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

Film

Art on Screen

Executive Producer and Director Phil Grabsky, the British documen­tary film-maker behind Art on Screen, is the originator and pioneer of bringing exhibition-based art films to the cinema. Michelangelo: Love and Death, I, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing will be screened this year.

City Tokyo
Date From 23 June
Schedule Various times
Address Togeki
(Among other locations)
Togeki Bldg. 3F, 4-1-1 Tsukiji,
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3541-2711
Price Adults: ¥2,000

More events

Art

The Botanical Illustration Collections from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Flora Japonica

The exhibition features selected works from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which has a collection comprising over 200,000 items of botanical art. The Kochi exhibition includes illustrations by Dr. Tomitaro Makino, who gave his name to the garden hosting the event, and by other Japanese painters.

PHOTO: ©KEW COLLECTION

Free gift
We are giving away three pairs of
free tickets to the botanical garden.

City Kochi
Date 2 June–5 August
Schedule 9am–5pm
Address The Kochi Prefectural Makino
Botanical Garden

4200-6 Godaisan, Kochi-shi,
Kochi, 781-8125
Phone 088-882-2601
Price Adults: ¥1,000 (plus ¥720 for admission to the garden)
Art

Bridget Riley: Paintings from the 1960s to the Present

British artist Bridget Riley gained recognition beginning in the 1960s for her abstract paintings that employ geometric patterns in order to produce optical sensations. This exhibition presents more than 30 paintings that span her career. This is the first full-scale exhibition of Riley’s work in Japan in 38 years.

PHOTO: FROM HERE, 1994 OIL ON LINEN 156.2 X 227.3 PRIVATE COLLECTION © BRIDGET RILEY 2018, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COURTESY DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK/ LONDON.

City Chiba
Date 14 April-26 August
Schedule 9:30am–5pm
Closed Mondays (except 16 July), closed 17 July
Address Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
631 Sakado, Sakura, Chiba
Phone 050-5541-8600
Price Adults: ¥1,300
Theatre

The Winter’s Tale

Theatre Company Kakushinhan presents their newest innovative performance, The Winter’s Tale, a romance play of William Shakespeare’s later years. King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, groundlessly believes his pregnant wife Hermione has been having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes, and destroys his family and a lifelong friendship. 16 years later ... a miracle springs from Bohemia. Company director Ryunosuke Kimura formed Kakushinhan in 2012.

Free tickets
We have one free ticket for the 7pm performance on 30 July to give away.
To apply for free tickets and gifts, please send an email with your name, address and telephone number by 27 July to:coordinator@custom-media.com
Winners will be picked at random.

City Tokyo
Date 27-31 July
Schedule Various tines
Address West End Studio
5-1-1 Arai, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
Phone 080-4118-1564
Price Adults: From ¥4,200
Music

Big Country

Big Country are a Scottish rock band formed in 1981. The band’s music is most recognizable for its Scottish folk and martial music infusion, and the band are know for playing and engineering their guitar driven sound to evoke the inspirational spirit of bagpipes, fiddles and other traditional folk instruments. For the first time in over 30 years, Big Country will perform in Japan.

Free tickets
We have one pair of tickets for the Tokyo performance at 9 p.m. on 8 August to give away. To apply for free tickets and gifts, please send an email with your name, address and telephone number by 27 July to: coordinator@custom-media.com

Winners will be picked at random.

City Osaka
Date 11 August
Schedule Various times
Address Billboard Live OSAKA
HERIBIS Plaza ENT B2
2-2-22 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka
Price Adults: From ¥6,900
Theatre

Oxford Shakespeare Players Japan Tour 2018: Twelfth Night

Oxford Shakespeare Players will present William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on its tour of Japan. When a shipwreck separates twins Viola and Sebastian, they are thrust into the extraordinary and bewitching otherworld of Illyria and enveloped in the melodrama of its rampant, decadent and wretchedly comic inhabitants in their thirst for power and, above all, love.

Free tickets
We have one pair of free tickets for this performance.
To apply for free tickets and gifts, please send an email with your name, address and telephone number by 27 July to:
coordinator@custom-media.com
Winners will be picked at random.

City Tokyo
Date 7-8 August
Schedule Various times
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishi-ikebukuro,
Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone 0570-010-296
Price Adults: ¥2,500
Film

Victory House

The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. The film stars Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi and Michael Gambon.

PHOTO: © PATHE PRODUCTIONS LIMITED, RELIANCE BIG ENTERTAINMENT(US) INC., BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION, THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE AND BEND IT FILMS LIMITED, 2016

City Tokyo
Date From August 11
Schedule Various times
Address Musashino-kan Shinjuku
(Among other locations)
Musashino Bldg. 3F, 3-27-10
Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3354-5670
Price Adults: ¥1,800
Film

Peter Rabbit

Live-action/computer-animated comedy film directed by Will Gluck, based on the stories of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter. The film stars James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Sam Neill, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, and Margot Robbie.

City Tokyo
Date From May 18
Schedule Various times
Address TOHO Cinemas Hibiya
(and other locations)
1-1-2 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5068
Price Adults: ¥1,800
Film

Phantom Thread

In 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

City Tokyo
Date From May 26
Schedule Various times
Address Cine Switch Ginza
(Among other locations)
Hata Bldg.
4-4-5 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3561-0707
Price Adults: From ¥1,800