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The calligrapher and artist Misuzu Kosaka has produced striking, highly original art works that have been incorporated into book designs, restaurant decors and commemorated major events. In this event, her calligraphy works will be introduced and interpreted by the critic Damian Flanagan. Misuzu will then give a demonstration of her dynamic calligraphy in action and invite participants to pick up a brush, splash the ink and attempt to create their own beautiful calligraphy.
Misuzu Kosaka, a Tottori native and daughter of a poetry-loving Shinto priest, studied under Saisui Ishibashi, a kanji calligraphy master, and Yuri Sato, a kana calligraphy master. Today she is a director and instructor at the Calligraphy Education Society of Japan. Misuzu has pioneered innovative ways of using calligraphy in modern artworks through solo exhibitions, charity exhibitions and by presiding over her own workshop.
Damian Flanagan is an award-winning author and translator who has published a number of books on Japanese literature. He has also written widely on Japanese politics, arts and society for publications including The Japan Times, the Asahi Shinbun, Newsweek and the Nihon Keizai Shinbun. Yukio Mishima is his latest book, published in October 2014. He lives in Manchester and Nishinomiya, Japan.
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 :
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.
Saké is a versatile beverage that can complement food just as well as wine. It is also an excellent drink to be enjoyed on its own. No wonder, then, that this national drink of Japan is growing in popularity in the West.
At the event, a saké expert from VSF Wine Education will showcase 6 of the sakés from VSF Shop’s portfolio to demystify the wonderful world of this Japanese drink.
VSF Wine Education is the first and only wine school in London dedicated to the Chinese and Japanese communities. Accredited by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) as an Approved Programme Provider, the school has been actively cultivating wine, spirits and saké appreciation and enjoyment in London.
Apart from running training courses, VSF Shop sells a wide range of sakés, from the highly sought-after Dassai (獺祭) and Tatenokawa (楯野川) to artisanal labels such as Konishi (小西酒造), Aizu Homare (会津 ほまれ) and Hayashi Honten (林本店).
On the day of the event, you’ll be able to sample various styles of Japanese saké (Junmai Daiginjo, Daiginjo, Ginjo, Honzojo, Futsushu, etc.) as well as an assortment of Japanese food to pair with the tipples.
You can also purchase your newly found favourite saké on-site at discounted prices. Whether you are a saké enthusiast or absolute beginner, this is a great chance for you to taste different styles of saké hailing from Japan in one go!
At the door: £45 / person
Online reservation: £35 / person
Early bird tickets (limited quantity): £30 / person
The event “Understanding & Appreciating Japanese Saké (Rice Wine)” will be held on Saturday 13th October 2018 from 2-3pm, 3-4pm and 4-5pm (3 sessions), with max. 18 persons per session. For enquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors are encouraged to take the Overground (Rotherhithe Station) or Underground (Canada Water Station) to arrive at the venue. Anyone under the age of 18 years old will not be permitted entry.
Vintage Kimono Dealer Furuki Yo-Kimono and Japanese Folk craft shop Bungu Store, two of London market traders from Japan both have very much love and respect for authentic Japanese handwork. They are presenting 3 days pop-up shop just before Christmas! You’ll find a variety of goods inspired by Japanese grandmas’ closet & drawers, and grandpas’ old workshop …
[ITEMS] VINTAGE KIMONO, FOLKWEAR & TEXTILES, HANDCRACTED PAPER & CARDS. KOKESHI DOLLS, LANTERN, MASKS, and more..
DATA: Fri 21st Dec; 13-19.00 Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd Dec; 11-19.00
Vintage Japanese kimono dealer Sonoe Sugawara handpicks circa 1920-60‘s pre & post war / art-deco period kimono, folk & workwear and textiles. She has become a source for Western kimono lovers including designers of some of the world’s leading fashion brands and film industries. On occasion her stall is in the Spitalfields antique market on Thursdays.
(Find more @furukiyokimonovintage on instagram.com or Furuki Yo-Kimono on Facebook.com )
Japanese Artist Ouka Ueno has honed her expertise in using and sourcing Japanese art materials and tools for many years. After her passion for Folk Arts and Folk Tales dragged her into the MINGEI (Japanese Folk Art) world, she started to collect items which have more cultural and traditional meaning directly from artisans and introduced them to her London stall in Broadway Market every Saturday.
(Find more information on bungustore.com or @bungustore on instagram.com )
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.
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
“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.
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
Verity Lane/music, words, creative directer
Coco Sato/Giant Origami
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.
Coco Sato is an award-winning Japanese artist based in the UK. Her work uses origami to change the way people see the world.
Mirei Yazawa is a performance artist based in London.
Beibei Wang is a genre defying percussionist based in London.
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.
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.