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Minyo Crusaders rework traditional Japanese folk songs (minyō) with Latin, African and Caribbean rhythms to create some of the most infectious music anywhere between Latin America and Japan. The punchy and inventive arrangements of this ten-piece big band seamlessly blend Afro-Cuban and Caribbean rhythms with old Japanese minyōto create a compellingly modern sound. Since label Mais Um released the band’s debut album Echoes of Japan in April the acclaim has been universal.
The band’s sound could be described as having a retro Japanese feel influenced by a a hefty dose of worldwide music. Otemoyan, a well-known folk song from southern Kumamoto Prefecture about a young maiden marrying a man with a pockmarked face, is reshaped into a reggae track with dub sensibilities. Akita Nikata Bushi from northern Akita Prefecture takes its cue from Ethiopian funk, while Fukuoka Prefecture’s Tanko Bushi swings to the sound of boogaloo. All the while, however, minyō’s distinctive stylised form of singing is maintained, providing a sense of authenticity despite the melange of rhythms.
For more information visit: www.comono.co.uk/live/minyo-crusaders/
Join us on the second Monday of each month for the Japan Society Book Club. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.
There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book.
Visit the website to see which book will be the focus each month.
Please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 3075 1996 or email: email@example.com to book a place on any of our events. When emailing, please include the event title in the subject line.
Alternatively you can book online via our online booking form.
Please note to cover costs there is a £1 entry charge on the door.
All Bar One , 108 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1HD
There is good space to chat to people in Japanese and English. It is very informal and there is a friendly crowd.
日英ミートアップパーティー ～定期イベントのお知らせ～ 日本語で：The London Japanese Language Meetup group webpage: http://www.meetup.com/japanese-34/
At the Cutting Edge: Experimental Sounds of Asia, presented by the Bagri Foundation,
is a series of concerts celebrating new music from across Asia and the diaspora, performed by natural collaborators and influenced by cross-arts forms.
The Bagri Foundation is pleased to bring together some fantastic collaborators for an evening of electronic, ambient music from Japan, South Korea and London. Japanese underground legend Phew headlines the evening, performing a solo set which celebrates the music she has created over her lengthy career, from jazz to punk and everything in between.
Featured as a Showcasing Artist at SXSW 2016, this will be the first performance in the UK by Seoul-based electronic producer and composer haihm, who is also releasing a new album this autumn. She will be presenting a new work with London-based Korean visual artist Bongsu Park, commissioned especially for At the Cutting Edge.
Café OTO regulars, O YAMA O, inspired by the folk music of Japan, will open the evening with a collaborative set exploring their unique combination of sounds from found object percussion to electronic loops.
Whether you’re learning a language, teaching languages, using languages professionally or simply love language, you’ll find resources, help and advice; ways to learn, ways to teach, inspiration and entertainment.
Three days packed with loads of exhibitors, educational seminars, language taster classes and cultural performances…all free to attend.
Visit the Language Show if…
You’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced language leaner
You’re a language teacher at any level
You’re a linguist who simply loves languages
You’re looking to find a job with languages
You’re passionate about foreign travel, dance, culture and cuisine.
Ami Yamasaki & Charlie Collins + guests
Ami Yamasaki & Charlie Collins, on a short tour marking Yamasaki’s UK debut, arrive at Iklectik for the final performance, where after a short duo set they will be joined by Beatrix Ward-Fernandez and Derek Saw.
Ami Yamasaki – voice
Charlie Collins – waterphone & percussion
Beatrix Ward-Fernandez – theremin
Derek Saw – trumpets & flugelhorn
AMI YAMASAKI is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. She creates installations, performance pieces, and films. With primal vocals and movement, Yamasaki explores the relationship between us and our universe. Her art explores a fundamental question: “How does the world construct itself” For her, the asking of this question is a love letter to life itself, more important than any answers that it yields.
Ami sings as she works, and the patterns she creates are a direct response to acoustic feedback she receives. She sings, and listens, and “little by little, the space begins to make its own music.”
As a vocalist she has collaborated with Ryuchi Sakamoto, psychedelic rock icon Keiji Haino, Yasunao Tone, Ikue Mori, Carl Stone, and Ned Rothenberg among many others, and provided original music for choreographer Makoto Matsushima. Her elaborate installations have been featured in art spaces across Japan, while her short films have evoked a passionate response, and received critical acclaim.
CHARLIE COLLINS is a creative percussionist, free polyrhythmic drummer, and sound artist, based in the UK. His work continues to explore the boundaries between pure sound and rhythm, frequently incorporating metal percussion and free improvisation. Early recordings for cult labels Industrial, Fetish, and Doublevision were soon followed by collaborations with many of the pioneers of free improvisation, while his interest in East Asian percussion and rhythm technique is displayed in current work with komungo player Eun-Jung Kim, pianist Yoko Miura, visual artist Bongsu Park, composer Ryoko Akama, vocalist Ami Yamasaki, and Butoh dancers Mushimaru Fujieda and Tsukasa Kamidate. He is one of a handful of musicians to have played both Derek Bailey’s Company Week and Top Of The Pops.
The Experience Japan Exhibition aims to introduce the growing range of study and research opportunities available in Japan.
This year,8 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
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;
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.
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Hiroe Saeki’s work inhabits a liminal zone on the edges of the perceivable: monochromatic explorations of the subject of beauty in nature, delicate drawings with a weightless quality, sparse compositions evoking traditional aesthetics. As in a photograph, the totality of the artwork and the detail are valued equally.
In this exhibition, she presents a new body of work with graphite and water. The powdered graphite travels through capillaries of water: settling where and when the water evaporates, to be absorbed by the land of paper. The resulting surfaces recall water-carved planetary landscapes.
Together with Ito Ogawa, the artist will discuss her influences, her work and the exhibition Cosmogenesis.
Image credits: Untitled 2019, Pencil, bronze pigment, acrylic, watercolour and gold leaf on paper, 52x77cm © Hiroe Saeki
At the end of the nineteenth century, the raging art movement known as Japonism—a French term coined in the 19th century to describe the Japanese influence on European art and design—became one of the most present components of Gustav Klimt’s new art. Klimt (1862-1918) was a leading figure in the plastic arts of Vienna at the turn of the 20th century, and his paintings became known for their opulent decorative character full of gold surfaces and fin-de-siècle eroticism, which still today enjoys widespread popularity. However little is known how Japanese art served as a catalyst for the renewal of Austrian Art by the work of Klimt and other members of the Secession movement, who often based their works on these aesthetics. Furthermore, Klimt was an avid collector of East Asian art objects; woodcuts, noh masks, ceramics, and textile designs. This lesser known connection between the artist and Japan has been recently celebrated at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, “Gustav Klimt Vienna-Japan 1900” (April 23 – July 10, 2019).
Join Dr Markus Fellinger, author of Au Temps De Klimt, and curator at Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna in a colourful talk on the enigmatic connection between Klimt and Japan.