Theatre & Music

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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Japanese Workshop Days

1 September 2019

Japanese Garden, Cowden Garden, Dollar, Clackmannanshire

This weekend of workshops is a fantastic opportunity to learn from Professor Masao Fukuhara, who restored the Japanese Garden at Kew and has flown over from Japan especially for this weekend at Cowden.

Academia & Science

Cardiff University Japanese Education Seminar

3 September 2019

Cardiff University School of Modern Languages

Cardiff University Japanese Education Seminar - "Language Education and Identity of Children Who Move Locations"...

Theatre & Music

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.


Deloitte Japanese Business Dinner

5 September 2019

HSBC UK National Cycling Centre, Manchester

This is the flagship Japanese business dinner held annually to celebrate the UK & Japan business links in Manchester.


Joint Lunch with the JCCI: The UK-Japan 21st Century Group’s 36th Annual Meeting

5 September 2019

National Liberal Club, London

The 21st Century Group is a non-Governmental forum. It was set up in 1984 to help cement closer links between British and Japanese politicians, business and media figures, and academics....

Art & Design

Land of the Rising Cat – Japanese Prints and Kawaii Cat Crafts Sales Exhibition

6 – 27 September 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

Sway Gallery London is proud to present an exciting, 100 purrcent cat-themed pop-up, introducing over 200 items, including collectables, kawaii crafts and folk toys, artworks, as well as Japanese woodblock prints!

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Will Adams Festival

7 September 2019

Gillingham Park, Medway

At the festival you will experience both maritime history and Japanese culture in the 17th and the 21st century.


Naomi Kawase: In Focus at the Open City Documentary Festival

8 & 9 September 2019

Regent Street Cinema & Curzon Soho Cinema

The Japan Foundation is proud to partner with Open City Documentary Festival on screenings of a selection of works by critically-acclaimed Japanese director Naomi Kawase....


A season of Japanese Cinema

8 September 2019 - 23 February 2020

Altrincham Little Theatre, Altrincham

In autumn 2019/winter 2020, Altrincham Little Theatre will be hosting a season of Japanese Cinema. Following the success of our recent Italian Film Seasons, we will be joined by regular presenter Maggie Hoffgen, who will introduce the films and lead a discussion session after each screening for anyone who wishes to join in.....

Art & Design

Saori Freestyle Weaving Workshops

10 & 11 September 2019

Craft Central, London

The Japan Society is delighted to present Saori freestyle weaving workshop, led by Janine, who has kindly offered these workshops to Japan Society members at a significantly discounted price. During this special three-hour workshop, you will be introduced to the intuitive art of Saori weaving...

Art & Design


10 - 21 September 2019

Leyden Gallery, London

Japan Tide and Leyden Gallery would like to invite you to two one-week exhibitions.

Academia & Science

Plea Bargains – Japan’s approach to corporate crime, similar to DPAs?

11 September 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Following the introduction of the Japanese “plea bargaining” system last year, Japanese prosecutors began to pursue white-collar crimes. The new system allows them to secure the cooperation of companies and gather evidence to prosecute individuals.....

Theatre & Music

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) ...


Anime’s Human Machines

12 - 30 September 2019

Barbican Centre, London

Anime’s Human Machines examines the challenge of the man-machine interface through eight films on various aspects of humanity’s response to technological change.

Art & Design

Japanese Ink Painting Course – Roosters, Herons, Cranes, Peacocks

13, 20, 27 September, 4 October 2019

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, London

Join Talia and learn how to paint the rooster, heron, crane and peacock, using traditional Japanese brushes, ink & watercolour on fine paper.

Theatre & Music

“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.

Art & Design


14 - 29 September 2019

Yorkshire Hub, Leeds

Kuroko is a group exhibition of artists based in UK and Japan working in sculpture. The exhibition is supported and presented by Index Festival Leeds, the artist led fringe festival during the inaugural Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019.

Art & Design

Yama: Sakubei Yamamoto Coal Mine Paintings Exhibition

14 September 2019 - 30 September 2020

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Wales

At the age of seven years old, Sakubei Yamamoto (1892-1984) moved with his family to the coal mines of the Chikuho region in Kyushu. He became an apprentice colliery blacksmith at the age of twelve....

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Aberdeen Japan Day

15 September 2019

Trinity Hall, Aberdeen

Participatory Japanese culture introduction event held in Aberdeen.

Academia & Science

The Art of Culinary Diplomacy in the Mid-19th Century. Britain and Japan at the Table

16 September 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

National food and cuisine are important aspects of cultural diplomacy and hospitality. Celebratory banquets and feasts have always been part of the life of politicians, ambassadors, and monarchs, who often share delicacies and elaborate dishes representing national culinary excellence while discussing political matters and international affairs...

Art & Design

Museum of the Moon - coinciding with Tsukimi

16 September - 6 October 2019

Derby Cathedral, Derby

Museum of the Moon is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones and it will be with us from Monday 16 September to Sunday 6 October.

Academia & Science

Re-Inventing Modernity: Franco-Scottish Encounters With Japan

17 September 2019

Alliance française de Glasgow, Glasgow

A one-day event including a conference with participants from Scotland, France and Japan, ....

Art & Design

Ikebana Demonstration led by Three Masters of the Ohara School

17 September 2019

Farm Street Church, London

The three masters of the Ohara School will present a two-hour show of wonderful arrangements and give their personal insights into the art of Ikebana.

Art & Design


17 September - 3 November 2019

Upfront Gallery, Cumbria

Sumi-e, suiboku-ga and photographs of a journey around Japan visiting beautiful and mysterious Shinto shrines....

Art & Design

Yosuke Fujita Presents NOISEEM (MODE 2019)

19 September 2019

Camden Arts Centre at Cork Street, London

As part of an annual series of artist-curated sonic and interdisciplinary events in extraordinary spaces - MODE - produced by Thirty Three Thirty Three....

Academia & Science

Third Thursday Lectures: Book Launch: East Asian Art History in a Transnational Context

19 September 2019

Cathedral Hostry, Norwich

At this book launch Professor Watanabe will firstly introduce the book by explaining why it is so important to understand Japanese art and culture not as something isolated, but as part of a larger context of East Asia.....

Art & Design

Talk: A 1/100 Scale World: Talk by Architect Terada Naoki

20 September 2019

Japan House London

Established in 2011 by architect Terada Naoki, Terada Mokei creates laser-cut paper models depicting a variety of scenes - from sumo wrestling through to farming - each made to a scale of 1/100.....


JAEFF 2019: Nation

20 - 22 September 2019

Barbican Centre, London

JAEFF 2019: Nation will examine national identity, cultural memory and perceptions of history in Japan with a programme of classic avant-garde cinema and contemporary experimental short form film.


EVENT: Sayu - hot water - Tasting at Japan House

20 & 22 September 2019

Japan House London

Visit The Stand at Japan House London on 20 and 22 September 2019 to get acquainted with the health-boosting, healing virtues of sayu – hot water.....


LIVE SCREENINGS: Rugby World Cup 2019

20 September - 12 October 2019

Japan House London

Join Japan House for live screenings of the Rugby World Cup 2019. With over 10 matches lined up and more to be announced, Japan House welcomes guests to watch the world cup on an ultra-high definition four metre by two metre screen....

Art & Design

Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Woodblock Prints from the Ashmolean Museum

20 September 2019 - 26 January 2020

Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby

Giant spiders, dancing skeletons, winged goblins and hordes of ghostly warriors are among the subjects depicted in this display of striking 19th century woodblock prints, drawn from the Ashmolean Museum’s rich collection of Japanese art.

Art & Design

Powerful Nature: Inspiring Japanese Art and Culture

20 September 2019 - 26 January 2020

Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby

An exhibition of Japanese watercolours and prints from Derby Museums’ own collection, including works made by two of Japan’s most famous artists, Katsushika Hokusai (c.1760-1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858).

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Japanese Season of Culture at Chichester College: Rugby World cup Opening ceremony at Chichester college

20 September - 2 November 2019

Chichester College campus, Chichester

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

Art & Design

TALK: Teikuhiko - A Talk by Hara Kenya at Design Museum

21 September 2019

Design Museum, London

The pedestrian crossing outside of Japan House London on Kensington High Street has been transformed into a piece of public art by the Chief Creative Director of Japan House, Hara Kenya....

Theatre & Music


21 September 2019

St Mary Hall, London

Hidè Takemoto’s double CD ‘RED SHOES GREEN TEA’ and ‘SKY FLOWERS’ launch event brought to you by Gig Connection and Sakai Kuwahara Moving Service, featuring a live performance by classical guitarist Hidè Takemoto and guest musicians including leading UK-based Japanese musicians and English blues/folk singer-songwriter Tim Hopkins, ...

Art & Design

The Big Draw Japan 2019

22 September 2019

Kyoto Botanical Gardens, Kyoto, Japan

The Big Draw Festival, founded in the UK, takes place every year and, since its launch in October 2000, this annual, international celebration of drawing, which brings people together under the banner ‘drawing is a universal language’, takes place in over 25 countries, involves over 1000 events and has encouraged over 4 million people back to the drawing board.

Theatre & Music

Songs from the Shōwa Period - Illustrated Concert by the Tsubasa Children’s Choir and Jason Kouchak - Part One

22 September 2019

Japan House London

Japan House London is hosting a concert by the Tsubasa Children’s Choir, taking the audience on the journey of Anno Mitsumasa’s life work with a special performance of Shōwa period songs directed and accompanied on piano by its founder, classical musician Jason Kouchak. ...

Art & Design

Gallery Talk Series: Spotlight on Anno’s Journey

22 September - 27 October 2019

Japan House London

Embark on Anno’s Journey at Japan House London in a series of gallery tours of Japan House London’s new exhibition on Anno Mitsumasa led by Japan House Programming Director Simon Wright....


A DOBUGAWA DREAM - Japanese film screening w/director & cast Q&A

23 September 2019

Vue Cinema – London Picadilly

Screening of an independent Japanese film from a young and fresh new director. Screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Asato Watanabe and cast...

Academia & Science

Henry Dyer Memorial Event

23 September 2019

University of Glasgow Gilmorehill Campus, Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is delighted to invite you to the Henry Dyer Memorial Event, on the afternoon of 23 September, to celebrate the long-standing links between Japan and the City of Glasgow....

Academia & Science

Space Exploration – the Future of Human Progress?

24 September 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing. 50 years on, as technology has developed, the possibilities that space holds have multiplied, with governments and private companies attempting to take advantage of the opportunities on offer. ....

Theatre & Music

Eisa (Okianwan traditional dance) workshop

24 – 28 September 2019

SOAS University of London, London

Hello, we are the London Okinawa Sanshinkai! We would like to let you know about the Eisa workshop at SOAS on 24–28 September and the Eisa performance at the Japan Matsuri on 29 September.

Theatre & Music

From the Dust of This Wretched Earth

26 - 28 September 2019


A collaboration between the Uchledre Centre and dance practitioner Melissa Prasut, this full-length dance production will combine traditional and non-traditional art approaches and involve a number of international artists,...

Academia & Science

Over Here, Over There

26 - 29 September 2019

The Settlement at Castle Hill, Cumbria

A festival in conjunction with Maryport Maritime Museum celebrating migration in Victorian Maryport.

Art & Design

Talk: From Impossible Pictures to Real Objects: Talk by Professor Sugihara Kokichi

27 September 2019

Japan House London

The term ‘impossible pictures’ or ‘impossible objects’ originally was used to refer to illustrations of imaginary 3D structures that cannot exist as real physical objects. Along with the Dutch artist M.C. Escher......


JET programme returnees reception

27 September 2019

Asia House, London

Following the career fair organised by JETAA, it aims for returnees to network with alumini and other guests in Japan-related organisations.

Theatre & Music

An Introduction to Japanese Kagura

27 & 28 September 2019

National Museum Cardiff & 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....

Theatre & Music

Iwami Kagura Dance Performances come to the UK!

27 - 29 September 2019
National Museum Cardiff, The British Library, Japan Matsuri

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

Art & Design


28 September 2019

London Flower School, London

Japanese floral art exhibition showcasing work of Sogetsu Ikebana members from the school’s London Branch.

Art & Design

Workshop: From Impossible Pictures to Real Objects: Workshop with Professor Sugihara Kokichi

28 & 29 September 2019

Japan House London

Following his talk on 27 September 2019, Japan House London hosts a series of interactive workshops with internationally renowned mathematician and artist Professor Sugihara Kokichi (Meiji University, Japan)......

Theatre & Music

Kamishibai Storytelling: Performance by A Thousand Cranes

28 September & 12 October 2019

Japan House London, 

Sit back, relax and enjoy an in-gallery kamishibai storytelling performance in the cosy reading cove within the Anno’s Journey exhibition. ,...

Art & Design

Floating Worlds: Japanese Woodcuts

28 September 2019 - 12 January 2020

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton

Come with us on a journey to explore the ‘floating worlds’ of Japan through woodblock prints from the Edo period (1615-1868).

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Japan Matsuri 2019

29 September 2019

Trafalgar Square, London

Stage performances, family activities, martial arts and Japanese food stalls.

Art & Design

Inside/Out: Jiro Takamatsu and Keiji Uematsu in conversation

30 September - 29 November 2019

Royal Society of Sculptors, London

This exhibition of work by Jiro Takamatsu (1936-1998) and Keiji Uematsu (b.1947) will bring post-war Japanese sculpture associated with the influential Mono-Ha (School of Things) to a wider audience.

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Bridge Together Project

September 2019 - August 2020

Various Location

The program aims to introduce the beauty of Japanese culture and attract people from all over the world to Japan. Having overseas visitors helps support people who suffered from the earthquakes in Tohoku and Kumamoto prefecture. This is a cultural program for creating a better Olympic legacy for 2020.

Academia & Science

The 15th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students open for applications!

29 February 2020

Great Hall, Kings' College London, Strand Campus, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

We are delighted to announce that the 15th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is open for applications! 

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


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....

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......

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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.

Art & Design

Anno's Journey: In and Around the Ancient Capital

22 August – 26 September 2019

The Embassy of Japan, London

This exhibition focuses on a series of watercolours portraying the picturesque views of Kyoto and its surroundings painted by the artist in homage to the genre of 16th century screen paintings depicting the scenery of the then capital of Japan.

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

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.


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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