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Voices from the Japanese Avant-garde Music Scene:
Talk and Performance by Musician and Vocalist Koichi Makigami
Primary Japanese Resource Sharing workshop
Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016
Part 4: The Sun by Tomohiro Maekawa
Shinsuke Ogawa and Ogawa Pro: Collective filmmaking and the culture of dissidence
Japanese Culture Day
London International Animation Festival 2016 new
Here and Now

Voices from the Japanese Avant-garde Music Scene:
Talk and Performance by Musician and Vocalist Koichi Makigami

Koichi Makigami is an internationally acclaimed musician and avant-garde vocalist with a very distinct voice. Also the leader and vocalist of the now legendary band Hikashu, Makigami regularly performs and records solo vocal experiments, combining elements of Japanese theatre traditions and presenting an exciting and energetic array of vocal acrobatics and personalities. Makigami’s compositions and improvisations have gained him numerous fans around the world and have inspired collaborations both within and beyond the field of music.

A musician with a colourful and eclectic career, Makigami will talk about his inspirations, the basis of his work and his career as a solo artist as well as the leader of Hikashu, while reflecting on Tokyo’s underground music scene in the late 70s through to today.

Joined in conversation by Dr Alan Cummings, music journalist and lecturer at SOAS, Makigami will talk about his international collaborations, discussing the potential of these practices and suggesting how music can be a connecting force between different cultures and disciplines.

During the event, there will be a short performance by Koichi Makigami.

Date: 3 December 2016 from 7.00pm

The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD
(Nearest tube station: Russell Square)

For details of how to reach the venue, please visit: 


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

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Primary Japanese Resource Sharing workshop   org

In this free workshop, primary school teachers at all levels of Japanese proficiency will share teaching materials and ideas that can inspire their pupils.

Resource Sharing:
This event will bring together primary teachers of Japanese to share their ideas about what went well with their Japanese teaching over the last year. There will be information about how teachers have used the scheme of work, how they improved the resources, what worked best, as well as introduce other useful resources or ideas that they have tried in their classes.

The Japan Foundation Scheme of Work for Primary Schools:
This event will also introduce new resources that can be used alongside the Japan Foundation’s Japanese Scheme of Work for Key Stage 2 – for Year 4 and 5s.  This will help give teachers of Japanese information and ideas to continue teaching Japanese for the second and third years.

The resources follow the Japan Foundation Japanese Scheme of Work for Primary Schools, which is packed full of lesson plans, resources and exciting and fun ideas for teaching primary-level Japanese to Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 pupils. These teaching materials have been created by the Japan Foundation’s Chief Language Advisor Makoto Netsu, and have been tested with two classes of Year 4 pupils at Southfield Primary School. Participants will additionally have access to exclusive draft versions of the resources, and Mr Netsu will give explanations about how he has used them, and how they might be adapted for other primary Japanese classes. The resources themselves include worksheets, plans, activities, games etc.

Book your place today here.

This course is for teachers of any level of Japanese that would like some hints about how to get started and how to use the Japan Foundation Scheme of work for Key Stage 2 Japanese language lessons.

 Spaces on this course are limited. Priority will be given to teachers or trainee teachers employed by a primary school.

Cost of your travel to London
We are keen to include primary teachers of Japanese from all over the UK, so we will be able to make a contribution to help cover the costs of your travel to London for this event. We will cover the costs of second class train tickets over £15, upto £80. You will need to cover the first £15, but we will try to cover the rest*. For example, if your ticket costs £69, we will cover £54 of the costs. Please ask for a receipt when you book your ticket and bring it with you to this event.

*We do have an upper limit to our budget, so if there is a very large number of attendees, we might have to reduce the top payment of £80. 

Timetable (provisional and subject to change):


10:00 – 10:15  Introduction, greetings
10:15 – 10:45  Helen Morris from Madley Primary School -  Momotaro Play
10:45 – 11:00  Share ideas/ discussion
11:00 – 11:30  Clare Kuroishi – Using kendo, and rajio taiso (teach parts of the body)
11:30 – 11:45  Share ideas / discussion
11:45 – 12:15  Aya Kamura Mirto - Teaching about the weather and making teru teru bozu
12:15 – 12:30  Share ideas / discussion
12:30 – 13:30  Lunch
13:30 – 14:30  Introducing the JF Scheme of Work for Year 4 – Year 5
14:30 – 15:00  Introduction to support from Japan Foundation
15:00 – 15:30  Q&A, Evaluation and extra time to share ideas 

Date: 5 December 2016 from 10.00am to 3.30pm

Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London. WC1R 4RL

Book your place today here.

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Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016
Part 4: The Sun by Tomohiro Maekawa

The Japan Foundation, in collaboration with Yellow Earth and StoneCrabs Theatre Company present a 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 4


Written by Tomohiro Maekawa
Translated by James Yaegashi
Directed by Tanja Pagnuco

Synopsis: Set in the early 21st century, The Sun is a post-apocalyptic dark vision of the near future. A population decimated by bioterrorism has now been divided into two classes: the genetically superior Nox, who developed miraculous powers after the world was destroyed but who live in darkness; and the weaker Curio, who remain unevolved and do the Nox’s bidding. One day, a Nox is brutally murdered by a Curio, sending the whole society into turmoil. With the dominant Nox about to subsume the Curio, can they overcome their differences and find the humanity to ensure their survival?  

Playwright Tomohiro Maekawa's award-winning science fiction story, recently turned into a film, explores the tensions and inequalities of a society riven in half and at breaking point. Maekawa is one of the most sought-after and exciting playwrights Japan has produced in recent years.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A with Tomohiro Maekawa. 

Date: 12 December 2016 from 7.00pm

The Studio Theatre, RADA Studios
16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX

For details of how to reach the venue please visit:

Tickets for this event are priced at £6 (concessions £5). To purchase please visit:


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.

Image: Photo by Aki Tanaka

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Shinsuke Ogawa and Ogawa Pro: Collective filmmaking and the culture of dissidence   org

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), in partnership with the Japan Foundation, present a retrospective season highlighting the essential documentaries of Shinsuke Ogawa (1936-1992) and the filmmaking collective Ogawa Pro, founded in the late 1960s under his direction. Documenting the student struggles and the Sanrizuka protests from the late 1960s until the mid-1970s, these films recorded major political and social upheavals in Japan with remarkable dedication and commitment and their influence is still felt today in Japanese and other Asian documentary filmmaking.

Date: 17 November 2016 - 11 December 2016

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London

For more information, please visit the ICA website.

Image: Sanrizuka -- Peasants of the Second Fortress, courtesy of Athénée Français Cultural Center

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Japanese Culture Day   org

The Japan Foundation are proud to present, in partnership with TFF (Tuning for the Future) and Life Science Centre, a special day of Japanese culture. Try your hand at the Japanese language, creating your own Kokedama and mastering traditional Japanese magic under the guidance of Tezuma Taijyu Fujiyama.


  • 11.00am - Play and Toy Talk – Hisakazu Hirabayashi, game analyst will explain the characteristics of Japanese toys and games including card games, ‘Role Play Games’ (RPG) and even the famous Pokémon.
  • 11.30am - Let’s play Hanafuda (Japanese Playing Cards) with Nobuaki Takerube - playing cards were first introduced to Japan by the Portuguese almost 500 years ago. Since then, Japanese playing cards have been in a state of constant evolution and designers continue to innovate in a number of ways. In this workshop, participants can learn how to play Hanafuda, a Japanese traditional card game that has clear ties with contemporary card games such as Pokémon.
  • 11.30am - 1.30pm - Moss balls – make a living planter the traditional Japanese way. Places are very limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.
  • 12.00 noon - 3.30pm - Japanese Language Taster – drop in and try your hand at learning some basic Japanese and see if you have an aptitude for the language.
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm - Tezuma Traditional Magic Show and Workshop – watch a performance by Taijyu Fujiyama, a master of Japanese magic, then take part in 

    For more information, please visit: 

Date: 24 November 2016 from 11.00am

Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne

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London International Animation Festival 2016   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation are proud to support the London International Animation Festival (LIAF). This year, the festival returns with an expansive selection of premieres, classics, retrospectives, Q&A's with filmmakers and workshops.

LIAF boasts an impressive range of Japanese animation including works from renowned abstract animation director Mirai Mizue, Kenzo Masaoka’s 1943 Spider and Tulip, Tochka’s signature torchlight animation, Koji Yamamura’s playful take on Erik Satie and Sayaka Kihata’s award-winning I Can’t Breathe.

For more information, please visit the LIAF website 

Date: 2 December 2016 - 11 December 2016


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Here and Now   JPsupported

Here & Now is the first major curated exhibition of contemporary tapestry in England for over 20 years, showcasing international talent and innovative approaches to the medium. Alongside work of British tapestry weavers, the exhibition features over 20 international artists including a selection from Japan: Ayako Matsumura, Misao Watanabe, Yasuko Fujino, Saori Sakai and Ai Ito. Placing the works by Japanese artists in an international context, the exhibition will show the vigor and new aesthetic sensibility of contemporary tapestry in Japan.

Date: 1 October 2016 - 15 January 2017

The National Centre for Craft & Design
Navigation Wharf, Carre St, Sleaford NG34 7TW

For more information, please click here.

Image by Yasuko Fujino

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