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Yamato: The Drummers of Japan

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan

The unmistakable sound of the traditional Taiko drum, used in Shinto rituals, is challenged by the Yamato drummers of Japan. Drums weighing up to half a tonne are hit with ferocious skill, as each beat sends out a heart-thumping torrent of vibrations. In this high-energy, exhilarating performance, the drummers push their own limits in a […]

NHK Symphony Orchestra with Paavo Jarvi, conductor

NHK Symphony Orchestra with Paavo Jarvi, conductor

There will be no interval in this performance which will end at approx. 9.15pm NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo perform Takemitsu’s haunting Requiem for strings alongside Mahler’s passionately melancholic Sixth Symphony. It was Stravinsky who first brought international attention to Takemitsu’s music after he came across a recording of the Requiem on a visit to Japan […]

Eri Nakamura recital

Eri Nakamura recital

Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura performs on Monday 27 February 2017 as part of the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists series of lunchtime recitals. Programme: Boulanger: from Clairières dans le ciel 5. Au pied de mon lit 10. Deux ancolies Lutoslawski: from Chantefleurs et Chantefables 2. La sauterelle 5. La tortue Messiaen: from Poèmes […]

Yugenism : Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime

Yugenism : Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime

Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime is the new experimental music and animation project fronted by British producer and sound artist Verity Lane. Lane has collaborated with three animators and one traditional Japanese dancer to create four sonic installations that present an alternative take on classical Japanese music. With a mix of world-class British […]

Masami Suzuki Soprano Recital ~Rêve d’Amour~

Masami Suzuki Soprano Recital ~Rêve d’Amour~

For her fourth recital, versatile Japanese soprano Masami Suzuki returns with a varied selection of delightful songs, selected for a romantic autumn afternoon in the graceful setting of Burgh House. She will perform a loveable repertoire, including works by Massenet, Dvorak, Cantaloube, Satie and others, as well as Opera scenes taken from “Romeo et Juliette”, […]

Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016 (Part 3: Pighead)

Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016  (Part 3: Pighead)

The Japan Foundation, in collaboration with Yellow Earth and StoneCrabs Theatre Company present a monthly series of events, to introduce to UK audiences the work of some of Japan’s most outstanding playwrights, all of which will be heard in English for the first time. Date: 12 November 2016 from 7.00pm Venue: The Studio Theatre, RADA […]

Using Drama to Enrich Japanese Language Education

Using Drama to Enrich Japanese Language Education

The first half will be a workshop about play-readings and a talk by the Japanese playwright, Toshinobu Kojo. This will be followed by a discussion about how teachers could use these kind of readings in their own classes. As this event is co-organised by the Japan Foundation London, we will look at excerpts from PIGHEAD […]

The Red Candle – Mermaids in the East

The Red Candle – Mermaids in the East

Japan Foundation are proud to support The Red Candle – Mermaids in the East presented by Théatre Lapis. A newly devised piece of physical theatre, it is based on Mimei Ogawa’s beautiful tragedy about mermaids in Japan. Initially inspired by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, it has evolved to echo the […]

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