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A Reading Performance of Pearl and Dagger at The Other Palace new
Screening of Singing Lovebirds (1939)
UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Project
Fogscape #03238 Installation at Lumiere Durham 2019 new

A Reading Performance of Pearl and Dagger at The Other Palace   org


The Japan Foundation is proud to partner with Thèatre Lapis on this special reading performance.

Pearl and Dagger is a new musical inspired by the Japanese folktale, A Story of Oki Island, which can originally be found in Ancient Tales and Folklore of Japan, written in 1906 by Richard Gordon Smith, a British naturalist.

It is the story of Tokoyo, a young woman dealing with the grief over her deceased mother. When her father, the former samurai Oribe, is wrongly imprisoned on a mysterious island, she sets out on a journey to find him and must discover the secrets of the island, her family, and the meaning of real bravery.

Originally conceived by composer/lyricist Eden Tredwell, directed by Yojiro Ichikawa and co-written by Nozomi Abe, this is the first trial show of the unique production devised from the collaboration between British and Japanese artists, combining both Western musical theatre and Japanese tradition. As part of Thèatre Lapis five-year project ‘Brilliance 2016-2020’, which retells Japanese stories in unique theatre setting, the team behind this production aims to raise and increase awareness of Japan and Japanese culture, as well as hopes that this theatrical experience becomes an invitation to the world of Japanese aesthetics.

Thèatre Lapis is planning to expand this production and tour it to various locations in the UK towards 2020.

Date: 29 November 2019 from 2.00pm

The Other Palace, Studio, 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA

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Screening of Singing Lovebirds (1939)   org


The Japan Foundation is delighted to partner with the British Film Institute and Independent Cinema Office in presenting Singing Lovebirds (1939) directed by Masahiro Makino, as part of the Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen season.

Director Makino was considered the Busby Berkeley of Japan and in this warm-hearted musical about the tangled love lives of the samurai, the influences of Hollywood are clear. Fusing jazz numbers with traditional Japanese joruri provides a very hummable mix of east and west. Fans of Kurosawa might be surprised to see Shimura, star of Seven Samurai, in a singing role.

Screening at the following dates and venues across the UK:

Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

BFI Southbank, London

Cultureplex, Manchester

BFI Southbank, London

QUAD, Derby

Depot, Lewes

GFT, Glasgow

Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast

Showroom Workstation, Sheffield

Eden Court, Inverness

Tyneside, Newcastle


Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 20:00

Sunday, 20 October 2019 at 15:50

Saturday, 2 November 2019, at 20:00

Friday, 8 November 2019 at 18:40

Saturday, 9 November 2019 at 15:00

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 21:00

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 at 18:30

Sunday, 8 December 2019 at 15:30

Sunday, 8 December 2019 at 15:15

Monday, 16 December 2019 at 20:00

Tuesday, 7 January 2020 at 18:30


..with more dates and venues to follow!

Date: 19 October 2019 - 7 January 2020

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UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Project   org


UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Project: Sakubei Yamamoto Coal Mining Paintings World Tour

As part of the Beyond 2020 programme, the Bridge Together Project is exhibiting the coal mining paintings of Sakubei Yamamoto which have been registered as a UNESCO Memory of the World – the first Japanese artefacts to receive the honour. The exhibition will tour cities around the world in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games.


Date: 4 October – 15 November 2019

Venue: Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7JT


Date: 14 September 2019 – 30 September 2020

Venue: Big Pit National Coal Museum, Pontypool NP4 9XP, Wales

Sakubei Yamamoto Coal Mining Paintings World Tour

Date: 4 October 2019 - 30 September 2020

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Fogscape #03238 Installation at Lumiere Durham 2019   JPsupported


The Japan Foundation is delighted to support this collaborative installation piece as part of Lumiere Durham 2019!


A rolling nocturnal fog cascades into the River Wear.

Fujiko Nakaya has been transforming public spaces around the world for over half a century with her ephemeral fog sculptures. An original commission for Lumiere 2015, Fogscape #03238 returns to cloak the riverside in plumes of ghostly water vapour. By bringing the clouds down to the ground, the artist hopes that people will be reminded of their own role in climate change. 


About Fujiko Nakaya 

Fujiko Nakaya’s innovative use of fog as a sculptural medium emerged during her involvement with E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), a global initiative promoting collaboration between artists and engineers. As Tokyo representative for the group, Fujiko produced the world’s first fog sculpture for Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan by shrouding the roof of the Pepsi pavilion with artificially produced fog. Over the last 50 years she has created more than 90 of these immersive installations. As the daughter of Ukichiro Nakaya, the glaciology physicist credited with producing the world’s first snow crystal in a laboratory, her lifelong goal, like her father, is to instil a sense of wonder into our everyday experiences of the environment. Since Lumiere, her sculptures have continued to transform public spaces across the world from Boston’s Emerald Necklace Parks to the Art Tower Mito in Japan, reshaping the idea of what an artwork can be.


About Simon Corder

Simon Corder is a London based artist and designer. He has been working with lighting for over 40 years. When he left school in 1978 he joined the circus as a ‘ring boy’ and went on to perfect his craft as a lighting designer for touring theatre and opera. His practice encompasses lighting for performance, set and production design, light art, zoo design, event production and photography. Simon Corder has worked on four commissioned pieces for Artichoke, including Winter Garden at Elvet Bridge for the first ever Lumiere Durham in 2009.

Date: 14 November 2019 - 17 November 2019

Riverside Between Fulling Mill & Framwellgate Bridge, Silver St, Durham DH1 4PW

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Image credit: Fogscape #03238, Fujiko Nakaya, Simon Corder, Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

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