London

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HYPER JAPAN FESTIVAL

November 2020

London

HYPER JAPAN is the largest and only comprehensive exhibition and sale show in the UK where visitors can experience all the attractions of Japanese culture, cuisine, products and services at the same time.

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HYPER JAPAN FESTIVAL

July 2020

London

HYPER JAPAN is the largest and only comprehensive exhibition and sale show in the UK where visitors can experience all the attractions of Japanese culture, cuisine, products and services at the same time.

Theatre & Music

Kodo: Legacy

13, 14 March 2020

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London

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.

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

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

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

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

Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese

12 February 2020

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.

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HYPER JAPAN FESTIVAL

November 2019

London

HYPER JAPAN is the largest and only comprehensive exhibition and sale show in the UK where visitors can experience all the attractions of Japanese culture, cuisine, products and services at the same time.

Theatre & Music

Imaginary Solutions

15 November 2019

The Horse Hospital, London

The project in question is a live presentation of a new collaboration between the Tokyo based Butoh dancer and martial artist Takahiro Tomatsu, and the acclaimed London based experimental music ensemble ARCO, led by composer/performer Neil Luck.

Theatre & Music

Minyo Crusaders @ Jazz Cafe

11 November 2019

Jazz Café, London

Debut UK live performance from Japan’s Minyo Crusaders - a big band like no other who combine distinctive min'yō vocals with grooves that join the dots between cumbia, Ethiopian jazz, Thai pop, Afro funk and reggae.

Academia & Science

JANET FORUM 2019 "Demographic Change and Higher Education in the Global Context"

4 - 6 November 2019

Embassy of Japan in the UK, University College London, London

Under the theme of "Demographic Change and Higher Education in the Global Context", we are planning to hold public lectures on super-aging societies and share case studies on joint educational activities between Japanese and institutions in the UK (and Europe) as well as initiatives for networking overseas alumni.

Business

World Travel Market London

4 - 6 November 2019

ExCel London, London

JNTO is exhibiting at World Travel Market London, which is the leading global event for the travel industry to meet industry professionals and conduct business deals.

 

Theatre & Music

Megumi Fujita Piano Recital, Complete 24 Etudes by Frédéric Chopin

27 October 2019

St John’s Smith Square, London

Leading pianist of her generation, Megumi Fujita has forged a varied and solid career spanning four decades. She has toured internationally and recorded extensively both as a soloist and a chamber musician being a member of the critically acclaimed Fujita Piano Trio.

Sports

The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival

24 - 27 October 2019

Battersea Park, London

JNTO is exhibiting at The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival, which is the UK's only winter sports event.

Theatre & Music

Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming London Piano Recital 2019

16 October 2019

St James's Church, London

Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming returns to London for a special one off piano recital.

Art & Design

NARA  faith and renewal(tentative)

3 October - 24 November 2019

British Museum, London

This exhibition will display masterpieces of Buddhist art preserved for 1300 years in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan. It will publicize the history and culture of Nara which laid the foundation of Japan, through international exchanges via the Silk Road.

Art & Design

The Post-Anthropocene by Inose Naoya

3 October - 1November 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the London-based Japanese artist Inose Naoya to the UK public....

Art & Design

Artist Talk: Inose Naoya

3 October 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London


The artist Inose Naoya will discuss his work and exhibition The Post-Anthropocene.....

Art & Design

Private View: The Post-Anthropocene by Inose Naoya

3 October 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

The Private View was a chance to have a first look at the exhibition The Post-Anthropocene by the London-based Japanese artist Inose Naoya.....

Art & Design

Inside/Out: Jiro Takamatsu and Keiji Uematsu in conversation

30 September - 29 November 2019

Royal Society of Sculptors, London

This exhibition of work by Jiro Takamatsu (1936-1998) and Keiji Uematsu (b.1947) will bring post-war Japanese sculpture associated with the influential Mono-Ha (School of Things) to a wider audience.

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Japan Matsuri 2019

29 September 2019

Trafalgar Square, London

Stage performances, family activities, martial arts and Japanese food stalls.

Theatre & Music

Daito Kagura Performance

28 September 2019


The British Library, London

See a traditional Japanese theatrical dance and music performance....

Theatre & Music

An Introduction to Japanese Kagura

28 September 2019

The British Library, London

Join us for a lecture from Terence Lancashire of Osaka Ohtani University on Kagura, before enjoying a performance in the Entrance Hall....

Business

JET programme returnees receptionn

27 September 2019

Asia House, London

Following the career fair organised by JETAA, it aims for returnees to network with alumini and other guests in Japan-related organisations.

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Bridge Together Project

September 2019 - August 2020

Various Location

The program aims to introduce the beauty of Japanese culture and attract people from all over the world to Japan. Having overseas visitors helps support people who suffered from the earthquakes in Tohoku and Kumamoto prefecture. This is a cultural program for creating a better Olympic legacy for 2020.

Film

JAEFF 2019: Nation

20 - 22 September 2019

Barbican Centre, London

JAEFF 2019: Nation will examine national identity, cultural memory and perceptions of history in Japan with a programme of classic avant-garde cinema and contemporary experimental short form film.

Art & Design

Ikebana Demonstration led by Three Masters of the Ohara School

17 September 2019

Farm Street Church, London

The three masters of the Ohara School will present a two-hour show of wonderful arrangements and give their personal insights into the art of Ikebana.

Academia & Science

The Art of Culinary Diplomacy in the Mid-19th Century. Britain and Japan at the Table

16 September 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

National food and cuisine are important aspects of cultural diplomacy and hospitality. Celebratory banquets and feasts have always been part of the life of politicians, ambassadors, and monarchs, who often share delicacies and elaborate dishes representing national culinary excellence while discussing political matters and international affairs...

Theatre & Music

“The Wings” Concert in London

14 September 2019

St. John’s Wood Church, London

“The Wings” is a male choir formed by old boys and limited students of Waseda University Chor Flügel in Tokyo, Japan.

Film

Anime’s Human Machines

12 - 30 September 2019

Barbican Centre, London

Anime’s Human Machines examines the challenge of the man-machine interface through eight films on various aspects of humanity’s response to technological change.

Theatre & Music

Noh X Contemporary Music

12 September 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Ryoko Aoki studied Shite-kata (lead role performance) with the Kanze school of Noh, and she is currently working with contemporary composers to create and perform new works that use “Utai” (recitation) ...

Academia & Science

Plea Bargains – Japan’s approach to corporate crime, similar to DPAs?

11 September 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Following the introduction of the Japanese “plea bargaining” system last year, Japanese prosecutors began to pursue white-collar crimes. The new system allows them to secure the cooperation of companies and gather evidence to prosecute individuals.....

Art & Design

JAPAN TIDE

10 - 21 September 2019

Leyden Gallery, London

The Leyden Gallery will hold a solo exhibition of the works of two Japanese artists, Jun Nishizaki and Hirofumi Kawamura.

Art & Design

Saori Freestyle Weaving Workshops

10 & 11 September 2019

Craft Central, London

The Japan Society is delighted to present Saori freestyle weaving workshop, led by Janine, who has kindly offered these workshops to Japan Society members at a significantly discounted price. During this special three-hour workshop, you will be introduced to the intuitive art of Saori weaving...

Art & Design

Land of the Rising Cat – Japanese Prints and Kawaii Cat Crafts Sales Exhibition

6 – 27 September 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

Sway Gallery London is proud to present an exciting, 100 purrcent cat-themed pop-up, introducing over 200 items, including collectables, kawaii crafts and folk toys, artworks, as well as Japanese woodblock prints!

Business

Joint Lunch with the JCCI: The UK-Japan 21st Century Group’s 36th Annual Meeting

5 September 2019

National Liberal Club, London

The 21st Century Group is a non-Governmental forum. It was set up in 1984 to help cement closer links between British and Japanese politicians, business and media figures, and academics....

Theatre & Music

Emily – an English-language Noh

4 - 6 September 2019

Tara Theatre, London

Emily is an English-language piece written in the stately form of Japanese Noh theatre, a beguiling combination of mask, dance and chant.

Theatre & Music

Rakugo Workshop: Learn the Art of Japanese Comic Storytelling

31 August 2019

Japan House London

Join us on Saturday 31 August for an afternoon of Japanese comedy with master storyteller, Kanariya Eiraku and members of the Canary English Rakugo Company. Rakugo comic monologues have a long history in Japan, and have grown in popularity in recent years ....

Theatre & Music

Rakugo Performance: The Art of Japanese Comic Storytelling

30 & 31 August 2019

Japan House London

Join us for an evening of Japanese comedy with master storyteller, Kanariya Eiraku and members of the Canary English Rakugo Company. Rakugo comic monologues have a long history in Japan, and have grown in popularity in recent years....

Art & Design

Impressions of Tokyo

28 August – 2 September 2019

The Former Newington Library, London

'Impressions of Tokyo' is a culmination of three years of work based around what has now become his iconic style.

Business

Bilingual Public Speaking Club – Pilot session

28 August 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

The Japan Society and the Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC) are delighted to organise the first bilingual Japanese-English public speaking club in the UK. The club is open to all people who would like to improve their skills at speaking in Japanese or English and to learn techniques and tricks to expand their communication and presentation abilities....

Art & Design

TALK: Scenes In and Around the Capital: Talk by Prof Timon Screech

27 August 2019

Japan House London

llustrator Anno Mitsumasa’s series of watercolour paintings ‘In and Around the Capital’ depict the city of Kyoto (Japan’s former capital) and its environs, paying homage to a genre of screen paintings capturing views of the city known as Rakuchū rakugai-zu (lit. ‘scenes in and around the capital’) which became popular in Japan in the early 16th century......

Business

An Analysis of the Abe Administration’s Policy on Russia – Evening Lecture with James D.J. Brown

27 August 2019

Mizuho House, London

We are delighted to welcome James D.J. Brown to brief Japan Society members on Japan’s cooperation with Russia against the background of the growing threat from China and North Korea and amidst heightened concerns of the long-term reliability of the US...

Art & Design

Artist Talk by Keiko Takemiya

25 August 2019

Foyles Bookstore, London

Keiko Takemiya is arguably one of the most influential manga artists in Japan. Starting her career as an artist in late 1960 while still a teenager, her fame rapidly grew to stardom.....

Art & Design

All You May Want to Know About Shojo Manga : A Lecture by Tomoko Yamada

24 August 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

Though it might not be widely recognised in the UK, shojo manga (girls’ manga) is an established genre within the Japanese manga world, for many decades having been primarily targeted at a female readership demographic. Constantly evolving in its narrative structures as well as the pictorial expression......

Theatre & Music

Origami Soundscapes X The Crane

23 - 24 August 2019

The Arcola Theatre, London

Origami and music. A multi-media opera installation. Verity Lane‘s two-part project draws on her 10 years’ experience of living in Japan, exploring classical Japanese traditions with a uniquely avant-garde twist.

Academia & Science

What is Manga?

23 August 2019

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London

Manga has boomed in popularity in recent years. Whilst it is enjoyed globally by a varied audience, there remains a lack of understanding about its breadth and depth, and its relationship with Japan and the rest of the world. This symposium aims to redefine manga by suggesting ways of looking at it as a cultural activity and an expression of historical activities....

Art & Design


Tenugui Wrapping Workshop


23 August 2019

The Rubens at the Palace, London

On Friday 23 August Japan House London wrapping expert will showcase the art of Japanese wrapping techniques at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel.....

Art & Design

Anno's Journey: the World of Anno Mitsumasa


22 August – 27 October 2019

Japan House London

This exhibition explores the work of Anno Mitsumasa, one of Japan’s greatest children’s book illustrators and authors, who is best known for his picture books, with few or no words, published from the late 1960s onwards....

Art & Design

The Citi exhibition Manga マンガ– private view of the British Museum exhibition with curators (Japanese or English)

22 August 2019

British Museum, London

The Japan Society is delighted to invite its members to a private view of the exhibition with British Museum curators Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere and Uchida Hiromi. In the last week of the exhibition, which will close on 26th August, this event is a great opportunity for a second view of the exhibition or for a last minute visit illuminated by the insights and final considerations of its curators....

Art & Design

MANGA in a global society: the origins and development of a genre – Special Lecture with Fusanosuke Natsume, Manga Critic and Columnist

19 August 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

In partnership with the British Museum City Exhibition Manga マンガ, we are delighted to welcome Professor Fusanosuke Natsume to give the Japan Society’s August lecture....

Film

Summer Explorers 2019!

16, 17 & 20 August 2019

Screen 1, The Soho Hotel, London

Our annual Summer Explorers season is back as a summer treat - now with new venue and dates!
From over the top, offbeat narratives of psychic teenagers and upstart political wrangling in a high school environment, to spectacular battles between good and evil.....

Sports

Koryu Open Evening - Grandmaster Kunio Morimoto

14 August 2019

St Andrew's Leytonstone, London

Enjoy this rare opportunity to have a FREE evening taster session with a true old-school master and historian of AUTHENTIC martial arts of feudal Japan. Absolute beginners and all skill levels welcome.

Business

Japan House Sake Bar at British Museum Screening of 'The Tale of The Princess Kaguya'

2 August 2019

The British Museum, London

On Friday 2 August Japan House London is set to host its popular sake bar at the British Museum for a film screening of Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale of The Princess Kaguya'. .......

Business

Japan House Sake Bar at British Museum Screening of 'The Wind Rises'

9 August 2019

The British Museum, London

On Friday 9 August Japan House London will host its last sake bar at the British Museum for a film screening of Studio Ghibli's 'The Wind Rises'....

Theatre & Music

‘Ainu Othello’ and Ainu cultural exhibition

7 - 10 August 2019

Tara Theatre, London

The Shakespeare Company Japan and Ainu Dance group Piricap will present the play ‘Ainu Othello’ and Ainu cultural exhibition at Tara Theatre London.

Theatre & Music

Kamishibai theatre: Discover the story of Tanabata!

7 & 8 August 2019

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London

A Thousand Cranes will be returning to the minka house at Kew Gardens to give performances of the story of Tanabata, through the medium of traditional kamishibai – paper board – theatre.

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Tanabata: Celebrate the Japanese Star Festival at Kew Gardens


7 & 8 August 2019

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London

Tanabata is the Japanese festival that celebrates the coming together of two stars, Orihime and Hikoboshi, who can only meet once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month. This year, join us at Kew Gardens to enjoy workshops, activities and performances marking this ancient summer celebration....

Theatre & Music

Ainu Othello – Special Talk & Dinner plus Theatre Performance

6 & 8 August 2019

Thenga Café & Tara Theatre, London

The Japan Society is delighted to welcome Shimodate Kazumi, Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Company Japan, and Jatinder Verma, Artistic Director at Tara Theatre, for a special talk in conjunction with the forthcoming performance of Ainu Othello at Tara Theatre. In conversation...

Business

Japan House Sake Bar at British Museum Screening of 'The Tale of The Princess Kaguya'

2 August 2019

The British Museum, London

On Friday 2 August Japan House London is set to host its popular sake bar at the British Museum for a film screening of Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale of The Princess Kaguya'........

Art & Design

LOST IN TRANSITION by Vanessa Milito Rodriguez

1 - 28 August 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

VMR - Vanessa Milito Rodriguez - is an Italian-Colombian artist born in Milan, Italy. She has become fascinated with the traditional Japanese tattoos, Irezumi, which then led her to the discovery of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

Art & Design

Draw Your Own Manga Page: Workshop by Elena VITAGLIANO

31 July 2019

Japan House London

Encouraged by the interest and curiosity that the exhibition This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI has elicited in our guests, Japan House London continues to explore manga with a two-hours drawing class led by international manga artist Elena VITAGLIANO......

Film

Film Screening: The Manga Master

30 July 2019

Japan House London

Following your visit to Japan House London’s This is MANGA exhibition, learn about one of the artform’s early pioneers with a special film screening of ‘The Manga Master’....

Art & Design

What is Manga? Drawing Workshop by KUTSUWADA Chie

27 July 2019

Japan House London

During the final weekend of the exhibition This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI, Japan House London invites guests and aspiring mangaka to a beginner’s manga class led by UK-based artist KUTSUWADA Chie......

Academia & Science

Manga Speaks Japanese!

Cancelled
27 July 2019
Bronte Room, British Library, London

Do you like manga? Are you interested in language? If so, why not come join our free interactive session on Japanese used in manga on 27th July!. We’ll be talking about the linguistic features of manga, such as the varied and ubiquitous onomatopoeia that appear in manga and how a character’s region.....

Academia & Science

Japan Youth Challenge 2019: UCL-Japan Youth Challenge Symposium

26 July 2019

University College London

The UCL Japan Youth Challenge will culminate in the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge Symposium. This event will bring together industry profressionals, academics, and athletes to discuss the importance of AI and robotics in the field of accessibility. Part one of the symposium will focus on the current state of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and Part two will focus on accessibility in other areas....

Academia & Science

Japan's Economic Diplomacy

26 July 2019


Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Faced with wide-ranging challenges in the global economy, including trade tensions and increasing calls to reform the WTO, the world needs strong leadership to uphold the multilateral trading system....

Theatre & Music

Sushi Girls

25 - 27 July 2019

Theatro Technis, London

Comedy play about two Japanese students who come to study English and their adventures in London and relationship with British host family.

Art & Design

Japanese Museums, Talk by Sophie RICHARD

25 July 2019

Japan House London

n conjunction with the publication of ‘The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums’ in July 2019, Japan House is hosting a talk on Japanese museums by its author, art historian and researcher Sophie RICHARD.......

Film

Japan Youth Challenge 2019: Screening of short documentary Imphal 1944

23 July 2019


UCL Medical Sciences, London

The Japan Youth Challenge are proud to present a public screening of the short documentary Imphal 1944. This documentary tells the story of Japanese veteran Masao Hirokubo and the Battle of Imphal, a key turning point of the East-Asian Theatre in World War Two......

Academia & Science

Dragon Bones, Sacred Pillars and Holy Tombs: Some Archaeological Observations on Traditional Japanese Religion – with Professor Simon Kaner

22 July 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

The onbashira festival takes place every six years in the area around Lake Suwa in Nagano prefecture. It involves the cutting down of huge cedar trees which are then ridden down the steep mountain slopes, eventually being set up in the sacred precincts of the Suwa Grand Shrine..

Academia & Science

Japan Youth Challenge 2019

20 - 27 July 2019

University College London

Applications are now open for the Japan Youth Challenge 2019.
Hosted at UCL (University College London), the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge (UJYC) brings together pre-university students from the UK and Japan in a 10-day summer school programme. We are currently looking for 50 British students to join their Japanese counterparts..

Theatre & Music

SCORED IN SILENCE

20 - 21 July 2019

Ovalhouse, London

"Scored in Silence” is an intimate new solo digital performance artwork for 40 people that unpacks the untold tales of Deaf hibakusha – survivors of the A-Bombs that fell in Hiroshima in 1945.

Art & Design

The myriad worlds of manga - GOLDEN KAMUY

20 July 2019

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

Manga is a visual form of narrative storytelling, one full of opportunities to engage and extend people’s understanding of the world. Golden Kamuy, currently one of the most popular manga in Japan and increasingly read internationally, reveals a dramatic and inspiring storyline replete with cultural diversity, violence, adventures of survival, love and heart-warming laughter....

Art & Design

Japanese tableware pop-up by MADE IN JAPAN TABLEWARE at Sway Gallery

19 - 30 July 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

For the first time Made In Japan (MIJ) tableware will be coming to London to introduce their Japanese collections, ranging from Dining plates, Serving platters and Ramen bowls to Glassware, Cups and sauce dishes for affordable price!

Academia & Science

JET programme predeparture orientation and reception

19 July 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Travel advice and Japanese language sessions followed by a reception with invited guests.

Art & Design

Manga Innovations: Talk by Paul GRAVETT

18 July 2019

Japan House London

Combine your visit to Japan House London’s manga exhibition This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI with an evening lecture on the development of the art form by international comics art expert Paul GRAVETT......

Business

Gastropolis Kobe Fair in London

13 - 26 July 2019

Japan Centre-Piccadilly circus, Japan Centre Ichiba-Westfield London, London

Kobe's Food & Beverage Fair introducing famous sake, rice, roasted seaweed, sauces, and other products all from native Kobe.

Business

Mercian Koshu Wine Tasting

13 July 2019

Japan House, London

This koshu white wine is from Chateau Mercian’s winery in Fuefuki, Yamanashi Prefecture, which sits in the foothills of Mt Fuji. Its complex array of flavours and aromas include apricot, apple, rose, vanilla and Darjeeling – all derived from eight months of maturation in oak barrels.......

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HYPER JAPAN FESTIVAL

12 - 14 July 2019

Olympia London, London

HYPER JAPAN is the largest and only comprehensive exhibition and sale show in the UK where visitors can experience all the attractions of Japanese culture, cuisine, products and services at the same time.

Film

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD with Q&A from star Harumi Shuhama

12 July 2019

Prince Charles Cinema, London

POMdemonium comes to the PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA!
HARUMI SHUHAMA the "POM" star of ONE CUT OF THE DEAD, will be in attendance for a one-off screening plus after-talk at the Prince Charles Cinema on Friday, July 12th...

Art & Design

“A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Makie”
The Lacquer Works of Koyanagi Tanekuni.

11 July - 21 September 2019

Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London

The artist’s first exhibition outside Japan of Lacquer works by the contemporary craftsman Koyanagi Tanekuni in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.

Art & Design

Music & Manga: A Vision of Sound

11 July 2019

Asia House, London

Shinichi Ishizuka is an award-winning manga artist who uses his personal experiences and pursuits to inspire the subject matter of his works. Together with his editor, Katsuki Dai (who has edited a number of manga magazines and worked with top manga artists), Ishizuka has created a wildly popular graphic series BLUE GIANT and BLUE GIANT SUPREME...

Art & Design

An exhibition of three Japanese ceramicists

9 - 17 July 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

The first British showing of two self-taught Japanese ceramicists alongside the return of a firm favourite, Shinichi Sawada, resulting in an exciting exhibition opportunity.

Business

IWC awarded Sake tasting

8 July 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

An annual tasting event with IWC awarded Sake.

Business

DASSAI Sake Tasting

6 & 7 July 2019

The Shop, Japan House, London

On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2019 Japan House London will present two tutored tastings of DASSAI – a sake series hailing from Asahi Shuzo brewery in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan........

Art & Design

BASARA: A Talk by Kansai YAMAMOTO

6 July 2019

Japan House London

Dive into the creative world of internationally acclaimed fashion icon Kansai YAMAMOTO during this special talk at Japan House.......

Theatre & Music

Avex Recital Series 2019 HONJOH Hidejiro Shamisen Recital

6 July 2019

Wigmore Hall, London

Bringing world class Japanese classical artists to London’s iconic Wigmore Hall, the Avex Recital Series has proved highly popular.

Art & Design

Visitors by Ushiki Masanori

5 July - 2 September 2019

Pocko Gallery, London

Visitors is an ongoing series of portrait characters by Ushiki Masanori who is regarded as a cult figure in the art world of Japan and much like his predecessors, Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami, Ushiki’s aesthetic centres around diverse themes of childhood and contemporary media.

Business

Sake Tasting at British Museum Late
Manga: colour and style

5 July 2019

The British Museum, London

Japan House London, in collaboration with DASSAI, will be hosting sake tasting at a free Friday Late at the British Museum, celebrating Japanese manga, art, fashion and design.......

Art & Design

Manga: colour and style

5 July 2019

British Museum, London

Come to the Museum for a free Friday Late celebrating Japanese manga, art, fashion and design to celebrate the Citi exhibition Manga at the British Museum (23 May-26 August 2019).

Art & Design

Artist talk: Kentaro Yamada in conversation with Mark Rappolt

4 July 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The artist Kentaro Yamada will be discussing his work and exhibition Everything Comes in Waves with Mark Rappolt, the Editor-in-Chief of ArtReview and ArtReview Asia....

Art & Design

Our Road to Recovery: An Anime Studio in Fukushima

2 July 2019

Japan House London

In 2014, producer, director and screenwriter ASAO Yoshinori established the animation studio Fukushima Gainax (now known as Gaina Co., Ltd.) with the aim of reinvigorating his home prefecture Fukushima which had been severely damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The studio has since brought many tourists to the region through its animations which introduce the appeal of Fukushima and Tohoku to the world, and accompanying manga and animation museum......

Sports

Our Road to Recovery: The Rugby World Cup – A Driving Force for Recovery in Kamaishi

1 July 2019

Japan House London

Eight years have now passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, the largest major earthquake in Japan’s recorded history, which triggered a tsunami of a scale said to occur only once in a thousand years and was followed by the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station......

Academia & Science

The role of design in a new digital era

1 July 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Over the past 35 years, information has become increasingly digitalised, and this has also transformed the realm of design. In the digital era, design plays a crucial role in creating a more resilient, resourceful and sustainable society....

Art & Design

Classical Arts x Digital Technologies

29 June 2019

Japan House London

Currently on display in the Citi exhibition Manga at the British Museum, 'Yōkai Hikimaku' is a kabuki theatre curtain painted by the famous artist KAWANABE Kyōsai (1831-1889), featuring various Japanese demons called yōkai...

Theatre & Music

The Green Chorus 31st Annual Concert

29 June 2019

Hinde Street Methodist Church, London

The Green Chorus is a Japanese women’s choir formed about 40 years ago in Golders Green, London. We have been a regular participant of Japan related events, such as Japan Festival and the Southbank Centre choir events, indtroducing Japanese music to UK.

Art & Design

Artist Talk by Nobuko Tsuchiya

28 June 2019

Impact Hub King's Cross, London

Nobuko Tsuchiya is a Japanese artist best recognized for her eclectic sculptures, seemingly freely assembled almost entirely out of discarded scraps of familiar household objects such as plastic tubing, disused cables, mop buckets and even a disused bath tub. Having studied art at the Accademia di Belle Arte in Florence and Goldsmiths...

Theatre & Music

THE鍵KEY PROJECT

27 June, 3 - 4 August 2019

London

THE鍵KEY: a site-specific, dramatic musical work by Francesca Le Lohé, inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki’s ‘The Key ’(1956) shall make its UK premiere at Tête à Tête Opera Festival in August 2019.

Art & Design

Connections: An exhibition of Japanese ceramics

27 June – 20 July 2019

Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London

This special group exhibition features five Japanese ceramists – Ikuko Iwamoto, Hiro Takahashi, Kaori Tatebayashi, Yo Thom and Motoko Wakana – who bring the craft and aesthetic of Eastern ceramics to British studio pottery.

Film

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Tokyo Story 東京物語

27 June 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

An enduring masterpiece created in 1953 by Japan’s legendary film director, Yasujiro Ozu. An elderly couple, Shukichi and Tomi, living in a small fishing village in Hiroshima, visit Tokyo to see their children and grandchildren...

Film

Pre-Summer Explorers! 2019

26 - 30 June 2019

The Soho Hotel & Prince Charles Cinema, London

Come and enjoy a prelude to summer with us by immersing yourself in our feel-good comedy film season!...

Art & Design

Writing Women: Reviving Kana Shodo (‘Woman-Hand’), a Forgotten Female Script; Lecture & Demonstration by Kaoru Akagawa, Master of Japanese Calligraphy

26 June 2019

Senate House, London

A rare opportunity to see an ancient female script–one created mainly by and for woman–come to life!

And More

Our Road to Recovery: A Café Building Communities in Rikuzentakata

26 June 2019


Japan House London

Eight years have now passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, the largest major earthquake in Japan’s recorded history, which triggered a tsunami of a scale said to occur only once in a thousand years and was followed by the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station...

Art & Design

Our Road to Recovery: Revitalising Sendai Through Lacquerware

25 June 2019

Japan House London

Eight years have now passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, the largest major earthquake in Japan’s recorded history, which triggered a tsunami of a scale said to occur only once in a thousand years and was followed by the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station....

Academia & Science

The spread of hate speech

25 June 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

This seminar will look at the patterns of hate speech in the UK and Japan, exploring the form that hate speech takes, the challenges in eradicating it and the limitations of current measures....

Business

Japan House Sake Bar at British Museum Screening of 'My Neighbour Totoro'

21 June 2019

The British Museum, London

This summer the Japan House London sake bar will be popping up at the British Museum for four Studio Ghibli film screening events, starting with 'My Neighbour Totoro' on 21 June 2019....

Theatre & Music

Okinawan Music Concert -A Preview Okinawa Day 2019-

21 June 2019

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, London

London Okinawa Sanshinkai, which is based at SOAS, have invited performers from Okinawa (and elsewhere) to participate in Okinawa Day.

Academia & Science

Digital technology as a bridge between art and society

21 June 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The rapid evolution of digital technology is re-shaping traditional ways of practising both science and art. Technology provides an interception point that brings together these fields, generating beneficial interactions that support innovation and transformation. We would like to invite you to explore from the perspectives of both art and science how emerging digital technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, are expected to impact our societies....

Academia & Science

Depicting the future of AI through Art

21 June 2019

London South Bank University, London

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming a major topic of interest not only among policymakers and in the business world, but also in the arts. As AI becomes increasingly embedded into our society, the traditional boundaries between humans and technology will be less clear. The exhibition AI....

Art & Design

Talk: URASAWA Naoki - Artist as Explorer: A talk by Helen MCCARTHY

19 June 2019

Japan House London

Combine your visit to Japan House London’s URASAWA Naoki exhibition ‘This is MANGA’ with an evening lecture on the artist by leading UK anime and manga writer Helen MCCARTHY

Business

Britain and Europe – Post-European Union Elections Analysis, Lunchtime Lecture with Professor Anand Menon

19 June 2019

Presentation Suite, Mizuho House, London

We are delighted to welcome Professor Anand Menon, to brief Japan Society members in this extremely timely event. Following the European Union elections held between 23 – 26 May, Anand Menon will share his views on the future of Brexit and the wider European Union....

Academia & Scienc

Family Firms as Institutions: Cultural reproduction and status maintenance among multicentenary shinise in Kyoto

17 June 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

Shinise are firms that have survived for more than a century (often for three or four), have retained ownership within the family, and focus on traditional line of business such as sake brewing, confectionery, temple ornaments or textiles....

Art & Design

Dorozome (mud dyeing) Talk & Workshop with Dye Garden Tour

15 June 2019

The Pavilion. The Horniman Museum, London

Amami Oshima is an island in the Ryūkyū archipelago, southern Japan. It is renowned for Oshima tsumugi, a kimono cloth dyed by dorozome (mud-dyeing), an ancient technique that gives a unique black colour to textiles.....

Art & Design

Hikari Shimoda: Stand Up, Saviour

14 June – 13 July 2019

Dorothy Circus Gallery, London

The colourful and disarming artworks by the Japanese pop painter Hikari Shimoda will intertwine with the emotional and poetic Street Art by the Italian Millo, filling up Dorothy Circus Gallery’s walls.

Academia & Science

UK-Japan University Dialogue 2019

14 June 2019

Kings College London and University of Greenwich

As the UK and Japan agree to forge a new strategic alliance, there are strong prospects for greater collaboration between the Japanese and UK higher education sectors....

Art & Design

What makes a good manga artist?

14 June 2019

British Museum, London

Acclaimed Manga Editor Nakaguma Ichirō joins British Museum Curator Nicole Rousmaniere alongside award-winning British Manga artists Shangomola Edunjobi and Elena Vitagliano, to discuss the importance of human expression and rights in the creation of manga, as well as the question ‘What makes a good manga artist?’

Art & Design

Editing Manga: NAKAGUMA Ichiro in Conversation with Nicole ROUSMANIERE

13 June 2019

Japan House London

One important yet lesser known aspect of the manga industry is the editing process. Many manga artists are followed step by step by dedicated editors who have been appointed by their publishing houses and establish a close and mutual relationship with them during the development of the story on the page...

Art & Design

Fading into Shapes and Patterns by Yasunobu Shidami

12 - 27 June 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

This exhibition is inspired by traditional Japanese designs seen in historical artefacts.

Academia & Science

UK-Japan University Dialogue 2019

12 June 2019

Colloquium at Woburn House followed by a reception at the Embassy of Japan, London,

As the UK and Japan agree to forge a new strategic alliance, there are strong prospects for greater collaboration between the Japanese and UK higher education sectors....

Business

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – The Role of the Private Sector

12 June 2019

Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc, London

2019 marks four years since the United Nations (UN) member states unanimously agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and planet by 2030. Otherwise known as the Global Goals, the SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.....

Business

The 5G Global Race: Where do Japan and the UK stand?

11 June 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

he global race towards the next generation of computer and phone networks, known as 5G, has already begun. 5G is expected to support a future of robots, autonomous vehicles...

Academia & Science

JSPS-Crick Symposium on Gut Tissue Circuits

11 June 2019

Francis Crick Institute, London

This symposium will bring together researchers from across the fields of immunology, neuroscience, and microbiology, and will focus on how intestinal homeostasis is maintained by the gut tissue circuits. 

Art & Design

A Selection of Works from ‘The Song of Koumi’ to be Exhibited in Mayfair

10 - 22 June 2019

54 The Gallery, London

This exhibition of Richard Hoare’s recent work will include a room of works selected from the collection ‘The Song of Koumi‘ that was exhibited at The Koumi-Machi Kougen Museum of Art in Nagano Prefecture, Japan - September and October 2018.

Art & Design

URASAWA Naoki Book Signing

7 June 2019

The Shop, Japan House London

To celebrate the opening of Japan House’s new exhibition ‘This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI’, join us for a rare opportunity to meet a modern manga master, with a special book signing featuring internationally acclaimed manga artist URASAWA Naoki......

Theatre & Music

All Talking All Singing All Drawing! URASAWA Naoki Live in Concert

7 June 2019

The Hall, Japan House, London

As part of the opening celebrations for Japan House London’s new exhibition ‘This is MANGA – the Art of URAWASA NAOKI’, join us for a special one-man show featuring multi-talented manga legend URASAWA Naoki.....

Art & Design

EXHIBITION:Everything Comes in Waves by Kentaro Yamada

6 June – 26 July 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the London-based Japanese artist Kentaro Yamada to the UK public. Everything comes in waves is his first solo exhibition in London....

Theatre & Music

Tsugaru-Shamisen Performance by OHNO Keisho

6 June 2019

The Hall, Japan House, London

Immerse yourself in the strong and energetic sounds of Tsugaru-shamisen with a special concert by accomplished player OHNO Keisho.....

Art & Design

Touring Exhibition: This is Manga – the Art of URASAWA Naoki

5 June – 28 July 2019

Japan House London

This summer Japan House London presents an exhibition on the popular form of Japanese illustrated literature - manga - through the work of internationally acclaimed manga artist, URASAWA Naoki....

Business

Sake Tasting at British Museum Late
Manga: colour and style

5 June 2019

The British Museum, London

Japan House London, in collaboration with DASSAI, will be hosting sake tasting at a free Friday Late at the British Museum, celebrating Japanese manga, art, fashion and design......

Art & Design

Talk: WIRED in Conversation with URASAWA Naoki

5 June 2019

Japan House London

Japan House is collaborating with WIRED for a special event with internationally acclaimed manga artist URASAWA Naoki on Wednesday 5 June 2019 at Japan House London..

Art & Design

'Japanese Should to English Could?' - Sansho Living x Aoyama Flower Market Pop Up at Sway Gallery

3 - 7 June 2019

Sway Gallery London

Sansho Living is proud to showcase unique and beautiful Japanese ceramics and homeware, including flower vases, fruit bowls and lampshades all suitable for everyday western lifestyle....

Theatre & Music

KIMURA Shunsuke x Kit DOWNES: Yokobue and Jazz Piano Performance

3 June 2019

The Hall, Japan House, London

Japanese transverse flute performer KIMURA Shunsuke is joined by award-winning jazz pianist Kit DOWNES for an evening of cross-cultural musical collaboration at Japan House London.....

Art & Design

URASAWA Naoki Live Drawing Performance

3 June 2019

Japan House London

Watch internationally acclaimed manga artist URASAWA Naoki make the finishing touches to Japan House London’s upcoming exhibition ‘This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI’ during a special large-scale live drawing performance on one of our tokonoma glass booths.....

Business

Explore Ishikawa: Tradition, Tourism and Business

31 May 2019

Sofitel London St James, London

Introduce Ishikawa Prefecture's traditional craft, performance and cuisine to UK audience. And oppotunity for business matching conference and tourism seminar...

Academia & Science

Reiwa – a new era in Japan

29 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Japan will enter into a new era of ‘fortunate harmony’ from 1st May, a day after Emperor Akihito abdicates and is succeeded by his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito, ending the imperial era Heisei. Since the Gengo system began in the 7th century, the country has adopted almost 250 eras. This one, however, will be marked by Japan’s first imperial abdication in more than 200 years...

Theatre & Music

ichiko aoba qp European tour 2019

28 May 2019

Babel Art House, London

Japanese singer-songwriter Ichiko Aoba coming back to London as ichiko aoba qp European Tour 2019!

Academia & Science

Japan Room Lecture: A Glimpse into East-West Relations in the Antiquarian Book Trade

28 May 2019

The Freemasons’ Hall, London

Sokol Books has a history with Japan going back some forty years and this has been at times exciting, frustrating but always enjoyable....

Business

Nishinoseki Sake Tasting

26 May 2019

Japan House London

On Sunday 26 May 2019 Japan House London will host an exclusive one-hour sake tasting session with the brew master of Kayashima Brewery in Kyushu, who is visiting specially from Japan. The session is free to attend, and will explore a range of dry and sweet sake varieties. Guests must be over 18 years old to participate in sake tastings. ....

Art & Design

Love and Desire Between Women in Girls' manga

25 May 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

Manga, or Japanese comic books, is a 4 billion dollar a year industry, making up 40% of the country’s published works. Yet, contrary to Western comic books which often focus on targeting male readers, in Japan, a particularly prominent and developed genre of manga is shojo manga (Girls’ manga)...

Art & Design

Ikebana Exhibition and Demonstration – The art of Japanese Flower Arrangement

24, 25 May 2019

One Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London

IKEBANA, also known as KADO is the Japanese art of flower arrangement with the origin of tradition dates back to the 6th Century. Ohara School of Ikebana England Chapter is delighted to host the Ikebana exhibition & demonstration.

Art & Design

Talk: How Manga Can Change the World: Captain Tsubasa in Conversation

24 May 2019

British Museum, London

Presented in collaboration with the British Museum, acclaimed manga artist TAKAHASHI Yoichi, creator of the football-themed sensation 'Captain Tsubasa' and the Manga exhibition curator at the British Museum, Nicole ROUSMANIERE, discuss the global impact Takahashi's artwork has had over the past four decades – from popularising football in Japan in the 1980s, to inspiring Syrian refugee children....

Art & Design

The Citi exhibition Manga: Programme of Events

23 May - 26 August 2019

British Museum, London

Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.

Art & Design

Manga Exhibition

23 May - 26 August 2019

British Museum, London

The largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.The exhibition will explore manga’s global appeal and cultural crossover, showcasing original Japanese manga and its influence across the globe, from anime to ‘cosplay’ dressing up.

Art & Design

Talk: Book Curation: Talk by HABA Yoshitaka

23 May 2019

Japan House London

A leading expert in the emerging field of ‘book direction’, curator of the Library at Japan House, and founder and director of BACH, HABA Yoshitaka is dedicated to creating innovative ways in which we interact with books.....

Academia & Science

The Emperor System in Japan. Origins, Evolution and the New Imperial Era – with William Horsley

23 May 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

Emperor Akihito’s abdication in favour of his son Crown Prince Naruhito has re-ignited a many-sided debate about the fundamental values of Japanese society and the state itself.....

Business

Japan’s economic stagnation and Abenomics

23 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The Japanese economy has been persistently sluggish over the past three decades, following the bursting of the 1980s economic bubble. The country seems to have been caught in economic and financial stagnation, incapable of reviving its growth and competitiveness....

Art & Design

The Library: LGBTQ+: Diversity in Manga 

22 May - 31 August 2019

Japan House London

This display explores the various ways in which gender and sexuality are portrayed in Japanese manga culture. Exhibited works include ‘the god of manga’ TEZUKA Osamu’s 'Princess Knight' (Ribon no kishi) which depicts a cross-dressing female knight......

Art & Design

‘My Brother’s Husband’: Manga Artist TAGAME Gengoroh in Conversation with Book Curator HABA Yoshitaka

22 May 2019

Japan House London

Celebrating the opening of our new library display ‘LGBT+: Diversity in Manga’, book curator HABA Yoshitaka is joined in conversation with renowned manga artist TAGAME Gengoroh to discuss his ground-breaking work ‘My Brother’s Husband’......

Art & Design

MANGA JIMAN: IN RETROSPECT

21 May – 28 June 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

This exhibition looks back over 12 years of the competition and celebrates the stories of the winning artists who have gone on to even bigger and brighter achievements.

Art & Design

It’s a Girls' World: Talk on Shojo Manga with Artist HAGIO Moto and Editor FURUKAWA Asako

20 May 2019

Japan House London

One defining characteristic of manga is its broad appeal – a major part of the Japanese publishing industry since the 1950s, comics in Japan are read by all genders and ages and encompass a wide range of genres targeted to diverse demographic groups....

Academia & Science

Camden and Kagoshima Partners in the Making of Modern Japan Exhibition

20 May - 9 June, 12 -26 June

Five Pancras Square, Swiss Cottage Library, London

....Now, the story is being celebrated in a fascinating and colourful new exhibition, ‘Camden and Kagoshima – Partners in the Making of Modern Japan’, at Pancras Square Library until Sunday 9 June and Swiss Cottage Library, from 12 to 26 June.

Film

Macoto Tezka (son of Manga God OSAMU TEZUKA) film screening and talk event

19 May 2019

Prince Charles Cinema, London

THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS (1985) with Q&A from director Macoto Tezka - England Premiere...

Art & Design

The Special Edition of The London Photograph Fair

18 - 19 May 2019

King's College London, London

Exhibition at Vintage photography Collectors fair, an exhibition 36 rare photograhic views of Mount Fuji, taken in the 19th and early 20th centuries by a diverse group of photographers.

Art & Design

Japanese Photography Revisited: Talk by Dr Lena Fritsch and Miho Kajioka

17 May 2019

Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

Japanese photography is without doubt one of the most admired art forms from Japan and has established its name as a respectable artistic genre from its introduction into the country....

Art & Design

Artist Talk: Ryohei Kan in conversation with Andrew Nishiyama Taylor

17 May 2019

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, London

Japan Society is pleased to announce a special talk by artist Ryohei Kan on the closing evening of his first UK solo exhibition, As you see it, at Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix in Spitalfields, East London. In conversation with Andrew Nishiyama Taylor...

Academia & Science

Japan Information Day: Education & Research Opportunities

17 May 2019

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.

Academia & Science

Hikikomori in Japan and the UK

16 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Hikikomori (social withdrawal) is one of the major social problems faced in modern Japanese society. It appeared in the latter half of the 1980s and has become a serious social problem since the 2000s. In March 2019, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare categorised over 610,000 adults as Hikikomori...

Theatre & Music

BUTOH RESIDENCY

15 - 19 May 2019

IKLECTIK, London

BUTOH RESIDENCY offers three days of live performances, films and a workshop that see Japanese and European musicians, dancers and artists working together to advance the global recognition of Butoh...

Art & Design

Feel the Heart of Japanese Kitchen Utensils: Kama-Asa Pop-up Shop at Sway Gallery London

13 - 25 May 2019

Sway Gallery London, London

For the first time KAMA-ASA, originally located in Asakusa, Tokyo is coming to London to introduce their Japanese kitchenware and tools, including knives, charcoal, cauldron, Japanese charcoal grill, kettles, Japanese kama pots, yukihiranabe (aluminium cooking pan) and wasabi graters....

And More

Japanese Garden Community Picnic

11 May 2019

Hammersmith Park, London

The Japanese Garden in Hammersmith Park is one of Hammersmith’s special connections to Japan, as it was created as part of the 1910 Japanese-British Exhibition.

Business

Tea Tasting & Making with Ippodo Tea Co.

10 - 12 May 2019

Japan House London

Tea Tasting with Ippodo Tea Co. at Japan House London during London Craft Week 2019....

Art & Design

SYMPOSIUM: Crafting Shared Understanding: Japanese-to-English Translation Guidelines for Craft

10 May 2019

Japan House London

English translation of Japanese traditions is a notoriously tricky endeavour, particularly in the world of craft. Without comprehensive fixed guidelines and conventions, terminology used to express names, provenance and styles of craft items can vary across Japan, causing confusion for visitors to Japan who wish to learn more......

Art & Design

Artist Talk: Haruo Mitsuta in conversation with Giuseppe Piva and Manuela Moscatiello

10 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Mitsuta is the only contemporary artist who makes Jizai Okimono (“articulated animals”) – flexible animal figures made from metal pieces, which can replicate the movements of the original animals. Originally they were made by armourers in the late Edo and the Meiji period......

Art & Design

Refracting Light

9 May - 9 June 2019

Eames Fine Art Gallery, London

An exhibition of new works by artist Sophie Layton. Using traditional Japanese printmaking techniques and inspired by blown glass, these works represent an exciting juncture in the artist’s career.

Art & Design

Curator Gallery Tour: Spotlight on ‘Living Colours’

9, 16 & 18 May 2019

Japan House London

English translation of Japanese traditions is a notoriously tricky endeavour, particularly in the world of craft. Without comprehensive fixed guidelines and conventions, terminology used to express names, provenance and styles of craft items can vary across Japan, causing confusion for visitors to Japan who wish to learn more......

Art & Design

Japanese Ceramic Painting with artist Miyu Kurihara

9 May 2019

Couverture & The Garbstore, London

Notting Hill located concept store Couverture & The Garbstore is proud to host London based artist Miyu Kurihara for this unique, one-off workshop. Guests will hear how the artist established her art career and has progressed to become one of London’s celebrated traditional Japanese ceramic artists.......

Art & Design

Talk: Japanese crafts and the challenge of translation

9 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Japanese crafts are highly regarded and valued. However, translating specific craft-related terms is challenging and many of these terms are poorly translated. Interpretations often lack standardization, with the English terminology used to describe Japanese crafts varying depending upon the books or magazines that they appear in.....

Art & Design

Indigo Hands Installation & Workshops

8 - 30 May 2019

Coal Drops Yard, London

Coal Drops Yard has commissioned BUAISOU for a series of handmade and hand dyed flags specifically for London Craft Week....

Business

Sake Tasting

8 - 12 May 2019

Japan House London

Especially for London Craft Week 2019, join us in The Shop at Japan House to taste a range of different types of sake. You'll have the opportunity to learn about manufacturing methods, as well as how to enjoy sake and what foods it can be paired with. ....

Art & Design

TATSUYA DONKAI Photo exhibition 【SPIRIT OF KYOTO】

8 - 12 May 2019

Arthill Gallery, London

'Development of technologies has made the world very convenient. On the other hand, I feel the world has been becoming flat under the name of “globalization”. There is a thing Kyotoites have maintained even in such a changing era...'

Sports

ELEVATE 2019 – Exhibition and Seminar, Toward Realization of the Active Society

8, 9 May 2019

ExCeL London, London

Elevate is the UK’s largest physical activity trade show and the meeting place for growing physical activity sectors.

Art & Design

A Visual Feast - The Culinary Microcosm of the Japanese Lunch Box

3 May 2019

The Royal Society, Dining Room, London

The traditional Japanese lunch box, or bento, has undergone a number of metamorphoses over the long course of its history, becoming a staple and a unique point of pride in Japanese cuisine....

Art & Design

Fragments of Japan

2 May - 14 June 2019

Gill Wing Jewellery, London

Gill Wing Jewellery celebrates Japanese design in their new exhibition “Fragments of Japan” in their Islington gallery on Upper Street, from 2nd May until 14th June. Sculptural brooches and unique earrings by three female Japanese jewellers are amongst the highly collectable and wearable art pieces in this special showcase.....

Film

Film Screening: Murasaki – A Man Fascinated by Colour

2 May 2019

Japan House London

mmerse yourself in the daily workings of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Fushimi, Kyoto, in this beautifully shot film by director KAWASE Mika....

Film

Film Screening: The Accession of His Majesty The Emperor Naruhito

1 - 31 May 2019

Japan House London

Screenings of performances of Gagaku at Japan House Londo
In commemoration of the accession of His Majesty The Emperor Naruhito, and the beginning of the new era ‘Reiwa’, Japan House is screening performances of Gagaku, Imperial Court Music and Dance performed by musicians and dancers from the Imperial Household Agency...

Business

HEAL’S × GIFU Japanese Craft Market

30 April - 20 May 2019

HEAL’S, London

Gifu Prefecture is located at the centre of Japan. The Prefecture has flourished as a creative place for products since the olden times by utilizing its abundant and majestic nature and clear streams.

Academia & Science

The Rise of Populism and Japan

30 April 2019

The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London

Despite growing populism around the world, the rise of Trumpism and the Brexit labyrinth in the UK, Japan seems to be a relatively stable democracy. Japan has successfully advanced free trade initiatives in the Asia Pacific region and with Europe....

Academia & Science

Talk:Colours, Clothing and the Seasons in The Tale of Genji: A Talk by Dr Jennifer GUEST

29 April 2019

The Hall, Japan House London

Often referred to as the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji is arguably the classic work of Japanese literature. Written by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-awaiting at the imperial court in Kyoto in the early 11th century, the novel tells of the romantic encounters of Shining Prince ‘Genji’, painting a vivid picture of the lifestyles of the noblemen and women of the contemporary Heian court through its detailed descriptions of their colourful clothing...

Theatre & Music

Schubertiade - Piano recital

28 April 2019

Lancaster Hall Hotel, London

Piano Concert with pianist Masako Kamikawa ....

Academia & Science

Third Thursday Lectures:Tattoos, homesickness and adventure: British royals in Japan and Japanese royals in Britain in the 19th century

25 April 2019

Norwich Cathedral Hostry

Queen Victoria came into indirect contact with Japan in 1868, but in the following year her second son spent several weeks in Japan and in the early 1870s several members of the Japanese imperial family visited Britain,....

Academia & Science

Shinkansen and the Tokyo Olympics

25 April 2019

Daiwa Foundation, London

The Shinkansen, or bullet train, is an icon of Japan. The trains are some of the fastest in the world, reaching top speeds of 200 mph, and are famously punctual.....

Art & Design

Artist Talk by Kohei Nawa

18 April 2019

Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

Award-winning artist, Kohei Nawa, is currently one of the most prominent names in the world of contemporary art. His iconic PixCell series – sculptural installations in which objects such as deer are overlaid with transparent glass beads – stormed the world at the beginning of the century....

Art & Design

EXHIBITION: JIZAI by Haruo Mitsuta

17 April - 14 May 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Mitsuta is the only contemporary artist who makes Jizai Okimono (“articulated animals”) – flexible animal figures made from metal pieces, which can replicate the movements of the original animals. Originally they were made by armourers in the late Edo and the Meiji period....

Film

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Of Love & Law   愛と法

17 April 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Kazu and Fumi are running a law firm in downtown Osaka. The two male lawyers are partners not only in business but also in marriage. People showing up at the firm for advice are faced with various problems such as being in a sexual minority, child protection issues, the lack of official family records or being the subject of lawsuits. ...

Academia & Science

Book Launch: The Ghost of Namamugi

17 April 2019

Daiwa Foundation, London

In 1862 a British merchant was killed by samurai, in uncertain circumstances, at Namamugi – a quiet village near Yokohama. One year later, a British fleet bombarded the port of Kagoshima in response, reducing much of the city to ash....

Theatre & Music

Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa — Vessel

16, 17 April 2019

Sadler's Wells,London

n a striking collaboration between the Olivier Award-winning Damien Jalet, who choreographed Hussein Chalayan’s Gravity Fatigue in 2015, and Japanese experimental sculptor Kohei Nawa, Vessel blurs the lines between the human form and its environment....

Film

Still Walking + Q&A with Hirokazu Kore-eda

16 April 2019

BFI Southbank, London

This subtle, moving account of the tensions within a family is reminiscent of Ozu.. ...

Art & Design

Private View: JIZAI by Haruo Mitsuta

16 April 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The Private View is an opportunity to have a first look at the works of the acclaimed Japanese artist Haruo Mitsuta. Dr Clare Pollard, University of Oxford, will give an introduction to Jizai Okimono during the evening.....

Academia & Science

“Like Bombs”: Narrative, Memory, and Linguistic Terrorism in Contemporary Okinawan Fiction – with Vicky Young

15 April 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

In 2002, one year after 9.11, the Okinawan writer Sakiyama Tami published one of her most provocative essays, entitled “Shimakotoba de kachāshī” (“Inciting with Island Words”). Split into three parts, the essay targets standard Japanese (hyōjungo) as a monolithic language symbolic of hegemonic oppression and....

Art & Design

ARE YOU ME? –saga in manga linea- by K:KO

13 April – 8 May 2019

Sway Gallery London

K:KO (Keiko Kikkawa) is a Japanese artist based in Warsaw, Poland. She has studied manga art and modern arts in Kyoto, as well as animation in the Czech Republic. Her illustrations are a mix of Japanese manga style and European culture.

Theatre & Music

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra The sixth Europe Tour 2019

12 April 2019

Cadogan Hall, London

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Pietari Inkinen are planning Europe tour in April 2019, which will be the first Europe tour in 13 years for JPO. It will be the first time for the orchestra to visit Finland, and other visits include cities in Germany, Austria, and the United Kingdom.

Art & Design

Japanese Natural Dyes and Natural Remedies:
Talk and Demonstration by SUGIMOTO Kakuro and Tetsuo

11 April 2019

Japan House London

Japan House London’s current exhibition ‘Living Colours’ tells the story of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Japan which creates its organic dyes using natural ingredients found in the roots, leaves, barks, fruits and petals of a variety of trees and plants including shikon (Purple Gromwell root) and kihada (bark of the Amur cork tree)...

Art & Design

Wakan: The Colourful Life of Japanese Herbs
From Organic Dyeing to Bath Salts

10 April 2019

Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

Japanese herbalism, or wakan, has an intricate origin and development story. Extracted from organic flora, the natural benefits of plants and roots native to Japan have long been applied to medicine, food as well as fragrance. More recently, as contemporary interest in harnessing the power of nature is on the up rise....

Business

Threats and Opportunities in Today’s Middle East – Lt Gen (Retd) Sir Tom Beckett

9 April 2019

IISS, Arundel House, London

We are delighted to welcome Lieutenant General (Retired) Sir Tom Beckett, Executive Director of IISS–Middle East , to brief members of the Japan Society on current developments in the Middle East and the opportunities and challenges these present....

Art & Design

A Timeless Pallette: The Story of wa no iro - Japanese Colours

8 April 2019

Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London

Over centuries, Japan has developed a colour palette unique to its nation and with deep connection to its inimitable nature. Owing to the very subtle distinctions in the shades and grades of these colour schemes, 450 hues of wa no iro have been catalogued....

Art & Design

Event: Dyeing Washi: Demonstration by YOSHIOKA Sarasa

7 April 2019

Japan House London

Based in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, the craftspeople of the 200-year-old family-run Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop dye cloth and Japanese paper (washi) using age-old natural dyeing techniques and plant-based materials...

Art & Design

Gallery Talk: Spotlight on ‘Living Colours’ with Dyeing Weaver YOSHIOKA Sarasa

6 April 2019

Japan House London

The exhibition ‘Living Colours’ explores the work of the 200-year old family-run Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Fushimi, near Kyoto city,.....

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SOUTH SOCIAL CELEBRATES JAPAN

6 April 2019

Moving Pictures Cinema@MERCATOMETROPOLITANO, London

South Social Film Festival is happy to partner with THE GREAT BRITAIN SASAKAWA FOUNDATION to celebrate JAPAN. Japan is a country renowned for its historical and extensive cinema, influential music industry, anime, video gaming and rich cuisine.

Art & Design

Talk: Living with Colours: Talk by 5th-generation Master Dyer YOSHIOKA Sachio

5 April 2019

Japan House London

At the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Fushimi, a little away from the centre of Kyoto city, skilled craftspeople dye cloth and washi in a variety of colours according to the seasons.....

Art & Design

Living Colours: Kasane – the Language of Japanese Colour Combinations

5 April – 19 May 2019

Japan House London

This exhibition explores the work of the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka Dye Workshop in Kyoto. The Japanese have long had a deep appreciation of colour and a close relationship with their natural surroundings and the changing of the seasons...

Art & Design

Private View: Explore the Japanese collection at the British Library

3 April 2019

British Library, London

Did you know that British Library is the home of more than 400 manuscripts and 4,000 printed works created before the Meiji Restoration? Among the highlights of the Japanese collection are the 8th-century Hyakumantō darani, the oldest example of printing in Japan...

Art & Design

Sakura in Fukushima

2 April - 11 April 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Photography exhibition of winners' works from Fukushima cherry blossom photo contest.This event will be co-organised by NHK Fukushima and the Embassy of Japan in the UK.

Art & Design

Music in Ukiyo-e

1 April - 30 June 2019

Japanese Gallery Kensington Ltd., London

Japanese Gallery Kensington presents a collection of Ukiyo-e featuring musical instruments and those who were part of the world of entertainment. Prints by Utamaro Kitagawa, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Chikanobu Yoshu, amongst others, offer and insightful view into the world of traditional music and its importance in the visual culture of Japan during the Edo and Meiji periods.

Theatre & Music

Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta concert

1 April 2019

Southbank Centre, London

A concert of classical music played by middle and high school young people from Fukushima. Programme includes Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 and Beethoven Coriolan Overture.

Academia & Science

Fukushima Hamadori HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY 2019

March - October 2019

Various Locations

This event will be organised by Specified Non-profit Corporation HAPPY ROAD NET. "We are arranging an educational project which will provide 20 high school students from Fukushima Hamadori an opportunity to visit Sellafield Ltd...."

Theatre & Music

Dance Beyond Movement: Talk with Saburo Teshigawara & Rihoko Sato (KARAS)

29 March 2019

The Print Room at The Coronet, London

Saburo Teshigwara is one of the most influential Japanese performers and choreographers to date and highly acclaimed for his innovative forms of physical expression that break away from conventional stylistic techniques...

Academia & Science

OU-UCL Kick-off Workshop for Strategic Partnership

28, 29 March 2019

University College London, London

Workshop for further collaboration between Osaka University and UCL. 

Academia & Science

What Brexit Means for Japan

28 March 2019

Daiwa Foundation, London

As Brexit day on March 29th rapidly approaches, Japanese companies based in the UK have started to prepare for a no-deal scenario. Honda has recently announced the closure of its UK production line for four-wheeled vehicles by 2021 (though it stated that Brexit was not the reason),..

Film

A Talk by Yukiko Mishima (Director of Dear Etranger)

28 March 2019

The Soho Hotel, London

Following the UK premiere of Dear Etranger in early February, Mishima will join us in conversation with Dr Irene González-López of Kingston University, revealing the behind the scenes production of a poignant human drama which deliberates on the meaning of "family"...

Art & Design

Private View: Jake Tilson, Finding Tsukiji

27 March 2019

White Conduit Projects, London

London-based artist Jake Tilson is presenting a series of new works from an ongoing project about Tokyo’s famous fish market, Tsukiji, at White Conduit Projects. Finding Tsukiji showcases a large display of ten photo books....

Theatre & Music

Green park Youth Concert : Saki Kato

27 March 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Concert by Saki Kato, young Japanese classical guitarist and student of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Art & Design

Master - An Ainu Story – by Adam Isfendiyar

22 March - 10 April 2019

Sway Gallery London

Through a series of photographs and interviews taken by Adam Isfendiyar over a two year period, 'Master - An Ainu Story' tells the life story of an Ainu man - Kenji Matsuda, who grew up being discriminated against in his homeland because of his Ainu heritage.

Theatre & Music

Hand in Hand

22 March 2019

Dance City, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Hand In Hand is choreographed by Chisato Minamimura and is produced by Nicole Vivien Watson of Surface Area Dance Theatre and Paul Miller of Rory Studio and supported by Moving Art Management.

Academia & Science

Book Launch: The Englishman who saved the Japanese cherry

22 March 2019

Daiwa Foundation, London

Collingwood Ingram, known as ‘Cherry’ for his defining obsession, was born in 1880 and lived until he was a hundred, witnessing a fraught century of conflict and change.....

Academia & Science

Seminar: Sustainable Development Goals: Japanese and UK approaches

20 March 2019

Daiwa Foundation, London

Since their adoption by the United Nations in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been embraced with remarkable alacrity by the Japanese government and institutions, including notably Keidanren, the Japanese equivalent of the CBI.....

Art & Design

Artist Talk: untitled yet' by Shuhei Yamada

19 March2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Shuhei Yamada will be discussing the ideas and inspiration behind his work which is on display at the Foundation. In his early works, which include photography and video footage....

Academia & Science

MEXT scholarship predeparture orientation and reception

19 March 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

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

Academia & Science

Can a ‘Religion’ Be Translated as ‘Culture’? Tenrikyō’s Cultural Activities in Its Propagation in France – with Masato Kato
Event Navigation

18 March 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

Masato Kato is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions, SOAS University of London. He received a PhD (2018) from SOAS upon completing his doctoral research on the negotiation of cultural identity of Tenrikyo in relation to its propagation in France...

Theatre & Music

UK-Japan Music Society’s Spring Recital
Part I – Requiem; Part II – Music for Celebration of Japan’s New Era

17 March 2019

St John's Hyde Park Church, London

This is UK-Japan Music Society’s Spring Recital with UK-Japan Choir and UK-Japan Consort performing.

Business

TALK : Conversation with Professor YAMANAKA Shunji: Design Futures

16 March 2019

Japan House London

How was world-renowned design engineer Professor YAMANAKA Shunji’s idea of prototyping born? What will a future design engineer look like?....

Film

Films at the Embassy of Japan: The UK premiere of STAR SAND   星砂物語, Followed by Director’s Q&A

15 March 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

It is the first week of April 1945. The Americans are bombarding Okinawa and have landed in their tens of thousands. But on a small island remote from the terrors of battle, 16-year-old Hiromi lives alone in a deserted house...

Business

TALK : YAMANAKA Shunji x Ross LOVEGROVE
Design Engineer meets Sculptor of Technology

15 March 2019

Japan House London

Japan House is delighted to invite you to an evening with University of Tokyo professor YAMANAKA Shunji and award-winning British designer Ross LOVEGROVE. This will be an investigation into these leading practitioners’ acts of making, the importance of drawing, of problem solving and organic design:....

Academia & Science

Seminar: Foreign Refugee Flows into Japan: Asylum Seekers’ Circuitous Path

14 March 2019

Daiwa Foundation, London

Japan has positioned itself in paradoxical ways on the issue of refugees. Although it takes very few refugees itself, last year it contributed more than $US 150 million to the UNHCR, the fourth largest behind the US, Germany and the EU,.....

Business

TALK : Robotic Futures: Design Perspectives at the Royal College of Art

14 March 2019

Royal College of Art, London

We are on the cusp of the robotics revolution: new technologies promise a societal shift where robots will become part of our daily lives. ....

Theatre & Music

The Green Chorus Spring Concert

13 March 2019

St. Dunstan-in-the-West, London

Lunchtime recital at St. Dunstan-in-the-West by the Green Chorus, a Japanese female choir formed about 40 years ago in Golders Green, London.

Academia & Science

Seminar: Prevention of Recidivism: Trends in Japanese Criminal Policy

13 March 2019

Daiwa Foundation, London

One of the most serious current issues in criminal policy in Japan is the prevention of recidivism. Traditionally, Japan has a unique probation system which has greatly contributed to preventing recidivism,,.....

Academia & Science

Japan and the Future of the Liberal International Order

8 March 2019

Japan House London

Join us at Japan House for a discussion event held in partnership with Chatham House and the Embassy of Japan in the UK.

Art & Design

EXHIBITION: untitled yet' by Shuhei Yamada

6 March - 8 April 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the work of the renowned Japanese artist Shuhei Yamada to the UK public.

Academia & Science

Japan-UK infectious disease symposium

6 - 7 March 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Symposium on infectious disease.

Business

Joint Lunch with the JCCI – Sir Simon Fraser

6 March 2019

Drapers’ Hall, London

The guest of honour at the Japan Society and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK’s first joint lunch of 2019, will be Founder and Managing Partner of Flint and the Former Head of the UK Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service, Sir Simon Fraser....

Art & Design

Private View: untitled yet' by Shuhei Yamada

5 March 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the work of the renowned Japanese artist Shuhei Yamada to the UK public.

Business

Celebration of J-Beauty

5 March 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Networking reception and panel discussion. Promoting Japanese cosmetics and beauty industry.

Business

Japan Securities Summit

4 March 2019

The Mansion House, London

The 11th Japan Securities Summit on 4 March 2019 will provide an opportunity for European institutional investors and other market professionals to better understand Japan’s economy and securities market,..

Theatre & Music

400 years of Japanese music: the koto and its friends

4 and 6 March 2019

SOAS, University of London

Japanese Music Concert featuring koto, shamisen, shakuhachi and viola on 4 March followed by a mini-lecture-demonstration on 6 March by Toshiko Yonekawa (koto 13-string zither).

Art & Design

Demonstration: Amezaiku artist Shinri Tezuka

4 March 2019

Le Cordon Bleu London

Amezaiku artist Shinri Tezuka will join for a demonstration at Le Cordon bleu on the Japanese traditional sugar art that he has become world renowned for.

Theatre & Music

Hinamatsuri Duo Concert

3 March 2019

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, London

Arisa Nemoto and Marina Koka will play a selection of piano and violin pieces, including Beethoven and Debussy Violin Sonata. Come and hear these classical & French masterpieces, combining one of the grandest in Beethoven’s violin sonata and irresistible melodies with Debussy’s sensation of color and light.

Art & Design

PERFORMANCE The Art of Amezaiku: Japanese Sugar Sculpting Demonstration & Talk by TEZUKA Shinri

3 March 2019

Japan House London

Amezaiku is the centuries-old Japanese craft of sculpting sugar into intricate works of edible art. For the amezaiku craftsman, speed and precision are key: sugar paste is heated until soft and pliable, and then quickly and finely crafted into shape by hand and with special U-shaped Japanese scissors (nigiri-basami) before the mixture cools and hardens again.

Academia & Science

The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students

2 March 2019

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 2nd March 2019 at King’s College London. 

Theatre & Music

“Falling Family “ contemporary dance performance

2nd March 2019

The Place, London

A double-bill of contemporary dance performance.Two rising female choreographers share personal stories of illness, love and loss in a moving and inspiring double bill.

Art & Design

Painted Poems - 絵詩 – by Rie Takeda

1 - 18 March 2019

Sway Gallery London

The Sway Gallery London is proud to present a carefully curated selection of artworks by the Japanese artist and calligrapher, Rie Takeda, taken from her Painted Poems series.

Sports

King Power Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations 2019

1 - 3 March 2019

Morningside Arena, Leicester

Witness European Champions Great Britain battle it out with Pan American Champions Canada, France and World Champions Japan.

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Japan Study Tour Reunion Event

1 March 2019

Japan House London

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

Academia & Science

Japan UK Technology and Humanity in Education 2019

1 March 2019

The Royal Institution, London

With the aim of further developing awareness and understanding of the impact that emerging new technologies would have on our economy and wider society, the event will be held with leading Japanese and UK IoT companies.

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Cherry Trees for Schools

Until 28 February 2019

Cherry Trees for Schools, The Japan Society, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP

We are now inviting schools in the UK to apply to be part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Planting Project in the UK, a project to celebrate the friendship between Japan and the UK.

Art & Design

Rosetsu’s One-Inch Square Picture and the Culture of Exhibitions in 18th Century Kyoto – with Matthew McKelway

28 February 2019

Rudolf Steiner House, London

n 1798 the painter Nagasawa Rosetsu painted an image of five hundred disciples of the Buddha (arhats) on a piece of paper approximately one-inch square. The painting, which was rediscovered in the last decade,...

Film

Talk: On Kurosawa: Bodyscapes - New films by Japanese artists

28 February 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Bodyscapes is a collection of new films by Japanese artists whose use of the body is central to their work – either as a landscape, a political metaphor or method of expression – the body acts as a vehicle and subject to communicate ideas....

Academia & Science

Japanese-British Lawyers Networking Reception

28 February 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

A networking opportunity for Japanese and British lawyers in the UK in association with British Japanese Law Association (BJLA).Invitation Only.

Business

TALK: The Japanese Toilet and Omotenashi: Talk by TOTO

27 February 2019

Japan House London

Accompanying our current 'Prototyping in Tokyo' exhibition season which highlights cutting edge Japanese technology and invention, join us at Japan House for a talk which takes a closer look at one of the country’s most famous and internationally beloved engineering innovations: its sophisticated smart toilets.

Film

Films at the Embassy of Japan: NHK World Documentaries

27 February 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Co-organised by the Japan Information and Cultural Centre (JICC) and NHK World Japan, Showing The Lost Hokusai & Kurara: The Dazzling Life of Hokusai’s Daughter

Business

Lecture by Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan

26 February 2019

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 second 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.

Theatre & Music

Come and Sing’ Japan Society Choral Workshop

24 February 2019

Grosvenor Chapel, London

Following a popular and successful event in 2015, the Japan Society is delighted to present ‘Come and Sing’, a second Japan Society Choral Workshop led by Jonathan Gregory, Director of the UK-Japan Choir and Orchestra and Fellow of the Royal College of Organists...

Academia & Science

Author Talk: Kyoko Nakajima

22 February 2019

London Review Bookshop, London

Kyoko Nakajima is a Japanese fiction writer and essayist, who started her career as a novelist with “FUTON” in 2003. Nakajima’s highly acclaimed novels have won multiple prestigious literary prizes in Japan including the Izumi Kyoka Prize for “When My Wife Was a Shiitake” (Tsuma ga Shiitake data koro) ....

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Japan Now 2019

23 February 2019

British Library, London

Japan Now returns this February with a series of events around the UK celebrating the most exciting Japanese literature and culture...

Academia & Science

Talk: Re-imagining Akutagawa

22 February 2019

Daiwa Foundation, London

Ryūnosuke Akutagawa was one of Japan’s great writers – author of the stories ‘Rashōmon’ and ‘In a Bamboo Grove’, most famously – who lived through Japan’s turbulent Taishō period, including the devastating 1923 Earthquake, only to take his own life at the age of just thirty-five in 1927 ....

Sports

“From London to Tokyo ~ the cutting edge research of Sport & Health”(tentative)

22 February 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Seminar by various speakers from Loughborough University, Ritsumeikan University and Japan Sport Council supported by English Institute of Sport (tentative).

Business

Sake Tasting at Japan House London

21 - 23 February 2019

Japan House London

To celebrate London Sake Week, Japan’s National Tax Agency is supporting sake tasting over three days at Japan House London to spread knowledge and deepen appreciation of this drink from Japan.

Academia & Science

Sake Symposium: Understanding the Unique Aspects of Sake

20 February 2019

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London

The Japan Foundation and SOAS are hosting a special symposium looking at the Japanese phenomenon that is sake. Widely seen as the national drink of Japan, sake exports have been booming in recent years, with its unique taste and wide range of flavours, it has been appearing more and more on UK menus....

Academia & Science

Book Launch: The Unmaking of An American

20 February 2019

Daiwa Foundation, London

The Unmaking of an American is Roger Pulvers’ cross-cultural memoir spanning decades of history on four continents. He explores the nature of memory through connections created from people and places, both past and present....

Art & Design

Winner's Exhibition: MANGA JIMAN Competition

19 February - 29 March 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

View the winning entries from the 2018 competition in this exhibition.

Academia & Science

Translating Yukio Mishima’s The Frolic of the Beasts – with Andrew Clare

18 February 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

The Frolic of the Beasts (Kemono no tawamure) is a gripping short novel from the acclaimed Japanese author Yukio Mishima (1925-1970). Set in rural Japan shortly after World War II, it tells the story of a strange and utterly absorbing love triangle between a former university student, Koji...

Art & Design

INNERVISIONS by AKIKO BAN

14 February - 25 February 2019

Sway Gallery London

The Sway Gallery London is pleased to announce Innervisions, an exhibition by Akiko Ban, a Japanese interdisciplinary artist based in London.

Theatre & Music

Book Launch and Concert ‘Music as Heritage’

14 February 2019

Goldsmiths, University of London

The Music Department and the Asian Music Unit (AsMU), Goldsmiths, University of London are pleased to invite you to a special event where Barley Norton and Naomi Matsumoto and the contributors of the chapters will launch their new edited volume, Music as Heritage: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives.

Academia & Science

Starting new joint Research funded by UKRI-JSPS

14 February 2019

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) are pleased to invite applications to the first UKRI-JSPS Joint Call....

Business

Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese

13th February 2019

Language Centre,  SOAS University of London, London

The Japanese Speech Contest for Spoken Business Japanese was established in 1990 by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), London, and the Language Centre of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Film

Afternoon Tea and Film Screening with Director Keisuke Yoshida

8 February 2019

Afternoon Tea at The Delaunay & Film Screening at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Keisuke Yoshida is a Japanese film director and screenwriter. While he was still studying at Tokyo Visual Arts he started making his own independent films and participated in the films of Shinya Tsukamoto.

Business

Career guidance for international organizations and reception

8 February 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Networking opportunity for Japanese staff who work at International organizations based in London or Geneva

Academia & Science

Dartford Grammar School and Japan Foundation GCSE and IB Meeting

8 February 2019

King's College, London

There will be a Japanese GCSE and IB Meeting at King’s College London on Friday 8th February 2019. This will be an opportunity for teachers teaching GCSE Japanese and/or IB Japanese to share and discuss schemes of work and resources; conduct moderation and share good practice in preparation for upcoming changes to the GCSE and IB syllabus.

Theatre & Music

The Between the Stones Project

Phase 2: Development Workshop plus more 'Getting to Noh' activities

6 February 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

6 February 2019 | 6pm-8.30pm (Invitation only)
(Phase 2) Demonstration Talk and Reading of Between the Stones
Embassy of Japan, London. Presenters: Kinue Oshima, Teruhisa Oshima, Richard Emmert, Jannette Cheong

Theatre & Music

Flight Paths

5 February - 5 March 2019 (See details for touring schedule.)

Various

Two of Britain’s leading theatre companies, Extant and Yellow Earth have joined forces to present an exciting new play called Flight Paths.

Theatre & Music

The Between the Stones Project

Phase 2: Development Workshop plus more 'Getting to Noh' activities

5 February 2019

British Library, London

5 February 2019 | 7pm-8.30pm (Public Event)
(Phase 2) Performance demonstration talk at the British Library, London. Presenters: Kinue Oshima, Teruhisa Oshima, Richard Emmert, Jannette Cheong.

Business

Japan-UK Symposium on 3D Active-site Science in London

4 February 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Symposium on nanotechnology.

Film

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019

2 February - 28 March 2019

Various

Since 2004, the Japan Foundation, London has organised a Japanese film programme in close partnership with distinguished film venues and programme advisors in the UK.

Theatre & Music

The Between the Stones Project

Phase 1: Illustrated Talks & Readings

2 February 2019

Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

2 February 2019 | 10am-1pm (Student workshop)
Introductory Talk and Performance Workshop for BA Acting Students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

Art & Design

EXHIBITION: The inkblot looked like me – by Susumu Matsuura

30 January – 28 February 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Susumu Matsuura’s theme is “humans”, and most of his work expresses human emotions. He is interested in looking at the two-sided nature of human beings, who harbour both positive feelings and greed...

Art & Design

Van Gogh & Japan: The Provence year by Martin Bailey

30 January 2019

Asia House, London

Van Gogh specialist, Martin Bailey, will talk about his discoveries about the artist's period in Provence - with a particular emphasis on his love for Japanese prints.

Art & Design

Private View and Artist Talk: The inkblot looked like me – by Susumu Matsuura

29January 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

Susumu Matsuura’s theme is “humans”, and most of his work expresses human emotions. He is interested in looking at the two-sided nature of human beings, who harbour both positive feelings and greed...

Academia & Science

Talk: Portland Japanese Garden: An American Interpretation of a Japanese Artform

28 January 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

The Japanese Portland Garden is a traditional Japanese garden in Portland, Oregon. The Garden, which was designed in 1963, covers 12 acres and has eight separate garden styles..

Theatre & Music

Music, inspired by drama ~World of Yasuhiro Kasamatsu~

27 January 2019

The Grosvenor Chapel, London

A special concert on Yasuhiro Kasamatsu's music pieces including the second movement from String quartet No.4, “Sone-zaki” for string quartet, based on Bunraku (Japanese traditional puppet theater).

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Born in Okinawa

25 January 2019

Japan House London

Celebrating the UK premier screening of Born Bone Born as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019, join us for an evening dedicated to Okinawa, Japan’s tropical southern paradise.

Art & Design

Artist Talk: Mari Katayama

24 January 2019

Royal Society of Arts, London

In the photographic self-portraits of Mari Katayama, the artist’s body features prominently, surrounded by painstakingly arranged objects, both in intimate settings or set against vast landscapes....

Film

Book Launch: On Kurosawa: a Tribute to the Master Director

24 January 2019

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, London

In a recent BBC poll of 208 film critics from over 40 different countries, two of the four top-ranking films were directed by Akira Kurosawa....

Theatre & Music

Composing for Ninagawa: A Talk by Yasuhiro Kasamatsu

21 January 2019

Kings Place, London

Yasuhiro Kasamatsu is Japan’s acclaimed composer who has a wide-ranging repertoire from chamber music, to opera, to musicals....

Academia & Science

The Importance of Cultural Diversity. A long-term comparative perspective between prehistoric Japan and Britain – with Junzo Uchiyama

21 January 2019

The Swedenborg Society, London

The most distinct characteristic of human beings is our ability to create various cultures. While genetic studies have confirmed that modern humans are biologically a species which emerged a relatively recent 200,000 years ago....

Business

Talk: Industry-academia partnerships: collaborations between UK universities and Japanese enterprises

17 January 2019

Daiwa Foundation, London

Collaborations between industry and academia have been crucial in contributing to industrial innovation. These partnerships, however, involve parties with differing interests, business models and cultures, creating challenges for both academia and industry...

Business

World's Original Marmalade Awards & Festival in Japan Launch Reception

17 January 2019

Embassy of Japan, London

Reception for the 14th World's Original Marmalade Awards & Festival in the UK and for the launch in Japan.

Business

PROTOTYPING IN TOKYO: ILLUSTRATING DESIGN-LED INNOVATION

16 January - 17 March 2019

Japan House London

Prototyping in Tokyo: Illustrating design-led innovation presents the innovative designs created by world-renowned design engineer and Professor at the University of Tokyo, YAMANAKA Shunji.

Art & Design

Japan in Landscape – Watercolour Paintings exhibition by Matthew Phinn

11 January – 29 January 2019

Sway Gallery London

This exhibition is a collection of watercolour paintings celebrating the diversity and beauty of Japanese landscape. Matthew integrates Japanese brushwork and aesthetics with a traditional English water colour technique.

Art & Design

New Year Display

Until 10 January 2019

Japan House London

To celebrate the beginning of 2019 Japan House London has a display of objects to signify good fortune for the year ahead. 

Art & Design

Display: The Geometrist
by Tomoko AZUMI

Until 10 January 2019

Japan House London

Pop-up display of beautiful and complex polyhedra made from Takeo paper, and created in collaboration with designer Tomoko AZUMI.

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