APRIL 2019
 

Theatre & Music

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.

Art & Design

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.

Art & Design

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.

Art & Design

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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Hanami Festival & Hanami Experience

4th -28th 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..

Art & Design

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...

Art & Design

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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SOUTH SOCIAL CELEBRATES JAPAN

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.

Art & Design

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,.....

Art & Design

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.

Art & Design

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...

Art & Design

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....

Business

Threats and Opportunities in Today’s Middle East – Lt Gen (Retd) Sir Tom Beckett

9 April 2019

IISS, Arundel House, London

We are delighted to welcome Lieutenant General (Retired) Sir Tom Beckett, Executive Director of IISS–Middle East , to brief members of the Japan Society on current developments in the Middle East and the opportunities and challenges these present....

Art & Design

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....

Art & Design

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)...

Theatre & Music

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.

Theatre & Music

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.....

Art & Design

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.

Academia & Science

“Like Bombs”: Narrative, Memory, and Linguistic Terrorism in Contemporary Okinawan Fiction – with Vicky Young

15 April 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

In 2002, one year after 9.11, the Okinawan writer Sakiyama Tami published one of her most provocative essays, entitled “Shimakotoba de kachāshī” (“Inciting with Island Words”). Split into three parts, the essay targets standard Japanese (hyōjungo) as a monolithic language symbolic of hegemonic oppression and....

Art & Design

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.....

Film

Still Walking + Q&A with Hirokazu Kore-eda

16 April 2019

BFI Southbank, London

This subtle, moving account of the tensions within a family is reminiscent of Ozu.. ...

Theatre & Music

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....

Art & Design

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.

Academia & Science

Book Launch: The Ghost of Namamugi

17 April 2019

Daiwa Foundation, London

In 1862 a British merchant was killed by samurai, in uncertain circumstances, at Namamugi – a quiet village near Yokohama. One year later, a British fleet bombarded the port of Kagoshima in response, reducing much of the city to ash....

Film

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Of Love & Law   愛と法

17 April 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Kazu and Fumi are running a law firm in downtown Osaka. The two male lawyers are partners not only in business but also in marriage. People showing up at the firm for advice are faced with various problems such as being in a sexual minority, child protection issues, the lack of official family records or being the subject of lawsuits. ...

Art & Design

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....

Art & Design

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....

Academia & Science

Shinkansen and the Tokyo Olympics

25 April 2019

Daiwa Foundation, London

The Shinkansen, or bullet train, is an icon of Japan. The trains are some of the fastest in the world, reaching top speeds of 200 mph, and are famously punctual.....

Academia & Science

Third Thursday Lectures:Tattoos, homesickness and adventure: British royals in Japan and Japanese royals in Britain in the 19th century

25 April 2019

Norwich Cathedral Hostry

Queen Victoria came into indirect contact with Japan in 1868, but in the following year her second son spent several weeks in Japan and in the early 1870s several members of the Japanese imperial family visited Britain,....

Theatre & Music

Schubertiade - Piano recital

28 April 2019

Lancaster Hall Hotel, London

Piano Concert with pianist Masako Kamikawa ....

Academia & Science

Talk:Colours, Clothing and the Seasons in The Tale of Genji: A Talk by Dr Jennifer GUEST

29 April 2019

The Hall, Japan House London

Often referred to as the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji is arguably the classic work of Japanese literature. Written by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-awaiting at the imperial court in Kyoto in the early 11th century, the novel tells of the romantic encounters of Shining Prince ‘Genji’, painting a vivid picture of the lifestyles of the noblemen and women of the contemporary Heian court through its detailed descriptions of their colourful clothing...

Academia & Science

The Rise of Populism and Japan

30 April 2019

The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London

Despite growing populism around the world, the rise of Trumpism and the Brexit labyrinth in the UK, Japan seems to be a relatively stable democracy. Japan has successfully advanced free trade initiatives in the Asia Pacific region and with Europe....

Business

HEAL’S × GIFU Japanese Craft Market

30 April - 20 May 2019

HEAL’S, London

Gifu Prefecture is located at the centre of Japan. The Prefecture has flourished as a creative place for products since the olden times by utilizing its abundant and majestic nature and clear streams.

Art & Design

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.

Art & Design

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....

Art & Design

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.

Art & Design

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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