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Summer Explorers! 2 - Japanese Anime Screenings
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2016 new
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Koki Tanaka: Liverpool Biennial 2016

Summer Explorers! 2 - Japanese Anime Screenings   org

Following the popularity of last year’s Summer Explorers,
we have come back with many more anime films to brighten your summer days!

Part One: Saturday, 30 July: BAFTA - 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

11:00am: Hanakappa: Adventure in the Butterfly Kingdom
Hanakappa discovers that his and his friends’ mothers have all been kidnapped and sets off on a journey to the “Butterfly Kingdom” to rescue them.
Recommended for ages 8+ (English subtitles), (Kazumi Nonaka, 2013, 60min)

12:30pm: Princess Arete (featuring intro by Helen McCarthy)
Kept in a castle by her father, Princess Arete spends her days watching the world go by. One day a wizard offers to marry her and take her away - will Princess Arete finally be free?
Recommended for ages 8+ (English subtitles) (Sunao Katabuchi, 2001, 105min)

3:00pm: Tamako Love Story (FULLY BOOKED!)
A light-hearted depiction of the ordinary but fun life of Tamako, the daughter of a mochi (Japanese rice cake) shop owner, and her blossoming romance with a childhood friend, Mochizo.
Recommended for ages 12+ (English subtitles) (Naoko Yamada, 2014, 83min)

Part Two: Saturday, 6 August 2016: Rich Mix - 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA 

12:45pm: After School Midnighters
Kunstlijk, a school's anatomical model who comes to life at night, plots a plan for revenge after three naughty students decide to vandalise and dress him up in silly clothes.
Classification: PG. (English subtitles) (Hitoshi Takekiyo, 2012, 95min)

2:40pm: Mind Game (FULLY BOOKED!)
A typical love story it may seem, but things take a strange turn when wannabe cartoonist Nishi, who is given a second chance at life, is reunited with his high school crush, Myon.
Recommended for ages 18+ (English subtitles)  (Masaaki Yuasa, 2004, 103min)

Date: 30 July 2016 - 6 August 2016

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

  Booking for Part One
Sat 30 July - BAFTA, London
  Booking for Part Two
Sat 6 August – Rich Mix, London
  To download the flyer, the please click here.  

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Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2016   org

Japan Foundation will be exhibiting at Japan Matsuri, London's annual festival of Japanese culture. Come to our stand to try our Japan Quiz, get information about learning more Japanese language and culture, or just to say "konnichiwa!"

For more information, please go to the Japan Matsuri website.

Date: 25 September 2016 from 10.00am to 8.00pm

Trafalgar Square, London

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Shining Stars: Idols in Japanese Cinema in the 1980s and 1990s   org

‘Idol’ is a term which has become a ubiquitous feature of Japanese culture. Packaged as cute, adolescent starlets, idols appear on both in film and TV and are known for their singing and acting in often equal measure. While the trend has continued since the 1960s, this film season focuses on the paramount period of the 1980s, an era considered the ‘Heyday of Japanese Idol Films’ when idols regularly graced the silver screen and simultaneously topped the pop charts, as well as the following decade of the 1990s as a comparison. The stars in the selected films were all household names in Japan, but how many can you recognise?

Saturday, 20 August 2016
11:00am The Tragedy of “W”
  Directed by Shinichiro Sawai / 1984 / 108 mins / Colour / English subtitles
Four Sisters
  Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi / 1985 / 100 mins / Colour / English subtitles
Miss Lonely
  Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi / 1985 / 112 mins / Colour / English subtitles  
Young Girls in Love
  Directed by Kazuki Omori / 1986 / 98 mins / Colour / English subtitles
Monday, 22 August 2016
7:00pm Memories of You
  Directed by Shinichiro Sawai / 1988 / 104 min / English Subtitles
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
7:00pm The Pale Hand
  Directed by Seijiro Koyama / 1990 / 100 mins / Colour / English subtitles
Saturday, 27 August 2016
11:00am Tokyo Heaven
  Directed by Shinji Somai / 1990 / 108 mins / Colour / English subtitles 
Swimming Upstream
  Directed by Joji Matsuoka / 1990 / 95 mins / Colour / English subtitles
Summer Holiday Everyday
  Directed by Shusuke Kaneko / 1994 / 94 mins / Colour / English subtitles 
Good-bye for Tomorrow
  Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi / 1995 / 140 mins / Colour / English subtitles 

Special Talk by Dr Kate Taylor-Jones, University of Sheffield

Saturday, 27 August 2016, 3:30pm

Dr Taylor-Jones will give an overview of idol cinema in Japan from a historical
point of view, charting the genre’s significance, its surge in popularity in the 1980s
and 1990s, while reflecting on the Japanese film industry as a whole. This talk will
complement the films in the programme and will shed light on this often-overlooked
genre and era of Japanese cinema.

Date: 20 August 2016 - 27 August 2016

Goethe-Institut London
50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH

For details of how to reach the venue, please click here

To download the flyer, please click here


These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential.
To book a place, please visit:

Main image: Miss Lonely (dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1985)

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Koki Tanaka: Liverpool Biennial 2016   JPsupported

Koki Tanaka is an artist based in Los Angeles and Kyoto whose diverse practice spans video, photography, site-specific installation and interventional projects. For his Liverpool Biennial 2016 commission, Tanaka will revisit the scene of a huge protest in Liverpool in 1985. Tanaka’s work as a result of this project will be on display at the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.

Date: 9 July 2016 - 16 October 2016

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
More details:

For more information, please click here.

Image: Koki Tanaka, A Behavioral Statement (or, An Unconscious Protest), 2012. Photo courtesy of the artist, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and Aoyama. (Image is of a previous work by Tanaka.)

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