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May
6
Sun
2018
Reiko Fujisawa – Piano Recital @ King's Place
May 6 @ 6:30 pm

Reiko Fujisawa 2017Reiko Fujisawa is delighted to be performing at various venue in the UK. The recital features music by leading British and Japanese composers: Thomas Adès and Toru Takemitsu.

20 April 2018
the 2018 Hebden Bridge Piano Festival.

Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

The Town Hall, St. George’s Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY

http://www.hebdenbridgepianofestival.com/category/hbpiano-2018/

Admission TBC

 

6 May 2018, 6.30pm
Reiko Fujisawa (piano) and the Carducci String Quartet

King’s Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/LCMS#.WXDX9E3rvcs

Ticket: £29.50, £14.50, £9.50

 

14 May 2018, 7.45pm

Goldberg Variations – Reiko Fujisawa (piano)

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

http://www.reikofujisawa.com/event-directory/

Admission TBC

May
10
Thu
2018
Private View: Double Method by Tokyo Rumando×Hideka Tonomura @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Private View: Double Method by Tokyo Rumando×Hideka Tonomura @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation | England | United Kingdom

Collaborating together for the first time, Tokyo Rumando and Hideka Tonomura are at the cutting edge of an exciting and groundbreaking generation of new photographers working in Japan today. Despite using very different methodologies, these two women photographers share the same interest in mapping intense psychological subjects to deconstruct the framework that links the past to the present.

Rumando works primarily through self-portraits , and has made several series of nudes, often using an experimental method involving montage. Relentlessly turning the camera on her self-image, Rumando provokes the emergence of an unforeseen “other side” from the depths of her own inner experience, while revealing and exploring connections between her own daily life and the labyrinthine underworld of Japanese “Love Hotels”.

Tonomura had committed to an unflinching account of both mundane and epic moments of her own life, exemplified by the staggering photographic record of her mother’s love affair, and intimate images of her own life working as a bar hostess. Tonomura’s work condenses and crystallises individual prosaic moments, often isolating them in contemplation on their implicit savagery and cruelty. Doing so, Tonomura uses her camera to capture and project an extreme and distorted vision of an uncontextualised, unhinged reality, highlighting the artist’s vengeful attitude towards herself.

Using photography to confront basic and instinctive key human issues, both Rumando and Tonomura continually reverse expectations and take their audiences into complex and moving interior spaces through their emotionally engaging practices.The two photographers participate in a fictitious dream, based on a shared optimism about the potential for art to transcend the problems of daily life.

Exhibition Dates:
11–28 May 2018, Monday–Friday 9.30am–5pm, Admission free

Artist Talk: Thursday 17 May 2018, 6pm
The artists will be joined in conversation by Dr Simon Baker, Director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.

About the contributors:

Tokyo Rumando (b. 1980, Tokyo) worked as surgical and psychiatric nurse, stripper and model for photographers, including Nobuyoshi Araki. She started using an instant camera as a teenager, using it to supplement her income as a dancer by selling to customers the polaroids taken during her shows. Based on her experiences modeling for movies and magazine, she started photographing herself in 2005. Her photography came to the public’s attention when her debut work Rest 3000~, Stay 5000~ was published by Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo in 2012, followed by Orphee in 2014, and selfpolaroids in 2017, also by Zen Foto Gallery. Orphee was included in the group exhibition “Performing for the Camera” at Tate Modern in 2016. In the same year, Taka Ishii Gallery, Paris, France hosted Rumando’s first solo exhibition in Europe, I’m Only Happy When I’m Naked.
http://tokyorumando.sakura.ne.jp

Hideka Tonomura (b. Kobe, 1979) graduated from the Broadcasting and Filmmaking Department of Visual Arts Osaka, before starting her career as a photographer in 2002. Tonomura’ s major solo exhibitions include They Called Me Yukari / mama love (Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo, 2013), mama love (trunk gallery 82, Seoul, 2011), Tonomura Hideka Shageki-0305- (Uplink, Tokyo, 2005), and Unlucky Family (Nikon Salon, Tokyo&Osaka, 2004). Her works have been part of several group exhibitions, including two consecutive editions of FOTOFEVER, Paris, France, in 2014 and 2015. Her photographs have been published in mama love (AKAAKA Art Publishing, 2008), They Called Me Yukari (Zen Foto Gallery, 2013) and orange elephant (Zen Foto Gallery, 2015).
www.hidekatonomura.com

Free, booking essential.

Images:
RIGHT: “orphee U3”, 2014, gelatin silver print © Tokyo Rumando
LEFT: “They called me Yukari #23”, 2012, gelatin silver print © Hideka Tonomura

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP

May
14
Mon
2018
The Japan Society Book Club @ The Japan Society
May 14 @ 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.

Reiko Fujisawa – Piano Recital @ Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
May 14 @ 7:45 pm

Reiko Fujisawa 2017Reiko Fujisawa is delighted to be performing at various venue in the UK. The recital features music by leading British and Japanese composers: Thomas Adès and Toru Takemitsu.

20 April 2018
the 2018 Hebden Bridge Piano Festival.

Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

The Town Hall, St. George’s Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY

http://www.hebdenbridgepianofestival.com/category/hbpiano-2018/

Admission TBC

 

6 May 2018, 6.30pm
Reiko Fujisawa (piano) and the Carducci String Quartet

King’s Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/LCMS#.WXDX9E3rvcs

Ticket: £29.50, £14.50, £9.50

 

14 May 2018, 7.45pm

Goldberg Variations – Reiko Fujisawa (piano)

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

http://www.reikofujisawa.com/event-directory/

Admission TBC

May
17
Thu
2018
Artist Talk: Tokyo Rumando×Hideka Tonomura in conversation with Dr Simon Baker @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Tokyo Rumando×Hideka Tonomura in conversation with Dr Simon Baker @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation | England | United Kingdom

Tokyo Rumando and Hideka Tonomura’s works depict two starkly contrasting types of reality. Rumando explores the reality of her own past inner life, while Tonomura radiates her own concept of reality on to the life surrounding her. Like doppelgängers, their artworks printed on paper are physical manifestations of the souls of the artists, and they blur the borders between the objective existence of the print and the inner souls of these photographers. For this event, the artists will be joined in conversation by Dr Simon Baker, Director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.

More info at :
http://dajf.org.uk/exhibitions/double-method-by-tokyo-rumandoxhideka-tonomura/artist-talk-tokyo-rumandoxhideka-tonomura-in-conversation-with-dr-simon-baker

Images:
ABOVE “Rest3000-Stay5000-No.25”, 2012, Gelatin silver print © Tokyo Rumando.
BELOW: “mama love #1”, 2008, Gelatin silver print© Hideka Tonomura

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP

May
22
Tue
2018
TUKURU – Japanese design and made @ Sway Gallery
May 22 – May 24 all-day
TUKURU - Japanese design and made @ Sway Gallery | England | United Kingdom

3 leading UK based Japanese makers come together to present TUKURU at the Sway Gallery exclusively for Clerkenwell Design Week 2018.
Ceramics Ikuko Iwamoto MA RCA, metalsmith Kei Tominaga MA & mix media artist Naori Priestly MA RCA will be presenting collections and their interpretation of TUKURU – the Japanese word for Create.

Ikuko Iwamoto MA RCA (Ceramics)
‘TUKURU means to create, however, it could have broader translations including to cook, to brew, to grow, etc. (All depends on the Chinese letters you apply with it). My background is a farmer who creates crops. My new collection will incorporate old everyday farming tools into my sculptures’.

www.ikuko.space

Kei Tominaga MA (Metalsmith)
When the hands are working, shapes always appear so that “Creating” means “Moving hands” for me. Growing up I was immersed in the environment where always some materials and creating around in my childhood since my mother’s dressmaking work. I was watching how the materials turn into the things/ product and playing with the pieces of material like paper, cloth, string which I can find easily. I still use everyday material as motifs as it’s concept or texture, reflecting those ideas on the metal and creating works by my hands.

www.keitominaga.com

Naori Priestly MA RCA (Mixed Media Artist)
My approach for this group show focuses on a rather cynical way. Tukuru is also meaning of ‘pretend something’. In English, many words feature a silent/magic ‘e’. Likewise, in Japanese some typographic symbols pretend to be words and work like word in the sentence. She has been curious about this creature like symbols.

www.naoripriestly.com

Two these makers will be demonstrating their making skills throughout CDW (please see essential information for event times). This will be one of the very few showcases to display contemporary high-end craft during CDW 2018. All work is available to purchase and welcome bespoke commissions.

Essential Information
TUKURU at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018
Dates: 22-24 May: 11:00am – 19:00pm daily
Location: Sway Gallery, 70-72 Old St, London EC1V 9AN

Events

Press Brunch: Tuesday 22 May. 11am – 1pm
**An exclusive viewing of TUKURU and chance for you to meet all three makers over Japanese tea and nibbles. RSVP essential via: info@sway-gallery.com**

Private view: Tuesday 22 May. Sake-based cocktail served between 18:00pm – 20:30pm

Drinks receptions: Wednesday 23 May 18:00pm – 20:30pm

Maker demonstrations – Free entry
22 May 4pm to 5pm // Naori Priestly
Modular Origami demonstration
Naori Priestly will demonstrate using paper folding techniques to make 3D structure with paper.
23 May 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm // Ikuko Iwamoto
The Dotty-decoration by Ikuko Iwamoto
Ikuko Iwamoto will decorate the cup by applying dots with syringe-like tool with porcelain slip.

About Clerkenwell Design Week
This May will see the ninth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) take place from May 22-24th 2018. As the annual focus for London’s leading design district, the festival programme has been created to reflect the unique nature of this vibrant London hub which is home to a plethora of creative businesses, design consultancies, showrooms and architectural practices. 2018 will again play host to hundreds of design-led fringe events, showroom presentations, workshops, talks and public-facing installations. Activities will run over three days and follow a
distinct trail north to south from Spa Fields down to Farringdon.
www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com

Press Contact (for images and invitations):
Louisa Pacifico
Future Icons // www.futureicons.co.uk
louisa@futureicons.co.uk
+44 (0) 7838102031

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!’

May
30
Wed
2018
21st Biennale of Sydney: Equilibrium and Engagement in this age of uncertainty @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
21st Biennale of Sydney: Equilibrium and Engagement in this age of uncertainty @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation | England | United Kingdom

The world seems to be becoming increasingly unequal and uncertain. This may partly be due to the discordant co-existence of varying interpretations of history, politics and belief systems. In this lecture, Mami Kataoka, artistic director of the current 21st Biennale of Sydney, will discuss works by artists participating in the Biennale in order to create an overview of a multi-layered society. Taking Sydney as a starting point, which she will consider as a microcosm of the world, Kataoka will look at overlapping perspectives surrounding ideas about nature, cosmic order, history and art history. These differing viewpoints also respond to the historical, architectural and conceptual specificities of the seven venues in Sydney in which they are displayed.

Image: Ai Weiwei Crystal Ball, 2017 crystal, life jackets 100 x 100 x 100 cm Installation view of the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) at Artspace. Photograph: Zan Wimberley Courtesy the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP

Jun
5
Tue
2018
Japan Tide presents Haruko Fujii @ Leyden Gallery
Jun 5 all-day
Japan Tide presents Haruko Fujii @ Leyden Gallery | England | United Kingdom

When the cultural organisation Japan Tide approached Leyden Gallery with the concept of an exhibition of promoting older Japanese women artists (all in their 70s) it was a perfect match as Leyden Gallery has for the last five years been building a reputation of supporting Women Artists, working with International Artists and also of being an intergenerational gallery space with a range of exciting events to match their exhibition programme.

Haruko Fujii
A lover of calligraphy and painting since young, Haruko FUJII is an oil painter who has been involved in creative activities over more than 40 years. FUJII uses things that are familiar to her as motifs for her works, e.g. roses blooming in a garden, overgrown trees in a vineyard, scenery discovered on her travels and so on. However, using beautiful colors and her characteristic light and easy brushstrokes that make you feel the simplicity of her works, as well as the clever way she composes her works to show the branches of plants and streets in a complex ornamental pattern, she turns the scenery and sights around her into an individualistic landscape full of emotions.
Do enjoy fully the works of FUJII in a floating and somehow poetic mood.

Jun
6
Wed
2018
Sumire Kuribayashi & Friends @ Hoxton Hall
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Sumire Kuribayashi & Friends @ Hoxton Hall | England | United Kingdom

Yokohama Calling presents the debut UK performance by sensational Japanese pianist Sumire Kuribayashi and bass legend Hideaki Kanazawa. This performance features a collaboration with two of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, Jason Yarde (saxophones) and Mark Mondesir (drums).

Info:

Dates: 6 June 2018
Times: Doors open 7pm. Programme starts at 7:45pm.
Location: Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6SH
Tickets: https://www.hoxtonhall.co.uk/event/sumire-kuribayashi-friends-yokohama-calling/
Phone: (020) 768-4006
Twitter: @YokohamaCalling

Event Info

Together, Hideaki and Sumire present NIJUSO (duet), for a set of tunes that are intimate and explorative, tender and compelling, carrying the listener on new journeys through familiar landscapes. Jason Yarde and Mark Mondesir will expand the colour palette and dynamics adding saxophones and drums in duo, trio and quartet formats. The programme will feature compositions by all four musicians. This will be the first concert ever performed by these four musicians together. Expect contrast, supreme musicianship, surprise and a lot of heart.

The show is presented by Yokohama Calling, a London based producer creating unique cross-cultural collaborations which promote cultural understanding through the universal power of music. Yokohama Calling is a not-for-profit organisation.

Sumire Kuribayashi is the ascending star on the Japanese jazz scene. She is in great demand as a pianist. Sumire is a composer and bandleader and has released four albums under her own name and has contributed to many more.

Hideaki Kanazawa is a giant of the Japanese jazz scene and has worked with many of the most famous artists from Japan and beyond, including Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Hank Jones, Duke Jordan and many many more.

Jason yarde is a composer, band leader, arranger, producer and saxophonist. As a player he has worked with Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, McCoy Tyner, Manu Dibango, Roy Ayers and Andrew Hill. Jason has composed a great deal of music for film, TV and dance and has arranged for the Kronos Quartet, Manu Dibango and Hugh Masekela in collaboration with both Jazz Jamaica All Stars and with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Mark Mondesir is one of the most in-demand drummers internationally and has worked across many music genres with artists as diverse as Counrtney Pine, Julian Joseph, John Mclaughlin, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Bryan Ferry, David Sylvian, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Joe Zawinul and Jethro Tull.