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


The British Museum presents: Hokusai

This groundbreaking documentary is the first British film to be made about the world-renowned Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), an influence on the likes of painter David Hockney. The documentary is followed by a viewing of the much-anticipated British Museum exhibition Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave. Presented by art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon along with artists Grayson Perry CBE, Kate Malone and Maggi Hambling CBE, the tour of the exhibition has been created especially for a cinema audience and features the curator Tim Clark and scholar Roger Keyes.

City Tokyo
Date From 24 March
Schedule Various Times
Address YEBISU Garden Cinema
(Among other locations)
Yebisu Garden Place
4-20-2 Ebisu
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 0570-783-715
Price Adults: ¥1,800

NUDE: Art from the Tate Collection

The exhibition traces artists’ depictions of the naked body in Western art over some 200 years based on artworks in the Tate’s renowned collection. The exhibition is supported by the British Council.

City Yokohama
Date 24 March–24 June
Schedule 10am–6pm (entry by 5:30pm)
Open until 8:30pm on 11 May and 8 June
Closed Thursdays except 3 and 7 May
Address Yokohama Museum of Art
3-4-1 Minatomirai
Nishi-ku, Yokohama
Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price Adults: ¥1,600

Mary Poppins

Set in London in 1910, this musical is based on the series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. This is the first time it will have been performed in Japan.

City Tokyo
Date 18 March–7 May
Schedule Various times
Address Tokyu Theatre Orb
Shibuya Hikarie 11F
2-21-1 Shibuya
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3490-4949
Price Adults: from ¥13,500


Filled with drama, passion and fabulous music, Puccini’s thriller provides a great opera experience. In this production—part of the Royal Opera House’s cinema series—Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Josepho Calleja and Gerald Finely.

City Tokyo
Date From 6 April
Schedule Various times
Address TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi
(Among other locations)
2-3-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5060
Price Adults: from ¥3,600
Students: ¥2,500

The Brand New Heavies

The Brand New Heavies are an acid jazz and funk group formed in 1985 in Ealing, west London. In July 2016, the band began touring extensively in Europe and Japan with Sulene Fleming on vocals.

City Tokyo
Date 11–13 April
Schedule Various times
Address Blue Note Tokyo
6-3-16 Minami-aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5485-0088
Price Adults: ¥8,500


This Laurence Olivier Award-nominated play by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan is based on the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. The performance will be in Japanese.

City Tokyo
Date 12 April–13 May
Schedule Various times
Address New National Theatre, Tokyo
1-1-1 Honmachi
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price Adults: from ¥3,240

Jekyll & Hyde

Based on the novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, this musical thriller is set in 19th-century London and features music written by Frank Wildhorn.

City Tokyo
Date 3–18 March
Schedule Various times
Address Tokyo International Forum
3-5-1 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3490-4949
Price Adults: from ¥4,500