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Talk event - Capturing Beauty and Power in Structure: ISHIMOTO Yasuhiro with ASAKURA Mei new
KABUKI KIMONO: Costumes of Bandō Tamasaburō V
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE 2024
Art Without Heroes: Mingei
Nara to Norwich: Kannon Bosatsu Replica Scroll and Shomyo performance by Karyobinga Shomyo Kenkyukai
Special screening: 'Beautiful Mystery' (1983) as part of Queer 80s at the Barbican Centre new

Talk event - Capturing Beauty and Power in Structure: ISHIMOTO Yasuhiro with ASAKURA Mei   org

ISHIMOTO Yasuhiro (1921-2012) remains one of Japan’s leading photographers. Born in the USA to a pair of Japanese immigrant farmers, ISHIMOTO studied both in Japan and at the Institute of Design in Chicago (also known as the New Bauhaus), where he was taught photographic technology by Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan. After returning to Japan in the mid-1950s, he photographed the Katsura Rikyu (Katsura Imperial Villa). His work was praised highly, and so ISHIMOTO was pushed into fame, not least because his masterpieces were a breath of fresh air for the world of Japanese photography, employing modernistic expressions of the structural and stylistic power his photographic subjects held.

 

In celebration of the exhibition Yasuhiro Ishimoto. Lines and Bodies at LE BAL in Paris (19 June to 17 November), the Japan Foundation, London, together with The Photographers’ Gallery, will host a talk by ASAKURA Mei (curator at The Museum of Art, Kochi) exploring the legendary photographer while illustrating the characteristics of his works and the legacy he left. The Museum of Art to which ASAKURA belongs is home to the Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center, a facility that holds almost the entirety of ISHIMOTO’s works, leaving ASAKURA uniquely positioned to share insights unmatched in depth and expertise.

 

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ISHIMOTO’s exhibition at LE BAL in Paris is supported by the Japan Foundation.


Date: 20 June 2024 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW

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KABUKI KIMONO: Costumes of Bandō Tamasaburō V   org

Step into the world of Kabuki with six stunning kimonos worn by the legendary actor BANDO Tamasaburo V, known for his renowned onnagata roles (male actor who performs female roles). Experience the intricate artistry of these garments, highlighting a diverse range of complex textile techniques, encompassing weaving, dyeing, embroidery, and hand-painting. We are delighted to collaborate with the Ashmolean Museum.

 

Date: 21 November 2023 - 8 December 2024

Venue: The Ashmolean Museum

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Date: 21 November 2023 - 8 December 2024
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JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE 2024   org

Following on from the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024 (JFTFP24) in February and March, we are delighted to announce that JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE, first launched in 2020, will now also be held in the UK from 5 June at 4am until 3 July at 4am (all times BST).

For the first two weeks of the festival, 18 Japanese films will be available for streaming, with 2 television drama series that were popular in Japan being made available for the festival’s second half.

Enjoy the diverse world of Japanese cinema in person and also online this year!


Date: 5 June 2024 - 3 July 2024 from 4.00am to 4.00am

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Art Without Heroes: Mingei   JPsupported

In collaboration with William Morris Gallery, we're proudly presenting the UK's most wide-ranging exhibition dedicated to Mingei, the influential folk-craft movement originating in Japan during the 1920s and 1930s. Showcasing a diverse array of works including ceramics, woodwork, textiles, and more, this exhibition explores Mingei's cultural significance and its enduring relevance in contemporary craft and consumerism.

Date: now on, until 22 September 2024
Venue: William Morris Gallery
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Date: 23 March 2024 - 22 September 2024
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Nara to Norwich: Kannon Bosatsu Replica Scroll and Shomyo performance by Karyobinga Shomyo Kenkyukai   JPsupported

We are delighted to support the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in presenting a giant replica of the Dai Miei Daigajiku scroll from Hasedera - Hase Temple - in Japan, created using high-resolution scanning of the original.

The scroll depicts the bodhisattva Kannon, known as the bodhisattva of compassion, and was originally created during the Edo period (1603–1867) as a model for reconstructing the Kannon statue in the temple, which had been destroyed by fire in 1495.

Accompanying the scroll will be a programme of performances, discussions, and presentations, including a special series of shomyo chanting performances by the Karyobinga Shomyo Kenkyukai Ensemble.


Date: 20 May 2024 - 25 May 2024
Venue:

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

Some events at Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia,
Norfolk Road, Norwich, NR4 7TJ


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Special screening: 'Beautiful Mystery' (1983) as part of Queer 80s at the Barbican Centre   JPsupported

We are proud to partner with the Barbican Centre for a special screening of NAKAMURA Genji's Beautiful Mystery (1983), screening as part of Queer 80s.

Political correctness flies out the window in this outrageous gay erotic comedy that satirises author and nationalist MISHIMA Yukio and his private army. 

 

Aspiring, patriotic bodybuilder SHINOHARA is spotted by the dominant MITANI (a caricature of queer writer and ardent nationalist MISHIMA Yukio) and recruited for militia, with plans to launch a coup d'état. The soldiers have more than revolution on the mind, though, and SHINOHARA finds himself in a world of gay sex and worship of the body. 

 

With an introduction by critic, curator, and occasional filmmaker Tony Rayns, this one-of-a-kind film is not to be missed.

 

*Please note this film contains a scene of rape that some viewers may find distressing.


Date: 6 June 2024 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Barbican Cinema 1, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS


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£13 per ticket, £11 concessions

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