External Events

The Japanese House – Architecture and life after 1945


23 March - 25 June 2017
Barbican
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The Japanese House is the centrepiece of the UK’s first major exhibition exploring Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War, a period which has consistently produced some of the most influential and ground-breaking examples of modern and contemporary design.
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Sozai Cooking School – POPUP JAPAN


8 April - 25 June 2017
Proud East
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Ever wondered what it would be like to make your own sushi? The world famous Sozai Cooking School are joining forces with Pop Up Japan to teach you how to make the perfect sushi. Whether you prefer Prawn Temari, Futo Maki, Inside-Out rolls or Sashimi you’ll have mastered it all by the end of the class and you leave with masterpieces you’ve created.
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Spring Origami Workshop – POPUP JAPAN


8 April - 25 June 2017
Proud East
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Alice from Alice Sushi Art will be collaborating with Proud East during our Pop Up Japan to hold origami making workshops. Let’s celebrate the arrival of spring by making beautiful seasonal flowers, including cherry blossom, known as ‘sakura’ in Japanese. You’ll also make the famous origami crane, recognised worldwide as a symbol of peace and good luck.
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Kensuke Fujiyoshi – Original unique porcelain sculptures and boxes


3 – 26 May 2017
Sladmore Contemporary
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Fujiyohsi produces traditional Japanese porcelain tableware, as well as his own special brand of figurines, sculptures and boxes in fine porcelain. His artwork is based on the inherited Japanese culture of traditional handicrafts know as “Hizen-touji”. His modern take on the figures and boxes produced there over the centuries uses the same modelling and porcelain making skills, but adds his own special wit and love of the natural world to give us his unique covetable creations.
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A History of the Japanese print


4 May – 10 June 2017
Sway Gallery
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Tiger Tanuki presents a unique sales exhibition, tracing the history of the Japanese print from the classic ukiyo-e (‘pictures of the floating world’) of the Edo period (1615-1867) to the modern shin hanga and sosaku hanga  prints of the 20th century. The exhibition features original works by renowned artists such as Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), probably the most popular and prolific ukiyo-e artist; Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), considered one of the most important Japanese landscape artists of the 20th century; and Ay-O (b. 1931), also known as the ‘rainbow artist’, who represented Japan at the Venice biennale in 1966.
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Zero Point


25 – 27 May 2017
Barbican Theatre
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Zero Point represents a new direction for British choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist Darren Johnston. He explores the intersection of the spiritual and the scientific with minimalism and simplicity inspired by his time spent in Kochi, Japan.  Creating a seamless fusion between visual arts, theatre and dance he merges choreography with architectural projections and an ambient score by electronic music pioneer Tim Hecker.
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Edo Pop in Liverpool


26 May – 24 September 2017
Lady Lever Art Gallery
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The exhibition explores the explosive popularity of print works in 18th century Edo (modern Tokyo). These images encompass everything from seductive courtesans and young lovers to celebrities and sumo champions. On display are some 40 prints by leading artists including Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Utagawa Kunisada and Toyohara Kunichika, the latter of whom is considered to be the last great Kabuki theatre artist.
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Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan


26 May – 10 September 2017
House of Illustration
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This is the UK’s first ever exhibition of handmade background illustrations for classic sci-fi anime films. It will feature drawings and paintings from some of the most influential productions in the genre’s 1990s heyday, including Production I.G’s phenomenally influential 1995 film Ghost in the Shell.
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Hokusai Symposium


26 – 27 May 2017
The British Museum
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The symposium will explore three key aspects of the late work and life of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). What was Hokusai saying in his art? How did he use different media to convey his vision to the world? Who was he working and communicating with? Leading scholars will provide brief provocations, followed by responses from a small panel, before throwing open the debate to the audience.
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Children’s creative workshop: Origami & Calligraphy


27 May 2017
Greenwich Book Fest
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Join master calligrapher and origami expert Yoko Takenami for a fascinating workshop taking in the traditional Japanese artforms of calligraphy, origami and haiku. Yoko will talk about calligraphy, showing the evolution of the characters and demonstrate origami, encouraging the audience to fold along with her.
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Children’s creative workshop: Manga


27 May 2017
Greenwich Book Fest
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Always wanted to learn how to draw Manga? Well now you can try out your skills with expert Manga artist Inko. Learn basic techniques for character design, how to create emotions and motion, and understand how panels and speech bubbles work.
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Hokusai: making waves


29 May – 2 June 2017
The British Museum
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Come to the Museum for family half-term activities exploring traditional Japanese craft, colours and stories. Work with an artist to make a print to add to our collaborative paper mural, listen to Kamishibai stories and make something to take home.
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SOAS Centre for Film Studies Symposium 2017 + Hafu film screening and Q&A


31 May 2017
SOAS – Wolfson Lecture Theatre
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The event constitutes a showcase of the research conducted by PhD-level researchers working in partnership with the SOAS Centre for Film Studies. The symposium explores the vital role of an awareness of the transnational nature of global cinemas and of area-specific approaches to their study. The presentations will be followed by a screening of Hāfu (2013), a film documenting the experiences of mixed-race Japanese citizens, at the Bertha Dochouse, Bloomsbury.
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Memory of Home : Ie no Kioku


1-30 June 2017
TOTO Gallery
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Japanese Junction London will showcase their “Memory of Home / IE NO KIOKU” and our proposals for new life style in urban context of London. Each exhibitor will analyse their own unique memory of living environment in Japan and UK.
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British Museum presents: Hokusai – Film Screening


4 June 2017
The Bertha DocHouse
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A groundbreaking documentary and exclusive private view of the forthcoming British Museum exhibition Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave. Filmed in Japan and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great, bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Using extraordinary close-ups and pioneering 8K video technology, Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts who are at the forefront of digital art history.
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Our Little Sister Film Screening


6 June 2017
Wimbledon Film Club
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Our Little Sister is a movie adaption of the manga Umimachi Diary by Akimi Yoshida, and tells the story of three sisters in their twenties, who live together in a beautiful house originally belonging to their grandmother. Charming, moving family drama from the great Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking, Like Father Like Son).
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The 26th Osaraikai of Hiroko Tanaka Nihon Buyo – Traditional Japanese Dance


10 June 2017
Netherhall House
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Nihon Buyo is a refined form of traditional Japanese dance and has been improved over four centuries. Hiroko Tanaka began learning Nihon Buyo at the age of 5 in Kyoto, where she was born and raised, and has been dancing for over 70 years. She will be performing with her students, and the performance will include a guest appearance of Kimonodego de Oirandochu.
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Okinawa Day 2017


24 June 2017
Spitalfields Market
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Our mission for Okinawa Day 2017 is to introduce Okinawan culture further in the UK and enrich the existing relationship between Okinawa and the UK. A day to celebrate Okinawan culture, including lots of live music, karate demonstrations, food and drink and activities for all the family!
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Studio Ghibli Party


24 June 2017
Scala
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For over 30 years Studio Ghibli has given us some of the most beautiful animation and cinematography to ever grace our screens. You’re invited to relive the magic of Studio Ghibli’s finest work at this unique celebratory event! Expect a full immersive Studio Ghibli experience.
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Translate at City: Summer School


26 – 30 June 2017
City University of London
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Translate at City is a literary translation summer school held at City, University of London. The course entails 5 days of intensive translation workshops into English with leading UK literary translators, this year’s Japanese workshop is led by the eminent literary translator Angus Turvill. There are also lunchtime and evening events on topics relevant to developing a career as a literary translator in the UK.
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Opening Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall


26 June 2017
Edgware Road
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The highly anticipated Stiff + Trevillion designed Bang Bang Oriental will open in summer 2017 in North London. The eco-friendly venue will bring a pan-Asian culinary experience and cultural entertainment concept to the capital. Bang Bang Oriental will encompass a food court, restaurant, shopping experience and community space – all under one roof.
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Cotswold Ekiden 5.5km relay race


3 September 2017
Gloucestershire
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This is a brand new running race based on the Japanese-inspired Ekiden; this event will bring together the beauty of the Cotswold countryside, inspiring backdrop of Sudeley castle and the traditions and culture of Japan.
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