MAY 2020

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Koinobori Workshop, Chiddingstone Castle

3 May 2020

Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge

Join in with a Japanese Children’s Day holiday tradition – making colourful koi carp flags, or koinobori. ...


Wheelchair Basketball Challenge 2020


4 May 2020

SportsDock, London

The “Wheelchair Basketball Challenge 2020 Tournament” , the fourth such annual competition, is a half-day event where teams of 6-8 players (friends, colleagues, sportsmen, or sportswomen) will learn to play basketball on wheelchair ...

Academia & Science

Samurai: History and Legend


4 May - 26 September 2020

Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge

Samurai are one of the most famous images of Japan, but they are as much legend as history. The great warriors of Japan’s medieval period gave way to an early modern warrior class that ruled in a long time of relative peace, ...

Theatre & Music


9 May 2020

Town Hall, Birmingham

“His performance had the power of a healing service. It was truly divine”. That’s how the American piano legend Van Cliburn described Nobuyuki Tsujii, and you can’t have missed the buzz around this wonderful Japanese pianist, ...

Theatre & Music

Nobuyuki Tsujii piano

10 May 2020

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

‘His performance had the power of a healing service. It was truly divine’. That’s how the American piano legend Van Cliburn described Nobuyuki Tsujii – and every time he plays with the Orchestra, he brings the house down. But this is Nobu’s first ever solo recital in Liverpool, ....

Theatre & Music

Nobu plays Rachmaninov

14 May 2020

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Liverpool knows and loves Nobuyuki Tsujii – the Japanese pianist, whose artistry and charisma leaves audiences cheering and critics lost for words.

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16 - 23 May 2020

Various venues throughout Derry Londonderry, Northern Ireland

A festival of Japanese arts and culture in Derry Londonderry, N Ireland! From 16th-23rd May 2020, we bring Obon to our own city with a week of events and workshops including Taiko, Manga, Anime, Haiku, Bon Odori, food workshops, kimono making and tea ceremonies....

Art & Design

Patterns of Fashion

19 May 2020

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London

Anna Jackson is the Keeper of the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the curator of Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk (V&A, 29 February – 21 June 2020)...

Academia & Science

Engelbert Kaempfer: Observer and Collector in 17th-century Japan

26 May 2020

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London

A Lunchtime Curator Talk.
Kaempfer, a German physician, traveller and naturalist, spent two years in Japan 1690-1692....

Academia & Science

Pico Iyer on Japan

26 May 2020

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London

Born in England and based in western Japan for thirty-two years, author and journalist Pico Iyer talks about the changes, the changelessness and the paradoxes of his adopted home, as reflected in his recent works Autumn Light


ONLINE EVENT - Bilingual Public Speaking Club

27 May 2020

EY, 1 More London Place, London SE1 2AF

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, this event will take place online. Places are limited and priority is given to regular attendees at the monthly meetings. If you are interested in joining, please email

Theatre & Music

Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra concert performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, featuring Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura

28, 30 May 2020

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

"Japanese company, Brother International, have been sponsors of the Hallé for many years and in 2019 we are celebrating 30 years of consecutive sponsorship –..."

Art & Design

Monogatari: the art of storytelling in Japanese woodblock prints


29 May – 4 October 2020

Oriental Museum, Durham University, Durham

A partnership with the National Museum of Japanese History, this exhibition will display parts of the J P Scott Collection of Japanese woodblock prints for the first time. ...

Theatre & Music

Reiko Fujisawa presents Beethoven – pianist, prophet and dreamer

30 May 2020

Holywell Music Room, Oxford

In an evening of words and music, acclaimed pianist Reiko Fujisawa and Crawford Logan (narrator) explore Beethoven’s extraordinary contribution to musical development and his unmatched legacy ...

Academia & Science

Information day on education and Research in Japan 2020

May 2020

Embassy of Japan, London

Targeted at university staff, it aims to provide information about programmes i teaching, studying and researching in Japan as well as network with relevent organisations.

Theatre & Music

The Great Race!

May - September 2020

Small theatres and studios throughout the UK

The performance tells the story of how, long ago, The Jade Emperor organized twelve creatures to run a race in order to help him construct his zodiac calendar.

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....


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

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 ...

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...

Theatre & Music


14 March - 16 May 2020


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....

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," ...


Coventry Torch Relay – Lighting the Flame of Friendship

26 March – 3 July 2020


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. ...

Art & Design

Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan

16 April - 28 June 2020

Japan House London

Running from 16 April until 28 June 2020, Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan presents a multidisciplinary exhibition combining the architecture of windows, photography, manga, craft and technology....

Art & Design

Japanese ink painting course – landscape of the four seasons

24 April, 1, 8, 15 May 2020

Burgh House, London

Learn to paint Japanese ink and water-colour landscapes following the fours seasons, known as the painting of 'mountains and water'. This mixed-level course will take you step by step into the appreciation of the landscape as a place in one's heart.....


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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