The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

UK arts events in Japan

Performance

Timon of Athens

As part of Saitama Arts Theater’s 33rd Shakespeare Series, Kotaro Yoshida directs Timon of Athens, as well as acts in the titular role of Timon. Part of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the play is about a popular Athenian who, through his generosity, ends up giving his fortune to corrupt hangers-on.

City Saitama
Date 15–29 December
Schedule Various times
Address Saitama Arts Theater
3-15-1 Uemine, Chuo-ku
Saitama-shi, Saitama Prefecture
Phone 0570-064-939
Price Adults: from ¥5,500
Performance

YUSK Piano Recital

YUSK is a British–Japanese piano soloist who was brought up in London. As a sufferer of Tourette syndrome, it took him 10 years to graduate from music school. This performance will be his eighth in Tokyo.

City Tokyo
Date 20 December
Schedule 7pm
Address Blue Rose (Small Hall), Suntory Hall
1-13-1 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Price Adults: ¥3,000
Students: ¥1,000
Exhibition

World of UK Picture Books

Some of the earliest picture books originated in the UK, and this museum, nestled deep in the forest of Karuizawa, showcases the rich world of British picture books. The exhibition includes books from the late 19th century to the present, as well as original drawings and first edition books.

©1922 L. LESLIE BROOKE

City Karuizawa
Date Until 8 January
Schedule 10am–4pm (last entry at 3:30pm)
Address Karuizawa Picture Book Forest Museum
182 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi
Kita-saku gun, Nagano Prefecture
Phone 0267-48-3340
Price Adults: ¥800
Exhibition

David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind

This is Japan’s first large-scale solo exhibition of the work of acclaimed British artist David Shrigley, who works in a wide range of media, including drawing, animation, sculpture and photography, and possesses a distinctive sense of humour. The exhibition, presented in partnership with the British Council, will introduce for the first time in Japan the diverse activities of the artist as he gently undermines the seriousness of art.

DAVID SHRIGLEY OSTRICH 2009. COURTESY: ARTIST AND THE BRITISH COUNCIL COLLECTION.
PHOTO: STEPHEN WHITE

City Mito
Date Until 21 January
Schedule 9:30am–6pm (last entry 5:30pm)
Address Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
1-6-8 Gokencho
Mito-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture
Phone 029-227-8111
Price Adults: ¥800
Film

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

This action-adventure spy comedy, produced and directed by Matthew Vaughn, is the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service. After their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held to ransom, the Kingsman spy organisation discovers a fellow group in the United States. They must band together to defeat a common enemy. The film stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong from the UK.

©2017 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION

City Tokyo
Date From 5 January
Schedule Various times
Address TOHO Cinemas Nichigeki
(Among other locations)
2-5-1 Yurakucho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5000
Price Adults: from ¥1,800
Concert

Paul Weller Japan Tour 2018

Paul Weller is an English singer, songwriter and musician famous for both his solo career and role in The Jam. This tour of Japan will be his first in three years and will see him perform songs from his new album A Kind of Revolution, which was released in May 2017, in Tokyo and Osaka.

City Tokyo
Date 19, 22–23 January
Schedule Start: 7pm
Address Roppongi EX Theater
(Among other locations)
1-2-9 Nishi-azabu
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3499-6669
Price Adults: from ¥9,000
Exhibition

Fear in Painting

Kyoko Nakano, a writer and German literature scholar, published Kowai-e (Fear in Painting) in 2007. The book focuses on famous and historic Western paintings featuring images of fear. In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Nakano’s book, an exhibition will be held showcasing a number of the masterpieces discussed, including The Execution of Lady Jane Grey from the National Gallery in London.

PAUL DELAROCHE, THE EXECUTION OF LADY JANE GREY, © THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON. BEQUEATHED BY THE SECOND LORD CHEYLESMORE, 1902

City Tokyo
Date Until 17 December
Schedule Various times
Address The Ueno Royal Museum
1-2 Ueno Koen
Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price Adults: ¥1,600
Performance

The Caretaker

The Caretaker is a three-act play by the Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor Harold Pinter. The play was Pinter’s first commercial success and remains one of his most celebrated and frequently performed plays. The story takes place in a house in west London during the 1950s and examines the strange relationship between a tramp, Davies, and two damaged and disconnected brothers, Mick and Aston.

PHOTO: SHINJI HOSONO

City Tokyo
Date 26 November–17 December
Schedule Various times
Address
Setagaya Public Theatre
4-1-1 Taishido
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5432-1515
Price Adults: ¥6,500

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

The film How to Talk to Girls at Parties is a British–American sci-fi romantic comedy that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Set in the 1970s, an alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the London suburb of Croydon.

© COLONY FILMS LIMITED 2016

City Tokyo
Date From 1 December
Schedule Various times
Address Shinjuku Piccadilly
(Among other locations)
3-15-15 Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5367-1144
Price Adults: ¥1,800