External Events

Kore-eda Restrospective

28 April – 19 May 2019
Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley
After the resounding success of last year’s Shoplifters, Phoenix Cinema will be screening a selection of early work by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda. These rarely shown films include Maborosi (1995) – the story of a woman whose happiness is destroyed in an instant by an event that seems to have no reason, and Nobody Knows (2004) – based on a true story, four children are abandoned by their mother and live in a Tokyo apartment for months, unmissed and undetected.
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Joji Hirota & The London Taiko Drummers

25 May 2019
October Gallery
Joji Hirota, the Japanese master percussionist, musician and singer, first performed at October Gallery in November 1980, and has returned many times since, often performing surrounded by the paintings of Kenji Yoshida. As part of October Gallery’s 40th Anniversary concert series, Joji will perform with his London Taiko Drummers, a group he formed and has directed for many years. The many-sized drums (Japanese taiko) of this tightly knit ensemble, and the complex polyrhythms of their many styles evoke a visceral and intensely felt response on the part of listeners.
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The Colchester Military Wives Choir: A Night Of Music

25 May 2019
St Botolph’s Church Colchester
The Colchester Military Wives Choir will be joined by The Amici Mixed choir from Okinawa, Japan and the Bao-Lai junior High School Chorus from Taiwan, for A Night Of Music. This is set to be a fabulous evening showcasing talent from across the globe.
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Ichiko Aoba performance in London

28 May 2019
Babel Art House
Acclaimed Japanese singer and songwriter Ichiko Aoba, started playing classical guitar at the age of 17 and debuted her first album, “Kamisori Otome” (Razor Girl), at the age of 19. Since then, she has released several original albums. She will be performing at Babel Art House, Stoke Newington on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 as part of her qb European tour 2019.
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Japanese Zen Cuisine- SHOJIN

08 – 11 June 2019
Sozai Cooking School
Sozai is delighted to welcome Master Tanahashi from Okinawa, Japan for a series of special events introducing Japanese super vegan food from Sozai to the world. Shojin is often explained as a form of traditional Zen vegetarian cooking, but Tanahashi’s style of shojin absolutely goes beyond.
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Journey: A musical trip around Japan and beyond

16 June 2019
York St John University
Take a musical journey around Japan and beyond, and explore the development of Japanese taiko drumming. Discover how it went from community festivals to the stage, then crossed the globe ending up in York. Kaminari UK has been performing for ten years, gaining a reputation across the north of England for their vibrant and engaging performances. Join them as they showcase a range of taiko drumming styles, both traditional and modern.
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Okinawa Day

22 June 2019
London Okinawa Sanshinkai is back at Spitalfields this summer for Okinawa Day, the annual one day event in London celebrating Okinawan culture. Expect Okinawan folk music, a karate performance, eisa dancing, food and drinks, and more!
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The Court of the Shogun

22 & 23 June 2019
Royal Armouries Museum
Meet the unifier of Japan at the court of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Warrior, statesman and founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, a dynasty which lasted almost 300 years. Meet costumed characters, watch live and authentic combat demonstrations and join talks, tours and object handling sessions.
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Sushi Girls

25 – 27 July 2019
Theatro Technis
British-Ukrainian playwright Tony Leliw brings to the stage his third play Sushi Girls – a fast-paced comedy about two girls from the East who come to England to study English. Shizuko is the daughter of a multi-millionaire restaurant owner in Tokyo and Itchika is a polite girl from a poor family who dreamt of London since she was a child. Sushi Girls deals with the cultural and social differences between the two Japanese students and their British hosts, Anton and Anna.
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Manga マンガ

23 May – 26 August 2019
The British Museum
Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. Immersive and playful, the exhibition will explore manga’s global appeal and cultural crossover, showcasing original Japanese manga and its influence across the globe, from anime to ‘cosplay’ dressing up. This influential art form entertains, inspires and challenges – and is brought to life like never before in this ground-breaking exhibition.
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