Japanese Wine Tasting

January 6, 2010

Japan Society

Tuesday, 12th January 2010

6.00pm to 8.30pm

Embassy of Japan,

101 – 104 Piccadilly



Free for Japan Society members (booking required)

Deadline for bookings: Friday 8th January

Email events@japansociety.org.uk

Were you aware that Japan is a producer of fine wines? The quality of Japanese wines and their popularity in Japan has improved markedly over recent years.

This even brings together the fifteen wine producers who have formed a group called Koshu of Japan (KOJ) in order to ensure the high quality of Koshu wine and to promote the product. This is the first of KOJ’s international events and members will have the chance to taste a selection of wines, discuss them with the producers and sample food from Sake no Hana selected to match the wine.


TATSUYA YOSHIDA (RUINS – ALONE) – Residency at Cafe Oto

July 28, 2009


SAT 8 & SUN 9 AUG ’09

 “The undisputed master drummer of the Japanese Underground” 

Next weekend Cafe Oto will host Tatsuya Yoshida aka Ruins, a Japanese musician making exciting high energy music that fuses contemporary sounds with elements of hard core and progressive rock.  

Tatsuya has been working on his unique mix of drums, vocals and electronics since the 1980’s and has collaborated with a range of Japanese musical luminaries such as Acid Mothers Temple and Keiji Haino.  He is now highly acclaimed as one of the most innovative drummer/improvisers on the Japanese avant garde music scene.

This is one event we will definitely be attending; I saw a Ruins performance back in 2006 and his frenzied performances really are pretty electric to witness.  His live shows are much talked about so I am sure this event will sell out.

Ruins will also be performing on Friday 7th August at the Serpentine Gallery also organised by Cafe Oto, further details here

** As we’ve mentioned before, Cafe Oto is also a really unique venue; it’s sparky atmosphere, eclectic music programming, minimal warehouse style feel and array of oishii Japanese drinks and snacks (with occasional okonomiyaki) we think all make it a pretty special place very worthy of continuing support.

Where: Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, E8 3DL

When: Saturday 8th + Sunday 9th August, 8pm

Price: £8 one day / £14 weekend pass

Buy tickets:

SAT 8 AUG ’09  
SUN 9 AUG ’09 

Serpetine Pavillion by Japanese Architects SANAA (London)

July 12, 2009
Serpentine Pavillion - SNAA architects admiring their work

Serpentine Pavillion - SNAA architects admiring their work

Architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of leading Japanese practice SANAA admire their Serpentine Pavilion, which opened to the public and will remain open until October 18th 2009.

The space will provide a temporary summer cafe and event space commissioned  by the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London.

In line with the brief, the pavilion is the first built structure by the Japanese practice in England. The ninth commission in the gallery’s annual architecture commission, the aluminium and stainless steel structure took just six months from contract to completion.

Speaking of the execution of their design, practice founder Kazuyo Sejima said, ‘The reality is more beautiful than I first imagined’.

The structure, whose free and open design co-founder Ryue Nishizawa described it as ‘a non-architecture idea, such as water or a rainbow’.

Extracts from The Architect’s Journal.

Free origami classes in July (London)

July 9, 2009

3050384949_3849d13889Learn to make anything from a cute paper frog to a pretty box for presents in one of the free origami classes taught by teachers from the British Origami Society.  

Where:  Bookstore LG, Japan Centre, Picadilly, London.

When: 4/11/18 & 25th July, 12 -5 pm.

Cost: Free

Makoto Nomura, Wednesday 8th July (London)

July 8, 2009

nomura Makoto Nomura, Andrew Melvin, Yusuke Kataoka

Makoto Nomura is an inspirational figure in the Japanese music scene  thanks to his enthusiasm for the Melodica and the music pieces he has  created for this distinctive instrument. In this special event, Makoto will  give an exclusive talk about his passion for the Melodica also known as  the ‘Keyboard Harmonica’, as well as demonstrating its mechanism and  the array of sounds it can produce. There will also be a brief Melodica  concert of Nomura’s original works and pieces by some young Japanese  composers, as well as pieces with which you may be familiar with but will  hear anew through their performance on the Melodica. This is an  opportunity not to be missed, allowing a UK audience to experience a truly  endearing and enchanting aspect of contemporary Japanese music.

When: 8 July 2009 from 6.30pm

Where: Japan Foundation, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH

Cost: Free but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.