Contact Us Sitemap

What's On

Click to see what's on in these sections

Art in the Age of the Global Environment
The Crucified Lovers (Chikamatsu monogatari)
What Girls Want - The World of Shojo Manga (Girls' Comics) new
Kawaii: Crafting the Japanese Culture of Cute new

Art in the Age of the Global Environment   org

Far beyond the global conception of hyper-modern Tokyo and the consumer wonderland of ‘Cool Japan’, the declining local regions of Japan have, in the past two decades, seen a flowering of startlingly ambitious contemporary art festivals that offer a response to the many crises the country faces today, bringing contemporary art installations, community projects and the latest curatorial trends to the most unlikely places.

Fram Kitagawa, Director of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale and visionary art producer and curator, will speak about his life’s work at the heart of this uniquely creative social movement, and its impact on contemporary art and society in Japan. Kitagawa will outline his socially engaged and environmentally conscious vision of contemporary art that has brought hundreds of Japanese and international artists to the mountains of Niigata and the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. He will be joined in discussion by the curator Jonathan Watkins, Director of Birmingham’s IKON Gallery, who has organised many pioneering shows of Japanese contemporary art in the UK. Following the discussion there will be a Q&A chaired by Adrian Favell, SISJAC and University of Leeds.

Date: 3 December 2015 from 6.00pm

Norwich Cathedral Hostry, The Close Norwich NR1 4DH


This lecture is free to attend, but booking is essential. To book your place for this event, please visit:


Organised by: Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC), Norwich in association with Japan Foundation


Conference - 4 December 2015

The lecture is part of the international conference held the following day on Friday 4 December, examining the relation of dramatic social change in Japan to the social promise of these art movements. The conference will feature two other leading curators from Japan, Mizuki Takahashi of Art Tower Mito and Mizuki Endo of HAPS, Kyoto, as well as a range of distinguished researchers, curators and artists from the UK and Japan. More information via the weblink above.


Image: Two of the works from Echigo-Tsumari in Matsudai, Niigata. In front, Yayoi Kusama, Echigo in Bloom, behind the Nohbutai art centre, designed by MVRDV. Photo by Osamu Nakamura.

Back to Top

The Crucified Lovers (Chikamatsu monogatari)   org

As part of BFI’s LOVE season, the Japan Foundation will co-present two screenings of Kenji Mizoguchi’s tragic tale of a forbidden love affair The Crucified Lovers (Chikamatsu monogatari). Based on a 17th-century play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, the film tells the story of a young wife wrongly accused of committing adultery with her husband’s top apprentice, in an era when the punishment for adultery was crucifixion. Mizoguchi’s portrayal of the lovers' dilemma lead famed Akira Kurosawa to describe the film as "a great masterpiece that could only have been made by Mizoguchi.”

The screenings of The Crucified Lovers will take place on 2 December 2015 (8:40pm) and 6 December 2015 (4:00pm)

For more information, please click here


241 Ticket offer: To enjoy 2 for 1 tickets for the screenings of The Crucified Lovers and others as part of BFI's LOVE season, simply quote LOVEFRIENDS online, in person or over the phone.

Date: 2 December 2015 - 6 December 2015

BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

This event is organised in partnership with BFI

Back to Top

What Girls Want - The World of Shojo Manga (Girls' Comics)   org

Image: © Eiko Hanamura

Shojo Manga – often translated as ‘comics for girls’ – is a genre of Japanese comic books which has a history spanning many decades in Japan. Contrary to its male counterpart ‘Shonen Manga’, Shojo Manga features narratives of sweet love stories, anguished romances and even real-life issues facing women across a vastly broad range of genres. Whether a sci-fi, fantasy or even period drama, the stories reflect the desires and dreams of its mainly female readership, showing truly what girls want.

In this talk Nozomi Masuda, Associate Professor, Konan Women’s University, Japan, will trace the origins of Shojo Manga from its beginnings in girls’ magazine through to its more recent transformations today, questioning what significance the genre has in Japanese society, and what it has been expressing over its diverse and complex themes.

Following the presentation, Manga artist Eiko Hanamura, one of the pioneers of Shojo Manga, will have a conversation with curator and writer on comics Paul Gravett and Masuda. Together they will look into Hanamura’s work, reflecting on her illustrious career of over half a century in the Manga industry, as well as discussing the phenomenon of Shojo Manga and the impact it has had upon Japanese culture and beyond.

Date: 14 December 2015 from 6.30pm

Foyles Bookshop, Level 6
107 Charing Cross Rd, London, WC2H 0DT


This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit:

For more information about Eiko Hanamura, please visit:

Back to Top

Kawaii: Crafting the Japanese Culture of Cute   JPsupported

This exhibition supported by the Japan Foundation explores the many levels of meanings of the word ‘kawaii’. Exploring this notion are a number of Japanese artists using the traditional crafts of Japan, including textiles, urushi (lacquer), ceramics, glass, Ohigashi (sculpting soft bean paste), washi (handmade paper). Combining the seemingly opposing elements of these crafts and popular culture, this exhibition will look at the cultural impact of contemporary crafts.

Date: 30 October 2015 - 12 December 2015

James Hockey & Foyer Galleries, UCA Farnham

For more information, please click here.

Image: Minako Nishiyama, Erica's palpitant Teleppon Club

Back to Top