Japanese Events in London

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Nov
17
Sat
2018
Brave Blossoms: the History of Rugby in Japan @ World Rugby Museum, Twickenham Stadium
Nov 17 2018 – Aug 31 2019 all-day

WRM_BraveBlossomsExplore the full history of the birth and evolution of rugby union in Japan, from 1866 when Yokohama became the site of the oldest rugby club in Asia, to being awarded Rugby World Cup 2019.

This special exhibition, produced in partnership with England Rugby Travel and Kanto District Transport Bureau, charts the evolution of rugby alongside the development of modern Japan. How ‘the father of Japanese rugby’, Ginosuke Tanaka, brought the sport to Keio University and how a series of sporting pioneers, including members of the Japanese Royal Family, allowed the sport to flourish. It will examine how Japanese corporations have nurtured the game at a domestic level allowing Japanese rugby to make significant impacts at international level, and culminating in the famous victory the Brave Blossoms achieved over the Springboks at Rugby World Cup 2015 and the awarding of Rugby World Cup 2019 to Japan.

World Rugby Museum adult ticket £12.50. Concessions available.

May
23
Thu
2019
Manga マンガ @ The British Museum
May 23 – Aug 26 all-day

Manga マンガEnter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.

Manga is a visual narrative art form that has become a multimedia global phenomenon, telling stories with themes from gender to adventure, in real or imagined worlds.

Immersive and playful, the exhibition will explore manga’s global appeal and cultural crossover, showcasing original Japanese manga and its influence across the globe, from anime to ‘cosplay’ dressing up.

This influential art form entertains, inspires and challenges – and is brought to life like never before in this ground-breaking exhibition.

Jun
5
Wed
2019
This is MANGA – the art of Urusawa Naoki @ Japan House, London
Jun 5 – Jul 28 all-day

OPENING HOURS:
Monday to Saturday 10:00–20:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays 12:00–18:00

Admission Free

*Opening hours may vary depending on events, so please check our website on the day of your visit

This summer Japan House London presents an exhibition on the popular form of Japanese illustrated literature – manga – through the work of internationally acclaimed manga artist, URASAWA Naoki.

The exhibition immerses visitors in the iconic Japanese art form and introduces Urasawa’s ideas from inception through development, with more than 400 original drawings and storyboards on display. Selected stories from seven of his major works are presented with full English translations, highlighting the breadth of the artist’s narrative styles; works include ‘YAWARA!’, ‘MONSTER’, ‘20th Century Boys’, ‘MASTER KEATON ReMASTER’ (Story by Takashi Nagasaki) , ‘PLUTO’ (Story by Osamu Tezuka, co-authored by Takashi Nagasaki, Supervised by Macoto Tezka, with the cooperation of Tezuka Productions), ‘BILLY BAT’ (Story Co-creator : Takashi Nagasaki), and ‘MUJIRUSHI’ (‘The Sign of Dreams’, with the cooperation of Fujio Productions).

The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to enjoy Urasawa’s manga directly from his original hand-drawn storyboards and offers a unique glimpse into the artist’s process and psyche.

Jun
6
Thu
2019
Everything Comes in Waves by Kentaro Yamada @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Jun 6 @ 9:30 am – Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm
Everything Comes in Waves by Kentaro Yamada @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the London-based Japanese artist Kentaro Yamada to the UK public. Everything comes in waves is his first solo exhibition in London.

Yamada is interested in the encounter between material history and humankind’s subjectivity. As subjective and creative beings, we have been trying intuitively to make meanings out of our natural surroundings for millions of years.

Yamada creates poetic situations that allow viewers to experience encounters of human life and material history. The artist reminds us that values born out of human history provide a partical view of the world. He seeks to place this story within broader physical contexts, exploring different scales from the hand-held to the cosmic, or from the universal to the instantaneous.

In this exhibition, Yamada presents a combination of new and old works, which will include light installations, dyeline prints that he created in 2011 after the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, and a series of sculptural objects as a poetic installation, creating a space to experience encounters of human creativity and materials, and the two coming together as one, as part of a larger Life.

This exhibition is curated by Francesca von Zedtwitz-Arnim.

Jun
21
Fri
2019
Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami @ Serpentine Pavilion
Jun 21 – Sep 6 all-day

The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.

Jul
5
Fri
2019
Visitors by Ushiki Masanori @ Pocko Gallery, 51A King Henry's Walk, Mildmay Ward, London N1 4NH
Jul 5 – Sep 2 all-day

Visitors is an ongoing series of portrait characters by Ushiki Masanori, who is regarded as a cult figure in the art world of Japan and, much like his predecessors Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami, Ushiki’s aesthetic centres around diverse themes of childhood and contemporary media. Visitors was born on Ushiki’s Instagram timeline on August 13th 2016, and faithfully he continues to post a new character once a day, every day. From sci-fi monsters to beautiful angry alien girls, Ushiki’s Visitors pay tribute to the many expressions and characters the artist met throughout his youth, familiar hallmarks from popular culture that resonate with our collective consciousness.

Ushiki is a rising star with the ability to capture aspects of anime, manga or Tokusatsu (live-action anime) and to re-mix these elements into a fantasy world of creatures that delight the eye and tickle the senses. Equally so, his sophisticated linework and monochrome palette captures the preposterous with a complex elegance.

In his debut European exhibition, Pocko Gallery will be home to Ushiki’s characters throughout the summer and copies of the book, Visitors, will be available to purchase at the exhibition.

Jul
11
Thu
2019
“A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Makie” The Lacquer Works of Koyanagi Tanekuni @ Brunei Gallery, SOAS
Jul 11 – Sep 21 all-day

“A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Makie” The Lacquer Works of Koyanagi TanekuniThe artist’s first exhibition outside Japan of Lacquer works by the contemporary craftsman Koyanagi Tanekuni in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.

There will be a Study Day on lacquer with specialist lectures, workshop, and gallery talks during the exhibition.

The exhibition aims to promote a better understanding of the craft tradition in Japan, the material lacquer, and the technique of Makie. Koyanagi uses the traditional technique of Makie, but creates objects in innovative modern design that appeal to the contemporary taste. The artist is keen to show how these objects are used in everyday life of Japanese in contemporary society.

Open: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30 – 17:00
Late night Thursday until 20:00
Closed: Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays

Jul
27
Sat
2019
Summer Explorers! Manga Comes To Life @ British Library, Knowledge Centre Theatre
Jul 27 – Jul 28 all-day
Summer Explorers! Manga Comes To Life @ British Library, Knowledge Centre Theatre

Love Japanese films and passionate about manga? This special film season will satisfy both cravings!

Manga is an art medium which has enjoyed widespread popularity both at home in Japan, as well as globally abroad, for many decades now. Countless Japanese filmmakers have reached for it as a source of inspiration due to its narrative nature which explores intricate storylines as well as animated characters. Much like literature, manga is a mirror reflecting the realities and ideas of the Japanese society.

From over the top, offbeat narratives of psychic teenagers and upstart political wrangling in a high school environment, to spectacular battles between good and evil, and stories of tender friendships Summer Explorers 2019 : Manga Comes To Life – Live Action Japanese Film Based on Manga showcases the range of plotlines that this graphic art has provided film creatives. Come and see the versatility of the influence that manga has had on Japanese cinema!

Presented and Curated by the Japan Foundation, in collaboration with the British Library.

Monograph – Japanese supper club @ Secret warehouse conversion in Whitechapel
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm
Monograph - Japanese supper club @ Secret warehouse conversion in Whitechapel

A secret multi-course Japanese dinner with audio / visual experiences whilst meeting new people in an art gallery in east London.
And you can bring your own booze x

For this new concept we have hired an art gallery in a warehouse conversion 4 min walking from Whitechapel station to host our most ambitious Japanese dining experience with the feeling of a trip to Tokyo and where sounds and images blur the line between real and unreal.

About the menu

The dinner will start with a watercress salad with sesame dressing. The creamy, sweet and nutty dressing is made by blending sesame seeds, rapeseed oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce and sugar.
The smokiness and umami of katsuobushi (bonito flakes) adds complexity to the dish.

We will then be serving the square-shaped, incredibly silky and firm Sanuki udon with an umami-rich dashi broth, citrus-marinated Scottish smoked mackerel and mixed seaweeds.

The following course will be a fresh contrast of textures, featuring soft tofu, grated ginger and katsuobushi.
A refreshing summery dish that we find works particularly well after the richness of the udon.

The last course will be a selection of Japanese sweets: matcha dorayaki (the Japanese interpretation of the pancake, filled with green tea powder custard), chocolate mochi (a thin layer of glutinous rice enclosing a chocolate ganache) and aka daifuku (a glutinous rice cake filled with anko, a sweet azuki bean paste)

Menu

Watercress salad with sesame dressing

Udon noodles with smoked mackerel and mixed seaweeds

Soft tofu with grated ginger and katsuobushi

Matcha dorayaki, chocolate mochi, aka daifuku

Dietary requirements
We cater for most allergies and dietary requirements,
please let us know your requirements on the booking form.

Drinks
The event is BYOB, feel free to bring your favourite drinks.

Location
Our current space is an art gallery in a warehouse conversion 4 min walking from both Whitechapel and Aldgate East station.
The address will be provided at the time of booking.

Time
Doors for the 7PM event open at 6:30PM
Doors for the 9PM event open at 9PM
We recommend to arrive as soon as the doors open to fully experience the event.

Aug
7
Wed
2019
Ainu Othello @ TARA Arts
Aug 7 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 10 @ 9:00 pm

Ainu Othello at TARA ARTSSHAKESPEARE’S MASTERPIECE GETS A POWERFUL JAPANESE REVIVAL

It is 1860, in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Othello is an Ainu, one of the indigenous people of northern Japan. He falls in love with a Japanese woman and is betrayed by a friend (Iago) of mixed Ainu and Japanese heritage.

Lies, manipulation and discrimination are the steadfast roots of jealousy in this epic performance of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

Ainu Othello is adapted by Kazumi Shimodate, Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Company Japan.

Co-directed by Kazumi Shimodate and Ainu theatre director Debo Akibe, this spectacular production has been staged in Sendai, Tokyo, and Sapporo, opening powerful discussions about discrimination faced by the Ainu, and the prospects for new relationships in the modern era. Each performance will be preceded by a presentation from the Dance Group Piricap.

Ainu Othello is a rare opportunity to see how Shakespeare remains a contemporary chronicler of human prejudices in another part of the globe.

Performed in Japanese