Japanese Events in London

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Jul
29
Sun
2018
Japanese Garden Party @ Hammersmith Park, Japanese Garden
Jul 29 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Japanese Garden Party


Image courtesy of the Sequins and Cherry Blossom blog.

No booking required – just turn up on the day!

An afternoon of Japanese live music, family activities and Japanese food to celebrate the regeneration of the Japanese garden in Hammersmith Park! Expect taiko drumming, ramen, and family friendly activities such as origami and calligraphy, alongside much more! Co-organised by the Japan Society and the Embassy of Japan.

The day will end with two very special performances by contemporary Japanese artists Ichi and Hatis Noit. We hope you can join us for what is bound to be a fantastic summer celebration of all things Japanese!

Why we’re celebrating

Hammersmith Park is all that remains of the 1910 Japan-British Exhibition in White City, but few know it is a Japanese garden. Now an avenue of stone lanterns and a wooden entrance gate are being installed to celebrate the park’s Japanese origins.

To mark the event, Japan Society, together with the Embassy of Japan and the Friends of Hammersmith Park, are hosting an afternoon activities and music. Children and adults alike can make their own Japanese lantern to take home, learn to write their name in Japanese, try on a kimono, fold some origami, and even meet Hello Kitty herself!! That’s right – Hello Kitty will be making a personal appearance at the celebrations! And if all the excitement makes you hungry, you’ll be able to sample delicious Japanese street food at the Japan centre food stalls.

A wide range of Japanese traditional and contemporary music will fill the garden all afternoon, from the guitar-like shamisen, to taiko drums, concluding with performances by two exciting Japanese musicians. ICHI, takes the concept of the one man band to entirely new heights with his homemade instruments and eclectic, fun sound, while Hokkaido-born Hatis Noit’s mesmerising vocals draw on musical traditions from Japanese court music to opera, and Buddhist chanting to pop.

Aug
1
Wed
2018
World Shakuhachi Festival @ Goldsmiths, University of London
Aug 1 – Aug 4 all-day
World Shakuhachi Festival @ Goldsmiths, University of London | England | United Kingdom

The World Shakuhachi Festival 2018 brings together many of the world’s best performers of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, from all continents. It presents, at highest level, a broad cross-section of traditional and contemporary solo and ensemble music for shakuhachi. As an instrument, the shakuhachi is known by many people, but without being named or recognised. It has put in appearances in many film soundtracks, including the final Harry Potter films, and is on the other hand enjoyed by many because of its deeply meditative quality. The instrument is, however capable of a broad range of music, from quiet to energetic and stimulating, alone, and grouped with other instruments, from Japan and elsewhere. The broad spectrum of its music will appeal to music lovers from all walks of life and with all tastes, from traditional to modern, from meditative to ‘world music’.

The WSF2018 will offer an unique opportunity to experience the world of shakuhachi close up and in a variety not seen before in the UK or Europe. Our schedule is bursting with a wide range of concerts, workshops, lectures, talks, exhibitions, screenings and informal gatherings, bringing together around 40 top-level shakuhachi performers from Japan and another 40 from other countries to play and teach. Whether you are a seasoned shakuhachi professional, an enthusiastic hobbyist or simply interested in discovering new cultural and musical territory, WSF2018 is the place to be.

Oct
13
Sat
2018
Understanding & Appreciating Japanese Saké (Japanese Rice Wine) @ VSF Wine Education
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Understanding & Appreciating Japanese Saké (Japanese Rice Wine) @ VSF Wine Education | England | United Kingdom

Saké is a versatile beverage that can complement food just as well as wine. It is also an excellent drink to be enjoyed on its own. No wonder, then, that this national drink of Japan is growing in popularity in the West.

At the event, a saké expert from VSF Wine Education will showcase 6 of the sakés from VSF Shop’s portfolio to demystify the wonderful world of this Japanese drink.

VSF Wine Education is the first and only wine school in London dedicated to the Chinese and Japanese communities. Accredited by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) as an Approved Programme Provider, the school has been actively cultivating wine, spirits and saké appreciation and enjoyment in London.

Apart from running training courses, VSF Shop sells a wide range of sakés, from the highly sought-after Dassai (獺祭) and Tatenokawa (楯野川) to artisanal labels such as Konishi (小西酒造), Aizu Homare (会津 ほまれ) and Hayashi Honten (林本店).

On the day of the event, you’ll be able to sample various styles of Japanese saké (Junmai Daiginjo, Daiginjo, Ginjo, Honzojo, Futsushu, etc.) as well as an assortment of Japanese food to pair with the tipples.

You can also purchase your newly found favourite saké on-site at discounted prices. Whether you are a saké enthusiast or absolute beginner, this is a great chance for you to taste different styles of saké hailing from Japan in one go!

Tickets:
At the door: £45 / person
Online reservation: £35 / person
Early bird tickets (limited quantity): £30 / person

The event “Understanding & Appreciating Japanese Saké (Rice Wine)” will be held on Saturday 13th October 2018 from 2-3pm, 3-4pm and 4-5pm (3 sessions), with max. 18 persons per session. For enquiries, please email us at info@vsf.wine. Visitors are encouraged to take the Overground (Rotherhithe Station) or Underground (Canada Water Station) to arrive at the venue. Anyone under the age of 18 years old will not be permitted entry.

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.

Jan
1
Tue
2019
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

Jan
28
Mon
2019
Talk: Portland Japanese Garden: An American Interpretation of a Japanese Artform @ Daiwa Foundation Japan House
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Japanese Portland Garden is a traditional Japanese garden in Portland, Oregon. The Garden, which was designed in 1963, covers 12 acres and has eight separate garden styles. The Garden was created to provide the residents of Portland with a beautiful, serene garden, while also creating a connection between America and Japan after World War II.

In this talk, Steve Bloom will explore the past, present, and future of the Portland Japanese Garden. He will look at how it is leading a global dialog about the Japanese Garden as a platform for spreading the ideals of peace and mutual understanding between peoples by sharing some of Japan’s greatest gifts with the world: its culture, art, and unique connection to nature.

This event is free but booking is essential.
http://dajf.org.uk/event/portland-japanese-garden-an-american-interpretation-of-a-japanese-artform

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.

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.

May
18
Sat
2019
4-Day Sake Course + Sake Brewery Visit @ VSF Wine Education x Kanpai Sake Brewery @ VSF Wine Education + Kanpai Sake Brewery
May 18 – May 26 all-day
4-Day Sake Course + Sake Brewery Visit @ VSF Wine Education x Kanpai Sake Brewery @ VSF Wine Education + Kanpai Sake Brewery

Learn everything about saké in a saké brewery in action, right in London!

VSF Wine Education is joining hands with Kanpai Sake Brewery (the UK’s first sake brewery) to run this course that will provide you with a detailed understanding of the production methods that affect the style, quality and price of saké. Upon completion you will be able to assess sakés accurately, and use this information and your understanding of sakés to make authoritative recommendations. 18+19+25+26 May 2019. Details & registration: https://bit.ly/2seHf0a

#Nihonshu #Sake #Saké #London