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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
10
Mon
2018
Asa + Yu Kinetic Art Installation @ TOTO London Concept Store
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm
Asa + Yu presents, “Visionaries of the Kaleidoscope"

Asa + Yu presents, “Visionaries of the Kaleidoscope”

From the 10th to the 21st of September 2018, Asa+Yu will present a kinetic
art installation in the English capital. Asa+Yu is a collaborative group based in
Tokyo and London. It delivers several projects related to architecture and art
installation in both countries.
The kinetic machines will transform a gallery space into a whimsical world
with a variety of colour and sound. The machine will be designed based
on a traditional Japanese craft: the kaleidoscope. The kaleidoscope was
introduced in Japan by an English scientist in the 17th century. Since then,
traditional Japanese paper was incorporated into the craft and it became a
familiar children’s toy in Japan. Asa+Yu will utilise the kaleidoscope as a motif
intertwining British and Japanese culture in a whimsical space transformed by
the kinetic divides.

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

Oct
3
Wed
2018
The Art of Gaman @ Theatre503
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm
The Art of Gaman @ Theatre503 | England | United Kingdom

The Art of Gaman is a stunning new play. It was a finalist in the American Playwriting Foundation’s prestigious Relentless Award.

Tomomi, a young Japanese woman stands at the hull of a ship staring out across the water to her new American life in the years prior to the Hiroshima bombing. There are stars in her eyes and a crackling radio pulled to her chest as she drifts towards a country, and a future, that resists her arrival.
The Art of Gaman is an aching exploration of displacement and loss of cultural identity when you find yourself in a country that considers you an enemy. When forgetting your past is shameful, but remembering brings even greater pain, Tomomi must harness the strength to find beauty in the struggle and carve out a new life for herself and be true to who she really is.
The Art of Gaman was one of 6 plays shortlisted for the American Playwriting Foundation’s prestigious Relentless Award.

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.

Dec
3
Mon
2018
NORIYUKI MISAWA Solo Exhibition – A Japanese Shoemaker’s Crazy Creations – @ Sway Gallery
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm
NORIYUKI MISAWA Solo Exhibition - A Japanese Shoemaker's Crazy Creations - @ Sway Gallery | England | United Kingdom

NORIYUKI MISAWA Solo Exhibition
-A Japanese Shoemaker’s Crazy Creations-
Dates: 3rd – 7th December 2018

Late Opening: Thursday 6th December 11:00 – 20:00 (Drinks will be served from
17:00, RSVP https://bit.ly/2Rw6Igi)

Noriyuki Misawa is one of a new generation of bespoke luxury shoemakers from Japan. Tokyo based, his shoes are favoured by an international clientele, including the likes of Spike Lee and Park Chan Wook. Noriyuki Misawa has also become a selected shoe-maker for the Japanese Imperial Household: an extremely rare honour for someone so young. In addition to custom wearable shoes, Noriyuki Misawa also makes non-wearables, such as avant-garde, sculptural pieces.

“I was largely captivated by the functional ‘formative beauty’ rather than the utility of shoes. I strive to continuously evolve shoes as an art with both my skills and my ideas. In the long journey seeking out the best materials from everything around me, I became strangely attached to abandoned things. From this was born the idea to create shoes with iron scrap. The process to impregnate corrosion in leather is very difficult. Simply making the basic materials took a good deal of time and necessitated the advice of specialists. The result is perhaps the world’s first shoes with corrosion processing. I am very happy to unveil this work at my solo-exhibition in London.”

MAJOR PRIZES
2010 Germany, International Efficiency Contest of Shoemakers ‘Gold medal’ and ‘Honour prize’, two awards.
2015 The 33rd Japan leather crafts exhibition ‘Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Award’

MAIN ACTIVITIES
2013 Japan leather crafts association member
2014 Solo exhibition, Arai Gallery, Tokyo (Japan)
2015 Invited to a shoemaking school in New York as a guest instructor
2017 Exhibition at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes, coupled with the Cannes Film Festival
2017 Solo exhibition in Chelsea, New York City
2018 Becomes a special lecturer at TaF.tc, fashion school in Singapore
2018 Solo Exhibition, Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Centre, Tokyo (Japan)

http://www.noriyukimisawa.com/en/

OPENING HOURS:

MON-FRI 11:00-19:00
(THU till 20:00 exceptionally)

FREE ENTRANCE

Dec
21
Fri
2018
JAPANESE GRANDMA’S CHRISTMAS POP-UP @ PLAYGROUND LONDON
Dec 21 – Dec 23 all-day
JAPANESE GRANDMA'S CHRISTMAS POP-UP @ PLAYGROUND LONDON

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 …

[ITEMS] VINTAGE KIMONO, FOLKWEAR & TEXTILES, HANDCRACTED PAPER & CARDS. KOKESHI DOLLS, LANTERN, MASKS, and more..

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 )

Feb
21
Thu
2019
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.

Jun
21
Fri
2019
Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami @ Serpentine Pavilion
Jun 21 – Oct 6 all-day

The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Origami Soundscapes X The Crane @ Arcola Theatre
Aug 23 – Aug 24 all-day
Origami Soundscapes X The Crane @ Arcola Theatre

Grimeborn Opera Festival

8pm 23rd August
3pm 24th August
8pm 24th August

Origami and music. A multi-media opera installation. Verity Lane‘s two-part project draws on her 10 years’ experience of living in Japan, exploring classical Japanese traditions with a uniquely avant-garde twist.

A brand-new performance project with music, stories and concept by Verity Lane, Origami Soundscapes: Flower, Bird, Wind & Moon explores ancient symbolism and Japanese birdsong, featuring a large-scale origami performance by Coco Sato, percussion, shakuhachi and storytelling.

The Crane reimagines a Japanese folk story about a magical crane that takes human form, set around Hokkaido’s Otowa Bridge. This mystical opera installation explores traditional Japanese aesthetics through a blend of Noh theatre conventions, traditional and contemporary dance, avant-garde music and animation.

Sung in English and Japanese without surtitles.

Music and Libretto (English and Japanese) by Verity Lane

Supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/events/342669456446524/

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Verity Lane/music, words, creative directer
Coco Sato/Giant Origami
Beibei Wang/Percussion
Mirei Yazawa/Dance
Tomoko Komura/Voice
Hester Dart/Voice
Kiku Day/Shakuhachi
Rowan O’Brien/Animator

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Verity Lane
Born in Tottenham and spending nearly a decade in Japan, visual artist, composer and writer Verity Lane specialises in creating highly visual performance installations for traditional Japanese instruments. and beyond.
Her recent multi-media projects include A Thousand Bamboo in a Dancing Wind (performance installation for 300 shakuhachi, 2 dancers, projection and performance poetry, commissioned by The World Shakuhachi Festival, held at Goldsmiths, 2018), Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime (supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation), and Japanese Sandscapes: The Tale of Mt Fuji where she worked with artists including Ko Ishikawa (sho/Reigakusha), Etsuko Takezawa (koto/shamisen) and Kaho Aso (traditional Japanese dance/kotsuzumi). Both projects saw Lane launch herself within London’s avant garde music scene, selling out venues across London.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/veritycomposer/

Coco Sato is an award-winning Japanese artist based in the UK. Her work uses origami to change the way people see the world.
https://www.facebook.com/GiantOrigami/

Mirei Yazawa is a performance artist based in London.

Beibei Wang is a genre defying percussionist based in London.
https://www.facebook.com/beibeiwangmusic/

Tomoko Komura is a London based performer from Japan, trained at the London International School of Performing Arts with an MFA in Lecoq-based Actor-Created Theatre (2006). She has performed and toured in shows by award-winning theatre companies such as Theatre Ad Infinitum (Ballad of the Burning Star), Theatre Témoin (Jukai) and Out of Chaos (Out of Chaos).

Kiku Day is a shakuhachi player based in Denmark.
http://www.kikuday.com/

Hester Dart is a London based contralto and graduate from the University of Leeds. They study with Prof. Neil Baker and are currently finishing their second year at the Morley College Opera School. Hester is particularly interested in promoting the work of
LGBTQ+ composers and musicians. They would like to contribute towards a more inclusive and accessible environment within classical music and opera.

Rowan O’Brien is a renowned animator and 3D artist from the West Coast of Ireland. He mixes sketches, objects, computer animation, and video in his work. He has screened and exhibited work across Europe, South Korea and Japan, where he lived and studied Japanese fabric craft known as oshie.

Oct
8
Tue
2019
Ley Line at Sadler’s Wells @ Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio
Oct 8 @ 7:15 pm

“Four striking works align, taking the audience on an exploration of reflection, purification, self and identity. Together we navigate an energetic path that illuminates the significance of our connection as human beings through unspoken word.

The Japan Foundation is delighted to partner with Fabula Collective on a contemporary dance production presented at Sadler’s Wells this October. A mixed bill performance choreographed by James Pett, Travis Clausen-Knight, and Japanese contemporary dance artist Kahiko Narisawa, the project emphasises the collaboration between Japanese and British dancers, bridging the cultures of the two countries and facilitating a meeting of minds to exchange skills, knowledge, technique and creative ideas.

The performance will be followed by a conversation between the dance artists and Sanjoy Roy, dance writer and critic for the Guardian.

Date:  8 October 2019, from 7:15pm
Venue: Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio

Roseberry Avenue, London EC1R 4TN
Nearest tube:
Angel Station