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18 September 2017

Japanese Sandscapes: The Tale of Mt Fuji

Experience a night of experimental Japanese music, sand art, authentic Japanese cuisine and specialty Sake at London’s newest venue, The Shaft!

The event will be held over two days at The Shaft, Brunel Museum.
① 8pm, Friday 20th October 2017 (7pm food & drinks)
② 3pm, Saturday 21st October 2017 (2pm food & drinks)
Tickets: £10/£5 concessions

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8 September 2017

Leach Pottery

Masterclass at Leach Pottery with Jill Fanshawe Kato on 28 October 2017

With a focus on Japanese food and drink, this masterclass and talk delivered by Jill Fanshawe Kato at the Leach Pottery in St Ives will trace the influences which have contributed to this unique cuisine. In the tea ceremony, which reached its zenith in the 16th century, numerous small ceramic dishes presented on lacquer trays would be used in ceremonies lasting many hours and attended by nobility and rulers of the country.

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1 September 2017

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival returns to Cardiff and Aberystwyth this September and October

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival returns to Wales (ChapterSeptember 29th – October 1st, 2017Aberystwyth Arts Centre – October 28th, 2017) for another edition in 2017 with audiences able to enjoy a whole host of Welsh premieres, a Japanese marketplace, and a Q&A and special film screening hosted by an important figure from the Japanese animation industry. Follow this link for the press release.

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28 July 2015

The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta Comes to Tokyo

Following the huge success of their concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in March 2014, the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta is performing at Opera City in Tokyo on August 20th 2015 at 7pm. The concert is the culmination of this year’s project, organised by the UK-based charity Keys of Change. Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Panos Karan, the founder of Keys of Change, has been working with young musicians from middle schools in Fukushima for the past four years.

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17 July 2015

Celebrating Satsuma 150

Izumi Thomas is the chair of Satsuma 150 which is being celebrated in the UK this year. Satsuma 150 aims to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Satsuma students in the UK in 1865. Izumi is from Fukiage in Kagoshima and now lives in London where she is a freelance translator and a visiting researcher at the British Museum. Below is an interview with her about this year’s commemoration.

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9 July 2015

UK-Japan Cultural Heritage Research

We are grateful to Daiwa Foundation Small Grant for supporting the research into climate change impacts on, and improved disaster risk management for, cultural heritage sites in Japan and the UK.

From July 2-4, Professor Rohit Jigyasu (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto), Dr Lee Bosher and Dr Ksenia Chmutina (Loughborough University, UK) carried out a visit to York, one of the case study cities, where they met with the York Prepared team and investigated how heritage buildings deal with flooding.

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7 July 2015

ピカ PIKA Concert at Windmill Brixton on Thursday 16 July 2015

ピカ PIKA /Moon Mama of Afrirampo /Acid Mothers Temple (Japan) is playing a two set show at Windmill Brixton. The drummer and guitarist from Osaka is famous in Japan’s Experimental Rock and Improv scene for being the drummer of the legendary Japanese duo ‘Afrirampo’ (2002-2010), as well as for playing in Acid Mothers Temple. When: Thursday

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6 July 2015

Satsuma Biwa Concert at the City of London Festival on Wednesday 8 July 2015

Satsuma Biwa Concert with Junko Ueda at the City of London Festival 2015. Junko Ueda is a Japanese singer/satsuma-biwa player, presenting Japanese traditional biwa lute music (story-telling) as well as contemporary pieces for the instrument. Ueda studied satsuma-biwa with the famous Kinshi Tsuruta and composition at the Tokyo College of Music. When: Wednesday 8 July,

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