16 June to 23 September 2018
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm; free
Tatsuo Miyajima is one of Japan’s foremost contemporary artists. Through his work he explores the concept of time, incorporating original material made around the establishment of Greenwich Mean Time in 1884 with his trademark “Miyajima numbers”. For his latest work, Miyajima has collaborated with William Morris, using his iconic Bird fabric from 1878 to create a new work in the series.
An exhibition on the Story Lounge (first floor landing).
Supported by the Japan Foundation
A series of gigs featuring artists from Japanese underground scenes responsible for genre-defining music over the past 40 years.
From the ground breaking electronics of Yellow Magic Orchestra to the sonic arts of Ryoji Ikeda and quirky Pop of Mariah, these are artists that changed the face of music as we know it. Yet it isn’t culturally defining moments in American music, but Japanese underground scenes from which they’ve emerged.
Following her residency at Camden Arts Centre in 2016, Yuko Mohri returns with a new installation that orchestrates relations between electromagnetic force-fields, patterns of light moving through water and a reconfigured Yamaha reed organ from 1934. Developed responsively to the architecture and surrounding environment of the galleries, Mohri’s audio-spatial composition reveals the interconnectedness of man-made and natural processes, inviting non-human agents and chance factors to determine the score.
In this new commission, error, improvisation and feedback figure in an acoustic environment that maps shifting relationships between material things and conceptual propositions. Music and sound are central to Mohri’s practice. Her involvement with the experimental music scene in Japan has included collaborations with Otomo Yoshihide and the internationally acclaimed composer, pianist and electronic musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. As part of Voluta, sound art pioneer Akio Suzuki will perform live in the gallery.
Please note Camden Arts Centre is closed on Mondays.
Supported by Arts Council Tokyo, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Terumo Foundation for Life Sciences and Arts and the Yuko Mohri Exhibition Circle
Yuko Mohri (b. 1980, Kanagawa, Japan) is an artist whose installations detect invisible and intangible forces such as magnetism, gravity and light. In 2015, Mohri received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council for a residency in New York. She has participated in a number of exhibitions both in Japan and abroad, including the 14th Biennale de Lyon 2017 (France), Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 (India) and the Yokohama Triennale 2014. Mohri is the Grand Prix winner of the Nissan Art Award 2015 and is also the recipient of Culture and Future Prize at the 65th Kanagawa Cultural Award in 2016 and the New Artist Award at the 67th Japanese Ministry of Education Award for Fine Arts in 2017.
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 :
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.
3rd – 31st August 2018
Monday to Friday 11:00 – 19:00
Saturday & Sunday appointments only
Since storming the Fringe in the noughties Gamarjobat (pronounced Ga-ma-jo-bat) have become one of the few acts that can truly claim to be a global sensation, having performed in 36 countries, from Broadway to China, and racked up over 50 million views on YouTube. This year Ketch! (red mohican) and HIRO-PON (yellow mohican) are BACK and will be performing their West End Premier with a show packed full of their very best world-conquering fast-paced comedy. In the UK Gamarjobat have starred on ITV’s Tonight at the London Palladium, been twice winners of BBC’s BAFTA award-winning The Slammer and fronted Ketch! and HIRO-PON Get It On on BBC3.
The Beauty of Japanese Autumn
A photography exhibition by June Miyoshi
DATES: 3-11 Sep 2018
The most beautiful moments you can capture in Japan are in autumn. The colours of leaves are extraordinary. You will be impressed by the most astounding, splendid sceneries.
Born in Japan in 1989, June loves to express himself through photography. When he was 22, he visited Yakushima (Kagoshima, Japan), an island known for its ancient Japanese forest, where he was impressed by the beauty of nature. Since then, he started doing photography. In 2015, he visited Australia to garner experience for both his photography and his life. He returned to Japan in 2017 to continue his life work of photography.
10th – 21st September 2018
Mon – Fri 9:00 – 17:00 – Sat & Sun Closed
Venue : TOTO London Concept Store, 140 – 142 St. John Street, London EC1V 4UA
Engineering : Koichi Shiraishi
Music : mouse on the keys
Opening Reception : 7th September 2018 18:30 – 20:30
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: email@example.com 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/