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

Please note that, due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 coronavirus situation, all events are subject to cancellation or postponement. Please check event/organiser websites for the latest information.

Exhibition

Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging

This impressive exhibition celebrates 16 female artists who began their contemporary art careers between the 1950s and 1970s. Newly commissioned work from the successful British artist Phyllida Barlow CBE is featured.
Artwork: untitled: canvasracks; 2018-2019, Phyllida Barlow
Photo: Damian Griffiths, Courtesy of Cross Steele Collection

City Tokyo
Date 22 April–26 September
Schedule
Address Mori Art Museum
53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150
Phone 050-5541-8600
Price Adults: ¥2,000 (Prices vary on weekends and holidays)

More events

Special Event

Barakura English Garden

The Barakura English Garden always has plenty of beautiful events. Coming up are the Rose Weeks. Celebrating the national flower of England, varieties of different species of rose, shrub rose and climbing rose will be in bloom, complementing the other plants flowering around them.

City Chino-shi, Nagano-ken
Date 14 June–11 July
Schedule
Address 5047 Kuridaira, Kitayama, Chino-shi, Nagano-ken, 391-0301
Phone 0266-77-2019
Price Day tickets ¥1,200
Exhibition

Collection Exhibition curated by Ryan Gander

UK artist Ryan Gander has made a considerable mark on the interna­tional art scene. Recently, he teamed up with the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery to curate two concurrent exhibitions. One is titled Colours of the Imagination and pays tribute to the late Kotaro Terada. The second is an interactive exhibition called All Our Stories are Incomplete…, which focuses on light, or a lack of it. Should this pique your interest, make sure you visit the gallery.
Artwork: Tetsuo MIZÙ, Johann Sebastian Bach, 1990

City Tokyo
Date Ends 24 June
Schedule
Address 3-20-2 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, 163-1403 Tokyo
Phone 050-5541-8600
Price ¥1,000
Play

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s iconic tale of Romeo and Juliet, has returned to the stage at the TBS Akasaka ACT Theater, Tokyo and the Umeda Arts Theater, Osaka. After a two-year hiatus, the highly successful musical is back to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the play’s first performance in Japan.
Photo by Leslie Kee (SIGNO)

City Tokyo / Osaka
Date Ends 13 June
Schedule
Address TBS Akasaka ACT Theater
5-3-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-8006
0570-077-039
Umeda Arts Theater
19-1 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0013
06-6377-3800
Price ¥5,500–13,500
Exhibition

Spring Collection 2021

This exhibition will be showcasing recently acquired works from talented British and Japanese studio potters alongside the gallery’s permanent collection.
Artwork: Black Light V, Ashley Howard

City Tokyo
Date 29 April–16 May
Schedule
Address Gallery St Ives
3-5-13 Fukasawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0081
Phone 03-3705-3050
Price
Play

All’s Well That Ends Well

The Sainokuni Shakespeare Series is a project to perform all of Shakespeare’s plays in Japanese. It was started in 1998 by the late Japanese director and actor Yukio Ninagawa. This performance of All’s Well That Ends Well is the last performance of the project. Members of HoriPro Stage may make advance bookings from 21 March.

City Saitama-shi
Date 12–29 May
Schedule
Address Saitama Arts Theater
3-15-1 Uemine, Chuo-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 338-0014
Phone 048-858-5500
Price ¥6,000–¥10,000
Exhibition

Constable: A History of His Affections in England

Coming to Japan for the first time in 30 years is a collection of works by English landscape painter John Constable. Comprising large-scale landscape and portrait oil paintings, this exhibition at the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in Tokyo will show Constable’s focus on his own life through paintings of areas such as Salisbury, Hampstead and Brighton.
JohnConstable The Bridges Family 1804 Presented by Mrs WalterBogue Bridges 1952 ©Tate

City Tokyo
Date 20 February–30 May
Schedule
Address Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Phone 03-5405-8686
Price ¥1,900
Movie

War Horse

Screenings of the Olivier Award-winning theatre production of War Horse are now underway in Japan. The critically acclaimed production, based on the book by British writer Michael Morpurgo, is a must see.
© Brinkhoff & Mogenburg

City Tokyo | Kyoto | Osaka
Date 26 February–11 March (Tokyo)
12 March–13 March (Kyoto)
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi (Tokyo)
TOHO Cinemas Nijyo
Osaka Station City Cinema
Price ¥3,000
Movie

Vivarium

This award-winning mystery thriller, starring British actress Imogen Poots and directed by Irishman Lorcan Finnegan, follows a young couple looking for the perfect home who find themselves stuck in a neighbourhood that is a maze of identical houses.
© Fantastic Films Ltd/Frakas Productions SPRL/Pingpong Film

City
Date Opens 12 March
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas and others
Price
Movie

The King’s Man

This prequel to the hit film Kingsman: The Secret Service, by English director Matthew Vaughn, who co-wrote the screenplay, is set in the early 20th century and depicts how the suave Kingsman agency was formed. Starring British actors Ralph Fiennes, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Gemma Arterton.
© 2020 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

City
Date Opens 12 March
Schedule
Address Various theatres
Price
Movie

Love Sarah

In this romantic comedy by British director Eliza Schroeder, a young woman seeks to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening a bakery on Notting Hill in London.

City Tokyo
Date Opens 4 December
Schedule
Address Human Trust Cinema Yurakucho
2-7-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Phone 03-6259-8608
Price
Exhibition

Tomoo Hamada: Imaginings on St Ives, England

The Japanese artist shares his hopes for a bright future through 150 works, including sculptures specially made for this exhibition.

City Tokyo
Date Until 6 December
Schedule
Address Gallery St Ives
3-5-13 Fukasawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0081
Phone 03-3705-3050
Price
Special Event

Prince Hotels British Fair 2020: Timeless UK

Dip into a world of famous spy novels, experience a recreation of the delights from Downton Abbey, and enjoy original recipes from the executive head chef of the five-star Prince Akatoki London.

City Tokyo
Date Until 31 December
Schedule
Address Eight Prince Hotels across Tokyo
Price
Exhibition

KING & QUEEN from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Explore some 90 portrait paintings and photographs of the five British dynasties—from the House of Tudor to the current House of Windsor.
Image: Queen Elizabeth I ('The Armada Portrait') ©National Portrait Gallery, London

City Tokyo
Date Until 11 January
Schedule
Address The Ueno Royal Museum
1-2 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Phone 03-5777-8660
Price
Movie

The Keeper

This British–German biographical film tells the true story of a former member of the Hitler Youth who becomes a soccer star in England.
©2018 Lieblingsfilm & Zephyr Films Trautmann

City Tokyo
Date Now showing
Schedule
Address Shinjuku Piccadilly
3-15-15 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
Phone 03-5367-1144
Price