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

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

More events

Theatre

Henry V

This production marks the 20th anniversary of The New National Theatre Tokyo. The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II, and Henry IV parts 1 and 2. Urai Kenji, who played Prince Harry in Henry IV, will return as the new king, Henry V.

City Tokyo
Date 17 May–3 June
Schedule Various times
Address The New National Theatre
1-1-1 Hon-machi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price Adults: ¥8,640
Film

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
Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet Japan Tour—La Fille mal gardée

Performances of Sir Frederick Ashton’s mix of spectacular classical ballet with finely wrought English comedy, directed by David Bintley. In this ballet, Lise—the only daughter of Simone, a widow and owner of a prosperous farm—is in love with Colas, a young farmer. But Lise’s mother has far more ambitious plans to marry her off to Alain, the son of a wealthy vineyard proprietor.

City Tokyo
Date 25–27 May
Schedule Various times
Address Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Ueno Koen 5-45, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3791-8888
Price Adults: From ¥6,000
Film

Phantom Thread

In 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

City Tokyo
Date From May 26
Schedule Various times
Address Cine Switch Ginza
(Among other locations)
Hata Bldg.
4-4-5 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3561-0707
Price Adults: From ¥1,800
Film

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018

Nearly 10,000 films from more than 130 countries and regions around the world were in the running. The cream of the crop—some 250 titles—were selected for screening at the festival. To be screened in the Academy Award Program and Anniversary Program of the festival are the UK films The Silent Child by Chris Overton, which won the Best Short Award at the Oscars this year, and The Phone Call, starring Sally Cecilia Hawkins. All programmes are in English and Japanese.

City Tokyo
Date 4–24 June
Schedule Various times
Address Omotesando Hills Space O
(and other locations)
4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-5474-8330
Price Admission is free
Event

The 28th Barakura Flower Show

This special annual event at the Barakura English Garden features lectures by prominent British speakers, as well as a variety of live performances by British musicians. There will also be fish and chips provided by Rugby’s Brownsover Fish Bar, which has been voted the provider of Britain’s best fish and chips.

City Chino
Date 21–25 June
Schedule Opening times: 9am–6pm
Address Barakura English Garden
5047 Kuridaira, Kitayama, Chino-shi, Nagano Prefecture
Phone 0266-77-2019
Price Adults: ¥1,800 (at the door)
Film

Hampstead

The film Hampstead is a 2017 British drama written by Robert Festinger and directed by Joel Hopkins. The film stars Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton, Lesley Manville, Jason Watkins and Simon Callow.

City Tokyo
Date From 21 April
Schedule Various Times
Address Cine Switch Ginza
(Among other locations)
Hata Bldg.
4-4-5 Ginza
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3561-0707
Price Adults: ¥1,800
Performance

Jekyll & Hyde & So on

In his play Jekyll & Hyde & So on, based on the English novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Koki Mitani, a well-known Japanese playwright and director, transforms the horrific atmosphere of the original novel with his unique comical style.

City Tokyo
Date 27 April–26 May
Schedule Various times
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3490-4949
Price Adults: from ¥7,500