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What goes with a summer Friday night in London better than saying cheers with friends? Saying cheers with a glass of sake and enjoying the amazing offerings of Urban Food Fest! The Kampai Social is part of the larger HYPER JAPAN event, and allows you not only access to HYPER JAPAN itself (a £15 value) but also to Urban Food Fest, not to mention…
Join the special HYPER JAPAN after work crew and we’ll throw in a ticket to the Sake Experience – Europe’s largest public tasting event for sake.(also a £15 value). We’ve gathered ten breweries from across Japan, boasting a selection of over two dozen sakes for you to sample, and also invited the master brewers behind these creations. You’ll have the rare chance to speak directly with these artisans, learning more about their offerings and craft. To add to the experience further, attendees will be able to vote for their favourite, with all those taking part eligible for a draw to win fabulous prizes. Treat yo’self!
Urban Food Fest will be bringing a decadent selection of international cuisine to spice up the evening’s offerings. See our page for more info!
Tickets: £7.50 / £5.50 for members
Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Cris George.
Japan 2016. Japanese with English subtitles.
A god incarnate. A city doomed. Shin Godzilla is a refreshing and entertaining return to the kaiju’s creature-feature roots. One peaceful day in Japan, a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different… something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. As the government scrambles to save its citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster’s weakness – and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower.
Tickets: £7.50 / £5.50 for members
This fender and genre-bending film takes us into the not-too-distant machine-driven future. Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can’t seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years. She can’t ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he’s always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and further away from her family?
Filmmaker Kimi Takesue turns the camera on her resilient Japanese-American grandfather who seems content to go about his daily routines until one day Kimi reveals she is struggling with writing a fictional screenplay. In alternately funny and poignant discussions, Kimi’s fictional love story and Tom’s creative revisions serve as a vehicle for his past memories of love, loss and endurance to surface.
London’s very own and much loved festival of Japanese culture – Japan Matsuri – returns this year on Sunday 24th September to Trafalgar Square, one of the capital’s most famous landmarks. Now in its 9th year and a regular fixture in the London calendar, this energetic annual event brings people together to enjoy an amazing day of Japanese food, music, dance and so much more. It’s a firm family favourite attracting large numbers of children and young people. And it’s absolutely free!
Japan Matsuri is a charity and organized by volunteers from the Japan Association in the UK, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK, the Japan Society and the Nippon Club. Additionally it receives support from the Embassy of Japan in the UK and the Japan Foundation and is also supported by the Mayor of London and Westminster City Council.
On the 91st anniversary of its theatrical release, the Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival are proud to host a 35mm presentation of Teinosuke Kinugasa’s A Page of Madness (Kurutta ichipeiji, 1926) with live benshi, musical accompaniment and post-screening panel discussion.
Produced in mid-1920s Japan, the film is widely considered a touchstone of early avant-garde cinema. Reminiscent of Robert Weine’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), it challenged and advanced the potential of cinema at a time of historic change and theoretical division within the artform.
The film is loosely based on a treatment written by 1968 Nobel Prize winning novelist Yasunari Kawabata and is a product of his and Riichi Yokomitsu’s avant-garde group: Shinkankakuha (The New Sensation School). Considered lost for 45 years, Kinugasa thankfully rediscovered the print in his storehouse in the early 1970s. The print existing today is missing nearly a third of what was shown in theatres in 1926.
A retired sailor (Masao Inoue) becomes a custodian at a mental hospital to be closer to his estranged wife (Yoshie Nakagawa), one of the patients at the facility. Their daughter (Ayako Iijima) is soon to be married, but the father’s fear and pain surrounding his wife’s mental state—along with the reasons for her captivity—threaten the future happiness of the family. Kinugasa utilises flashbacks, rhythmic intercutting, and impressionistic symbolism, all without intertitles, to supersede naturalistic representation by visually inhabiting the emotional lives of the characters.
Benshi Tomoko Komura will be narrating the scenes and dialogue (in English) in real time, as would have happened at the film’s theatrical release. Clive Bell, Sylvia Hallett and Keiko Kitamura will provide a live score on the shakuhachi, piano and koto respectively.
There will also be a post-screening discussion, with a panel consisting of Japanese cinema specialist Jasper Sharp, silent film expert Pamela Hutchinson and benshi Tomoko Komura. A special video introduction from Professor Aaron Gerow will precede the screening – his book A Page of Madness: Cinema and Modernity in 1920s Japan remains the definitive work on the film.
The Experience Japan Exhibition aims to introduce the growing range of study and research opportunities available in Japan.
This year, 14 of Japan’s leading universities 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.
The seminar line-up offers participants the chance to learn about the basics of life in Japan and hear directly from people with experience of studying and researching there. Guest speakers will also be delivering presentations that provide insights into Japanese language and popular culture, and there will 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.
Those who pre-register can also enter a prize draw for the chance to win a London-Tokyo return flight ticket courtesy of Japan Airlines.
A free film season dedicated to celebrating the diverse and exceptional work by the new generation of female directors who have emerged from the Japanese archipelago in the last fifteen years.
A selection of four films, three of them UK premieres, will offer a glimpse into the distinctive voices of these writer-directors, whose work remains largely undiscovered outside their home country. Each with their particular style, these filmmakers have secured themselves a unique place in the current Japanese film industry. They have done so by occupying a narrative space that is neither mainstream nor fully arthouse, subverting genre boundaries, creating unparalleled new visions, and rarely adhering to a solely female-centric vision.
To complete the season, a panel discussion with Japanese cinema experts will examine the proliferation of female filmmakers in the modern Japanese film industry. In doing so, framing debate on the current position of women behind the scenes both in Japan and across the globe.
This season has been curated by Irene Silvera Frischknecht as part of the M.A. in Film Studies Programming and Curation at the National Film and Television School in collaboration with the Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan in the U.K.
22nd November, 6.30pm, at the Embassy of Japan in the UK: Rent-a-Cat dir. Naoko Ogigami (2012)
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30th November, 6.30pm, at Courthouse Cinema: Bare Essence of Life: Ultra Miracle Love Story dir. Satoko Yokohama (2009)
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1st December, 6.30pm, at Courthouse Cinema: Death of a Japanese Salesman dir. Mami Sunada (2011)
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2nd December, 12pm, at Rich Mix: Wild Berries, dir. Miwa Nishikawa (2003)
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2nd December, 2.30pm, at Rich Mix: panel discussion with Jasper Sharp, Kate Taylor, Alejandra Armendáriz and Irene Silvera
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Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema
Everybody has once told a lie or kept something hidden from others. Whether for good intentions or otherwise, it is a fundamental and intriguing aspect of human nature which has provided inspiration to countless storytellers and filmmakers.
With diverse cinematic voices, The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 features some of the best examples of cinema from Japan and will look at how the country’s filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the “(un)true” colours of human nature. The twists and turns of life portrayed in the programme are at times heart-rending, at other times hilarious, but always enthralling.
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 is programmed and produced by Junko Takekawa, Paul Graham, Yuri Kubota and coordinated by Darian De La Cruz and Melisha Kontemeniotis. Special thanks to Kiyomi Nakazaki, Dr Alexander Jacoby and Jasper Sharp.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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
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: email@example.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.
Press Contact (for images and invitations):
Future Icons // www.futureicons.co.uk
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