A THOUSAND CRANES http://athousandcranes.org.uk/
in association with artsdepot
The Little Mochi Man
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY VICKY IRELAND FOR CHILDREN AGED 4-7 AND THEIR FAMILIES
DESIGN BY MILA SANDERS MUSIC BY JULIAN BUTLER
HARUKA KURODA AND NATSUMI KURODA
Join little Mochi Man on his adventures as he travels from the snowy mountains of Hokkaido, to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
Inspired by the traditions of Shogatsu (Japanese New Year celebrations) and with ‘origami’ puppets, animation and especially composed music, this is the perfect introduction to Japan for young children.
The Little Mochi Man is performed by CBeebies and CBBC regular Haruka Kuroda and Natsumi Kuroda, written and directed by award winning Children’s theatre director Vicky Ireland.
Made possible Design is by Mila Sanders with music and animation by Julian Butler. It is produced by A Thousand Cranes n association with artsdepot, and is supported by funding from Arts Council England.
Vicky Ireland is a writer and director of children’s theatre and was awarded the first MBE for services made to Children’s Theatre. She was Artistic Director at Polka Theatre in Wimbledon for 18 years and presented TV’s Words and Pictures for 12 years and will be back at Polka this summer to direct her acclaimed production of Jacqueline Wilson’s Double Act www.vickyireland.com
A Thousand Cranes was founded in 2006 by performer Kumiko Mendl and writer, director Vicky Ireland to bring the many fascinating stories and cultures of Japan to UK audiences and the company has performed throughout the UK and abroad.
A Thousand Cranes were made Artistic Associates of artsdepot in 2009.
020 8232 1010
Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse
020 7709 8900
020 8369 5454
09 – 11 Feb
the egg, Theatre Royal, Bath
Lincoln Japan Festival, Lincoln
0844 338 5000′
Nuffield Southampton Theatres Campus
023 8067 1771
Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich
0208 858 7755
The Cockpit, Marylebone
020 7258 2925
Cambridge junction, Cambridge
The Courtyard, Hereford
23 – 25 March
Polka Theatre, Wimbledon
020 8543 4888
Stratford Circus Art s Centre, Stratford
020 8279 1080
The Civic, Barnsley
23 -27 May
Little Angel Theatre, Islington
020 7226 1787
Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury
* Call Charges apply
Admission: Each venue will have their own ticket pricing
Barbican Art Gallery presents Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins, featuring photography from Daido Moriyama and Seiji Kurata.
“I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness. That and its solid spiritual base.” (Yayoi Kusama)
Omer Tiroche Gallery will kick off their 2018 programme with an exhibition dedicated to small- scale pumpkin paintings by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. This will be the first time that this small body of work will be displayed together in the UK.
Kusama experimented with her first pumpkin works in the 1940s while studying Nihonga – a traditional form of Japanese painting – at the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts. Although she quickly left behind this delicate style in pursuit of the avant-garde, the pumpkin remained with her. She exhibited Mirror Room (Pumpkin) at the 1993 Venice Biennale and, from this point, her obsessive use of this motif intensified – the repetition being interpreted as an attempt to control her fears.
One of Kusama’s best loved and most iconic motifs, the pumpkins are the visual embodiment of her childhood as well as her present psychological state. She describes these paintings as a form of self-portraiture, magnifying mirrors in which to ‘confront the spirit of the pumpkin, forgetting everything else and concentrating [her] mind entirely on the form before [her]’.
Omer Tiroche comments, I am thrilled to be able to present this collection of intimately sized works all together in one space. For Kusama, the pumpkin itself has so much autobiographical significance, relating to her youth when her family would survive primarily off pumpkin dishes. At the same time, though, when you examine the paintings up close you can see that they are comprised of an amalgamation of two motifs that she has revisited throughout her career: the obsession, dots and infinity nets. These small objects are so individually beautiful and we are very excited to be able to offer them for sale.
Whether dwarfish or gargantuan, Kusama’s pumpkins are instantly recognisable. The flatness of infinity net backgrounds combined with the 3D optical illusion of the polka-dot patterns perfectly illustrate Kusama’s conflicted world: the push and pull between desire and escape, simultaneously imprisoned by reality and locked out of it. Kusama’s pumpkin image is that of the Japanese Kabocha squash, severed at the stalk. It continues to grow and ripen even though it is disconnected from the earth.
This important exhibition allows for a closer study of these small-scale pivotal works, now shown together in one gallery space.
‘MCM Comic Con events are the UK and Ireland’s and most exciting pop culture shows, and the only UK based shows that bring together such a broad scope of popular culture categories including; Movies, Gaming, Comics, Anime, Television, Gadgets, Clothing and Toys.
We aim to put on the best consumer shows for the modern pop-culture market. Our show floors are packed full of activity from live eSports matches and cosplay celebrations to experiential opportunities inspired by the movies and brand new releases of your favourite games to play.
On top of all that we have the awesome Comic Village area for independent comic artists, VidFest for upcoming YouTube stars, PopAsia to revel in all things Asian inspired and Memorabilia, our collector haven. Our theatres also play host to exclusive screenings and panels of special guests, all whom take part in photograph sessions and signings throughout the weekend.
MCM Comic Con is THE destination event to celebrate all things pop-culture, it is not to be missed by any geek, nerd, cosplayer, or fan boy and girl!’
A cultural exchange project, Japan Tide launches its first art exhibition series in the UK which focus to works of Japanese female artists around seventies at a gallery based in Liverpool Street.
During the first week, the exhibition shows the works of two artists, Hiroko Inoue and Kishu Miyata. As for Inoue, who has been involved in fashion and textile, she mixes Acrylic paint and pastels to create to show her own creation of fantastic world. As for Miyata, she has been trained since young child to be Japanese Ink Artist and recently, she launched her own art by using glass fibre which has been highly acclaimed around the world.
Due to exciting progress being made in the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, The Japan Room will be shifting its focus to the arena of cryptocurrency trading. In 2017, The Japan Society hosted a series of fintech events to introduce the basic ideas behind concepts such as AI, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The Japan Room now takes this a step further to introduce the trading of cryptocurrencies, which has links to Japan from Homma’s Japanese candlestick charting to Satoshi Nakamoto and beyond.
Please let us know if you would like to take an optional tour of the Freemasons’ Hall at 5.15 for 5.30pm.
Host: Pauline Chakmakjian, Visit Kyoto Ambassador.
Download a flyer here
To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996, email firstname.lastname@example.org or submit the online booking form.
In association with The Japan Room
The world seems to be becoming increasingly unequal and uncertain. This may partly be due to the discordant co-existence of varying interpretations of history, politics and belief systems. In this lecture, Mami Kataoka, artistic director of the current 21st Biennale of Sydney, will discuss works by artists participating in the Biennale in order to create an overview of a multi-layered society. Taking Sydney as a starting point, which she will consider as a microcosm of the world, Kataoka will look at overlapping perspectives surrounding ideas about nature, cosmic order, history and art history. These differing viewpoints also respond to the historical, architectural and conceptual specificities of the seven venues in Sydney in which they are displayed.
Image: Ai Weiwei Crystal Ball, 2017 crystal, life jackets 100 x 100 x 100 cm Installation view of the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) at Artspace. Photograph: Zan Wimberley Courtesy the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP
We are living in an era of ageing populations. Making connections with other people is said to promote the mental health and longevity of older people. In this seminar, Dr Shankar will address loneliness in older people living in England, some of the factors affecting loneliness in later life, and how loneliness is related to health and well-being.
As a super-ageing nation, Japan is in the front line when it comes to age-related problems. Mounting evidence suggests that isolation, often caused by the death of loved ones, triggers declining mental health. But some people – ‘hikikomori’ – choose to be isolated throughout their lives. Contrasting these two distinct cases of social isolation, Dr Cable will address possible factors contributing to the trend to increasingly poor mental health among older people in Japan, and its relevance to the UK.
About the contributors
Dr. Aparna Shankar is a Senior Lecturer at St George’s, University of London. She works on health and well-being in older adults, with a particular emphasis on the role of social isolation and loneliness, using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and other ageing cohorts. Other research interests include the patterning of health behaviours and the role of the environment on health and well-being.
Dr. Noriko Cable is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London. She works on social relationships, alcohol use and mental health from childhood to late adulthood as well as cross-national examinations of mental health. Her work appears in the booklets Life gets under your skin and Never too early, never too late published by her research group, the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health (ICLS). Dr Cable’s recent work has focussed on the question ‘What can the UK and Japan learn from each other to promote healthy ageing?’, which she discusses in Sleep Medicine (2017) and Gerontology (2018, Editor’s choice).
Free, booking essential.
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP
Yokohama Calling presents the debut UK performance by sensational Japanese pianist Sumire Kuribayashi and bass legend Hideaki Kanazawa. This performance features a collaboration with two of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, Jason Yarde (saxophones) and Mark Mondesir (drums).
Dates: 6 June 2018
Times: Doors open 7pm. Programme starts at 7:45pm.
Location: Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6SH
Phone: (020) 768-4006
Together, Hideaki and Sumire present NIJUSO (duet), for a set of tunes that are intimate and explorative, tender and compelling, carrying the listener on new journeys through familiar landscapes. Jason Yarde and Mark Mondesir will expand the colour palette and dynamics adding saxophones and drums in duo, trio and quartet formats. The programme will feature compositions by all four musicians. This will be the first concert ever performed by these four musicians together. Expect contrast, supreme musicianship, surprise and a lot of heart.
The show is presented by Yokohama Calling, a London based producer creating unique cross-cultural collaborations which promote cultural understanding through the universal power of music. Yokohama Calling is a not-for-profit organisation.
Sumire Kuribayashi is the ascending star on the Japanese jazz scene. She is in great demand as a pianist. Sumire is a composer and bandleader and has released four albums under her own name and has contributed to many more.
Hideaki Kanazawa is a giant of the Japanese jazz scene and has worked with many of the most famous artists from Japan and beyond, including Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Hank Jones, Duke Jordan and many many more.
Jason yarde is a composer, band leader, arranger, producer and saxophonist. As a player he has worked with Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, McCoy Tyner, Manu Dibango, Roy Ayers and Andrew Hill. Jason has composed a great deal of music for film, TV and dance and has arranged for the Kronos Quartet, Manu Dibango and Hugh Masekela in collaboration with both Jazz Jamaica All Stars and with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Mark Mondesir is one of the most in-demand drummers internationally and has worked across many music genres with artists as diverse as Counrtney Pine, Julian Joseph, John Mclaughlin, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Bryan Ferry, David Sylvian, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Joe Zawinul and Jethro Tull.
Kimono x Komono
きもの x こもの
by MIYABI & PETIT KIMONO
7-13 June 2018
The history of kimono, the national costume of Japan, dates back to ancient times, and techniques such as spinning a cocoon, dyeing and weaving have been passed on from time immemorial. Unfortunately nowadays kimonos are used only during special events.
MIYABI and PETIT KIMONO transformed, stitch by stitch, the kimonos that belonged to their ancestors generation after generation into small cute objects and mini-kimono, inspired by Japanese seasons, Japanese food and Japanese traditions.
They have successfully exhibited in Japan and in Paris, and this is their first solo exhibition in the UK.
ABOUT MIYABI (Masako Ishihara・mother)
She has been teaching for 35 years, as a ‘kimono coordinator’, kimono-making techniques, kimono tailoring and classes on how to put a kimono on.
MIYABI decided to use the kimono and Japanese fabrics that she had in a drawer, in order to introduce a piece of Japanese tradition to the world.
ABOUT PETIT KIMONO (Tazuko Ishihara・daughter)
Since she was little, she has always been surrounded by kimono and silk fabrics. She can combine different colours to make miniature ‘kawaii’ (cute) Japanese objects.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday 7th June 6pm – 8pm
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday (9 June only) 12pm – 6pm