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In Search of Forgotten Colours @ The Victoria & Albert Museum
Jul 17 2018 – Jan 27 2019 all-day

A display of textiles and paper samples from the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. The display is accompanied by four short films about Yoshioka Sachio, the fifth generation head of the workshop, and the art of natural dyeing. Films also viewable online at :


Admission Free

Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito at Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix Gallery, Shoreditch @ Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix Gallery
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm
Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito at Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix Gallery, Shoreditch @ Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix Gallery | England | United Kingdom

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix has announced a joint exhibition by contemporary Japanese artist duo Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito.
The two independent artists started collaborating in 2000, and this will be the first time they will exhibit London. Curated by Hikotaro Kanehira, the exhibition will comprise of works recently created in their Kyoto studios as well as those produced within the gallery space for the duration of August. The poetic show will centre around paintings, embroidery, small objects and video installations with the artists incorporating found objects from various London locations.
The artists’ works have references from both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Geometric forms and vibrant colours are recurring themes in Aoki’s work. The artist is often inspired by the natural world, plants and animals as well as depicting fragments of everyday life. Installation is an essential part of her work, which is tailored by each exhibition so that the drawings and other media come together to form a collection. Her body of work often consists of things beyond her own creations, such as found objects or works by other people that interest her, which when brought together, adopt a greater meaning.
Ito creates using a range of media, resulting in embroidered drawings, modelling pictures, or hand-made cord drawings. The artist’s choice of hard-to-manipulate media means he can never entirely be in control of his creative process, and the end result is not always what he would have originally expected. The rough, energetic lines flow from paper to fabric to screen with engaging sensitivity, infusing into the body of work a sense of serenity in which time appears to be suspended.
The two artists’ works fuse and produce synergy with depth and complexity. The exhibition will touch on the issues of psychological development and the character-building process of young children, making reference to essays on child psychology analysis by Kiyoshi Oka, a well-known Japanese mathematician.
Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito are available for interview and press are invited to visit them in the gallery during their residency.
For further information, images or to arrange interviews please contact: Anna Beketov, Damson PR, anna.beketov@damsonpr.com, or +44 (0) 207 812 0645
Address: 19 Goulston St, London, E1 7TP
Dates: 7th September – 22 November 2018
Private View: Thursday 6th September 2018, 6pm – 9pm Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11am ‒ 6pm Travel: Aldgate East, Aldgate, Liverpool Street
Website: www.yamamotokeiko.com
Twitter: twitter.com/yamamotokeikor
Facebook: facebook.com/yamamotokeikorochaix Instagram: instagram.com/yamamotokeikorochaix

Yayoi Kusama @ Victoria Miro, Wharf Road
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm
Portrait © Yayoi Kusama - she returns to Victoria Miro, London in Oct 2018

Portrait © Yayoi Kusama – she returns to Victoria Miro, London in Oct 2018

THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE, a major exhibition of new works by Yayoi Kusama, will take place across the Wharf Road galleries and waterside garden. The exhibition will feature new paintings, including works from the iconic My Eternal Soul series, painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures, and a large-scale Infinity Mirror Room, created for this presentation, Kusama’s twelfth exhibition at the gallery.

Master – An Ainu Story, Photography Exhibition at SOAS @ The Brunei Gallery, SOAS
Oct 12 – Dec 15 all-day
Master - An Ainu Story, Photography Exhibition at SOAS @ The Brunei Gallery, SOAS | England | United Kingdom

Starting the 12th October and running until 15th December, Adam Isfendiyar will be holding a photography exhibition about the life of an Ainu (indigenous people of Japan) man in Hokkaido. He has been working on this project for over 2 years with Kenji Matsuda, giving an insight into the modern Ainu and the continuing legacy of the recent past since the Japanese took over Hokkaido at the end of the 19th century. It will be showing at The Brunei Gallery, SOAS and entry is free!

SOMETHING NEW – Yuta Segawa Ceramics Solo Exhibition @ Sway Gallery
Nov 2 – Nov 22 all-day
SOMETHING NEW - Yuta Segawa Ceramics Solo Exhibition @ Sway Gallery | England | United Kingdom

DATES: 2nd – 22nd November 2018
PRIVATE VIEW: 1st November 18:00 – 20:00
RSVP https://bit.ly/2pqlU2C

The Sway Gallery London is proud to introduce Yuta Segawa, an incredibly talented Japanese ceramicist based in London.

“In this installation, I will gather together three hundred of my miniature pots, as well as exhibit little painted pots.
I have crafted scores of pots every day since 2013, always keeping miniature pots at the heart of my artistic endeavors. By spending every day working in this manner, I do believe that my miniature pots have grown more and more charming over time.

For this exhibition, I believe it is important to show my miniature pots, which I have improved upon day-by-day, in the same way that I always have… and yet also to display new creations with paint and decorations that I do not always have time to indulge in.

The title of this exhibition is ‘Something New’. Every day I approach my work mindful of searching for new creative ways to express miniature pots.”


MON-FRI 11:00-19:00
Sat and Sun by appointment (buyers only)

*All the artworks will be for sale*

Hello Kitty × Chatime Launch Day @ Chatime Piccadilly Circus 25-27 Shaftesbury Avenue London W1D 7EG
Nov 16 all-day
Hello Kitty × Chatime Launch Day @ Chatime Piccadilly Circus 25-27 Shaftesbury Avenue London W1D 7EG | England | United Kingdom

This winter, Chatime is partnering with Sanrio for the Taiwanese bubble tea brand’s first collaboration ever: a Hello Kitty exclusive making its debut on Friday 16th November. 2 Hello Kitty x Chatime drinks have been created: TIRAMISU MILK TEA and APPLE PIE GREEN TEA MOUSSE. The drinks, with mellow and fruity aromas, are inspired by Hello Kitty’s favorite food and drink: her Mama’s apple pie and milk.

To celebrate the launch on 16th November, Hello Kitty will take over Chatime’s Piccadilly store. A dreamlike Hello Kitty experience will be created for customers, and from 12 to 4 pm, Hello Kitty herself will appear! The first 50 customers to buy a Hello Kitty x Chatime drink will receive an exclusive Chatime goodie bag so the public is being invited to pop in as early as they can.

Hello Kitty can’t wait to say “Hi” to everyone at Chatime. Come and enjoy the cutest bubble tea of your life!



Hyper Japan @ Olympia, London
Nov 16 – Nov 18 all-day
Hyper Japan 2018 Winter

Hyper Japan 2018 Winter

Hyper Japan returns with a winter event at Olympia, London!

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.

Experience Japan Exhibition 2018 @ The Royal Society London
Nov 17 all-day
Experience Japan Exhibition 2018 @ The Royal Society London | England | United Kingdom

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

This year,12 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

The Art of Sake | Maak @ Royal Opera Arcade
Nov 19 – Nov 21 all-day
The Art of Sake | Maak @ Royal Opera Arcade | England | United Kingdom

Maak, the UK’s leading auction house devoted to modern and contemporary ceramics, presents their 2018 sale with a dedicated auction of fine Sake Ware.

‘The Art of Sake’ brings to the market a collection of over 85 sake ware drawn from a single, esteemed Parisian collection. The vessels include works by leading names from the Japanese studio ceramics tradition including Hamada Shoji, Kawai Kanjiro, Kakurazaki Ryuichi, Abe Anjin, Suzuki Goro, Ono Kotaro, Yoshikawa Masamichi, Wada Morihiro.

To celebrate this rare opportunity to view such an exceptional collection of sake ware, Maak will host a special Sake tasting in partnership with the British Sake Association on Tuesday 20 November. This dedicated sale represents the final pieces offered from this astonishing Parisian private collection of over 250 Japanese ceramics.