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Pre-Summer Explorers! new
Summer Explorers! 2018 new
Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2018: Call for Participation! new
Tatsuo Miyajima at the William Morris Gallery
Japanese Artists at Supersonic Festival
UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2018

Pre-Summer Explorers!   org

From anime to 70's horror, drama to eye-opening documentaries, discover something 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
Living Ninja Legend Masaaki Hatsumi  2016, 49 min | Image: © NHK

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

Maths genius Kenji is invited by his crush Natsuki on a summer trip. 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
The Phone of the Wind 2016, 49 mins  | Image © NHK

Kikujiro 6.40pm (English subtitles, suitable for ages 12+) Dir. Takeshi Kitano, 1999, 122min
Young Masao decides to embark on a journey to find his long-lost mother. 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 Taeso 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. Along the way, her childhood memories come pouring back to her. 

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. 



Mitsuko Delivers 7.00pm (English subtitles) Dir. Yuya Ishii, 2011, 109min | © “Mitsuko Delivers” Film Partners
After being dumped by the boyfriend whose baby she’s carrying, Mitsuko 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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Summer Explorers! 2018   org

Our popular Summer Explorers free film season returns! From puppetoon animation to Samurai comedy, and a film version of Japan's mega hit TV drama, we have something to suit all ages and tastes.

Sunday 12th August 2018: Courthouse Hotel Cinema - 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HL

His Master's Voice  2:00pm & 6:40pm  Dir. Hiroyuki Itaya, 2014 | 95 min
In order to cheer up their little son, Sadakichi (Mayuta Fukuzaki) and his wife ask their gloomy looking neighbour, Taihei (Taihei Hayashiya), a former Rakugo storyteller, to give a performance for him. Sadakichi is deeply moved by his performance and hopes to become Taihei's apprentice.

Giovanni's Island  4:15pm  Dir. Mizuho Nishikubo, 2014 | 104 min
In the aftermath of World War Two, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast. On this unhealed border, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events.

Saturday 18th August 2018: Regent Street Cinema - 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW

Chieri and Cherry  2:30pm  Dir. Makoto Nakamura, 2015 | 54 min
The only friend Chieri has is a stuffed animal Cherry; it talks to her, helping her go through life in place of her late father. When she visits her grandmother's house, they find a stray dog giving birth to puppies, but a mean crow and strange monster come to steal them. Can Chieri and Cherry keep them safe?

Cat Samurai  3:50pm  Dirs. Takeshi Watanabe and Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, 2014 | 100 min
Masterless samurai Kyutaru Madarame (Kazuki Kitamura) is hired by a dog-loving gang to get rid of a rival gang's cat. The only problem - when Madarame comes face to face with the cat in question, he can't go through with it... and is now the target of both gangs!

Oshin  5:50pm  Dir. Shin Togashi, 2013 | 109 min
In 1907, 7-year-old Oshin is traded for 60kg of rice and sent to work in a lumber shop. Suspected of theft by the owners, she runs away into the mountains during a blizzard. Found by the kind Shunsaku, Oshin learns how to read and write, and the importance of independent thinking. A remake of the biggest hit drama in Japanese TV history.

Date: 12 August 2018 - 18 August 2018

12 August - Courthouse Hotel Cinema, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HL
18 August - Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW


To download the flyer, click here

These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click below:


Image credits:
His Master's Voice - image: copyright His Master's Voice Film Partners
Chieri and Cherry - image: copyright Chieri and Cherry Partners
Cat Samurai - image: copyright 2014 Neko Samurai Production Committee
Oshin - image: copyright Oshin Film Partners

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Japanese Study Seminar in Alsace 2018: Call for Participation!   org

The Japan Foundation and Centre Européen d'Études Japonaises d'Alsace (CEEJA) are now accepting applications for participation in this year’s Japanese Study Seminar scheduled for 15 to 16 October 2018 at CEEJA, in Kientzheim, France. The official language of the seminar will be JAPANESE (no interpretation).

The Japan Foundation and CEEJA have carried out a series of seminars since 2007, with an aim to encourage networking among young researchers on Japan in Europe and further promote Japanese studies in Europe.

Participants will join a two-day intensive workshop in the cozy and intimate atmosphere of CEEJA's facility in Kientzheim where they will present and discuss their current research projects with fellow participants and a guest mentor.

The theme of this year’s seminar will be 'Transfiguration of employment at the time of globalization and technical innovation: A question about Japanese employment practice in the present and the future (グローバル化と技術革新の時代における雇用の変貌:日本型雇用慣行の現在・将来を問う).'

We are calling for applications from young researchers in Europe specialising in Sociology, Gender Studies, Literature, History, Arts, Language, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, etc.

The deadline for applications is Friday July 6, 2018.

For further details including eligibility and application procedures, please visit the Japan Foundation Tokyo website here.

Date: 15 October 2018 - 16 October 2018

Centre Européen d'Études Japonaises d'Alsace (CEEJA), Kientzheim, France

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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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UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2018   JPsupported

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2018 brings together sixth form and high school students from the UK and Japan to take part in an exciting series of activities during which students will learn about each other’s culture, society and language and discuss solutions to global problems.

The theme of the 2018 UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is ‘Our Life in an Ageing Society - How the young generation can solve various problems associated with ageing’ and students from a range of backgrounds will discuss this from medical, social and technical points of view.

The programme will also include three events open to the public including a symposium examining problems in an ageing society. More information can be found on the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge Website.

Date: 28 July 2018 - 4 August 2018

University College London (UCL), University of Cambridge, Rikkyo School in England

For more information please see the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge website.

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2018 is supported by the Japan Foundation London Grant Programme for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.

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