Theatre & Music

Composing for Ninagawa: A Talk by Yasuhiro Kasamatsu

21 January 2019

Kings Place, London

Yasuhiro Kasamatsu is Japan’s acclaimed composer who has a wide-ranging repertoire from chamber music, to opera, to musicals....

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Music, inspired by drama ~World of Yasuhiro Kasamatsu~

27 January 2019

The Grosvenor Chapel, London

A special concert on Yasuhiro Kasamatsu's music pieces including the second movement from String quartet No.4, “Sone-zaki” for string quartet, based on Bunraku (Japanese traditional puppet theater).

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The Between the Stones Project

Phase 1: Illustrated Talks & Readings

2 February 2019

Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

2 February 2019 | 10am-1pm (Student workshop)
Introductory Talk and Performance Workshop for BA Acting Students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

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The Between the Stones Project

Phase 2: Development Workshop plus more 'Getting to Noh' activities

5 February 2019

British Library, London

5 February 2019 | 7pm-8.30pm (Public Event)
(Phase 2) Performance demonstration talk at the British Library, London. Presenters: Kinue Oshima, Teruhisa Oshima, Richard Emmert, Jannette Cheong.

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Flight Paths

5 February - 5 March 2019 (See details for touring schedule.)


Two of Britain’s leading theatre companies, Extant and Yellow Earth have joined forces to present an exciting new play called Flight Paths.

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The Between the Stones Project

Phase 2: Development Workshop plus more 'Getting to Noh' activities

6 February 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

6 February 2019 | 6pm-8.30pm (Invitation only)
(Phase 2) Demonstration Talk and Reading of Between the Stones
Embassy of Japan, London. Presenters: Kinue Oshima, Teruhisa Oshima, Richard Emmert, Jannette Cheong Jannette Cheong.

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Book Launch and Concert ‘Music as Heritage’

14 February 2019

Goldsmiths, University of London

The Music Department and the Asian Music Unit (AsMU), Goldsmiths, University of London are pleased to invite you to a special event where Barley Norton and Naomi Matsumoto and the contributors of the chapters will launch their new edited volume, Music as Heritage: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives.

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Come and Sing’ Japan Society Choral Workshop

24 February 2019

Grosvenor Chapel, London

Following a popular and successful event in 2015, the Japan Society is delighted to present ‘Come and Sing’, a second Japan Society Choral Workshop led by Jonathan Gregory, Director of the UK-Japan Choir and Orchestra and Fellow of the Royal College of Organists...

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“Falling Family “ contemporary dance performance

28 February, 2nd March & 9th March 2019


A double-bill of contemporary dance performance.Two rising female choreographers share personal stories of illness, love and loss in a moving and inspiring double bill.

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Hinamatsuri Duo Concert

3 March 2019

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, London

Arisa Nemoto and Marina Koka will play a selection of piano and violin pieces, including Beethoven and Debussy Violin Sonata. Come and hear these classical & French masterpieces, combining one of the grandest in Beethoven’s violin sonata and irresistible melodies with Debussy’s sensation of color and light.

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400 years of Japanese music: the koto and its friends

4 and 6 March 2019

SOAS, University of London

Japanese Music Concert featuring koto, shamisen, shakuhachi and viola on 4 March followed by a mini-lecture-demonstration on 6 March by Toshiko Yonekawa (koto 13-string zither).

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Japanese Music Concert

9 March 2019

St Mary's Church, London

Joji Hirota & The London Taiko Drummers perform energetic, thundrous yet sentitive Japanese taiko drumming music. Also Joji Hirota sing and play shakuhachi flute with London Metropolitan Strings Orchestra with harp perform beautiful melody of Japanese folk songs.

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The Green Chorus Spring Concert

13 March 2019

St. Dunstan-in-the-West, London

Lunchtime recital at St. Dunstan-in-the-West by the Green Chorus, a Japanese female choir formed about 40 years ago in Golders Green, London.

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Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa — Vessel

16 & 17 April 2019

Sadler's Wells,London

n a striking collaboration between the Olivier Award-winning Damien Jalet, who choreographed Hussein Chalayan’s Gravity Fatigue in 2015, and Japanese experimental sculptor Kohei Nawa, Vessel blurs the lines between the human form and its environment....

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UK-Japan Music Society’s Spring Recital
Part I – Requiem; Part II – Music for Celebration of Japan’s New Era

17 March 2019

St John's Hyde Park Church, London

This is UK-Japan Music Society’s Spring Recital with UK-Japan Choir and UK-Japan Consort performing.

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Hand in Hand

22 March 2019

Dance City, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Hand In Hand is choreographed by Chisato Minamimura and is produced by Nicole Vivien Watson of Surface Area Dance Theatre and Paul Miller of Rory Studio and supported by Moving Art Management.

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Japanese Art songs & Piano pieces by Ryosuke Karaki

23 March 2019

St John the Baptist Wimbledon, London

An award-winning Japanese soprano Atsuko Koyama makes her debut for the London audience this spring along with acclaimed Japanese pianist Hiroko Takafuji. They will perform beautiful and colourful Japanese Art songs as well as piano pieces from award-winning composer Ryosuke Karaki.

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Green park Youth Concert : Saki Kato

27 March 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

6 February 2019 | 6pm-8.30pm (Invitation only)
(Phase 2) Demonstration Talk and Reading of Between the Stones
Embassy of Japan, London. Presenters: Kinue Oshima, Teruhisa Oshima, Richard Emmert, Jannette Cheong

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Dance Beyond Movement: Talk with Saburo Teshigawara & Rihoko Sato (KARAS)

29 March 2019

The Print Room at The Coronet, London

Saburo Teshigwara is one of the most influential Japanese performers and choreographers to date and highly acclaimed for his innovative forms of physical expression that break away from conventional stylistic techniques...

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Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta concert

1 April 2019

Southbank Centre, London

A concert of classical music played by middle and high school young people from Fukushima. Programme includes Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 and Beethoven Coriolan Overture.

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Japan Philharmonic Orchestra The sixth Europe Tour 2019

12th, 13th, 14th April 2019

Cadogan Hall(London), Town Hall(Leeds), Usher Hall(Edinburgh)

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Pietari Inkinen are planning Europe tour in April 2019, which will be the first Europe tour in 13 years for JPO. It will be the first time for the orchestra to visit Finland, and other visits include cities in Germany, Austria, and the United Kingdom.

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Japanese Folk Music (minyo) Taster Workshop

13 April 2019

International Society, William Kay House,Manchester

A taster session where you will learn how to sing and play Japanese folk songs.....

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Schubertiade - Piano recital

28 April 2019

Lancaster Hall Hotel, London

Piano Concert with pianist Masako Kamikawa ....

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15 - 19 May 2019


BUTOH RESIDENCY offers three days of live performances, films and a workshop that see Japanese and European musicians, dancers and artists working together to advance the global recognition of Butoh...

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A Night of Music

25 May 2019

St Botolph’s Church, Colchester

The Colchester Military Wives Choir are being joined by The Amici Mixed choir from Okinawa, Japan and the Bao-Lai junior High School Chorus from Taiwan, for A Night of Music.

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ichiko aoba qp European tour 2019

28 May 2019

Babel Art House, London

Japanese singer-songwriter Ichiko Aoba coming back to London as ichiko aoba qp European Tour 2019!

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KIMURA Shunsuke x Kit DOWNES: Yokobue and Jazz Piano Performance

3 June 2019

The Hall, Japan House, London

Japanese transverse flute performer KIMURA Shunsuke is joined by award-winning jazz pianist Kit DOWNES for an evening of cross-cultural musical collaboration at Japan House London.....

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Tsugaru-Shamisen Performance by OHNO Keisho

6 June 2019

The Hall, Japan House, London

Immerse yourself in the strong and energetic sounds of Tsugaru-shamisen with a special concert by accomplished player OHNO Keisho.....

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All Talking All Singing All Drawing! URASAWA Naoki Live in Concert

7 June 2019

The Hall, Japan House, London

As part of the opening celebrations for Japan House London’s new exhibition ‘This is MANGA – the Art of URAWASA NAOKI’, join us for a special one-man show featuring multi-talented manga legend URASAWA Naoki.....

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15 June 2019

Howard Theatre, Cambridge

In Sky Piece To Jesus Christ (1965/2019), a group of musicians play a score, whilst another group of performers begin to wrap medical gauze around each member of the orchestra along with their instruments, as well as the conductor.

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Okinawan Music Concert -A Preview Okinawa Day 2019-

21 June 2019

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, London

London Okinawa Sanshinkai, which is based at SOAS, have invited performers from Okinawa (and elsewhere) to participate in Okinawa Day.

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27 June, 3 - 4 August 2019


THE鍵KEY: a site-specific, dramatic musical work by Francesca Le Lohé, inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki’s ‘The Key ’(1956) shall make its UK premiere at Tête à Tête Opera Festival in August 2019.

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The Green Chorus 31st Annual Concert

29 June 2019

Hinde Street Methodist Church, London

The Green Chorus is a Japanese women’s choir formed about 40 years ago in Golders Green, London. We have been a regular participant of Japan related events, such as Japan Festival and the Southbank Centre choir events, indtroducing Japanese music to UK.

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Avex Recital Series 2019 HONJOH Hidejiro Shamisen Recital

6 July 2019

Wigmore Hall, London

Bringing world class Japanese classical artists to London’s iconic Wigmore Hall, the Avex Recital Series has proved highly popular.

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20 - 21 July; 6, 19 - 23 August 2019


"Scored in Silence” is an intimate new solo digital performance artwork for 40 people that unpacks the untold tales of Deaf hibakusha – survivors of the A-Bombs that fell in Hiroshima in 1945.

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Sushi Girls

25 - 27 July 2019

Theatro Technis, London

Comedy play about two Japanese students who come to study English and their adventures in London and relationship with British host family.

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Taiko Drumming Workshop

6 August 2019

Coventry Cathedral, Coventry

Coventry Lord Mayor’s Peace Committee for Peace & Reconciliation and Coventry Cathedral invite you to a Taiko Drumming Workshop run by Taikowest on Hiroshima Day on 6 August 2019.

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Ainu Othello – Special Talk & Dinner plus Theatre Performance

6 & 8 August 2019

Thenga Café & Tara Theatre, London

The Japan Society is delighted to welcome Shimodate Kazumi, Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Company Japan, and Jatinder Verma, Artistic Director at Tara Theatre, for a special talk in conjunction with the forthcoming performance of Ainu Othello at Tara Theatre. In conversation...

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Kamishibai theatre: Discover the story of Tanabata!

7 & 8 August 2019

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London

A Thousand Cranes will be returning to the minka house at Kew Gardens to give performances of the story of Tanabata, through the medium of traditional kamishibai – paper board – theatre.

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‘Ainu Othello’ and Ainu cultural exhibition

7 - 10 August 2019

Tara Theatre, London

The Shakespeare Company Japan and Ainu Dance group Piricap will present the play ‘Ainu Othello’ and Ainu cultural exhibition at Tara Theatre London.

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Opening reception- Japanese Performers at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

14 August 2019

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

On the 14th August, there will be an opening reception for Fringe goers to meet and learn more about Japanese performers taking part in this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Bach Keyboard Concertos: Concert 3

16 August 2019

St Cecilia's Hall, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Brilliant Dutch/Japanese harpsichordist Masato Suzuki is one of today’s most incisive, elegant players. Alongside works for solo keyboard, he performs Bach’s spirited, energetic G minor Concerto BWV 1058, and the breathtakingly virtuosic D minor Concerto BWV 1052, Bach’s earliest keyboard concerto.

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Kabuki Theatre: Narukami Thunder God at the Edinburgh Fringe

19 - 24 August 2019

Perth Theatre, Edinburgh

We intend to perform a rendition of the 17th century Kabuki play entitled "Narukami" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a week this August.

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Origami Soundscapes X The Crane

23 - 24 August 2019

The Arcola Theatre, London

Origami and music. A multi-media opera installation. Verity Lane‘s two-part project draws on her 10 years’ experience of living in Japan, exploring classical Japanese traditions with a uniquely avant-garde twist.

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“Noh” Introductory Workshop

24 August 2019

The Quaker Meeting House, Liverpool

The master noh actor of the Kita School, Akira Matsui, will offer a 2-hour workshop on noh singing, movement, and perhaps a demonstration piece for performance as well.

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Rakugo Performance: The Art of Japanese Comic Storytelling

30 & 31 August 2019

Japan House London

Join us for an evening of Japanese comedy with master storyteller, Kanariya Eiraku and members of the Canary English Rakugo Company. Rakugo comic monologues have a long history in Japan, and have grown in popularity in recent years....

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Rakugo Workshop: Learn the Art of Japanese Comic Storytelling

31 August 2019

Japan House London

Join us on Saturday 31 August for an afternoon of Japanese comedy with master storyteller, Kanariya Eiraku and members of the Canary English Rakugo Company. Rakugo comic monologues have a long history in Japan, and have grown in popularity in recent years ....

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Canary English Rakugo Company: English Rakugo at St Peter's Chaplaincy

1 September 2019

St Peter's House Chaplaincy, Manchester

English Rakugo at St Peter's Chaplaincy presented by Kanariya Eiraku (Sudo Tatsuya), a performer of English Rakugo.

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Emily – an English-language Noh

4 - 6 September 2019

Tara Theatre, London

Emily is an English-language piece written in the stately form of Japanese Noh theatre, a beguiling combination of mask, dance and chant.

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Noh X Contemporary Music

12 September 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Ryoko Aoki studied Shite-kata (lead role performance) with the Kanze school of Noh, and she is currently working with contemporary composers to create and perform new works that use “Utai” (recitation) ...

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“The Wings” Concert in London

14 September 2019

St. John’s Wood Church, London

“The Wings” is a male choir formed by old boys and limited students of Waseda University Chor Flügel in Tokyo, Japan.

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21 September 2019

St Mary Hall, London

Hidè Takemoto’s double CD ‘RED SHOES GREEN TEA’ and ‘SKY FLOWERS’ launch event brought to you by Gig Connection and Sakai Kuwahara Moving Service, featuring a live performance by classical guitarist Hidè Takemoto and guest musicians including leading UK-based Japanese musicians and English blues/folk singer-songwriter Tim Hopkins, ...

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Songs from the Shōwa Period - Illustrated Concert by the Tsubasa Children’s Choir and Jason Kouchak - Part One

22 September 2019

Japan House London

Japan House London is hosting a concert by the Tsubasa Children’s Choir, taking the audience on the journey of Anno Mitsumasa’s life work with a special performance of Shōwa period songs directed and accompanied on piano by its founder, classical musician Jason Kouchak. ...

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Eisa (Okianwan traditional dance) workshop

24 – 28 September 2019

SOAS University of London, London

Hello, we are the London Okinawa Sanshinkai! We would like to let you know about the Eisa workshop at SOAS on 24–28 September and the Eisa performance at the Japan Matsuri on 29 September.

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From the Dust of This Wretched Earth

26 - 28 September 2019


A collaboration between the Uchledre Centre and dance practitioner Melissa Prasut, this full-length dance production will combine traditional and non-traditional art approaches and involve a number of international artists,...

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An Introduction to Japanese Kagura

27 & 28 September 2019

National Museum Cardiff & The British Library, London

Join us for a lecture from Terence Lancashire of Osaka Ohtani University on Kagura, before enjoying a performance in the Entrance Hall....

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Iwami Kagura Dance Performances come to the UK!

27 - 29 September 2019

National Museum Cardiff, The British Library, Japan Matsuri

See a traditional Japanese theatrical dance and music performance....

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Kamishibai Storytelling: Performance by A Thousand Cranes

28 September & 12 October 2019

Japan House London, 

Sit back, relax and enjoy an in-gallery kamishibai storytelling performance in the cosy reading cove within the Anno’s Journey exhibition. ,...

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UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Concert
James Taylor Quartet + Naomi Suzuki with Mari Natsuki

1 October 2019

Cadogan Hall, London

Japanese pop with a UK jazz-funk twist: performed by the critically acclaimed James Taylor Quartet and UK-based singer Naomi Suzuki. The evening celebrates the Japan-UK Year of Culture with the Bridge Together Project....

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MYM presents: Okinawan Avant-Garde Night

3 October 2019

Rich Mix, London

An exclusive one-off contemporary and experimental music and dance performance from traditional Okinawans...

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PERFORMANCE & TALK: Kagura and Shinto: Performance & Talk by Kasuga Taisha and Niukawakami Shrine with Chief Priests Kasannoin Hirotada & Kusaka Yasuhiro

4 October 2019

Japan House London

This event explores the sacred dance form of kagura offering a rare opportunity to experience an authentic kagura dance by miko (female shrine attendants) from Kasuga Taisha, a major Shinto shrine in Japan’s ancient capital of Nara.....

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EVENT: Buddhism and the Way of Tea: Talk by Tōshōdai-ji Abbot Nishiyama Myōgen & Tea Ceremony Demonstration

5 October 2019

Japan House London

As part of Japan House’s season of events exploring the religions of Japan held in collaboration with Nara Prefecture, join us for a talk on the development of Buddhism in Nara by Nishiyama Myōgen, the 88th chōrō patriarch of Tōshōdai-ji (Tōshōdai Temple).s......

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EVENT: Shōmyō: Japanese Buddhist Sutra Chanting and Talk with Tōdai-ji Abbot Sagawa Fumon

5 October 2019

Japan House London

Rarely heard outside of Buddhist temples, this event offers Japan House guests the chance to experience the meditative chants of shōmyō in a special concert-lecture featuring monks from four of Nara’s most important temples......

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Songs from the Shōwa Period - Illustrated Concert by the Tsubasa Children’s Choir and Jason Kouchak - Part Two

6 October 2019

Japan House London

On Silver Sunday, Japan House London is delighted to present a special concert by the Tsubasa Children’s Choir, taking the audience on the journey of Anno Mitsumasa’s life work on the notes of Japanese songs directed and accompanied on piano by its founder, classical musician Jason Kouchak....

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Fabula Collective - Ley Line

8 October 2019

Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

“Four striking works align, taking the audience on an exploration of reflection, purification, self and identity. Together we navigate an energetic path that illuminates the significance of our connection as human beings through unspoken word.”...

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Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming London Piano Recital 2019

16 October 2019

St James's Church, London

Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming returns to London for a special one off piano recital.

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Geiko and Maiko Guest Appearances at Japan House

18 October 2019

Japan House London

Meet Geiko and Maiko from Miyagawa-chō, one of the five famous geisha districts or kagai (lit. ‘flower town’) of Kyoto, at Japan House London...

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Shinya Fukumori & Andrew McCormack duo – Concert presented by Yokohama Calling

18 October 2019

Lauderdale House, London

Join us for this very special debut concert by two exceptional composers in a cross-cultural collaboration.

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‘SERENADE’ with the ‘AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble’

19 October 2019

Holy Trinity Church, London

Classic Music concert by the AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble of 9 Japanese Musicians playing Dvorak and Suk Serenade for Strings...

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CONVERGENCE – Shinya Fukumori, BJ Cole, Iain Ballamy, Chris Montague – Concert presented by Yokohama Calling

20 October 2019

The Cockpit, London

For one performance only, four exceptional musicians come together for a unique musical collaboration.

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Gagaku: Concert-Lecture by Tenri University Gagaku Music Society

24 & 25 October 2019

Japan House London

These two concert-lectures present an immersive introduction to the courtly music tradition of gagaku by the distinguished Tenri University Gagaku Music Society based in Japan’s Nara prefecture.....

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An Introduction to Gagaku: Workshop with Tenri University Gagaku Music Society

26 October 2019

Japan House London

Following concert-lectures on 24 and 25 October, these workshops by Tenri University Gagaku Music Society present a rare opportunity for Japan House guests to gain a first-hand experience of the distinguished courtly music tradition of Gagaku......

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Megumi Fujita Piano Recital, Complete 24 Etudes by Frédéric Chopin

27 October 2019

St John’s Smith Square, London

Leading pianist of her generation, Megumi Fujita has forged a varied and solid career spanning four decades. She has toured internationally and recorded extensively both as a soloist and a chamber musician being a member of the critically acclaimed Fujita Piano Trio.

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Legend of the Burning Bell – The Demoness of Dojoji

5 November 2019

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London

When obsession and betrayal corrupt the flower of young love, how far can a girl go for revenge before it swallows her whole? Join Kabuki musician Yui Shikakura and storyteller Laura Sampson for a fresh-eyed take on one of Japan's most vivid and well-loved legends.

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OUTLANDS PRESENTS: ​ENS​Õ​ SONE - IMPATV & QUJAKU With special guests group A (presenting a new AV set)

6 - 14 November 2019

Variouse in the UK

OUTLANDS ​experimental music touring​ ​network present an original audio-visual collaboration between Japanese psych band ​Qujaku​ and UK visual artists​ IMPATV​....

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2019 Autumn UK Noh Tour by “Passion in Stillness”

8, 9, 10, 13 November 2019

Scotland & London

Join us for a performance & workshop presented by Noh Masters from Japan and get a rare glimpse of 14th century classical Japanese theatre in Munenori Takeda's "Passion in Stillness", coming soon to The University of Stirling.

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Minyo Crusaders @ Jazz Cafe

11 November 2019

Jazz Café, London

Debut UK live performance from Japan’s Minyo Crusaders - a big band like no other who combine distinctive min'yō vocals with grooves that join the dots between cumbia, Ethiopian jazz, Thai pop, Afro funk and reggae.

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Imaginary Solutions

15 November 2019

The Horse Hospital, London

Imaginary Solutions is a new collaboration between the Tokyo-based Butoh dancer and martial artist Takahiro Tomatsu, and the acclaimed London-based experimental music ensemble ARCO, led by composer/performer Neil Luck.

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Lunchtime Recital: “Japan in the West, the West in Japan”

22 November 2019

City, University of London, London

A lunchtime recital exploring responses to the piano by contemporary Japanese composers, and responses to the influence of Japan by Western composers, including music by Tōru Takemitsu, Oliver Knussen and Claude Debussy, alongside a new commission.

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Ongaku Kyogen Scrooge – Dicken’s A Christmas Carol as Japanese Kyogen with Chamber Ensemble –

27 November 2019

Holywell Music Room, Oxford

Music Kyogen Scrooge, produced by Noriko Kawamura, is an innovative theatrical production that combines Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Japanese traditional comedy play Kyogen, and contemporary music.

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A Reading Performance of Pearl and Dagger at The Other Palace

29 November 2019

The Other Palace, Studio, London

Pearl and Dagger is a new musical inspired by the Japanese folktale  A Story of Oki Island, which can originally be found in Ancient Tales and Folklore of Japan, written in 1906 by Richard Gordon Smith, a British naturalist...

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Naviar Haiku Fest IV

14 December 2019

Corsica Studios, London

Naviar Haiku Fest is a day event of workshops, talks, and live performances, which aims to explore the intersection between haiku and electronic music.

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18 December 2019

Ladbroke Hall, London

Two years in the making, Kabukimono takes audiences behind the curtains of Edo period Japan to bring to life the story of Izumo no Okuni, and her troupe of female dancers, ....

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Tsunagu Connect: Uncovering the Lives of Japanese Women in the UK since 1945

26 January 2020

Museum of London, London

Join us as we launch a new intergenerational project to capture the history and legacy of Japanese women in Britain. ....

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The Between the Stones Project
Phase 3: the 2020 performance tour

28 January - 6 February 2020


The 2020 Takasago & Between the Stones tour will involve 18 collaborating artists from Japan, the USA and the UK.

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Lunchtime Recital: “Japan in the West, the West in Japan”

3 February 2020

University of Southampton

A Japanese-themed lunchtime recital performed by the Japanese pianist and musicologist Ikuko Inoguchi. 

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An Evening of Ainu Song: Performance by Toyokawa Yoko

14 & 15 February 2020

Japan House London

As part of a series of events celebrating Ainu culture in contemporary Japan, join singer Toyokawa Yoko for two special live concerts in which she weaves together Ainu musical folk traditions from various genres with her own original songs.

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Handel’s Messiah

23 February 2020

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

A very special performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Handel Festical Choir. 

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NHK Symphony Orchestra & Paavo Järvi

24 February 2020

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Indulge yourself with Rachmaninov’s lush, lyrical symphony, and Schumann’s Concerto for Cello.

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Kodo: Legacy

13, 14, 16 February; 13, 14, 15 March 2020


Japan’s legendary Kodo drummers return to their roots with Legacy, a physically stunning and musically sensational show which puts their huge drums centre stage and reworks their treasure trove of signature pieces created across almost 40 years of international touring.

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I Bloom: Concert by Mieko Shimizu with Special Guest Kitamura Keiko

7 February 2020

Japan House London

London based artist Mieko Shimizu is known for her experimental sounds where ambient electronic sonorities are juxtaposed to classical elements such as the Japanese koto, a long board zither with thirteen silk strings which developed in China and came to Japan in the 7th–8th century...

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Shiki - music celebrating the four seasons of Japan

29 February, 21 March, 26 September 2020


In evening of music from, and inspired by, Japan, Kaminari UK Taiko Drummers will showcase a range of musical pieces, both traditional and self-composed. ....

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Baaba’s Footsteps

10 - 15 March 2020

The Vaults, London

BAABA’S FOOTSTEPS is a new play by Susan Momoko Hingley, premiering at the VAULT Festival, proudly supported by the Arts Council England.

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The Green Chorus Spring Concert

11 March 2020

The Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West, London

Join us for beautiful European and Japanese choral music at this historic church in Central London at lunchtime.

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Missing People

12 – 21 March 2020

Leeds Playhouse, Leeds

A thrilling, bilingual show and first co-production between Leeds Playhouse and Kani Public Arts Center in Japan, performed in Japanese and English with surtitles.

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14 March - 16 May 2020


Northern Ballet’s new production for 2020 is Geisha, a ballet by Kenneth Tindall with music by Alexandra Harwood.For geisha, beauty and honour is everything.Two young women, bound by vows of friendship, find themselves in the midst of a collision between East and West....

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Reiko Fujisawa with the Carducci String Quartet

15 March 2020

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

Acclaimed pianist Reiko Fujisawa and the award-winning Carducci Quartet join forces in a wide ranging programme featuring two works of huge emotional power.

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Cherry Blossom Concert – John Cage’s Ryoanji


29 March 2020

Outside Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Raked gravel, a gurgling stream and an elegant stone arch framed by delicate cherry trees in the heart of Birmingham – it’s Brindleyplace’s Cherry Blossom Garden, a place for reflection and contemplation. ...

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26 April 2020

Kings Place, London

As part of its 2019/20 concert season, the London Sinfonietta will stage a specially-curated, exhibition-style concert, Turning Points: Takemitsu, exploring the life and work of celebrated Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu...

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Gagaku & Budo – Japanese Court Music and Martial Arts – in Europe


13 - 24 April 2020


Performance of Gagaku and Budo in the UK and France. The Gagaku performances consist of "Kangen", "Kagura" and "Bugaku", which need 12 performers in total as musicians and dancers, including two shrine maidens...

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Tsugaru Shamisen and Minyo Concert


17 April 2020

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London

An opportunity to experience authentic Japanese folk music in one of the rarest occasions in the UK for anyone interested in Japanese music and history....

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9 May 2020

Town Hall, Birmingham

“His performance had the power of a healing service. It was truly divine”. That’s how the American piano legend Van Cliburn described Nobuyuki Tsujii, and you can’t have missed the buzz around this wonderful Japanese pianist, ...

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Nobuyuki Tsujii piano

10 May 2020

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

‘His performance had the power of a healing service. It was truly divine’. That’s how the American piano legend Van Cliburn described Nobuyuki Tsujii – and every time he plays with the Orchestra, he brings the house down. But this is Nobu’s first ever solo recital in Liverpool, ....

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Nobu plays Rachmaninov

14 May 2020

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Liverpool knows and loves Nobuyuki Tsujii – the Japanese pianist, whose artistry and charisma leaves audiences cheering and critics lost for words.

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Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra concert performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, featuring Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura

28, 30 May 2020

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

"Japanese company, Brother International, have been sponsors of the Hallé for many years and in 2019 we are celebrating 30 years of consecutive sponsorship –..."

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Reiko Fujisawa presents Beethoven – pianist, prophet and dreamer

30 May 2020

Holywell Music Room, Oxford

In an evening of words and music, acclaimed pianist Reiko Fujisawa and Crawford Logan (narrator) explore Beethoven’s extraordinary contribution to musical development and his unmatched legacy ...

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The Great Race!

May - September 2020

Small theatres and studios throughout the UK

The performance tells the story of how, long ago, The Jade Emperor organized twelve creatures to run a race in order to help him construct his zodiac calendar.

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4 June 2020

1901 Arts Club, London

Some years ago, Hiroshima-based pianist Noritaka Ito commissioned three Japanese composers to write a piece related to Beethoven's well-known piano sonatas. ...

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Noh Reimagined 2020: Spirits of Flowers

26 & 27 June 2020

Kings Place, London

Noh Reimagined: Spirits of Flowers explores how humans exist within – and as part of – the natural environment.

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The Garden of Words Stage Production

15 July - 15 August 2020

Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

Based on the stereotype-defying Anime by world-renowned director Makoto Shinkai (your name.), The Garden of Words is a modern Tokyo tale inspired by ancient Man’yōshū poetry. The subtle drama explores invisible disability, ....

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