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


Bridge Street Market

Radio DJ Guy Perryman MBE is back with his annual British market-themed event in Tokyo. Perryman aims to recreate the feel of a true London market place, inspired by the exciting and creative vibes of those found in Covent Garden, Camden and Borough. This event, in the heart of Harajuku, aspires to act as a bridge between Japan and the rest of the world, creating a community spirit in Tokyo, and features artisan products from both Britain and Japan. The perfect way to start off the festive season.

City Tokyo
Date 18 November
Schedule 12pm–8pm
Address BA-TSU Art Gallery Omotesando
5-11-5 Jingumae
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3407-1145
Price Free entry

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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.


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


alt-J are an English indie rock band that formed in 2007 in Leeds. The band’s debut album, An Awesome Wave, was released in May 2012 and won the Mercury Prize. Their second album, This Is All Yours, was released in September 2014 and went straight to number one in the UK. Having released their third and newest album earlier this year, alt-J are now touring RELAXER, with one night only in Japan.

City Tokyo
Date 24 November
Schedule Doors open: 6pm
Address Akasaka BLITZ
5-3-2 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3499-6669
Price Adults: from ¥7,000

Violin Recital by Michiko Kobayashi

London-educated violinist Michiko Kobayashi has been introducing pieces by British composers to Japanese audiences from the time of her debut in 2004. Since taking up the violin at the age of five, Kobayashi has won numerous awards in Japan and abroad, including a silver medal at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Kobayashi’s repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary and she has performed extensively in London and Japan.


Date 26 November
Schedule 2pm
Address Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall
3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Price Adults: ¥4,000

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.


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

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Based on the novel by the English writer Baroness Orczy, this Broadway musical tells the tale of the eponymous leader of a band of English aristocrats. Set during the time of The Terror in 18th-century France, the group seek to rescue their French counterparts before they can be killed by the country’s new revolutionary government.

City Tokyo
Date 20 November–5 December
Schedule Various Times
Address TBS Akasaka ACT Theater
5-3-2 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone 0570-077-039
Price Adults: ¥9,000

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.


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

Windsor Chairs—British Chairs Admired by Japanese

Built from a seat of solid wood into which the chair back and legs are connected, Windsor chairs first appeared in Buckinghamshire. They came to be highly admired by the founders of the mingei craft movement, Yanagi Soetsu and Hamada Shoji, as well as stencil dyeing artist Keisuke Serizawa.

City Tokyo
Date Until 23 November
Schedule 10am–5pm (Last entry: 4:30pm; closed Mondays except for holidays, in which case closed the next day)
Address The Japan Folk Crafts Museum
4-3-33 Komaba
Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3467-4527
Price Adults: ¥1,100