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27 September
08:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… Awa Odori!

Awa Odori takes place every summer in Tokushima, Japan, and is one of the world’s largest dance festivals. The atmosphere is electric, and those who go to watch are encouraged to join in with the dancing: as the song of the festival goes, “those dancing may look the fool, but those watching are just as foolish, if both are fools together you may as well dance!”
26 September
10:03

Japan Matsuri Presents… Tips for Drawing Manga with Elena Vitagliano

Join Manga artist Elena Vitagliano as she talks us through some tips for drawing manga characters. If you're a seasoned or aspiring manga artist, or you just want to give drawing some characters a go, check this out! Share your creations with #JapanMatsuriPresents and we’ll be selecting our favourites to share throughout the weekend!
26 September
10:20

Japan Matsuri Presents… The Tanabata Story

Kamishibai is a style of theatre where the story is told through illustrated boards, presented in a special portable theatre box, with a performer telling the story. In this production by A Thousand Cranes, the beautiful story of Tanabata will be told in a performance that is perfect for children!
26 September
10:34

Japan Matsuri Presents… How to Make Dorayaki with the Sozai Cooking School

Dorayaki is a Japanese red bean pancake, and it is possible for you to make this iconic Japanese dessert from home if you follow along with this free cooking masterclass from the Sozai Cooking School! Click 'find out more' to see the recipe.
26 September
11:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… Tomioka Dance Club

We have the online premiere of dance sensation Tomioka Dance Club's new dance, alongside behind the scenes footage and interviews on what life is like for High School students who also dance at this level. An unmissable performance!
26 September
12:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… Minyo Crusaders

Joining the dots between Cumbia, Ethiopian jazz, Afro funk and reggae, the Minyo Crusaders stitch traditional minyo songs with elements from all of these genres into an entirely unique sound. On a mission to return minyo to their roots as songs of the people, the band bring an entirely new edge to Japanese folk songs.
26 September
12:34

Japan Matsuri Presents… Online Gallery Tour: Architecture for Dogs

Join us for a guided Gallery tour of Japan House London’s new exhibition Architecture for Dogs, featuring a collection of architectural designs for dogs by world-class architects and designers. Image by Yoda Hiroshi.
26 September
13:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… Ikebana with Tomoko Sempo Yanagi

Tomoko Sempo Yanagi introduces and demonstrates the art of Japanese flower arranging: Ikebana. She will demonstrate some simple arrangements suitable for beginners that can even be tried from home! Click 'find out more' to hear her introduce the history and context of ikebana.
26 September
13:32

Japan Matsuri Presents… The Wind from Ru-a: Performance from Okazaki, Japan

This work takes as its inspiration the Ryukyu Kingdom (Okinawa), which has a long history. The costume uses a Bingata pattern unique to Okinawa, and the cloth represents the tropical sea that surrounds Okinawa. At its heart, the piece is a physical manifestation of the wish to rebuild Shurijo Castle, which was completely destroyed in October 2019.
26 September
13:40

Japan Matsuri Presents… Ichiko Aoba

Ichiko Aoba is a stunning vocal talent and creator of a heartwarming fantasy world through sound. Recording especially from Japan for Japan Matsuri Presents, do not miss this beautiful performance.
26 September
14:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… The Wonder of Folk Performing Arts from Sanriku, Tohoku

This is an unmissable chance to get to experience the wonder of 12 performances including a performance filmed especially for Japan Matsuri by a Tora-mai (tiger dance) group from the Sanriku region, in a rare and exclusive glimpse in to the role folk performance plays in the lives of the people who live there. These visually stunning performances will leave you spellbound!
26 September
14:40

Japan Matsuri Presents… Tomioka Dance Club

We look back at the two amazing new dances recorded for Japan Matsuri Presents from Tomioka High School Dance Club!
26 September
15:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… How to Make Wagashi with Sakura Junction

Sakura Junction was created by Mutsumi Niwa as a place to share her passion for Japanese sweets and home cooking. Mutsumi, who has been based in London for many years, specialises in creating wagashi and other recipes using ingredients that can easily be found locally, avoiding the need for fancy, expensive ingredients. Here she shows us how to create a wagashi cherry blossom
26 September
15:10

Japan Matsuri Presents… The SOAS Min’yo Group

The SOAS Min’yo Group are based in London and meet regularly to practice and perform min’yo, which are Japanese folk songs. Regions of Japan have their own folk songs, and the group perform these using traditional instruments. In this performance we’ll see how the group have been continuing over lockdown, and you’ll learn about the history of the music before each performance.
26 September
15:15

Japan Matsuri Presents… ICHI

Taking the one man band to new levels, with homemade instruments and a euphoric, fun sound, ICHI will be streaming live for Japan Matsuri Presents!
26 September
16:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… How to Make Okonomiyaki with the Sozai Cooking School

In this free cooking master class from the Sozai cooking school, you can try your hand at making your very own okonomiyaki - and just in time for dinner! Click below to see the ingredients so you're ready to cook along from home!
26 September
17:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… Tomioka Dance Club

We take a look back at the two amazing new dances from Tomioka High School Dance Club!
26 September
17:58

Japan Matsuri Presents… Kansai Yamamoto: The Nippon Genki Project 2020 Super Energy

We lost legendary designer and producer Kansai Yamamoto in July of 2020. One of his final projects was the "Nippon Genki Project 2020 Super Energy!", which we are pleased to broadcast here as a tribute to the life and work of an astonishing designer and human being!
26 September
18:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… Tsunagu/Connect

Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Kumiko Mendl is in conversation with Kazuko Hohki, explaining how the Tsunagu/Connect project looks to highlight the many rich and varied voices and experiences of Japanese women living in the UK, and how you can get involved in sharing your own story as part of the project.
26 September
18:55

Japan Matsuri Presents… Ura Ura Lockdown

Ura Matsuri produces and curates live events presenting works by, mostly, UK based Japanese artists and musicians. ​ A subtly subversive celebration of sonic and visual arts with an inclusive and welcoming stance and an off key hint of the absurd running through its veins.
26 September
19:00

SUNDAY

We begin our next exciting full day of streaming at 9:00 on Sunday morning!
27 September
08:45

Japan Matsuri Presents… Tomioka Dance Club

We begin Sunday with a look back at the premiere of the Tomioka Dance Club’s new and exclusive dance. Miss it on the Saturday? Now is your chance to be spellbound by the dance moves of these exceptionally talented High School students.
27 September
09:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… The Green Chorus

The Green Chorus have taken part in every physical Japan Matsuri event since its inception. During lockdown, they have continued to practice through online rehearsals and present to you the following 4 songs: “Now is the Month of Maying, A Crow, Everything is here and Let’s Walk Looking up at the Sky”! Start your Sunday with the relaxing sound of the Green Chorus’ singing!
27 September
09:20

Japan Matsuri Presents… The Hiroko Tanaka Japanese Dance Group

Hiroko Tanaka has been practicing Japanese Dance since she was 5 years old, and teaching Japanese dance in London since 2003. The dance group have performed regularly at Japan Matsuri in previous years, and now we take a look back on previous performances, how lessons have taken place over lockdown, as well as getting to know Hiroko Tanaka herself in the process.
27 September
09:30

Japan Matsuri Presents… Hakurakusei: Reijiro Tsumura – Noh, Ballet and Piano LIVE

With a majestic performance by Noh master, Reijiro Tsumura and expressively beautiful dance of ballet dancers accompanied by piano, Hakurakusei is presented LIVE from Japan with new choreography for Japan Matsuri Presents, telling the story of how the brewery has recovered, like a phoenix rising from the ashes.
27 September
09:45

Japan Matsuri Presents… Japanese Textiles with Rob Jones

Rob Jones introduces us to Japanese textiles techniques with examples of Shibori (resist dyeing), Katagami (stencilling) Sashiko (embroidery), Kogin (counted thread embroidery) and Boro mending. He will also demonstrate some techniques, and introduce his workshops.
27 September
10:25

Japan Matsuri Presents… JSD Dance Crew

The members of JSD Dance Crew all learn dance with teacher Shala, who teaches them in Japanese. They usually perform at the physical event in Trafalgar Square, and we are pleased to have them back with a special recorded performance for Japan Matsuri Presents.
27 September
10:34

Japan Matsuri Presents… O-Hayashi Couple Reiwa

Originally started as a four person family performance group in Boston, USA, the children have now grown up and the group has transformed in to the performance duo: the O-Hayashi Couple Reiwa! Performing a shishimai - lion dance - for us at Japan Matsuri Presents
27 September
10:37

Japan Matsuri Presents… Radio Taiso with Paralympic gold medallist Noel Thatcher and Radio Taiso Instructor Mami Kato

5 time Paralympic gold medalist (and Radio Taiso enthusiast!) Noel Thatcher has been coming to Trafalgar Square to encourage people to do radio taiso as an easy and social form of exercise. Now, he catches up with Radio Taiso instructor Mami Kato for a quick chat, and to give Radio Taiso a go from home!
27 September
10:50

Japan Matsuri Presents… The Kakehashi Koto Ensemble

The koto is one of Japan’s instantly recognisable instruments, with a unique and intriguing history, but how much do you know about the instrument? This performance will see pieces from across the centuries performed, with introduction by Dr Ayako Hotta-Lister who will explain the techniques, history and more of playing the koto.
27 September
10:55

Japan Matsuri Presents… Shamisen Hour with ABEYA and Hibiki Ichikawa

The founders of the group, the Abe Brothers, are both winners of the Japan Shamisen Contest, the most prestigious prize for shamisen players. Taking part from Japan especially for Japan Matsuri Presents they will collaborate with UK based shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa who is the only professional player of Tsugaru Shamisen based in Europe. He will perform with his students from the UK. Akari Mochizuki will host the slot, interviewing ABEYA and Hibiki live!
27 September
11:55

Japan Matsuri Presents… BtN Dance Team

BtN bring Jpop to Japan Matsuri Presents with a dance cover of PASSION by GARNiDELiA
27 September
12:45

Japan Matsuri Presents…Naomi’s Wonderland

UK based singer and producer Naomi Suzuki teams up with the lovable and naughty yuru-kyara (mascot) Chii-tan to host a wonderland of music on Sunday afternoon.
27 September
13:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… ORIENTARHYTHM

Using projection mapping, dancers, martial arts, music and more, ORIENTARHYTHM try to make visual what they understand as the rhythms and movements that are quintessentially Japanese. In this remarkable recorded show, prepare to be amazed as the peak of projection technology is combined with stunning performance. This show contains flashing light and may not be suitable for those with photosensitive epilepsy.
27 September
14:15

Japan Matsuri Presents… Kendama London

Ben and Sean from Kendama London take us through some tricks, and tell us more about the irreverent Japanese skill toy that is: Kendama!
27 September
14:25

Japan Matsuri Presents… Tomioka Dance Club

Tomioka Dance Club RETURN, and we show their two brand new dances for those who missed it earlier in Japan Matsuri Presents
27 September
14:30

Japan Matsuri Presents… Preparing Fugu Sashimi with Master Chef Takeshi Suda

You may know that fugu, pufferfish, is an incredibly poisonous fish, and only those with a special license are allowed to prepare it for sashimi in Japan. Master Chef Takeshi Suda takes us though the beautiful knife skills needed to slice and arrange sashimi fugu in this fascinating demonstration.
27 September
14:40

Japan Matsuri Presents… Make Spicy Miso Peanut Aubergine with the Clearspring Kitchen x MasterChef Finalist Andrew Kojima

Umami flavours are the foundation of Japanese cooking, and by using a mixture of western and Japanese ingredients an umami fiesta is born that is bound to please your tastebuds! Don’t forget to share what you make with #CookWithKoj for your chance to win a copy of his brand new cookbook
27 September
15:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… Kumamoto’s Air Sky and Wind

In April 2016 a strong earthquake hit Kumamoto prefecture. In 2019 artists with mutual ambition to showcase the magnificent nature of Kumamoto through music began activities together, and today they present traditional music, song and poetry for Japan Matsuri Presents.
27 September
15:30

Japan Matsuri Presents… Joji Hirota and The London Metropolitan Orchestra

In this performance Joji Hirota plays the Japanese flute, the fue, set to a backing track recorded by the LMO. Prepare to be amazed by Joji’s subtle handling of the fue, and the beautiful sounds he can achieve from it!
27 September
15:45

Japan Matsuri Presents… The Wonder of Folk Performing Arts from Sanriku, Tohoku

This is your second chance to get to experience the wonder of 12 performances including a performance filmed especially for Japan Matsuri Presents by a Tora-mai (tiger dance) group from the Sanriku region, in a rare and exclusive glimpse in to the role folk performance plays in the lives of the people who live there. These visually stunning performances will leave you spellbound!
27 September
16:15

Japan Matsuri Presents… Tomioka Dance Club

Your final chance to see the amazing new performances from Tomioka Dance Club - if you haven't caught it by now, don't miss it!
27 September
16:30

Japan Matsuri Presents… The Establishment of Tokaido Shinkansen

This video which can usually only be seen at the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park in Japan has been made available for Japan Matsuri Presents by the Central Japan Railway Company. Discover the remarkable achievements made by engineers tunnelling on the Tokaido Shinkansen through interviews and archive footage in this special look a the engineering history of Japan.
27 September
16:40

Japan Matsuri Presents… Martial Arts

Demonstrations of martial arts have been an annual fixture at Japan Matsuri when physical events have taken place - watch and learn from the masters as they demonstrate their skills! Featuring Okinawan Traditional Goju-ryu Karate-do, London Aikikai Aikido, Wakaba Kendo Club, Shiranamikai Karate and the London Naginata Club
27 September
17:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… Kimono Hour with Anna Jackson, curator of the V&A exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk and Mamiko Sato from Kimono de Go

An hour of kimono fashion and culture, as Anna Jackson, Keeper of the Asian Department at the V&A is in conversation with Mamiko Sato of Kimono De Go. A visual and intellectual feast of kimono delight!
27 September
18:00

Japan Matsuri Presents… Joji Hirota and the London Taiko Drummers

Traditionally, when Japan Matsuri happens in Trafalgar Square, the final performance is given full of power and energy by Joji Hirota and the London Taiko drummers. So why would Japan Matsuri Presents end any other way? Prepare to be spellbound, and turn your speakers up loud, for the roaring sound of the mighty taiko drum at Japan Matsuri Presents!
27 September
19:00