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 :
World Rugby Museum adult ticket £12.50. Concessions available.
Schools interested in receiving and planting a cherry tree should apply by using the application form below by 28 February 2019. Trees will be supplied by the Cherry Tree Project, but planting and maintenance will be the responsibility of the applicant educational institution / school.
Background to the Project
On the 1st September 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced in Tokyo that the years 2019-2020 would mark the Japan-UK Season of Culture. This season, with activity in both Japan and the UK, will celebrate the friendship of the two countries, and will provide an opportunity for people in both countries to explore each other’s cultures and technologies between the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
JAPAN IN LANDSCAPE by Matthew Phinn
DATES: 11th – 29th January 2019
PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday, 10th January, 18:00-20:00; Artist talk at 19:00
MATTHEW PHINN X TRAVELER’S COMPANY
Traveler’s Company workshop event in collaboration with the London-based watercolour artist Matthew Phinn.
DATE: Saturday, 19th January, 12:00-18:00
This exhibition is a collection of watercolour paintings celebrating the diversity and beauty of Japanese landscape. Matthew integrates Japanese brushwork and aesthetics with a traditional English water colour technique.
Matthew was born in Yorkshire and studied Fine Art at the University of Leeds and the University of California. He went on to spend six years as an artist in residence in Japan and Bermuda. Matthew has exhibited with The Royal Society of Marine Artists, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, where he has won the Matt Bruce Memorial Prize in 2015 and the Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award. In 2012 he won the prestigious Bath Prize and since 2011 Matthew has been a permanent member of Japanese Watercolour Society, with which he exhibits annually.
Matthew lives in London with his wife and two children, but he visits Japan every year and always stays in Hiroshima. Since he left nine years ago, his old painting class has continued in his absence and still exhibits every year. He tries to make sure he is there for the exhibition and continue to do painting courses while he is visiting. Back here in London, he has been teaching in the local Japanese community in Acton and Ealing.
Although he doesn’t intentionally set out to create a mutual understanding between Japan and the UK in his paintings, we can easily recognise that this is an integral part of his work. In terms of subject matter, he is constantly exploring Japanese and English themes and inevitably his time working as an artist in Japan has greatly affected his paintings. In terms of materials, he has for a long time used Japanese “Nihonga” brushes with his English paints and paper. He also experiments with painting on Japanese washi paper, some of which will be on display. With regards to technique, he has been greatly influenced by the approach to craft that can be seen across all Japanese art forms, from the wonderful pottery, calligraphy and hanga prints to the gardens and architecture. He has been lucky to have studied sumie ink painting in Saitama prefecture for two years, encouraging him to incorporate the idea of “yohaku”, or blank space into his paintings and the dimensions of his work often confirm to Japanese paintings and prints.
SAT 19th January 12:00 – 18:00
*ALL THE ARTWORKS WILL BE FOR SALE*
Once Only, Only Once
Works from Kyoto
Photographs and standing byobu screens made by Kyoto Artisan
Opening on 18th January
Show will continue to Sunday 27th January
The Japanese Portland Garden is a traditional Japanese garden in Portland, Oregon. The Garden, which was designed in 1963, covers 12 acres and has eight separate garden styles. The Garden was created to provide the residents of Portland with a beautiful, serene garden, while also creating a connection between America and Japan after World War II.
In this talk, Steve Bloom will explore the past, present, and future of the Portland Japanese Garden. He will look at how it is leading a global dialog about the Japanese Garden as a platform for spreading the ideals of peace and mutual understanding between peoples by sharing some of Japan’s greatest gifts with the world: its culture, art, and unique connection to nature.
This event is free but booking is essential.
Are you interested in making the move to Japan? Come along to Gaba’s Information Seminar in Birmingham on February 12th, 2019 to find out more!
• Teach quality, customized 1 to 1 adult English lessons to motivated clients
• Teach in a major metropolitan area [including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka]
• Design your own flexible schedule around your life
• Work in a professional international environment with certification and ongoing support
• Career opportunities are available
Attend an Information Seminar in London to find out more about experiencing Japan with GABA. Attendees have the opportunity to meet a recruiter in person and apply for a position at the event.
To register to attend the event or find out more information, check out our website at: https://www.gabateachinginjapan.com/
We are seeking enthusiastic and unique individuals who possess the following to experience living and teaching in Japan with Gaba:
• Solid people skills
• Native-level English (all nationalities considered)
• Ability to work independently
• Desire to live and work in Japan
• TEFL/ TESOL certification or ESL experience preferred
You can view testimonials from current Instructors on YouTube here: Testimonial Videos
Join 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.
Please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 3075 1996 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Please note to cover costs there is a £1 entry charge on the door.
The Comedy Pub , 7 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE London,
We’ll have our usual monthly Japanese social and language exchange on Tuesday 10th October at the Comedy pub.
英会話を練習したい方/ロンドンで友達を作りたい方/日本語を勉強している外国人達と知り合いたい方, 好例の毎月第二火曜日のミートアップにいらっしゃいませんか。どうぞお気軽にご参加下さい! 次のイベントは：
場所： 冰The Comedy Pub , 7 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE
最寄駅：地下鉄Piccadilly Circus駅もしくはBond Street駅
The event is from 19:00 to 23:00. It’s close to Picadilly Circus and just off Leicester Square. There is good space to chat to people in Japanese and English. It is very informal and there is a friendly crowd.
日英ミートアップパーティー ～定期イベントのお知らせ～ 日本語で：http://www.eigokai.co.uk
The London Japanese Language Meetup group webpage: http://www.meetup.com/japanese-34/
AKIKO BAN: Innervisions
DATES: 14th – 25th February 2019
PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 13th February 18:00 – 20:00
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ARTIST TALK: Saturday 23rd February 15:00 – 16:00
The Sway Gallery London is pleased to announce Innervisions, an exhibition by Akiko Ban, a Japanese interdisciplinary artist based in London. This exhibition presents Ban’s latest sculptures and drawings that explore to establish a primal, naturalistic and spiritual vista of the inner world of her creation.
Her artistic practice seeks to give lives to materials, generating individual bodies which she believes have their own existence. These ritual objects and environments were inspired by contemporary culture, music, fashion and her own daily experiences. She presents art work as a means of expressing her personal mythology which embodies the essence of the world she lives in.
By employing fluid materials such as water, ink, plaster and fabric, Ban intends to spark a moment emerging through the interactions between material, time, environment and herself. Each piece is a unique and improvised rapidly and responsively. She calls this process manifestation of entity, it takes place when her unconsciousness is in tune with the integrated materials. Prior to her creation, she carefully studies the materials logically and intuitively until they start to form a part of her entity, which later allows her to work spontaneously. Her background as a trained Japanese calligrapher helps her access the state of unconsciousness yet sensory acute state during which the work brings the generation process.
For her new sculptures, she carefully paints, decorates and presents them along with her lively water colours and glitter drawings in order to activate her ritual environment.
Akiko Ban was born in 1975 in Tokyo, Japan. In 2002 she moved to London and studied BA in Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts (2003-2006) and MFA in Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art (2006-2008).
Her practice is cross-disciplinary, and collaborated with choreographer, dancers, musician, fashion brand, designers and other artists. She has recently launched her on-going project, MYSTIC FORMS, a hand crafted jewellery collection, with a graphic and digital media designer Taiyo Nagano in 2015, exploring the relationship between art and body to endeavour the idea of Wearable Art. She also worked as a visiting tutor at Camberwell College of Arts (2016-2017)
Ban’s previous solo exhibitions include Revelry in Paradise 楽園の宴, Matsudo, Japan (2014), Mystic Parade百鬼夜行, matohu, Tokyo, Japan (2013), Alive, Bicha Gallery, London (2012). Group shows include A History of Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts (2018), Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts (2016), SIXTY, LUBOMIROV/ANGUS-HUGHES, Athens, Greece (2016), I Never Lied To You, Camberwell College of Arts (2015).
Projects include MYSTIC FORMS, Hand crafted Jewellery collection (2015-current), The Playground, Rambert Dance, London (2018), Create your own YOKAI spirit, Watercolor painting workshop for children, Nagareyama, Japan (2015-2018), Fashion product design for Japanese animation Evangelion (2015), Cover design drawing for Power To The People “World Peace EP” presented by Basement Jaxx (2014), In Conversation with Akiko Ban Revelry in Paradise, Artist talk, Ace & Lion, London (2014), Paradise AIR, Artist in Residence, Matsudo, Japan (2014), Hat and Accessories Design for matohu 2013-14AW collection “AWAI” (2013).
SATURDAY 23rd February 12:00-18:00
SUN by appointment (buyers only)
*All the artworks will be for sale*