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

Ballet

English National Ballet: Akram Khan’s Giselle

Ballet choreographer Akram Khan’s Giselle is coming to cinemas for the first time. Tamara Rojo CBE dances as Giselle in the classic story of love, betrayal and redemption. Sets and costumes are by Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip, and composer Vincenzo Lamagna has adapted the original score. Lighting design is by Tony Award-winner Ross MacGibbon.
Photo: Akram Khan’s Giselle © Laurent Liotardo

City Tokyo
Date From 30 November
Schedule Various show times
Address Togeki
4-1-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(among other locations)
Phone 03-3541-2711
Price Adults: ¥3,500

More events

Exhibition

Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism

Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood revolutionised British art. Founded in 1848 by Rossetti and fellow avant-garde artists, such as William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, the group advocated realism, intense colour and complexity. This exhibition in Osaka highlights 150 Pre-Raphaelite paintings, tapestries and more from private and museum collections in the UK and US.
ARTWORK: © MORRIS & CO., 1883, STRAWBERRY THIEF
TULLIE HOUSE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, CARLISLE

City Osaka
Date Until 15 December
Schedule
Address Abeno Harukas Art Museum
Abeno Harukas 16F, 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka 545-0052
Phone 06-4399-9050
Price ¥500–1,500
Exhibition

Impressionism and Beyond— Master Paintings from the Yoshino Gypsum Collection

This exhibition features 72 curated works from the world-renowned Yoshino Gypsum Collection that showcase pastels from several 19th-century masters of impressionism, including Monet, Chagall and British artist Sisley, who called France home. Also of note are the landscapes of Picasso rarely seen anywhere else.
ARTWORK: ALFRED SISLEY ROW OF POPLARS AT MORET 1888 OIL ON CANVAS 54.0×73.0 CM

City Tokyo
Date Until 20 January
Schedule
Address Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Phone 81-3-5777-8600
Price ¥500–1,700
Movie

Sorry We Missed You

In this new story from British director Ken Loach and screen­writer Paul Laverty, Kris Hitchen plays a self-employed franchise-owner living in Newcastle upon Tyne with his wife (Debbie Honeywood). The film has earned favourable reviews and acclaim for its commentary on labour market exploita­tion, and won the Audience Award for Best European Film at the 2019 San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain.
PHOTO: JOSS BARRATT, SIXTEEN FILMS 2019
© SIXTEEN SWMY LIMITED, WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS, LES FILMS DU FLEUVE, BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION, FRANCE 2 CINÉMA AND THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE 2019

City Tokyo
Date From 13 December
Schedule
Address Human Trust Cinema Yurakucho
2-7-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Phone 03-6259-8608
Price ¥1,000–1,800
Movie

The Trip to Spain

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon star as fictionalised versions of themselves as they journey on a road trip through Spain in this British comedy by Michael Winterbottom. This is the third instal­ment featuring the duo, following The Trip and The Trip to Italy.

City Tokyo
Date From 8 November
Schedule
Address Bunkamura, Le Cinema
2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8507
Phone 03-3477-9111
Price ¥1,000–1,800
Exhibition

Masterpieces of Impressionism: The Courtauld Collection

This beautiful exhibition displays 60 works from the renowned London Courtauld Gallery and showcases masterpieces by artists such as Manet, Renoir and Gauguin. After Tokyo, the collection will move to the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (3 January–15 March) and the Kobe City Museum (28 March–21 June).
PHOTO: ÉDOUARD MANET, A BAR AT THE FOLIES-BERGÈRE, 1882
© COURTAULD GALLERY (THE SAMUEL COURTAULD TRUST)

City Tokyo
Date 10 September–15 December
Schedule
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
8-36 Ueno-Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price ¥800–1,600
Exhibition

Star Wars Identities

Leading up to the December release of The Rise of Skywalker, starring British actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, this exhibition from a galaxy far, far away features Star Wars characters, models and interactive content from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

City Tokyo
Date Until 13 January
Schedule
Address Warehouse Terrada G1-5F
2-6-4 Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002
Price ¥3,200 (adults)
Exhibition

Exhibition of valuable books by William Morris

A prominent 19th century designer, poet, social activist and leading figure in the British Arts and Crafts Movement, Morris revolutionised decorative art and textile design. This showcase will present books published by his famous Kelmscott Press.


City Tokyo
Date 28 June–21 December
Schedule Closed 22–26 September
Address Meisei Gallery, Meisei University
2-1-1 Hodokubo, Hino-shi, Tokyo
gad-gallery@ml.meisei-u.ac.jp
Price Free (Please show photo ID at the entrance)