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Japanese prints of the 20th century: works by Saito Kiyoshi and Ay-O

tiger tanuki 1 March – 3 April 2017
The Garage Soho
Tiger Tanuki gallery presents a small selection of 20th-century prints by renowned Japanese artists Saito Kiyoshi (1907-1997) and Ay-O (b. 1931). Saito is often credited with earning legitimacy for the sosaku hanga (‘creative prints’) movement by winning a first prize at the 1951 Sao Paulo Biennale with his print Steady Gaze. Ay-O, also known as the ‘Rainbow Artist’, uses the rainbow colours to combine modern art with the traditional Japanese view of nature, often depicting subjects taken from traditional woodblock prints. All prints are for sale.
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Tamburliane 15 March – 8 April 2017 (then on tour)
Arcola Theatre
With live taiko drumming by Joji Hirota, British East Asian theatre company Yellow Earth presents Christopher Marlowe’s thrilling, controversial and compelling masterpiece, Tamburlaine. The story of a lowly shepherd who rises to power and conquers half the world through sheer brutality and self-belief.
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The Day the Sun Fell (2015) – 15th RAI FILM FESTIVAL

29 March 2017
Watershed (Bristol)
Swiss-Japanese filmmaker Aya Domenig, the granddaughter of a doctor on duty for the Red Cross during the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, approaches the experience of her deceased grandfather by tracing the lives of a doctor and of former nurses who once shared the same experience.
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Uzu (2015)- 15th RAI FILM FESTIVAL

29 March 2017
Watershed (Bristol)
Held every October in the city of Matsuyama, the Dogo Autumn Festival is one of the most violent religious festivals celebrated in Japan. Eight teams of men carrying massive portable wood shrines that can weigh up to a ton collide them together in a holy battle, leaving many injured and exhausted. “Uzu” is an immersive documentary film that focuses on the physical and spiritual experience of the festival from within.
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English Chamber Orchestra with Japanese pianist Mami Shikimori

29 March 2017
Cadogan Hall
The renowned English Chamber Orchestra, the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, under the direction of its concertmaster Stephanie Gonley, is joined for this concert by the acclaimed young Japanese pianist Mami Shikimori in Mozart’s wonderful Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, complemented by a programme of other masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Dvořák.
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Ama-san (2016) -15th RAI FILM FESTIVAL

1 April 2017
Watershed (Bristol)
In Wagu, a fishing village in the Ise Peninsula, three women, Matsumi, Mayumi and Masumi dive everyday not knowing what they will find. Underwater, their delicate bodies turn into those of sea hunters. The Ama-San have been diving like this in Japan for over 2000 years..
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Hanami Festival

22 April 2017
Hanami is the Japanese festival dedicated to cherry blossom (sakura) and is celebrated across Japan every year. Brogdale is one of the only places in the UK to celebrate Hanami and with the largest collection of fruit trees in the world, we really do have a sight to see! Enjoy the Japanese exhibition, Japanese performances & entertainment and Japanese food plus great kids activities. Celebrate in Japanese style by enjoying a tour of our beautiful orchards before relaxing with a picnic under the most beautiful trees in the orchards.
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Kitaro Live in London

27 April 2017
Eventim Apollo
Japanese recording artist, composer, record producer and arranger noted for his electronic-instrumental music, and is universally associated and regarded as the founding architect of new age music. Kitaro’s various sound collaborations and resonant, multi-textured compositions truly defy the constraints of any genre. Grammy Award-Winning (for Best New Age Album – Thinking of You (1999); with record 16 nominations in the same category) and Golden Globe Award-Winning (for the Heaven & Earth (1993)) Kitaro has achieved global acclaim over a more than three decade long career with a signature sound and a pioneering fusion of cultures, techniques and spheres of consciousness that are truly his own.
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Dinner at UMU with Toru Horiguchi and Kazuya Ishida

3 May 2017
UMU restaurant
Two Michelin star chef Yoshinori Ishii hosts a nine-course Kaiseki dinner at his Japanese restaurant Umu with sake pairing. This is accompanied by a talk about the tableware used to present the restaurant’s food which is all designed and handmade by Ishii, Horiguchi and Ishida.
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Japanese Artisanship with JAPANPAGE®

4 May 2017
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
JAPANPAGE® presents traditional but innovative demonstrations of Japan’s lacquer and metalwork. Also providing a talk, storytellings and a display of Traditional Craft Products; a selection of handmade items that have been designated by the Japanese law and government, not only due to the traditional artisanship and craftsmanship, but also for the promise they hold for future innovation. Private appointments can be made to see the display and to hear story telling.
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Kitsugi at Wagumi

5 – 6 May 2017
Design store Wagumi hosts live Kintsugi demonstrations with artist, Ms Hiroko Daikura. Visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the traditional art of restoring items with lacquer and gold, something rarely seen outside Japan. This is in association with Oxo Tower Wharf. Booking not necessary, free.
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