August 2010


30 July -1 August, Coralville, USA: I’m one of the guests at AnimeIowa.

13 -16 August, London, UK: Summer workshops for the London Borough of Waltham Forest

21-22 August, London, UK: Japanese Art festival at the Conway Hall, see link below, not sure of times I’ll be there

31 August, online: podcast on Satoshi Kon with Zac Bertschy and Andrew Osmond, online at Anime 3000 today or tomorrow.

No Japanimation screening this month – new season starts again in September!


1-3 August, Herts and London, UK: Dir en Gray at Knebworth and Koko

3 August, London, UK: Japanese sf/fantasy playwright Tomohiro Maekawa in conversation at the Japan Foundation, free, booking required.

6 August-5 September, London, UK: Manga UK, exhibition of comics by British artists, Idea Store Whitechapel

6 August-8 October, London, UK: The Light – Portraits of the Hibakusha, Brunei Gallery, SOAS. Lecture day 7 October.

6-8 August, Valby, Denmark: Genki, second anime convention held in Valby

6 August-3 October, Istanbul, Turkey: Japan Media Arts Festival 2010 at the Pera Museum. (There is also an open competition for the 2011 awards and exhibition.)

9 August-26 June 2011, Tokyo, Japan: Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace hosts exhibition documenting the struggles of wartime sex slaves. Open Wed-Sun, call 03-3203 4633 for times, info.

10 August, London, UK: Sigh, Japanese black metal/death metal band, at Dingwalls

13-15 August, Tokyo, Japan: Comiket, the largest anime and manga fan gathering on this planet

16-31 August, London, UK: Lost Villages/Genkai Shuraku – photographer Sam Seager’s record of disappearing rural Japan

17-25 August, London, UK: St. Dunstan’s Music Festival, annual festival of the Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex, featuring Hitotsubashi University’s Mercury Glee Club

21-22 August, London, UK: Japanese Art Festival at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, near Holborn.

24 August, London, UK: Harajuku Autumn Ball – music, cosplay, origami, indie, J-pop, live bands, manga lounge.

29 August, Tokyo, Japan: Good Comic City 17, for those who didn’t get enough of Big Sight over Comiket


1 August, Nagoya, Japan: second day of World Cosplay Summit and Championship 2010 in the Osu Centre, Nagoya.

To 20 August, Tokyo, Japan: exhibition of the work of Yuji Kaida, god of kaiju illustration, and Hiroshi Maruyama, design genius.

To 22 August, Rugby, UK: CULTEX – works by six major textile artists from Japan and Norway, at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

To 29 August, Aomori, Japan: Robots and the Arts: Visual Images in 20th Century Japan, show with new Romanov Higa anime, limited edition DVD, art from Gundam, Eva, Astro Boy, Gigantor. (Moves on to Shizuoka Sept.) Illustration show by Shin Ueda and Tetsumi Kudo runs alongside.

To 5 September, Tokyo, Japan: Mamoru Oshii and Magicians of Picture Creation, exhibition at Hachioji Yume Art Museum

To 5 September, York, UK: China – Journey to the East, British Museum touring exhibition

To 12 September, Paris, France: Beat Takeshi Kitano: Gosse de Peintre, fab exhibition at Fondation Cartier.

To 12 September, London, UK: The Surreal House, intriguing mashup of exhibition and dreamscape at the Barbican Art Gallery

To 12 September, Monaco: Kyoto-Tokyo, From Samurai to Manga, exhibition at Grimaldi Forum Monaco

To 19 September, London, UK: Photographic exhibition of the 1910 Japan-British Expo, Fulham Palace Museum

To 24 September: Entry period for 14th Japan Media Arts Festival prizes, managed by Japan Media Arts Plaza – details here.

To 26 September, Tokyo, Japan: The Dawn of the Dinosaurs at the Mori Arts Center Gallery, Roppongi Hills. About 80 skeletal and 23 replica models, free dino handbook, Friday night flashlight tours, fab 50th-floor views of Tokyo – sounds like a must-see!

To 26 September, Kyoto, Japan: Genealogy of the Figurine: from Dogu to Kaiyodo, special exhibition at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To 27 September, Tokyo, Japan: Doraemon’s Scientific Future at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

To 24 October, London, UK: Horrockses Fashions: Off The Peg Style In The 40s and 50s, Fashion & Textile Museum, London SE1.

To December, Bath, UK: Vionnet Dresses, divine confections from one of the greatest fabric technicians in Western costume history, at the Museum of Costume. Also Photographing Fashion – British Style in the 1960s.

To Spring 2011, Preston, UK: Embellished: The Art of Fabulous Fabrics, an astonishing collection of clothes, hangings and other textile treasures from the 1700s to the present, including many previously unseen, at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

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