Japanese Events in London

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Jun
24
Sat
2017
Karuta Practice Session- Japanese Cultural Game @ Westminster Music Library
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Karuta Practice Session- Japanese Cultural Game @ Westminster Music Library | England | United Kingdom

Karuta is a mind sport originating in Japan. Players try to take cards according to letters read out by the reader. The key here is that these letters are not written on the cards. You must have memorised them! (For beginners we have cards with the letters for aid).

By playing the game you can train your reflexes, memory, and concentration. The cards are based on Japanese ancient poetry anthology called Hyakunin Isshu from 800CE. Karuta has been recently popularised by the anime and the movie Chihayafuru (our members too are fans).

Here is a clip of the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ALHjcNEOM0

Anyone is welcome to give it a try, for free. We can teach you from the very beginning.
Language: English and Japanese
Fee: 5 pounds per session. (1st time is free)
Clothing: Comfortable to sit on the floor

We look forward to seeing you!

Jul
14
Fri
2017
Hyper Japan @ Tobacco Dock
Jul 14 – Jul 16 all-day
The Kampai Social @ Tobacco Dock
Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Kampai Social @ Tobacco Dock | England | United Kingdom

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!

Aug
16
Wed
2017
Napping Princess [PG] @ Stratford Picturehouse
Aug 16 @ 9:00 pm
Napping Princess [PG] @ Stratford Picturehouse | England | United Kingdom

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?

Sep
24
Sun
2017
JAPAN MATSURI 2017 @ Trafalgar Square
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Japan Matsuri London 2017London’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.

http://www.japanmatsuri.com

Nov
18
Sat
2017
Experience Japan Exhibition 2017 @ Royal Society London
Nov 18 all-day
Experience Japan Exhibition 2017 @ Royal Society London | England | United Kingdom

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.
http://www.experience-japan.jp/registration/

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.

Feb
2
Fri
2018
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme @ Venues Nation Wide
Feb 2 – Mar 28 all-day

(Un)true Colours

Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema

Belfast
Birmingham
Bristol
Chester
Colchester
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh
Exeter

Inverness
Kendal
Leicester
Lewes
London
Manchester
Nottingham
Sheffield
Stirling

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.

Feb
8
Thu
2018
Pluto: Iconic ‘Astro Boy’ Tale @ Barbican
Feb 8 @ 7:15 pm – Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm
Pluto - photo by Maiko Miyagawa. Based on Pluto c Naoki Urasawa, Takashi Nagasaki, Tezuka Productions

Pluto – photo by Maiko Miyagawa. Based on Pluto c Naoki Urasawa, Takashi Nagasaki, Tezuka Productions

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon: Pluto

In a genre-defying show honouring the Japanese art form of manga, sensational visual effects, impactful storytelling and performances of physical grace enliven this iconic Astro Boy tale.
Depicting a universe where people and robots both coexist and find themselves in conflict, Pluto engages audiences with far-reaching themes that ask what it means to be human. Starring skilled Japanese actors alongside dancers and elaborate puppet creations, the arresting staging is characterised by scale, energy and graphics faithful to the original comic book.

A striking 2003 reinterpretation of Astro Boy for the modern age, by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki, Pluto is directed by Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in his first full-length theatre production.

Approximately 3 hours/including an interval
Age guidance 14+
Performed in Japanese with English surtitles
Japan/Belgium

Apr
19
Thu
2018
VINTAGE KIMONO Pop-up shop in Islington @ White Conduit Projects
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm
VINTAGE KIMONO Pop-up shop in Islington @ White Conduit Projects  | England | United Kingdom

Hundreds of colourful, full of patterns vintage kimono just arrived from Japan!
Sonoe Sugawara, a London-based vintage kimono dealer and owner of Furuki Yo-Kimono Vintage, which showcase the world of vintage & antique kimono.

The main collection of my kimonos are from 1920-30s pre-war period known in Japan as the Taisho period and Japanese Art Deco period when Western modernism mingled with Japanese tradition. This time collection includes kimonos from Japnanese imperial / samurai families, Wartime propaganda kimono, “boro” ( farmers work wear & textiles).

Most kimono can be unisex, reversible and very much wearable for many occasions. Some materials and techniques used in vintage kimono are hard to find in modern kimono or are much higher in price, because of the exquisite workmanship involving much greater time and effort. Vintage kimono can be regarded as wearable works of art. The most important thing is to just enjoy wearing kimono.

This is her second pop-up shop in the White Conduit Projects gallery and a rare opportunity to experience antique kimonos closely for a longer period (Usually my stall is only open occasionally in the Spitalfields Market).

Make the most of the vintage kimono world here!

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