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


Paddington Bear

Since the 1958 publication of Michael Bond CBE’s first book, A Bear Called Paddington, more than 150 titles have been published in a variety of formats, and Paddington Bear has become popular around the world. Bond passed away in June 2017, and this exhibition is being held in memory of his work.

City Tokyo
Date 28 April–25 June
Schedule 10am–6pm (last entry at 5:30pm)
Open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays
Closed: 8 May and 5 June
Address The Bunkamura Museum of Art
2-24-1 Dogenzaka
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price Adults: ¥1,400

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William Morris — the History of Design

William Morris was one of the most prominent British artists and thinkers of the 19th century. This exhibition will display major works by Morris and other designers of the period, highlighting his life and the history of his designs.

William Morris
«Strawberry Thief» 1883
photo ©Brain Trust Inc.

City Kyoto
Date 21 April–16 July
Schedule 10am–5pm
(last admission: 4:30pm)
Closed Mondays (except July 16)
Address Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa
Museum of Art

5-3 Zenihara, Oyamazaki-cho,
Otokuni-gun, Kyoto
Phone 075-957-3123
Price Adults: ¥900

Turner and the Poetics of Landscape

Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art presents an exhibition of Turner’s paintings. On display are some 120 watercolours, oils, and prints divided into four categories, namely, Topography, Seascapes, Landscapes of Antiquity and Mountains.


City Tokyo
Date 24 April–1 July
Schedule 10am–6pm
(last admission 5:30pm),
(26–30 June; last admission 6:30pm)
Closed Mondays
Address Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan
Nipponkoa Museum of Art

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Headquarters Bldg. 42F,
1-26-1, Nishi-shinjuku,
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price Adults: ¥1,300

The Secret Garden

This musical is based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story is set in the early years of the 20th century. Mary Lennox, a young English girl, born and raised in the British Raj, is orphaned by a cholera outbreak when she is 10 years old. She is sent away from India to Yorkshire, England, to live with relatives whom she has never met.

City Tokyo
Date 11 June–11 July
Schedule Various times
Address Theatre Creation
1-2-1 Yurakucho,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3201-7777
Price Adults: From ¥9,500

NNT Opera Studio “Two x ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ”

The New National Theatre Opera Studio, generally known simply as the NNT Opera Studio, was founded in April 1998 as Japan’s first theatre-affiliated training institute for those seeking a career in opera. Trainee singers are given a chance to appear on the stage of the New National Theatre Tokyo from the studio’s first semester, in order to acquire the skill to perform as opera singers. This year, trainee singers who entered the studio in 2016, 2017 and 2018 present this version of two operas: I Capuleti e i Montecchi, composed by Vincenzo Bellini, and Roméo et Juliette, composed by Charles Gounod. Both of the operas are based on the famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.

City Tokyo
Date 30 June–1 July
Schedule 2pm
Address The PIT
New National Theatre Tokyo, 1-1-1,
Hon-machi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price Adults: ¥3,240

Art on Screen

Executive Producer and Director Phil Grabsky, the British documen­tary film-maker behind Art on Screen, is the originator and pioneer of bringing exhibition-based art films to the cinema. Michelangelo: Love and Death, I, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing will be screened this year.

City Tokyo
Date From 23 June
Schedule Various times
Address Togeki
(Among other locations)
Togeki Bldg. 3F, 4-1-1 Tsukiji,
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3541-2711
Price Adults: ¥2,000

Peter Rabbit

Live-action/computer-animated comedy film directed by Will Gluck, based on the stories of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter. The film stars James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Sam Neill, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, and Margot Robbie.

City Tokyo
Date From May 18
Schedule Various times
Address TOHO Cinemas Hibiya
(and other locations)
1-1-2 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone 050-6868-5068
Price Adults: ¥1,800