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UK arts events in Japan

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)

More events

Exhibition

Welcome Back “Beautiful Meiji”

During the Meiji Period, British artists such as Alfred Parsons visited Japan and were moved to depict the country through watercolours. This, in turn, inspired Japanese artists. In celebration of this shared history, 350 pieces from the time are being displayed at the Fuchu Art Museum. The exhibit promises to give viewers a window into what the Meiji Period looked like.
ARTWORK: MORTIMER MENPES, LITTLE MOTHER, FUCHU ART MUSEUM

City Tokyo
Date 22 October–1 December
Schedule
Address Fuchu Art Museum
1-3 Sengencho, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-000
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price ¥150–700
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
Concert

Lightning Seeds

Fronted by Ian Broudie (formerly of Big in Japan), the Liverpool-based Lightning Seeds have a musical style influenced by a range of genres, from psychedelic rock to Britpop. In recent years, the band’s singles have re-entered the UK charts after resonating with fans of England’s national football team. The Lightning Seeds will be striking Tokyo for two nights at Billboard Live in Tokyo Midtown.

City Tokyo
Date 19 and 20 November
Schedule
Address Billboard Live Tokyo
9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-005
Phone 03-3405-1133
Price ¥7,400–8,400
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

Contemporary Encounters with the Modern Masters

Showcasing contemporary artwork, this exhibition features sound installations from two British artists: Oliver Beer and Susan Philipsz OBE. Best known for capturing sounds from objects and architecture, Beer’s original techniques allow for a fresh perspective to listening. Recipient of the 2012 Turner Prize for visual arts, Philipsz uses spaces, narratives and sounds to create interactive installations around the globe.
DEVILS (DETAIL), 2017. © OLIVER BEER. PHOTO BY STEPHEN WHITE. COLLECTION OF MUSEUM VOORLINDEN. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC.

City Kanagawa
Date 10 August–1 December
Schedule
Address Pola Museum of Art
1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa 250-0631
Phone 0460-84-2111
Price ¥1,800 (Adults)