Japanese Events in the UK June-July 2018

Kokeshi, From Tohoku with Love

Find out about upcoming coming Japan-related events in the UK, from Okinawa Day on 23 June to forthcoming exhibitions at the UK's newest Japanese cultural hub, Japan House London.

The Emperor’s New Clothes: Transforming 19th Century Japan - 14 June - 9 September 2018, Durham

Durham Oriental Museum

Durham's Oriental Museum is hosting an exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration in Japan in 1868, which was a major turning point in Japanese history, marking the start of its transformation from an isolated, agricultural country to the modern nation we see today.

Created by students studying for the MA in Museum and Artefact Studies at Durham University, this exhibition explores how Japan underwent its transformation through displays of artefacts, woodblock prints and images from the Meiji Period. It also explores the lasting impact of the Meiji Restoration on Japanese economic and technological success.

Admission: Adults £1.50 ; children 5-16 and over 60s 75p ; under-5s and students in higher education FREE 

When Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12pm - 5pm
Where Oriental Museum, Durham University,  Elvet Hill, Durham DH1 3TH
URL www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/

Tatsuo Miyajima @William Morris Gallery - 16 June - 23 September 2018, London

Tatsuo Miyajima at the William Morris Gallery

Tatsuo Miyajima, one of Japan's foremost contemporary artists, exhibits his latest series at the William Morris Gallery. Through his work, Miyajima explores the concept of time, incorporating his trademark "Miyajima numbers" into original material created around the establishment of Greenwich Mean Time in 1884. 

For this exhibition, Miyajima has also collaborated with William Morris, using his iconic Bird fabric from 1878 to create a new work in the series. For more information see the William Morris Gallery's website. Admission is free.

When 16 June - 23 September 2018
Where William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4PP
URL www.wmgallery.org.uk/

MODE curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto - 19 June - 8 July 2018, Various

MODE curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto

MODE is a new annual series of events, staged in collaboration with multiple organisations in multiple venues across London and featuring a diverse mix of music, visual art, performance and film.

The inaugural programme has been curated by Japanese composer, pianist and electronic pioneer, Ryuichi Sakamoto. It will present a mix of emerging and established experimental artists from Japan, who will perform with like-minded musicians hailing from Europe, South America and the USA.

The series will be opened by Ryuichi Sakamoto himself at the Barbican Centre on 20 June, 2018. The opening performance will see him perform with Alva Noto, with another performance later in the series yet to be announced. 

For more information and the full programme of events, visit: http://33-33.co/mode/ MODE is presented by Thirty Three Thirty Three (33-33) in partnership with the Japan Foundation London and other organisations.

Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future - 22 June - 5 August 2018, London

Sou Fujimoto
 
London’s newest cultural venue, Japan House London will present 'SOU FUJIMOTO: FUTURES OF THE FUTURE', an exhibition held in collaboration with Tokyo’s TOTO GALLERY・MA. Seen for the first time in the UK, the exhibition explores the innovative works of one of Japan’s most influential contemporary architects. 

As the exhibition's title suggests, Fujimoto’s vision of the future is not a set of assumptions but rather the act of planting the seeds of inspiration and potential. This exhibition covers not only Fujimoto's current projects but also his architectural experiments for the future, inviting visitors to share in imagining a variety of futures of the future. Admission is free.
 
When 22 June - 5 August 2018
Where Japan House, 101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 55A
URL www.japanhouselondon.uk/
 

The Library at Japan House: Haba Yoshitaka - 22 June - 17 Sept 2018, London

Library Haba Yoshitaka
 
Overlapping with Sou Fujimoto’s exhibition, Japan House London will present The Library at Japan House: Haba Yoshitaka. Japan House’s Library offers a new approach to appreciate and engage with books. It does this by the way the books are displayed, and through special bookshelf exhibitions curated by Haba Yoshitaka of BACH. 

A book specialist from Japan, Haba is revolutionizing the way books are displayed and curated and has helped many bookstores in Japan successfully champion paper books in the digital era. On your visit, pay attention to how Haba presents books both old and new, whether displayed alongside novels and poetry or paintings and photograph albums. 

One aspect of the Japan House Library is its revolving programme of book displays throughout the year. The first such display following its June opening looks at Japan’s natural world, featuring original photographs by leading Japanese photographer Suzuki Risaku. Admission is free.
 
When 22 June - 17 September 2018
Where Japan House, 101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 55A
URL www.japanhouselondon.uk/
 

Okinawa Day 2018 - 23 June 2018, London

Tsuboya Yachimun Pottery Street

Okinawa Day returns to London's Spitalfields market this 23rd June for its annual festival of music, dance and food from the southernmost islands of Japan. This year’s festival celebrates the 10th anniversary of London’s Okinawa Day, featuring special guests from Japan!

Performing arts such as folk and classical songs accompanied by sanshin lute, drumming, karate and Eisa dance, will be presented in the main square. With a child- and family-friendly entertainment and atmosphere, Okinawa Day offers the perfect opportunity for families to discover and enjoy the richness of Okinawan culture. Admission is free.

This year's programme is as follows:
10:00~ Stalls Opening
10:50~ Opening Speech: Mr. Hironobu Nara (JNTO)
11:00~ Opening Ceremony: Ryukyuan Classical “Kajadifu Bushi”
11:07~ Amami Music feat. Tamukai Miharu
11:30~ Okinawan Folk Music: “Champuru” Set
12:05~ Traditional Tea Ceremony & Ryukyuan Classical Music
12:25~ Tsugaru Shamisen feat. Ichikawa Hibiki
12:40~ Okinawan Music feat. Horiuchi Kanako
13:15~ Traditional “Eisa” Dancing
13:45~ Okinawan Karate & Kobudo
14:20~ Yaeyama Folk Music
14:45~ Miyako Folk Music feat. Yogi Masaki
15:10~ Ukulele Music
15:25~ Okinawan Karate & Kobudo
16:00~ Okinawan Folk Music: “Mo Ashibi” Set 16:30~ Amami Music feat. Tamukai Miharu 16:53~ Okinawan Music feat. Horiuchi Kanako 17:28~ Traditional “Eisa” Dancing & Grand Finale!

When 23 June 2018, 10:00 - 18:00

Where Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA
URL www.sites.google.com/okinawa-day 

The Uraraka Way - 28 June - 16 July 2018, London

Uraraka Way

Head to East London's lively Sway Gallery for this unique exhibition of the incredible works of Spain-based printmaker Yoko Kataoka. This exhibition sees Kataoka present her textile work inspired by rural life in the Catalan woods of Spain. ”Uraraka” is a Japanese word with two meanings: a fine and peaceful day in spring, or the clear state of a cloudless mind. 

Through this exhibition, Kataoka hopes that her “Uraraka” works will brighten up visitors' daily life with cheerful colours and feelings, and that her exhibition will be an opportunity for everyone to discover the Uraraka way of living. Admission free.

Private view  Thursday 28 June 18:00 – 20:00. Reserve your place here : https://bit.ly/2IvUPTo
Stencil workshop Saturday 30 June from 11:00 till 14:00. Call to enquire +44 (0)20 7637 1700

When 28 June - 16 July 2018 Opening hours: Mon – Fri. 11:00 – 19:00 (weekends by appointment only)
Where Sway Gallery, 70-72 Old Street, EC1V 9AN, London
URL http://london.sway-gallery.com/

Noh Reimagined 2018: Sublime Illusions - 29 & 30 June 2018, London

Takigi Noh ©JTA

Following its highly successful outing in 2016, Noh Reimagined is returning to Kings Place with an exciting new theme and line-up showcasing a series of genre-defying collaborations examining the surreal artistic elements of Noh. The two-day festival will examine Noh, the iconic 650-year old Japanese art form, in the light of contemporary arts, culture and neuroscience.

The event will introduce the unique dramaturgy of Mugen Noh, a form of Noh in which the main actor appears as a ghost in the dream of a travelling monk performed by the supporting actor. The ghost tells the tragic story of its past life, expressing deep regret and sadness, and its hopes for finding peace.

The festival will see top Noh performers from Japan collaborate with innovative British artists and neuroscientists to explore aspects of time, space and symbolism in Noh theatre through a series of interdisciplinary performances, workshops and talks. Ticket: £6.50 to £26.50. Opening talk and pre-concert talk are free but ticketed.

When 29 & 30 June 2018
Where Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
URL http://noh.muarts.org.uk/ and https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/
 

The Green Chorus 30th Annual Concert - 7 July 2017, London

The Green Chorus 
The Green Chorus is a Japanese women’s choir founded about forty years ago in Golders Green, London. Join this well-established women's choir for a summer afternoon of beautiful European and Japanese chorus music at an elegant church in central London. Free admission (donations welcome)


This year's programme includes:
A Little Jazz Mass (Bob Chilcott)
Zigeunerleben: Gypsy Life (Schumann)
Rosen as den Suden (Johann Strauss)
plus other European and Japanese songs.

Conductor: Suika Takatsuka
Piano: Noriko Sekiya

When 7 July 2017, 15:00 - 16:45
Where Hinde Street Methodist Church,19 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London W1U 2QJ 
URL www.facebook.com/

 

Kokeshi from Tohoku with Love - 17 July 2018 and 19-31 July 2018, London

Yamagata Kokeshi Doll

Kokeshi are traditional wooden dolls that are characterized by their lack of arms or legs. Originally produced in Japan’s northern Tohoku region, they were formerly used as toys for children; however today they are more often used as decorations in the home. Outside of Japan, kokeshi are an iconic artistic product of Japan, reflecting Japanese aesthetic sensibilities with their simple and minimalist yet elegant designs.

This summer will see not one but two kokeshi doll-themed events, as Manami Okazaki, author of Kokeshi from Tohoku with Love, visits the UK. Initially conceived as a charity book for victims of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami, the book takes a deeper look at the culture of kokeshi dolls, providing a rare English language resource for people interested in these charming folk toys. 

On 17 July 2018, 6:00pm, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation will host a one-day exhibition of kokeshi sourced from artisans in the Tohoku region, and Okazaki will give a talk about these quirky collectibles. This is a rare chance to see new kokeshi up-close in the UK, ranging from hyper-cute styles to classic, traditional styles. For more information see the Foundation's website.

From 19th - 31st July, Sway Gallery will host a pop-up shop, talk and exhibition featuring Okazaki. More than 100 kokeshi will be available, from traditional, orthodox types to kawaii, modern varieties, offering a rare opportunity to purchase kokeshi made by master artisans in the Tohoku region. Meet the author events will be held all day on 19th and 28th July, and an opening reception will be held on Thursday 19 July, 6pm - 8pm. For more information see Sway Gallery's website.

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