We are bringing over 50 games to London, a curated selection of the 1980's and 1990's Arcade Classics - Original vintage machines, with game titles like Outrun, Track and Field, After Burner, Joust, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Pac Man and so much more! (see our facebook page for full list)
Yuzen is the Japanese traditional craft of silk dye-resist painting. It was originally used to decorate kimono and obi (sash) and has been practised for centuries. Typically, artists draw mainly on natural and seasonal iconography for inspiration, using the elements too, in combinations that often comprise water and skies, flowers and leaves.
For a James Bond locale, exotic Japan fits the bill nicely with sliding doors and ninjas, high-tech gadgetry and interesting options for expendable henchmen. Yet for Ian Fleming Japan offered more than literary background colour.
Come and learn Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing using indigo, the most magical blue in the world. Learn how to use kikko folding and clamping before dyeing your piece in the indigo vat. You’ll walk away not only with a stylish bag, but also the knowledge and skills to dye other fabrics at home. Imagine all the other things you can dye!
Emulate the sushi making masters by making your own sushi at our Sushi Class! Dreaming of freshly made Japanese sushi? Our fun and hands-on Sushi Class will teach you how to make your own without the eye-watering price tag so you can impress your friends and family with your very own authentically home-made Japanese sushi at home!
Starting with tea at 10.15am, this half-day masterclass offers an introduction to the history and production of Japan’s national drink, with a particular focus on how and when to drink it. Guests will try a selection of different sakes, and the masterclass will include lunch. They will also receive a gift bag on departure, including a small bottle of sake and a traditional Japanese kikichoko ‘snake eye’ sake cup.
Learn to Crochet in 3D to make your own animals or other creatures! Amigurumi is the japanese art of crochet stuffed toys and dolls, that are created by working in the round to create 3-dimensional shapes.
Reformed in 2016, DIY and self-signed rock/metal band Esprit D'Air perform their new album Constellations back-to-back on their biggest headline tour yet. Live at The Underworld Camden on 5th Feb 2018.
This event launches two books from the new Bloomsbury Shinto series (Series Editor: Fabio Rambelli, University of California, Santa Barbara): A Social History of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital by Mark Teeuwen and John Breen, and Shinto, Nature and Ideology in Contemporary Japan: Making Sacred Forests by Aike Rots.
The Heal's Building 196 Tottenham Court Road London W1T 7LQ
From 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Join Japanese artist, Miyu Kurihana, who creates beautiful hand-painted ceramics featuring intricate patterns to learn all you need to know about brush painting. Miyu will teach you how to use the traditional Chinese and Japanese blue and white porcelain brush techniques that you can then use to paint your own ceramic tile in the workshop.
Professor Kaz Oishi from the University of Tokyo and some of his postgraduate students will be visiting SOAS to give short presentations on Japanese art and culture in the 1980s. They would like to exchange views and socialise with people who are interested in Japanese culture and history.
Goze is a term referring to visually-impaired female musicians who travelled Japan playing shamisen. After World War II, with the expansion of the welfare service for disabled people and the enhancement of education for visually impaired people, Goze came to be recognised as relics of the pre-modern times. With the passing of Haru Kobayashi (1900-2005), who was known as the “last Goze”, the culture of Goze, once maintained by visually-impaired people, disappeared from Japanese society in the 21st century. Is it right for Goze culture to be forgotten completely?