Japanese Events in London

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Feb
21
Thu
2019
Introduction to Japanese Bookbinding @ The Linnean Society of London
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Introduction to Japanese Bookbinding @ The Linnean Society of London

It’s super easy to get started with making books at home, and there’s loads to explore once you get going. In this two hour workshop you will learn how to make a simple book using a Japanese 3-hole binding structure.

You will come away from the workshop with a book, some basic theory and technique, and some pointers on next projects to think about.

Mar
12
Tue
2019
Yamato – Passion @ The Peacock
Mar 12 – Mar 31 all-day
Yamato - Passion @ The Peacock | England | United Kingdom

As the Japanese taiko drumming troupe make their way back to London, they bring with them the Odaiko drums. These traditional drums, used in Shinto rituals, weigh over half a tonne each, and require exceptional skill and physicality to produce each floor-shaking note.

Dedicated to their art, the Yamato drummers train ferociously. On stage, they display a staggering strength, using their entire bodies to play and share with their audiences an intense passion that comes out in their pounding, high-energy and thrillingly thunderous performances.

“Primal, exhilarating; you want to do it too”

THE TIMES on Chousensha – The Challengers

May
18
Sat
2019
4-Day Sake Course + Sake Brewery Visit @ VSF Wine Education x Kanpai Sake Brewery @ VSF Wine Education + Kanpai Sake Brewery
May 18 – May 26 all-day
4-Day Sake Course + Sake Brewery Visit @ VSF Wine Education x Kanpai Sake Brewery @ VSF Wine Education + Kanpai Sake Brewery

Learn everything about saké in a saké brewery in action, right in London!

VSF Wine Education is joining hands with Kanpai Sake Brewery (the UK’s first sake brewery) to run this course that 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. 18+19+25+26 May 2019. Details & registration: https://bit.ly/2seHf0a

#Nihonshu #Sake #Saké #London

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.

Jul
12
Fri
2019
Hyper Japan @ Olympia, London
Jul 12 – Jul 14 all-day

HYPER JAPAN 2019 will bring the best of Japan to London, celebrating J-culture with traditional and contemporary exhibitors and performances, food and drink, and unique shopping opportunities.

Jul
25
Thu
2019
Sushi Girls @ Theatro Technis, NW1 1TT
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm

Comedy about two Japanese girls who come to London to study English. Back-breaking stuff for their host family which has to bow to their every needs.

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.

Nov
24
Sun
2019
YOKIMONO Japanese X’mas Market @ The Factory Dalston
Nov 24 all-day
YOKIMONO Japanese X'mas Market @ The Factory Dalston

YOKIMONO JAPANESE XMAS MARKET
Date & Time: Sun. 24th November 2019 11am-6pm
PLACE: The Factory, 21-31 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2DA

Free entry ticket registration and full list of traders & performers;
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/79882846745

On Sunday 24th Novenber 11-6pm, YOKIMONO JAPANESE MARKET is presenting a Japanese-themed Christmas market and cultural event at The Factory, Dalston, East London. YOKIMONO means ‘good things’ in Japanese. Traders will be offering; delicious Japanese food & sweets, vintage kimono, ceramics, illustrations, stationary, clothing, jewelry and much much more – all made in Japan or produced by Japanese artists in London. As well as a wide variety of market stalls, there will be performances from Japanese musicians, Furoshiki eco-wrap demonstrations, MANGA portraits, Kimono dressing demonstration, Japanese REIKI healing and SHIATSU massage trial sessions!
Come and explore traditional and contemporary Japanese arts & crafts, food and culture, and you’ll find unique and authentic gifts for Christmas.

FREE ENTRY & FAMILY FRIENDLY.

For the latest event information visit the event instagram;
https://www.instagram.com/yokimono_japanese_market/

Dec
15
Sun
2019
Ollie Horn: Pig in Japan (stand-up comedy) @ Top Secret Comedy Club
Dec 15 @ 3:30 pm
Ollie Horn: Pig in Japan (stand-up comedy) @ Top Secret Comedy Club

After critically-acclaimed runs at the Perth, Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe festivals, plus sold-out dates on a twelve-country world tour that wowed audiences from San Francisco to Singapore, and Khatmandu to Kuala Lampur, Pig in Japan comes to London for one 2019 date only.

It’s the story of failed lawyer Ollie Horn who moved to Japan for no good reason, explains what daft things he did on TV there for three years, and why he had to give it all up.

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ONLY 2019 LONDON PERFORMANCE AFTER A SELL OUT WORLD TOUR
Venue: Top Secret Comedy Club, Dury Lane
Date: Sunday 15th December
Doors: 3pm
Show start: 3:30pm (N.B. Strict start time, and no latecomers will be permitted entry after this time)
Show duration: 70 minutes.
Cost: Free entry, pay what you think the show is worth on exit.

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Ollie Horn was a breakthrough act at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, where he played to sold-out audiences to widespread critical acclaim. Pig in Japan is the unmissable and hilarious tale of one man trying finding himself in a country that wasn’t really looking for him anyway.

This is a show for japanophiles, anybody who has ever felt like a fish out of water, or anybody wants to see the unbeliavably daft things Ollie did on Japanese TV to pay his rent.

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Critical acclaim for Pig in Japan:

“Culture shock comedy has been done before, but Pig in Japan is a very fine example. Ollie Horn’s pure and joyous dedication to telling an entertaining tale allows him to incorporate its wider themes almost by stealth; the mark of a gifted storyteller.” ★★★★ The Wee Review

“It’s impossible not to like Ollie Horn – an elegant and energetic orator who can keep a straight face through his funniest of jokes” ★★★★ The Mumble Comedy

“Even if you’re not a fan of Japanese TV, you will still be caught in fits of laughter with this charming and hilarious show. Ollie is a natural…he sets up the audience for jokes like he is stacking Lego.” ★★★★ Broadway Baby