The “Japan-UK Season of Culture” will unfold in 2019 and 2020, when Japan hosts two sporting landmarks: the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.  It seeks to build on the British people’s keen interest in these events by showcasing Japan’s multifaceted attractions.  We hope that people all over Britain will join with us in embracing this chance to deepen mutual understanding, thus helping to create an enduring legacy.





University of Oxford Internships and Work Placements in Japan

Until 30th June 2019

The Oxford Alumni Club of Japan is currently running a six month long campaign to expand the number of intern host companies and organisations in Japan for 2019 and beyond.

Art & Design

Lifelines: the Woodcuts of Naoko Matsubara

16 April – 6 October 2019

Gallery 11, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University

This exhibition celebrates the remarkable artistic career of Naoko Matsubara, a distinguished Japanese print artist based in Canada. 40 joyful woodcuts created over six decades demonstrate the remarkable innovation and variety of her work

Art & Design

The Citi exhibition Manga

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

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....

Theatre & Music

A Night of Music

25 May 2019

St Botolph’s Church, Colchester

The Colchester Military Wives Choir are being joined by The Amici Mixed choir from Okinawa, Japan and the Bao-Lai junior High School Chorus from Taiwan, for A Night of Music.

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..... 


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