OCTOBER 2019
 

Theatre & Music

UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Concert
James Taylor Quartet + Naomi Suzuki with Mari Natsuki

1 October 2019

Cadogan Hall, London

Japanese pop with a UK jazz-funk twist: performed by the critically acclaimed James Taylor Quartet and UK-based singer Naomi Suzuki. The evening celebrates the Japan-UK Year of Culture with the Bridge Together Project....

Art & Design

JAL FOUNDATION The 16th World Children’s Haiku Contest 2019-2020

1 October 2019 - 29 February 2020

Throughout the UK

Haiku in English contest applicable for children under the age of fifteen. The 16th contest’s theme is ‘Sports’.

Art & Design

Gallery Talk Series: Spotlight on Anno’s Journey

2, 23 & 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....

Theatre & Music

MYM presents: Okinawan Avant-Garde Night

3 October 2019

Rich Mix, London

An exclusive one-off contemporary and experimental music and dance performance from traditional Okinawans...

Art & Design

Private View: The Post-Anthropocene by Inose Naoya

3 October 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

The Private View was a chance to have a first look at the exhibition The Post-Anthropocene by the London-based Japanese artist Inose Naoya.....

Art & Design

Artist Talk: Inose Naoya

3 October 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London


The artist Inose Naoya will discuss his work and exhibition The Post-Anthropocene.....

Art & Design

The Post-Anthropocene by Inose Naoya

3 October - 1November 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the London-based Japanese artist Inose Naoya to the UK public....

Art & Design

Nara: Sacred Images from Early Japan

3 October - 24 November 2019

British Museum, London

Nara, in the Yamato region of Japan, was the country’s capital from AD 710 to 784 – and the cradle of traditional Japanese culture. This special display runs in two rooms: the Asahi Shimbun Displays (Room 3) have treasures from Hōryūji, one of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples, dating between the AD 600s and 700s.....

Academia & Science

Archaeology of the Future

4 October 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

In this seminar, two prominent young architects from the UK and Japan will discuss the intersection between the future and the past in the present, physical actuality of architecture.. ....

Theatre & Music

Kagura and Shinto: Performance & Talk by Kasuga Taisha and Niukawakami Shrine with Chief Priests Kasannoin Hirotada & Kusaka Yasuhiro

4 October 2019

Japan House London

This event explores the sacred dance form of kagura offering a rare opportunity to experience an authentic kagura dance by miko (female shrine attendants) from Kasuga Taisha, a major Shinto shrine in Japan’s ancient capital of Nara.....

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Kodōsai Cultural Event

4 - 6 October 2019

Holiday Inn Basildon, Basildon

A weekend of Japanese cultural workshops delivered to the public in Basildon, Essex. This years event will see Shodo (calligraphy) workshops, Kyujitsu (archery), Cosplay, Japanese language, Ikebana and various traditional martial arts demonstrations.

Film

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival

4 - 6, 19 - 20 October 2019

Chapter, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival is the only annual event which showcases the best of Japanese animation in Wales.

Art & Design

Yamamoto Sakubei & the Rich Seams of Japan’s Coal Mining History

4 October - 15 November 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Yamamoto Sakubei worked in coal mines in the Chikuho region of northern Kyushu for over 50 years. Despite a limited formal education and no artistic training, he started to produce a series of diaries and annotated paintings...

Art & Design

Taki Katei – Japanese Paintings

4 October 2019 - 13 April 2020

World Museum, Liverpool

In 2019 National Museums Liverpool will host the first-ever exhibition of Taki Katei’s work outside Japan as part of the Japan 2020 Cultural Olympiad.

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Discover Japan

5 October 2019, 14 March 2020

World Museum, Liverpool

At World Museum in Liverpool, alongside a presentation of works by Taki Katei, Japan Society North West will organise: Shamisen playing, Awa Odori dancer, Tengu Taiko, Liverpool Jujitsu, Samurai Armour presentation, Shodo, ...

Theatre & Music

Buddhism and the Way of Tea: Talk by Tōshōdai-ji Abbot Nishiyama Myōgen & Tea Ceremony Demonstration

5 October 2019

Japan House London

As part of Japan House’s season of events exploring the religions of Japan held in collaboration with Nara Prefecture, join us for a talk on the development of Buddhism in Nara by Nishiyama Myōgen, the 88th chōrō patriarch of Tōshōdai-ji (Tōshōdai Temple)......

Art & Design

A-I-U-E-O: Learning Japanese Letters & Numbers with Anno Mitsumasa Japanese Language Workshop

5 October 2019

Japan House London

Join us in the cosy reading cove within the Anno’s Journey exhibition for a Japanese language workshop inspired by the work of the beloved Japanese illustrator Anno Mitsumasa.....

Art & Design

Reconstructing Buddhist Wooden Sculpture: Talk with Professor Yabuuchi Satoshi

5 October 2019

Japan House London

Join us for a talk on Buddhist wooden sculpture with master woodcarver, sculptor and conservator Professor Yabuuchi Satoshi and researchers from the Sculpture Conservation and Restoration Laboratory at Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA)......

Theatre & Music

Shōmyō: Japanese Buddhist Sutra Chanting and Talk with Tōdai-ji Abbot Sagawa Fumon

5 October 2019

Japan House London

Rarely heard outside of Buddhist temples, this event offers Japan House guests the chance to experience the meditative chants of shōmyō in a special concert-lecture featuring monks from four of Nara’s most important temples......

Art & Design

Part Seen, Part Imagined

5 October – 1 December 2019

Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Part Seen, Part imagined brings together new and existing work by a number of artists and designers based in Scotland who have all formed their own relationships with Japanese tradition and culture in their practice, ...

Theatre & Music

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

6 October 2019

Japan House London

On Silver Sunday, Japan House London is delighted to present a special concert by the Tsubasa Children’s Choir, taking the audience on the journey of Anno Mitsumasa’s life work on the notes of Japanese songs directed and accompanied on piano by its founder, classical musician Jason Kouchak....

Sports

Unite Wales and Japan: Experience Japan and the Rugby World Cup

6 October 2019

Old Penarthians Rugby Club

We are working with the Old Penarthians Rugby Club and Cardiff University to run an upcoming event on 6th October celebrating the Rugby World Cup.

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Japan Autumn Festival

6 October 2019

Teviot Debating Hall, Edinburgh

Join us for our family-friendly Autumn Festival!
We will offer a variety of performances, booths and activities throughout the day for adults and children alike to enjoy, including: Japanese calligraphy, sushi and sake tasting, spooky arts & crafts, games and much more!

Art & Design

Animator Talk with Takeshi Yashiro

7 October 2019

Courthouse Hotel Cinema, London

Takeshi Yashiro is a Japanese animator and television commercial director. Having graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1993, he helmed numerous commercials produced by Taiyo Kikaku Co. Ltd. before focusing on finessing his stop-motion animation techniques and beginning to make his own animated films....

Business

The Travel Convention 2019

7 - 9 October 2019

Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, Tokyo, Japan

ABTA is delighted to announce that Tokyo, Japan will be the destination for the 2019 Travel Convention. JNTO, JATA, ANA, Prince Hotels & Resorts to host Travel Convention 2019.

 

Theatre & Music

Fabula Collective - Ley Line

8 October 2019

Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

“Four striking works align, taking the audience on an exploration of reflection, purification, self and identity. Together we navigate an energetic path that illuminates the significance of our connection as human beings through unspoken word.”...

Art & Design

The Japanese Textiles and Craft Festival

9 – 13 October 2019

Craft Central, London

Exhibition of handmade textiles and craft items made by artists in Japan and elsewhere inspired by a modern approach to traditional Japanese crafts.

Art & Design

Kimonos: a portrait of a Japanese family

9 - 31 October 2019

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Presented within the Mackintosh Suite of the House for an Art Lover visitor attraction the exhibition places the kimonos (some 20-30) into the context of the Japanese influence on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald.

Art & Design

Japanese Woodblock Printmaking

9 October - 27 November 2019

The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, London

Learn to make Japanese woodblock prints, first in black and white, then in colour. This course includes extensive introduction to the materials and methods used in this form of printmaking.

Film

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Our Little Sister (海街diary)

10 October 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Three sisters, Sachi, Yoshino and Chika, living in the city of Kamakura, hear of the death of their father, who disappeared from their lives fifteen years ago. At the funeral they meet a half-sister, Suzu, for the first time...

Art & Design

Children’s Picture Books in Early Modern Japan: Talk by Dr Laura Moretti

10 October 2019

Japan House London

Learn about the history of children’s picture books in Japan in this special talk by Japanese early modern literature expert Dr Laura Moretti (University of Cambridge)....

Academia & Science

The international conference, ‘Okinawan Art in its Regional Context: Historical Overview and Contemporary Practice’

10 & 11 October 2019

University of East Anglia, Norwich

The international conference, ‘Okinawan Art in its Regional Context: Historical Overview and Contemporary Practice’, to be held at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK.

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Author Talk with Kanako Nishi

11 October 2019

Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

Since her debut in 2004 with a collection of short stories Blue (Aoi), Kanako Nishi’s star has risen rapidly in the Japanese literary world. Born in Tehran, and raised in Cairo and Osaka, Nishi has been praised by critics for her unorthodox style and the use of language in her books, which are often written using the distinctive Kansai dialect...

Film

Scotland Loves Anime 2019

11 - 20 October 2019

Vairous in Scotland

Scotland Loves Anime is returning for its 10th anniversary this October...

Theatre & Music

Kamishibai Storytelling: Performance by A Thousand Cranes

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

Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi)
Cross-disciplinary project between Yamaguchi and Scotland

12 October - 4 November 2019

Akiyoshi-dai Museum of Natural History, Japan

Through the lens of Yamaguchi and Scotland, The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) considers new ways of imagining our relationship to the natural world.

Business

Robot Interactions: Experience Osaka with Orihime

13 October 2019

Japan House London

On Sunday 13 October, as Japan plays Scotland in the Rugby World Cup, join us to experience a glimpse of Osaka’s bustling nightlife.

Sports

Japan Sport Council London 10th Anniversary Symposium -’Relationships’ as the driving force, to the next decade in sport-

15 October 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

The Japan Sport Council London office was established in June 2009 and has been working closely with various organizations both in Japan and the UK...

Theatre & Music

Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming London Piano Recital 2019

16 October 2019

St James's Church, London

Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming returns to London for a special one off piano recital.

Business

FinTech: Investing in the Future?

16 October 2019

 UCL Chadwick Building, London

FinTech is changing traditional finance systems and creating a new model which has the potential to change individual behaviour and society at large,

Business

Digital Technologies and Global Innovation

17 October 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Innovation bringing global change can emerge from anywhere in the world. Recent innovations in digital technologies applied to new business models, such as FinTech and digital payment...

Art & Design

Third Thursday Lectures: Ukiyo-e Printmaking and the Arts and Crafts Movement

17 October 2019

Cathedral Hostry, Norwich 

Ukiyo-e prints have inspired many Western artists, and it is particularly well known that some Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists incorporated the motifs and compositional devices of ukiyo-e prints into their paintings....

Theatre & Music

Geiko and Maiko Guest Appearances at Japan House

18 October 2019

Japan House London

Meet Geiko and Maiko from Miyagawa-chō, one of the five famous geisha districts or kagai (lit. ‘flower town’) of Kyoto, at Japan House London.

Theatre & Music

Shinya Fukumori & Andrew McCormack duo – Concert presented by Yokohama Calling

18 October 2019

Lauderdale House, London

Join us for this very special debut concert by two exceptional composers in a cross-cultural collaboration.

Art & Design

Textile installation by artist Seiko Kinoshita

18 October - 3 November 2019

Strutts North Mill Museum & Visitor Centre, Belper

Artist Seiko Kinoshita is creating an illuminated lantern walk through the historic Clusters housing in Belper, alongside a contemporary textile installation which will be in the fascinating basement of the North Mill – we can’t wait for this!

Theatre & Music

‘SERENADE’ with the ‘AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble’

19 October 2019

Holy Trinity Church, London

Classic Music concert by the AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble of 9 Japanese Musicians playing Dvorak and Suk Serenade for Strings...

Business

Tosa Nakama Sake Fair

19 and 20 October 2019

Japan House London

On 19 and 20 October Japan House presents the Tosa Nakama Sake Fair – two days of sake tastings bringing together four breweries from Japan’s rural prefecture of Kochi, on Shikoku island. Shikoku is renowned for its natural beauty, clear water and fresh air – ideal conditions for making top quality sake......

Academia & Science

Japanese Education Workshop - Sharing Teaching Ideas for Creative Japanese Language Activities in Classrooms

19 & 26 October 2019

The Japan Foundation, London,

The aim of this workshop is to increase the repertoire of teaching activities for teachers by using artwork and picture books in order to cultivate art appreciation, power of observation, thinking ability, language ability and creativity....

Film

Screening of Singing Lovebirds (1939)

20 October 2019

BFI Southbank, London

The Japan Foundation is delighted to partner with the BFI in presenting Singing Lovebirds as part of the Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen season....

Theatre & Music

CONVERGENCE – Shinya Fukumori, BJ Cole, Iain Ballamy, Chris Montague – Concert presented by Yokohama Calling

20 October 2019

The Cockpit, London

For one performance only, four exceptional musicians come together for a unique musical collaboration.

Theatre & Music

Gagaku: Concert-Lecture by Tenri University Gagaku Music Society

24 & 25 October 2019

Japan House London

These two concert-lectures present an immersive introduction to the courtly music tradition of gagaku by the distinguished Tenri University Gagaku Music Society based in Japan’s Nara prefecture.....

Sports

The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival

24 - 27 October 2019

Battersea Park, London

JNTO is exhibiting at The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival, which is the UK's only winter sports event.

Art & Design

Beyond Vagueness Aesthetics of Japan: A group exhibition of unique and creative Japanese artists, curated by Artrates

24 - 29 October 2019

Sway Gallery, London

The Japanese are sometimes said to be vague. Communicating subtleties of mood is customary among Japanese people, and you can observe its characteristics in Japanese usage, conversations, literature and art...

Art & Design

Nara Ittobori: Wood-carving demonstration by Araki Yoshindo

25 & 26 October 2019

Japan House London

Also known as Nara dolls, Nara ittobori (lit. ‘one blade carvings’) are hand-carved wooden figurines chiselled from hinoki (Japanese cypress), katsura (Japanese Judas tree) or camphor trees....

Theatre & Music

An Introduction to Gagaku: Workshop with Tenri University Gagaku Music Society

26 October 2019

Japan House London

Following concert-lectures on 24 and 25 October, these workshops by Tenri University Gagaku Music Society present a rare opportunity for Japan House guests to gain a first-hand experience of the distinguished courtly music tradition of Gagaku......

Theatre & Music

Megumi Fujita Piano Recital, Complete 24 Etudes by Frédéric Chopin

27 October 2019

St John’s Smith Square, London

Leading pianist of her generation, Megumi Fujita has forged a varied and solid career spanning four decades. She has toured internationally and recorded extensively both as a soloist and a chamber musician being a member of the critically acclaimed Fujita Piano Trio.

Art & Design

The Big Draw Japan 2019

27 October 2019

Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, 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.

Academia & Science

Skilled Migration: Solving Japan’s demographic crisis?

28 October 2019

St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford

In the past decade, skilled migration policies in Japan have undergone some major transformations through the points-based system and the regional migration scheme....

Academia & Science

The Challenge of Migration in the UK and Japan

29 October 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Migration is one of the most pressing global issues of the 21st century. In the UK, the possibility of a no-deal Brexit in October this year might mark the end of free movement for EU citizens....

Academia & Science

Japan Room Lecture: Nazani Tea Time from Ancient Greece to Mugicha

29 October 2019

The Freemasons’ Hall, London

For all tea lovers, Nazani Tea will host an evening bridging the tea and infusion traditions of the East and West. Though Nazani Tea has a wide award-winning range of infusions...

Business

The twinning of the two World Heritage Sites Conwy Castle and Himeji Castle

October 2019

Himeji Castle, Japan

Following the successful signing of the Memorandum of understanding between the Mayor of Himeji Mr Iwami and the Mayor of Conwy Cllr Samantha Cotton, The formal signing of the twinning between the two castles is due to take place in October 2019.

 

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

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

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......

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....

Film

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

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....

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.

Art & Design

Shrines

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....

Sports

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).

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.

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! 

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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