The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

UK arts events in Japan



John Caird, honorary associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, returns to Japan. This time he is directing Hamlet. Caird was born in Alberta, Canada, but grew up in Oxford, England, and after studying acting he went on to be an actor, and later a stage manager. He has directed many other works in Japan—where his first production was the highly acclaimed Les Miserables, in 1987.

City Tokyo
Date 8–28 April
Schedule Contact venue for times
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishi-ikebukuro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone 0570-010-296
Price Adults: from ¥7,000

Treasures of the Natural World: Best of London’s Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum in London has curated a special exhibition of 370 handpicked artefacts and specimens. This international exhibition will premiere in Tokyo, where it will run for three months. Housed at the National Museum of Nature and Science, the themes of the exhibition include specimens and documents contributing to scientific history and progress, mysterious artefacts and items relating to notable historical figures.
PHOTO: ©The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

City Tokyo
Date 18 March–11 June
Schedule 9am–5pm
Address National Museum of Nature and Science
7-20 Ueno Park
Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price Adults: from ¥1,600


The film tells the true story of Saroo Brierley, who used the power of Google Earth to track down his birth family in India. As a young child, he ended up in an orphanage and was later adopted by a couple living in Tasmania. The film won Best Adapted Screenplay and Patel won Best Supporting Actor at the British Academy Film Awards in February.

PHOTO: ©2016 Long Way Home Holdings Pty Ltd and Screen Australia

City Tokyo
Date 7 April
Schedule Various times
Address Toho Cinemas Miyukiza
1-1-3 Yurakucho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5063
Price Adults: from ¥1,800


One of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies, Othello tells a timeless story of love and jealousy. This adaptation for Italian opera was composed by Giuseppe Verdi and took seven years to complete. The opera will be directed by Mario Martone and conducted by Paolo Carignani. The part of Othello will be sung by Carlo Ventre, and that of Desdemona by Serena Farnocchia.

PHOTO: ©Saegusa Chikashi

City Tokyo
Date 9–22 April
Schedule Contact venue for times
Address New National Theatre, Tokyo
1-1-1 Hon-machi,
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price Adults: from ¥4,320 to ¥23,760

Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra London visits Tokyo to play masterpieces by Strauss and Beethoven. Founded in 1945, the orchestra currently has over 70 members. Esa-Pekka Salonen has been Conductor Laureate since 2009 and this will be his fifth season in the role. The orchestra will also be joined by Akiko Suwanai on violin and pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

PHOTO: ©Clive Barda

City Tokyo
Date 20–21 May
Schedule Contact venue for times
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishi-ikebukuro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5774-3040
Price Adults: from ¥9,000

Paul McCartney: One On One Japan Tour

Paul McCartney, former member of The Beatles, returns to Japan this April with his new One On One Japan Tour. Joined by Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums), his new tour will feature well-known classics, as well as songs that have never before been performed live.

PHOTO: © Kyodo Tokyo International

City Tokyo
Date 27, 29, 30 April
Schedule 6:30pm (doors open at 4:30pm)
Address Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Dome City
1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 0570-550-799
Price Adults: from ¥14,000


A look back at one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times, DAVID BOWIE is represents the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of the singer, songwriter and actor, who died in January. Over 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance materials from the past five decades from the David Bowie Archive, will come together for the very first time.

City Tokyo
Date 8 January–9 April
Schedule 10am–8pm
Open until 9pm Fridays
(Last entry one hour before closing)
Closed on Mondays (except 9 January, 20 and 27 March, 3 April)
Address Warehouse TERRADA G1 Bldg.
2-6-10, Higashi-Shinagawa
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price Adult: from ¥2,400