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

Exhibition

David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind

This is Japan’s first large-scale solo exhibition of the work of acclaimed British artist David Shrigley, who works in a wide range of media, including drawing, animation, sculpture and photography, and possesses a distinctive sense of humour. The exhibition, presented in partnership with the British Council, will introduce for the first time in Japan the diverse activities of the artist as he gently undermines the seriousness of art.

DAVID SHRIGLEY OSTRICH 2009. COURTESY: ARTIST AND THE BRITISH COUNCIL COLLECTION.
PHOTO: STEPHEN WHITE

City Mito
Date Until 21 January
Schedule 9:30am–6pm (last entry 5:30pm)
Address Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
1-6-8 Gokencho
Mito-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture
Phone 029-227-8111
Price Adults: ¥800

More events

Ballet

The Nutcracker

One of the greatest classical ballets from the Royal Opera House movie series, The Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s glittering score and has some of ballet’s most popular music. Clara, a young girl, creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present, a nutcracker. But a mysterious magician, Drosselmeyer, is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure.

© ROH.TRISTRAM KENTON

City Tokyo
Date 19–25 January
Schedule Various times
Address TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi
(Among other locations)
2-3-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5060
Price Adults: ¥3,600
Film

Paddington 2

Paddington Bear is now happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the local community. He picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Photo: © 2017 STUDIOCANAL S.A.S. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

City Tokyo
Date From 19 January
Schedule Various show times
Address Toho Cinemas Scalaza Miyukiza
(Among other locations)
1-1-3 Yurakucho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Price Adults: ¥1,800
Performance

Legend of Shakespeare: Dream of Macbeth

Aki Isoda is a pioneer of solo performance plays in Japan. Based on Shakespeare’s work, she wrote the solo play Lady Macbeth in 1971, since when she has been performing it at venues including the Edinburgh International Festival. In this production, she plays the owner of a bookshop, where she gives Shakespeare tips on becoming a successful writer at the Globe Theatre.

City Tokyo
Date 30–31 January
Schedule Various times
Address Theatre West, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishi-ikebukuro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone 0570-010-296
Price Adults: ¥5,000

Turner and the Poetics of Landscape

This exhibition is held as a mementoxto the renewal and opening of the Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art. The renowned English landscape artist J. M. W. Turner painted all the works in the exhibition. About 70 paintings have been selected from several museums, including the Scottish National Gallery and domestic galleries in Japan.

Photo: Off St Alban’s Head
©MERCER ART GALLERY, HARROGATE BOROUGH COUNCIL

City Kitakyushu
Date Until 4 February
Schedule 09:30-17:30
Address Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art
21-1 Nishiayagatani-machi
Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu
Fukuoka Prefecture
Phone 093-882-7777
Price Adults: ¥1,400
Performance

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Together Japan Tour 2018

Together is a collaborative album by English singers Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. Achieving several accolades between them, they are two of the most cherished performers in the UK. They will sing a variety of famous musical numbers, including medleys from Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, and West Side Story.

City Tokyo
Date 10–12 February
Schedule Various times
Address TOKYU THEATRE Orb
Shibuya Hikarie 11F
2-21-1 Shibuya
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3477-9999
Price Adults: ¥12,000
Exhibition

Decoration Never Dies, Anyway

This diverse exhibition features works by seven artists of different ages, nationalities and genres. Expressing their varied cultural backgrounds, they collaboratively challenge the concept of decoration. One of the artists, Kour Pour, was born in Britain. The British Council is one of the exhibition supporters.

Photo: KOUR POUR HOLY MOUNTAIN 2014, PRIVATE COLLECTION

City Tokyo
Date Until 25 February
Schedule 10am–6pm (last entry: 5:30pm)
Closed: 24 January and 14 February
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
5-21-9 Shirokane-dai
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3443-0201
Price Adults: ¥1,100
Film

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

This action-adventure spy comedy, produced and directed by Matthew Vaughn, is the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service. After their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held to ransom, the Kingsman spy organisation discovers a fellow group in the United States. They must band together to defeat a common enemy. The film stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong from the UK.

©2017 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION

City Tokyo
Date From 5 January
Schedule Various times
Address TOHO Cinemas Nichigeki
(Among other locations)
2-5-1 Yurakucho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5000
Price Adults: from ¥1,800
Concert

Paul Weller Japan Tour 2018

Paul Weller is an English singer, songwriter and musician famous for both his solo career and role in The Jam. This tour of Japan will be his first in three years and will see him perform songs from his new album A Kind of Revolution, which was released in May 2017, in Tokyo and Osaka.

City Tokyo
Date 19, 22–23 January
Schedule Start: 7pm
Address Roppongi EX Theater
(Among other locations)
1-2-9 Nishi-azabu
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3499-6669
Price Adults: from ¥9,000