Due to the ongoing concerns surrounding Covid-19, many events are being cancelled at short notice. As such, the information presented here is not the most up to date. Please contact the organisers of events directly to confirm if the event is planned to go ahead as scheduled.

 

MARCH 2020


Art & Design

Saori Freestyle Weaving Workshops

1 & 2 March 2020

Craft Central at The Forge, London

The Japan Society is delighted to present Saori freestyle weaving workshops, led by Erna Janine. During this special workshop, you will be introduced to the intuitive art of Saori weaving....

Academia & Science

Japanese After-school Clubs at Chiddingstone Castle

2 - 4 March 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).

Film

Film Screening: Alliance by Kounosuke Kawakami

3 March 2020

13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London

Protagonists in Kounosuke Kawakami’s film work explore the tensions around ideas of counter-hegemony. ...

Academia & Science

Crisis thinking in regional Japan – the case study of Kamaishi City

4 March 2020

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

In the 1960s and 70s, Kamaishi was as a thriving city with a population of around 80,000 people—home to the Kamaishi Steel Works, deep-sea fishing operations, and Japan’s strongest rugby team.....

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Japan Cultural Workshop

5 March 2020

4 The Square, University of Glasgow

The participants can experience many aspects of Japanese culture in the event; such as Shodo (Japanese calligraphy), Origami and Kimono. ...

Academia & Science

Lecture by Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan

5 March 2020

Nomura International plc, London

We are delighted to welcome the British Ambassador to Japan, HE Mr Paul Madden, to address the Japan Society at the end of his third year in post. In this lecture, Paul Madden will share his views on the political, diplomatic and business situation in Japan from his unique perspective as the UK’s representative in Tokyo....

Academia & Science

Chīori: Talk by Alex Kerr

5 March 2020

Japan House London

Iya Valley, a secluded mountainous region in Tokushima Prefecture is often referred to as Togenkyō (lit. utopia) thanks to its dramatic landscapes and lush nature, which boasts precipitous gorges and hundreds of old thatched houses perched on its hillsides......

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Japan Study Tour Reunion Event

6 March 2020

Japan House London, London

Japan Local Government Centre (JLGC) will host a seminar and a networking reception for former participants of the Japan Study Tour, including a feedback session of the tour this year.

Art & Design

MADE IN JAPAN Tableware – Japanese ceramics for everyday use – pop up at Sway Gallery London

6 - 28 March 2020

Sway Gallery London, London

After their first successful pop up in London, in July 2019, Made in Japan is back with even more beautiful and affordable ceramics, seldom seen outside of Japan.

Sports

Nanairo Ekiden Stirling 2020

8 March 2020

University of Stirling Sports Centre, Stirling

This event celebrates the Olympic and Paralympic values through sport. We offer you a team relay race and fun sporting activities, whilst bringing together Scottish and Japanese Culture ahead of Tokyo 2020.

Academia & Science

History Lecture: The Secrets of Japanese Mathematics

10 March 2020

Science Museum, London

Sudoku and origami are the most well-known contemporary math games associated with Japanese intellectual tradition. But were they really Japanese inventions?

Art & Design

Surrealism and Cubomania: A Franco-Japanese Conference on Gherasim Luca

10 March 2020

Alliance française de Glasgow, Glasgow

A one day conference on French and Japanese Surrealism including a welcoming address from the organiser, Dr Ramona Fotiade (specialist of French Surrealist film and photography), ...

Theatre & Music

Baaba’s Footsteps

10 - 15 March 2020

The Vaults, London

BAABA’S FOOTSTEPS is a new play by Susan Momoko Hingley, premiering at the VAULT Festival, proudly supported by the Arts Council England.

Theatre & Music

The Green Chorus Spring Concert

11 March 2020

The Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West, London

Join us for beautiful European and Japanese choral music at this historic church in Central London at lunchtime.

Film

The Great East Japan Earthquake Memorial Event ~What is to make a living? ~

11 March 2020

Gilmorehill Halls Cinema, University of Glasgow

We will show a film, “LIFE – The untold story of Fukushima Evacuation Zone”, which tells us about one family who suffered in the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. ...

Sports

Woman and Sport in Japan

CANCELLED

11 March 2020

The Magic Circle, London

This is the fourth event in our Sport Symposia Series organised together with SOAS' Japan Research Council. This event will focus on the theme of Women and Sport in Japan.....

Academia & Science

History Lecture: The Lady Samurai

12 March 2020

British Library, London

Who were the “Lady Samurai”? You might imagine the Lady Samurai to be women in armour or women fighting with swords. It is true that women warriors show up in fiction. We will first go over the characters in popular culture and...

Academia & Science

JLGC Seminar 2020: Social Care in the UK and Japan – Perspectives on Dementia and Support –

12 March 2020

 Greater London Authority, London

Japan Local Government Centre (JLGC) will host a seminar in collaboration with London Borough of Southwark, focusing on social welfare which is currently of great interest in both Japan and the UK,...

Art & Design

Artist Talk: Hochoul Lee in conversation with Jonathan Watkins

12 March 2020

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Lee’s recent works have focussed on the meaning of human cognitive functions, and his works are greatly influenced by philosophy...

Business

National Geographic Traveller: Travel Geeks at Japan House London

12 March 2020

Japan House London

On 12 March 2020 Japan House London is collaborating with National Geographic Traveller on a special event to introduce audience members to ‘natural Japan’ – the lesser-known treasures of the country’s rural regions....

Art & Design

Japanese Textiles and Craft Festival

12 – 15 March 2020

Craft Central at The Forge, London

Textile exhibition, craft demonstration, workshops, Japanese micro bakery ...

Theatre & Music

Missing People

12 – 21 March 2020

Leeds Playhouse, Leeds

A thrilling, bilingual show and first co-production between Leeds Playhouse and Kani Public Arts Center in Japan, performed in Japanese and English with surtitles.

Sports

Exhibition: Paralympics to the Future

POSTPONEND

12 March - End of April 2020

Embassy of Japan, London

The London 2012 Paralympic Games was a major triumph, with tickets sold out in many venues, resulting in the largest number of people ever attending Paralympic Games. ...

Academia & Science

MEXT scholarship predeparture orientation and reception 2020

13 March 2020

Embassy of Japan, London

Presentations by outgoing scholars and a reception with alumni and invited guests.

Theatre & Music

Kodo: Legacy

13, 14, 15 March 2020

London & Liverpool

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.

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Discover Japan

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, ...

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Sakura Festival in Leeds Vol.4

14 March 2020

Left Bank Leeds, Leeds

When we ask this question, many people say Sushi, Manga, Anime ..... We would like British people and people from other countries to know Japanese culture has other charms than those well-known images. Moreover, Japanese local culture is also fascinating....

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Japanese Art Festival

14 March 2020

Swiss Church, London

This event is to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the Great East Japan earthquake. ...

Theatre & Music

Geisha

14 March - 16 May 2020

Various

Northern Ballet’s new production for 2020 is Geisha, a ballet by Kenneth Tindall with music by Alexandra Harwood.For geisha, beauty and honour is everything.Two young women, bound by vows of friendship, find themselves in the midst of a collision between East and West....

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University of Sheffield Japan Day of Culture

15 March 2020

The Octagon Centre, Sheffield

Japan Day is an entire day dedicated to celebrating Japanese culture, as well as cherishing our wonderful Japanese exchange students.

Theatre & Music

Reiko Fujisawa with the Carducci String Quartet

15 March 2020

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

Acclaimed pianist Reiko Fujisawa and the award-winning Carducci Quartet join forces in a wide ranging programme featuring two works of huge emotional power.

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Japanese Story & Craft Time: A Discover Sundays Activity

CANCELLED

15 March 2020

Millennium Library, Norwich

Students majoring in Japanese language at the University of East Anglia will read Japanese children’s stories (traditional and modern), translated into English by themselves. ...

Academia & Science

No Laughing Matter. Matayoshi Naoki’s Success as a Comedian and Novelist – with Till Weingärtner

CANCELLED

16 March 2020

The Swedenborg Society,, London

For several years, Japanese stand-up comedians have also found success on the domestic book market. Benefiting from their popularity and constant presence in the media, publications by comedian-authors often turn into media sensations. ...

Academia & Science

Talk & Panel Discussion: Japan’s Role in Building Global Peace, Stability and Prosperity

CANCELLED

16 March 2020

Japan House London

In 2019, Japan lost one of its leading champions for international cooperation and humanitarian aid: the academic and diplomat Ogata Sadako. ......

Art & Design

Toward the Sunrise

16 March – 2 May 2020

Grierson Galleries, Kent

The literal meaning of the word ‘east’ is incredibly romantic and descends from the old English, ēast, (auest) which itself comes from the Germanic ‘austra’: "East, toward the sunrise," ...

Academia & Science

A CONVERSATION WITH MORGAN GILES

POSTPONEND until 31 March

17 March 2020

The University of Glasgow

On Tuesday 17th March, the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing department will be welcoming Morgan Giles to talk about her career as a Japanese literary translator. ...

Film

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Rashomon 羅生門

CANCELLED

18 March 2020

Embassy of Japan, London

The film is set in the Heian Period, when Kyoto was the capital city of Japan. Three men are taking shelter from the rain under the Rashomon, one of the entrance gates to Kyoto. Two of them, a priest and a woodcutter.......

Academia & Science

A Real Fukushima – describing the nine-year journey

19 March 2020

4 The Square, University of Glasgow

We will provide true information about the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 from a scientific perspective. ...

Art & Design

Third Thursday Lectures: Kôgei [Craft] in Japan today, a personal perspective

CANCELLED

19 Mar 2020

Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Norwich

Art crafts or kôgei are thriving in modern Japan, building on a long and vibrant history of localised craft production. The dynamism and technical prowess of Japanese artists who work in a wide variety of craft media can be traced to many factors but in no small part have been sustained by formalised systems of patronage....

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Bunkasai at UEA - Japanese Cultural Festival

CANCELLED

19 March 2020

University of East Anglia, Norwich

“Bunkasai at UEA” is a Japanese cultural festival at the University of East Anglia where you can share your passion for Japan! ...

Sports

Democratizing Parasports: Talk on Prosthetic Running Blades by Xiborg CEO Endo Ken

CANCELLED

20 March 2020

Japan House London

Following the success of the London Paralympic Games, great excitement and anticipation surrounds the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan....

Theatre & Music

Shiki - music celebrating the four seasons of Japan

21 March 2020

The Galtres Centre, Easingwold

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

Manga Workshop Masterclass with Shango Part of The Superlative Artistry of Japan touring exhibition

CANCELLED

21 Mar 2020

Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Salford

Shangomola Edunjobi is an award winning British Manga artist living in London. As part of our celebration of Japanese arts with The Superlative Artistry of Japan exhibition....

Sports

Coventry Torch Relay – Lighting the Flame of Friendship

POSTPONEND

26 March – 3 July 2020

Coventry

On Thursday, 26th March the Olympic Torch for the 2020 Games will begin its journey in Japan. On the same day, Coventry’s own Torch Relay will begin to make its journey between 54 Coventry schools from the Cathedral ruins. ...

Academia & Science

Soroban Workshop – Soroban and its benefits (*Online workshop)

CANCELLED

28 March 2020

Online

The Soroban is the Japanese abacus. It enables you to add, subtract, multiply and divide much faster and more confidently than you can with a paper and pencil - and with practice, as quickly as a calculator. ...

Theatre & Music

Cherry Blossom Concert – John Cage’s Ryoanji

POSTPONEND

29 March 2020

Outside Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Raked gravel, a gurgling stream and an elegant stone arch framed by delicate cherry trees in the heart of Birmingham – it’s Brindleyplace’s Cherry Blossom Garden, a place for reflection and contemplation. ...

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

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. ....

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 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.......

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. ...

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 to lavish commercial publications: this display highlights the creativity and skill of artist, designer and publisher ...

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, ...

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.

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...

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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