KIZUNA: Japan | Wales | Design Exhibition at National Museum Cardiff
Jun
16
to Sep 19

KIZUNA: Japan | Wales | Design Exhibition at National Museum Cardiff

This summer National Museum Cardiff will host KIZUNA : Japan | Wales | Design, an exhibition displaying Japanese objects from the 1600s to the present day - many of which have never been seen before in the UK. This exhibition celebrates the kizuna - the bonds of friendship - between the two countries and outlines Wales' role in this special relationship.

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P-type coffee service, Masahiro Mori, 
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Kawarazaki Gonjūrō as Watōnai
Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 
National Museum Wales

Inro & netsuke,
National Museum of Japanese History, Chiba


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For centuries, Japan has had one of the world’s most exciting and refined design cultures. From cars and cameras to household items and animation, Japanese design has changed our world and is now part of our everyday lives. In this major new exhibition you’ll see how Japanese culture and design has captivated the rest of the world. You’ll also discover that Wales has played its own distinctive part in this fascinating story of international exchange. In Japanese, Kizunameans the bonds of friendship, which we celebrate in this exhibition.

Many of the works of art on display have come from major Japanese national museums especially for this exhibition and some have never been seen in the UK before.

  • A 400 year old handscroll painted with monsters is a forerunner of modern animation.
  • Magnificent painted screens, measuring more than 1.6m high by 3.6m long, offer panoramic views of Edo (modern Tokyo) in the 18th century.
  • Beautiful costumes, ceramic jars and lacquer ware show off Japan’s highly developed craft skills and love of beautiful materials.

Yet Europeans have been enjoying Japanese art and design since the 16th century. Four hundred years ago, Sir Thomas Myddleton of Chirk Castle, a founder member of the British East India Company, bought a stunning Japanese lacquered coffer (box or chest for valuables) – now one of the exhibition’s star items. Since then people from Wales and Japan continue to exchange their cultures and their expertise, and the relationship between Wales and Japan is very much alive today.

In Japan, historic and contemporary co-exist to produce a vibrant, unique design culture. In the exhibition you’ll experience the dynamic global appeal of Japanese contemporary culture, alongside beautiful examples of historic art and design.


The exhibition has been organized jointly by National Museum Cardiff, the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, and the National Museum of Japanese History with special cooperation from the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. International air transport provided by All Nippon Airways.

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Japanese Garden Party - London
Jul
29
12:30 PM12:30

Japanese Garden Party - London

Japanese Garden Party

Sunday 29th July, Hammersmith Park

12.30 - 18.00

Japanese Garden Party 2018 London Hammersmith
Japanese Garden Party 2018 London Hammersmith
Japanese Garden Party 2018 London Hammersmith

Hammersmith Park is all that remains of a Japanese Garden that was originally designed for the 1910 Japanese-British Exhibition. Now, the park is being given a new lease of life with the installation of an avenue of stone lanterns leading to a striking Japanese gateway that will greet visitors to the space. To celebrate this moment in the garden’s history, the Japan Society, Embassy of Japan and Friends of Hammersmith Park are hosting a Japanese Garden Party, to which everyone is invited!

From 12:30 – 18:00, the park will host a full programme of Japanese live music, whilst around the park an exciting variety of events and activities for families will take place. Children and adults alike will be able to make their own Japanese lantern, fold origami, try on a Japanese yukata and even learn how to write their name in Japanese using a calligraphy brush and ink. There will also be a space in which visitors can design their own miniature Japanese rock garden, and the best of Japanese street food and snacks will be available to purchase from Japan Centre’s food stalls. The afternoon will conclude with performances from two contemporary Japanese musicians, Ichi and Hatis Noit. Their unique sounds will be the perfect way to end an afternoon of Japanese activities in the serene space that is Hammersmith Park.

A full programme will be announced in the coming weeks. At present, the confirmed performers and activities are as follows:

Music and Performances

TAIKO DRUMMING – Thames Taiko || JAPANESE FOLK MUSIC – Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki || YOSAKOI DANCE – Temuzu || ICHI || Hatis Noit      

ICHI was born in Nagoya and redefines what is possible as a one man band. Using his own unique and wonderful homemade instruments and incorporating toys and everyday objects into his performance, he creates a sound that is ‘Hilarious & Bonkers & Brilliant’ in the words of Radio presenter Lauren Laverne

Japanese Garden Party 2018 London Hammersmith

From Shiretoko in Hokkaido, Hatis Noit is a self-taught vocal performer inspired by not only gagaku – Japanese court music – but also operatic styles, Bulgarian and Georgian chanting, and avant-garde pop vocals. The sound of her performance is as unpredictable, beautiful and mysterious as the world around us.

Japanese Garden Party 2018 London Hammersmith

Activities

ORIGAMI || CALLIGRAPHY || LANTERN MAKING || YUKATA DRESS-UP

Exhibitions and Special Events

Exhibition of the art of Japanese bonsai, with stunning trees by Bonsai Kai members on display.

Learn how to design a miniature Japanese rock garden with the Japanese Garden Society.

Special guest appearances by Hello Kitty will take place throughout the day.

Access

Hammersmith Park

60 Batman Cl, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7NU

The nearest stations to Hammersmith Park are Wood Lane (Circle, Hammersmith and City) or White City (Central). The area is also well serviced by local buses, including the number 72, 95, 220, 228 and 272.

The regeneration of Hammersmith Garden and the Garden Party were made possible by generous donations from Japanese businesses in the UK, alongside significant support from Hammersmith and Fulham Council, the Japan Society, the Friends of Hammersmith Park and the local community.

 

 

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Hyper Japan Summer Festival 2018, London
Jul
13
to Jul 15

Hyper Japan Summer Festival 2018, London

Hyper Japan Festival returns to London for 2018.  The UK's biggest J-culture showcasing traditional and modern Japanese culture, with everything from food and fashion to martial arts and cosplay.  This year's event returns to Kensington Olympia in London and is split into several different areas: Culture, Eat Japan, Sake Experience and Kawaii.

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Sumire Kuribayashi & Friends At Hoxton Hall, London
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Sumire Kuribayashi & Friends At Hoxton Hall, London

Yokohama Calling presents the debut UK performance by sensational Japanese pianist Sumire Kuribayashi and bass legend Hideaki Kanazawa. This performance features a collaboration with two of the UK's finest jazz musicians, Jason Yarde (saxophones) and Mark Mondesir (drums). 

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Together, Hideaki and Sumire present NIJUSO (duet), for a set of tunes that are intimate and explorative, tender and compelling, carrying the listener on new journeys through familiar landscapes. Jason Yarde and Mark Mondesir will expand the colour palette and dynamics adding saxophones and drums in duo, trio and quartet formats. The programme will feature compositions by all four musicians. This will be the first concert ever performed by these four musicians together. Expect contrast, supreme musicianship, surprise and a lot of heart. 

The show is presented by Yokohama Calling, a London based producer creating unique cross-cultural collaborations which promote cultural understanding through the universal power of music. Yokohama Calling is a not-for-profit organisation. 

Sumire Kuribayashi is the ascending star on the Japanese jazz scene. She is in great demand as a pianist. Sumire is a composer and bandleader and has released four albums under her own name and has contributed to many more. 

Hideaki Kanazawa is a giant of the Japanese jazz scene and has worked with many of the most famous artists from Japan and beyond, including Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Hank Jones, Duke Jordan and many many more. 

Jason yarde is a composer, band leader, arranger, producer and saxophonist. As a player he has worked with Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, McCoy Tyner, Manu Dibango, Roy Ayers and Andrew Hill. Jason has composed a great deal of music for film, TV and dance and has arranged for the Kronos Quartet, Manu Dibango and Hugh Masekela in collaboration with both Jazz Jamaica All Stars and with the London Symphony Orchestra. 

Mark Mondesir is one of the most in-demand drummers internationally and has worked across many music genres with artists as diverse as Counrtney Pine, Julian Joseph, John Mclaughlin, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Bryan Ferry, David Sylvian, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Joe Zawinul and Jethro Tull.

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Omer Tiroche Gallery London: Yayoi Kasuma, Small Pumpkin Paintings Exhibition
Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Omer Tiroche Gallery London: Yayoi Kasuma, Small Pumpkin Paintings Exhibition

Omer Tiroche Gallery showcases the colourful work of Yayoi Kusama this spring, with an exhibition featuring her most iconic of motifs - the pumpkin. Get up close and personal with a colourful array of her small-scale pumpkin paintings, a collection which has been brought together in one gallery space for the first time in the UK.

 Yayoi Kasuma, Small Pumpkin Paintings © Omer Tiroche Gallery, Photography by Tom Carter. 

Yayoi Kasuma, Small Pumpkin Paintings © Omer Tiroche Gallery, Photography by Tom Carter. 

 Yayoi Kasuma, Small Pumpkin Paintings © Omer Tiroche Gallery, Photography by Tom Carter. 

Yayoi Kasuma, Small Pumpkin Paintings © Omer Tiroche Gallery, Photography by Tom Carter. 

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“I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness. That and its solid spiritual base.”   (Yayoi Kusama)

Omer Tiroche Gallery will kick off their 2018 programme with an exhibition dedicated to small- scale pumpkin paintings by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. This will be the first time that this small body of work will be displayed together in the UK.

Kusama experimented with her first pumpkin works in the 1940s while studying Nihonga – a traditional form of Japanese painting – at the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts. Although she quickly left behind this delicate style in pursuit of the avant-garde, the pumpkin remained with her. She exhibited Mirror Room (Pumpkin) at the 1993 Venice Biennale and, from this point, her obsessive use of this motif intensified – the repetition being interpreted as an attempt to control her fears.

One of Kusama’s best loved and most iconic motifs, the pumpkins are the visual embodiment of her childhood as well as her present psychological state. She describes these paintings as a form of self-portraiture, magnifying mirrors in which to ‘confront the spirit of the pumpkin, forgetting everything else and concentrating [her] mind entirely on the form before [her]’.

Omer Tiroche comments, I am thrilled to be able to present this collection of intimately sized works all together in one space. For Kusama, the pumpkin itself has so much autobiographical significance, relating to her youth when her family would survive primarily off pumpkin dishes. At the same time, though, when you examine the paintings up close you can see that they are comprised of an amalgamation of two motifs that she has revisited throughout her career: the obsession, dots and infinity nets. These small objects are so individually beautiful and we are very excited to be able to offer them for sale.

Whether dwarfish or gargantuan, Kusama’s pumpkins are instantly recognisable. The flatness of infinity net backgrounds combined with the 3D optical illusion of the polka-dot patterns perfectly illustrate Kusama’s conflicted world: the push and pull between desire and escape, simultaneously imprisoned by reality and locked out of it. Kusama’s pumpkin image is that of the Japanese Kabocha squash, severed at the stalk. It continues to grow and ripen even though it is disconnected from the earth.

This important exhibition allows for a closer study of these small-scale pivotal works, now shown together in one gallery space.

Simultaneously, Omer Tiroche Gallery will also display a curated selection of collages by the artist at the Armory Show in New York between 7th-11th March. Kusama worked on this series between 1980 and 1981, and made them in homage to her dear friend and lover Joseph Cornell.

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Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection 2018 in Frankfurt
May
29
to Jun 3

Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection 2018 in Frankfurt

The 18th Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection will take place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from May 29 to June 3, 2018!

Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection 2018 Frankfurt

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Throughout six festival days the biggest festival for Japanese film worldwide will once again present more than 100 short and long feature films, including many German, European, and world premieres. The program consists of independent films as well as blockbusters, anime, and documentaries. Numerous filmmakers and artists from Japan will visit the festival to present their works in person.

The accompanying cultural program is just as diverse as the film program: workshops, lectures, panel discussions, performances, exhibitions, and a Japanese market with delicious food...

Festival centers are at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and at Theater Willy Praml in der Naxoshalle. Further locations include the Mal Seh’n Kino, the cinema of the German Film Museum, the theater Die Käs, and the ausstellungsraum Eulengasse.

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TUKURU - Japanese Design and Made Exhibition at Sway Gallery, London
May
22
to May 24

TUKURU - Japanese Design and Made Exhibition at Sway Gallery, London

3 leading UK based Japanese makers come together to present TUKURU at the Sway Gallery exclusively for Clerkenwell Design Week 2018. Ceramics Ikuko Iwamoto, metalsmith Kei Tominaga & mix media artist Naori Priestly will be presenting collections and their interpretation of TUKURU – the Japanese word for ‘create’.

TUKURU Sway Gallery London Japanese Art Exhibition 2018

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Press Brunch: Tuesday 22 May. 11am – 1pm
An exclusive viewing of TUKURU and chance for you to meet all three makers over Japanese tea and nibbles. RSVP essential via: info@sway-gallery.com

Private view: Tuesday 22 May. Sake based cocktail served between 18:00pm – 20:30pm

Drinks receptions: Wednesday 23 May 18:00pm – 20:30pm

Maker demonstrations – Free entry

22 May 4pm to 5pm // Naori Priestly
Modular Origami demonstration
Naori Priestly will demonstrate using paper folding techniques to make 3D structure with paper.

23 May 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm // Ikuko Iwamoto
The Dotty-decoration by Ikuko Iwamoto
Ikuko Iwamoto will decorate the cup by applying dots with syringe-like tool with porcelain slip.

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Ikuko Iwamoto MA RCA (Ceramics)
‘TUKURU means to create, however, it could have broader translations including to cook, to brew, to grow, etc. (All depends on the Chinese letters you apply with it). My background is a farmer who creates crops. My new collection will incorporate old everyday farming tools into my sculptures’.

www.ikuko.space

Kei Tominaga MA (Metalsmith)
When the hands are working, shapes always appear so that “Creating” means “Moving hands” for me. Growing up I was immersed in the environment where always some materials and creating around in my childhood since my mother’s dressmaking work. I was watching how the materials turn into the things/ product and playing with the pieces of material like paper, cloth, string which I can find easily. I still use everyday material as motifs as it’s concept or texture, reflecting those ideas on the metal and creating works by my hands.

www.keitominaga.com

Naori Priestly MA RCA (Mixed Media Artist)
My approach for this group show focuses on a rather cynical way. Tukuru is also meaning of ‘pretend something’. In English, many words feature a silent/magic ‘e’. Likewise, in Japanese some typographic symbols pretend to be words and work like word in the sentence. She has been curious about this creature like symbols.

www.naoripriestly.com

Two these makers will be demonstrating their making skills throughout CDW (please see essential information for event times). This will be one of the very few showcases to display contemporary high-end craft during CDW 2018. All work is available to purchase and welcome bespoke commissions.

About Clerkenwell Design Week

This May will see the ninth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) take place from May 22-24th 2018. As the annual focus for London’s leading design district, the festival programme has been created to reflect the unique nature of this vibrant London hub which is home to a plethora of creative businesses, design consultancies, showrooms and architectural practices.

2018 will again play host to hundreds of design-led fringe events, showroom presentations, workshops, talks and public-facing installations. Activities will run over three days and follow a distinct trail north to south from Spa Fields down to Farringdon.

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Sway Gallery: Miyu Kurihara Japanese Ceramics Solo Exhibition
May
3
to May 19

Sway Gallery: Miyu Kurihara Japanese Ceramics Solo Exhibition

Miyu is a Japanese artist who makes hand-painted ceramics. She draws upon her heritage when creating her ceramic pieces; inspired by both Japanese kimono design and traditional Asian ceramics. All pieces are made by hand and individually drawn with intricate detail.

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Having learned brush techniques and textile design in Japan and London, she incorporates these skills into her work, and uses traditional blue and white porcelain craftsmanship techniques that originated in China and Japan.

Kurihara’s work is especially influenced by Chinese ceramics from the Ming dynasty. She often visits the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum to study their blue and white porcelain collection. Inspired by the depiction of animals and mythical beasts in classic works, her own work consists of a study of classic motifs combined with her original geometric patterns. In this exhibition, in addition to Kurihara’s signature blue and white porcelain works, she will also present her most recent works using new glazes and materials.

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About Miyu Kurihara

Born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1989, Miyu Kurihara grew up in Germany and Japan, and lives and works in London. She received her BA in 2014 from the Department of Product and Textile Design, Tama Art University, Japan, and her MA in 2016 in Textile Design from the Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, London.

https://www.miyukurihara.com/

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One Green Bottle at Soho Theatre, London
Apr
27
to May 19

One Green Bottle at Soho Theatre, London

ONE GREEN BOTTLE at Soho Theatre. Written & directed by Hideki Noda. English translation adapted by Will Sharpe. Starring Hideki Noda, Kathryn Hunter and Glyn Pritchard

 ONE GREEN BOTTLE Production shots © Kishin Shinoyama

ONE GREEN BOTTLE Production shots © Kishin Shinoyama

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Written by prestigious Japanese playwright, director and performer Hideki Noda, One Green Bottle is an existential tragicomic play starring Hideki himself, Olivier Award-winning and acclaimed actor and director Kathryn Hunter and Glyn Pritchard, in an English translation adapted by Will Sharpe. Premiering in the UK by Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Soho Theatre in association with NODA ∙ MAP, One Green Bottle uses the domestic context of an ordinary family to explore themes of intolerance and obsession, selfishness, consumerism, and the very human desire for fulfilment.

A father, a mother and their daughter have all made arrangements to go out on the same night, each to their own commercial heaven, but someone must stay at home to look after their heavily pregnant dog. People are waiting, start-times are looming. Unwilling to give up their plans, bickering spirals to deception and chaos, chained up and trapped within their own house. A social comment on the effect of technology in life and close relationships, One Green Bottle offers a surreal and dark take on the puzzling state of the modern world and the breakdown in communication between people.

"We are delighted to be welcoming back these long-time collaborators. Their remarkable theatrical taste and universally recognisable (sometimes terrifying) stories combine to make unique and thrilling theatre." - Steve Marmion, Soho Theatre Artistic Director 

 ONE GREEN BOTTLE Production shots © Kishin Shinoyama

ONE GREEN BOTTLE Production shots © Kishin Shinoyama

In One Green Bottle all gender roles are reversed. The father is played by acclaimed performer and director Kathryn Hunter whose extensive credits include Hideki Noda’s The Bee, RSC’s Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear and others, Peter Brook’s Valley of Astonishment and Fragments and Robert Lepage’s Cards. Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Artistic Director Hideki Noda himself plays mother and the daughter is played by Glyn Pritchard, whose credits include Katie Mitchell’s Ophelia’s Zimmer, Royal Court Theatre, The Dark Philosophers, National Theatre Wales, Othello directed by Kathryn Hunter for the RSC, Fuente Ovejuna, National Theatre and Hideki Noda’s The Diver (Soho Theatre) and The Bee (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Soho Theatre). The play’s English translation is adapted by Will Sharpe, an award-winning English-Japanese writer, director and actor, responsible for the acclaimed award-winning Channel 4 series Flowers.

“I have been looking forward to returning to Soho Theatre. When I performed The Bee in 2006 for the first time, I felt that my international career started in the true sense of it. Since then, fortunately our shows have always gone down well with Soho Theatre’s audiences. This theatre loves comedy, physical performance and drama. Our show lies at the cross and border of those three. I wish the audience enjoys our show again. When I come back to Soho’s dressing rooms – which is not tidy but it is cosy – I will feel I’m back to my second homeland. And there’s no place like a second home.” - Hideki Noda

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Yoshinkan London Aikido Martial Arts Taster Session
Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Yoshinkan London Aikido Martial Arts Taster Session

Come join Yoshinkan London Aikido for a FREE taster class of Yoshinkan Aikido. 

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Discover a Japanese Martial Art built around using your partners movement and momentum to throw, lock or pin them to the floor!

Whether you're looking for a new hobby or something more involved Aikido is great for fitness, discipline, and most importantly fun!

Ages 15 +
 

 

 

 

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Fes-Tea-Val Tea Festival in London
Apr
21
to Apr 22

Fes-Tea-Val Tea Festival in London

Tea lovers rejoice! To celebrate International Tea Day, Fes-Tea-Val is coming to Chiswick, London this weekend. What better way to spend the weekend then at a festival celebrating our international love for tea. We caught up with the organisers to find out what's in store for Japanese tea lovers.

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Tea is an intrinsic part of both British and Japanese cultures, can you draw any similarities between them?

For hundreds of years tea has brought people together. Visitors and friends, guests at a home, even strangers are often first offered a cup of tea. In both Britain and Japan tea is a vital glue to bring people together.

Marco: The taste of the tea itself is very different between the cultures but the most important thing is the social aspect of tea drinking. In both cultures it brings people together. 

What can fans of Japanese (and other international teas) expect from Fes-Tea-Val?

Fes-Tea-Val will offer the opportunity to try the full range of Japanese teas. Matcha (and the ceremony for preparing it) will feature prominently. Among the more traditional tea also available will be traditional steamed Green tea (Sencha), toasted Kukicha and Genmaicha.

International Tea Day Fes-Tea-Val www.lovejapanmagazine.com 2018 London

Marco: Fes-Tea-Val is a microcosm of the world of tea and there is tea there from all over the world! 

Which types or blends would you recommend to a newbie to Japanese tea drinking?

If new to Japanese tea it is worth noting its flavours tend to be rich and full. Japanese tea is strong in umami flavour and Japanese green tea, when compared with the more familiar Chinese green tea, has vegetal notes of mineral, seaweed, asparagus and spinach. We therefore recommend a newbie ensures they steep (infuse) the leaves for a shorter period (1 minute only).

Japanese Black teas tend to have fruity notes of berry and stone fruit. They are not suitable for milk.Genmaicha is green tea with toasted rice (it literally means ‘rice tea’). So give it a go if you like popcorn!

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Sway Gallery London: Jiji and Kinako on Washi Photography Exhibition
Apr
12
to Apr 25

Sway Gallery London: Jiji and Kinako on Washi Photography Exhibition

The world of Jiji and Kinako through photographs printed on Japanese traditional paper, washi, at Sway Gallery in London.

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One day, at 94, Jiji’s life was turned “down-side-up” by Kinako the Cat. Until Jiji was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he was a very outgoing man, but he gradually lost interest in life and became grumpier than ever. Kinako the Cat turned that around.
This exhibition shows how the border between animals and humans melts. Although Alzheimer’s is a disease that brings sadness and loneliness because of its hollowness, in that hollowness there are points of light that are moments of pure joy, no matter how ephemeral they may be.
Akiko hopes that through this exhibition, the viewers will be filled with Jiji and Kinako’s love, joy, and warmth.

About Akiko DuPont

Documentary photographer based in Tokyo and London. She is interested in how people experience the world and focuses on allowing the subjects’ messages to shine through the photographs she takes.
Her works have appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post Japan, metro.co.uk, and so on.
Part of the sales will be donated by Akiko to the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Sakagura Sake Journey, London
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Sakagura Sake Journey, London

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Travel through the land of sake at Sakagura's Sake Journey.

In 90 minutes, you can make your way around Sakagura, discovering the many different flavours of Japan, with sake, shochu and 8 different Japanese soul food bites.

If you’re still peckish after you’ve completed your 90 minute journey, head to our bar for cocktails and snacks and discover our wide drinks menu. Plus, don’t forget to visit our Sake Shop to pick up your favourite drinks to take home!

Each ticket includes; 

- Entry to the Sake Journey for 90 minutes 

- Tastings from each station (ranging from sake to shochu) 

- Enjoy 8 bites of Japanese soul food 

- A complimentary Ochoko ‘cup’ to use throughout the evening 

- A take-home sake passport with information about each brewery

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PSYDOLL Magnetic Spring Storm Tour 2018
Mar
30
to Apr 8

PSYDOLL Magnetic Spring Storm Tour 2018

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Japanese Cyberpunk band PSYDOLL are on tour this spring.

When and where?

PSYDOLL Magnetic Spring Storm Tour 2018
30th March to 8th April 2018 !
Starter gig 20th March (Tuesday) TOKYO,JPN
30th March (Friday) GLASGOW,UK
31st (Saturday) NEW CASTLE-APON-TYNE,UK
1st April (Sunday) EDINBURGH,UK
4th April (Wednesday) LEEDS,UK
5th April (Thursday) YORK,UK
6th April (Friday) MANCHESTER,UK
7th April (Saturday) BIRMINGHAM,UK
8th April (Sunday) LONDON,UK

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Head to PSYDOLL's Facebook page for full details about each individual gig:

 https://www.facebook.com/events/1461394237304536/


PSYDOLL are a Japanese band from Tokyo, consisting of Nekoi PSYDOLL (built by a scientist apparently and gifted with the ability to sing) and Uchhi (built in a lab hidden in the northernmost island of Japan - he plays guitar). They formed in 1999 and in 2003 played their first British gig at a Goth festival called Beyond the Veil in Leeds. They've since played in other cool London venues such as Resistance Gallery and Electroworkz Slimelight - 'a goth paradise' according to Nekoi!

PSYDOLL recommend heading to Shinjuku if you're a music fan 'noisy, fun, feels like being in a sci-fi film and a bit like a Tokyo toy box' - oh! and they also have a giant Godzilla now too.

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Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival, Tokyo
Mar
24
to Mar 25

Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival, Tokyo

The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL promotes Japanese pop culture to the world.

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The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL began in 2014 as part of the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON PROJECT in response to the increasing number of inbound foreign visitors to the country and seeks to promote the pop culture of Japan, including fashion, music, anime, cuisine and more. 

The theme this year is 'a new kind of Japanese festival' and will including stalls, food, stage events, live performances, ennichi and more.  A multitude of experienced-based and participation-based activities are also planned to hit the festival, including popular fashion for girls, beauty, hair arranging, make-up, fortune telling, workshops etc.

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Daiwa Foundation London: Emergence of Order by Goro Murayama Art Exhibition
Mar
21
to Apr 25

Daiwa Foundation London: Emergence of Order by Goro Murayama Art Exhibition

Goro Murayama’s first UK exhibition presents a series of work prompted by his fascination with the fundamental theories of life systems; self creation in particular.  Created by a process of weaving, painting and drawing Emergence of Order expresses self-organising patterns and processes, incorporating the autonomous decisions provoked by the properties of the materials themselves.

 Self-organized painting [Excessively] © Goro Murayama. Courtesy of Daiwa Foundation

Self-organized painting [Excessively] © Goro Murayama. Courtesy of Daiwa Foundation

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Goro Murayama expresses self-organising processes and patterns through painting and drawings. He is particularly interested in fundamental theories of life systems, namely autopoiesis (self-creation), and the diverse life-like patterns implemented in computer-simulated cellular automata (discrete models studied in science).

In his first UK exhibition, Murayama presents works that gradually grow in structure as he follows a process of weaving a canvas from hemp cords, painting the base, and adding drawings on top. His drawings result from autonomous decisions provoked by the properties of the woven cord, primer or paint that precedes them. Further potential developments open up as a result of the variables latent in the production, resulting in works that have become increasingly complex in structure in recent years. The works develop at different times and paces, deepening the complexity of their forms. They are arbitrarily or randomly selected to proceed, like branches of a tree structure growing in an uncoordinated manner. Murayama’s works attain a unique expression by introducing these self-organising processes into them. For Murayama, painting is a mandala of emergences that appears when the mind, affected by forms and shapes, reiterates and amasses actions.

Goro Murayama will be joined in conversation by Dr Francis Halsall  (Lecturer at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin) in an artist talk on Wednesday 18 April.

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Sway Gallery London: Ordinary People in Tokyo Streets Photography Exhibition
Mar
15
to Mar 28

Sway Gallery London: Ordinary People in Tokyo Streets Photography Exhibition

Gerard Touren is a photographer living in Paris. After great success in Les Rencontres d’Arles in July 2016 and Sway Gallery-Paris  June 2017, this exhibition has arrived at Sway Gallery London.

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"In the streets of Tokyo, I did my best to engage with a population so different from all that I knew until then, and to spontaneously overcome the potential distance between me and my subjects, without compromising my quest for the “unusual” and “light” in my images. I did not fully manage to ‘erase’ this distance, as the respect of rules and the “other” prevail above all else for Tokyoites. Every single one of them, while moving in an incredibly conformed flow, appear like a solitary fragment of an expanding whole in constant motion, ignoring a confusing mix of lighting, audible announcements and flashing signs… hardly noticing the camera of a lost and unlikely westerner".

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Barbican London: Daido Moriyama and Seiji Kurata
Feb
28
to May 27

Barbican London: Daido Moriyama and Seiji Kurata

Barbican Art Gallery presents Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins, featuring photography from Daido Moriyama and Seiji Kurata.

 Daido Moriyama from Japan Photo Theatre, Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Daido Moriyama from Japan Photo Theatre, Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

 Even though there's no sign of any customers.... near Ikebukuro, Hikarimachi Ohashi, 1975. From the series Flash Up, 1975 -1979 ©Seiji Kurata. Collection of Mark Pearson, Zen Foto Gallery

Even though there's no sign of any customers.... near Ikebukuro, Hikarimachi Ohashi, 1975. From the series Flash Up, 1975 -1979 ©Seiji Kurata. Collection of Mark Pearson, Zen Foto Gallery

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Touching on themes of countercultures, subcultures and minorities of all kinds, the show features the work of 20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day.

Another Kind of Life follows the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society from America to India, Chile to Nigeria. The exhibition reflects a more diverse, complex view of the world, as captured and recorded by photographers. Driven by personal and political motivations, many of the photographers sought to provide an authentic representation of the disenfranchised communities with whom they spent months, years or even decades with, often conspiring with them to construct their own identity through the camera lens.

Featuring communities of sexual experimenters, romantic rebels, outlaws, survivalists, the economically dispossessed and those who openly flout social convention, the works present the outsider as an agent of change. 

Japanese photographers Daido Moriyama and Seiji Kurata showcase work shot on the streets of Tokyo - Moriyama presents his seminal 1968 work Japan Photo Theatre focusing on street performers whilst Kurata brings Flash Up, a series capturing gang culture in the Ikebukero and Shinjuku districts.

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Japanese Concert:  Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki
Dec
14
7:45 PM19:45

Japanese Concert: Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki

When? Wed 14th Dec, 7.45pm (doors 7.15)
Where? Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF
Ticket Details: £14: http://tunedin.london/

Love, loss, hardship and a nostalgic pining for one’s hometown are the subject of the Japanese “enka” and “minyo” performed by virtuoso musician Hibiki Ichikawa (Tsugaru shamisen) and Akari Mochizuki (voice). The marriage of the distinctive rhythms of this unusual instrument with Akari’s quintessentially Japanese vocals will transport you to Hibiki’s native Tohoku, north eastern Honshu, the main island of this Far Eastern archipelago.

The tsugaru shamisen is a traditional 3-stringed instrument played using a large pick called a bachi. In recognition of his great skill, Hibiki Ichikawa has been qualified to perform under a “Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa”, which is granted only to the most proficient Japanese artists. Hibiki frequently performs at festivals and formal occasions, including the Japan Matsuri in Trafalgar Square, and at the Japanese Emperor’s birthday celebrations at the Japanese Embassy, as well as at the Edinburgh Festival. 

Akari is from Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture. When she was 3 years old, she started singing enka (a variety of traditional Japanese music which often takes the form of sentimental ballads) thanks to the influence of her father, who was a great fan of the genre. Akari studied drama in Cambridge and modern music in London, and started working as a professional singer in 2009. She has performed at WOMAD 2010, Hyper Japan and Japan Matsuri. 

The venue is a deliciously sumptuous sofa-filled home-crafted cinema like none other, housed in a beautiful building oozing the history both of the neighbourhood and of costume creation. Even the loos are like none other in London!! Uniquely again, a ticket entitles you to free tea/coffee. Stronger stuff is available at the riverside Mayflower Pub, only a few cobble stones away. Sands Films is an inspiringly intimate place to hear fabulous music.

 The venue: Sands Films.  Image by Eleanor Salter Thorn

The venue: Sands Films.  Image by Eleanor Salter Thorn

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