6-7 February, London, UK: ALCL one day mini-con followed by Cosplay Picnic on Sunday. Admission £5 Sat/over 18s only; free Sun/all ages welcome.
23 February, Barbican, London: Japanimation, Astro Boy (Imagi English language release) 6 p.m.
27-28 February, Richmond, London: Japanese Art Festival
4 February, Japan Foundation, London: Jasper Sharp gives a talk to introduce the Girls on Film season. Free, but booking required – see link for season below.
6 February, London, UK: Angels Costumiers are having a sale, admission £5, doors open 8.30 a.m.
6-27 February, London, UK: Disney By Hand, a celebration of Disney’s hand-drawn animation at the Barbican. See the classics on the big screen, including a rare screening of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
9-17 February, ICA, London: Girls on Film, Japan Foundation touring film programme
11-13 February 2010, London, UK: Stitch and Creative Crafts Show – this year the website promises something special for costume fans, with demonstrations of how to put on traditional Japanese women’s clothing “from underwear to the full kimono”, as well as a close look at the costumes of London’s Pearly Kings and Queens.
11-14 February, Paris, France: L’Aiguille en Fete, stitch fair.
11-20 February, Georgetown, USA: World premiere for Madness and Civilisation, a new multimedia play by Natsu Onoda Power
15 February, Glasgow, Scotland: Jonathan Clements introduces the UK premiere of Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance at the Glasgow Film Festival. Special offer on tickets for both Eva films. In association with Scotland Loves Animation.
17-28 February (TBC), Showroom, Sheffield: Girls on Film, Japan Foundation touring film programme
20 February, St. Albans, UK: Get Writing! Verulam Writers’ Circle/University of Hertfordshire annual conference with wellknown writers, agents and publishers in attendance
27 February, Khalili Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies: Fifth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students. Think your Japanese is pretty good? Test yourself against the best from British and Irish universities. Download the flier here or visit the Japan Foundation website.
27 February-11 April, Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow: Japanese Sashiko Textiles, the first major museum exhibition of this fascinating craft, seen in 2009 in York.
To 27 February, London, UK: Beware of Embroidery! at the PM Gallery and House. Five contemporary needle artists shake up ideas of what embroidery can do.
To 11 April, The Textile Museum, Washington DC, USA: Contemporary Japanese Fashion: The Mary Baskett Collection – fabulous chance to see one woman’s personal collection of much-loved Japanese classics from the 1960s to the present.
To 2 May, San Francisco, USA: Drawing the Sword: Samurai in Manga and Anime, exhibition at the Cartoon Art Museum