Japan-related 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.

Apr
1
Mon
2019
Music in Ukiyo-e @ Japanese Gallery Kensington
Apr 1 – Jun 30 all-day

Music in UkiyoeMusic in Ukiyo-e figured in many ways – through the act of listening or playing, or through music’s place in relation to a depicted character, perhaps a theatre actor or a geisha. These prints illustrate scenes of music making or scenes containing musical elements that are drawn from everyday life and from various Kabuki and Noh plays featuring stories of the past.

Japanese Gallery Kensington presents a collection of Ukiyo-e featuring musical instruments and those who were part of the world of entertainment. Prints by Utamaro Kitagawa, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Chikanobu Yoshu, amongst others, offer and insightful view into the world of traditional music and its importance in the visual culture of Japan during the Edo and Meiji periods.

The ukiyo or floating world was a domain of theatre and music, containing within it the idea of carefree existence, living for the moment and relishing in the aesthetic aspects of being. Music in Japanese visual culture also functioned as an important accompaniment and endorsement of beauty, playing a significant role in portraits of actors and women.

These print could be enjoyed audibly as much as they could visually and were designed to evoke the music associated with a given character’s identity. The emphasis was not so much on recalling the plot, but on remembering how one experienced the sound and feeling of the drama.

Beauty prints captured a similar sentiment. Those who could afford the company of geisha and courtesans wished to recall their experience. These women were regarded as the epitome of art and beauty and the presence of music highlighted their talents. In a sense, beauty in a geisha was incomplete without musical accompaniment.

Free admission

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
14
Fri
2019
Hikari Shimoda: Stand Up, Saviour @ Dorothy Circus Gallery
Jun 14 – Jul 13 all-day

Hikari Shimoda at Dorothy Circus Gallery, LondonThe colourful and disarming artworks by the Japanese pop painter Hikari Shimoda will intertwine with the emotional and poetic Street Art by the Italian Millo, filling up Dorothy Circus Gallery’s walls. The intense dialogue between their artworks highlights their unique representation of adolescence and modern youth.

The Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda paints using bright colours and illustrative techniques that combine brushstrokes, lettering and collage. Her work is uniquely made by a juxtaposition of horror and sweetness, a dichotomy that perfectly reflects today’s society. Stareyed children are a direct quote to the superhero child of the Manga culture, and their desire and strength to grow to protect all the children of the world from violence and loneliness. At the same time these characters also reveal the uncertainty and fragility of their own future and that of a tainted and lost childhood.

Hikari Shimoda will be attending the Opening event on 14 June 2019. FREE: RSVP to info@dorothycircusgallery.com to attend.

Jun
22
Sat
2019
Okinawa Day 2019 @ Spitalfields, London
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Okinawa Day, London 2019“Our mission for Okinawa Day 2019 is to introduce Okinawan culture further in the UK and enrich the existing relationship between Okinawa and the UK which has been established through our previous Okinawa Day events. We are also keen to reach an ever-larger UK audience to participate in future Okinawa related events and to create an Okinawan cultural hub in the UK.
Okinawa Day 2019 will also offer entertainment for kids, making it a unique opportunity for families to enjoy the richness of Okinawan culture. We are planning to present the following events at the main square – performing arts (folk and classical songs accompanied by sanshin lute, drumming performance and Eisa dance, etc). ”

The prospective program includes:
・Ryukyu (Okinawa) and Amami traditional music, Eisa dance, Karate performance, Ukulele music with Hula dance.
Performances of Okinawa-related music, dance, martial arts by individuals and groups from the U.K., France, Amami islands and Okinawa islands
・Entertainment for kids stall
・Food and drink stall
Display of Okinawan food and drink outlets including Awamori (Okinawan liquor), fruit juice, Okinawan sweets and more.
・Arts and Crafts Stalls from Okinawa
Display of  Sanshin and other unique and original arts and crafts objects from Okinawa and our original t-shirts.

Jun
30
Sun
2019
Yokimono Japanese Market @ The Factory Dalston
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Yokimono Japanese Market in The Factory Dalston

Yokimono Japanese Market in The Factory Dalston

YOKIMONO Japanese Market in Dalston A brand new event forcusing Japan’s ‘YOKIMONO (meaning; GOOD THINGS in Japanese). Featuring Sushi and other Japanese food, arts & crafts, fashion, vintage kimono, stationeries, books, Jewerlies and more! You will meet many good London based Japanese traders and artists. At 2pm and 4,30pm there is a Japanese Taiko Drummers live performance too.

Jul
9
Tue
2019
The London Japanese Language Meetup @ The Comedy Pub
Jul 9 @ 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:
The Comedy Pub , 7 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE London,

We’ll have our usual monthly Japanese social and language exchange on Tuesday 10th October at the Comedy pub.

お陰様でMeetupは今年で14年目になりました。参加費は皆様わずか£1となっています。人気イベントの為に大変混雑していた会場ですが、今回からは2階にもスペースを広げました。

英会話を練習したい方/ロンドンで友達を作りたい方/日本語を勉強している外国人達と知り合いたい方, 好例の毎月第二火曜日のミートアップにいらっしゃいませんか。どうぞお気軽にご参加下さい! 次のイベントは:
10月10日(火)

150人ぐらいはイベントに来ます。オルガナイザーは青い「Fuji desu」Tシャツを着ます!

場所: 冰The Comedy Pub , 7 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE
日時:10月10日(火)、19時から
最寄駅:地下鉄Piccadilly Circus駅もしくはBond Street駅
備考: 参加費無料。予約不要。お気軽にお立ちより下さい。

The event is from 19:00 to 23:00. It’s close to Picadilly Circus and just off Leicester Square. 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:http://www.eigokai.co.uk

The London Japanese Language Meetup group webpage: http://www.meetup.com/japanese-34/

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

Aug
10
Sat
2019
Teach 1-to-1 English in Japan *August 2019 UK Recruiting Event* @ TBD
Aug 10 all-day
Teach 1-to-1 English in Japan *August 2019 UK Recruiting Event* @ TBD

Looking to experience something new in 2019? Why not try teaching English in Japan?
Gaba Corporation is the leading one-to-one English language school in Japan, with 44 locations spread across the major cities. Instructors have the benefit of a flexible schedule which they design monthly, with no minimum or maximum number of lessons needing to be taught each month. Our clients are motivated adults with varying goals and interests, and there is a large focus on development for Instructors in the form of different workshops and mentorship. Career opportunities are also available. Teaching English in Japan with Gaba is a great opportunity to live in the exciting culture of Japan and gain some valuable professional experience at the same time.
We are looking for applicants who possess the following:
• Solid people skills
• Good command of the English language
• Ability to work independently
• Desire to live and work in Japan
• TEFL/ TESOL certification or ESL experience preferred
Testimonials from current instructors available to watch at our website.
If you are living in or near any of the following locations, please come along to one of our Information Seminars in August 2019 to meet a recruiter and learn more about Gaba:
• Manchester – August 8th (evening)
• London – August 10th (daytime)
If you are not able to attend our Recruiting Event, you may still apply for a position to come to Japan to teach with GABA through our website.

Aug
13
Tue
2019
The London Japanese Language Meetup @ The Comedy Pub
Aug 13 @ 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:
The Comedy Pub , 7 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE London,

We’ll have our usual monthly Japanese social and language exchange on Tuesday 10th October at the Comedy pub.

お陰様でMeetupは今年で14年目になりました。参加費は皆様わずか£1となっています。人気イベントの為に大変混雑していた会場ですが、今回からは2階にもスペースを広げました。

英会話を練習したい方/ロンドンで友達を作りたい方/日本語を勉強している外国人達と知り合いたい方, 好例の毎月第二火曜日のミートアップにいらっしゃいませんか。どうぞお気軽にご参加下さい! 次のイベントは:
10月10日(火)

150人ぐらいはイベントに来ます。オルガナイザーは青い「Fuji desu」Tシャツを着ます!

場所: 冰The Comedy Pub , 7 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE
日時:10月10日(火)、19時から
最寄駅:地下鉄Piccadilly Circus駅もしくはBond Street駅
備考: 参加費無料。予約不要。お気軽にお立ちより下さい。

The event is from 19:00 to 23:00. It’s close to Picadilly Circus and just off Leicester Square. 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:http://www.eigokai.co.uk

The London Japanese Language Meetup group webpage: http://www.meetup.com/japanese-34/