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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.

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.

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

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Origami Soundscapes X The Crane @ Arcola Theatre
Aug 23 – Aug 24 all-day
Origami Soundscapes X The Crane @ Arcola Theatre

Grimeborn Opera Festival

8pm 23rd August
3pm 24th August
8pm 24th August

Origami and music. A multi-media opera installation. Verity Lane‘s two-part project draws on her 10 years’ experience of living in Japan, exploring classical Japanese traditions with a uniquely avant-garde twist.

A brand-new performance project with music, stories and concept by Verity Lane, Origami Soundscapes: Flower, Bird, Wind & Moon explores ancient symbolism and Japanese birdsong, featuring a large-scale origami performance by Coco Sato, percussion, shakuhachi and storytelling.

The Crane reimagines a Japanese folk story about a magical crane that takes human form, set around Hokkaido’s Otowa Bridge. This mystical opera installation explores traditional Japanese aesthetics through a blend of Noh theatre conventions, traditional and contemporary dance, avant-garde music and animation.

Sung in English and Japanese without surtitles.

Music and Libretto (English and Japanese) by Verity Lane

Supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/events/342669456446524/

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Verity Lane/music, words, creative directer
Coco Sato/Giant Origami
Beibei Wang/Percussion
Mirei Yazawa/Dance
Tomoko Komura/Voice
Hester Dart/Voice
Kiku Day/Shakuhachi
Rowan O’Brien/Animator

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Verity Lane
Born in Tottenham and spending nearly a decade in Japan, visual artist, composer and writer Verity Lane specialises in creating highly visual performance installations for traditional Japanese instruments. and beyond.
Her recent multi-media projects include A Thousand Bamboo in a Dancing Wind (performance installation for 300 shakuhachi, 2 dancers, projection and performance poetry, commissioned by The World Shakuhachi Festival, held at Goldsmiths, 2018), Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime (supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation), and Japanese Sandscapes: The Tale of Mt Fuji where she worked with artists including Ko Ishikawa (sho/Reigakusha), Etsuko Takezawa (koto/shamisen) and Kaho Aso (traditional Japanese dance/kotsuzumi). Both projects saw Lane launch herself within London’s avant garde music scene, selling out venues across London.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/veritycomposer/

Coco Sato is an award-winning Japanese artist based in the UK. Her work uses origami to change the way people see the world.
https://www.facebook.com/GiantOrigami/

Mirei Yazawa is a performance artist based in London.

Beibei Wang is a genre defying percussionist based in London.
https://www.facebook.com/beibeiwangmusic/

Tomoko Komura is a London based performer from Japan, trained at the London International School of Performing Arts with an MFA in Lecoq-based Actor-Created Theatre (2006). She has performed and toured in shows by award-winning theatre companies such as Theatre Ad Infinitum (Ballad of the Burning Star), Theatre Témoin (Jukai) and Out of Chaos (Out of Chaos).

Kiku Day is a shakuhachi player based in Denmark.
http://www.kikuday.com/

Hester Dart is a London based contralto and graduate from the University of Leeds. They study with Prof. Neil Baker and are currently finishing their second year at the Morley College Opera School. Hester is particularly interested in promoting the work of
LGBTQ+ composers and musicians. They would like to contribute towards a more inclusive and accessible environment within classical music and opera.

Rowan O’Brien is a renowned animator and 3D artist from the West Coast of Ireland. He mixes sketches, objects, computer animation, and video in his work. He has screened and exhibited work across Europe, South Korea and Japan, where he lived and studied Japanese fabric craft known as oshie.

Sep
21
Sat
2019
SSA Introductory Sake Professional (in English) @ VSF Wine Education
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
SSA Introductory Sake Professional (in English) @ VSF Wine Education

The Introductory Saké Professional course is the first step to entering the saké sommelier world.

This course represents a unique opportunity for saké enthusiasts or front-of-house staff to further their understanding of saké from its origins and serving etiquette to its ingredients and production, as well as an introduction to the differences between various types of saké.

This course includes a range of the finest sakés available and guests receive a certificate from the Sake Sommelier Association (SSA) for their participation.

Sep
22
Sun
2019
SSA Introductory Sake Professional (in French) @ VSF Wine Education
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
SSA Introductory Sake Professional (in French) @ VSF Wine Education

The Introductory Saké Professional course is the first step to entering the saké sommelier world.

This course represents a unique opportunity for saké enthusiasts or front-of-house staff to further their understanding of saké from its origins and serving etiquette to its ingredients and production, as well as an introduction to the differences between various types of saké.

This course includes a range of the finest sakés available and guests receive a certificate from the Sake Sommelier Association (SSA) for their participation.

Sep
29
Sun
2019
WSET Level 1 Award in Sake + Mirin-Making Class @ VSF Wine Education
Sep 29 all-day
WSET Level 1 Award in Sake + Mirin-Making Class @ VSF Wine Education

For individuals new to saké study, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of saké. You will explore the main types and styles of saké through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe sakés accurately, and make food and saké pairings.

Exclusive mirin-making session – roll your sleeves up and make your own mirin (味醂; a sweet cooking condiment similar to saké) to take home!

Jan
18
Sat
2020
WSET Level 3 Award in Sake + Kanpai Sake Brewery Visit @ VSF Wine Education
Jan 18 – Jan 26 all-day
WSET Level 3 Award in Sake + Kanpai Sake Brewery Visit @ VSF Wine Education

For individuals seeking to develop their expertise in saké, this qualification will provide you with a detailed understanding of the production methods that affect the style, quality and price of saké. Upon completion you will be able to assess sakés accurately, and use this information and your understanding of sakés to make authoritative recommendations.