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

Concert

TSO Subscription Concert Series No.674

The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, led by English conductor Jonathan Nott, will be performing symphonies by Ives, Schubert and Brahms. Varvara Nepomnyaschaya, winner of the Concours Géza Anda international piano competition, will make her Tokyo debut.

City Tokyo
Date 12 October
Schedule 6pm
Address Suntory Hall
1-13-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Phone 03-3505-1001
Price ¥3,000–9,000

More events

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)
Workshop

The 5th Gardening Fair

Learn the fundamentals of English gardening. On 13 and 14 September, TV and internet personality Michael Perry, one of the UK’s 10 most influential gardeners will be hosting workshops.



City Nagano
Date 6–23 September
Schedule
Address BARAKURA English Garden
5047 Kuridaira, Kitayama, Chino, Nagano 391-0301
Phone 0266-77-2019
Price ¥800 | One-day course with Michael Perry: ¥6,000 (includes lunch)
Opera

2019 The Royal Opera Japan Tour

The Royal Opera, led by Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano, returns to Japan with two operas: Otello and Faust. Based in the iconic Covent Garden, the Royal Opera has performed with some of the world’s most respected singers and conductors. PHOTO: ROH / CATHERINE ASHMORE

City Various locations
Date 12–23 September
Schedule
Address Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
5-45 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8716

Kanagawa Kenmin Hall
3-1 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023
045-5685-0650
www.kanagawa-kenminhall.com/english
Phone 03-5685-0650
Price ¥30,000–59,000
Concert

Sting Japan Tour

Seventeen-time Grammy Award winner Sting will be rolling through Japan for the 11th time as he brings his new tour—Sting: My Songs—to four cities. The Northumberland native will be performing favourites spanning his 40-plus-year career. PHOTO: MAYUMI NISHIDA

City Various locations
Date 7–15 October
Schedule
Address Fukuoka, Chiba, Sendai and Osaka
Price ¥17,000–18,000
Exhibition

Julian Opie

One of Britain’s most influential living artists, Opie produces land­scapes and portraits defined by simple, schematic lines and blocks of colour. He also uses modern mediums, including computer-aided design, LED installations and LED screens. This is the first time in 11 years that Opie’s work will be shown in a Japanese museum.
PHOTO: TOWERS 1. 2018

City Tokyo
Date Until 23 September
Schedule
Address Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
3-20-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1403
Phone 03-5777-8600
Price ¥800–1,200
Cinema

Tolkien

British actor Nicholas Hoult stars as J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the legendary novel The Lord of the Rings, in a film depicting his formative years. Written by Irish theatre writer David Gleeson and British writer Stephen Beresford.
PHOTO: ©2019 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

City Tokyo
Date From 30 August
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Hibiya
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya 4F
1-1-2 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Phone 050-6868-5068
Price Varies
Exhibition

The Matsukata Collection: A One-Hundred-Year Odyssey

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the National Museum of Western Art, this exhibition traces the century-long voyage of the Matsukata Collection. The exhibition displays some 160 works by prominent artists, including van Gogh and Monet.
PHOTO: FRANK BRANGWYN, PORTRAIT OF MR. KOJIRO MATSUKATA (1916), THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART, TOKYO (DONATED BY THE HEIRS OF MR. KOJIRO MATSUKATA)

City Tokyo
Date Until 23 September
Schedule
Address The National Museum of Western Art
7-7 Ueno-Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Phone 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
Price ¥1,600
Cinema

Spider-Man: Far from Home

Preceding the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man, played by British actor Tom Holland, must overcome new obstacles that have come about as the world undergoes great changes.


City Various locations
Date From 28 June
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills
6-10-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
050-6868-5024

TOHO Cinemas Chanter
1-2-2 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
050-686-5001
Price
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)
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)
Cinema

Crooked House

The 2017 British murder-mystery film Crooked House is based on Agatha Christie’s 1949 novel of the same name. As the story unfolds, a spy-turned-private-detective helps his former lover catch her grand­father’s murderer before Scotland Yard can expose the family’s dark secrets.
PHOTO: © 2017 CROOKED HOUSE PRODUCTIONS LTD.

City Various locations
Date From 19 April
Schedule
Address Kadokawa Cinema (among other venues)
Yomiuri Kaikan 8F, 1-11-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku 100-0006
Phone 03-6268-0015
Price ¥1,800
Cinema

Mary Queen of Scots

Queen of France at the age of 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart (played by Irish Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan) returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). The film, from British director Josie Rourke, focuses on the battle between rival queens and their personal journeys as female leaders in a male-dominated era.
PHOTO: © 2018 FOCUS FEATURES LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

City Various locations
Date 15 March
Schedule
Address TOHO Cinemas Chanter
Hibiya Chanter
100-0006, Tokyo, Chiyoda, Yurakucho, 1 Chome-2-2
Price Price varies
Cinema

My Generation

Legendary British actor Michael Caine narrates this documen­tary, directed by David Batty, about the “swinging London” street culture that still echoes today. Featuring famous bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, and iconic people such as model and actress Twiggy, fashion designer Mary Quant, singer Marianne Faithfull, painter David Hockney and many others!
PHOTO: © RAYMI HERO PRODUCTIONS 2017

City Tokyo
Date 5 January
Schedule
Address Bunkamura Le Cinema
2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8507
Phone 03-3477-9999
Price
Cinema

Mary Poppins Returns

Now grown up, with a family of his own, Michael Banks finds himself in financial trouble. Just as he feels all is lost, his magical childhood nanny, Mary Poppins, returns to take the Banks family on a whirlwind adventure to save the day! Starring Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Whishaw.
PHOTO: © 2019 DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.

City Various locations
Date 1 February
Schedule
Address
Price