Japanese Events in London

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Jun
7
Thu
2018
Kimono x Komono きもの x こもの @ Sway Gallery
Jun 7 – Jun 13 all-day
Kimono x Komono きもの x こもの @ Sway Gallery | England | United Kingdom

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.

FREE ENTRY

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday 7th June 6pm – 8pm
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday (9 June only) 12pm – 6pm
Sunday closed

Jun
23
Sat
2018
Okinawa Day 10th Anniversary @ Spitalfields
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Okinawa Day 10th Anniversary @ Spitalfields

London Okinawa Sanshinkai is back at Spitalfields this summer for Okinawa Day!

This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Okinawa Day with special guests from Japan xx

Join us to celebrate Okinawan classical & folk music, Eisa dancing, karate, food, drinks & much more!

When: Saturday 23th June 2018
Time: 10am-6pm
Where: Spitalfields, London E1 6AA
Admission Free

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/londonsanshin/okinawa-day
Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/okinawadayinlondon

Programme:

10:00~ Stalls Opening
10:50~ Opening Speech: Mr. Hironobu Nara (JNTO)
11:00~ Opening Ceremony: Ryukyuan Classical “Kajadifu Bushi”
11:07~ Amami Music feat. Tamukai Miharu
11:30~ Okinawan Folk Music: “Champuru” Set
12:05~ Traditional Tea Ceremony & Ryukyuan Classical Music
12:25~ Tsugaru Shamisen feat. Ichikawa Hibiki
12:40~ Okinawan Music feat. Horiuchi Kanako
13:15~ Traditional “Eisa” Dancing
13:45~ Okinawan Karate & Kobudo
14:20~ Yaeyama Folk Music
14:45~ Miyako Folk Music feat. Yogi Masaki
15:10~ Ukulele Music
15:25~ Okinawan Karate & Kobudo
16:00~ Okinawan Folk Music: “Mo Ashibi” Set
16:30~ Amami Music feat. Tamukai Miharu
16:53~ Okinawan Music feat. Horiuchi Kanako
17:28~ Traditional “Eisa” Dancing & Grand Finale!

Jun
26
Tue
2018
New Approaches: #MeToo in Japan and the UK @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Approaches: #MeToo in Japan and the UK @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The #MeToo movement swiftly spread from America to the UK in October 2017, with thousands of women sharing their stories of sexual abuse or misconduct on social media. The movement’s impact spread beyond the internet, with prominent examples including allegations of sexual misconduct levelled at government figures, leading to the resignation of UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, accusations of misconduct within the aid industry, and the President’s Club scandal.

Although initially slower to take off, the #MeToo movement has also gained momentum in Japan. The movement has given women a platform enabling their voices to be heard, leading to more women speaking out about sexual misconduct. As in the UK, members of the government have been implicated, most notably with the resignation of Junichi Fukuda, the top bureaucrat at the Ministry of Finance, after he was accused of sexual harassment by a journalist.

In this seminar, the impact of #MeToo will be discussed in relation to the UK and Japan. The speakers will outline the implications and effects the movement has had across each society and the extent to which it may impact government policies and legislation, as well as the challenges that the movement faces.

About the contributors

Sophie Walker
Sophie Walker is Leader of the Women’s Equality Party, Britain’s first feminist political party which campaigns for women’s rights. In 2016 she ran for London Mayor on a manifesto to close the city’s 23% pay gap and lack of affordable childcare, winning 1 in every 20 votes cast. In 2017 she contested the seat of the ‘men’s rights activist’ MP Philip Davies after he filibustered a bill to end violence against women and girls, and helped to halve his constituency majority. Sophie recently won 90% of the vote in the Party’s first leadership election. Previously a Reuters correspondent for 20 years, Sophie came to politics via disability campaigning and activism and is an ambassador for the National Autistic Society and for IncludeMEtoo.

Asako Osaki
Asako Osaki, Visiting Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Policy Studies, is a specialist in gender issues. She began her career at the United Nations Development Programme, focusing on the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Since returning to Tokyo, she has been active in mainstreaming gender in Japan’s development assistance policies and programmes, as well as in addressing domestic gender issues such as poverty and violence, working with the Government, NGOs and research institutions. At the APEC Women and Economy forum 2014, Osaki presented on the “Economic Empowerment of Women in the Post-Disaster Reconstruction Process”. She also participated in the 2016 W20 (G20 Women’s Forum) as part of the Government of Japan’s official delegation.

Shiori Ito
Shiori Ito is a freelance journalist, documentary film-maker and author of Black Box (2017). Her work is mainly distributed overseas, and has been shown on international media outlets such as Al Jazeera and Reuters. At the 2018 New York Festivals, an international media competition, Ito won two silver medals in the Social Issues and Sports Documentary categories. She also won the 7th Free Press Association Award Grand Prize in Japan for Black Box. This book is about her own investigation and experience of Japan’s sexual violence situation. Ito is currently working on a BBC documentary about sexual violence in Japan.

Dan Damon
Dan Damon (Chair) is a BBC journalist and radio broadcaster who presents World Update for the BBC World Service. Damon joined the BBC in 1974 as a technical operator for radio news. His move into journalism took place in 1982 with a nightly phone-in on LBC. In 1988, he moved to Hungary with his camerawoman wife, Siân, to report on liberation and street protest in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Albania and the former Soviet Union. Damon also reported from conflicts in Croatia and Bosnia, Baghdad during the first Gulf War, and Afghanistan. He then returned to the BBC in 1995 to work as a presenter and reporter for the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. In 2003 Damon became the main presenter of World Update on the BBC World Service.

Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent’s Park), London NW1 4QP

Free, booking essential.

Jun
28
Thu
2018
Women’s Economic Empowerment in Post-Disaster Reconstruction: a study of Tohoku @ Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Women’s Economic Empowerment in Post-Disaster Reconstruction: a study of Tohoku @ Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

On March 11 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the north-east coast of Japan, causing a massive tsunami. The scale of the damage was unprecedented. One of the key reconstruction activities has been supporting women’s economic empowerment. After disasters, women play a vital role in rehabilitating the household and the community, which is one strategic approach in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts.
In this talk, Professor Asako Osaki, Visiting Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Policy Studies, and specialist on gender issue, will talk about good practices of economic empowerment of women in post-disaster reconstruction in Tohoku, Japan.
Daniel Morchain, Global Adviser on Climate Change Adaptation at OXFAM, who happened to be in Tokyo on March 11, 2011, will then present a wider perspective of climate adaptation and economic empowerment for vulnerable and marginalised communities and groups living in climate hotspots.

The event is organised in cooperation with the Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction (IRDR) Centre for Gender and Disaster, UCL, and will be held at the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London.
A map of the campus is available here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps/gustave-tuck-lt

Free, booking essential.

Jul
31
Tue
2018
World Shakuhachi Festival Gala Opening Concert @ Union Chapel
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm
World Shakuhachi Festival Gala Opening Concert @ Union Chapel

The Opening Gala Concert of the World Shakuhachi Festival.

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.

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.

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
13
Sat
2018
Understanding & Appreciating Japanese Saké (Japanese Rice Wine) @ VSF Wine Education
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Understanding & Appreciating Japanese Saké (Japanese Rice Wine) @ VSF Wine Education | England | United Kingdom

Saké is a versatile beverage that can complement food just as well as wine. It is also an excellent drink to be enjoyed on its own. No wonder, then, that this national drink of Japan is growing in popularity in the West.

At the event, a saké expert from VSF Wine Education will showcase 6 of the sakés from VSF Shop’s portfolio to demystify the wonderful world of this Japanese drink.

VSF Wine Education is the first and only wine school in London dedicated to the Chinese and Japanese communities. Accredited by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) as an Approved Programme Provider, the school has been actively cultivating wine, spirits and saké appreciation and enjoyment in London.

Apart from running training courses, VSF Shop sells a wide range of sakés, from the highly sought-after Dassai (獺祭) and Tatenokawa (楯野川) to artisanal labels such as Konishi (小西酒造), Aizu Homare (会津 ほまれ) and Hayashi Honten (林本店).

On the day of the event, you’ll be able to sample various styles of Japanese saké (Junmai Daiginjo, Daiginjo, Ginjo, Honzojo, Futsushu, etc.) as well as an assortment of Japanese food to pair with the tipples.

You can also purchase your newly found favourite saké on-site at discounted prices. Whether you are a saké enthusiast or absolute beginner, this is a great chance for you to taste different styles of saké hailing from Japan in one go!

Tickets:
At the door: £45 / person
Online reservation: £35 / person
Early bird tickets (limited quantity): £30 / person

The event “Understanding & Appreciating Japanese Saké (Rice Wine)” will be held on Saturday 13th October 2018 from 2-3pm, 3-4pm and 4-5pm (3 sessions), with max. 18 persons per session. For enquiries, please email us at info@vsf.wine. Visitors are encouraged to take the Overground (Rotherhithe Station) or Underground (Canada Water Station) to arrive at the venue. Anyone under the age of 18 years old will not be permitted entry.

Nov
1
Thu
2018
OTACO + LIA MICE @ IKLECTIK
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
OTACO + LIA MICE @ IKLECTIK | United Kingdom

Naming herself after the tako – that is, octopus – bar she runs in Sapporo, capital of Japan’s northernmost main island Hokkaido, electronic musician and singer Otaco is one of the most vibrant new artists and performers to emerge from the city’s alternative music scene. That scene makes up a strong presence on the 2016 international music collaboration album Alligator Gozaimasu, released by the Munich label RAGREC (https://alligatorgozaimasu.bandcamp.com/releases). To mark its release Otaco won over hearts and minds of German music fans when she joined fellow Sapporo duo Cup & Saucers and former Sapporo musician Aoi Swimming to play a few concerts in Nuremberg and Munich the same year. The following year Otaco featured alongside Cup & Saucers and Shimettainu in a six page Wiremagazine feature about the Sapporo scene.

Otaco operates a home studio set-up of a rhythm box with a synthesizer she samples and syncs to a computer and runs into real time sequences to construct her outre pop-electronica songs and instrumentals. Her music can be heard at https://otacosan.bandcamp.com/music. Otaco also runs Gotou, an occasional rock trio formed out of homage to early 1980s West Berlin groups Mania D and Malaria!

Nov
8
Thu
2018
Japanese Natural Dye – Kakishibu Shibori Tote bag making @ Studio47 Kingsgate Workshops
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Japanese Natural Dye - Kakishibu Shibori Tote bag making @ Studio47 Kingsgate Workshops | England | United Kingdom

This is an exciting opportunity to use the rare Japanese natural dye, Kakishibu, whilst learning a basic Shibori technique and create an original tote bag!

Kakishibu is a traditional Japanese dye made from tannin extract of unripened, inedible persimmon fruits. It can be applied on wood, paper, and fabric. It has an earthy brown colour and reacts as a coating for surfaces, creating antiseptic activity, water resistance and durability.

Shibori is a Japanese resist dyeing technique, which produces patterns on fabric.The cloth can be bound, stitched, folded, twisted, clamped and compressed.

No previous experience is necessary and all materials and tools are provided. We offer free refreshments and Biscuits!

This is 2 hour workshop and will be held at the Textile Hub @ Kingsgate Workshops Trust.
Please click on the link for more information and to buy tickets.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/japanese-natural-dye-shibori-tote-bag-tickets-50349239932