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Book Launch: Georges Bigot and Japan, 1882-1899. Satirist, Illustrator and Artist Extraordinairer

12 April 2018
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Incorporating over 250 illustrations, Georges Bigot and Japan is the first comprehensive study in English of French artist and caricaturist, Georges Ferdinand Bigot (1860-1927). Inspired by what he saw of Japanese culture and way of life at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1878, Bigot went to Japan in 1882, immediately developing his career as an artist working in pen and ink, watercolours and oils. He also exploited his talent as a highly skilled sketch artist and cartoonist. In this event, Sir Hugh Cortazzi will briefly introduce the volume, and Christian Polak will then give an illustrated talk about Bigot.
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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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The Modern Alice in Japan, talk by Dr Amanda Kennell

27 April 2018
The Art Worker’s Guild
Dr Amanda Kennell of the Sainsbury Institute for the study of Japanese Arts and Cultures at UEA will explore Japanese adaptations of the Alice books – from the beautifully illustrated work of artist Kusama Yayoi through contemporary adaptations in a variety of media (including comics, film, animation, stationery and clothing). This is a free event organised by the Lewis Carroll Society, an society formed in 1969 with the aim of encouraging research into the life and works of Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson).
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Japanese Hanami Blossom Events

13-30 April 2018
Brogdale is one of the places in the UK to celebrate Hanami and with the largest collection of fruit trees in the world. There are two ways to celebrate Hanami at Brogdale: visit for a relaxing HANAMI PICNIC (3-30 April) and enjoy the Japanese exhibition, tasters of Japanese snacks, have a go at calligraphy and origami, a guided tour of the orchards and a chanced to picnic under the blossom (picnic not included); Or join the HANAMI FESTIVAL (14 April 2018) and enjoy a full Japanese experience with Japanese cultural demonstrations, Japanese drumming & sword displays, Japanese Tea Ceremony, have a go at calligraphy and origami, picnics under the blossom, tours of the orchards, Japanese food, bonsai and much more!
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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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