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Author's Talk: Satoshi Kitamura new
Author's Talk: Genki Kawamura new
Author's Talk: Sayaka Murata new
Film Screening: Your Name new
Stop Motion Animation Which Never Stops - Animation Creators' Talk
Fumihiko Maki - Bodies of Thought new
JAEFF 2018: Youthquake
Artist Talk: Taro Izumi
Tatsuo Miyajima at the William Morris Gallery

Author's Talk: Satoshi Kitamura   org

One of the UK's most admired children's authors, Satoshi Kitamura has been winning the hearts of children (and adults) for over three decades with his lovingly drawn animations and wonderfully imaginative books. Despite no formal training, Kitamura's first book, Angry Arthur, published in the UK by Andersen Press and with words by Hiawyn Oram, earned him the prestigious Mother Goose Award. His quirky characters, bewildering beasts, and lovingly-detailed landscapes have made Kitamura's style iconic and beloved by many. As an author and translator, Kitamura has been behind many famous books such as, Millies Marvellous Hats, Me and My Cat, and David Mckee's Elmer. His new book, Hat Tricks (ScallywagPress), will be released next year. 

In partnership with The Children's Bookshow, the Japan Foundation will welcome Kitamura back to the UK to talk about his career as both an author and an illustrator, as well as his unique writing and artistic style. He will also discuss the world of children's books in the UK and Japan and what inspires both young readers and himself. 

He will be introducing his lively and fascinating characters through live painting and Kamishibai, a traditional Japanese storytelling theatre style which uses illustrated paper for visual aids. 

Date: 11 October 2018 from 6.30pm

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite please click here

In adition his London talk, Kitamura will also be making other UK appearances:

8 October Wariwck Art Centre (Visit their website for details)

12 October The Lake International Comic Art Festival  (Visit their website for details)

This Event is organised with The Children's Bookshow

In Partnership with The Lake International Comic Art Festival

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Author's Talk: Genki Kawamura   org

Genki Kawamura  may be better known for his work as a producer on critically acclaimed films such as Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa) and Confessions (Kokuhaku), but he has been recently looming on the Japanese literature world and his literary repuation shows just how multi-talented he is. His debut novel, If Cats Disappeared from the World will be out in September this year. 

To celebrate this new release, The Japan Foundation is proud to welcome Kawamura for this London debut at this special talk. Introducing his best-selling novel, Kawamura will talk about the different approaches needed for writing and film producing, take us behind the scenes of the creative process for If Cats Disappeared from the World, the secret to penning best-selling novels, including his 2014 and 2016, One Hundred Million Dollar man (Oku Otoko) and April Come She Will (Shigatsu ni nareba kanojo wa), and adapting books for film; both If Cats Disappeared from the World and One Hundred Million Dollar Man have been made into films, for which Kawamura wrote the screenplays. 

Date: 4 October 2018 from 7.00pm

London Review Bookshop, 14-16 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve your place through eventbrite please click here

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Author's Talk: Sayaka Murata   org

Japanese Author, Sayaka Murata, is arguably the current most-watched literary talent both in Japan and internationally. Her representative novel, Convenience Store Woman (KonbiniNingen) for which she drew on her own experience of working in a store, earned her Japan's most prestigious literature prize, the Akutagawa award, with a jury's fascinating comment that "it is very rare for the prize to go to such amusing literature". Recently translated into English, Convenience Store Woman has stormed the world with joyful surprise and received rave reviews. Her other titles include her debut work, Breastfeeding (Junyu, 2003) and Breeders and Killers (Satsujin Shussan, 2014).

In conjunction with her sell-out appearance at this year's Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Murata, in conversation with Megan Bradshaw, former UK Editor at Asymptote Journal will talk, for the first time in London, about her representative work and discuss her views on non-conformity within society, gender roles and parenthood in her work. Joined by the English version's translator of Convenience Store WomanGinny Tapley Takemori, who has previously translated for many Japanese authors including Ryu Murakami and Miyuki Miyabe, the event will also provide insight into the difficulties and intricacies of translating works across such a board cultural divide.

Date: 8 October 2018 from 6.30pm

Foyles Bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve your place through eventbrite please click here

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Film Screening: Your Name   org

Join us for a very special screening on Makoto Shinkai's Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa). This screening will be an amazing chance to meet one of the films producers Genki Kawamura, who will be answering questions on the film, his previous works, and on life in the anime and Japanese film industry. 

Genki Kawamura is a writer and film producer. After joining Toho, one of the major film distribuition and production companies, he went on to produce his debut film "Train Man" (Densha Otoko) at the age of 26, which yiedled 3.7 billion yen at the box office. Since then, he has been involved in many Japanese films as a producer including, "Confession" (Kokuhaku), "Vilain"(Akunin) and many others that are also available on DVD in this country. For his achievements as a producer, Kawamura was nominated for the Next Generation Asia List 2010 run by The Hollywood Reporter. In 2012 he made his literary debut with "If Cats Disappeared from the World" which is out in English this month and is included in the prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival 

Date: 3 October 2018 from 7.00pm

Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BY 

Booking: Tickets cost £5 for members of the Prince Charles Cinema and £7 for non-members. 

To book your tickets please visit the Pince Charles Website

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Stop Motion Animation Which Never Stops - Animation Creators' Talk   org

Tsuneo Goda is a Japanese animation creator best known for creating Domo, the lovable monster mascot of Japan's biggest public broadcaster, NHK. Five years after the creation of Domo, Goda founded dwarf, an animation studio in Tokyo, specialising in stop-motion puppet animation and character design. Together with Hirokazu Minegishi, who was appointed lead animator on Domo, they have since created hundreds of characters and worked on the award-winning film series Komaneko.

For this special talk event, both Goda and Minegishi will present their epic character and animation work, in addition to other creations, revealing their ideas and the creative process behind them. Together with Abigail Addison, Co-Director of Animate Projects, they will discuss the reason for their on-going dedication to the painstaking work of hand-crafted stop-motion animation when the world is turning more and more to CG, and how they bring their endearing and recognisable characters to life in TV series, films and music videos.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anybody who loves Japanese animation to hear two of Japan's most popular and creative talents share their work.

Date: 25 September 2018 from 6.30pm

Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY

With special thanks to NHK Cosmomedia Europe, a few lucky attendees will receive Domo goods!

This event is free to attend but booking via Eventbrite is essential. To book tickets, please click here.

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Fumihiko Maki - Bodies of Thought   org

Born in 1928, Fumihiko Maki was educated at the University of Tokyo and Harvard University. Since establishing Maki and Associates in 1965, he has completed many international projects including Hillside Terrace Apartments in Shibuya, Tokyo, the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the 4 World Trade Centre skyscraper in New York, amongst many others. Maki's first UK project, the Aga Khan Foundation, opened in King's Cross earlier this year.

The Japan Foundation is proud to be collaborating with RA for this special talk, which is the opening lecture for the RA's "Bodies of Thought" series. Maki will explore the concept of a "humanism of empathy" in response to this context and discuss the work of his early mentors, Josep Lluis Sert Hon RA and Kenzo Tange.

Please use the link below to visit the RA's website for more information and to book tickets.

Date: 24 September 2018 from 6.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

For more information, please click here.
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JAEFF 2018: Youthquake   org

This edition of the Japanese Avant-Garde Experimental Film Festival, in partnership with The Japan Foundation, riffs off the Oxford Dictionaries word of 2017: 'Youthquake'- defined as 'a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.'

From 'sun tribe' delinquents in Bad Boys, psychedelic drag queens in Funeral Parade of Roses, and heat-of-the-battle political documentary, to films from the influential Art Theatre Guild (ATG) film studio, the festival will showcase classic avant-garde films from the 1960s and 1970s that examine youth counterculture, the student movements, and general currents of dissatisfaction and rebellion.

Showing alongside these films are short experimental works from contemporary filmmakers and video artists that engage with life in present-day Japan. 

Date: 21 September 2018 - 23 September 2018

Barbican Cinema, Close Up Film Centre, King's College London

For more information and to book tickets through the JAEFF website, please click here

Image: Diary of a Shinjuku Thief, Dir. Nagisa Oshima

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Artist Talk: Taro Izumi   org

Taro Izumi, one of Japan's representative artists from the younger generation, inventively combines a vast array of media ranging from drawing and sculpture to performance and video to create thought provoking multimedia installations. His large structural works are often made up of simple, familiar objects, constructed in such a way as to transform everyday into the absurd. His playful, almost childlike works often conceal undertones of dark humour and irony which exist in our daily life. He has been invited to exhibit by numerous respectable art institutes such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Seoul Museum of Art and Art Basel, amongst others. 

Celebrating his first solo show in London at White Rainbow Gallery, the Japan Foundation is delighted to hold this special evening with Taro Izumi, in which the artist will discuss his unique and collaborative approach to making art, and question the seemingly unfused relationship among images, body and consciousness. The talk will also explore how he constantly challenges the media and objects he works with, as well as the audiences who view them.

Date: 18 September 2018 from 6.30pm

Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN

For more information, please click here.

This event is co-organised with White Rainbow gallery, with special thanks to Jerwood Space.

Image: Exhibition view of Taro Izumi, << Pan >>, Palais de Tokyo (03.02 - 08.05.2017). Exhibition supported by SAM Art Projects. Photo by André Morin. © Taro Izumi, courtesy of Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo.

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Tatsuo Miyajima at the William Morris Gallery   JPsupported

This new display at the William Morris Gallery features work by Tatsuo Miyajima, one of Japan's foremost contemporary artists. Through his work he explores the concept of time, incorporating original material made around the establishment of Greenwich Mean Time in 1884 with his trademark "Miyajima numbers". For his latest work, Miyajima has collaborated with William Morris, using his iconic Bird fabric from 1878 to create a new work in the series.

Date: 16 June 2018 - 23 September 2018

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4PP

Admission is free.

For more information please visit:

Image: © Tatsuo Miyajima; courtesy Lisson Gallery

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