Japanese Events in London

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Jul
9
Mon
2018
The Japan Society Book Club @ The Japan Society
Jul 9 @ 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.

Jul
17
Tue
2018
In Search of Forgotten Colours @ The Victoria & Albert Museum
Jul 17 2018 – Jan 27 2019 all-day

A display of textiles and paper samples from the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. The display is accompanied by four short films about Yoshioka Sachio, the fifth generation head of the workshop, and the art of natural dyeing. Films also viewable online at :

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmaflrfppKNfq8uuZVZZxQg

Admission Free

Jul
19
Thu
2018
KOKESHI, FROM TOHOKU WITH LOVE @ SWAY GALLERY LONDON
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am – Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm
KOKESHI, FROM TOHOKU WITH LOVE @ SWAY GALLERY LONDON | England | United Kingdom

Pop-up shop, talk and exhibition by Manami Okazaki, the author of Kokeshi, from Tohoku with Love.

Kokeshi are traditional wooden dolls that are predominantly made in rural hotspring villages in the Tohoku region. Originally a children’s toy made by farmers, these simple and charming folktoys have captured the hearts of collectors around the world.

More than 100 kokeshi will be available, from traditional,
orthodox types to kawaii, modern varieties. A rare
opportunity to purchase new kokeshi by master
artisans in the Tohoku region.

Meet the author:
Sway Gallery (in store) 19th and 28th July all day.

Looking forward to seeing you here!

FREE ENTRY

OPENING RECEPTION: THU 19th July, 6pm – 8pm
Opening hours: MON – FRI 11am – 7pm
SAT (21st and 28th July only) 12pm – 6pm
Sunday closed

Jul
29
Sun
2018
Japanese Garden Party @ Hammersmith Park, Japanese Garden
Jul 29 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Japanese Garden Party


Image courtesy of the Sequins and Cherry Blossom blog.

No booking required – just turn up on the day!

An afternoon of Japanese live music, family activities and Japanese food to celebrate the regeneration of the Japanese garden in Hammersmith Park! Expect taiko drumming, ramen, and family friendly activities such as origami and calligraphy, alongside much more! Co-organised by the Japan Society and the Embassy of Japan.

The day will end with two very special performances by contemporary Japanese artists Ichi and Hatis Noit. We hope you can join us for what is bound to be a fantastic summer celebration of all things Japanese!

Why we’re celebrating

Hammersmith Park is all that remains of the 1910 Japan-British Exhibition in White City, but few know it is a Japanese garden. Now an avenue of stone lanterns and a wooden entrance gate are being installed to celebrate the park’s Japanese origins.

To mark the event, Japan Society, together with the Embassy of Japan and the Friends of Hammersmith Park, are hosting an afternoon activities and music. Children and adults alike can make their own Japanese lantern to take home, learn to write their name in Japanese, try on a kimono, fold some origami, and even meet Hello Kitty herself!! That’s right – Hello Kitty will be making a personal appearance at the celebrations! And if all the excitement makes you hungry, you’ll be able to sample delicious Japanese street food at the Japan centre food stalls.

A wide range of Japanese traditional and contemporary music will fill the garden all afternoon, from the guitar-like shamisen, to taiko drums, concluding with performances by two exciting Japanese musicians. ICHI, takes the concept of the one man band to entirely new heights with his homemade instruments and eclectic, fun sound, while Hokkaido-born Hatis Noit’s mesmerising vocals draw on musical traditions from Japanese court music to opera, and Buddhist chanting to pop.

Aug
1
Wed
2018
World Shakuhachi Festival @ Goldsmiths, University of London
Aug 1 – Aug 4 all-day
World Shakuhachi Festival @ Goldsmiths, University of London | England | United Kingdom

The World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 brings together many of the world’s best performers of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, from all continents. It presents, at highest level, a broad cross-section of traditional and contemporary solo and ensemble music for shakuhachi. As an instrument, the shakuhachi is known by many people, but without being named or recognised. It has put in appearances in many film soundtracks, including the final Harry Potter films, and is on the other hand enjoyed by many because of its deeply meditative quality. The instrument is, however capable of a broad range of music, from quiet to energetic and stimulating, alone, and grouped with other instruments, from Japan and elsewhere. The broad spectrum of its music will appeal to music lovers from all walks of life and with all tastes, from traditional to modern, from meditative to ‘world music’.

The WSF2018 will offer an unique opportunity to experience the world of shakuhachi close up and in a variety not seen before in the UK or Europe. Our schedule is bursting with a wide range of concerts, workshops, lectures, talks, exhibitions, screenings and informal gatherings, bringing together around 40 top-level shakuhachi performers from Japan and another 40 from other countries to play and teach. Whether you are a seasoned shakuhachi professional, an enthusiastic hobbyist or simply interested in discovering new cultural and musical territory, WSF2018 is the place to be.

Aug
3
Fri
2018
UKIYO-E AND IMPRESSIONISTS @ Sway Gallery London
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm
UKIYO-E AND IMPRESSIONISTS @ Sway Gallery London | England | United Kingdom

UKIYO-E AND IMPRESSIONISTS

Opening event: 2nd August 2018, from 6pm till 8pm
Dates: 3rd – 31st August 2018

in collaboration with Japanese Gallery

Japanese woodblock print, Ukiyo-e, is one of the most significant influences on Impressionism and further developments of Western art.

When Japan began international trading after 200 years of isolationist foreign policy in the mid 19th Century, ukiyo-e reached Western Europe with a great impact. Its features of flatness, dynamic composition and clear outline shook many artists such as Monet, van Gogh, Pissarro, Lautrec and Degas.

Van Gogh is not an exception, and strongly admired the techniques of Japanese artists, as he says in his letter to Theo from September 1888:

I envy the Japanese the extreme clarity that everything in their work has. It’s never dull, and never appears to be done too hastily. Their work is as simple as breathing, and they do a figure with a few confident strokes with the same ease as if it was as simple as buttoning your waistcoat.

This exhibition includes original works of Hokusai, Hiroshige, and Utamaro, whose works were collected by many Western artists. Along with examples of Impressionist paintings, we will closely look into the relationship between them.

Looking forward to seeing you here.

OPENING TIMES

3rd – 31st August 2018

Monday to Friday 11:00 – 19:00

Saturday & Sunday appointments only

FREE ENTRANCE

Aug
4
Sat
2018
Pre-Summer Explorers! 4th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema
Aug 4 @ 5:15 pm
Pre-Summer Explorers! 4th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema

From anime to 70’s horror, drama to eye-opening documentaries, discover something for everyone with our brand new season of free Japanese cinema screenings.

NHK WORLD-JAPAN Double Bill (Part 1) 5.15pm (English Subtitles)
A Tale of Love & Honour: Life in Gion Dir. Maki Kubochi, 2017, 49min | Image: © NHK
Take a peek into the distinct district of Gion in Kyoto and witness the proud and wistful stories of people belonging to this secret world in this fascinating documentary from NHK WORLD-JAPAN.
Living Ninja Legend Masaaki Hatsumi 2016, 49 min | Image: © NHK
Masaaki Hatsumi, 84 years old, is a living ninja in modern times. What is the essence of his astonishing art? This documentary investigates the hidden power of this ninja master.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nhk-world-japan-double-bill-part-1-tickets-48029483478

House 7:20pm (English subtitles, suitable for ages 15+) Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977, 88min
Nicknamed Oshare, meaning gorgeous, Miyuki (Kimiko Ikegami) was excited to spend the summer with her father, until she found out his new young wife would be joining them. Looking to escape this awkward situation, she decides to take six of her school friends to her aunt’s house in the countryside, and one by one, strange things start happening to them. This monumental horror comedy pushed the director Obayashi to the world of fame.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/house-tickets-48027877675

Tickets are free, but must be booked via Eventbrite.

Aug
5
Sun
2018
Pre-Summer Explorers! 5th Aug @ Courthouse Hotel Cinema
Aug 5 @ 2:15 pm
Pre-Summer Explorers! 5th Aug @ Courthouse Hotel Cinema | England | United Kingdom

From anime to 70’s horror, drama to eye-opening documentaries, discover something for everyone with our brand new season of free Japanese cinema screenings.

Summer Wars 2.15pm (suitable for ages 12+) Dir. Mamoru Hosoda, 2009, 114min
Kenji Koiso is a 17-year-old maths genius and part-time OZ moderator who is invited by his crush Natsuki on a summer trip. Shortly after arriving at Natsuki’s family’s estate, which is preparing for her great-grandmother’s 90th birthday, he receives a strange, coded message on his cell phone from an unknown sender who challenges him to solve it. Would Kenji be able to crack the code and save the world from danger?
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-wars-tickets-48028039158

NHK WORLD-JAPAN Double Bill (Part 2) 4.30pm (English subtitles)
My Small Steps to Hiroshima 2016, 50min
Kaoru Ogura dedicated his life to telling the world about Hiroshima, where the first atomic bomb was dropped. This documentary recounts the life and work of Ogura and his fellow anti-nuclear activists.
The Phone of the Wind 2016, 49 mins
On a hill overlooking the sea in northern Japan is a phone booth known as the “Phone of the Wind”. It is connected to nowhere, but many people come here to “call” their loved ones lost in the 2011 tsunami…
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nhk-world-japan-double-bill-part-2-tickets-48028201644

Kikujiro 6.40pm (English subtitles, suitable for ages 12+) Dir. Takeshi Kitano, 1999, 122min
Young Masao decides to embark on a journey from Tokyo to Toyohashi, in Aichi, to find his long-lost mother. Keeping it a secret from the grandmother he lives with, his elderly neighbour Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano) decides to accompany him on his trip. This is a timeless human drama by legendary director Takeshi Kitano.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kikujiro-tickets-48028520598

Tickets are free but booking is essential through Eventbrite.

Aug
11
Sat
2018
Pre-Summer Explorers! 11th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema
Aug 11 @ 2:15 pm
Pre-Summer Explorers! 11th Aug @ Soho Hotel Cinema | England | United Kingdom

From anime to 70’s horror, drama to eye-opening documentaries, discover something for everyone with our brand new season of free Japanese cinema screenings.

Only Yesterday 2.15pm (English subtitles, PG) Dir. Isao Takahata, 1991, 118min
Office worker Taeko decides to take a break from Tokyo during the summer to spend time in the countryside, somewhere she hasn’t been for nearly two decades. Along the way, her childhood memories come pouring back to her. This is early work by Studio Ghibli directed by the late Isao Takahata.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/only-yesterday-tickets-48028849582

Napping Princess 4.40pm (English subtitles, PG) Dir. Kenji Kamiyama, 1991, 111min
Kokone should be studying for her university entrance exams, but she’s finding it harder and harder to stay awake because when she sleeps, her daily life has been swapped for the fantastic world of Heartland. However, when events in the dream world start mirroring those in the real world, she finds herself drawn into battles in both.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/napping-princess-tickets-48029260812

Mitsuko Delivers 7.00pm (English subtitles) Dir. Yuya Ishii, 2011, 109min
Mitsuko (Riisa Naka) is down on her luck. Despite being dumped by the boyfriend whose baby she’s carrying, jobless, and penniless, she’s sunnily optimistic and decides to go back to her hometown to help those around her. She sets out to solve their problems one by one, delivering her positivity wherever she goes.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mitsuko-delivers-tickets-48029370139

Short Japanese Language Taster Sessions on 11th August!

3.30pm-6.30pm, Screen 2 @ Soho Hotel Cinema

Have you ever wanted to introduce yourself like a Japanese film character? We will be running short language taster sessions for beginners focusing on Japanese in Anime/Manga. Anyone can drop by and take part, so please come along to get involved!

Tickets are free, but booking through Eventbrite is essential