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

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

More events

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
Movie

Official Secrets

Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, this is the true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Photo: Nick Wall © Official Secrets Holdings, LLC

City Tokyo
Date Now playing
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Chanter
1-2-2 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Phone 050-6868-5001
Price
Musical

Billy Elliot—Little Dancer

Based on the film about a working-class boy in Northern England who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, this hit musical features songs by the legendary Elton John.

City Tokyo
Date Until 17 October
Schedule
Address TBS Akasaka ACT Theatre
Akasaka Sacas, 5-3-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8006
Phone 03-3589-2277
Price ¥10,000–14,000
Special Event

Imperial Hotel Tokyo: British Week

This year, the annual event will feature a special afternoon tea to mark the 130th birthday of both the hotel and English author Agatha Christie.
AGATHA CHRISTIE is a registered trademark of Agatha Christie Limited in the UK and elsewhere. All rights reserved.

City Tokyo
Date Until 31 October
Schedule
Address Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8558
Phone 03-3504-1111
Price
Exhibition

Cerith Wyn Evans Exhibition

The work of Welsh conceptual artist, sculptor and filmmaker Cerith Wyn Evans, renowned for using abstract materials such as light and sound to appeal to the senses, is on display at the Pola Museum of Art. It is Evans’ first solo exhibition in Japan. Photo: Ken Kato

City Kanagawa
Date Until 3 November
Schedule
Address 1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa 250-0631
Phone 0460-84-2111
Price Free (Atrium Gallery only)
Musical

Violet

A multi-award-winning musical based on Doris Betts' short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim”. This joint production by the Charing Cross Theatre and the Umeda Arts Theater received good reviews for the performances held at the Charing Cross Theatre, London, between January and April 2019. Performances by a Japanese cast will be held in Tokyo in April.

City Tokyo
Date 7–26 April
Schedule
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Price ¥12,000
Play

Small Island

Helen Edmunson’s stage adaptation of British author Andrea Levy’s book Small Island—featuring a company of 40 actors—is coming to Japan. Exploring the history of Jamaica and the UK during World War II, three stories intertwine in this critically praised play. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots.
Photo: Brinkhoff Moegenburg

City Tokyo
Date 17–23 April
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi
2-3-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022

Cine Libre, Ikebukuro
1-11-1 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Price Price: ¥2,500–3,000