Japanese Events in London

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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.

Mar
12
Tue
2019
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

Mar
17
Sun
2019
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

Apr
1
Mon
2019
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.

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
9
Tue
2019
The London Japanese Language Meetup @ All Bar One
Apr 9 @ 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/

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.

Apr
26
Fri
2019
Chie Mukai : solo 向井千惠 @ Hundred Years Gallery
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm
Chie Mukai : solo 向井千惠 @ Hundred Years Gallery

Japanese composer and musician Chie Mukai for a solo concert of er-hu, voice, and dance. Born in Osaka, Chie Mukai studied music under Takehisa Kosugi at Bi-Gakko in Tokyo. She started playing the er-hu and performed in various influential improvised music ensembles such as Kosugi’s ‘East Bionic Symphonia’ and ‘Stereos’. In 1981 she started her lo-fi dream psyche folk rock group Ché-Shizu. She also performs in collective improvisation groups Dadunr and Amabeys! and works with butoh dancers / performance artists. In 1998 she started producing the mixed media art festival ‘Perspective Emotion’, and holds improvisation workshops.

May
4
Sat
2019
Yuko Araki @ IKLECTIK
May 4 @ 8:30 pm
Yuko Araki @ IKLECTIK

Multi-instrumentalist/composer lives in Tokyo, Japan.
-Drone abstract harsh noise made up of layers of analog synthesisers with beats. She started playing piano when she was a small child and in her teenage years she was inspired by the hardcore and metal music which she heard in her hometown’s rehearsal studios. Soon that experience led her to joined a band. In 2013, she joined an Acid House duo “YobKiss”, produced by Dutch artist Paul Borchers, as a singer and an electronic musician. She formed a Neo classical noise duo “Concierto de la Familia” in 2016 and also started playing drums in an Oriental dream psych band “KUUNATIC”.

In 2017, she started her solo improvised Experimental/Noise project. She has been releasing her music from several labels since she appeared in the experimental/noise music scene in the world. In April 2018 she played a couple of shows hosted by Cherry Music and Sakura Festival in Denmark. A video footage of a show in Copenhagen was streaming on Danish TV – TVmarineret. In 2019, she performed at Jogja Noise Bombing festival in Yogyakarta ID on January, and will perform DAO XUAN International festival in Vietnam on March.
​https://yuko-araki.tumblr.com/
​https://soundcloud.com/yuko-araki-tokyo