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The Children's Bookshow
Ryoji Ikeda - Test Pattern Live
Poetry in Stop Motion - New Expressions in Japanese Animation: A Talk by Prof Yuichi Ito
Transnational Cities: Tokyo and London
The World’s a Stage: Yukio Ninagawa’s Work, Career and His Legacy new
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017
Raindance Film Festival 2017
Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture
Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine
British Museum presents: Hokusai

The Children's Bookshow   org

For the 2017 edition of the Children’s Bookshow, an annual tour aiming to inspire children with books, the Japan Foundation is delighted to be a partner in bringing Japanese author Megumi Iwasa and illustrator Jun Takabatake to the UK for two special events.

Iwasa and Takabatake will appear alongside translator Cathy Hirano at Foyles, London on 25 September 2017 and Stafford Gatehouse on 27 September 2017, providing a fascinating insight into the life and work of an author, an illustrator and a translator. The event in Stafford will also feature live drawings and readings by the speakers.

For more information and booking details for the event at Foyles (25 September 2017) please click here

For more details about the event at Stafford Gatehouse (27 September 2017) please click here

Date: 25 September 2017 - 27 September 2017

The Children’s Bookshow 2017 nationwide tour will run from 22 September to 24 November 2017 visiting a number of local theatre venues around the UK. For more details, please visit the Children Bookshow website.

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Ryoji Ikeda - Test Pattern Live   org

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda will perform Test Pattern, an audiovisual work presenting intense flickering black and white imagery synchronised to a powerful soundtrack. Exploring the relationship between art and sound by orchestrating sound, images, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions, Ikeda’s latest material is the result of almost 20 years of research.

Performances times: Thursday, 28 September 2017: 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

The Japan Foundation is pleased to present this project in partnership with Thirty Three Thirty Three, The Barbican and Selfridges.

Date: 28 September 2017

The Selfridges Old Hotel at Selfridges Oxford Street, London

For more information, please click here.
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Poetry in Stop Motion - New Expressions in Japanese Animation: A Talk by Prof Yuichi Ito   org

Employing clay, models and real-life objects, Prof Yuichi Ito is an animation director and creator of numerous popular TV shows, commercials and music videos known for using a variety of animation techniques to create a distinct and original aesthetic. The creator behind the beloved NHK TV show Knyacki! , Prof Ito is also a leading figure in the Japanese animation industry and teaches at the Tokyo University of the Arts where he has inspired a new generation of Japanese animators, pushing the boundaries with new expressions and promoting an experimental spirit.

In conjunction with the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017, this special talk in London will reveal Prof Ito’s creative process in bringing his animated creations to life and his reasons for exploring many different animation approaches, from CGI through to stop motion. Drawing on his wealth of experience, world-class animator Prof Ito will cast a professional eye over the current animation industry in Japan and discuss what makes a good animator and animation.

After his presentation, Prof Ito will be joined for a discussion by Abigail Addison, co-founder and director of Animate Projects.

Date: 29 September 2017 from 6.30pm

Curzon Soho (Screen 3), 99 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5DY


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

This event is organised in association with the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival.

The 2017 festival will take place at Chapter, Cardiff (29 September to 1 October 2017) and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Abersytwyth (28 October 2017). For more details, please visit:

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Transnational Cities: Tokyo and London   org

Transnational Cities is an international symposium, hosted by Tate Research Centre: Asia together with TrAIN Research Centre, UAL, and in association with the Japan Foundation, examining the historical interconnectedness of cultures in Tokyo and London.

The first day explores Tokyo’s transnational histories and futures. The second day looks at the intersections and points of contact among multiple cultures and diverse artistic legacies in London. Keynote lectures will be delivered by Sonia Boyce, Reiko Tomii and Lee Ufan.

Date: 29 September 2017 - 30 September 2017 from 10.00am to 6.00pm

The Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

To find out more, please visit:

Image: Lee Ufan, From Line 1978. Tate. © Lee Ufan

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The World’s a Stage: Yukio Ninagawa’s Work, Career and His Legacy   org

Yukio Ninagawa was Japan’s best-known stage director, whose work was marked by its astonishing interpretation and visual imagination. Continually drawn to staging works of literary greats, Ninagawa often harmonised theatre traditions of the east and west through productions of Greek tragedies, Shakespearean plays and much more. Creating worlds of wonder and beauty, Ninagawa’s work transcended language barriers and received widespread critical acclaim internationally including in the UK.

On the occasion of the commemorative performances of Macbeth at Barbican and Theatre Royal Plymouth, co-produced by the Japan Foundation, and in celebration of Ninagawa’s longstanding relationship with the UK, Hiroko Yamaguchi, theatre critic for the Asahi Shimbun newspaper will draw on her vast knowledge and experience of the masterful director’s great body of work. Co-author of the book Ninagawa Yukio no shigoto (“The Work of Yukio Ninagawa”) who has observed Ninagawa’s epic productions both inside and outside of Japan, Yamaguchi will examine Ninagawa’s style and creativity in the past and consider his influence on the global stage. Joined in conversation by Conor Hanratty, a theatre and opera director who also had the opportunity to attend Ninagawa’s rehearsals in Japan, they will discuss where Ninagawa’s legacy lies and consider his unparalleled contribution to not only Japanese performing arts but also the theatre world as a whole.

Date: 7 October 2017 from 3.00pm

Bush House (King’s College London, Lecture Theatre One), 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4PH


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


Ninagawa Company’s Macbeth will be performed at Barbican Centre (5-8 October 2017) and Theatre Royal Plymouth (13-14 October 2017). Both performances are co-produced by the Japan Foundation.

Special thanks to the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University

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Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2017   org

The 2017 edition of the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival, organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, will showcase the best in both mainstream and independent anime and feature a host of Welsh premieres including Masaaki Yuasa's The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (pictured) and Shukou Murase's SF thriller Genocidal Organ – a real treat for fans of all kinds of animation!

Following the festival’s opening weekend at Chapter in Cardiff, a selection of the films will then be shown at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Date: 29 September 2017 - 28 October 2017

Chapter, Cardiff: 29 September 2017 – 1 October 2017
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 28 October 2017

For more information, please click here.

Image: The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (dir. Masaaki Yuasa, 2017)

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Raindance Film Festival 2017   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to support the Way Out East strand at this year's Raindance Film Festival, a strand showcasing an exciting and wide variety of contemporary Japanese films by both up-and-coming and well-established filmmakers. This year's line-up features a number of UK premieres, including Atsuko Hirayanagi's Cannes-screened debut Oh Lucy!, Eiji Uchida's latest Love and Other Cults, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's kendo drama Mukoku and many more. For full details of the Japanese films being shown as part of the festival, please visit:

Date: 20 September 2017 - 1 October 2017

Vue Leicester Square, 3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7AL

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Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to support the first institutional solo exhibition of Jiro Takamatsu to take place outside of Japan, presented by the Henry Moore Institute. Comprising over seventy sculptures, drawings and documents loaned from collection in Japan, USA and Europe, the exhibition celebrates the work of this leading figure of post-war art, tracing Takamatsu's artistic practice through his exhibition history.

Date: 13 July 2017 - 22 October 2017

The Henry Moore Institute
74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH

For more information, please click here.

Jiro Takamatsu, documentary photography of 'Temporary Enclosure of Carioca Building Construction Site' (1971). Unidentified photographer. © The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates / Stephen Friedman Gallery / Fergus McCaffrey

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Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine   JPsupported

A collateral programme for the Folkestone Triennial, the major exhibition Leaving Language in a Japanese Limousine comprises work by a number of contemporary Japanese artists spanning video, sculpture, painting, drawing and performance. Participating artists include Tatsumi Orimoto, Noe Aoki, Midori Mitamura and many more.

Date: 2 September 2017 - 22 October 2017

The Metropole Gallery, Folkestone

For more information, please click here.

Image: Echo Tides - anti cool

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British Museum presents: Hokusai  

British Museum presents: Hokusai is a groundbreaking documentary offering an exclusive private view of the British Museum major exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave. Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Using Ultra HD video technology and stunning close-ups, the film will reveal the extraordinary detail in the work of Hokusai on the big screen – a real feast for the eyes!

From Sunday, 4 June 2017, the film will be screened at a vast number of cinemas across the United Kingdom. To find your nearest venue, please visit:

Date: 4 June 2017


Image: Clear day with a southern breeze ('Red Fuji') from Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. © British Museum.

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