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Sep
28
Wed
2016
Ayako Fujiki ‘Brightwater’ CD launch @ 1901 Arts Club
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm

Ayako Fujiki BrightwaterJapanese pianist and composer Ayako Fujiki launches her new album, brightwater, at 1901 Arts Club, on 28th September at 6.00pm. This is the first disc to feature her own compositions for piano, two pianos, and piano trio.

Capturing transient scenes from nature, brightwater propels the listener through a unique combination of cultures
Virtuosic Japanese pianist influenced by the riches of European culture
• Falling in love with the energy and diversity of Spanish classical music, Japanese pianist Ayako
Fujiki trained under one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Alicia de Larrocha, also the
first Spanish artist to win the UNESCO prize
• Currently based in the vibrant and eclectic city of Barcelona, this Japanese pianist and composer
explores the duality between Japanese and Mediterranean heritage and culture
• Combining a rigorous classical background with contemporary taste and technique, Ayako finds
inspiration in Romantic, World, Minimal, Electronic and even Japanese Contemporary Epic music
• Praised as “one of the most significant Japanese composers of contemporary classical
music” (Clasica2) by the Spanish press, Ayako now wants to share her music more widely,
beginning with the UK
• Instilling a sense of calm and stillness into what is an ever-frenetic world, Ayako’s music transports the listener to another realm, allowing an escape from the treadmill of everyday life
• Music to the eyes as well as to the ears – Ayako explores music as a visual art through the
creation of stunning videos to accompany her compositions
• After first releasing three CDs interpreting work by other composers, Ayako’s current release
allows her to engage on a more personal creative level through the development of her own
compositions
• Contributing to the established chronicle of musicians and composers taking inspiration from
nature, brightwater offers Ayako’s reflections on landscapes, forests, rippling water and broken
stones
• Capturing the beauty of eroded nature, Ayako translates the slow but persistent effect of the
natural elements on rocks and trees
UK release date: 30th September 2016
UK launch event: 28th September, 6pm, 1901 Arts Club, London SE1
UK performance date: 29th September, 1:05pm, St. Olave Hart Street, London EC3

Website http://ayakofujiki.com/
Facebook https://facebook.com/fujikiayako
Twitter http://twitter.com/ayakofujiki
YouTube https://youtube.com/c/ayakofujiki
Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/ayakofujiki

Feb
3
Fri
2017
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme @ 15 venues nationwide
Feb 3 – Mar 29 all-day
Lady Maiko - The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Lady Maiko – The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns in early 2017 with a diverse programme of films based around the theme of ‘Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema’. Kicking off at ICA, London on 3 February, the season will tour to a further 14 venues around the UK.

Date: 3 February – 29 March 2017
Venue: 15 venues nationwide

For the full line-up and details of participating venues, please click here.

Feb
10
Fri
2017
BAND-MAID Release “Just Bring It” in Europe
Feb 10 all-day

Band Maid 2After blasting in to the international rock scene last year, BAND-MAID return with their hotly anticipated first major album. Entitled Just Bring It, the 13-track album, released under Nippon Crown in their homeland of Japan, will hit the UK and Europe from 10 February 2017 through JPU Records in two editions; the regular edition and a CD and T-shirt bundle.

2016 saw the band embark on their first headline world tour, including a sold-out show at The Underworld in London, over a thousand fans descend on Mexico’s Sala as well as packed out club-events across France, Germany and Poland, along with comic con appearances in London, Spain and Italy. The same year also saw the international release of the band’s HMV recommended mini-album Brand New MAID which led to the Huffington Post Blog dubbing BAND-MAID “one to watch”.

“I flew over to Japan to check out BAND-MAID two years ago, and they haven’t stopped knocking my socks off since. Just Bring It is probably their most powerful record yet. I can’t wait to get them back overseas to hear it live” – Tom Smith, JPU Records’ founder and CEO.

http://www.jpurecords.com/band-maid-just-bring-it/

Mar
31
Fri
2017
Japan-themed charity pub quiz and raffle! @ The Taproom
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Japan-themed charity pub quiz and raffle! @ The Taproom  | England | United Kingdom

GREAT PRIZES TO BE WON! All money raised goes towards the British Heart Foundation!

Come along to The Taproom (basement) for a Japan-themed pub quiz and raffle!

There will be non-Japan rounds too, so you don’t have to be an expert to join in!

Pub quiz entry: £5
Raffle tickets: £1 a strip
Times: Arrive from 6.30pm. Pub quiz starts at 7pm, followed by raffle!
Nearest station: Highbury & Islington / Angel

The Taproom serves craft beer and delicious pizza!

Prizes include a Japanese meal, DVDs, books and more!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1832183923703757/

Jan
28
Sun
2018
The Little Mochi Man, a play for 4 – 7 year olds @ Various London & UK - wide Locations
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – May 30 @ 12:00 pm

The Little Mochi ManA THOUSAND CRANES http://athousandcranes.org.uk/
in association with artsdepot
PRESENTS

The Little Mochi Man
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY VICKY IRELAND FOR CHILDREN AGED 4-7 AND THEIR FAMILIES
DESIGN BY MILA SANDERS     MUSIC BY JULIAN BUTLER
WITH PERFORMERS
HARUKA KURODA AND NATSUMI KURODA

Join little Mochi Man on his adventures as he travels from the snowy mountains of Hokkaido, to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

Inspired by the traditions of Shogatsu (Japanese New Year celebrations) and with ‘origami’ puppets, animation and especially composed music, this is the perfect introduction to Japan for young children.

The Little Mochi Man is performed by CBeebies and CBBC regular Haruka Kuroda and Natsumi Kuroda, written and directed by award winning Children’s theatre director Vicky Ireland.

Made possible Design is by Mila Sanders with music and animation by Julian Butler. It is produced by A Thousand Cranes n association with artsdepot, and is supported by funding from Arts Council England.

Vicky Ireland is a writer and director of children’s theatre and was awarded the first MBE for services made to Children’s Theatre. She was Artistic Director at Polka Theatre in Wimbledon for 18 years and presented TV’s Words and Pictures for 12 years and will be back at Polka this summer to direct her acclaimed production of Jacqueline Wilson’s Double Act www.vickyireland.com

A Thousand Cranes was founded in 2006 by performer Kumiko Mendl and writer, director Vicky Ireland to bring the many fascinating stories and cultures of Japan to UK audiences and the company has performed throughout the UK and abroad.

A Thousand Cranes were made Artistic Associates of artsdepot in 2009.

28-Jan
Watermans, Brentford
watermans.org.uk
020 8232 1010

03-Feb
Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse
halfmoon.org.uk
020 7709 8900

04-Feb
artsdepot, N.Finchley
artsdepot.co.uk
020 8369 5454

09 – 11 Feb
the egg, Theatre Royal, Bath
theatreroyal.org.uk
01225 823409

17-Feb
Lincoln Japan Festival, Lincoln
japanfestival.co.uk
01522 539977

18-Feb
Birdhouse,Grimsby
birdhousetheatre.co.uk
01472 323111

24-Feb
Birmingham Hippodrome
birminghamhippodrome.com
0844 338 5000′

03-Mar
Nuffield Southampton Theatres Campus
nstheatres.co.uk
023 8067 1771

04-Mar
Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich
greenwichtheatre.org.uk
0208 858 7755

10-Mar
The Cockpit, Marylebone
thecockpit.org.uk
020 7258 2925

11-Mar
Cambridge junction, Cambridge
junction.co.uk
01223 511511

17-Mar
The Courtyard, Hereford
courtyard.org.uk
01432 340555

23 – 25 March
Polka Theatre, Wimbledon
polkatheatre.com
020 8543 4888

12-May
Stratford Circus Art s Centre, Stratford
stratford-circus.com
020 8279 1080

20-May
The Civic, Barnsley
barnsleycivic.co.uk
01226 327000

23 -27 May
Little Angel Theatre, Islington
littleangeltheatre.com
020 7226 1787

30-May
Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury
salisburyp layhouse.com
01722 320333

* Call Charges apply

Admission: Each venue will have their own ticket pricing

Feb
27
Tue
2018
Jidori opens new Covent Garden site complete with private karaoke room @ Jidori
Feb 27 all-day
Jidori opens new Covent Garden site complete with private karaoke room @ Jidori | England | United Kingdom

The team behind Jidori, the much-loved yakitori restaurant in Dalston have announced that they will open a second site in Covent Garden on Tuesday 27th February. As well as bringing the popular Japanese small plates and skewers to central London, the restaurant will have a new extended menu and a karaoke room for private parties.

May
25
Fri
2018
MCM Comic Con London @ Excel London
May 25 – May 27 all-day

London MCM Expo 2018‘MCM Comic Con events are the UK and Ireland’s and most exciting pop culture shows, and the only UK based shows that bring together such a broad scope of popular culture categories including; Movies, Gaming, Comics, Anime, Television, Gadgets, Clothing and Toys.

We aim to put on the best consumer shows for the modern pop-culture market. Our show floors are packed full of activity from live eSports matches and cosplay celebrations to experiential opportunities inspired by the movies and brand new releases of your favourite games to play.
On top of all that we have the awesome Comic Village area for independent comic artists, VidFest for upcoming YouTube stars, PopAsia to revel in all things Asian inspired and Memorabilia, our collector haven. Our theatres also play host to exclusive screenings and panels of special guests, all whom take part in photograph sessions and signings throughout the weekend.
MCM Comic Con is THE destination event to celebrate all things pop-culture, it is not to be missed by any geek, nerd, cosplayer, or fan boy and girl!’

Oct
30
Tue
2018
The Curious Case Of Japan Leads To Deep Revelations About Money @ The Japan Room
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm

The Japan RoomHow weak is macroeconomic theory? Japan has terrible macroeconomic numbers (by leading nation standards) yet a high quality of life. This contradiction drags macroeconomics, monetary policy, taxation, and politics under a spotlight. In this talk, Professor Michael Mainelli intends to draw on the work of his Long Finance movement, along with the work of Professor Richard Werner, and use the more interesting contradictions of Japan to show how much more we need to learn about fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies, trade, and tax in order to provide alternative visions of economic and fiscal (six letter word for tax) policies.

Professor Michael Mainelli FCCA FCSI(Hon) FBCS, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group
A qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin, Michael gained his PhD at London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor. He began his career as a research scientist, later becoming an accountancy-firm partner and a director of Ministry of Defence research. During a spell in merchant banking in 1994, he co-founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank. He has led Z/Yen from creating smart ledgers (aka blockchains) through the Financial £aboratory, Taskforce 2000, Long Finance & the London Accord, Global Financial Centres Index, Global Green Finance Index, and Global Intellectual Property Index. He is an Alderman of the City of London, a non-executive director of two listed firms and a regulator, Emeritus Professor at Gresham College, Fellow of Goodenough College, and Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders. His third book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize.

Please let us know if you would like to take an optional tour of the Freemasons’ Hall at 5.15 for 5.30pm.

Host: Pauline Chakmakjian, Visit Kyoto Ambassador.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996, email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.

In association with The Japan Room

Lodge Room No 11
The Freemasons’ Hall
Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5AZ

Japan Society members: £9
Non-members: £15

Jul
27
Sat
2019
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
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.