A THOUSAND CRANES http://athousandcranes.org.uk/
in association with artsdepot
The Little Mochi Man
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY VICKY IRELAND FOR CHILDREN AGED 4-7 AND THEIR FAMILIES
DESIGN BY MILA SANDERS MUSIC BY JULIAN BUTLER
HARUKA KURODA AND NATSUMI KURODA
Join little Mochi Man on his adventures as he travels from the snowy mountains of Hokkaido, to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
Inspired by the traditions of Shogatsu (Japanese New Year celebrations) and with ‘origami’ puppets, animation and especially composed music, this is the perfect introduction to Japan for young children.
The Little Mochi Man is performed by CBeebies and CBBC regular Haruka Kuroda and Natsumi Kuroda, written and directed by award winning Children’s theatre director Vicky Ireland.
Made possible Design is by Mila Sanders with music and animation by Julian Butler. It is produced by A Thousand Cranes n association with artsdepot, and is supported by funding from Arts Council England.
Vicky Ireland is a writer and director of children’s theatre and was awarded the first MBE for services made to Children’s Theatre. She was Artistic Director at Polka Theatre in Wimbledon for 18 years and presented TV’s Words and Pictures for 12 years and will be back at Polka this summer to direct her acclaimed production of Jacqueline Wilson’s Double Act www.vickyireland.com
A Thousand Cranes was founded in 2006 by performer Kumiko Mendl and writer, director Vicky Ireland to bring the many fascinating stories and cultures of Japan to UK audiences and the company has performed throughout the UK and abroad.
A Thousand Cranes were made Artistic Associates of artsdepot in 2009.
020 8232 1010
Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse
020 7709 8900
020 8369 5454
09 – 11 Feb
the egg, Theatre Royal, Bath
Lincoln Japan Festival, Lincoln
0844 338 5000′
Nuffield Southampton Theatres Campus
023 8067 1771
Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich
0208 858 7755
The Cockpit, Marylebone
020 7258 2925
Cambridge junction, Cambridge
The Courtyard, Hereford
23 – 25 March
Polka Theatre, Wimbledon
020 8543 4888
Stratford Circus Art s Centre, Stratford
020 8279 1080
The Civic, Barnsley
23 -27 May
Little Angel Theatre, Islington
020 7226 1787
Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury
* Call Charges apply
Admission: Each venue will have their own ticket pricing
Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema
Everybody has once told a lie or kept something hidden from others. Whether for good intentions or otherwise, it is a fundamental and intriguing aspect of human nature which has provided inspiration to countless storytellers and filmmakers.
With diverse cinematic voices, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 features some of the best examples of cinema from Japan and will look at how the country’s filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the “(un)true” colours of human nature. The twists and turns of life portrayed in the programme are at times heart-rending, at other times hilarious, but always enthralling.
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 is programmed and produced by Junko Takekawa, Paul Graham, Yuri Kubota and coordinated by Darian De La Cruz and Melisha Kontemeniotis. Special thanks to Kiyomi Nakazaki, Dr Alexander Jacoby and Jasper Sharp.
The tallest mountain of Japan, Mount Fuji, could be seen from almost anywhere in Edo, the capital of Japan. From 17th to late 19th century, when Ukiyo-e, Japanese woodblock prints were in the height of its popularity, this iconic mountain made an impact upon the great
masters such as Hokusai (1760-1849) and Hiroshige (1797-1858) and later continued to inspire Shin-hanga artists such as Hasui (1883-1957).
This exhibition, held in collaboration with Japanese Gallery, focuses on Mt. Fuji from various artist’s viewpoints, depicted in a variety of seasons, colours, and climates. Immortalised in these prints, the exhibition is a display of the admiration of this icon spanning the centuries.
With a packed day exploring the literature and culture of this fascinating country, Japan Now is joined by writer Richard Lloyd Parry, Ghosts of the Tsunami, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake, Tokyo Idols, contemporary artist Suzanne Mooney, and novelists Tomoyuki Hoshino and Toshiki Okada whose works speak exclusively to the Heisei generation (1989 to present).
There will also be a talk by Hideo Furukawa, one of Japanese literature’s most highly regarded authors, who will read from his latest book, Slow Boat, and who will be joined by author Mariko Nagai, Dust of Eden: A Novel, to discuss their approach to writing Japan’s recent history through poetry and photography,
Not only limited to novelists and writers, one of Japan’s leading contemporary photographers Mika Ninagawa, will join Simon Barker to discuss her work as well.
Japan Now also includes Japan North and Japan Now Touring which include talks, film screenings and visual art events at Sheffield, and various other locations.
This is an unmissable opportunity to take the pulse of the nation through its artists and their imagination, and to get books signed at the event.
The Japan Foundation will also be hosting a separate talk with Hideo Furukawa on 28 February at King’s Place, King’s Cross. More details to follow soon.
For Japan Now details please visit the British Library website for full details and to book tickets: https://www.bl.uk/events/japan-now-2018
For Japan Now North details please see below:
Programmed by Modern Culture in partnership with the Japan Foundation and University of Sheffield.
Supported by Arts Council England, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the Japan Society.
Erskine, Hall & Coe is pleased to present Membrane, the first European exhibition of lacquer artworks by Japanese artist, Genta Ishizuka. The exhibition will comprise 21 works and will be viewable from the 21st of February through the 22nd of March 2018.
Born in Kyoto in 1982, Ishizuka currently lives and works in Kyoto City. He earned a BFA from Kyoto City University of Arts, during which time he participated in an exchange program at the Royal College of Art, London in 2006. Most recently, he graduated with a MFA in Urushi Lacquering from Kyoto City University of Arts in 2008.
Speaking of the meaning behind the title of his exhibition, Ishizuka explains
I believe “membrane” is a word that is connected to both my production method that utilizes elastic cloth, as well as the sense of envelopment given by applying the urushi, in the way it covers the whole work like a skin. This word that is used with animals, plants and other organisms also has an affinity with the organic material of urushi, and can mean a kind of skin, connoting physicality.
Ishizuka’s work has received international recognition and awards, and is included in the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Alongside her debut solo UK exhibition at Japan House Gallery, Japanese artist Setsuko Ono will give a talk at the foundation on the 23rd February, 6pm. Ono will discuss the concepts behind her paintings, sculptures, and her two public sculptures in Japan, Ocean and Dreams. The outdoor sculptures are located at Hara Museum, Tokyo, and can be viewed in the exhibition through virtual reality goggles. Ono will also discuss her progression into steel working, which she took up in 1995, and the techniques she uses – making spontaneous sculptures, drawing directly onto the metal without a blueprint or a plan.
Ono creates steel sculptures characterised by their cut-out shapes, forming open and closed figures and designs. The cut-out silhouettes are bent in an animated way, while the cut-out negatives let sunlight and views of nature through, so the sculptures integrate and melt into the surrounding environment.
The exhibition will also include mixed media paintings that reflect the artist’s interest in international politics, illustrating Ono’s emotional responses to war and migration throughout history, from the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939, to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 and the European migrant crisis.
Ono’s exhibition at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation will be followed by a show at Asia House in March 2018.
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At the event, the artist will sign catalogues.
Image: Dreams, 2006, Steel © Setsuko Ono. Photo Acknowledgements: Chan Chao
Date: Friday 23 February 2018, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Address: 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent’s Park), London NW1 4QP
To book a place, please follow the link: http://dajf.org.uk/exhibitions/setsuko-ono/artist-talk-setsuko-ono
The team behind Jidori, the much-loved yakitori restaurant in Dalston have announced that they will open a second site in Covent Garden on Tuesday 27th February. As well as bringing the popular Japanese small plates and skewers to central London, the restaurant will have a new extended menu and a karaoke room for private parties.
Goze is a term referring to visually-impaired female musicians who travelled Japan playing shamisen. After World War II, with the expansion of the welfare service for disabled people and the enhancement of education for visually impaired people, Goze came to be recognised as relics of the pre-modern times. With the passing of Haru Kobayashi (1900-2005), who was known as the “last Goze”, the culture of Goze, once maintained by visually-impaired people, disappeared from Japanese society in the 21st century. Is it right for Goze culture to be forgotten completely?
In this talk, Professor Kojiro Hirose will discuss “the hands of Goze” and approach the relevance and the possibility of Goze culture from three different angles: “touching the sound”, “touching the colour”, and “touching the heart”. Referencing Goze folk songs, which Goze created and spread as their own oral traditions, Professor Hirose will clarify the role that tactile culture of visually impaired people should play in today’s society.
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP
Makoto “Speed Guru” Kawabata is best known as leader of Japanese psychedelic band Acid Mothers Temple, and for his innumerable collaborations & recordings with members of Gong, Guru Guru, & many other Japanese and international musicians.
Geoff Leigh is well known for his work with Henry Cow in the early 70’s, as well as contributing to fellow Virgin bands of the time Hatfield And The North, & Slapp Happy. In recent years he has collaborated with members of Faust, Porcupine Tree (as Ex-Wise Heads with bassist Colin Edwin), Nurse With Wound, and musicians such as Mitsuru Tabata, Tatsuya Yoshida, & Nana Tsiboe. He is currently a member of Jump For Joy (featuring members of Faust & Henry Cow), and The Artaud Beats (also featuring Henry Cow alumni).
The duo first played together in Kyoto, Japan, in 2014 – the recording of this concert was released on CD as Spatial Roots.
In 2016 they played eight concerts in Japan – material from these is in the pipeline for a 2nd CD release. Their music embraces a wide range of styles and influences, mixing elements of ethnic, rock, jazz, world, ambient, & electronica, and is completely improvised.
Kamura Obscura solo – Atsuko Kamura
One of Tokyo’s most emotive and inventive singers, part of the women’s liberation movement, giving birth to the first Japanese feminist punk band, Mizutama Shobodan (Polkadot Fire Brigade), Japanese agit-prop feminist pioneers. They toured Japan and released two albums, the second of which, Manten ni Akai Hanabira (Red Petals Full in the Sky) was produced by Fred Frith.
She joined UK based Japanese pop group Frank Chickens alongside Kazuko Hohki in 1988 and toured Europe, US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, USSR and Japan. This group appeared in Kazuko’s Karaoke Klub on Channel 4 TV in UK in which Kamura was hostess to Spike Milligan, also surviving Jimmy Saville, and performing in musical Club Monkey.
After decades of soaking up London underground rave, in 2002 she began working with Robert Storey (Orchestre Murphy) in a new group I am A Kamura (Simon King – guitar, Matt Armstrong – bass, and Paul May – drums).
Other projects included vocal duo Honeymoons with Tenko, touring in Europe, Canada and US where they played with innovative New York improvisers such as Tom Cora. Their album was produced by Kenichi Takeda. Kamura’s hard rock project Yamaneko (Hiroshi Higo – bass, Boy – drums and Lapis – guitar) featured performances with John Zorn. And Anglo-Japanese jazz progressive rock band, Setsubun Bean Unit, (Gideon Jukes – tuba, Pete Flood – drums, Brendan Kelly – sax) who made an appearance in Sonar festival in Barcelona in 2007, whilst she has also worked with improvising rock trio Superstrings. As a solo improviser vocalist Kamura has performed with improvisers Eddie Prevost, Clive Bell, Sylvia Hallett and Charles Haywood.