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Sep
5
Thu
2019
Erika Kobayashi: His Last Bow @ Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix
Sep 5 – Nov 21 all-day

Erika Kobayashi “In My Hand— The Fire of Prometheus”, 2019

The first showing of the Japanese artist Erika Kobayashi in the UK. The exhibition explores her family history strangely intertwined with the discovery of uranium, radioactivation, invention of atomic bomb, and Sherlock Holmes.

Erika Kobayashi is a singular artist: she moves seamlessly to and from a wide range of media for her creation; manga, novels and visual art, always with strong messages to convey. The themes across her media of choice stay constant — things that are invisible, time, history, family, memory, and traces of places — but she treats the core concept with distinctive approaches for each medium in ways that can be only done with that particular medium. A natural story teller, in manga and novel the artist builds the case with layers and webs of relatable anecdotes, often conjuring up space and time, slowly drawing in the readers and makes the point. In visual art Kobayashi is more direct, almost confronting audience with bold images that lay out the issues in front of them and ask questions; it is all about the power of image.

Curated by Hikotaro Kanehira, the upcoming exhibition comprises photographies, short video, drawings and other materials that feature short stories. But again, it is the eclectic mix of media and unusual combination of photographic and video images, figurative drawings and verses, that construct Kobayashi’s unparalleled universe that is also a peculiar amalgam of what are loosely defined as ‘art’ and a wide scope of popular culture, which may be a mirror image of what we are in today’s world.

Image:

Erika Kobayashi “In My Hand— The Fire of Prometheus”, 2019 C-print 43.2cmx35.6cm © Erika Kobayashi, Courtesy Yutaka Kikutake Gallery, Photo: Kasane Nogawa

Erika Kobayashi (b.1978, Tokyo)

lives and works in Tokyo.

Recent solo exhibitions: “1F in the Forest of Wild Birds” Yutaka Kikutake Gallery, Tokyo (2019), “Trinity” Karuizawa New Art Museum, Nagano (2017). Group exhibitions include: “Image Narratives: Literature in Japanese Contemporary Art” The National Art Center, Tokyo (2019), “Women Imagining Rooms: About the Diary of Lady Sarashina” Ichihara Lakeside Museum, Chiba (2019), “Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice,” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2016); “Living Locally –Reconsidering Critical Regionalism,” ARTS MAEBASHI (2015), “Your Dear Kitty, the book of Memories,” collaboration with The Future, Lloyd Hotel and JCC, Amsterdam (2015), and “The Radiants,” Bortolami Gallery, New York (2015). Residency with the Asian Cultural Council, NYC (2007-2008).

Nominated for the major literature awards including Mishima Yukio Award and Akutagawa Award both in 2014 for her novel “Breakfast with Madame Curie”. Other publications include: “Hikari no kodomo LUMINOUS (Children of Light: Luminous)” volume 1 and 2, (2013 and 2016) “Your Dear Kitty” (2011).

Kobayashi’s father is a psychiatrist and a Sherlockian, Tsukasa Kobayashi.

Click here for the artist website.

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix
19 Goulston St, London, E1 7TP
Visit the website

Oct
3
Thu
2019
Nara: sacred images from early Japan @ The British Museum, Room 3 and 93
Oct 3 – Nov 24 all-day
Bodhisattva of Compassion (Dream-changing Kannon), gilt bronze, AD late 600s – early 700s. Hōryūji temple, National Treasure. Photo by Sasaki Kyosuke, provided by Nara National Museum.

Bodhisattva of Compassion (Dream-changing Kannon), gilt bronze, AD late 600s – early 700s. Hōryūji temple, National Treasure. Photo by Sasaki Kyosuke, provided by Nara National Museum.

Nara, in the Yamato region of Japan, was the country’s capital from
AD 710–784 – and the cradle of traditional Japanese culture.

This special display runs in two rooms: the Asahi Shimbun Displays (Room 3) has treasures from Hōryūji, one of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples, dating between the AD 600s and 700s. The Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries (Room 93) feature sacred sculptures and paintings from the great temples and shrines of Nara, from the AD 700s to the 1400s.

The Buddhist religion was introduced to Japan from China and Korea in the AD 500s, along with writing and new forms of government, transforming indigenous culture. For most of Japanese history, Buddhism has flourished alongside Shinto, native beliefs in kami (deities of nature and ancestors). In Nara, Shinto kami came to be regarded as emanations and protectors of Buddhist deities.

The Asahi Shimbun Displays Hōryūji, temple of the exalted law (Room 3)
The great temples and shrines (Room 93)

Nov
7
Thu
2019
Cosmogenesis by Hiroe Saeki @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Nov 7 2019 – Jan 31 2020 all-day
Cosmogenesis by Hiroe Saeki @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to host Hiroe Saeki’s first UK solo show.

Hiroe Saeki’s work inhabits a liminal zone on the edges of the perceivable: monochromatic explorations of the subject of beauty in nature, delicate drawings with a weightless quality, sparse compositions evoking traditional aesthetics. Like a photograph, the totality of the artwork and the detail are valued equally.

The void is inherent in her work, allowing the microscopic and macroscopic viewpoint to coexist. Thus her chosen tool is the pencil: ephemeral because it can be erased, fluid because it is undefined, emancipating because there is no outline to follow.

In this exhibition, she presents a new body of work with graphite and water. The powdered graphite travels through capillaries of water: settling where and when the water evaporates, to be absorbed by the land of paper. The resulting surfaces recall water-carved planetary landscapes.

Saeki’s practice evokes associations with biological or mineral forms, such as geological sediments. Exquisite, miniscule lines take us to the nano level of the cellular structure of organisms. Combined with the serendipitous nature of her new graphite process, they take on a sense of the cosmic. This new work coalesces her vision of the world into a yearning to interconnect with the universe at all its scales.

Admission free

Monday – Friday 9.30AM – 5PM

Hiroe Saeki (b. 1978, Osaka) currently lives and works in Berlin. Notable exhibitions include: Abstract and Empathy, Pola Museum, Tokyo 2019; Visions of Exchange: Daimler Contemporary, Berlin 2018; It’s Our Permanent Collection!, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo 2016; Now Japan, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort 2013 and the 242nd Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London 2010. Awarded Grants include: POLA Art Foundation Program of Overseas Study 2014; Daimler Foundation, Artist-in-residence Berlin 2010 and The VOCA Encouragement Prize in 2006. Collections: MoMA, New York; The Daimler Art Collection; Deutsche Bank; Doron Sebbag; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Miniature Museum (Netherlands); Toyota Art Collection; The UBS Art Collection.

Image credits: Untitled 2019, Pencil and graphite and acrylic and acrylic ink and Japanese ink on paper, 39x54cm © Hiroe Saeki

Nov
15
Fri
2019
The Language Show @ Olympia London
Nov 15 – Nov 17 all-day

Whether you’re learning a language, teaching languages, using languages professionally or simply love language, you’ll find resources, help and advice; ways to learn, ways to teach, inspiration and entertainment.

Three days packed with loads of exhibitors, educational seminars, language taster classes and cultural performances…all free to attend.

Visit the Language Show if…

 

You’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced language leaner
You’re a language teacher at any level
You’re a linguist who simply loves languages
You’re looking to find a job with languages
You’re passionate about foreign travel, dance, culture and cuisine.

Nov
23
Sat
2019
Experience Japan Exhibition 2019 @ The Royal Society London
Nov 23 all-day
Experience Japan Exhibition 2019 @ The Royal Society London

The Experience Japan Exhibition aims to introduce the growing range of study and research opportunities available in Japan.

This year,8 Japanese education institutions and several Japan-related organisations will be attending to provide information on degree programmes taught entirely in English, as well as on the research opportunities, summer courses and other options open to international students. There will also be a chance to find out about the variety of scholarships and research funding available to enable you to take advantage of these learning opportunities.

This year’s line-up of seminars will cover the basics about local life, as well as allow you to hear directly from individuals who have experienced studying or conducting research in Japan. Guest speakers will be delivering presentations that provide insights into Japanese language, as well as showcasing Japanese innovation. There will also be a special seminar on the ever-popular Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.
So come along and find your way to Japan – the experience of a lifetime awaits!

Online registration is recommended but not required. Pre-register via the link below to receive a special gift on the day of the exhibition.

Experience Japan Exhibition Website
http://www.experience-japan.jp/

Nov
24
Sun
2019
YOKIMONO Japanese X’mas Market @ The Factory Dalston
Nov 24 all-day
YOKIMONO Japanese X'mas Market @ The Factory Dalston

YOKIMONO JAPANESE XMAS MARKET
Date & Time: Sun. 24th November 2019 11am-6pm
PLACE: The Factory, 21-31 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2DA

Free entry ticket registration and full list of traders & performers;
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/79882846745

On Sunday 24th Novenber 11-6pm, YOKIMONO JAPANESE MARKET is presenting a Japanese-themed Christmas market and cultural event at The Factory, Dalston, East London. YOKIMONO means ‘good things’ in Japanese. Traders will be offering; delicious Japanese food & sweets, vintage kimono, ceramics, illustrations, stationary, clothing, jewelry and much much more – all made in Japan or produced by Japanese artists in London. As well as a wide variety of market stalls, there will be performances from Japanese musicians, Furoshiki eco-wrap demonstrations, MANGA portraits, Kimono dressing demonstration, Japanese REIKI healing and SHIATSU massage trial sessions!
Come and explore traditional and contemporary Japanese arts & crafts, food and culture, and you’ll find unique and authentic gifts for Christmas.

FREE ENTRY & FAMILY FRIENDLY.

For the latest event information visit the event instagram;
https://www.instagram.com/yokimono_japanese_market/

Nov
26
Tue
2019
Artist Talk: Hiroe Saeki in conversation with Ito Ogawa @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Nov 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Hiroe Saeki in conversation with Ito Ogawa @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Hiroe Saeki’s work inhabits a liminal zone on the edges of the perceivable: monochromatic explorations of the subject of beauty in nature, delicate drawings with a weightless quality, sparse compositions evoking traditional aesthetics. As in a photograph, the totality of the artwork and the detail are valued equally.

In this exhibition, she presents a new body of work with graphite and water. The powdered graphite travels through capillaries of water: settling where and when the water evaporates, to be absorbed by the land of paper. The resulting surfaces recall water-carved planetary landscapes.

Together with Ito Ogawa, the artist will discuss her influences, her work and the exhibition Cosmogenesis.

Image credits: Untitled 2019, Pencil, bronze pigment, acrylic, watercolour and gold leaf on paper, 52x77cm © Hiroe Saeki

Dec
3
Tue
2019
Klimt & Japan @ Asia House
Dec 3 @ 6:45 pm

Klimt & JapanKlimt & Japan–THIS EVENT IS A TALK BY DR MARKUS FELLINGER

At the end of the nineteenth century, the raging art movement known as Japonism—a French term coined in the 19th century to describe the Japanese influence on European art and design—became one of the most present components of Gustav Klimt’s new art. Klimt (1862-1918) was a leading figure in the plastic arts of Vienna at the turn of the 20th century, and his paintings became known for their opulent decorative character full of gold surfaces and fin-de-siècle eroticism, which still today enjoys widespread popularity. However little is known how Japanese art served as a catalyst for the renewal of Austrian Art by the work of Klimt and other members of the Secession movement, who often based their works on these aesthetics. Furthermore, Klimt was an avid collector of East Asian art objects; woodcuts, noh masks, ceramics, and textile designs. This lesser known connection between the artist and Japan has been recently celebrated at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, “Gustav Klimt Vienna-Japan 1900” (April 23 – July 10, 2019).

Join Dr Markus Fellinger, author of Au Temps De Klimt, and curator at Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna in a colourful talk on the enigmatic connection between Klimt and Japan.

Dec
9
Mon
2019
The Japan Society Book Club @ The Japan Society
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm

apan Society Book Club 2018Join us on the second Monday of each month for the Japan Society Book Club. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book.

Visit the website to see which book will be the focus each month.

Booking Information

Please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 3075 1996 or email: events@japansociety.org.uk to book a place on any of our events. When emailing, please include the event title in the subject line.
Alternatively you can book online via our online booking form.

Dec
10
Tue
2019
The London Japanese Language Meetup @ All Bar One
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please note to cover costs there is a £1 entry charge on the door.

ミートアップの会場が変わります! 新しい会場は:
All Bar One , 108 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1HD

There is good space to chat to people in Japanese and English. It is very informal and there is a friendly crowd.

日英ミートアップパーティー ~定期イベントのお知らせ~ 日本語で:The London Japanese Language Meetup group webpage: http://www.meetup.com/japanese-34/