Japan-related Events in London

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Jun
16
Sat
2018
Tatsuo Miyajima @ William Morris Gallery
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm

Image by Ken Adlard c Tatsuo Miyajima Courtesy Lisson Gallery

16 June to 23 September 2018

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm; free


Tatsuo Miyajima is one of Japan’s foremost contemporary artists. Through his work he explores the concept of time, incorporating original material made around the establishment of Greenwich Mean Time in 1884 with his trademark “Miyajima numbers”. For his latest work, Miyajima has collaborated with William Morris, using his iconic Bird fabric from 1878 to create a new work in the series.

An exhibition on the Story Lounge (first floor landing).

Supported by the Japan Foundation

Jun
23
Sat
2018
Okinawa Day 10th Anniversary @ Spitalfields
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Okinawa Day 10th Anniversary @ Spitalfields

London Okinawa Sanshinkai is back at Spitalfields this summer for Okinawa Day!

This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Okinawa Day with special guests from Japan xx

Join us to celebrate Okinawan classical & folk music, Eisa dancing, karate, food, drinks & much more!

When: Saturday 23th June 2018
Time: 10am-6pm
Where: Spitalfields, London E1 6AA
Admission Free

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/londonsanshin/okinawa-day
Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/okinawadayinlondon

Programme:

10:00~ Stalls Opening
10:50~ Opening Speech: Mr. Hironobu Nara (JNTO)
11:00~ Opening Ceremony: Ryukyuan Classical “Kajadifu Bushi”
11:07~ Amami Music feat. Tamukai Miharu
11:30~ Okinawan Folk Music: “Champuru” Set
12:05~ Traditional Tea Ceremony & Ryukyuan Classical Music
12:25~ Tsugaru Shamisen feat. Ichikawa Hibiki
12:40~ Okinawan Music feat. Horiuchi Kanako
13:15~ Traditional “Eisa” Dancing
13:45~ Okinawan Karate & Kobudo
14:20~ Yaeyama Folk Music
14:45~ Miyako Folk Music feat. Yogi Masaki
15:10~ Ukulele Music
15:25~ Okinawan Karate & Kobudo
16:00~ Okinawan Folk Music: “Mo Ashibi” Set
16:30~ Amami Music feat. Tamukai Miharu
16:53~ Okinawan Music feat. Horiuchi Kanako
17:28~ Traditional “Eisa” Dancing & Grand Finale!

Jul
31
Tue
2018
World Shakuhachi Festival Gala Opening Concert @ Union Chapel
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm
World Shakuhachi Festival Gala Opening Concert @ Union Chapel

The Opening Gala Concert of the World Shakuhachi Festival.

The World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 brings together many of the world’s best performers of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, from all continents. It presents, at highest level, a broad cross-section of traditional and contemporary solo and ensemble music for shakuhachi. As an instrument, the shakuhachi is known by many people, but without being named or recognised. It has put in appearances in many film soundtracks, including the final Harry Potter films, and is on the other hand enjoyed by many because of its deeply meditative quality. The instrument is, however capable of a broad range of music, from quiet to energetic and stimulating, alone, and grouped with other instruments, from Japan and elsewhere. The broad spectrum of its music will appeal to music lovers from all walks of life and with all tastes, from traditional to modern, from meditative to ‘world music’.

The WSF2018 will offer an unique opportunity to experience the world of shakuhachi close up and in a variety not seen before in the UK or Europe. Our schedule is bursting with a wide range of concerts, workshops, lectures, talks, exhibitions, screenings and informal gatherings, bringing together around 40 top-level shakuhachi performers from Japan and another 40 from other countries to play and teach. Whether you are a seasoned shakuhachi professional, an enthusiastic hobbyist or simply interested in discovering new cultural and musical territory, WSF2018 is the place to be.

Aug
1
Wed
2018
World Shakuhachi Festival @ Goldsmiths, University of London
Aug 1 – Aug 4 all-day
World Shakuhachi Festival @ Goldsmiths, University of London | England | United Kingdom

The World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 brings together many of the world’s best performers of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, from all continents. It presents, at highest level, a broad cross-section of traditional and contemporary solo and ensemble music for shakuhachi. As an instrument, the shakuhachi is known by many people, but without being named or recognised. It has put in appearances in many film soundtracks, including the final Harry Potter films, and is on the other hand enjoyed by many because of its deeply meditative quality. The instrument is, however capable of a broad range of music, from quiet to energetic and stimulating, alone, and grouped with other instruments, from Japan and elsewhere. The broad spectrum of its music will appeal to music lovers from all walks of life and with all tastes, from traditional to modern, from meditative to ‘world music’.

The WSF2018 will offer an unique opportunity to experience the world of shakuhachi close up and in a variety not seen before in the UK or Europe. Our schedule is bursting with a wide range of concerts, workshops, lectures, talks, exhibitions, screenings and informal gatherings, bringing together around 40 top-level shakuhachi performers from Japan and another 40 from other countries to play and teach. Whether you are a seasoned shakuhachi professional, an enthusiastic hobbyist or simply interested in discovering new cultural and musical territory, WSF2018 is the place to be.

Aug
4
Sat
2018
Pre-Summer Explorers! 4th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema
Aug 4 @ 5:15 pm
Pre-Summer Explorers! 4th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema

From anime to 70’s horror, drama to eye-opening documentaries, discover something for everyone with our brand new season of free Japanese cinema screenings.

NHK WORLD-JAPAN Double Bill (Part 1) 5.15pm (English Subtitles)
A Tale of Love & Honour: Life in Gion Dir. Maki Kubochi, 2017, 49min | Image: © NHK
Take a peek into the distinct district of Gion in Kyoto and witness the proud and wistful stories of people belonging to this secret world in this fascinating documentary from NHK WORLD-JAPAN.
Living Ninja Legend Masaaki Hatsumi 2016, 49 min | Image: © NHK
Masaaki Hatsumi, 84 years old, is a living ninja in modern times. What is the essence of his astonishing art? This documentary investigates the hidden power of this ninja master.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nhk-world-japan-double-bill-part-1-tickets-48029483478

House 7:20pm (English subtitles, suitable for ages 15+) Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977, 88min
Nicknamed Oshare, meaning gorgeous, Miyuki (Kimiko Ikegami) was excited to spend the summer with her father, until she found out his new young wife would be joining them. Looking to escape this awkward situation, she decides to take six of her school friends to her aunt’s house in the countryside, and one by one, strange things start happening to them. This monumental horror comedy pushed the director Obayashi to the world of fame.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/house-tickets-48027877675

Tickets are free, but must be booked via Eventbrite.

Aug
5
Sun
2018
Pre-Summer Explorers! 5th Aug @ Courthouse Hotel Cinema
Aug 5 @ 2:15 pm
Pre-Summer Explorers! 5th Aug @ Courthouse Hotel Cinema | England | United Kingdom

From anime to 70’s horror, drama to eye-opening documentaries, discover something for everyone with our brand new season of free Japanese cinema screenings.

Summer Wars 2.15pm (suitable for ages 12+) Dir. Mamoru Hosoda, 2009, 114min
Kenji Koiso is a 17-year-old maths genius and part-time OZ moderator who is invited by his crush Natsuki on a summer trip. Shortly after arriving at Natsuki’s family’s estate, which is preparing for her great-grandmother’s 90th birthday, he receives a strange, coded message on his cell phone from an unknown sender who challenges him to solve it. Would Kenji be able to crack the code and save the world from danger?
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-wars-tickets-48028039158

NHK WORLD-JAPAN Double Bill (Part 2) 4.30pm (English subtitles)
My Small Steps to Hiroshima 2016, 50min
Kaoru Ogura dedicated his life to telling the world about Hiroshima, where the first atomic bomb was dropped. This documentary recounts the life and work of Ogura and his fellow anti-nuclear activists.
The Phone of the Wind 2016, 49 mins
On a hill overlooking the sea in northern Japan is a phone booth known as the “Phone of the Wind”. It is connected to nowhere, but many people come here to “call” their loved ones lost in the 2011 tsunami…
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nhk-world-japan-double-bill-part-2-tickets-48028201644

Kikujiro 6.40pm (English subtitles, suitable for ages 12+) Dir. Takeshi Kitano, 1999, 122min
Young Masao decides to embark on a journey from Tokyo to Toyohashi, in Aichi, to find his long-lost mother. Keeping it a secret from the grandmother he lives with, his elderly neighbour Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano) decides to accompany him on his trip. This is a timeless human drama by legendary director Takeshi Kitano.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kikujiro-tickets-48028520598

Tickets are free but booking is essential through Eventbrite.

Aug
11
Sat
2018
Pre-Summer Explorers! 11th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema
Aug 11 @ 2:15 pm
Pre-Summer Explorers! 11th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema | England | United Kingdom

From anime to 70’s horror, drama to eye-opening documentaries, discover something for everyone with our brand new season of free Japanese cinema screenings.

Only Yesterday 2.15pm (English subtitles, PG) Dir. Isao Takahata, 1991, 118min
Office worker Taeko decides to take a break from Tokyo during the summer to spend time in the countryside, somewhere she hasn’t been for nearly two decades. Along the way, her childhood memories come pouring back to her. This is early work by Studio Ghibli directed by the late Isao Takahata.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/only-yesterday-tickets-48028849582

Napping Princess 4.40pm (English subtitles, PG) Dir. Kenji Kamiyama, 1991, 111min
Kokone should be studying for her university entrance exams, but she’s finding it harder and harder to stay awake because when she sleeps, her daily life has been swapped for the fantastic world of Heartland. However, when events in the dream world start mirroring those in the real world, she finds herself drawn into battles in both.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/napping-princess-tickets-48029260812

Mitsuko Delivers 7.00pm (English subtitles) Dir. Yuya Ishii, 2011, 109min
Mitsuko (Riisa Naka) is down on her luck. Despite being dumped by the boyfriend whose baby she’s carrying, jobless, and penniless, she’s sunnily optimistic and decides to go back to her hometown to help those around her. She sets out to solve their problems one by one, delivering her positivity wherever she goes.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mitsuko-delivers-tickets-48029370139

Short Japanese Language Taster Sessions on 11th August!

3.30pm-6.30pm, Screen 2 @ Soho Hotel Cinema

Have you ever wanted to introduce yourself like a Japanese film character? We will be running short language taster sessions for beginners focusing on Japanese in Anime/Manga. Anyone can drop by and take part, so please come along to get involved!

Tickets are free, but booking through Eventbrite is essential

Aug
12
Sun
2018
Summer Explorers! 12th Aug @ Courthouse Hotel Cinema
Aug 12 @ 2:00 pm
Summer Explorers! 12th Aug @ Courthouse Hotel Cinema | England | United Kingdom

Our popular Summer Explorers free film season returns! From puppetoon animation to Samurai comedy, and a film version of Japan’s mega hit TV drama, we have something to suit all ages and tastes.

His Master’s Voice 2:00pm & 6:40pm Dir. Hiroyuki Itaya, 2014 | 95 min
Set in the Edo Period, Sadakichi (Nayuta Fukuzaki) returns home to take a holiday from his work after being bullied there. In order to cheer up their little son, his parents ask their gloomy looking neighbour, Taihei (Taihei Hayashiya), a former Rakugo storyteller, to give a performance for him. Sadakichi is deeply moved by his performance and hopes to become Taihei’s apprentice.
Booking: 2:00pm – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/his-masters-voice-200pm-tickets-48023635988
6:40pm – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/his-masters-voice-640pm-tickets-48024626952

Giovanni’s Island 4:15pm Dir. Mizuho Nishikubo, 2014 | 104 min
In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast. On the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/giovannis-island-tickets-48024243806

Tickets are free but booking through Eventbrite is essential.

Aug
18
Sat
2018
Summer Explorers! 18th Aug @ Regent Street Cinema
Aug 18 @ 2:30 pm
Summer Explorers! 18th Aug @ Regent Street Cinema

Our popular Summer Explorers free film season returns! From puppetoon animation to Samurai comedy, and a film version of Japan’s mega hit TV drama, we have something to suit all ages and tastes.

Chieri and Cherry 2:30pm Dir. Makoto Nakamura, 2015 | 54 min
The only friend Chieri has is a stuffed animal Cherry; it talks and plays with Chieri, and helps her go through life in place of her late father. When she visits her grandmother’s house for her father’s memorial, they find a stray dog giving birth to puppies, but a mean crow and strange monster come to steal them. Can Chieri and Cherry keep them safe?
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chieri-and-cherry-tickets-48024676099

Cat Samurai 3:50pm Dirs. Takeshi Watanabe and Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, 2014 | 100 min
Masterless samurai Kyutaro Madarame (Kazuki Kitamura) is hired by a dog-loving gang to get rid of a rival gang’s cat, being under the impression the cat has possessed the gang leader. The only problem – when Madarame comes face to face with the cat in question, he can’t go through with it… and is now the target of both gangs! Hilarious comedy for both cat lovers and non-cat lovers alike.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cat-samurai-tickets-48024765366

Oshin 5:50pm Dir. Shin Togashi, 2013 | 109 min
In 1907, 7-year-old Oshin is traded for 60kg of rice and sent to work in a lumber shop. Suspected of theft by the owners, she runs away into the mountains during a blizzard. Found by the kind Shunsaku, Oshin learns how to read and write, and the importance of independent thinking. A remake of the biggest hit drama in Japanese TV history, Oshin retells the story of a woman whose patience and endurance helped her through a tough life.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oshin-tickets-48024792447

Tickets are free, but booking through Eventbrite is essential.

Oct
6
Sat
2018
Naviar Haiku Fest III London @ The Old Church
Oct 6 all-day
Naviar Haiku Fest III London @ The Old Church | England | United Kingdom

The third edition of the Naviar Haiku Fest, a day event exploring the relationship between music and haiku poetry, comes back to London for the second time after our first show in October last year.

We’ll start the event with an introductory workshop to haiku, a traditional short form of Japanese poetry. In the afternoon there will be a series of talks and panel discussions focused on creativity, ‘arts-meets-science’ and more.

The Haiku Fest will end with a series of live performances by members and friends of Naviar Records, working in the fields of ambient, electronic and contemporary classical music.