Japanese Events in London

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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.

Cherry Trees for Schools
Jan 1 – Feb 28 all-day

Cherry Trees for SchoolsWe are now inviting schools in the UK to apply to be part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Planting Project in the UK, a project to celebrate the friendship between Japan and the UK.

Schools interested in receiving and planting a cherry tree should apply by using the application form below by 28 February 2019. Trees will be supplied by the Cherry Tree Project, but planting and maintenance will be the responsibility of the applicant educational institution / school.

Background to the Project

On the 1st September 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced in Tokyo that the years 2019-2020 would mark the Japan-UK Season of Culture. This season, with activity in both Japan and the UK, will celebrate the friendship of the two countries, and will provide an opportunity for people in both countries to explore each other’s cultures and technologies between the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Cherry Trees for Schools

Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm

AKIKO BAN: Innervisions
DATES: 14th – 25th February 2019
PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 13th February 18:00 – 20:00
(Please contact us via info@sway-gallery.com if you wish to attend)
ARTIST TALK: Saturday 23rd February 15:00 – 16:00

The Sway Gallery London is pleased to announce Innervisions, an exhibition by Akiko Ban, a Japanese interdisciplinary artist based in London. This exhibition presents Ban’s latest sculptures and drawings that explore to establish a primal, naturalistic and spiritual vista of the inner world of her creation.

Her artistic practice seeks to give lives to materials, generating individual bodies which she believes have their own existence. These ritual objects and environments were inspired by contemporary culture, music, fashion and her own daily experiences. She presents art work as a means of expressing her personal mythology which embodies the essence of the world she lives in.

By employing fluid materials such as water, ink, plaster and fabric, Ban intends to spark a moment emerging through the interactions between material, time, environment and herself. Each piece is a unique and improvised rapidly and responsively. She calls this process manifestation of entity, it takes place when her unconsciousness is in tune with the integrated materials. Prior to her creation, she carefully studies the materials logically and intuitively until they start to form a part of her entity, which later allows her to work spontaneously. Her background as a trained Japanese calligrapher helps her access the state of unconsciousness yet sensory acute state during which the work brings the generation process.

For her new sculptures, she carefully paints, decorates and presents them along with her lively water colours and glitter drawings in order to activate her ritual environment.


Akiko Ban was born in 1975 in Tokyo, Japan. In 2002 she moved to London and studied BA in Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts (2003-2006) and MFA in Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art (2006-2008).

Her practice is cross-disciplinary, and collaborated with choreographer, dancers, musician, fashion brand, designers and other artists. She has recently launched her on-going project, MYSTIC FORMS, a hand crafted jewellery collection, with a graphic and digital media designer Taiyo Nagano in 2015, exploring the relationship between art and body to endeavour the idea of Wearable Art. She also worked as a visiting tutor at Camberwell College of Arts (2016-2017)

Ban’s previous solo exhibitions include Revelry in Paradise 楽園の宴, Matsudo, Japan (2014), Mystic Parade百鬼夜行, matohu, Tokyo, Japan (2013), Alive, Bicha Gallery, London (2012). Group shows include A History of Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts (2018), Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts (2016), SIXTY, LUBOMIROV/ANGUS-HUGHES, Athens, Greece (2016), I Never Lied To You, Camberwell College of Arts (2015).

Projects include MYSTIC FORMS, Hand crafted Jewellery collection (2015-current), The Playground, Rambert Dance, London (2018), Create your own YOKAI spirit, Watercolor painting workshop for children, Nagareyama, Japan (2015-2018), Fashion product design for Japanese animation Evangelion (2015), Cover design drawing for Power To The People “World Peace EP” presented by Basement Jaxx (2014), In Conversation with Akiko Ban Revelry in Paradise, Artist talk, Ace & Lion, London (2014), Paradise AIR, Artist in Residence, Matsudo, Japan (2014), Hat and Accessories Design for matohu 2013-14AW collection “AWAI” (2013).


Website: http://akikoban.net/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/akikobanuk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Akiko-Ban-429066390520928/

MON-FRI 11:00-19:00
SATURDAY 23rd February 12:00-18:00
SUN by appointment (buyers only)

*All the artworks will be for sale*

New Goju Ryu Karate Dojo Opening in Croydon @ c/o Ark Oval Primary Academy
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
New Goju Ryu Karate Dojo Opening in Croydon @ c/o Ark Oval Primary Academy

I would like to invite anyone who is interested in learning a traditional martial art from Okinawa to join us in our new dojo based in Croydon. My name is Ciara and I have been studying Karate for over 30 years.
Our dojo will focus on teaching in a way that helps all experience levels from beginner to experienced to progress. Classes are from the ages of 14 to adult. We will train from 8-9.30 every Monday and Wednesday after our opening night.

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.

The Japan Society Book Club @ The Japan Society
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm

apan Society Book Club 2018Join 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.

Booking Information

Please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 3075 1996 or email: events@japansociety.org.uk 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.

Yamato – Passion @ The Peacock
Mar 12 – Mar 31 all-day
Yamato - Passion @ The Peacock | England | United Kingdom

As the Japanese taiko drumming troupe make their way back to London, they bring with them the Odaiko drums. These traditional drums, used in Shinto rituals, weigh over half a tonne each, and require exceptional skill and physicality to produce each floor-shaking note.

Dedicated to their art, the Yamato drummers train ferociously. On stage, they display a staggering strength, using their entire bodies to play and share with their audiences an intense passion that comes out in their pounding, high-energy and thrillingly thunderous performances.

“Primal, exhilarating; you want to do it too”

THE TIMES on Chousensha – The Challengers

The London Japanese Language Meetup @ All Bar One
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please note to cover costs there is a £1 entry charge on the door.

ミートアップの会場が変わります! 新しい会場は:
All Bar One , 108 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1HD

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:The London Japanese Language Meetup group webpage: http://www.meetup.com/japanese-34/

1-Day Sake Course + Mirin-Making Session @ VSF Wine Education
Mar 17 all-day
1-Day Sake Course + Mirin-Making Session @ VSF Wine Education

Like sushi and sashimi? Why not take our one-day sake course to understand the different styles of saké and get top tips to pair your Japanese dishes with the right saké? We’ll also teach you how to make a bottle of mirin (a condiment similar to sake) for you to take home and pair with your food!

17 March, 9am to 5pm. Details & registration: https://bit.ly/2LXnyDl

#VSFWineEducation #Sake #Saké #Nihonshu #FoodPairing

Moyses Stevens Floral Design Class @ Moyses Stevens Battersea
Apr 1 all-day
Moyses Stevens Floral Design Class @ Moyses Stevens Battersea

London’s newest flower school is up and running at the world famous Battersea Power Station.

With classes available for all ages and abilities, a session with one of our experienced, fully qualified instructors is an ideal introduction to floristry. Established in 1876 and with experience as a luxury florist for over 140 years, a class with one of our tutors is an opportunity to learn with the world’s best.

Organising a party or corporate event? Our state-of-the-art facilities offer groups the perfect setting for an informal, fun and informative session. Get the creative spark flying and learn about different floristry techniques, flower types and design methods. Produce your own bouquet to take home, design wedding flowers and complete a composition of your very own making.

With a number of different course options, from single sessions to longer 3 week courses, all our activities can be tailored to your needs.

About Moyses Stevens Flowers:

Informed by history, inspired by the modern world, Moyses Stevens has long been a driving force in British floristry, constantly exploring new styles while retaining a core commitment to creating beautiful, classical designs. In 2019, we are as dedicated to producing incredible bouquets as we were at our conception in 1876.

With six stores across London’s most chic neighbourhoods, including a flagship design school at the redeveloped Battersea Power Station, Moyses Stevens are at the forefront of the capital’s burgeoning floristry scene.