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London Design Biennale 2016
Shining Stars: Idols in Japanese Cinema in the 1980s and 1990s
Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016
Ninagawa x Shakespeare - Talk by Yuriko Akishima new
Talk by author Miri Yu new
Koki Tanaka: Liverpool Biennial 2016

London Design Biennale 2016   org

The Japan Foundation will represent Japan at the first London Design Biennale, which takes place this September at Somerset House and features over 30 countries taking part from all over the world. The inaugural Biennale will feature artist Yasuhiro Suzuki, whose installation titled A Journey Around the Neighbourhood Globe will invite visitors to change the way they look at everyday things.


Date: 7 September 2016 - 27 September 2016
Venue:

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA


For more information, please visit the London Design Biennale website.

Image: Large-sized Aerial Being © Yasuhiro Suzuki Installation view at Musashino Art University, 2016

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Shining Stars: Idols in Japanese Cinema in the 1980s and 1990s   org


‘Idol’ is a term which has become a ubiquitous feature of Japanese culture. Packaged as cute, adolescent starlets, idols appear in both film and TV and are known for their singing and acting in often equal measure. While the trend has continued since the 1960s, this film season focuses on the paramount period of the 1980s, an era considered the ‘Heyday of Japanese Idol Films’ when idols regularly graced the silver screen and simultaneously topped the pop charts, as well as the following decade of the 1990s as a comparison. The stars in the selected films were all household names in Japan, but how many can you recognise?

Saturday, 20 August 2016
11:00am The Tragedy of “W”
  Directed by Shinichiro Sawai / 1984 / 108 mins / Colour / English subtitles
1:10pm
Four Sisters
  Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi / 1985 / 100 mins / Colour / English subtitles
3:10pm
Miss Lonely
  Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi / 1985 / 112 mins / Colour / English subtitles  
5:20pm
Young Girls in Love
  Directed by Kazuki Omori / 1986 / 98 mins / Colour / English subtitles
Monday, 22 August 2016
7:00pm Memories of You
  Directed by Shinichiro Sawai / 1988 / 104 min / English Subtitles
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
7:00pm The Pale Hand
  Directed by Seijiro Koyama / 1990 / 100 mins / Colour / English subtitles
Saturday, 27 August 2016
11:00am Tokyo Heaven
  Directed by Shinji Somai / 1990 / 108 mins / Colour / English subtitles 
1:10pm
Swimming Upstream
  Directed by Joji Matsuoka / 1990 / 95 mins / Colour / English subtitles
4:50pm
Summer Holiday Everyday
  Directed by Shusuke Kaneko / 1994 / 94 mins / Colour / English subtitles 
6:45pm
Good-bye for Tomorrow
  Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi / 1995 / 140 mins / Colour / English subtitles 


Special Talk by Dr Kate Taylor-Jones, University of Sheffield

Saturday, 27 August 2016, 3:30pm

Dr Taylor-Jones will give an overview of idol cinema in Japan from a historical
point of view, charting the genre’s significance, its surge in popularity in the 1980s
and 1990s, while reflecting on the Japanese film industry as a whole. This talk will
complement the films in the programme and will shed light on this often-overlooked
genre and era of Japanese cinema.


Date: 20 August 2016 - 27 August 2016
Venue:

Goethe-Institut London
50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH

For details of how to reach the venue, please click here


To download the flyer, please click here

Booking:

These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential.
To book a place, please visit: shining-stars.eventbrite.co.uk


Main image: Miss Lonely (dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1985)

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Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016   org

The Japan Foundation, in collaboration with Yellow Earth and StoneCrabs Theatre Company present a new monthly series of events, to introduce to UK audiences the work of some of Japan’s most outstanding playwrights, all of which will be heard in English for the first time.

Part One

GLOBAL BABY FACTORY

Written by Atsuto Suzuki
Translated by Sayaka Rui
Directed by Kumiko Mendl


Synopsis: Sunako is fast approaching 40 and pressure is mounting for her to find a husband. A marriage is arranged with Junichi and it's not long before a baby is on the way but tragedy strikes and Sunako is forced to undergo a hysterectomy. Devastated, she seeks surrogacy in India, where the 'rent a womb' business is thriving. But, what does that mean for the renter and the rented? Atsuto Suzuki's surreal satire takes a look at what happens when two very different worlds collide in the search for life and survival.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A with playwright Atsuto Suzuki.

"Some fabulous theatre writing from Japan"
★★★★ London Theatre 1 for Suzuki's 'The Bite' seen at Yellow Earth's Typhoon Festival at Rich Mix

Image: Tsukasa Aoki


Date: 1 September 2016 from 7.00pm
Venue:

The Studio Theatre, RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art)
16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX

For details of how to reach the venue please visit: www.rada.ac.uk/contact/location-map


Booking:

Tickets for this event are priced at £6 (concessions £5). To purchase tickets, please click here.

Upcoming events as part of the Staged Readings 2016 series:

October
PART TWO:
GOT TO MAKE THEM SING!
Written by Ai Nagai
  November
PART THREE:
PIGHEAD
Written by Toshinobu Kojo
  December
PART FOUR:
THE SUN
Written by Tomohiro Maekawa

 

This series is organised by the Japan Foundation, StoneCrabs Theatre Company and Yellow Earth Theatre. The project was instigated by StoneCrabs Theatre Company and Yellow Earth Theatre.

Main image: PIGHEAD Inspired by William Golding's "The Lord of the Flies" by Toshinobu Kojo

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Ninagawa x Shakespeare - Talk by Yuriko Akishima   org

Yukio Ninagawa was an internationally renowned Japanese theatre director best known for his stylish and innovative stage interpretation. Throughout his vast career, Ninagawa was particularly drawn to William Shakespeare's work and presented his fresh take on 26 of the Bard's 37 plays. Ninagawa strove to foster intercultural communication through his visually stunning adaptations and helped audiences both in the UK and around the world rediscover Shakespeare's classics from a new perspective.

Following his recent death in May this year, Yuriko Akishima, a freelance journalist and dramaturg that had worked closely with Ninagawa for decades, will explore the director's achievements in this illustrated talk, drawing on a selection of climatic examples of his Shakespeare productions. With 2016 marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, Akishima will examine how this globally well-known literature has been reinvented and illustrated on the stage through Ninagawa's visionary and challenging work that earned him numerous awards, honours, and fans.


Date: 21 September 2016 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London
Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS


Booking:

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

Image: Cymbeline © Takahiro Watanabe

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Talk by author Miri Yu   org

Miri Yu is a multi award-winning Japanese author of Korean descent from Yokohama, Japan. Although now known foremost for prose, Yu's artist life started as an actress in the Tokyo Kid Brothers theatre troupe, before her attentions turned to playwriting, and literary works of both fiction and non-fiction. Through Yu's (semi)autobiographical literary endeavours, Yu found catharsis for the turbulent childhood she lived through. Yu's works cover a range of real-life topics, such as Japan's high suicide rate, the neglect of children, and the troubles faced by those of arguably ambiguous national identity, such as the zainichi kankokujin group (ethnic Koreans born and raised in Japan), a number of which Yu has first-hand experience of. Yu has won numerous awards for her works, including the coveted Akutagawa Prize in 1997 for Kazoku Shinema ("Family Cinema"), and has a vast readership in both Japan and South Korea, with her works being translated into several other languages, including Gold Rush which was translated into English in 2002 by Stephen Snyder. Tilted Axis Press will be releasing the English translation of Yu's 2014 JR Ueno-eki koen-guchi (“JR Ueno Station Park Entrance”) in 2018.

In anticipation of her new translation, the Japan Foundation is proud to host a special talk with Miri Yu, who will discuss her works and colourful life in conversation with Tilted Axis Press Founder Deborah Smith. Together they will explore various topics, such as the blurry boundary between fiction and real life experiences in Yu's works, and how her works echo modern Japan's issues and resonate with her readership.


Date: 23 September 2016 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Impact Hub King's Cross, 34B York Way, London N1 9AB


Booking:

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

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Koki Tanaka: Liverpool Biennial 2016   JPsupported

Koki Tanaka is an artist based in Los Angeles and Kyoto whose diverse practice spans video, photography, site-specific installation and interventional projects. For his Liverpool Biennial 2016 commission, Tanaka will revisit the scene of a huge protest in Liverpool in 1985. Tanaka’s work as a result of this project will be on display at the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.


Date: 9 July 2016 - 16 October 2016
Venue:

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
More details: http://www.biennial.com/2016/exhibition


For more information, please click here.

Image: Koki Tanaka, Provisional Studies Action #6, 1985 School Students’ Strike, 2016. Installation view at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool Biennial 2016. Photo: Mark McNulty

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