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Awaken your zen… Retreat Day

1 February 2020

Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge

Welcome the New Year with a retreat day in the Castle and grounds, inspired by Japanese Zen Buddhism. ...

Theatre & Music

Lunchtime Recital: “Japan in the West, the West in Japan”

3 February 2020

University of Southampton

A Japanese-themed lunchtime recital performed by the Japanese pianist and musicologist Ikuko Inoguchi. 

Theatre & Music

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

6 February 2020


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


Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese

12 February 2020

SOAS University of London, London

The Sir Peter Parker Awards for this Contest are widely recognised as having made a significant contribution to the recent growth in the use of Japanese in business, as well as having benefited participants in their professional careers.

Academia & Science

Japan Foundation/BAJS Postgraduate Japanese Studies Workshop

13 February 2020

SOAS, University of London

The Japan Foundation/BAJS Postgraduate Japanese Studies Workshop is returning for its 8th year and will be held at SOAS, University of London...

Theatre & Music

Kodo: Legacy

13, 14, 16 February; 13, 14, 15 March 2020


Japan’s legendary Kodo drummers return to their roots with Legacy, a physically stunning and musically sensational show which puts their huge drums centre stage and reworks their treasure trove of signature pieces created across almost 40 years of international touring.



15 February 2020

The Cinema Museum, London

2020 will be a great year for SOUTH SOCIAL FILM FESTIVAL. We celebrate our 5th year running, covering so many exciting countries. We are a truly PEOPLE POWERED FESTIVAL!.....

Theatre & Music

Handel’s Messiah

23 February 2020

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

A very special performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Handel Festical Choir. 

Theatre & Music

NHK Symphony Orchestra & Paavo Järvi

24 February 2020

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Indulge yourself with Rachmaninov’s lush, lyrical symphony, and Schumann’s Concerto for Cello.

Academia & Science

The 15th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students

29 February 2020

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

This contest gives students the chance to make their voices heard in Japanese, and win some fantastic prizes! Finalists will all perform their speeches on Saturday 29th February 2020 in the Great Hall, King’s College London.

Theatre & Music

Shiki - music celebrating the four seasons of Japan

29 February 2020

The Milton Rooms, North Yorkshire

In evening of music from, and inspired by, Japan, Kaminari UK Taiko Drummers will showcase a range of musical pieces, both traditional and self-composed. ....

Art & Design

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

29 February – 21 June 2020

V&A, London

This exhibition will reveal the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of kimono from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and in the rest of the world. Rare 17th and 18th century kimono...


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

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.

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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

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

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. ....

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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