UK Events in Japan
WORLD PRESS PHOTO 14
Until 3 August
This annual exhibition features the prize winning images of the World Press Photo Contest, the premier international competition for photojournalists.
This year, more than 5,000 photographers from 132 countries submitted entries. The award-winning photographs on display include those from UK participants Nadav Kander, Abbie Trayler-Smith, Julie McGuire and Marcus Bleasdale.
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita
10am-6pm (until 8pm Thursdays and Fridays; closed Mondays [except 21 July] and 22 July)
WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
From 19 July
Studio Ghibli’s latest anime film—based on the novel of the same title by British writer Joan G Robinson—was produced by Japanese director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Set in Hokkaido, the film tells the story of Anna and her new friend, Marnie, while exploring the themes of friendship, families and loneliness. The film is in Japanese.
TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills (among other locations)
Keyakizaka Complex, 6-10-2 Roppongi
Various show times
30 July–24 August
Based on the beloved 1982 children’s novel by British author Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music. The 2011 Tony Awards winner is performed in English and subtitled in Japanese.
Tokyu Theatre Orb
Shibuya Hikarie 11F, 2-21-1 Shibuya
Adults: from ¥8,000
A NIGHT OF ROYAL ELEGANCE 2014
This special event showcases British ballet, from traditional to modern. Nine leading dancers from The Royal Ballet and the Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform to show their versatility.
Nippon Seinenkan Hall
Schedule: 8 August, 7pm
9 August, 1:30pm
10 August, 1:30pm
Adults: from ¥11,800
SUMMER SONIC 2014
The Summer Sonic festival is an annual rock event, held in Tokyo and Osaka on alternate days of the same weekend. The 2014 headliners are British bands Arctic Monkeys and Queen + Adam Lambert.
QVC Marine Field and Makuhari Messe
1 Mihama, Mihama-ku
Maishima Summer Sonic Osaka Site
11am (doors open: 9am, Tokyo; 10am, Osaka)
Adults: from ¥13,000 (Osaka), ¥15,500 (Tokyo)
British Academy Award-winning director, Sam Mendes CBE, renowned for films Skyfall and American Beauty, returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale in the title role of this production of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi (among other locations)
COREDO Muromachi 2-3F, 2-3-1 Nihonbashi
Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Various show times
Adults: from ¥2,500