Art & Design

SLG Skills: An Introduction to Japanese Woodcut Printing

8 January - 12 February 2020

South London Gallery Fire Station, London

Learn how to design, carve and print multi-coloured woodblock prints in this six-week course with Carol Wilhide at the South London Gallery. Take home your own edition of beautiful handmade prints.

Academia & Science

Introduction to Data and Resources Available at Statistics Bureau Japan

9 January 2020

Nuffield College, Oxford

The symposium aims to showcase data collected and made available to researchers by the Japanese Statistical Bureau.


Joint Lunch with Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

14 January 2020

The guest of honour at the Japan Society and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK’s first joint lunch of 2020 will be Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Dame Carolyn.

Art & Design

Workshop: Making Kairo Pocket Warmers with Aomori Hiba Wood

14, 15, 22, 23 January 2020

Japan House, London

Make your own re-usable kairo pocket heat warmer with aromatic and calming Aomori Hiba wood powder.

Academia & Science

Japanese Online Course for Teachers

15 January – 10 April 2020

A unique opportunity for teachers to learn the Japanese language and about Japanese culture!
Why don’t you teach your pupils Japanese language & culture at your school? We think your pupils will love it!

Art & Design

The Meaning of Tattoos for Ainu Women

16 January 2020

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The Ainu (“human” or “people”) are an indigenous people in Japan native to the regions of Hokkaidō, Northern Tōhoku, and Karafuto, among others. As part of their ancestral tradition....

Academia & Science

Third Thursday Lectures: Mount Fuji: Changing Landscapes in Japanese History

16 January 2020

Cathedral Hostry, Norwich

Fujisan, or Mt. Fuji, is a freestanding volcano and the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776m. Well known as Japan’s national icon, it has been of cultural significance throughout Japanese history and was inscribed as UNESCO Cultural World Heritage in 2013....

Art & Design

Special Display: Contemporary Ainu Art by Kohei Fujito

16 January - 14 February 2020

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

he Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce several works by the Ainu artist Kohei Fujito, which are on display in the Foundation’s Regency Room. ....

Art & Design

UPOPOY: Ainu Musical Culture & Crafts

16 January - 15 February 2020

Japan House London

The event series celebrates the opening of Upopoy, Japan’s first national museum featuring the history and culture of the Ainu.

Art & Design

Talk: Ainu Art in Contemporary Life

17 January 2020

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The Ainu are an indigenous people native to the Hokkaido region in Japan that have developed their original identity, culture, and language since the 12th century....


Kubota Sake Tasting

18 January 2020

On Saturday 18 January The Shop at Japan House London hosts a free Kubota sake tasting session presented by Tazaki Foods and Asahi Shuzo. Attended by the representatives from Asahi Shuzo,..

Art & Design

The Japan Foundation Touring Exhibition:The Superlative Artistry of Japan

18 January 2020 - 19 April 2020

Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford

This exhibition captures Japan’s creative culture and monozukuri spirit through the theme of “superlative artistry,” which refers to the exceptional methods and techniques used.

Academia & Science

Burakumin and Human Rights – with Ian Neary

20 January 2020

The Swedenborg Society London

The presentation will trace the development of Buraku communities and policies towards them from the mid-nineteenth to the early twenty-first century....

Art & Design

Wagashi Workshop with an-an

22 January 2020

Toconoco, Unit A, London

Wagashi (和菓子) is a type of traditional Japanese confectionary, often served with green tea. It is typically made using plant-based ingredients like mochi (glutinous rice), red or white bean paste and fruit, making it mostly vegan friendly....

Academia & Science

Book launch: The Poetry Contest in Six Hundred Rounds

23 January 2020

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

For the monumental Poetry Contest in Six Hundred Rounds (Roppyakuban uta’awase) (1193-94), twelve poets each provided one hundred waka poems, fifty on seasonal topics and fifty on love...

Academia & Science

The University as a Platform for Social Change – Prof. Makoto Gonokami, President, University of Tokyo

24 January 2020

Nomura International plc, London

We are delighted to welcome Professor Gonokami, President of the University of Tokyo to speak to the Japan Society during a brief visit to London.....

Theatre & Music

Tsunagu Connect: Uncovering the Lives of Japanese Women in the UK since 1945

26 January 2020

Museum of London, London

Join us as we launch a new intergenerational project to capture the history and legacy of Japanese women in Britain. ....


Every Day A Good Day Screening - Preview Event for JFTFP20

27 January 2020

Soho Hotel, London

As a preview for the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020, the Japan Foundation is delighted to present a special screening of the film Every Day A Good Day (2018), directed by OMORI Tatsushi......

Theatre & Music

The Between the Stones Project
Phase 3: the 2020 performance tour

28 - 31 January 2020

British Library, Southbank Centre, Japan House, London

The 2020 Takasago & Between the Stones tour will involve 18 collaborating artists from Japan, the USA and the UK.

Art & Design

Japanese Woodblock Printmaking

29 January - 18 March 2020

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.


Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020

31 January - 29 March 2020


The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for its 17th edition under the concept of ‘happiness’.Happiness, though universal in its importance, is felt so subjectively by humankind that the definition of the concept is still very elusive.......


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

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

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).

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

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.


Screening of Singing Lovebirds (1939)

19 October 2019 - 7 January 2020

Various in the UK

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....

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Talking about Japanese Food

1 November 2019 - 31 March 2020

Japan House London

What do we talk about when we talk about Japanese food? 
Starting 1 November 2019 Japan House London presents a new library book display focusing on Japanese food, curated by Haba Yoshitaka...

Art & Design

Cosmogenesis by Hiroe Saeki

7 November 2019 - 31 January 2020

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to host Hiroe Saeki’s first UK solo show. Hiroe Saeki’s work inhabits a liminal zone on the edges of the perceivable:....

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Christmas at Chatsworth

9 November 2019 – 5 January 2020 (closed on 24, 25, 26 December 2019 and 1 January 2020)

Chatsworth, Derbyshire 

Discover lands afar at Chatsworth this Christmas, following in the footsteps of explorers Phileas Fogg and Amelia Earhart. Our guides will lead you on a festive adventure around the globe as you travel from a Nordic winter wonderland, through blossom trees in Japan....

Art & Design

Nobuko Tsuchiya: 30 Ways to Get to the Moon

9 November 2019 - 1 March 2020

MOSTYN, Llandudno, Wales

From 9 November 2019 to 1 March 2020 MOSTYN is hosting a major exhibition of the work of the internationally acclaimed Japanese artist, Nobuko Tsuchiya. This new body of work is showing for the first time in Wales....

Art & Design


20 November 2019 - 10 January 2020

Embassy of Japan, London

THE NEW LOOK OF TEA reflects on and re-examines the culture of tea in Japan, known as sadō, culminating in the suggestion of a new, modern way of enjoying Japanese tea.

Art & Design

WOW: City Lights and Woodland Shade

21 November 2019- 22 March 2020

Japan House London

Explore the contrasting worlds of Japan’s urban future and rural traditions in WOW’s new digital art installation at Japan House London, WOW: City Lights and Woodland Shade....


Rugby and the Olympics Special Exhibition

29 November 2019 - 31 August 2020

World Rugby Museum, Twickenham

The unique exhibition showcases the leading role that Rugby Union has played in the birth of the modern Olympic movement. ....

Academia & Science

Nihongo Cup 2020

Deadline to apply: 20 March 2020, Finals: 27 June 2020

Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford

Nihongo Cup is the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School students across three categories: Key Stage 3, Pre-GCSE Key Stage 4/5, and Post GCSE Key Stage 4 and 5.


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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