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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An Introduction to Japanese Kagura

28 September 2019

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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Daito Kagura Performance

28 September 2019

The British Library, London

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

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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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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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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

The project in question is a live presentation of 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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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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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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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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