MAY 2019


Art & Design


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...'

Art & Design

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......

Art & Design

Common Cause: John Ruskin, Japan & the Craft Tradition

15 May – 5 August 2019

Brantwood, home of John Ruskin

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.

And More


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.

Art & Design

Manga Exhibition and a round table talk (TBC)

23 May 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Manga Exhibition and a round table talk.

Art & Design

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.

Academia & Science

Information day on education and Research in Japan

May 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Targeted at university staff, it aims to provide information about programmes i teaching, studying and researching in Japan as well as network with relevent organisations.

Academia & Science

Japan Room Lecture: A Glimpse into East-West Relations in the Antiquarian Book Trade

28 May 2019

The Freemasons’ Hall, London

Sokol Books has a history with Japan going back some forty years and this has been at times exciting, frustrating but always enjoyable....

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

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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