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Japanese Natural Dye – Kakishibu Shibori Tote bag making @ Studio47 Kingsgate Workshops
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Japanese Natural Dye - Kakishibu Shibori Tote bag making @ Studio47 Kingsgate Workshops | England | United Kingdom

This is an exciting opportunity to use the rare Japanese natural dye, Kakishibu, whilst learning a basic Shibori technique and create an original tote bag!

Kakishibu is a traditional Japanese dye made from tannin extract of unripened, inedible persimmon fruits. It can be applied on wood, paper, and fabric. It has an earthy brown colour and reacts as a coating for surfaces, creating antiseptic activity, water resistance and durability.

Shibori is a Japanese resist dyeing technique, which produces patterns on fabric.The cloth can be bound, stitched, folded, twisted, clamped and compressed.

No previous experience is necessary and all materials and tools are provided. We offer free refreshments and Biscuits!

This is 2 hour workshop and will be held at the Textile Hub @ Kingsgate Workshops Trust.
Please click on the link for more information and to buy tickets.

Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm

Mayuko Hino resumed her music activity in 2011 after a pause of 10 years for the study of Chinese medicine.

Prolific as a live performer, Hino is most well-known for forming C.C.C.C. (Cosmic Coincidence Control Center) in 1990, together with Hiroshi Hasegawa, Fumio Kosakai and Ryuichi Nagakubo. In its early phase, the band grabbed attention by combining noise music with Hino’s sadomasochism performance using bondage ropes and dripping candle wax. She has since been a member of Mne-Mic, DFH-M3, and Transparentz. Digipak.

Hino experimented with the function of noise music as an trans-disciplinary media, and tried to break the boundary between counterparts surrounding performance art : urban structure against man, art againstnon-art, activity versus rest.

‘Lunisolar’ is the second solo album from the ‘Queen Of Japanese Noise’, Mayuko Hino. ‘Faintainhead’ unleashes swathes of densely layered noise, undulating in intensity and ferocity. Although claustrophobic throughout, there are moments of gentle metallic percussion, punctuating the raging vibrations beneath. ‘Astral Travelling’ offers no such relief, featuring unrelenting, piercing electronics throughout until the final few minutes of psychedelic comedown. In addition to self-made instruments, Hino plays noise with her six-theremin oscillators (in bright pink) – the one and only in the world, specially made by Ryo Araishi (a.k.a. ichion).

Lunisolar is only Mayuko Hino’s second solo release, but her track record speaks volumes above that number. Her tenure with C.C.C.C. is worn on her sleeve here, and her influence within the group is well displayed. Brutal at times, spacey at others, and often times a bit of both, Hino’s latest release is a treat for the ears. Sit back, spin this, and drift off through the galaxy.” (Musique Machine)

“There’s a sense of momentum to be found in Hino’s noise; it’s rarely static… At the hands of Hino it seems astral travelling is as much out-of-this-world as it is an out-of-body experience… on Lunisolar she continues with the ever evolving atmospheric and psychedelic sound that energised the noise of C.C.C.C..”(Compulsion Online)

“日野繭子 makes no bones about her wide-ranging noisician flexibility here, nor her honored place in the contemporary Japanoise scene… Unlike a bevy of artists who just make ear-splitting sonic somersaults, Hino’s sound is more impressionistic and staggered in its delivery, incorporating a yin/yang of the industrial and environmental.”(Tone-Shift)

Hello Kitty × Chatime Launch Day @ Chatime Piccadilly Circus 25-27 Shaftesbury Avenue London W1D 7EG
Nov 16 all-day
Hello Kitty × Chatime Launch Day @ Chatime Piccadilly Circus 25-27 Shaftesbury Avenue London W1D 7EG | England | United Kingdom

This winter, Chatime is partnering with Sanrio for the Taiwanese bubble tea brand’s first collaboration ever: a Hello Kitty exclusive making its debut on Friday 16th November. 2 Hello Kitty x Chatime drinks have been created: TIRAMISU MILK TEA and APPLE PIE GREEN TEA MOUSSE. The drinks, with mellow and fruity aromas, are inspired by Hello Kitty’s favorite food and drink: her Mama’s apple pie and milk.

To celebrate the launch on 16th November, Hello Kitty will take over Chatime’s Piccadilly store. A dreamlike Hello Kitty experience will be created for customers, and from 12 to 4 pm, Hello Kitty herself will appear! The first 50 customers to buy a Hello Kitty x Chatime drink will receive an exclusive Chatime goodie bag so the public is being invited to pop in as early as they can.

Hello Kitty can’t wait to say “Hi” to everyone at Chatime. Come and enjoy the cutest bubble tea of your life!



Hyper Japan @ Olympia, London
Nov 16 – Nov 18 all-day
Hyper Japan 2018 Winter

Hyper Japan 2018 Winter

Hyper Japan returns with a winter event at Olympia, London!

Brave Blossoms: the History of Rugby in Japan @ World Rugby Museum, Twickenham Stadium
Nov 17 2018 – Aug 31 2019 all-day

WRM_BraveBlossomsExplore the full history of the birth and evolution of rugby union in Japan, from 1866 when Yokohama became the site of the oldest rugby club in Asia, to being awarded Rugby World Cup 2019.

This special exhibition, produced in partnership with England Rugby Travel and Kanto District Transport Bureau, charts the evolution of rugby alongside the development of modern Japan. How ‘the father of Japanese rugby’, Ginosuke Tanaka, brought the sport to Keio University and how a series of sporting pioneers, including members of the Japanese Royal Family, allowed the sport to flourish. It will examine how Japanese corporations have nurtured the game at a domestic level allowing Japanese rugby to make significant impacts at international level, and culminating in the famous victory the Brave Blossoms achieved over the Springboks at Rugby World Cup 2015 and the awarding of Rugby World Cup 2019 to Japan.

World Rugby Museum adult ticket £12.50. Concessions available.

”TK-Shokudo” Japanese cafeteria open for JUST ONE DAY! @ TK Trading
Nov 24 all-day
''TK-Shokudo'' Japanese cafeteria open for JUST ONE DAY! @ TK Trading | England | United Kingdom

Date: Saturday 24th November 2018
Time: 10am-3pm
Venue: 1st floor, Unit4 (Located in front of TK Trading shop)

TK Trading is a Japanese food shop in North Acton.
We offer Japanese-style bento, sushi and sandwiches in our monthly event ”TK-Shokudo”.

Our menu sample:
Tempura Udon £6.00
Tendon  £7.00
Teriyaki Chickendon £5.50
Chicken Katsudon  £5.50
Grilled cheese chicken toast £3.50
Grilled cheese beef toast £3.50…and more!

/////Special offers//////
■Everyone can enjoy tasting events!
1.Japanese ♯1 selling Sake brand HAKUTSURU: Sake tasting -30% OFF SALE-
2.NIPPON HAM: New product sampling -25% OFF SALE-

■ Gift for all kids: Japanese Candies!

■ Shop £15 or more, and you can get a chance to win the great prize which doesn’t have lose!!!

We are looking forward to welcoming you!!

Phew – World permier of Ana da Silva & Phew performance – Island @ IKLECTIK
Nov 28 @ 8:00 pm
Phew -  World permier of Ana da Silva & Phew performance – Island @ IKLECTIK | United Kingdom

World premier of Island
Island is the new collaborative album from Japanese electronic musician Phew and Ana da Silva. A bracing odyssey in industrial noise, Island is full of absorbing textures, tactile beats, and a masterfully dynamic compositional style. Each cavernous track feels like a conversation, and out of the ominous dark comes a generative hope. Ana and Phew contribute pointillist bits of spoken word in each other’s native tongues of Portuguese and Japanese, reflecting on isolation, friendship, and nature. The quotidian is made profound. A gripping mood is set by the shared stoicism and subtle playfulness of these two cult punk icons.

Each song was collectively composed by both Ana and Phew, who exchanged files via email. At times, Island evokes the sinister throb of Phew’s recent Light Sleep album (which in turn recalls Suicide). Island’s logic is one of wise minimalism. There is a feeling of discovery that will be familiar to Raincoats fans—a sense of poetry and inquisitiveness, of intuition and invention, of new languages taking shape.

“I’m with you” by So Fujii and Natsuki Tsukagoshi @ Sway Gallery
Dec 12 @ 11:00 am – Dec 22 @ 4:00 pm
"I'm with you" by So Fujii and Natsuki Tsukagoshi @ Sway Gallery | England | United Kingdom

“I’m with you” by So Fujii and Natsuki Tsukagoshi

DATES: 12th – 22nd December 2018
PRIVATE VIEW 13th December 18:00 – 20:00, RSVP https://bit.ly/2Tce7mR

Following the great success of ‘The Pets You Love’ by illustrator So Fujii, the Sway Gallery London is delighted to announce the opening of ‘I’m with you’, an exhibition where So Fujii teamed up with Tokyo-based icing artist Natsuki Tsukagoshi to deliver a new view of ‘The Pets You Love’, using different materials, yet following the same theme.

This exhibition is divided into two parts
The first part has Pets as the main theme. The two Japanese artists gathered pictures of pets on different social media, and they worked on a unique project, creating two portraits of the same pet, one as an illustration, the other as an iced biscuit. They brought this project to the Sway Gallery because they wanted to share the feelings of the pet owners (love, happiness, joy, sometimes frustration and even sadness).

The second part will take us into the world behind the creation of the picture book ‘I’m with you’, the story of a girl who gets lost in the woods and meets all kinds of strange animals.
This is actually an unprecedented collaboration among three artists, So Fujii, the illustrator, Natsuki Tsukagoshi, the icing artist and Kanako Noda, the writer. The original artworks from this picture book are absolutely special, an exceptional combination of different media that will charm people of all ages.
*The copies of the picture book will be available to purchase at the Sway Gallery.

So Fujii
Illustrator, born in Toyama, Japan. Currently based between Tokyo and his hometown Toyama.
The main themes of his drawings are animals, plants, foods, fruits and vegetables. He uses a multitude of lines, beautiful colours and his technique includes a lot of details.


Natsuki Tsukagoshi
Icing artist, born and raised in Tokyo.
She started her carrier as a pastry chef, and her artistic talent brought her to the world of icing art. She holds regular exhibitions in Japan and her iced biscuits not only are used in photo shootings for magazines but they are also highly requested by celebrities as bespoke pieces of art.
She is the official instructor for Snoopy’s icing workshops in Japan.


MON-FRI 11:00-19:00
SAT 15th DEC 12:00-18:00, 22nd DEC 12:00-16:00
SUN by appointment (buyers only)

Dec 21 – Dec 23 all-day

Vintage Kimono Dealer Furuki Yo-Kimono and Japanese Folk craft shop Bungu Store, two of London market traders from Japan both have very much love and respect for authentic Japanese handwork. They are presenting 3 days pop-up shop just before Christmas! You’ll find a variety of goods inspired by Japanese grandmas’ closet & drawers, and grandpas’ old workshop …


DATA: Fri 21st Dec; 13-19.00 Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd Dec; 11-19.00

About Us;

Furuki Yo-Kimono
Vintage Japanese kimono dealer Sonoe Sugawara handpicks circa 1920-60‘s pre & post war / art-deco period kimono, folk & workwear and textiles. She has become a source for Western kimono lovers including designers of some of the world’s leading fashion brands and film industries. On occasion her stall is in the Spitalfields antique market on Thursdays.
(Find more @furukiyokimonovintage on instagram.com or Furuki Yo-Kimono on Facebook.com )

Bungu store
Japanese Artist Ouka Ueno has honed her expertise in using and sourcing Japanese art materials and tools for many years. After her passion for Folk Arts and Folk Tales dragged her into the MINGEI (Japanese Folk Art) world, she started to collect items which have more cultural and traditional meaning directly from artisans and introduced them to her London stall in Broadway Market every Saturday.
(Find more information on bungustore.com or @bungustore on instagram.com )

Introduction to Japanese Bookbinding @ The Linnean Society of London
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Introduction to Japanese Bookbinding @ The Linnean Society of London

It’s super easy to get started with making books at home, and there’s loads to explore once you get going. In this two hour workshop you will learn how to make a simple book using a Japanese 3-hole binding structure.

You will come away from the workshop with a book, some basic theory and technique, and some pointers on next projects to think about.