Japan-related Events in London

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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.

Sep
21
Fri
2018
Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2018: Youthquake @ Kings College London, Close Up Film Centre, Barbican Cinema
Sep 21 – Sep 23 all-day

 

Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2018: Youthquake

Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2018: Youthquake

Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2018: Youthquake
21-23 September 2018
Kings College London, Close Up Film Centre, Barbican Cinema

This edition of JAEFF, in partnership with The Japan Foundation, riffs off the Oxford Dictionary’s word of 2017: ‘Youthquake’ – defined as ‘a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.’

Featuring classic avant-garde films from the 1960s and 1970s that examine youth counterculture, the student movements, and general currents of dissatisfaction and rebellion.

Sep
30
Sun
2018
Japan Matsuri @ Trafalgar Square
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

London’s very own and much loved festival of Japanese culture – Japan Matsuri – took place in 2017 on Sunday 24th September. It was the 9th year for what is now a regular fixture in the London calendar – this energetic annual event brings people together to enjoy an amazing day of Japanese food, music, dance and so much more.

The 2018 date has just been announced, so please bring family and friends, old and young to join us for the 10th anniversary event on Sunday 30 September 2018. All absolutely free!

As in previous years, everything will kick off bright and early at 10am and the action will run non-stop all the way through until 8pm in the evening.

http://www.japanmatsuri.com/

Oct
6
Sat
2018
Naviar Haiku Fest III London @ The Old Church
Oct 6 all-day
Naviar Haiku Fest III London @ The Old Church | England | United Kingdom

The third edition of the Naviar Haiku Fest, a day event exploring the relationship between music and haiku poetry, comes back to London for the second time after our first show in October last year.

We’ll start the event with an introductory workshop to haiku, a traditional short form of Japanese poetry. In the afternoon there will be a series of talks and panel discussions focused on creativity, ‘arts-meets-science’ and more.

The Haiku Fest will end with a series of live performances by members and friends of Naviar Records, working in the fields of ambient, electronic and contemporary classical music.

Oct
10
Wed
2018
BFI London Film Festival
Oct 10 – Oct 21 all-day

An epic 225 features from 77 countries screened in London over 12 days. BFI London Film Festival website here.

Thanks very much indeed to Asian Movie Pulse – who have listed all the Asian films at the festival here.

Films from Japan:

Mirai by Scr Mamoru Hosoda (Japan)

LFF favourite Mamoru Hosoda’s (The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children) rapturous and fantastical take on childhood is an animation of great beauty and insight.

Of Love & Law by Hikaru Toda (UK-Japan-France)

Hikaru Toda’s involving documentary reveals the hidden side of Japanese society, highlighting the diverse human-rights work done by the country’s first LGBT law firm.

Asako I & II by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Japan-France)

Do we ever really get over our first love? Asako is about to find out, in this quirky romantic drama with a dash of the uncanny.

Nov
16
Fri
2018
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!

Nov
17
Sat
2018
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.