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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.

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.

Jun
21
Fri
2019
Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami @ Serpentine Pavilion
Jun 21 – Oct 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.

Jul
5
Fri
2019
Visitors by Ushiki Masanori @ Pocko Gallery, 51A King Henry's Walk, Mildmay Ward, London N1 4NH
Jul 5 – Sep 2 all-day

Visitors is an ongoing series of portrait characters by Ushiki Masanori, who is regarded as a cult figure in the art world of Japan and, much like his predecessors Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami, Ushiki’s aesthetic centres around diverse themes of childhood and contemporary media. Visitors was born on Ushiki’s Instagram timeline on August 13th 2016, and faithfully he continues to post a new character once a day, every day. From sci-fi monsters to beautiful angry alien girls, Ushiki’s Visitors pay tribute to the many expressions and characters the artist met throughout his youth, familiar hallmarks from popular culture that resonate with our collective consciousness.

Ushiki is a rising star with the ability to capture aspects of anime, manga or Tokusatsu (live-action anime) and to re-mix these elements into a fantasy world of creatures that delight the eye and tickle the senses. Equally so, his sophisticated linework and monochrome palette captures the preposterous with a complex elegance.

In his debut European exhibition, Pocko Gallery will be home to Ushiki’s characters throughout the summer and copies of the book, Visitors, will be available to purchase at the exhibition.

Jul
11
Thu
2019
“A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Makie” The Lacquer Works of Koyanagi Tanekuni @ Brunei Gallery, SOAS
Jul 11 – Sep 21 all-day

“A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Makie” The Lacquer Works of Koyanagi TanekuniThe artist’s first exhibition outside Japan of Lacquer works by the contemporary craftsman Koyanagi Tanekuni in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.

There will be a Study Day on lacquer with specialist lectures, workshop, and gallery talks during the exhibition.

The exhibition aims to promote a better understanding of the craft tradition in Japan, the material lacquer, and the technique of Makie. Koyanagi uses the traditional technique of Makie, but creates objects in innovative modern design that appeal to the contemporary taste. The artist is keen to show how these objects are used in everyday life of Japanese in contemporary society.

Open: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30 – 17:00
Late night Thursday until 20:00
Closed: Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays

Aug
1
Thu
2019
Lost in Transition by Vanessa Milito Rodriguez @ SWAY Gallery
Aug 1 – Aug 28 all-day

Lost in Transition by Vanessa Milito Rodriguez

OPENING RECEPTION: 1 August Thu 18:00-20:00
RSVP: info@sway-gallery.com
SPECIAL OPENING: 3 August Sat 12:00-18:00

VMR – Vanessa Milito Rodriguez – is an Italian-Colombian artist born in Milan, Italy. She has become fascinated with the traditional Japanese tattoos, Irezumi, which then led her to the discovery of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. In 2016 she moved to Paris, France, where her love for Ukiyo-e and Japanese culture has grown even further as Paris is the birthplace of the ’Japonisme’ art movement.

The title ‘Lost in Transition’ is inspired by Sofia Coppola’s movie ‘Lost in Translation’. The preparation for the exhibition took place in France, as well as during Vanessa’s first solo trip to Japan. The ‘transition’ exists in discovering and comparing what she had always imagined about Japan, and what she actually saw and experienced there.

This exhibition celebrates the mix between the traditional Japanese culture and the modern pop culture. The artworks are inspired by the works of Ukiyo-e masters, such as Hokusai and Hasui. The dominant colours are blue and pink – the blue of the Hokusai’s waves and the pink of the neon lights of Shibuya, Tokyo.
The exhibition showcases mostly watercolour paintings, which introduce colourful and carefree objects inspired by Japanese folk toys, like Inu Hariko and Daruma, but also the artist’s own interpretation of Bijinga, beautiful women, created with a mix of Japanese markers, Chinese ink and Posca paint, as well as woodblock prints created during her recent stay in Japan.

SWAY website here

Aug
12
Mon
2019
The Japan Society Book Club @ The Japan Society
Aug 12 @ 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.

Aug
13
Tue
2019
The London Japanese Language Meetup @ All Bar One
Aug 13 @ 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/

Aug
14
Wed
2019
Koryu Open Evening – Grandmaster Kunio Morimoto (Free) @ St Andrew's Leytonstone
Aug 14 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Koryu Open Evening - Grandmaster Kunio Morimoto (Free) @ St Andrew's Leytonstone

Enjoy this rare opportunity to have a FREE evening taster session with a true old-school master and historian of AUTHENTIC martial arts of feudal Japan. Absolute beginners and all skill levels welcome.

Later in the week we’ll have a day long seminar: https://www.facebook.com/events/678430032553114/

This summer we will be hosting grandmaster Kunio Morimoto of Japan. He is a permanent director of the Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai (www.kobushin.jp) and a member of the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai (www.nihonkobudokyoukai.org). He is also the director of Chugoku and Shikoku Branch of the Japanese Academy of Budo. Quite astonishingly, he holds 3 Menkyo Kaiden ranks (full transmision) in koryu jujutsu, iaido/iaijutsu and kenjutsu.

Morimoto sensei founded the Kanoukan organisation in Japan to promote and preserve the 3 classical samurai martial art styles;
■ 澁川一流柔術 Shibukawa Ichi Ryu Jujutsu
■ 無雙神傳英信流抜刀兵法 Muso Shinden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho
■ 大石神影流剱術 Oishi Shinkage Ryu Kenjutsu

Morimoto sensei is a master teacher with a keen eye for details and through the styles we practice, he refines bio-mechanics with principles such as posture, relaxation, breathing and use of the tandem (center of mass) to generate power through armed or unarmed combat.

Registration page to be published soon! For more info.
1) Contact jikandojo@hotmail.co.uk or
2) write to our facebook page or
3) Visit our website www.koryu.london/koryu-history

Further private training camps and seminars with Master Morimoto will be held throughout August by invitation only. The best way to get involved with those extra events is to attend any of our open seminars between March to July and enquire in person.

Aug
17
Sat
2019
Masterclass – Koryu Bujutsu with Kunio Morimoto Sensei @ TBC
Aug 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Masterclass - Koryu Bujutsu with Kunio Morimoto Sensei @ TBC

Enjoy this rare opportunity to train with a true old-school master and historian of AUTHENTIC martial arts of feudal Japan.

DATE: 17 August
FEE: £65
VENUE: East London – TBC

This summer we will be hosting grandmaster Kunio Morimoto of Japan. He is a permanent director of the Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai (www.kobushin.jp) and a member of the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai (www.nihonkobudokyoukai.org). He is also the director of Chugoku and Shikoku Branch of the Japanese Academy of Budo. Quite astonishingly, he holds 3 Menkyo Kaiden ranks (full transmision) in koryu jujutsu, iaido/iaijutsu and kenjutsu.

Morimoto sensei founded the Kanoukan organisation in Japan to promote and preserve the 3 classical samurai martial art styles;
■ 澁川一流柔術 Shibukawa Ichi Ryu Jujutsu
■ 無雙神傳英信流抜刀兵法 Muso Shinden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho
■ 大石神影流剱術 Oishi Shinkage Ryu Kenjutsu

Morimoto sensei is a master teacher with a keen eye for details and through the styles we practice, he refines bio-mechanics with principles such as posture, relaxation, breathing and use of the tandem (center of mass) to generate power through armed or unarmed combat.

Contact jikandojo@hotmail.co.uk for more info.
www.koryu.london/koryu-history

Further private training camps and seminars with Master Morimoto will be held throughout August by invitation only.