The Japan Society

Upcoming Events

31/07/2020 - 31/08/2020Minyo Crusaders + Frente Cumbiero present “Minyo Cumbiero – Cumbia del Monte Fuji” Track released

31/07/2020 - 31/08/2020

Tokyo-based ten-piece and wild Japanese folk-song fusionists, Minyo Crusaders join forces with Colombian cumbia radicals Frente Cumbiero on Minyo Cumbiero, a four track EP where ancient Japanese folk songs meet heavyweight Colombian styles. Recorded across two days in Bogota in August 2019 Minyo Cumbiero captures a thrilling exchange between two radical and triumphant groups.

15/09/2019 - 20/09/2020Yama - The Mining Art of Sakubei Yamamoto

15/09/2019 - 20/09/2020

At the age of seven years old, Sakubei Yamamoto (1892-1984) moved with his family to the coal mines of the Chikuho region in Kyushu. He was apprenticed to a colliery blacksmith at the age of twelve, and later worked as a mine blacksmith and coalminer until the age of 63 in 1955. He then became a colliery security guard when he started painting his memories of the mining industry. Organised as part of a World tour by the Bridge Together Project, this exhibition focuses on a small selection of the 2000 drawings and paintings by the artist.

07/11/2020 - 14/03/2021E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas

07/11/2020 - 14/03/2021

E. A. Hornel took and collected thousands of images throughout his life, and he used many of these to inspire the paintings that made him wealthy and successful. This exhibition of the Glasgow Boy’s paintings and photographs examines how Hornel worked, explores how he looked at the world as a white, western man photographing young women in ‘exotic’ locations and interrogates the way we look at him today. It introduces visitors to Hornel and his early style and illustrates how strongly his art was shaped by photography.

19/06/2021Sumida River in Sign Language


Sumida River in Sign Language brings the natural and human worlds together in a drama of physical gesture and facial expression. Performed by deaf, unmasked actors, the play is suffused with the life of the river: pines bending in the wind, flocks of Miyako birds and mist swirling in from the bay.