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30 June 2017

Celebrating Tanabata at Rich Mix on Saturday 8 July 2017

For one night only, from 7pm on Saturday 8 July, Rich Mix is going Japanese! Rhythm Passport will bring sounds, rhythms, colours and food from Japan to London’s East End.  Rich Mix will celebrate Tanabata – the ‘Star Festival’ of Japan – commemorating the meeting of deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. Just once a year, on the

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1 February 2017

Japan Sound Portrait: Thursday 16th March 2017, 7:30pm Café OTO

Japan Sound Portrait – Thursday 16th March 2017, 7:30pm at Café OTO (18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL)

Japan Sound Portrait is a multimedia project building a variety of aural representations of the country, from a sound map phone application to virtual reality experiences, founded by BBC Radio 3 DJ and Musicity founder Nick Luscombe and KanZeOn film co-director/producer Neil Cantwell

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2 December 2016

Concert by Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki on 14 Dec 2016

Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki – Wed 14th Dec, 7.45pm (doors 7.15)
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF

Love, loss, hardship and a nostalgic pining for one’s hometown are the subject of the Japanese “enka” and “minyo” performed by virtuoso musician Hibiki Ichikawa (Tsugaru shamisen) and Akari Mochizuki (voice).

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15 September 2016

The end of the Tokyo Madrigal Club

I received an invitation today for what will apparently be the final concert of the Tokyo Madrigal Club. Admission is free, and it’s on October 10 (a National Holiday in Japan) from 2.30-4.30, at Wesleyan Holiness Asakusabashi Church. I’m not sure how many people have heard of the Tokyo Madrigal Club, but it’s the end

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22 March 2016

Menuhin Competition London, 7-17 April 2016 - celebrating the Menuhin centenary

The world’s leading competition for young violinists, the Menuhin Competition London 2016, begins on 7th April with the Opening Concert at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall including 2014’s Junior 1st Prize winner, Japanese Rennosuke Fukuda. You can see Rennosuke’s winning performance here: Starring 44 violin prodigies from around the world, 7 of whom are Japanese,

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28 July 2015

The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta Comes to Tokyo

Following the huge success of their concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in March 2014, the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta is performing at Opera City in Tokyo on August 20th 2015 at 7pm. The concert is the culmination of this year’s project, organised by the UK-based charity Keys of Change. Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Panos Karan, the founder of Keys of Change, has been working with young musicians from middle schools in Fukushima for the past four years.

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17 July 2015

Celebrating Satsuma 150

Izumi Thomas is the chair of Satsuma 150 which is being celebrated in the UK this year. Satsuma 150 aims to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Satsuma students in the UK in 1865. Izumi is from Fukiage in Kagoshima and now lives in London where she is a freelance translator and a visiting researcher at the British Museum. Below is an interview with her about this year’s commemoration.

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7 July 2015

ピカ PIKA Concert at Windmill Brixton on Thursday 16 July 2015

ピカ PIKA /Moon Mama of Afrirampo /Acid Mothers Temple (Japan) is playing a two set show at Windmill Brixton. The drummer and guitarist from Osaka is famous in Japan’s Experimental Rock and Improv scene for being the drummer of the legendary Japanese duo ‘Afrirampo’ (2002-2010), as well as for playing in Acid Mothers Temple. When: Thursday

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