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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. ...

Academia & Science

Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro – an international conference

1 February 2020

Chancellor's Hall, City Campus, Wolverhampton

The early twenty-first-century presents us with a host of pressing contexts and challenges, from concerns about climate change and technological innovation to diversity issues and shifts in geopolitical power....

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. 

Art & Design

MANGA JIMAN: THE WINNERS’ EXHIBITION

3 – 25 February 2020

Embassy of Japan, London

The Manga Jiman competition has run yearly since 2007, seeking to encourage and provide a platform for manga creating talent in the UK. ...

Art & Design

The Tale of Genji – KIRIE art exhibition by Hobo Komiyama

3 – 28 February 2020

Sway Gallery London

Hobo Komiyama was born in 1946 in Tokyo, Japan. While studying at Musashino Art University, Hobo became a researcher for a theatre company. ...

Business

Global Sanctions – Meeting the Challenge

4 February 2020

Mishcon de Reya LLP, Africa House, London

Japan Society corporate members are only too aware of the potential consequences of failing to keep up with the proliferation of global sanctions regimes....

Theatre & Music

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

6 February 2020

Coventry

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

Art & Design

Buddhism and Japan – Private View

6 February 2020

British Library, London

The British Library ‘Buddhism’ exhibition explores the outstanding history of this religion through colourful manuscripts, sacred objects and precious artworks, from its beginnings in 6th-century BCE India to having over 500 million international followers today....

Theatre & Music

I Bloom: Concert by Mieko Shimizu with Special Guest Kitamura Keiko

7 February 2020

Japan House London

London based artist Mieko Shimizu is known for her experimental sounds where ambient electronic sonorities are juxtaposed to classical elements such as the Japanese koto, a long board zither with thirteen silk strings which developed in China and came to Japan in the 7th–8th century...

Academia & Science

Japanese After-school Clubs at Chiddingstone Castle

10, 11 February 2020

Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge

As part of our Year of Japan we are running a series of free Japanese after-school clubs for children (recommended age 8 - 11).

Business

UK-Japan Cybersecurity Collaboration – Shinichi Yokohama, CISO, NTT

11 February 2020

JETRO, London

In an increasingly inter-connected and digitized world, concerns about cybersecurity are more and more part of all our lives. For companies, the issues are business critical from a functional as well as reputational perspective and the consequences of failures in data protection or implementation of new technologies are far reaching.....

Academia & Science

Whose right to life? The ethics of suicide prevention in the UK and Japan

11 February 2020

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Following a rapid increase in suicides in Japan during the 1990s, annual suicide numbers have since declined from over 30,000 to just above 20,000 in recent years with the enforcement of the Basic Act of Suicide Prevention in 2006......

Business

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...

Art & Design

Shoko Taruma - Stream

13 February - 1 March 2020

The Muse Gallery, London

The work is deep black, transformed by light irradiation. Analogous forms that mirror the ever-changing flow of history, through curved surfaces of black Japanese lacquer. ...

Theatre & Music

Kodo: Legacy

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

Various

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.

Theatre & Music

An Evening of Ainu Song: Performance by Toyokawa Yoko

14 & 15 February 2020

Japan House London

As part of a series of events celebrating Ainu culture in contemporary Japan, join singer Toyokawa Yoko for two special live concerts in which she weaves together Ainu musical folk traditions from various genres with her own original songs.

Art & Design

Fragments of Information by Hochoul Lee

14 February – 25 March 2020

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the works of the artist Hochoul Lee to the UK public...

Art & Design

Exquisite Patterns: Japanese Textile Design

14 February – 17 May 2020

Second Floor Gallery, The British Library, London

Practical designs produced by kimono merchants for lavish commercial publications: this display highlights the creativity and skill of artist, designer and publisher ...

Film

Afternoon Tea and Film Screening with Director Naoko Nobutomo

15 February 2020

Cinnamon Bazaar and Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)


The Japan Society is pleased to offer a small group of members the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea and a chat with director Naoko Nobutomo, before the Japan Foundation screening and Q&A of her documentary I Go Gaga, My Dear (2018)......

Film

ONE NIGHT ONE COUNTRY: JAPAN

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!.....

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Japanese Tea Tasting in Oxford

16 February 2020

Britton Room at Trinity College, University of Oxford

Oxford University Tea Appreciation Society (OUTAS) and Oxford University Japan Society (OUJS) are going to host the event of Japanese tea tasting ...

Academia & Science

The Siberian Captivity of Japanese Soldiers and the Transnational History of War and Empire, 1945-1956 - with Sherzod Muminov

17 February 2020

The Swedenborg Society, London

The Siberian Internment of over 600,000 Japanese Army servicemen (1945-1956) – captured in the Japanese puppet-kingdom of Manchukuo and driven into Soviet camps by the victorious Red Army – has been almost unknown outside Japan....

Academia & Science

Fathoming Fragility and Seeking Stability: Understanding Prime Ministerial Leadership in the 21st Century

20 February 2020

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

This seminar explores the phenomenon that the prime minister is becoming stronger in Japan at the same time that the UK prime minister seems to be weakening.....

Art & Design

Third Thursday Lectures:Word Embodied: Entangled Icons in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Art

20 February 2020

Cathedral Hostry, Norwich

Dr O’Neal’s project on the Japanese jeweled pagoda mandalas reveals the entangled realms of relics, reliquaries, and Buddhist scripture engendered through intricate interactions of word and image. ...

Academia & Science

New A-Level Workshop! "Motto Yomu CHIKARA Workshop" Part 2 - Material Development

22 February 2020

Monticello House, London

Lecturers: Shoko Middleton, Michiyo Kato and Sachiko Yamaguch
Language of workshop: Japanese (parts of the workshop will be in English)....

Academia & Science

Japan Now

22 February 2020

British Library, London

With the eyes of the world on Tokyo 2020, Japan Now returns for its finale, exploring the big issues with writers, translators, filmmakers and artists. ...

Academia & Science

Love and Whisky - The story of Rita Cowan and Masataka Taketsuru

22 February - 14 March 2020

Auld Kirk Museum, Kirkintilloch

Learn all about local Kirkintilloch girl, Rita Cowan’s love and devotion, and discover how the couple bridged race and country to develop a strong tie between Kirkintilloch and Yoichi, Japan, ...

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.

Business

FinTech and Beyond – How to Use Financial Technologies in Global Business

24 February 2020

Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc, London

We are in an era where the evolution of business opportunities is increasingly data-led and where digitalization may change the regime of our monetary system. You are invited to join the Japan Society for this special seminar to explore the ways in which technology brings finance beyond the finance industry......

Academia & Science

JAPAN AND BRITAIN: ISLES OF INNOVATION

25 February 2020

Science Museum, London

Japan and Britain have enjoyed an intertwined relationship over the past two centuries. Leading experts from both countries come together to explore the past, present and future relations between these two powerful industrial countries. ...

Academia & Science

Society 5.0 - A new model for an ageing society? A Talk by Professor Harayama Yuko

25 February 2020

Japan House London

Society 5.0 is a new concept launched by Japan in its 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan (2016–2020), as a way by which to guide and mobilize action in science, technology and innovation (STI) to achieve a prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive future....

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Shōchū & Awamori: Spirits of Japan

27 February 2020

Japan House London

Japanese sake may have firmly established itself on the global drinks stage in recent years, but there is less international recognition for Japan’s other alcoholic beverages, including the country’s most popular domestic spirit shōchū....

Art & Design

Obata Taku

28 February - 6 April 2020

Japan House London

In a year which celebrates the potential of Japan’s capital city, Tokyo, Japan House London is delighted to display the new work of artist and break dancer Obata Taku from Friday 28 February to Monday 6 April 2020.

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

The creation of modern kimono – Kimono Magic Society pop up at Sway Gallery London

29 February - 4 March 2020

Sway Gallery London, London

Four modern, Japan-based, kimono brands (Modern Antenna, Rumi Rock, Shegemune Tamao, and Iroca) have joined together to form the Kimono Magic Society. ...

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...

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

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....

Sports

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

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

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.

Film

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020

31 January - 29 March 2020

Various

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.......

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.

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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