Arts December 2013


UK Events in Japan

The Bling Ring

From 14 December

Sophia Coppola’s latest film, starring UK actress Emma Watson, tells the story of a group of teenagers obsessed with fashion and fame who burglarise celebrities’ homes in Los Angeles. What starts out as teenage fun quickly spins out of control and leaves viewers with a sobering view of today’s consumer culture. Watson also played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films.

Shibuya Cine Quinto
Shibuya Parco Part 3: 8F
14-5 Udagawacho
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042

Adults ¥1,800

Three Sculptors

Exhibition of small sculptures in onyx, marble, basalt, black granite and bronze.
Until 28 December

Kate Thomson, the Scottish sculptor of the British Business Awards trophies, and Japanese sculptors Hironori Katagiri and Masaki Maruyama have much in common. All three prove that sculpture is the marriage of art and craft. Each has a unique style developed during active careers both within Japan and abroad. For this special Christmas exhibition, Kaigado Gallery gathered small pieces with great charm.

Kaigado Window Gallery, Imperial Hotel Arcade
Imperial Hotel Tokyo
1-1-1 Uchisaiwai-cho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8558

Monday to Saturday: 10am – 7pm; Sundays and holidays 10am – 5pm


Alfred Sisley, The Small Meadows in Spring, 1880, Oil on canvas Tate: Presented by a body of subscribers in memory of Roger Fry 1936.

Impressionists at the Waterside

Depicting Urban Resorts: Paris, the Seine and Normandy
Until 5 January

In the 19th century, when cities were being developed, coastal suburban areas became popular places to holiday. The peaceful nature of these sites, along with abundant greenery and beautiful beaches, attracted a number of impressionists such as British painter Alfred Sisley.

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum
492-1 Yano-machi
Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 192-0016

10am–5pm (closed Mondays, 24 December and 27 December– 1 January; open 23 December)
Adults ¥1,200

London Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

8–10 January

Widely recognised as one of the world’s leading orchestras, the music of this award-winning group’s brass quintet has been used in films such as the Harry Potter series.

8 January
Kioi Hall
6-5 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

9 January
Mitsui Sumitomo Shirakawa Hall
2-9-15 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi

10 January
Izumi Hall
1-4-70 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Open 6:30pm, starts 7pm

Adults ¥5,000

Actors (from left) Tomoko Nakajima and Kei Tanaka


Produced by Setagaya Public Theatre
13–26 January

Words are an essential element for communication, but how well do they communicate the truth? To what extent do they help people understand one another? Nina Raine, an English director and playwright, was inspired by a documentary about a deaf couple who were expecting a child and hoped their baby would be deaf. Tribes raises questions about the ways in which people truly relate.

New National Theatre, Tokyo, The Pit
1-1-1 Honmachi
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0071

Various show times

Adults from ¥4,000

The Beautiful Black List

Tracing the 50 Years of D&AD Awards
Until 19 January

Design & Art Direction (D&AD) is a UK-based non-profit organisation that initiated what are widely considered the most selective design and advertising awards in 1963. The coveted black pencil is given to creators whose works are considered groundbreaking. This exhibition shows the prizewinning works of black pencil recipients over the past 50 years.

Advertising Museum Tokyo
Caretta Shiodome
1-8-2 Higashi-Shimbashi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7090

Weekdays: 11am–6:30pm
Weekends & holidays until 4:30pm
Closed on Mondays

Admission free

Sherlock Homes: The Secret of the Anderson Family

22 January–4 February

At the close of the 19th century in London, two gunshots ring out on Christmas night in the home of a distinguished family. Adam Anderson and his twin brother Eric soon discover that Adam’s fiancé Lucy is missing. This musical debuted in Daehangno, South Korea, and won the 17th Korea Musical Awards in 2011.

Tokyo Metropolitan Theater
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021

Various show times;
closed 27 January

Adults from ¥7,350