Theatre & Music


6 – 9 May 2020

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

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

Academia & Science

A Real Fukushima – describing the nine-year journey

19 March 2020

4 The Square, University of Glasgow

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

Academia & Science


POSTPONEND until 31 March

17 March 2020

The University of Glasgow

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


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

11 March 2020

Gilmorehill Halls Cinema, University of Glasgow

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

Art & Design

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

10 March 2020

Alliance française de Glasgow, Glasgow

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


Nanairo Ekiden Stirling 2020

8 March 2020

University of Stirling Sports Centre, Stirling

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

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Japan Cultural Workshop

5 March 2020

4 The Square, University of Glasgow

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

Academia & Science

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

22 February - 14 March 2020

Auld Kirk Museum, Kirkintilloch

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


Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020

31 January - 29 March 2020


The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for its 17th edition under the concept of ‘happiness’.Happiness, though universal in its importance, is felt so subjectively by humankind that the definition of the concept is still very elusive.......

Theatre & Music

2019 Autumn UK Noh Tour by “Passion in Stillness”

8, 9, 10 November 2019

Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Join us for a performance & workshop presented by Noh Masters from Japan and get a rare glimpse of 14th century classical Japanese theatre in Munenori Takeda's "Passion in Stillness", coming soon to The University of Stirling.

Art & Design

E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas

7 November 2020 - 14 March 2021

Edinburgh City Art Centre, Edinburgh

E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas is an exhibition of the Glasgow Boy's paintings and photographs. Hornel took and collected thousands of images throughout his life, and he used many of these to inspire the paintings....

Art & Design

Ishiuchi Miyako

30 July – 4 October 2020

Stills: Centre for Photography, Edinburgh

This will be the first ever exhibition of work by Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako in Scotland.


Scotland Loves Anime 2019

11 - 20 October 2019

Vairous in Scotland

Scotland Loves Anime is returning for its 10th anniversary this October...

Art & Design

Kimonos: a portrait of a Japanese family

9 - 31 October 2019

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Presented within the Mackintosh Suite of the House for an Art Lover visitor attraction the exhibition places the kimonos (some 20-30) into the context of the Japanese influence on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald.

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Japan Autumn Festival

6 October 2019

Teviot Debating Hall, Edinburgh

Join us for our family-friendly Autumn Festival!
We will offer a variety of performances, booths and activities throughout the day for adults and children alike to enjoy, including: Japanese calligraphy, sushi and sake tasting, spooky arts & crafts, games and much more!

Art & Design

Part Seen, Part Imagined

5 October – 1 December 2019

Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Part Seen, Part imagined brings together new and existing work by a number of artists and designers based in Scotland who have all formed their own relationships with Japanese tradition and culture in their practice, ...

Academia & Science

Henry Dyer Memorial Event

23 September 2019

University of Glasgow Gilmorehill Campus, Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is delighted to invite you to the Henry Dyer Memorial Event, on the afternoon of 23 September, to celebrate the long-standing links between Japan and the City of Glasgow....

Academia & Science

Re-Inventing Modernity: Franco-Scottish Encounters With Japan

17 September 2019

Alliance française de Glasgow, Glasgow

A one-day event including a conference with participants from Scotland, France and Japan, ....

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Aberdeen Japan Day

15 September 2019

Trinity Hall, Aberdeen

Participatory Japanese culture introduction event held in Aberdeen.

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Japanese Workshop Days

31 August & 1 September 2019

Japanese Garden, Cowden Garden, Dollar, Clackmannanshire

This weekend of workshops is a fantastic opportunity to learn from Professor Masao Fukuhara, who restored the Japanese Garden at Kew and has flown over from Japan especially for this weekend at Cowden.

Theatre & Music

Kabuki Theatre: Narukami Thunder God at the Edinburgh Fringe

19 - 24 August 2019

Perth Theatre, Edinburgh

We intend to perform a rendition of the 17th century Kabuki play entitled "Narukami" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a week this August.

Theatre & Music


19 - 23 August 2019

Greenside, Edinburgh

"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.

Theatre & Music

Bach Keyboard Concertos: Concert 3

16 August 2019

St Cecilia's Hall, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Brilliant Dutch/Japanese harpsichordist Masato Suzuki is one of today’s most incisive, elegant players. Alongside works for solo keyboard, he performs Bach’s spirited, energetic G minor Concerto BWV 1058, and the breathtakingly virtuosic D minor Concerto BWV 1052, Bach’s earliest keyboard concerto.

Theatre & Music

Opening reception- Japanese Performers at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

14 August 2019

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

On the 14th August, there will be an opening reception for Fringe goers to meet and learn more about Japanese performers taking part in this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Tanabata: Japanese Star Festival

7 July 2019

National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh

Celebrate Tanabata with a magical family afternoon at National Museum of Scotland.

Art & Design

Kansai Yamamoto: More is more

3 July 2019

V&A Dundee, Scotland

One of the most renowned fashion designers of our time joins us for an exclusive talk.....

Academia & Science

Pump It Up!

4 June 2019

Howden Park Centre, Scotland

It is a school project which all high schools in West Lothian participate. Children will create a new idea/product with Heat Pump....

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Japanese Children's Day in Orkney

4 May 2019

King Street Halls, Kirkwall East Church, Orkney

he Japan Foundation, London is proud to be co-organising the Japanese Children's Day family event at King Street Halls in Orkney.

Theatre & Music

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra The sixth Europe Tour 2019

14 April 2019

Usher Hall(Edinburgh)

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

Kimono fashion show

18 March 2019

Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh

Kimono fashion show by collaborating with Tartan.

Art & Design

Talk on Kimono & Workshop

12 March 2019

Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Talk by Dr Saeko Yazaki and Workshop. Co-organised by University of Glasgow and Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh.

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Japan Week

4 March - 8 March 2019

University of Stirling, Stirling

Talk, Workshop and Exhibition on Japan.

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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.

Academia & Science

An evening on Fukushima

27 February 2019

University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh will be holding an informative evening dedicated to learning about the progress of Fukushima’s environmental recovery.


Japanese wagyu seminar

25 February 2019

Official Residence of the Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh

Through the cutting demonstration and tasting, this seminar promotes Japanese Wagyu beef by Zen-Noh Europe. Invitation only program.

Academia & Science

Japan and the United Kingdom – A Collaborative Future

21 February 2019

Royal Society of Edinburgh

A panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges for future Japan-UK cooperation in a post-Brexit environment at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the 21st of February.


International Business and Economy Lecture

11 February 2019

Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh

Guest talk on international business and economy from the Consul General of Japan.

Art & Design

February Half Term: an Egypt and East Asia celebrationEVENT TITLE 1

9, 10, 12 February 2019

National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh

Celebrate the launch of our new Ancient Egypt, East Asia and Ceramics galleries with a packed half term programme of exciting cultural demonstrations and activities.

Theatre & Music

Flight Paths

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


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

Academia & Science

Shogi Lecture & Workshop

4 February 2019

University of Stirling, Stirling

Talk on Shogi by brain resercher and playing Shogi.


Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019

2 February - 28 March 2019


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.


Japanese Film Festival

1 February & 8 February 2019

Edinburgh University

Short talk on a film and filming.

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