Arts & Culture January 2013

Arts Events

Darren Almond, Fullmoon@Eifel 2,
2002 Type-C print

Artist File 2013—The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art

23 January–1 April

The fifth exhibition in the series of contemporary art exhibitions features eight artists, including Darren Almond, one of the most prominent artists in the UK. Almond’s video piece, If I Had You (2005), was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and will be shown together with his Fullmoons series of visionary photographs that were shot in numerous locations around the world.

The National Art Center, Tokyo
Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
7-22-2 Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558

10am–6pm (8pm on Fridays)
Closed on Tuesdays

Adults from ¥1,000

Yebisu International Festival for
Art & Alternative Visions 2013

8–24 February

With the theme “public diary”, this year’s festival will examine how pictures help people recall memories. Exhibits by artists from all over the world, including UK artists Jeremy Deller and Ben Rivers, will feature at the 5th annual event.

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Yebisu Garden Place
1-13-3 Mita
Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0062

Closed on 12 and 18 February

Free of charge (events and seminars excluded)


22 February–4 March

Nomura Mansai, artistic director of the Setagaya Public Theatre, will play the lead role in William Shakespeare’s celebrated play. Performed in Japanese and with elements of Noh and Kyougen incorporated into the performance, this is set to be a special and memorable occasion.

Setagaya Public Theatre
4-1-1 Taishido
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0004

27 February, 1, 2 March 2pm
3 March 4pm
23 February 6pm
22, 26, 28 February, 1, 4 March 7pm
Closed on 24, 25 February

Adults from ¥5,000

Me and My Girl

28 February–3 March

Written by Douglas Furber, the British lyricist and playwright, this popular musical was first performed in London in 1973. Award-winning producer Roger Castellano will visit Japan for this performance, which will include selected residents of Toyama Prefecture.

Aubade Hall
9-28 Ushijima-machi
Toyama-shi, Toyama

28 February, 1, 2 March 6:30pm
2, 3 March 1pm

Adults from ¥5,000

The London Symphony Orchestra
Japan Tour

3 March–10 March 2013

The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the well-known Dutch conductor and violinist Bernard Johann Herman Haitink, will visit Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Fukui on their first tour of Japan since 2010. The Osaka Symphony Hall is marking its 30th anniversary this year.

The Symphony Hall
2-3-3 Oyodo-minami
Kita-ku, Osaka 531-8501

Suntory Hall
1-13-1 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052

Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall
2-3-6 Minato Mirai
Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012

Adults from ¥8,000

Sony Music Foundation Special Concert Series for Children—Magical Adventure

8 March 2013

The London Symphony Orchestra will perform volume nine of the Sony Music Foundation’s series, For the Next Generation. The concert has been organised especially for children, and will feature a screen show to help them easily understand the performance.

Suntory Hall
1-13-1 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052

7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

Adults from ¥4,000; children from ¥1,500 (Only adults accompanying children are permitted. Preschool children will not be admitted).