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

Please note that, due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 coronavirus situation, all events are subject to cancellation or postponement. Please check event/organiser websites for the latest information.


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.

City Osaka
Date Until 15 December
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

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St David’s Day Buffet and Performance

Enjoy a traditional Welsh buffet in Tokyo to celebrate St David’s Day (1 March). Lunch will be followed by a special performance of My Body Welsh, a bilingual one-man play featuring Welsh actor Steffan Donnelly, who also wrote the play with Tara Robinson. Nominated for two Wales Theatre Awards in 2018, the play explores mysterious skeletons found at the bottom of a well. Photo: The Invertigo Theatre

Note: The venue and time have been updated.

City Tokyo
Date 29 February
Schedule Buffet lunch starts 1:30pm
(Entrance at 1:00pm)
Performance at 4:00pm
Address Irish Pub CRAIC
2-6-14 Akasaka, Tokyo 107-0052
Phone 080-5533-1726
Price ¥5,000

Michael Kenna: Beyond Architecture

This engaging exhibition showcases the work of English-born photographer Michael Kenna. In his new book of the same title, Kenna—best known for his black-and-white landscapes that explore the relationship between nature and the structures that humans have placed on Earth—attempts to visualise the memories, traces and atmospheres that are present in human absence.
Photo: Long Wall, Berwick, Northumberland, England. 1991 © Michael Kenna/RAM

City Tokyo
Date Until 19 March
Address Gallery Art Unlimited
1-26-4, 3F Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Phone 03-6805-5280
Price Free

Queen Exhibition: Bohemian Rhapsody

Celebrate Queen’s love affair with Japan and the special bond that has existed between Japanese fans and the legendary band since their arrival in Tokyo in April 1975. Rare and previously unseen historical items—including 11 original costumes shipped from Europe and a collection of never-before-seen photographs from the Shinko Music Publishing archive—will be on display.

City Yokohama / Osaka / Nagoya
Date Until 6 April
Address Yokohama: Until 22 March, Asobuild
Osaka: 25 March–6 April, Osaka Takashimaya S.C.
Nagoya: 18 April–10 May, Nagoya Matsuzakaya
Price ¥1,800 (¥1,700 advance) | ¥1,400 (students, ¥1,300 advance)

Kenneth Macmillan’s Manon

One of Britain’s most defining ballets, Manon, by Sir Kenneth Macmillan, is based on Abbé Prévost’s 1731 novel Manon Lescaut. It follows the story of a young socialite who is caught between true love and her luxurious lifestyle. The ballet is notable for its complex and exciting choreography.

City Tokyo
Date 22 February–1 March
Address New National Theatre Tokyo, Opera Palace
1-1-1 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0071
Phone 03-5352-9999
Price ¥1,650–13,200

Brit Floyd

Billed as “the world’s greatest Pink Floyd show,” Liverpool-based tribute band Brit Floyd returns to the stage to perform its new production Echoes 2020, which includes highlights from The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Division Bell. Also featured is a show-stopping, 23-minute, note-for-note performance of the iconic, era-defining “Echoes” to mark the song’s 50th anniversary.

City Tokyo
Date 28 February
Address LINE CUBE Shibuya
1-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042
Phone 050-5533-0888
Price ¥9,900

Sunset Boulevard

A famous story of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition, the musical Sunset Boulevard is based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film of the same title. Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Sir Christopher Hampton CBE and Don Black OBE, this presentation will feature an all-Japanese cast.

City Tokyo
Date 14–29 March
Address Tokyo International Forum, Hall C
5-3-5, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Phone 03-3490-4949
Price ¥5,500–13,500

Future and the Arts:
AI, Robotics, Cities, Life—
How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow

An international project supported in part by a grant from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, this exhibition comprises more than 100 works in five distinct sections. Themes include: neo-metabolism architecture; possible designs of future cities; lifestyle and design innovations; and the ethical issues of human augmentation.

City Tokyo
Date Until 29 March
Address Mori Art Museum
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price ¥1,800

Every Brilliant Thing

This much-talked-about solo show, written jointly by the energetic British playwright Duncan Macmillan and actor Jonny Donahoe, is characterised by its distinctive, unique performance format in which the performer interacts with the audience to explore the brilliant things in life. It will have its Japanese-language premiere in a collaboration between Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Ryutopia Niigata City Performing Arts Centre.
Photo: Minna Hatinen

City Tokyo
Date 25 January–5 February
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Phone 0570-010-296
Price ¥1,000–5,000


This film by Scottish director Simon Hunter stars English actress Sheila Hancock CBE and tells the story of an 83-year-old woman pursuing her lifelong dream of climbing Scotland’s Suilven mountain after the death of her husband. Edie won the Juried Narrative Prize at the Berkshire International Film Festival and the International Narrative Prize at the Cleveland International Film Festival in 2018.

City Tokyo
Date 24 January–31 March
Address Cine Switch Ginza
4-4-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
(Also showing at other locations.)
Phone 03-3561-0707
Price Various

Paul Galbraith

Internationally renowned Scottish guitarist Paul Galbraith will give a recital in Tokyo on the eight-string Brahms guitar, which he developed in 1994 together with David Rubio. The programme will include J.S. Bach’s Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-flat (BWV998), Scriabin’s 6 Preludes, as well as “Cataluña” and “Sevilla” from Albeniz’s Suite Española No. 1.

City Tokyo
Date 7 February
Address St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tokyo
3-16-15 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0014
Phone 090-2644-6401
Price ¥3,500–4,500

Philharmonia Orchestra

The London-based Philharmonia Orchestra, founded by classical record producer Walter Legge in 1945, will be performing works by Mahler, Ravel, Salonen, Sibelius, Shostakovich and Stravinsky under the direction of conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Violinist Sayaka Shoji will perform on January 23 and 28.

City Tokyo
Date 23, 28–29 January
Address Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Phone 0570-010-296
Price ¥12,000–24,000

Ardal O’Hanlon

Irish comedian, actor and writer Ardal O’Hanlon is bringing his award-winning humour to the Good Heavens pub in Shimokitazawa. Called “highly entertaining and frequently brilliant” by the Irish Independent, O’Hanlon has headlined and hosted the BBC’s Live at the Apollo and recorded a one-man special for the US television network Comedy Central.

City Tokyo
Date 23 and 24 January
Address Good Heavens British pub
2F, 5-32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0032
Phone 03-3411-6774
Price ¥6,000


English writer Nick Dear's stage adaption of Mary Shelley's famous novel will be presented in the comfort of a Japanese cinema. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, Frankenstein premiered at the Royal National Theatre in 2011. Both leads received the Oliver Award and London Evening Standard Award.

City Sapporo
Date 6–12 December
Address Sapporo Cinema Frontier
JR Tower Stellar Place 7F
2, Kita-5 Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0005
Phone 011-209-5400
Price ¥3,000 (Students: ¥2,500)

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.

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