JUNE 2020

Theatre & Music


4 June 2020

1901 Arts Club, London

Some years ago, Hiroshima-based pianist Noritaka Ito commissioned three Japanese composers to write a piece related to Beethoven's well-known piano sonatas. ...

Academia & Science

Japanese Pilgrimages: Experiences and Motivations behind Cultural, Spiritual and Religious Peregrinations from and to East Asia

5 - 8 June 2020

Ryukoku University, Kyoto

Pilgrimages are a phenomenon as old as humanity with relevant consequences in the social, economic and cultural lives of countries and regions. On an individual level, there are many motivations behind the pilgrim experience....

Art & Design

Japan: Courts and Culture

12 June – 8 November 2020

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace,, London

The Royal Collection holds some of the most significant examples of Japanese art and design in the western world. For the first time, highlights from this outstanding collection are brought together in an exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery.

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Japanese Weekend

13 & 14 June 2020

RHS Garden Rosemoor, North Devon

A weekend celebrating everything Japanese, including an exhibition and demonstration of ikebana by the Ichiyo School of London, calligraphy, Koi carp, Taiko Drumming, an indoor Zen garden, ...

Academia & Science

Travel Books and Travelling Books: How the West Met the East in the History of the Book

19 June 2020

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London

Join experts from Keio University (Japan) and the British Library to learn about the early interaction between the book cultures and book collectors of Japan and Europe....

Theatre & Music

Noh Reimagined 2020: Spirits of Flowers

26 & 27 June 2020

Kings Place, London

Noh Reimagined: Spirits of Flowers explores how humans exist within – and as part of – the natural environment.

Academia & Science

Nihongo Cup 2020

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.

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

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...


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....

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, ...

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

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.


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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