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The Japan Foundation Touring Exhibition:
The Superlative Artistry of Japan
Screening of Singing Lovebirds (1939)
UK-JAPAN Bridge Together Project

The Japan Foundation Touring Exhibition:
The Superlative Artistry of Japan


This exhibition captures Japan’s creative culture and monozukuri spirit through the theme of “superlative artistry,” which refers to the exceptional methods and techniques used. Starting with the craft works from the Meiji era, the exhibition features 38 items across a wide range of genres, including contemporary art, craft works, food samples, and shokugan (small toys sold with candy).  

This is the only chance to see this popular exhibition in the UK, don't miss it!

Date: 18 January 2020 - 19 April 2020

Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Crescent, Salford M5 4WU



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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

Presented in Partnership with:




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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

For more information, please click here.



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