External Events

Edo Pop in Liverpool

26 May – 24 September 2017
Lady Lever Art Gallery
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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Japanese Garden Society Conference: Where the Path Leads

23 – 24 September 2017
University of Cambridge
Founded in 1993, the Japanese garden society (JGS) brings together people interested in the gardens of Japan and Japanese gardens in the UK and around the world. This major event features world-class speakers from the UK, USA and Japan discussing the transmission of the Japanese Garden beyond Japan from 1868 onwards, the evolution and significance of the Japanese Garden outside Japan and where this may lead in the future.
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Ura Mini Matsuri

29 September 2017
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
Ura Matsuri Mini is a fun, friendly, accessible night of live performance and music from Japanese Londoners and their London friends. An evening of the joyful, the serious and mostly the absurd! Organised by a group of London based Japanese artists, Ura Matsuri brings together grass roots Japanese immigrant culture in London and local alternative art and music scenes.
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Pure Land Japanese Garden: lantern-lit evening garden

garden_105 1 Aug – 28 September 2017
Newark, Nottinghamshire
In Japan, toro (traditional lanterns) were originally used only in Buddhist temples, where they lined and illuminated paths. The Japanese garden in Newark will be lighting their toro lanterns on weekend evenings over August and September, allowing visitors to stroll around this beautiful space and feel part of an age old Japanese tradition.
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Raindance Film Festival

20 Sept – 1 October 2017
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK. This year the festival features 11 films and short films from Japan, including the animated short film Notes on Monstropedia by the Oscar nominated Koji Yamamura, and Love and Other Cults, which has an interview with director Eiji Uchida on the 27 September.
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Macbeth: Performed by the Ninagawa Company

5 – 8 October 2017
Barbican Theater
To celebrate the work of the late Yukio Ninagawa, his breathtaking interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth returns to the UK stage. The action is transposed from Scotland to 16th Century Japan, yet the themes of honour and revenge remain. Performed in Japanese with English subtitles. On the 6th October there is a pre-show talk with the producer, artistic director and lead actor (separate booking required.)
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Japanese Junction London Exhibition: Toshindai Life-Sized

20 September – 13 October 2017
TOTO Gallery London
TOSHINDAI is an open submission exhibition showcasing works produced by Japanese architects and architectural students who have been exploring their professional careers or studies in the UK/Europe. The exhibition is open to all types of designers. The exhibition is curated by the Japanese Junction London, a group of emerging Japanese architects based in London.
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Mill Hill Music Club Concert, feat. Takeshi Kakehashi

22 October 2017
The Henrietta Barnett School
Recital by world renowned musicians, pianist Takeshi Kakehashi, and violinist Wolfgang David. They will be playing Schubert – Fantasy in C D934, Brahms – Sonata No.3 in D minor op.108, and Beethoven – Sonata No 10 in G Op.96.
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Jill Fanshawe-Kato: Japanese Pottery for Food and Drink

28 October 2017
The Leach Pottery
With a focus on Japanese ceramics for food and drink, this masterclass will trace the origins of this cuisine and the unique ceramics which have developed to serve it. After a Japanese lunch students will make their own original yunomi tea cups using the Leach Pottery’s own clay and slips.
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19 October – 8 November 2017
Touring England
Kwaidan is a cinematic and atmospheric theatre experience for teenagers and adults. Inspired by Japanese ghost stories and horror movies. Following the story of a young woman who returns to her childhood home, the play features life-sized puppets and humanettes to tell its haunting story.
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Japanese Music Concert: Joji Hirota and The London Taiko Drummers

11 November 2017
St Mary’s Church
Joji Hirota and The London Taiko Drummers, and the London Metropolitan Orchestra String Ensemble play Japanese taiko drumming and Japanese folk music.
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Tokyo to the Tees: Middlesbrough and Japan

30 May – 31 December 2017
Dorman Museum
Dorman Museum’s exhibition features the little-known connection between Teeside and Meiji Japan. 140 years ago, local artist Christopher Dresser was the first European designer to visit Japan after the reopening of trade links between the two countries. Tokyo to the Tees showcases the effect this had on his work, and tells the history of the local area’s once-thriving Japanese community.
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40 Years with Murakami Haruki, International Conference

8 – 9 March 2018
Newcastle University
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of now-renowned Japanese author Murakami Haruki’s first novel. To celebrate this event, The School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University is hosting an Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project on the subject of Murakami and his work. Confirmed keynote speakers include four Murakami scholars from Japan and abroad. In addition, scholars and professionals are invited to submit papers on the subject for further discussion.
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