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An Ode to Toru Takemitsu - Talk by Oliver Knussen and Maki Takemitsu
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017
Anisong - The Musical World of Anime
Here and Now

An Ode to Toru Takemitsu - Talk by Oliver Knussen and Maki Takemitsu   org

Toru Takemitsu is among the most important composers in the history of Japanese music. Almost entirely self-taught, Takemitsu went on to compose several hundred independent works and score over ninety films. The first composer to be fully recognised in the West, Takemitsu achieved international renown for his distinctive style. Combining elements of the Occident and the Orient, Takemitsu created music that was sensuous yet accessible.

In honour of this talented composer The Japan Foundation are proud to present a special talk as a prelude to NHK Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Takemitsu’s Requiem for Strings in March. Oliver Knussen CBE, a close friend of Takemitsu who has presided over many of Takemitsu’s works himself and Maki Takemitsu, Takemitsu’s daughter and music producer, will examine the significance of Takemitsu’s work and share their unique experiences reflecting on his life and legacy. 

This event will focus not only on the music of Toru Takemitsu but also on the life that influenced such vast and intricate musicscapes

Date: 22 January 2017 from 2.30pm

King’s Place, Hall Two, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG


Tickets for this event are priced at £3 (with free entry for students and minors). To purchase tickets please visit:

If you are a student, free places for this event can be booked by contacting

This event is coproduced by the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

NHK Symphony Orchestra perform Takemitsu’s Requiem for Strings alongside Mahler’s Symphony No.6, ‘Tragic’ at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Monday 6 March 2017, 7:30pm, as part of the International Orchestra Series. For further details, please click here.

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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017   org

Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema
Experience Japan through Cinema 

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns this year with 14 fantastic Japanese films, offering an all-encompassing introduction to Japanese cinema through the prism of "desires, hopes and impulses".

Presenting films by established and up-and-coming directors, animation, documentary and classics, this year’s programme promises to not only entertain but also provide a vivid insight into what drives human action.

For full details of the lineup and participating venues, please visit the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme website.

Date: 3 February 2017 - 29 March 2017


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Anisong - The Musical World of Anime   org

From the onset of anime in Japan, the accompanying music has always been fine-tuned to the content of the anime as well as its audience. While the music style of each song varies and differs depending on the period, the songs used and created for anime are often passionate, melodic and almost always undeniably infectious. Recently the songs have evolved from mere accompaniments or frills to the anime to become more independent and acknowledged in their own right as a genre known as anisong (“Anime songs”).

Responding to this musical phenomenon, the Japan Foundation present a special event delving deep into the topic of anime music, which is today considered one of the main driving forces in the Japanese music industry. Featuring a talk by Dr Rayna Denison, lecturer at the University of East Anglia, the event will trace anime music’s brief historical journey while examining the impact it has had upon the anime industry and its viewers.

Following on from the talk, there will be a special performance by Aya Ikeda, the songstress behind the themes of the very famous anime series Pretty Cure (aka PreCure) a “magical girl” anime, as well as the opportunity to sing along too!

Come and immerse yourself in the musical world of anime and kick-off 2017 in style!

Date: 18 January 2017 from 6.45pm

Foyles Bookshop, Level 6
107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT


This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place via Eventbrite, please visit:

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Here and Now   JPsupported

Here & Now is the first major curated exhibition of contemporary tapestry in England for over 20 years, showcasing international talent and innovative approaches to the medium. Alongside work of British tapestry weavers, the exhibition features over 20 international artists including a selection from Japan: Ayako Matsumura, Misao Watanabe, Yasuko Fujino, Saori Sakai and Ai Ito. Placing the works by Japanese artists in an international context, the exhibition will show the vigor and new aesthetic sensibility of contemporary tapestry in Japan.

Date: 1 October 2016 - 15 January 2017

The National Centre for Craft & Design
Navigation Wharf, Carre St, Sleaford NG34 7TW

For more information, please click here.

Image by Yasuko Fujino

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