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A Talk by Yukiko Mishima (Director of Dear Etranger) new
Dance Beyond Movement: Talk with Saburo Teshigawara & Rihoko Sato (KARAS) new
A Timeless Pallette:
The Story of wa no iro - Japanese Colours
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Wakan: The Colourful Life of Japanese Herbs
From Organic Dyeing to Bath Salts
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Hand in Hand new
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 new

A Talk by Yukiko Mishima (Director of Dear Etranger)   org

Female director and screenwriter Yukiko Mishima's career spans nearly three decades, having started by writing and directing human documentaries for television. Her first feature film, The Tattoer, was released in 2009 and is based on Junichiro Tanizaki’s literary classic. Since then, Mishima had directed a further seven feature films, Bread of Happiness (2012) and A Drop of the Grapevine (2014) as well as A Stich of Life (2015) which was screened as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017. Dear Etranger (2017), also one of the feature films in this year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, is Mishima’s sixth film which won the Special Grand Prix of the Jury Award at the 2017 Montreal World Film Festival. 

Following the UK premiere of Dear Etranger in early February, Mishima will join us in conversation with Dr Irene González-López of Kingston University, revealing the behind the scenes production of a poignant human drama which deliberates on the meaning of "family". Exploring the development of Mishima’s career up until now, she will also discuss her inspiration and creative style as well as what she cherishes in the process of filmmaking.


Date: 28 March 2019 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Venue:

The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D 3DH


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

Organised as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme jpf-film.org.uk

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Dance Beyond Movement: Talk with Saburo Teshigawara & Rihoko Sato (KARAS)   org

Saburo Teshigwara is one of the most influential Japanese performers and choreographers to date and highly acclaimed for his innovative forms of physical expression that break away from conventional stylistic techniques. Starting his creative career in 1981 after studying plastic arts and classic ballet, he soon went on to form his performance company KARAS. Since then, Teshigawara and KARAS have enjoyed the international fame and accreditation, regular performances at prominent venues such as Sadler’s Wells and Southbank Centre. They have also collaborated with principal dance companies including Frankfurt Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theatre, to name only a few. Teshigawara’s keenly honed sculptural sensibilities, powerful sense of composition, command of space and decisive dance movements all come together to create his unique world. He is also a keen advocate of the potential that dance can hold outside established techniques, engaging in people of all kind of life and abilities and facilitating journeys of self-discovery through the medium of dance.

 

Celebrating his and Karas’s 2019 European tour of their new work “The Idiot” and the performance at the Print Room at The Coronet, London, this special talk, inviting Teshigawara and Karas‘s leading dancer, Rihoko Sato will discuss the development of their movement style as well as their creative vision while revealing the working process for “The Idiot” and others.

 

Saburo and Rihoko will be joined in conversation by Sanjoy Roy, the dance writer for the Guardian.


Date: 29 March 2019 from 9.00pm to 10.00pm
Venue:

The Print Room at The Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 3LB


The price of the ticket for the talk is £5, you can book the following ways:

By Phone     Box Office: 020 3642 6606

Online          www.the-print-room.org

In person     Box Office Opening Hours Monday – Saturday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

 

UK Premiere of Teshigawara’s ‘The Idiot’ is performed at the Print Room at The Coronet between 20th – 30th March, 2019

To book visit https://www.the-print-room.org/

 

This event is co-orgainised in conjunction with Print Room at The Coronet

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A Timeless Pallette:
The Story of wa no iro - Japanese Colours
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Over centuries, Japan has developed a colour palette unique to its nation and with deep connection to its inimitable nature. Owing to the very subtle distinctions in the shades and grades of these colour schemes, 450 hues of wa no iro have been catalogued. These have been developed within and cherished by, not only Japanese art spheres such as textiles, pottery and even literature, but also by the Japanese people’s values and lifestyles, underlining their rich sense of beauty.

In conjunction with the Living Colours: Kasane – the Language of Japanese Colour Combinations exhibition at Japan House, the Japan Foundation has invited Sachio Yoshioka, a master dyer, colour historian and author of many books on the topic of Japanese colours – including Nihon no Iro Jiten (Dictionary of Japanese Colours) – to define what the term ‘Japanese colours’ means to him. Focusing on several colours which signify the indigenous character, Yoshioka will explain their derivations as well as the way they have been utilised, adapted and, in some cases, even forgotten throughout the passage of time. He will also discuss the application of Japanese colours to contemporary society, demonstrating the method of achieving the mesmerising blends.


Date: 8 April 2019 from 6.45pm
Venue:

In association with IndigoRose Project.

This talk event is supported by Japan House.

More information on the Living Colours: Kasane – the Language of Japanese Colour Combinations exhibition can be found here.

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Wakan: The Colourful Life of Japanese Herbs
From Organic Dyeing to Bath Salts
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Japanese herbalism, or wakan, has an intricate origin and development story. Extracted from organic flora, the natural benefits of plants and roots native to Japan have long been applied to medicine, food as well as fragrance. More recently, as contemporary interest in harnessing the power of nature is on the up rise, herbs have also started to be utilised in spheres ranging from cosmetics and bath salts to fashion, revitalising people’s life in Japan. Another fact that is not as well-acknowledged, however, is that such contemporary applications share their indigenous herbal ingredients with the Japanese tradition of textile dyeing which had contributed to the aesthetic beauty of the country’s culture for many centuries.

Following the event focused on native colours of Japan on 8 April, in this special talk, Kakuro Sugimoto, a dyer as well as a third generation chemist of the Sugimoto wakan pharmacy, will delineate the development and philosophy of Japanese herbs, referring to some of the most representative plants – in particular those of which use is shared by the health and dyeing cultures. He will also illustrate the great versatility of Japanese herbs and their potential effect on our body and life.

This talk provides a rare opportunity to obtain a first-hand glimpse into the hidden world of Japan’s rich and colourful health culture from one of Japan’s most progressive herbalists. Together with Tetsuo Sugimoto, he will also hold a small demonstration to showcase the close relationship between dyeing and Japanese herbs.


Date: 10 April 2019 from 6.45pm
Venue:

Royal Society of Arts (RSA) | Durham House Street - off The Strand | WC2N 6HG London


In association with IndigoRose Project and Supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

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Hand in Hand   org

Hand In Hand is choreographed by Chisato Minamimura and is produced by Nicole Vivien Watson of Surface Area Dance Theatre and Paul Miller of Rory Studio and supported by Moving Art Management.

Join Dance City for a sharing of work by international deaf dance choreographer Chisato Minamimura, presented in Dance City’s Theatre, in collaboration with visual artist Graham Patterson and musician Tom White. The sharing is the finale of a week-long project led by Chisato with 20 extraordinary deaf and hearing dancers, who are inspired to respond to Chisato’s unique creative practice. 

Post Show Social: Join Dance City in the 'Dance City’s Café' for an informal post-show discussion and social gathering from 7pm. 

Hand In Hand is supported by Arts Council England, Dance City, Surface Area Dance Theatre, Rory Studio, Moving Art Management and The Japan Foundation.


Date: 22 March 2019 from 6.00pm
Venue:

Dance City
Temple Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 4BR


Tickets cost £6 and are available through Dance City's website.

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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019   org

 

Love, in all its semblances and dimensions, is a state so universally experienced by humankind that it has provided a perpetual source of inspiration in the long history of global cinema. Japanese cinema is no different. Love and the associated feelings of passion, affection, and destruction, in equal measure have all been channelled into a pivotal driving force behind the rise of many Japanese filmmakers, crystallising in timeless works which form part of the nation’s artistic repertoire.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 features thoughtfully selected works, all focusing on this theme in one way or another. As the conventional binaries defining what it means to love continually give way to new understandings of this sweeping emotion, so too does this year’s curation aim to provide insights into a wider context of love in Japanese society.

Embracing other complicated emotions that go hand in hand with love, the programme aims to provide a more comprehensive picture of Japanese relationships, ranging from conventional love stories, LGBT issues, familial devotion, compassion for the fellow man, transgressive attractions, to profound renderings of the devastation felt with the loss of love


Date: 2 February 2019 - 28 March 2019
Venue:

Cinemas across the UK. 


For more information, please click here.

For all information on the selected films and participating venues, please visit our dedicated website by following the link above.

 

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