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Imphal 1944: Film Screening and Talk

23 July 2019
The WW2 short drama Imphal 1944 is a film based on the story on Masao Hirakubo OBE and the Battle of Imphal. The screening commemorates the 70th anniversary of the battle. Following the screening there will be a presentation given by the director of the film, Junichi Kajioka, where the audience will have the opportunity to ask some questions.
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Film Screenings – Summer Explorers 2019: Manga Comes to Life

27-28 July 2019
British Library
Manga, or Japanese comic books, is an art medium which has enjoyed widespread popularity both at home in Japan, as well as globally abroad, for many decades now. A four billion dollar a year industry, manga does not just play a pivotal role in the publication media but it also provides a great source of inspiration to filmmakers and other creatives. This mini film programme aims to showcase some of the most recent and representative adaptations which have arrived on screen in the past few years, demonstrating plotlines that these illustrated publications have provided film creatives.
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Touring Exhibition: This is Manga – the Art of Urasawa Naoki

05 June – 28 July 2019
Japan House
This summer Japan House London presents an exhibition on the popular form of Japanese illustrated literature – manga – through the work of internationally acclaimed manga artist, Urasawa Naoki.
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Ainu Othello

07 – 10 August 2019
Tara Theatre, London
The Shakespeare Company Japan retells the story of Othello, setting it in 19th Century Japan. The play is performed in Japanese and each performance begins with a presentation from the Dance Group Piricap.
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Masterclass – Koryu Bujutsu

14 & 17 August 2019
East London 
This summer Jikan Dojo will be hosting grandmaster Kunio Morimoto of Japan, old-school master and historian of authentic martial arts of feudal Japan, permanent director of the Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai and a member of the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai. A taster session will take place on 14 August, followed by a full day seminar on 17 August.
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Manga Symposium

23 August 2019
British Library
Manga, anime, and video games have gained a great deal of popular traction over recent years. Whilst each is enjoyed globally by a varied audience, there remains a lack of understanding about their breadth and depth, and their relationships with each other, Japan, and the rest of the world. This symposium aims to redefine manga by suggesting ways of looking at it as a cultural activity and an expression of historical activities.
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Narukami Thunder God at the Edinburgh Fringe

19 – 24 August 2019
Perth Theatre, Edinburgh
KabukiMA is a theatre troupe committed to spreading Japanese theatre to Western audiences. The troupe intend to perform a rendition of the 17th century Kabuki play entitled “Narukami” for a week at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in traditional Japanese costume, wearing authentic Kabuki make-up and showcasing the Japanese dance training they received from 100-year-old grand master Fujima Kansuma Sensei. Nevertheless, the show will be in English so as to appeal to and connect with a British audience.
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Origami Soundscapes X The Crane

23 & 24 August 2019
Arcola Theatre
Verity Lane presents a two-part project and draws on her experience of living in Japan. Origami Soundscapes: Flower, Bird, Wind & Moon considers ancient symbolism and Japanese birdsong, featuring an origami performance, percussion, shakuhachi and storytelling. In The Crane Lane retells a Japanese folk story about a magical crane that takes human form.
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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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Japanese Calligraphy Masterclass

14 & 15 Sep 2019
The British Library
Master of Calligraphy Yoko Takenami leads a masterclass in the art of traditional Japanese calligraphy and the history of Japanese characters, with a showing of historical works of calligraphy within the British Library collection.
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A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Maki-e

11 July – 21 September 2019
Brunei Gallery, SOAS
A glimpse into traditional Japanese lacquers as interpreted by Director of the Japan Art Craft Association, Koyanagi Tanekuni who maintains the highest technical and artistic standards. His work explores both traditional and contemporary takes on the decorative medium whose value is shown by its ownership through almost 10,000 years of history by emperors, nobilities, shoguns and daimyos.
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Nobuko Tsuchiya: Solo Exhibition

22 June – 29 Sep 2019
Leeds Art Gallery
Nobuko Tsuchiya is an artist who uses a variety of media to create imaginative sculptures, using materials she is intuitively attracted to. Tsuchiya will be showing her work at Leeds Art Gallery and will use the gallery as a studio to assemble final works.
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Gallery Art Point in London

24 – 29 Sep 2019
Espacio Gallery
To commemorate their 50th anniversary, Ginza’s Gallery Art Point will hold their first overseas exhibition at Espacio Gallery, London. 50 Japanese artists will exhibit a selection of paintings, 3D works and installations.
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Lifelines: The Woodcuts of Naoko Matsubara

19 Apr 2019 – 06 Oct 2019
Ashmolean Museum
Japanese artist Naoko Matsubara who has displayed in the British Museum, White House and the national museum of art Tokyo and Kyoto, showcases her collection of woodcuts which took 50 years in the making. The display consists of over 40 original designs with an array of colour, motivation and emotional resonance.
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Japanese Textiles and Crafts Festival II

10 October – 13 October 2019
The Forge
The second edition of the Japanese Textiles and Crafts Festival after a successful first edition in March 2019. There will be saori weaving, shibori, boro, ceramics, paper crafts and much more!
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