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


Whisky Galore!

The film tells the story of the inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Toddy, in the Outer Hebrides, where gloom sets in as their wartime ration of whisky runs out. When the cargo ship SS Cabinet Minister runs aground, the shrewd islanders run rings around the buffoonish English Home Guard commander Captain Waggett and conspire to hide away cases of the precious amber nectar.

City Tokyo
Date From 17 February
Schedule Various times
Address Human Trust Cinema Yurakucho
(Among other locations)
Yurakucho ITOCiA Plaza 4F
2-7-1 Yurakucho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-6259-8608
Price Adults: ¥1,800

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

This Shakespearean comedy takes us first to provincial Verona, where Proteus is head-over-heels in love with his hometown sweetheart, Julia. But after he is sent to complete his education in Milan, he meets the gorgeous Silvia and promptly forgets about Julia. However, Silvia is already betrothed to Proteus’ best friend, and Julia refuses to be so easily forgotten.

City Tokyo
Date 1–4 March
Schedule Various times
Address Theater BONBON
Nakano Pocket Square
3-22-8 Nakano
Nakano-ku, Tokyo
Price Adults: ¥4,500

Jekyll & Hyde

Based on the novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, this musical thriller is set in 19th-century London and features music written by Frank Wildhorn.

City Tokyo
Date 3–18 March
Schedule Various times
Address Tokyo International Forum
3-5-1 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3490-4949
Price Adults: from ¥4,500

London Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble

Talented members of the London Symphony Orchestra will perform in Tokyo as part of a percussion ensemble. They will play pieces by Chick Corea, Steve Reich and John Adams.

City Tokyo
Date 6 March
Schedule 7pm (doors open: 6:30pm)
Address Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
3-20-2 Nishi-shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone 0570-06-9960
Price Adults: ¥5,000

Toshiba Grand Concert 2018: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo

Every year, this concert series brings together a renowned overseas conductor, orchestra and soloists. Now in its 37th year, the concert has invited the prestigious BBC Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Sakari Oramo.

City Kawasaki
Date 8 March
Schedule 7pm (doors open: 6:30pm)
Address Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall
1310 Omiyacho
Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki City
Phone 0570-012-666
Price Adults: from ¥6,000

Art Fair Tokyo 2018

Art Fair Tokyo, the largest fair of its kind in Japan, features a wide range of art, from antiques and crafts to nihonga (traditional Japanese paintings) and contemporary art. The fair continues to evolve and expand as a platform for the art market, connecting past and present, East and West, and presenting historically inspired artistic contexts. The British Council Japan is a partner of the event.

City Tokyo
Date 9–11 March
Schedule Various times
Address Tokyo International Forum Hall E
3-5-1 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5797-7912
Price Adults: ¥3,500

Decoration Never Dies, Anyway

This diverse exhibition features works by seven artists of different ages, nationalities and genres. Expressing their varied cultural backgrounds, they collaboratively challenge the concept of decoration. One of the artists, Kour Pour, was born in Britain. The British Council is one of the exhibition supporters.


City Tokyo
Date Until 25 February
Schedule 10am–6pm (last entry: 5:30pm)
Closed: 24 January and 14 February
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
5-21-9 Shirokane-dai
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3443-0201
Price Adults: ¥1,100