Japanese Garden, Nottinghamshire

In the present day, the traditional Japanese lantern-lit evening garden is increasingly rare even within Japan, and Pure Land Japanese Garden is the only place in Europe where one may take part in this beautiful experience.

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Coventry Hiroshima Day 2019

6 August 2019

Coventry Cathedral, Coventry

On Tuesday 6th August at 5.30 for 6pm, there will be a service of reflection at Coventry Cathedral and Capel of Unity Coventry Cathedral to remember the dropping of the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

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Japanese Season of Culture at Chichester College

6 August 2019 - 24 July 2020

Chichester College campus, Chichester

Chichester College will hold several Japa related events throughout 2019 and 2020.

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Tanabata: Celebrate the Japanese Star Festival at Kew Gardens

7 & 8 August 2019

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London

Tanabata is the Japanese festival that celebrates the coming together of two stars, Orihime and Hikoboshi, who can only meet once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month. This year, join us at Kew Gardens to enjoy workshops, activities and performances marking this ancient summer celebration....

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Tanabata Festival

17 August 2019

Tatton Park, Cheshire

Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is typically held on the evening of 7 July throughout Japan, but the festival can be celebrated from June through to August. The festival traces its origins to a romantic legend that....

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Japanese Workshop Days

31 August & 1 September 2019

Japanese Garden, Cowden Garden, Dollar, Clackmannanshire

This weekend of workshops is a fantastic opportunity to learn from Professor Masao Fukuhara, who restored the Japanese Garden at Kew and has flown over from Japan especially for this weekend at Cowden.

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Will Adams Festival

7 September 2019

Gillingham Park, Medway

At the festival you will experience both maritime history and Japanese culture in the 17th and the 21st century.

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Aberdeen Japan Day

15 September 2019

Trinity Hall, Aberdeen

Participatory Japanese culture introduction event held in Aberdeen.

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Japan Matsuri 2019

29 September 2019

Trafalgar Square, London

Stage performances, family activities, martial arts and Japanese food stalls.

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Bridge Together Project

September 2019 - August 2020

Various Location

The program aims to introduce the beauty of Japanese culture and attract people from all over the world to Japan. Having overseas visitors helps support people who suffered from the earthquakes in Tohoku and Kumamoto prefecture. This is a cultural program for creating a better Olympic legacy for 2020.

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Kodōsai Cultural Event

4 - 6 October 2019

Holiday Inn Basildon, Basildon

A weekend of Japanese cultural workshops delivered to the public in Basildon, Essex. This years event will see Shodo (calligraphy) workshops, Kyujitsu (archery), Cosplay, Japanese language, Ikebana and various traditional martial arts demonstrations.

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Discover Japan

5 October 2019, 14 March 2020

World Museum, Liverpool

At World Museum in Liverpool, alongside a presentation of works by Taki Katei, Japan Society North West will organise: Shamisen playing, Awa Odori dancer, Tengu Taiko, Liverpool Jujitsu, Samurai Armour presentation, Shodo, ...

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Japan Autumn Festival

6 October 2019

Teviot Debating Hall, Edinburgh

Join us for our family-friendly Autumn Festival!
We will offer a variety of performances, booths and activities throughout the day for adults and children alike to enjoy, including: Japanese calligraphy, sushi and sake tasting, spooky arts & crafts, games and much more!

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Author Talk with Kanako Nishi

11 October 2019

Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

Since her debut in 2004 with a collection of short stories Blue (Aoi), Kanako Nishi’s star has risen rapidly in the Japanese literary world. Born in Tehran, and raised in Cairo and Osaka, Nishi has been praised by critics for her unorthodox style and the use of language in her books, which are often written using the distinctive Kansai dialect...

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Japanese Cultural Festival

2 November 2019

Brighthelm Centre, Brighton

This one day event will take place in a central location in Brighton with the aim of celebrating unique Japanese culture through music, performance, food and taster language lessons.

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Bristol Japan Cultural Showcase 2019

3 November 2019

Ashton Court Manor, Bristol

We are providing you Japanese cultural showcase and activities for attendees to enjoy.....

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Doki Doki The Manchester Japanese Festival

9 - 10 November 2019

Sugden Sports Centre, Manchester

An event celebrating both traditional and modern Japanese culture to raise awareness of Japanese Culture in the Manchester and around the UK and to support the charity Aid for Japan.

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Christmas at Chatsworth

9 November 2019 – 5 January 2020 (closed on 24, 25, 26 December 2019 and 1 January 2020)

Chatsworth, Derbyshire 

Discover lands afar at Chatsworth this Christmas, following in the footsteps of explorers Phileas Fogg and Amelia Earhart. Our guides will lead you on a festive adventure around the globe as you travel from a Nordic winter wonderland, through blossom trees in Japan...

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Visit Japan Event

November 2019

London (TBC)

This event will inclulde speech, presentation and reception, etc.

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July 2020


HYPER JAPAN is the largest and only comprehensive exhibition and sale show in the UK where visitors can experience all the attractions of Japanese culture, cuisine, products and services at the same time.

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Coventry Young Ambassadors

Until July 2020

Coventry – a variety of venues

City wide project including creation of project called Coventry Young Ambassadors who will promote Japanese education and culture in their schools and wider community.

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Japan Matsuri 2020

September 2020

Trafalgar Square, London

Stage performances, family activities, martial arts and Japanese food stalls.

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November 2020


HYPER JAPAN is the largest and only comprehensive exhibition and sale show in the UK where visitors can experience all the attractions of Japanese culture, cuisine, products and services at the same time.

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