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Music, Inspired by Drama

27 January 2019
Grosvenor Chapel, London
Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan presents a concert showcasing the work of acclaimed Japanese composer, Yasuhiro Kasamatsu, who wrote music for the late Yukio Ninagawa’s Shakespeare productions among others. Kasamatsu will introduce music inspired by drama – Noh, Bunraku and Shakespeare at Grosvenor Chapel. He is a prolific writer who is the first composer to be a Japan Cultural Envoy.
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TAMPOPO film screening

29 January 2019
HMVCurzon Wimbledon
As part of the BFI Comedy Genius Tour, HMVCurzon in Wimbledon will be screening Juzo Itami’s TAMPOPO. Itami called his film ‘a noodle western.’ What he created is a paean to Japanese food, obsession and sensuality. It’s a lovingly crafted, satirical comedy involving a plot of recipe intrigue, cooking clashes and a diverse range of noodle gourmet characters. From the simplest of premises comes a film that remains in the top 10 Japanese comedy films to this day.
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Van Gogh & Japan: The Provence Years by Martin Bailey

30 January 2019
Asia House, London
For Van Gogh, Japan held great appeal, particularly its woodblock prints. In 1888 he left Paris and headed south, to the city of Arles in Provence. In its clear light, he developed as a landscape artist under the inspiration of Japanese artists. On his arrival, he wrote that “I feel I’m in Japan”. Join Van Gogh specialist, Martin Bailey, author of Starry Night: Van Gogh in the Asylum and co-curator of Tate’s forthcoming Van Gogh exhibition (27 March-11 August 2019), will talk about his discoveries about the artist’s period in Provence—with a particular emphasis on his love for Japanese prints
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Getting to Noh: From Page to Stage

05 February 2019
The British Library, London
A rare presentation from the creative team behind the development of a major forthcoming new noh drama in English – ‘Between the Stones’ which will use traditional noh techniques. The presentation will give a close up understanding of noh – ‘from page to stage’. The focus will be on the performance aspects of staging a new noh which the creative team Jannette Cheong, Richard Emmert, Teruhisa Oshima and Kinue Oshima will share in this extremely rare presentation.
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Flight Paths

05 February – 05 March 2019
Theatres across the UK
Flight Paths is an ambitious new play featuring four blind performers and is inspired by the tradition of the Japanese Goze – where blind female performers travelled around medieval Japan making a living from telling epic tales. Moving between tradition and modernity the blind performers weave together personal stories of themselves as artists from Japan, Nigeria, USA and Australia. Flight Paths is a multi-media, story-telling circus production that combines aerial, music, narrative and creative audio description that uses new sound technology.
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Yakuza Tattoo: Exhibition and Book Launch

14 March 2019
The Seveney, London
An exhibition and book launch event to coincide with the paperback release of Yakuza Tattoo by Andreas Johansson. The book offers a unique insight into the world of the infamous Yakuza and their body art and is a documentation of Andreas Johansson’s three weeks spent with one of Japan’s most senior bosses and the world that goes with it. Having immersed himself in their world he had the opportunity to meet and photograph more than 30 members of Masuda-gumi — a gang connected to the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest Yakuza family. Andreas will be available to chat at the event, where a selection of large scale pieces will be exhibited.
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The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta

01 April 2019
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Soutbank Centre, London
The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta is one of the most positive things to emerge from the devastation of the 11 March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in north-eastern Japan. The young musicians of this extraordinary orchestra are thrilled to return to London for a performance full of emotional intensity, with a programme including Tchaikovsky’s captivating Fifth Symphony.
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Japanese Translation Workshop

13 – 14 April 2019
Cardiff University
The School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University, in collaboration with Kurodahan Press, invites applications to participate in a Japanese to English literary translation workshop. The workshop programme will provide an opportunity for novice translators to translate one or more short stories for commercial publication under the supervision of highly experienced mentors. Translations produced during the workshop programme will appear in an anthology of fiction published by Kurodahan Press.
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Manga マンガ

23 May – 26 August 2019
The British Museum, London
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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