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June in Japan brings the beginning of the month-long rainy season, tsuyu, with an average monthly rainfall of 165mm. There's nothing to dampen our spirits here in the UK though with a range of Japan-related events taking place. This year, the Embassy of Japan is delighted to be taking part in the biennial London Festival of Architecture with an exhibition titled 'Ie - Home', showcasing the talents of 5 UK-based Japanese architects. Two Japanese architects are also exhibiting their work at the V&A's 'Architects Build Small Spaces' Exhibition in full scale, something rarely seen in a conventional architecture exhibition,

Spitalfields Market in East London plays host to Okinawa Day where visitors can enjoy a taste of Okinawan culture. Outside London, dogu, treasures from ancient Japan, are on display at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

June also sees the start of the eagerly awaited 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa with the 'Samurai Blue' kicking off their campaign against Cameroon on June 14th. Before setting off for South Africa, Japan, a 2022 World Cup bidding nation, will face England in a warm-up match in Graz, Austria on May 30. Named in the Japanese squad is former Celtic playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura whose impact at the Glasgow club led to great interest in Japan. So much so that local primary school children are invited to take part in Japan-related workshops at the Celtic Learning Centre at Celtic FC's ground.

In May, two important anniversaries in the history of Anglo-Japanese relations were celebrated in glorious sunshine at the Japanese Garden Party in Hammersmith Park on May 23rd, the 100th anniversary of the Japan-British Exhibition and the 50th Anniversary of the Nippon Club in London.

Prizes were awarded to the winners of the second Japan Society Members' Art Exhibition at the Embassy on 27 May. Keep reading to find out who the winners were!


The Embassy of Japan
7 June - 30 July 2010


1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
15 June - 30 August 2010


Okinawa Day 2010

Spitalfields Market
26 June 2010


'unearthed' exhibition

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
22 June - 29 August 2010

Films at the Embassy

The Burmese Harp
7 July 2010, 6.30pm

  Visit the Japan-UK Events Calendar!

Japan Workshop at the Celtic Learning Centre in Glasgow

Every Friday
Celtic Learning Centre, Celtic Park, Glasgow



Japan Foundation Webpage Contest for Schools 2010

See the full results here! A few spaces are still available for the Presentation Evening at Award Ceremony, to be held at the Embassy of Japan on 14 June. Click here for more details.

Two Landmark Events Commemorated in Hammersmith Park

Hammersmith Park
23 May 2010


Playing With Space - Prize Giving and Closing Reception for 'Asobi - Play' the Japan Society Members Art Exhibition.

The Embassy of Japan
27 May 2010



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