Japanese Events in London

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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

Sep
13
Thu
2018
Hana Machi – by SAKI&Bitches @ Sway Gallery
Sep 13 – Sep 28 all-day
Hana Machi - by SAKI&Bitches @ Sway Gallery | England | United Kingdom

Hana Machi – by SAKI&Bitches
DATES: 13-28 Sep 2018
PRIVATE VIEW: 13 Sep 18-20

In a celebration of heritage and the power of a woman’s sexuality, ‘Hana Machi’ is an intimate exhibition by Japanese-born, London-based painter, SAKI&Bitches.

SAKI&Bitches is Japanese Street artist/painter/illustrator currently based in London.
She has a background in the fashion industry, having worked as a make-up artist for seven years in Tokyo, New York and London before switching from faces to the canvas.
As a self-taught artist, SAKI’s work/style grow from doodles on the back of scrap pieces of paper to full-scale portraits.
She’s playing around with multiple mediums over the years; paint, pencils, stencils, woodcraft and some sculpting.
Her work is unintentionally controversial and erotically sweet, it’s plain twisted.
Her glamorous paintings keep flirting around London!

Website: www.sakiandb.com
instagram: @sakiandbitches
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An art exhibition in support of National Ugly Mugs (NUM).
Part of the art sales will be donated to NUM.
Their mission: ending violence against sex workers

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 – Sep 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.