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Tatsuo Miyajima at the William Morris Gallery
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Pre-Summer Explorers!   org

From anime to 70's horror, drama to eye-opening documentaries, discover soemthing for everyone with our brand new season of free Japanese cinema screenings.

Saturday 4 August 2018 - 4 Richmond Mews (via Richmond Buildings), London, W1D 3DH

NHK WORLD-JAPAN Double Bill (Part 1) 5:15pm (English subtitles)
A Tale of Love & Honour: Life in Gion Dir. Maki Kubochi, 2017, 49min | Image: © NHK
Take a peek into the distinct district of Gion in Kyoto and witness the proud and wistful stories of people belonging to this secret world.
Living Ninja Legend Masaaki Hatsumi 2016, 49 min | Image: © NHK
Masaaki Hatsumi, 84 years old, is a living ninja in modern times. This documentary investigates the hidden power of this ninja master.

House 7:20pm (English subtitles,  suitable for ages 15+) Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977, 88min |  

Miyuki (Kimiko Ikegami) was excited to spend the summer with her father, until she found out his young wife would be joining them. Instead, she decides to take six of her friends to her aunt’s house in the countryside, and one by one, strange things start happening to them. 

Sunday 5 August 2018: Courthouse Hotel Cinema - 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HL

Summer Wars  2.15pm (suitable for ages 12+) Dir. Mamoru Hosoda, 2009, 114min | 

Kenji Koiso is a 17-year-old maths genius who is invited by his crush Natsuki on a summer trip. Shortly after arriving at Natsuki's family's estate, he receives a strange, coded message on his cell phone from an unknown sender who challenges him to solve it. Will Kenji be able to crack the code and save the world from danger?


NHK WORLD-JAPAN Double Bill (Part 2) 4.30pm (English subtitles)
 My Small Steps to Hiroshima 2016, 50min Image ©  NHK
Kaoru Ogura dedicated his life to telling the world about Hiroshima, where the first atomic bomb was dropped. This documentary recounts the life and work of Ogura and his fellow anti-nuclear activists.
The Phone of the Wind 2016, 49 mins  | Image © NHK
On a hill overlooking the sea in northern Japan is a phone booth known as the "Phone of the Wind". It is connected to nowhere, but many people come here to "call" their loved ones lost in the 2011 tsunami…


Kikujiro 6.40pm (English subtitles, suitable for ages 12+) Dir. Takeshi Kitano, 1999, 122min |

Young Masao decides to embark on a journey from Tokyo to Toyohashi, in Aichi, to find his long-lost mother. Keeping it a secret from the grandmother he lives with, his elderly neighbour Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano) decides to accompany him on his trip. 

Saturday, 11 August 2018: Soho Hotel Cinema- 4 Richmond Mews (via Richmond Buildings), London, W1D 3DH

Only Yesterday 2.15pm (English subtitles, PG) Dir. Isao Takahata, 1991, 118min

 Office worker Taeko decides to take a break from Tokyo during the summer to spend time in the countryside, somewhere she hasn’t been for nearly two decades. This early work by Studio Ghibli is directed by the late Isao Takahata.



Napping Princess 4.40pm (English subtitles, PG) Dir. Kenji Kamiyama, 1991, 111min |

 Kokone should be studying for her university entrance exams, but when she sleeps, her daily life is swapped for the fantastic world of Heartland. When events in the dream world start mirroring those in the real world, she finds herself drawn into battles in both.


Mitsuko Delivers 7.00pm (English subtitles, age rating to be confirmed) Dir. Yuya Ishii, 2011, 109min | © “Mitsuko Delivers” Film Partners

Mitsuko (Riisa Naka) is down on her luck. Despite being dumped by the boyfriend whose baby she’s carrying, jobless, and penniless, she’s sunnily optimistic and decides to go back to her hometown to help those around her. 


Short Japanese Language Taster Sessions
 on 11th August!
 3.30pm-6.30pm, Screen 2 @ Soho Hotel Cinema

Have you ever wanted to introduce yourself like a Japanese film character?
We will be running short language taster sessions for beginners focusing on
Japanese in Anime/Manga. Anyone can drop by and take part,
so please come along to get involved!

Date: 4 August 2018 - 11 August 2018

4 August - Soho Hotel Cinema, 4 Richmond Mews (via Richmond Buildings), London, W1D 3DH

5 August - Courthouse Hotel Cinema, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HL

11 August - Soho Hotel Cinema, 4 Richmond Mews (via Richmond Buildings), London, W1D 3DH

For more information, download our eflyer


Booking: These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential. To book a place via Eventbrite, please visit the following links:


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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.

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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 

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