Art & Design

Poetry in Stop Motion - New Expressions in Japanese Animation: A Talk by Prof Yuichi Ito

29 September 2017, London

Employing clay, models and real-life objects, Prof Yuichi Ito is an animation director and creator of numerous popular TV shows, commercials and music videos known for using a variety of animation techniques to create a distinct and original aesthetic. The creator behind the beloved NHK TV show Knyacki! , Prof Ito is also a leading figure in the Japanese animation industry and teaches at the Tokyo University of the Arts where he has inspired a new generation of Japanese animators, pushing the boundaries with new expressions and promoting an experimental spirit.


In conjunction with the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017, this special talk in London will reveal Prof Ito’s creative process in bringing his animated creations to life and his reasons for exploring many different animation approaches, from CGI through to stop motion. Drawing on his wealth of experience, world-class animator Prof Ito will cast a professional eye over the current animation industry in Japan and discuss what makes a good animator and animation.


After his presentation, Prof Ito will be joined for a discussion by Abigail Addison, co-founder and director of Animate Projects.


This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit:

29 Septmber 2017, 6.30pm
Curzon Soho (Screen 3), 99 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5DY
The Japan Foundation, the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival.