MAY 2019
 

 

Academia & Science

Tokyo 2020 and Japan’s Soft Power

1 May 2019

University of Oxford, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford

Amidst the flux of the liberal international order, Japan’s public diplomacy, which relies solely on its cultural uniqueness, is inadequate. Professor Yasushi Watanabe of Keio University proposes new principles for an age where the diplomatic sphere is expanding from negotiation tactics to agenda setting and norm setting. In this presentation,....

Film

Film Screening: The Accession of His Majesty The Emperor Naruhito

1 - 31 May 2019

Japan House London

Screenings of performances of Gagaku at Japan House Londo
In commemoration of the accession of His Majesty The Emperor Naruhito, and the beginning of the new era ‘Reiwa’, Japan House is screening performances of Gagaku, Imperial Court Music and Dance performed by musicians and dancers from the Imperial Household Agency...

Film

Film Screening: Murasaki – A Man Fascinated by Colour

2 May 2019

Japan House London

mmerse yourself in the daily workings of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Fushimi, Kyoto, in this beautifully shot film by director KAWASE Mika....

Art & Design

Fragments of Japan

2 May - 14 June 2019

Gill Wing Jewellery, London

Gill Wing Jewellery celebrates Japanese design in their new exhibition “Fragments of Japan” in their Islington gallery on Upper Street, from 2nd May until 14th June. Sculptural brooches and unique earrings by three female Japanese jewellers are amongst the highly collectable and wearable art pieces in this special showcase.....

Art & Design

A Visual Feast - The Culinary Microcosm of the Japanese Lunch Box

3 May 2019

The Royal Society, Dining Room, London

The traditional Japanese lunch box, or bento, has undergone a number of metamorphoses over the long course of its history, becoming a staple and a unique point of pride in Japanese 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.

Sports

ELEVATE 2019 – Exhibition and Seminar, Toward Realization of the Active Society

8, 9 May 2019

ExCeL London, London

Elevate is the UK’s largest physical activity trade show and the meeting place for growing physical activity sectors.

Art & Design

TATSUYA DONKAI Photo exhibition 【SPIRIT OF KYOTO】

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...'

Business

Sake Tasting

8 - 12 May 2019

Japan House London

Especially for London Craft Week 2019, join us in The Shop at Japan House to taste a range of different types of sake. You'll have the opportunity to learn about manufacturing methods, as well as how to enjoy sake and what foods it can be paired with. ....

Art & Design

Indigo Hands Installation & Workshops

8 - 30 May 2019

Coal Drops Yard, London

Coal Drops Yard has commissioned BUAISOU for a series of handmade and hand dyed flags specifically for London Craft Week....

Art & Design

Talk: Japanese crafts and the challenge of translation

9 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Japanese crafts are highly regarded and valued. However, translating specific craft-related terms is challenging and many of these terms are poorly translated. Interpretations often lack standardization, with the English terminology used to describe Japanese crafts varying depending upon the books or magazines that they appear in.....

Art & Design

Japanese Ceramic Painting with artist Miyu Kurihara

9 May 2019

Couverture & The Garbstore, London

Notting Hill located concept store Couverture & The Garbstore is proud to host London based artist Miyu Kurihara for this unique, one-off workshop. Guests will hear how the artist established her art career and has progressed to become one of London’s celebrated traditional Japanese ceramic artists.......

Academia & Science

Modern Japan in the Comparative Imagination

9, 10 May 2019

Durham University, Durham

This conference considers how modern Japanese history, literature, and art have been shaped by and understood through comparisons across national and cultural boundaries.....

Art & Design

Curator Gallery Tour: Spotlight on ‘Living Colours’

9, 16 & 18 May 2019

Japan House London

English translation of Japanese traditions is a notoriously tricky endeavour, particularly in the world of craft. Without comprehensive fixed guidelines and conventions, terminology used to express names, provenance and styles of craft items can vary across Japan, causing confusion for visitors to Japan who wish to learn more......

Art & Design

Refracting Light

9 May - 9 June 2019

Eames Fine Art Gallery, London

An exhibition of new works by artist Sophie Layton. Using traditional Japanese printmaking techniques and inspired by blown glass, these works represent an exciting juncture in the artist’s career.

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

SYMPOSIUM: Crafting Shared Understanding: Japanese-to-English Translation Guidelines for Craft

10 May 2019

Japan House London

English translation of Japanese traditions is a notoriously tricky endeavour, particularly in the world of craft. Without comprehensive fixed guidelines and conventions, terminology used to express names, provenance and styles of craft items can vary across Japan, causing confusion for visitors to Japan who wish to learn more......

Academia & Science

Reopening the ‘Opening of Japan’: A Two-Day International Conference to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration

10 - 11 May 2019

The Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies and St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

On the 10th and 11th May 2019, the Nissan Institute will be host to an international conference to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration and mark the imperial transition....

Business

Tea Tasting & Making with Ippodo Tea Co.

10 - 12 May 2019

Japan House London

Tea Tasting with Ippodo Tea Co. at Japan House London during London Craft Week 2019....

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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.

Art & Design

Feel the Heart of Japanese Kitchen Utensils: Kama-Asa Pop-up Shop at Sway Gallery London

13 - 25 May 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

For the first time KAMA-ASA, originally located in Asakusa, Tokyo is coming to London to introduce their Japanese kitchenware and tools, including knives, charcoal, cauldron, Japanese charcoal grill, kettles, Japanese kama pots, yukihiranabe (aluminium cooking pan) and wasabi graters....

Theatre & Music

BUTOH RESIDENCY

15 - 19 May 2019

IKLECTIK, London

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...

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.

Academia & Science

Hikikomori in Japan and the UK

16 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Hikikomori (social withdrawal) is one of the major social problems faced in modern Japanese society. It appeared in the latter half of the 1980s and has become a serious social problem since the 2000s. In March 2019, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare categorised over 610,000 adults as Hikikomori...

Art & Design

Fujita Tsuguharu: a classical painter?

16 May 2019

Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Norwich

After being neglected by critics and historians for about half of a century, the work of Fujita Tsuguharu (Léonard Foujita, 1886-1968) is being rediscovered as suggest recent exhibitions in Tokyo and Paris. But points of view have changed as the importance of vanguardism in 20th century art history has receded into the background....

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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..

Academia & Science

Japan Information Day: Education & Research Opportunities

17 May 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

The day aims to provide relevant university professionals with information about various opportunities for graduates in teaching, studying and conducting research in Japan.

Art & Design

Artist Talk: Ryohei Kan in conversation with Andrew Nishiyama Taylor

17 May 2019

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, London

Japan Society is pleased to announce a special talk by artist Ryohei Kan on the closing evening of his first UK solo exhibition, As you see it, at Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix in Spitalfields, East London. In conversation with Andrew Nishiyama Taylor...

Art & Design

Japanese Photography Revisited: Talk by Dr Lena Fritsch and Miho Kajioka

17 May 2019

Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

Japanese photography is without doubt one of the most admired art forms from Japan and has established its name as a respectable artistic genre from its introduction into the country....

Art & Design

The Special Edition of The London Photograph Fair

18 - 19 May 2019

King's College London, London

Exhibition at Vintage photography Collectors fair, an exhibition 36 rare photograhic views of Mount Fuji, taken in the 19th and early 20th centuries by a diverse group of photographers.

And More

FOYLE OBON FESTIVAL 2019

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.

Film

Macoto Tezka (son of Manga God OSAMU TEZUKA) film screening and talk event

19 May 2019

Prince Charles Cinema, London

THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS (1985) with Q&A from director Macoto Tezka - England Premiere...

Art & Design

It’s a Girls' World: Talk on Shojo Manga with Artist HAGIO Moto and Editor FURUKAWA Asako

20 May 2019

Japan House London

One defining characteristic of manga is its broad appeal – a major part of the Japanese publishing industry since the 1950s, comics in Japan are read by all genders and ages and encompass a wide range of genres targeted to diverse demographic groups....

Academia & Science

Camden and Kagoshima Partners in the Making of Modern Japan Exhibition

20 May - 9 June, 12 -26 June

Five Pancras Square, Swiss Cottage Library, London

....Now, the story is being celebrated in a fascinating and colourful new exhibition, ‘Camden and Kagoshima – Partners in the Making of Modern Japan’, at Pancras Square Library until Sunday 9 June and Swiss Cottage Library, from 12 to 26 June.

Art & Design

MANGA JIMAN: IN RETROSPECT

21 May – 28 June 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

This exhibition looks back over 12 years of the competition and celebrates the stories of the winning artists who have gone on to even bigger and brighter achievements.

Art & Design

‘My Brother’s Husband’: Manga Artist TAGAME Gengoroh in Conversation with Book Curator HABA Yoshitaka

22 May 2019

Japan House London

Celebrating the opening of our new library display ‘LGBT+: Diversity in Manga’, book curator HABA Yoshitaka is joined in conversation with renowned manga artist TAGAME Gengoroh to discuss his ground-breaking work ‘My Brother’s Husband’......

Art & Design

The Library: LGBTQ+: Diversity in Manga 

22 May - 31 August 2019

Japan House London

This display explores the various ways in which gender and sexuality are portrayed in Japanese manga culture. Exhibited works include ‘the god of manga’ TEZUKA Osamu’s 'Princess Knight' (Ribon no kishi) which depicts a cross-dressing female knight......

Business

Japan’s economic stagnation and Abenomics

23 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The Japanese economy has been persistently sluggish over the past three decades, following the bursting of the 1980s economic bubble. The country seems to have been caught in economic and financial stagnation, incapable of reviving its growth and competitiveness....

Academia & Science

The Emperor System in Japan. Origins, Evolution and the New Imperial Era – with William Horsley

23 May 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

Emperor Akihito’s abdication in favour of his son Crown Prince Naruhito has re-ignited a many-sided debate about the fundamental values of Japanese society and the state itself.....

Art & Design

Talk: Book Curation: Talk by HABA Yoshitaka

23 May 2019

Japan House London

A leading expert in the emerging field of ‘book direction’, curator of the Library at Japan House, and founder and director of BACH, HABA Yoshitaka is dedicated to creating innovative ways in which we interact with books.....

Art & Design

The Citi exhibition Manga

23 May - 26 August 2019

British Museum, London

Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.

Art & Design

The Citi exhibition Manga: Programme of Events

23 May - 26 August 2019

British Museum, London

Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.

Art & Design

Talk: How Manga Can Change the World: Captain Tsubasa in Conversation

24 May 2019

British Museum, London

Presented in collaboration with the British Museum, acclaimed manga artist TAKAHASHI Yoichi, creator of the football-themed sensation 'Captain Tsubasa' and the Manga exhibition curator at the British Museum, Nicole ROUSMANIERE, discuss the global impact Takahashi's artwork has had over the past four decades – from popularising football in Japan in the 1980s, to inspiring Syrian refugee children....

Art & Design

Ikebana Exhibition and Demonstration – The art of Japanese Flower Arrangement

24, 25 May 2019

One Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London

IKEBANA, also known as KADO is the Japanese art of flower arrangement with the origin of tradition dates back to the 6th Century. Ohara School of Ikebana England Chapter is delighted to host the Ikebana exhibition & demonstration.

Art & Design

Love and Desire Between Women in Girls' manga

25 May 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

Manga, or Japanese comic books, is a 4 billion dollar a year industry, making up 40% of the country’s published works. Yet, contrary to Western comic books which often focus on targeting male readers, in Japan, a particularly prominent and developed genre of manga is shojo manga (Girls’ manga)...

Theatre & Music

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.

Business

Nishinoseki Sake Tasting

26 May 2019

Japan House London

On Sunday 26 May 2019 Japan House London will host an exclusive one-hour sake tasting session with the brew master of Kayashima Brewery in Kyushu, who is visiting specially from Japan. The session is free to attend, and will explore a range of dry and sweet sake varieties. Guests must be over 18 years old to participate in sake tastings. ....

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....

Theatre & Music

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!

Academia & Science

Reiwa – a new era in Japan

29 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Japan will enter into a new era of ‘fortunate harmony’ from 1st May, a day after Emperor Akihito abdicates and is succeeded by his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito, ending the imperial era Heisei. Since the Gengo system began in the 7th century, the country has adopted almost 250 eras. This one, however, will be marked by Japan’s first imperial abdication in more than 200 years...

Business

Explore Ishikawa: Tradition, Tourism and Business

31 May 2019

Sofitel London St James, London

Introduce Ishikawa Prefecture's traditional craft, performance and cuisine to UK audience. And oppotunity for business matching conference and tourism seminar...

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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