Japan-related Events in London

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May
21
Tue
2019
Zodiac Film Club presents: Audition @ The Castle Cinema
May 21 all-day
Zodiac Film Club presents: Audition @ The Castle Cinema

This May Zodiac Film Club invites you to come in out of the sun and watch one of the original J-horrors with us. Takashi Miike’s Audition (1999) tells the story of Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a widower who holds a fake audition for a made-up film role to pick a potential new wife out of the hopeful starlets. He’s delighted to meet the beautiful, talented, oh-so submissive and slightly damaged Asami (Eihi Shiina). We love it for its subtle (and less subtle) comments on gender dynamics, Asami’s perfectly picked ensembles and the fact that the rug is totally pulled out from under us in the final act.

Beginning with a shared love of horror, pulp, thrills and mystery, Sarah Kathryn Cleaver and Jordan Storm Louise set up the Zodiac Film Club. You can expect carefully chosen screenings every month, a film for each sign. We select good looking films, complex female characters and our favourites in forgotten classics, cult and contemporary cinema to share with you, and invite you to talk about it with us afterwards.

May
23
Thu
2019
Manga マンガ @ The British Museum
May 23 – Aug 26 all-day

Manga マンガEnter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.

Manga is a visual narrative art form that has become a multimedia global phenomenon, telling stories with themes from gender to adventure, in real or imagined worlds.

Immersive and playful, the exhibition will explore manga’s global appeal and cultural crossover, showcasing original Japanese manga and its influence across the globe, from anime to ‘cosplay’ dressing up.

This influential art form entertains, inspires and challenges – and is brought to life like never before in this ground-breaking exhibition.

May
24
Fri
2019
Ikebana – The art of Japanese Flower Arrangement, FREE Exhibition and Demonstration @ One Hoe Street
May 24 – May 25 all-day
Ikebana  – The art of Japanese Flower Arrangement, FREE Exhibition and Demonstration @ One Hoe Street

IKEBANA, also known as KADO is the Japanese art of flower arrangement with the origin of tradition dates back to the 6th Century.

Ohara School of Ikebana England Chapter is delighted to host the Ikebana exhibition & demonstration. Please come along and enjoy different styles of arrangements created by our members.

Admission FREE, just turn up. Booking required for demonstrations (link below).

Date: 24th – 25th May 2019
Time: Noon – 5 PM (24th), 10 AM – 5 PM (25th)
Demonstration: 2:30 – 3:30 PM (booking required, link below)
Venue: One Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4SD
Nearest station: Walthamstow Central(Victoria Line, London Overground)

Further info & Links:

Official website: www.oharaenglandchapter.co.uk
One Hoe Street (What’s On): https://wfculture19.co.uk/events/japaneseflowerarrangement
Booking for demonstration (Eventbrite): https://oharaikebana.eventbrite.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you there!

May
28
Tue
2019
ichiko aoba qp European Tour 2019 @ Babel Art House
May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
ichiko aoba qp European Tour 2019 @ Babel Art House

Japanese singer-songwriter Ichiko Aoba coming back to London as ichiko aoba qp European Tour 2019!

ICHIKO AOBA
Born on 28 January 1990. She started playing guitar at the age of 17 and debuted her first album,”Kamisori Otome” (Razor Girl), at the age of 19. Since then, she has released several original albums, the latest work is “qp” released in 2018, after the domestic tour she carried out her third Asian tour. Besides her own solo work, she has collaborated with other musicians such as Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Keigo Oyamada and U-zhaan.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igg-vu8TLig

Jun
3
Mon
2019
‘Japanese Should to English Could?’ Pop-up craft shop and Japanese Bonkei class using moss balls and flower arrangement @ Sway Gallery at Old street
Jun 3 – Jun 7 all-day
‘Japanese Should to English Could?’ Pop-up craft shop and Japanese Bonkei class using moss balls and flower arrangement @ Sway Gallery at Old street

Sansho Living is proud to showcase unique and beautiful Japanese ceramics and homeware, including flower vases, fruit bowls and lampshades all suitable for everyday, western lifestyle.
On Thursday, 6th June 2019, Sansho Living will lead a seminar The Beauty of Imperfection to introduce the participants to the philosophy of traditional Japanese aesthetics wabi-sabi, which promotes the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
The head florist at Aoyama Flower Market will guide the Flower Arranging and Bonkei Classes, on four different dates, at Sway Gallery London.

Jun
6
Thu
2019
Everything Comes in Waves by Kentaro Yamada @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Jun 6 @ 9:30 am – Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm
Everything Comes in Waves by Kentaro Yamada @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the London-based Japanese artist Kentaro Yamada to the UK public. Everything comes in waves is his first solo exhibition in London.

Yamada is interested in the encounter between material history and humankind’s subjectivity. As subjective and creative beings, we have been trying intuitively to make meanings out of our natural surroundings for millions of years.

Yamada creates poetic situations that allow viewers to experience encounters of human life and material history. The artist reminds us that values born out of human history provide a partical view of the world. He seeks to place this story within broader physical contexts, exploring different scales from the hand-held to the cosmic, or from the universal to the instantaneous.

In this exhibition, Yamada presents a combination of new and old works, which will include light installations, dyeline prints that he created in 2011 after the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, and a series of sculptural objects as a poetic installation, creating a space to experience encounters of human creativity and materials, and the two coming together as one, as part of a larger Life.

This exhibition is curated by Francesca von Zedtwitz-Arnim.

Private View: Everything Comes in Waves by Kentaro Yamada @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Private View: Everything Comes in Waves by Kentaro Yamada @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Private View is a chance to have a first look at the exhibition Everything comes in waves by the London-based Japanese artist Kentaro Yamada. This is Yamada’s first solo exhibition in London.

Yamada is interested in the encounter between material history and humankind’s subjectivity. As subjective and creative beings, we have been trying intuitively to make meanings out of our natural surroundings for millions of years.

Yamada creates poetic situations that allow viewers to experience encounters of human life and material history. The artist reminds us that values born out of human history provide a partical view of the world. He seeks to place this story within broader physical contexts, exploring different scales from the hand-held to the cosmic, or from the universal to the instantaneous.

In this exhibition, Yamada presents a combination of new and old works, which will include light installations, dyeline prints that he created in 2011 after the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, and a series of sculptural objects as a poetic installation, creating a space to experience encounters of human creativity and materials, and the two coming together as one, as part of a larger Life.

This exhibition is curated by Francesca von Zedtwitz-Arnim.

Visit anytime between 6-8pm.

Jun
10
Mon
2019
The Japan Society Book Club @ The Japan Society
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm

apan Society Book Club 2018Join 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.

Booking Information

Please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 3075 1996 or email: events@japansociety.org.uk 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.

Jun
11
Tue
2019
The London Japanese Language Meetup @ The Comedy Pub
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please note to cover costs there is a £1 entry charge on the door.

ミートアップの会場が変わります! 新しい会場は:
The Comedy Pub , 7 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE London,

We’ll have our usual monthly Japanese social and language exchange on Tuesday 10th October at the Comedy pub.

お陰様でMeetupは今年で14年目になりました。参加費は皆様わずか£1となっています。人気イベントの為に大変混雑していた会場ですが、今回からは2階にもスペースを広げました。

英会話を練習したい方/ロンドンで友達を作りたい方/日本語を勉強している外国人達と知り合いたい方, 好例の毎月第二火曜日のミートアップにいらっしゃいませんか。どうぞお気軽にご参加下さい! 次のイベントは:
10月10日(火)

150人ぐらいはイベントに来ます。オルガナイザーは青い「Fuji desu」Tシャツを着ます!

場所: 冰The Comedy Pub , 7 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE
日時:10月10日(火)、19時から
最寄駅:地下鉄Piccadilly Circus駅もしくはBond Street駅
備考: 参加費無料。予約不要。お気軽にお立ちより下さい。

The event is from 19:00 to 23:00. It’s close to Picadilly Circus and just off Leicester Square. 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:http://www.eigokai.co.uk

The London Japanese Language Meetup group webpage: http://www.meetup.com/japanese-34/

Jun
14
Fri
2019
Hikari Shimoda: Stand Up, Saviour @ Dorothy Circus Gallery
Jun 14 – Jul 13 all-day

Hikari Shimoda at Dorothy Circus Gallery, LondonThe colourful and disarming artworks by the Japanese pop painter Hikari Shimoda will intertwine with the emotional and poetic Street Art by the Italian Millo, filling up Dorothy Circus Gallery’s walls. The intense dialogue between their artworks highlights their unique representation of adolescence and modern youth.

The Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda paints using bright colours and illustrative techniques that combine brushstrokes, lettering and collage. Her work is uniquely made by a juxtaposition of horror and sweetness, a dichotomy that perfectly reflects today’s society. Stareyed children are a direct quote to the superhero child of the Manga culture, and their desire and strength to grow to protect all the children of the world from violence and loneliness. At the same time these characters also reveal the uncertainty and fragility of their own future and that of a tainted and lost childhood.

Hikari Shimoda will be attending the Opening event on 14 June 2019. FREE: RSVP to info@dorothycircusgallery.com to attend.