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Artist Talk: Noritake Kinashi
MODE curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Talk: Kengo Kuma on architecture and Identity
Noh Reimagined 2018: Sublime Illusions
The Influence of Japanese Architecture – Royal Academy Architecture Awards Week new
Tatsuo Miyajima at the William Morris Gallery
Japanese Artists at Supersonic Festival

Artist Talk: Noritake Kinashi   org

*Venue Change: Please note that the venue for this event has changed to Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL*

In June 2018, the work of anglophile and polymath Noritake Kinashi will be appearing in a new exhibition, introducing the latest phase of his ongoing creative project ‘REACH OUT’. Also an actor, musician and comedian, Kinashi will showcase a series of paintings created as a result of his unique observational point of view, with his dynamic and non-conformist, yet ever-evolving brush style.

To celebrate his first show in the UK, Kinashi, in conversation with Dr Lena Fritsch, a specialist in 20th and 21st century Japanese art and photography, will discuss how he draws inspiration from everyday life, and how his art activities influence his acting and comedy performance, and vice versa.

About speakers

Noritake Kinashi:

Kinashi started his professional career as a comedian in the early 80s. He quickly became a household name, not only as a comedian, but also as a singer and actor. Since making his artistic debut in 1994, his works have been exhibited in numerous museums including the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa (Japan) and the Ueno Royal Museum (Tokyo, Japan) as well as in a solo exhibition in New York in 2015. This year saw him take the leading role in the film INUYASHIKI, for which he was awarded the 2018 Golden Raven at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

Dr Lena Fritsch:

Dr Fritsch is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum (University of Oxford). Prior to joining the Ashmolean in 2017, she was Assistant Curator of International Art at Tate Modern, co-curating exhibitions on Agnes Martin in 2015 and Giacometti in 2017. Fritsch studied Art History, Japanese Studies, and English Studies in Bonn University, Germany and Keio University in Japan.

Noritake Kinashi's first solo exhibition in London '-moment-' will run at Protein, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EY from 21st to 24th June, 11:00-19:00 (until 17:00 on the 24th).

Date: 19 June 2018 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Conway Hall (Main Hall), 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL


This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click here. If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know when booking by contacting Unfortunately we are unable to provide sign language interpreting.

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MODE curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto   org

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

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

Ryuichi Sakamoto himself will open the series, performing in collaboration with Alva Noto at the Barbican Centre on 20 June, with another performance later in the series yet to be announced.

Date: 19 June 2018 - 8 July 2018

Various venues across London and the UK

For more information and the full programme of events, please visit:

MODE is presented by Thirty Three Thirty Three (33-33) in partnership with the Japan Foundation London and other organisations

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Talk: Kengo Kuma on architecture and Identity   org

**Please note the venue has now changed due to overwhelming demand for tickets. The new venue is Old Theatre, LSE Old Building, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE**


As his first UK building nears completion, acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will speak about architecture and identity, exploring the relationship between place, building tradition and landscape. Opening in September 2018, The V&A Dundee is set to redefine the identity of the city and build upon its status as a UNESCO City of Design. Kuma will discuss his work in cities around the world, including London and Tokyo, where his National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is under construction.


A public lecture hosted by the London School of Architecture and LSE Cities, in partnership with The Japan Foundation

Date: 23 June 2018 from 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Old Theatre, LSE Old Building, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE

For more information, please click here.

This event is free to attend, but booking is essential. Booking opens on 8 June 2018, and can be done by clicking here

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Noh Reimagined 2018: Sublime Illusions   org

After the success of Noh Reimagined in 2016, we're pleased to accounce its return for 2018 - Noh Reimagined: Sublime Illusions.

This year's edition will showcase Mugen ("phantasmal") Noh - a genre of Noh in which the main actor appears as a ghost in the dream of a travelling monk, who is played by the supporting actor. The ghost then tells the tragic story of its past life, expressing deep regret and lamentations, hoping to find peace through the monk's prayers for it.

Bringing together top Noh performers from Japan with British artists and neuroscientists, join us for this two-day festival, with its interdisciplinary performances, workshops, and talks, to explore time, space, and symbolism in Noh theatre.

Date: 29 June 2018 - 30 June 2018

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

For more information, please click here.

Curated and produced by mu:arts and International Noh Project Committee, Tokyo, in partnership with Kings Place, Japan Foundation, and the Noh Theatre Research Institute, Hosei University

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The Influence of Japanese Architecture – Royal Academy Architecture Awards Week   org

As part of the Royal Academy’s Architecture Awards week, the Japan Foundation is working in partnership with the Royal Academy to present a panel discussion on the influence of Japanese architecture. This talk will cover Japanese housing design, building methods and architectural styles.

There will be speakers including:

  • Itsuko Hasegawa - winner of the inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize (translated by Sakiko Kohashi)
  • Rebecca Salter RA - Keeper of the RA Schools
  • Peter Salter - architect and Professor of Architectural Design at the University of Cardiff
  • Takeshi Hayatsu - founder, Hayatsu Architects

Date: 6 July 2018 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly


Please book your place via the Royal Academy website, please click here. Tickets cost £15 (£9 concessions).

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Tatsuo Miyajima at the William Morris Gallery   JPsupported

This new display at the William Morris Gallery features work by Tatsuo Miyajima, one of Japan's foremost contemporary artists. Through his work he explores the concept of time, incorporating original material made around the establishment of Greenwich Mean Time in 1884 with his trademark "Miyajima numbers". For his latest work, Miyajima has collaborated with William Morris, using his iconic Bird fabric from 1878 to create a new work in the series.

Date: 16 June 2018 - 23 September 2018

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4PP

Admission is free.

For more information please visit:

Image: © Tatsuo Miyajima; courtesy Lisson Gallery

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Japanese Artists at Supersonic Festival   JPsupported

Starting as a one-day event in Birmingham in 2003, Supersonic Festival is now an internationally renowned experimental music and arts festival, curated and produced by Capsule, which brings together live performances by some of the world’s most extraordinary artists along with visual art and audience participation.

This year’s programme will feature a number of artists from Japan including avant-garde synth wave duo group A, multi-instrumentalist YoshimiO and Osaka based experimental rhythmists Goat.

Date: 22 June 2018 - 24 June 2018

Digbeth, Birmingham 

For more information please visit:

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