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JAEFF 2018: Youthquake new
Winds of Change - Japanese Contemporary Plays and Playwright Series new
Summer Explorers! 2018 new
Full of Noises presents: Tomoko Sauvage and ASUNA new
Tatsuo Miyajima at the William Morris Gallery

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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Winds of Change - Japanese Contemporary Plays and Playwright Series   org

This September an exciting month-long festival brings to the UK a new series of contemporary Japanese plays by the country's most celebrated playwrights.

The Japan Foundation is proud to be in partnership for Series 1, the first two weeks of the month, with Yellow Earth Theatre, StoneCrabs, and One Two Works.

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th September
Reading of "Fallout" and "Meet the Writer"

Friday 7th September at Marylebone Theatre, 7:00pm
Play reading: Fallout
Written by Akihito Nakatsuru, translated by Jeremy Kuhles

For the synopsis, please download the flyer here.

Saturday 8th September at Free Word Centre, 3:00pm
Meet the Writer (talk): Akihito Nakatsuru

For Akihito Nakatsuru's biography, please download the flyer here.

Friday 14th & Saturday 15th September
Reading of "+51 Aviacion, San Borja" and "Meet the Writer"

Friday 14th September at Marylebone Theatre, 7:00pm
Play reading: +51 Aviacion, San Borja
Written by Yudai Kamisato, translated by Aya Ogawa

For the synopsis, please download the flyer here.

Saturday 15th September at Free Word Centre, 3:00pm
Meet the Writer (talk): Yudai Kamisato

For Yudai Kamisato's biography, please download the flyer here.

Date: 7 September 2018 - 15 September 2018

Play readings (7th and 14th September): Marylebone Theatre (Regent's University London), 7 Garbutt Place, London, W1U 4RY

Meet the Writers (talks): Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

Download Winds of Change 2018 Series 1 JPF

Booking: Tickets to play readings are £5.83.

Meet the Writer talks are free to attend, but booking is essential.

Please click on the event titles above to book tickets for each event.


Image credit:"+51 Aviacion, San Borja" (2015) at STspot (Yokohama) copyright Yuta Fukitsuka

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Summer Explorers! 2018   org

Our popular Summer Explorers free film season returns! From puppetoon animation to Samurai comedy, and a film version of Japan's mega hit TV drama, we have something to suit all ages and tastes.

Sunday 12th August 2018: Courthouse Hotel Cinema - 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HL

His Master's Voice  2:00pm & 6:40pm  Dir. Hiroyuki Itaya, 2014 | 95 min
In order to cheer up their little son, Sadakichi (Mayuta Fukuzaki) and his wife ask their gloomy looking neighbour, Taihei (Taihei Hayashiya), a former Rakugo storyteller, to give a performance for him. Sadakichi is deeply moved by his performance and hopes to become Taihei's apprentice.

Giovanni's Island  4:15pm  Dir. Mizuho Nishikubo, 2014 | 104 min
In the aftermath of World War Two, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast. On this unhealed border, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events.

Saturday 18th August 2018: Regent Street Cinema - 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW

Chieri and Cherry  2:30pm  Dir. Makoto Nakamura, 2015 | 54 min
The only friend Chieri has is a stuffed animal Cherry; it talks to her, helping her go through life in place of her late father. When she visits her grandmother's house, they find a stray dog giving birth to puppies, but a mean crow and strange monster come to steal them. Can Chieri and Cherry keep them safe?

Cat Samurai  3:50pm  Dirs. Takeshi Watanabe and Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, 2014 | 100 min
Masterless samurai Kyutaru Madarame (Kazuki Kitamura) is hired by a dog-loving gang to get rid of a rival gang's cat. The only problem - when Madarame comes face to face with the cat in question, he can't go through with it... and is now the target of both gangs!

Oshin  5:50pm  Dir. Shin Togashi, 2013 | 109 min
In 1907, 7-year-old Oshin is traded for 60kg of rice and sent to work in a lumber shop. Suspected of theft by the owners, she runs away into the mountains during a blizzard. Found by the kind Shunsaku, Oshin learns how to read and write, and the importance of independent thinking. A remake of the biggest hit drama in Japanese TV history.

Date: 12 August 2018 - 18 August 2018

12 August - Courthouse Hotel Cinema, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HL
18 August - Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW


To download the flyer, click here

These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click below:


Image credits:
His Master's Voice - image: copyright His Master's Voice Film Partners
Chieri and Cherry - image: copyright Chieri and Cherry Partners
Cat Samurai - image: copyright Neko Samurai Production Committee
Oshin - image: copyright Oshin Film Partners

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Full of Noises presents: Tomoko Sauvage and ASUNA   JPsupported

Tomoko Sauvage is an artist and musician whose work investigates the sculpturalrity of sound and improvisation in relation to the environment. Sauvage is known for her musical/visual research into 'natural synthesisers' of her own invention, composed of diverse fluid, bowls, ceramic, light and underwater amplification. For Yo No Bi, Tomoko will present the UK premiere of 'Pacific Pacific', and aural and visual voyage through the Pacific Ocean.


ASUNA produces installation works and live performances including 'Each Organ', a sound installation that explores the etymology of the portable electric organ. His performances make use of many tiny cheap toys to create a multilayered and fascinating universe of drones, loops and occasional pop implosions. He has released over 60 works on various labels around the world and 2018 will see him touring his piece '100 keyboards' around Europe, commencing with the Yo No Bi tour. 

Date: 17 August 2018 - 19 August 2018

Cookes Studios & the Nan Tait Centre, Abbey Road, Barrow-In-Furness

To book tickets through Full of Noises festival eventbrite page, click here

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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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