Arts & Culture November 2013


UK Events in Japan

Violin Recital by Michiko Kobayashi

24 November

London-educated violinist Michiko Kobayashi has been introducing pieces by British composers to Japanese audiences since her debut in 2004. In past recitals she has performed works by Hubert Howells, Sir Edward Elgar and Howard Ferguson. This year, she will perform pieces from Frederick Delius with prominent Japanese pianist Yusuke Kikuchi. Kobayashi has won numerous awards in Japan and abroad, including the silver medal at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Tokyo Opera City, Recital Hall
3-20-2 Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1403
Starts: 2pm

Adults ¥4,000

Night Must Fall

5–8 December

This psychological thriller was written by Emlyn Williams, a Welsh dramatist and actor. In October 1935, deep in a forest in Essex, England, an otherwise ordinary household is turned upside down when the maid becomes pregnant and brings around her charming boyfriend. The mistress of the house’s niece soon becomes suspicious of the man’s motives. This 1930s stage and screen classic was an instant hit in the West End and on Broadway.

Theater BonBon Nakano
3-22-8 Nakano
Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001
5 & 6 December at 7pm
7 December at 1pm (director’s talk to follow) and 7pm
8 December at 3pm

Adults ¥4,500

Tokyo Fashion Fuse 7

14 December

Celebrate the centennial year of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. at this fashion and car-centred party. Three fashion shows will be held throughout the evening, with the glamorous DressCamp brand leading the way. Special guest model Sumire, who was recently chosen as a presenter on NHK World TV, will be in the spotlight on the runway. Ken Ishii, one of Japan’s biggest deejays, will provide music for the event. Aston Martin will be a focus of the show, with two of the brand’s cars on display by the runway, including a Bond series DB9.

Izumi Garden Gallery
1-5-2 Roppongi
Minato-ku 106-0032
Starts: 9pm

Adults ¥4,000
(¥3,000 with printout of this page or screen shot on phone)

Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera

19–29 December

This original classic musical is coming to Japan for the fifth time. Peter Straker is once again playing the title role of the Phantom. Ken Hill, originally from Birmingham, was the first to create a script and lyrics for the Phantom of the Opera novel by Gaston Leroux. Initially staged in 1976, his version of the musical was revived in 1984 in its current form. Since then, it has played around the world.

Tokyo International Forum Hall C
1-5-3 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005

Adults from ¥6,000

Stamps from the UK

Until 27 December

The first postage stamps were invented in Britain. Nowadays stamps can reveal the history, traditions, arts, famous sites and beautiful wilderness found in the UK and elsewhere. Visitors to this exhibition can view the latest Royal Family stamp, and see for themselves how stamps can be an interesting way to learn about a country.

The Philatelic Museum
1-4-23 Mejiro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0031

10:30am–5pm (Closed on Mondays)
Adults ¥200

Curious Tales from Mother Goose

23 & 28 December

The Mother Goose stories have been passed down for generations. Readers may not have realised it when they were young, but the bizarre stories are actually full of social satire and often obscure lessons for children. In Curious Tales from Mother Goose, readings in English will be accompanied by baroque harp music. Wooden cutouts of the characters from the stories will be displayed as the stories are recited.

Jiyugakuen Myonichikan auditorium
23 December, 2pm

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
28 December, 3pm

Adults from ¥6,000

Marco Polo and the Silk Road World Heritage Sites: “The Birth of Oriental Studies in the Occident”

Until 26 December

In 1613, when the British ship Clove arrived in Hirado, Nagasaki, Commander John Saris delivered official letters from King James I to Tokugawa Ieyasu. As part of the official celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of UK–Japan relations, on display will be Saris’ diary, which is registered as an important cultural property.

Toyo Bunko Museum
2-28-21 Honkomagome
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0021

10am–8pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Adults ¥880