Japanese Events in London

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Koji Yamamura Film – “Satie’s Parade” @ Vue Piccadilly
Oct 2 @ 1:15 pm
Koji Yamamura Film - "Satie's Parade" @ Vue Piccadilly | London | England | United Kingdom

Raindance Film Festival is proud to be hosting an exclusive screening of Koji Yamamura latest film – “Satie’s Parade”

Mixing quotes from French composer Erik Satie’s essays with the music ‘Parade’, this film is an animated re-creation of Realist ballet images going beyond reality. With the combination of text and collage, this animation is seeking to achieve a unique visual language.

BFI London Film Festival @ Various London Venues, see BFI website for details
Oct 5 – Oct 16 all-day
The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle – Studio Ghibli 2016

The 60th BFI London Film Festival will take place 5-16 October 2016. Taking place at venues across London, there will even be a splendid temporary cinema created at Victoria Embankment Gardens.

The delightfully diverse Japanese films in the 2016 BFI London Film Festival include: (links go to the BFI website)

Also, don’t miss The Red Turtle – Studio Ghibli’s first co-production is about a man getting to grips with life on a desert island. Made in France this year, ‘this mature, dialogue free, traditionally animated film is the result of a unique co-production between Japan’s Studio Ghibli and London-based Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit’.

HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2016 @ Tobacco Dock
Nov 25 – Nov 27 all-day
HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2016 @ Tobacco Dock | London | England | United Kingdom

HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market is your one-stop experience for all things Japanese, the best Japanese food and shopping you can enjoy without buying a plane ticket! Whether you want to try authentic Japanese food and street food such as ramen and sushi, learn about both traditional and modern arts and culture, or share your love of world-famous Japanese pop-culture like anime, manga and videogames, our event has something for everyone, so you’re certain to find that special gift for the J-culture fan in your life (even if that’s you)! Plus, there’ll be live stage performances by artists and performers ranging from folk music singers and musicians to martial artists and the hottest J-pop acts.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme @ 15 venues nationwide
Feb 3 – Mar 29 all-day
Lady Maiko - The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

Lady Maiko – The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns in early 2017 with a diverse programme of films based around the theme of ‘Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema’. Kicking off at ICA, London on 3 February, the season will tour to a further 14 venues around the UK.

Date: 3 February – 29 March 2017
Venue: 15 venues nationwide

For the full line-up and details of participating venues, please click here.

Okinawa Day 2017 @ Spitalfields
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Okinawa Day 2017 @ Spitalfields | England | United Kingdom

Okinawa Day is back at Spitalfields this year for a day of Okinawan folk & classical music, Eisa dancing, Karate, food, drinks & much more! Come along with your friends & families, admission is free!

When: Saturday 24th June 2017
Time: 10am-6pm
Where: Spitalfields, London E1 6AA


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!

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.


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

(Un)true Colours

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.

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’.


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.

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


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.

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