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Architecture on Stage: Atelier Bow Wow new
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

The Old Puppet Joruri: The Tale of High Priest Kochi   org

Old Joruri, a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre which originated in the 17th century, is rarely performed outside Japan. However the rediscovery of a 300 year old text at the British Library has inspired a very special performance.

It is with great pleasure that the Japan Foundation, in collaboration with the British Library, present The Tale of High Priest Kochi. Featuring realistic puppets with lifelike features and beautifully embroidered Japanese costumes, this unique production tells the story of Buddhist monk Kochi Hoin.

The performance will be accompanied by a complementary talk on the play and the remarkable tale of its discovery.

This work was specially commissioned by The Japan Foundation to The London Performance Implementation Committee at the British Library.  

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Photo by Eiji Shimakura

Date: 2 June 2017 - 3 June 2017

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London 

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Architecture on Stage: Atelier Bow Wow   org

The Architecture Foundation, in association with the Barbican and The Japan Foundation London, presents a talk by one half of Atelier Bow Wow, architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto. Founded soon after the collapse of Japan’s economic bubble in the 1990’s, Atelier Bow Wow’s series of distinguished house designs include the award winning Mini House (1998) and House and Atelier Bow Wow (2005, pictured).

In this exclusive talk, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto will draw on his experiences as both a designer and observer in reflecting on Tokyo's suburban landscape.

This event is part of Architecture on Stage - a programme of talks and debates organised by The Architecture Foundation and the Barbican. 

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Please note that this event has now sold out 

Date: 22 May 2017 from 7.00pm

Frobisher Auditorium 1, Barbican, London

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The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945   org

In an exhibition co-organised with the Japan Foundation, Barbican presents the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design.

Featuring over 40 architects, ranging from renowned 20th century masters and internationally celebrated contemporary architects to exciting figures little known outside of Japan, the exhibition celebrates some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years.

Date: 23 March 2017 - 25 June 2017

Barbican Art Gallery, London

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Image: Sou Fujimoto Architects, House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2011. Photo Iwan Baan

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