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


From 8 April

This British film directed and written by Simon Aboud tells the story of a young woman who dreams of becoming a children’s author and finds an unlikely friend in her curmudgeonly neighbour. This Beautiful Fantastic is a contemporary fairy tale about life and love told through the metaphor of gardening.

PHOTO: ©This Beautiful Fantastic UK Ltd 2016

City Tokyo
Date From 8 April
Schedule Various times
Address Cine Switch Ginza
(Among other locations)
Hata Bldg.
4-4-5 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3561-0707
Price Adults: from ¥1,800

Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s new live-action adaptation of the studio’s classic animated Beauty and the Beast film stars British actors Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans. The well-known fairy tale tells the story of a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

PHOTO: ©2017 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

City Tokyo
Date From 21 April
Schedule Various times
Address Toho Cinemas Nichigeki
(Among other locations)
Yurakucho Mullion
2-5-1 Yurakucho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Price Adults: from ¥1,800

Great Slipware Show 2017

This event will introduce work by individual potters and pieces of slipware by Winchcombe Pottery. The studio was founded in 1926 by the eminent potter Michael Cardew, who in 1923 became the first apprentice of Bernard Leach CBE.

PHOTO: Chargers by Winchcombe Pottery

City Tokyo
Date 22 April–7 May
Schedule 11am–6pm
Closed: Mondays
Address Gallery St. Ives
3-5-13 Fukasawa
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3705-3050
Price Admission: free

A Hard Day’s Night

One of The Beatle’s most famous and celebrated films, A Hard Day’s Night has been digitally restored in 4K high definition. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film, it will be shown at special screenings in Osaka and Tokyo.

City Tokyo/Osaka
Date 28 April, 1 May
Schedule 7pm (doors open 6:30pm)
Address 28 April
Zepp Namba (Osaka)
2-1-39 Shikitsu-higashi
Naniwa-ku, Osaka

1 May
Zepp DiverCity (Tokyo)
1-1-10 Aomi
Koto-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5792-9346
Price Adults: from ¥3,500

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

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