AUGUST 2019
 

Art & Design

LOST IN TRANSITION by Vanessa Milito Rodriguez

1 - 28 August 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

VMR - Vanessa Milito Rodriguez - is an Italian-Colombian artist born in Milan, Italy. She has become fascinated with the traditional Japanese tattoos, Irezumi, which then led her to the discovery of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

Business

Japan House Sake Bar at British Museum Screening of 'The Tale of The Princess Kaguya'

2 August 2019

The British Museum, London

On Friday 2 August Japan House London is set to host its popular sake bar at the British Museum for a film screening of Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale of The Princess Kaguya'. .......

Theatre & Music

THE鍵KEY PROJECT

3 - 4 August 2019

London

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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Pure Land Japanese Garden - lantern-lit evening garden

3 August - 29 September 2019

Pure Land Japanese Garden, Nottinghamshire

In the present day, the traditional Japanese lantern-lit evening garden is increasingly rare even within Japan, and Pure Land Japanese Garden is the only place in Europe where one may take part in this beautiful experience.

Theatre & Music

SCORED IN SILENCE

6 August 2019

Ditchling Museum, East Sussex

"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.

Theatre & Music

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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Coventry Hiroshima Day 2019

6 August 2019

Coventry Cathedral, Coventry

On Tuesday 6th August at 5.30 for 6pm, there will be a service of reflection at Coventry Cathedral and Capel of Unity Coventry Cathedral to remember the dropping of the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

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Japanese Season of Culture at Chichester College

6 August 2019 - 24 July 2020

Chichester College campus, Chichester

Chichester College will hold several Japa related events throughout 2019 and 2020.

Theatre & Music

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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Tanabata: Celebrate the Japanese Star Festival at Kew Gardens

7 & 8 August 2019

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London

Tanabata is the Japanese festival that celebrates the coming together of two stars, Orihime and Hikoboshi, who can only meet once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month. This year, join us at Kew Gardens to enjoy workshops, activities and performances marking this ancient summer celebration....

Theatre & Music

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.

Theatre & Music

‘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.

Business

Japan House Sake Bar at British Museum Screening of 'The Wind Rises'

9 August 2019

The British Museum, London

On Friday 9 August Japan House London will host its last sake bar at the British Museum for a film screening of Studio Ghibli's 'The Wind Rises'........

Business

EVENT: Sake Tasting with Philip Harper, The Shop, Japan House 

10 August 2019

Japan House London

Visit Japan House on Saturday 10 August for an exclusive tasting session with Philip Harper, toji (brew master) of Kinoshita Brewing Company in Kyoto. Philip is the only British brew master working in Japan, and has written extensively on the subject of sake. .......

Sports

Cowes SailGP

10 & 11 August 2019

Cowes, Isle of Wight

The new SailGP is re-defining the sport of sailing. The racing takes place in some of the world's most iconic city waterfronts, ....

Sports

Koryu Open Evening - Grandmaster Kunio Morimoto

14 August 2019

St Andrew's Leytonstone, London

Enjoy this rare opportunity to have a FREE evening taster session with a true old-school master and historian of AUTHENTIC martial arts of feudal Japan. Absolute beginners and all skill levels welcome.

Theatre & Music

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.

Film

Third Thursday Lectures: Japanese Cinema At Home and Overseas 1950-1970

15 August 2019

Cathedral Hostry, Norwich

The 1950s was a period called ‘the golden age of Japanese films’. Japanese film-makers won a string of awards, starting with Kurosawa Akira’s Rashomon, which received the Golden Lion at the 1951 Venice Film Festival, and followed by Mizoguchi Kenji’s successive prizes at Venice.....

Theatre & Music

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.

Film

Summer Explorers 2019!

16, 17 & 20 August 2019

Screen 1, The Soho Hotel, London

Our annual Summer Explorers season is back as a summer treat - now with new venue and dates!
From over the top, offbeat narratives of psychic teenagers and upstart political wrangling in a high school environment, to spectacular battles between good and evil.....

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Tanabata Festival

17 August 2019

Tatton Park, Cheshire

Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is typically held on the evening of 7 July throughout Japan, but the festival can be celebrated from June through to August. The festival traces its origins to a romantic legend that....

Art & Design

MANGA in a global society: the origins and development of a genre – Special Lecture with Fusanosuke Natsume, Manga Critic and Columnist

19 August 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

In partnership with the British Museum City Exhibition Manga マンガ, we are delighted to welcome Professor Fusanosuke Natsume to give the Japan Society’s August lecture....

Theatre & Music

SCORED IN SILENCE

19 - 23 August 2019

Greenside, Edinburgh

"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.

Theatre & Music

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.

Academia & Science

International comparison and collaboration in medical sociology: Research initiatives, challenges, and future prospects

20 August 2019

Cardiff University, Cardiff

This symposium will bring together researchers from the UK, the USA, and Japan—three countries that have very different welfare systems and theoretical traditions in medical sociology...

Art & Design

Anno's Journey: the World of Anno Mitsumasa

22 August – 27 October 2019

Japan House London

This exhibition explores the work of Anno Mitsumasa, one of Japan’s greatest children’s book illustrators and authors, who is best known for his picture books, with few or no words, published from the late 1960s onwards....

Art & Design

The Citi exhibition Manga マンガ– private view of the British Museum exhibition with curators (Japanese or English)

22 August 2019

British Museum, London

The Japan Society is delighted to invite its members to a private view of the exhibition with British Museum curators Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere and Uchida Hiromi. In the last week of the exhibition, which will close on 26th August, this event is a great opportunity for a second view of the exhibition or for a last minute visit illuminated by the insights and final considerations of its curators....

Art & Design

Tenugui Wrapping Workshop

23 August 2019

The Rubens at the Palace, London

On Friday 23 August Japan House London wrapping expert will showcase the art of Japanese wrapping techniques at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel.....

Academia & Science

What is Manga?

23 August 2019

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London

Manga has boomed in popularity in recent years. Whilst it is enjoyed globally by a varied audience, there remains a lack of understanding about its breadth and depth, and its relationship with Japan and the rest of the world. This symposium aims to redefine manga by suggesting ways of looking at it as a cultural activity and an expression of historical activities....

Theatre & Music

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.

Art & Design

All You May Want to Know About Shojo Manga : A Lecture by Tomoko Yamada

24 August 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

Though it might not be widely recognised in the UK, shojo manga (girls’ manga) is an established genre within the Japanese manga world, for many decades having been primarily targeted at a female readership demographic. Constantly evolving in its narrative structures as well as the pictorial expression......

Theatre & Music

“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.

Art & Design

Artist Talk by Keiko Takemiya

25 August 2019

Foyles Bookstore, London

Keiko Takemiya is arguably one of the most influential manga artists in Japan. Starting her career as an artist in late 1960 while still a teenager, her fame rapidly grew to stardom.....

Business

An Analysis of the Abe Administration’s Policy on Russia – Evening Lecture with James D.J. Brown

27 August 2019

Mizuho House, London

We are delighted to welcome James D.J. Brown to brief Japan Society members on Japan’s cooperation with Russia against the background of the growing threat from China and North Korea and amidst heightened concerns of the long-term reliability of the US...

Art & Design

TALK: Scenes In and Around the Capital: Talk by Prof Timon Screech

27 August 2019

Japan House London

llustrator Anno Mitsumasa’s series of watercolour paintings ‘In and Around the Capital’ depict the city of Kyoto (Japan’s former capital) and its environs, paying homage to a genre of screen paintings capturing views of the city known as Rakuchū rakugai-zu (lit. ‘scenes in and around the capital’) which became popular in Japan in the early 16th century......

Business

Bilingual Public Speaking Club – Pilot session

28 August 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

The Japan Society and the Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC) are delighted to organise the first bilingual Japanese-English public speaking club in the UK. The club is open to all people who would like to improve their skills at speaking in Japanese or English and to learn techniques and tricks to expand their communication and presentation abilities....

Art & Design

Impressions of Tokyo

28 August – 2 September 2019

The Former Newington Library, London

'Impressions of Tokyo' is a culmination of three years of work based around what has now become his iconic style.

Theatre & Music

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....

Theatre & Music

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 ....

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.

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.

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......

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

YOKO ONO: LOOKING FOR… - SKY PIECES

15 June - 6 October 2019

The Heong Gallery, Cambridge

Demonstrating Yoko Ono’s use of the ‘sky’ since the early 1960s, the exhibition Sky Pieces will fill The Heong Gallery with pieces of the sky, featuring over thirty works, ...

Art & Design

Solo Exhibition by Nobuko Tsuchiya at Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019

22 June - 29 September 2019

The White Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds

Nobuko Tsuchiya uses a variety of media to create imaginative sculptures that evoke an arresting narrative quality. Her work incorporates found household objects including mop buckets, table legs, rags and plastic tubing....

Theatre & Music

THE鍵KEY PROJECT

27 June, 3 - 4 August 2019

London

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.

Art & Design

Visitors by Ushiki Masanori

5 July - 2 September 2019

Pocko Gallery, London

Visitors is an ongoing series of portrait characters by Ushiki Masanori who is regarded as a cult figure in the art world of Japan and much like his predecessors, Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami, Ushiki’s aesthetic centres around diverse themes of childhood and contemporary media.

Art & Design

“A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Makie”
The Lacquer Works of Koyanagi Tanekuni.

11 July - 21 September 2019

Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London

The artist’s first exhibition outside Japan of Lacquer works by the contemporary craftsman Koyanagi Tanekuni in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.

Art & Design

The Chief, The Missionary, His Wife & Her Brother

13 July - 2 November 2019

Hertford Museum, Hertford

Discover the amazing family of the Hertford Museum founders and their fascinating lives amongst the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido, North Japan......

Academia & Science

Flintshire Optec Japanese Youth Exchange Trust

25 July - 17 August 2019

Flintshire, North Wales, UK; Murata, Miyagi prefecture, Japan

This is a cultural & educational youth exchange programme between the County of Flintshire, North Wales and the Town of Murata, in the Miyagi prefecture of Japan.

Academia & Science

Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship 2019

27 July - 17 August 2019

University of East Anglia, Norwich

The Centre for Japanese Studies at the UEA is hosting an intensive three-week postgraduate level fellowship in Japanese Arts and Cultural Heritage.

Business

University of Oxford Internships and Work Placements in Japan

Until December 2020

The Oxford Alumni Club of Japan is currently running a campaign to expand the number of intern host companies and organisations in Japan.

 

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