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.




Art & Designe

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.

And More

Cherry Trees for Schools

Until 28 February 2019

Cherry Trees for Schools, The Japan Society

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 U



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.

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


Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese

13th February 2019

Language Centre,  SOAS University of 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....

Art & Design

MANGA JIMAN Competition

15 February 2019

Embassy of Japan

Exhibition and award ceremony of MANGA JIMAN Competition.


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