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Apr
1
Mon
2019
Music in Ukiyo-e @ Japanese Gallery Kensington
Apr 1 – Jun 30 all-day

Music in UkiyoeMusic in Ukiyo-e figured in many ways – through the act of listening or playing, or through music’s place in relation to a depicted character, perhaps a theatre actor or a geisha. These prints illustrate scenes of music making or scenes containing musical elements that are drawn from everyday life and from various Kabuki and Noh plays featuring stories of the past.

Japanese Gallery Kensington presents a collection of Ukiyo-e featuring musical instruments and those who were part of the world of entertainment. Prints by Utamaro Kitagawa, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Chikanobu Yoshu, amongst others, offer and insightful view into the world of traditional music and its importance in the visual culture of Japan during the Edo and Meiji periods.

The ukiyo or floating world was a domain of theatre and music, containing within it the idea of carefree existence, living for the moment and relishing in the aesthetic aspects of being. Music in Japanese visual culture also functioned as an important accompaniment and endorsement of beauty, playing a significant role in portraits of actors and women.

These print could be enjoyed audibly as much as they could visually and were designed to evoke the music associated with a given character’s identity. The emphasis was not so much on recalling the plot, but on remembering how one experienced the sound and feeling of the drama.

Beauty prints captured a similar sentiment. Those who could afford the company of geisha and courtesans wished to recall their experience. These women were regarded as the epitome of art and beauty and the presence of music highlighted their talents. In a sense, beauty in a geisha was incomplete without musical accompaniment.

Free admission

Apr
8
Mon
2019
The Japan Society Book Club @ The Japan Society
Apr 8 @ 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.

Apr
17
Wed
2019
JIZAI by Haruo Mitsuta @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Apr 17 @ 9:30 am – May 14 @ 5:00 pm
JIZAI by Haruo Mitsuta @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the unique works of the acclaimed Japanese artist Haruo Mitsuta to the UK public.

Mitsuta is the only contemporary artist who makes Jizai Okimono (“articulated animals”) – flexible animal figures made from metal pieces, which can replicate the movements of the original animals. Originally they were made by armourers in the late Edo and the Meiji period.

Jizai Okimono have gained some recognition within Japan in recent years, but still belong to a very minor area of traditional Japanese metallic handicrafts. The vast majority of these items were sold abroad, so this exceptional form of art never had the chance to develop its roots within Japan, where it originated. Its presence may have been long lost in the Japanese art scene, but these objects have been collected and cherished by many people outside Japan.

Mitsuta will be showcasing some of his most impressive and startlingly realistic pieces in this exhibition.

May
13
Mon
2019
The Japan Society Book Club @ The Japan Society
May 13 @ 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.

May
17
Fri
2019
BUTOH RESIDENCY DAY 2 – Mushimaru Fujieda + Aya Ogawa + Pascal Savy @ IKLECTIK
May 17 @ 7:30 pm
BUTOH RESIDENCY DAY 2 - Mushimaru Fujieda + Aya Ogawa + Pascal Savy @ IKLECTIK

BUTOH RESIDENCY offers three days of live performances, films and a workshop that see Japanese and European musicians, dancers and artists working together to advance the global recognition of Butoh – both as a uniquely Japanese art form and as a vibrant international platform for communicating in or beyond all languages. Collaborating artists include pianist and vocalist Aya Ogawa and dancer Mushimaru Fujieda from Japan; Butoh-Techno from Poland, French electronic musician Pascal Savy and, on film, performances by the late Sapporo based dancer Yoko Muronoi.

May
19
Sun
2019
BUTOH RESIDENCY DAY 3 – BUTOH WORKSHOP @ IKLECTIK
May 19 @ 1:00 pm
BUTOH RESIDENCY DAY 3 – BUTOH WORKSHOP @ IKLECTIK

WORKSHOP

Mushimaru Fujieda Workshop on “Natural Physical Poetry” accompanied by Aya Ogawa

Macoto Tezuka (son of OSAMU TEZUKA) film screening and Q&A @ Prince Charles Cinema
May 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Macoto Tezuka (son of OSAMU TEZUKA) film screening and Q&A @ Prince Charles Cinema

THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS (1985) with Q&A from director Macoto Tezka – England Premiere

Rocky Horror meets Phantom of the Paradise with a long-lost 80s Japanese rock-musical featuring zombies, animation and much more, directed by Macoto Tezka, the son of the “Godfather of Manga” OSAMU TEZUKA!

Presented in a brand new digital remaster and never before seen director’s cut!

May
21
Tue
2019
Zodiac Film Club presents: Audition @ The Castle Cinema
May 21 all-day
Zodiac Film Club presents: Audition @ The Castle Cinema

This May Zodiac Film Club invites you to come in out of the sun and watch one of the original J-horrors with us. Takashi Miike’s Audition (1999) tells the story of Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a widower who holds a fake audition for a made-up film role to pick a potential new wife out of the hopeful starlets. He’s delighted to meet the beautiful, talented, oh-so submissive and slightly damaged Asami (Eihi Shiina). We love it for its subtle (and less subtle) comments on gender dynamics, Asami’s perfectly picked ensembles and the fact that the rug is totally pulled out from under us in the final act.

Beginning with a shared love of horror, pulp, thrills and mystery, Sarah Kathryn Cleaver and Jordan Storm Louise set up the Zodiac Film Club. You can expect carefully chosen screenings every month, a film for each sign. We select good looking films, complex female characters and our favourites in forgotten classics, cult and contemporary cinema to share with you, and invite you to talk about it with us afterwards.

May
23
Thu
2019
Manga マンガ @ The British Museum
May 23 – Aug 26 all-day

Manga マンガEnter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.

Manga is a visual narrative art form that has become a multimedia global phenomenon, telling stories with themes from gender to adventure, in real or imagined worlds.

Immersive and playful, the exhibition will explore manga’s global appeal and cultural crossover, showcasing original Japanese manga and its influence across the globe, from anime to ‘cosplay’ dressing up.

This influential art form entertains, inspires and challenges – and is brought to life like never before in this ground-breaking exhibition.

May
24
Fri
2019
Ikebana – The art of Japanese Flower Arrangement, FREE Exhibition and Demonstration @ One Hoe Street
May 24 – May 25 all-day
Ikebana  – The art of Japanese Flower Arrangement, FREE Exhibition and Demonstration @ One Hoe Street

IKEBANA, also known as KADO is the Japanese art of flower arrangement with the origin of tradition dates back to the 6th Century.

Ohara School of Ikebana England Chapter is delighted to host the Ikebana exhibition & demonstration. Please come along and enjoy different styles of arrangements created by our members.

Admission FREE, just turn up. Booking required for demonstrations (link below).

Date: 24th – 25th May 2019
Time: Noon – 5 PM (24th), 10 AM – 5 PM (25th)
Demonstration: 2:30 – 3:30 PM (booking required, link below)
Venue: One Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4SD
Nearest station: Walthamstow Central(Victoria Line, London Overground)

Further info & Links:

Official website: www.oharaenglandchapter.co.uk
One Hoe Street (What’s On): https://wfculture19.co.uk/events/japaneseflowerarrangement
Booking for demonstration (Eventbrite): https://oharaikebana.eventbrite.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you there!