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Kizuna Dance Company – Mix Bill of Dance

28 February 2018
De Montfort University, Leicester
Join Kizuna Dance led Cameron Mckinney for a mix bill of dance, bringing a creative merger of house dance, street dance, breaking, capoeira, and contemporary floorwork. Kizuna Dance Company will be performing three pieces of work, including the European premiere of their latest dance piece Koibito. The company will also perform the pieces Foretoken, inspired by the intricacy within Manabu Ikeda’s visual art piece of the same name, and Hitsuzendo, inspired by Zen Buddhism and Japanese calligraphy, which premiered as part of Signatures at the Let’s Dance International Frontiers in 2015.
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Bewdley Museum re-opening

3 March 2018
Bewdley Museum, Worcestershire
Bewdley Museum will be re-opening on Saturday 3rd of March and with this re-opening comes the opportunity for visitors to experience different facets of authentic Japanese and Chinese 19th century culture. From 10am there will be a wide range of martial arts performances, traditional music and ancient relics, visitors will be able to view all of this for free. Alongside this, the Shambles café will be re-opening also, with an oriental theme as well as their normal menu.
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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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An Evening with Kay Ueyama

20 March 2018
Asia House, London
Born in London, raised in Tokyo, award winning Kay Ueyama returns to the UK to perform eleven classical and Japanese harpsichord compositions. Of these, Ueyama will perform works by two Japanese composers for the first time in the UK: Kozaburo Y. Hirai and Kiyoshi Nobitoki, the latter of which will be of Ueyama’s own arrangement of the composition “Sakura-Sakura Fantasy”
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Genta Ishizuka: Membrane exhibition

21 February – 22 March 2018
Erskine, Hall and Coe Gallery, London
Having done several solo exhibitions in Kyoto and Osaka and gaining international recognition through featuring in permanent collections in the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Victoria and Albert museum, Genta Ishizuka’s first exhibition of lacquer artworks in Europe  explores, through 21 art pieces, how the covering of the whole work in Urushi lacquer can be likened to the skin covering animals and other organisms.
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The Great Wave

10 March – 14 April 2018
National Theatre
On a Japanese beach, teenage sisters Hanako and Reiko are caught up in a storm. Reiko survives while Hanako is lost to the sea. Their mother, however, can’t shake the feeling that her missing daughter is still alive, and soon family tragedy takes on a global political dimension. Set in Japan and North Korea, Francis Turnly’s epic new thriller is directed by Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre Indhu Rubasingham in a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre.
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Butoh dancer Mushimaru Fujieda

3 May 2018
Iklectik, London
Appearing in post war japan in 1959, Butoh is a unique, abstract style of dance traditionally involving the performer wearing white body makeup whilst performing movements that require a lot of control due to the slow pace. Mushimaru Fujieda will be performing a series of Butoh performances accompanied by live improvised music by two UK based musicians(Charlie Collins and Beatrix Ward-Fernandez) and a Japanese pianist and vocalist (Aya Ogawa)
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The Little Mochi Man

28 January – 30 May 2018
Touring across the UK
It’s almost New  Year, and tired of being bullied for his small size, The Little Mochi man decides to run away. Join him on his adventures around the whole of Japan from snowy Hokkaido to bustling Tokyo as he meets several extraordinary characters. This unique blend of traditional storytelling and modern techniques is the perfect introduction to Japanese culture for young children and is bound to be lots of fun for the family.
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