External Events

Teach In – Kimono


13 November 2019
Moore Allen & Innocent

Masayo Long will be hosting a Teach In event  to be held at the Moore Allen & Innocent Auction Room. Discussing the history, etiquette and story of the Kimono. With the largest single owner collection of Japanese Kimonos to go under the hammer in the UK these Kimonos will be sold in the Oriental Sale being held on Friday 15th November 2019. There are 140 Kimono examples, many rare and exquisite. The collection in total has up to 500 items from Masayo’s private collection of Japanese artefacts.
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At the Cutting Edge: Experimental Sounds of Asia


7, 13 & 14 November 2019
Café OTO
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Curated by the Bagri Foundation, a series of concerts celebrating new music from across Asia and the diaspora. The series brings together extraordinary experimental artists, many who have never performed in the UK and many for the first time on the same bill. From varied backgrounds and training, these natural born collaborators cite influence from across artforms. The series features an eclectic mix of exceptional performers: haihm, Susie Ibarra, Nabihah Iqbal, Islandman, DJ Kobayashi, O YAMA O, Bongsu Park, Phew, Sunn Trio and ICHI.
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1st Kayononokai Japanese Dance Performance


16 November 2019
Platform Theatre
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Nihon Buyo originates from Kabuki, a classical Japanese dance-drama which originated 400 years ago. Nihon Buyo has been strongly influenced by Kabuki but also other traditional Japanese performing arts such as Noh and Folk Dances. Nihon Buyo “Kayononokai”, Japanese traditional dance school in Highgate, London, are delighted to present their first performance which includes not only dance but also exciting stages collaborating with live Koto music and Taiko drumming.
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Experience Japan Exhibition 2019


23 November 2019
The Royal Society
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The Experience Japan Exhibition is now in its ninth year and keeps getting bigger, with more and more people taking part to find out about the broadening range of study and research opportunities available in Japan. This year’s line-up of seminars will cover the basics about local life, as well as allow you to hear directly from individuals who have lived, studied, and conducted research in Japan.
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Yokimono Japanese Xmas Market


24 November 2019
The Factory, London
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Yokimono Japanese Xmas Market is presenting a Japanese-themed Christmas market and cultural event at The Factory, Dalston, East London. Yokimono means ‘good things’ in Japanese. Traders will be offering; delicious Japanese food & sweets, vintage kimono, ceramics, illustrations, stationary, clothing, jewelry and much much more – all made in Japan or produced by Japanese artists in London. As well as a wide variety of market stalls, there will be performances from Japanese musicians, Furoshiki eco-wrap demonstrations, MANGA portraits, Kimono dressing demonstration, Japanese reiki healing and shiatsu massage trial sessions!
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Samurai Sundays at Deptford Cinema


27 October – 24 November 2019
Deptford Cinema
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The London East Asia Film Festival in partnership with the independent Deptford Cinema in Southeast London present the ‘Samurai Sundays’ series which will showcase five classic Japanese samurai films: Harakiri (1962), Sword of Doom (1966), Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972), Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972) and 13 Assassins (2010).
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Music Kyogen: Scrooge


27 November 2019
Oxford Playhouse
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Music Kyogen Scrooge is an innovative theatrical production that combines Dickens’ Christmas Carol, Japanese traditional comedy play Kyogen, and contemporary music. The two leading Kyogen masters, Juro Zenchiku (the holder of an Important Intangible Cultural Property) and Daijiro Zenchiku perform their roles according to the traditional Kyogen practice with a libretto written by Koichi Nagaya for this production. The chamber ensemble formed by Noriko Kawamura (Violin), Tomomi Ota (Accordion), and Fumio Shirato (Double Bass) provides the Western-style music composed by Walther Giger.
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Ink Landscape Painting Course


1 – 29 November 2019
Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, London
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Known as painting of ‘mountains and water’, learn the foundation of how to paint traditional Japanese ink landscape. This mixed level course will take you step by step into the appreciation of the landscape as a place in one’s heart. Join Talia and learn how to paint mountains, water, trees and waterfalls using traditional Japanese brushes, ink & watercolour on fine paper.
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Stompy’s Playground Presents The Nujabes Experience


29 November 2019
Oslo, Hackney
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Stompy’s Playground are a twelve-piece orchestral ensemble, bringing harp, bass clarinet, full string, horn, and rhythm sections together, transforming their instruments to create electronic music, live! Their latest offering sees them honour the life and work of Nujabes. Spanning not just hip-hop but nu-jazz, breakbeat, trip hop and much more, Nujabes’ oeuvre is dense in its orchestration and musicality, making it rich subject matter for reworking.
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Film Screening: Ramen Shop


30 November 2019
Genesis Cinema, London
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London Migration Film Festival presents a screening of Ramen Shop, the story of Masato, a young ramen chef, who leaves his hometown in Japan to embark on a culinary journey to Singapore to find out the truth about his past. In doing so Masato uncovers a lot more than family secrets and delicious recipes.
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The Kimono: A Portrait of a Japanese Family


10 October – 15 December 2019
House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
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This exhibition presents a personal collection of Japanese kimono in the context of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for An Art Lover. The small collection dates from the early 1950s to more recent examples and shows examples of day-wear as well as the kimono designed for traditional ceremonial wear. The exhibition shares a particular social history of one Japanese family, which is illustrated in the choice of materials, decoration and colour of the kimono collection.
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Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese


12 February 2020
SOAS University of London
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Applications now open for the 30th Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese, which will take place on Wednesday 12 February 2020. The purpose of the Awards is to deepen the understanding of Japanese business culture by businessmen and women of the countries of the European Union through study of the Japanese language, and to contribute to goodwill and mutual understanding with the people of Japan through better communication. The competition proceedings are open to the public and are free to attend. Everyone is welcome!
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Buddhism Exhibition


25 October 2019 – 23 February 2020
The British Library
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How did Buddhism grow from its beginnings in 6th-century BCE India to having over 500 million international followers today? How did the life of the Buddha unfold? What inspires Buddhist practice? Encounter the outstanding beauty of Buddhist manuscripts and artworks in the largest exhibition of its kind ever held at the British Library. Explore rare treasures from the Library’s collection including colourful scrolls, precious artefacts and stunning illuminated books spanning 2,000 years and 20 countries.
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Drawing on Nature


4 October 2019 – 13 April 2020
World Museum, Liverpool
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Once a celebrated artist in Tokyo, Taki Katei’s paintings were displayed in the Imperial court and his impressive works travelled to international exhibitions. After his death the demand for delicate paintings of flowers and birds fell out of fashion and his work was slowly forgotten. World Museum will display the first-ever exhibition of Taki Katei’s work outside Japan Separated into five themes and will look at the hidden meanings and the symbolism in his works, the techniques he used, and his practice towards perfection.
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Turning Points: Takemitsu


26 April 2020
Kings Place, London
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An official event of the Japan-UK Season of Culture, as part of its 2019/20 concert season, the London Sinfonietta will stage a specially-curated, exhibition-style concert, Turning Points: Takemitsu, exploring the life and work of celebrated Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu. Through a combination of musical performances, film and discussion, the event will examine the composer’s extraordinary output and explore its impact on the direction of contemporary classical music in the 20th century.
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Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk


29 February – 21 June 2020
V&A, South Kensington
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This exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world.
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Sumida River in Sign Language


27 June 2020
Kings Place, London
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Sumida River in Sign Language brings the natural and human worlds together in a drama of physical gesture and facial expression. Performed by deaf, unmasked actors, the play is suffused with the life of the river: pines bending in the wind, flocks of Miyako birds and mist swirling in from the bay. This poignant tale was reimagined by Benjamin Britten in his chamber opera Curlew River. It is spring, a time of growth; a ferryman waits for customers when a mother arrives in search of her lost son.
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Yama – The Mining Art of Sakubei Yamamoto


15 September 2019 – 20 September 2020
Big Pit National Coal Museum
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At the age of seven years old, Sakubei Yamamoto (1892-1984) moved with his family to the coal mines of the Chikuho region in Kyushu. He was apprenticed to a colliery blacksmith at the age of twelve, and later worked as a mine blacksmith and coalminer until the age of 63 in 1955. He then became a colliery security guard when he started painting his memories of the mining industry. This exhibition focuses on a small selection of the 2000 drawings and paintings by the artist.
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