Arts January 2015


HIKARI—The Wonder of Light

Until 22 February

Featuring the first editions of the works of famous British scientists in the field of optics including Isaac Newton, Robert Hooke and Thomas Young, this showcase will explore the allure of not only visible light, but also that which is not visible to the naked eye.

Artwork: From Opticks: Or a Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light, London, 1704, first edition by Sir Isaac Newton
Photo: Kanazawa Institute of Technology Library Center

National Museum of Nature and Science
7-20 Ueno Park
Taito-ku, Tokyo

9am–5pm (open until 8pm on Fridays; closed Mondays)
Adults: ¥1,600


David Bowie is

24–29 January

Marking 50 years, in 2014, since UK singer David Bowie’s debut, this documentary explores an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, on the musical innovator and cultural icon.

The film was directed by BAFTA Award-winning director Hamish Hamilton, who directed the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Shinjuku Piccadilly
3-15-15 Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Schedule: Contact venue for details.
Adults: ¥2,500


Lily Allen LIVE IN JAPAN 2015

27 January

The London-born singer and songwriter will perform popular favourites, as well as pieces from her new album Sheezus (released in May 2014) in her first performance in Japan since 2009.

Toyosu PIT
6-1-23 Toyosu
Koto-ku, Tokyo

7pm (Doors open at 6pm)


Mercury Fur

1–22 February

Based on the original play by English writer and artist Philip Ridley, this performance, produced by Setagaya Public Theatre, will be directed by Akira Shirai and performed in Japanese.

Mercury Fur is set in a dystopian future, where gang violence and drugs wreak havoc on communities.

Photo: Atsushi Nishimura

Theatre Tram
4-1-1 Taishiodo
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Various show times
Adults: ¥6,800


Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 2015

14–22 February

This special exhibition, marking the 25th anniversary of the festival, will feature the species oncidium alexandrae from Buckingham Palace in London.

The orchid was used for Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding bouquet. The 2014 gala showcased over 1,200 exhibits of Western, oriental and Japanese orchids from over 20 countries.

Tokyo Dome
1-3-61 Koraku
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Adults: ¥2,200


Monty Python’s Spamalot

16 February–1 March

This musical comedy is adapted from the British film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The 2005 winner of three Tony Awards, which recognise excellence in live Broadway theatre, Spamalot is a parody of the legend of King Arthur, and will be performed in Japanese.

Akasaka ACT Theater
5-3-2 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo

Various show times
Adults: from ¥9,000