July 2010


2 July 2010, online: interview with Daniel Briscoe now on Advanced Media Network

10 and 17 July, Barnet, UK: I’m hosting two MoDA Arts Club sessions at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture – there are also lots of other sessions, from Japanese mural painting to making your own Jomon pot. Ages 8-14, £13 per session, booking essential.

20 July, London, UK: the Barbican Japanimation season closes with Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation – Heirs to the Stars. We’ll be back in September!

30 July – 1 August, Coralville, USA: I’m one of the guests at AnimeIowa. How could I resist a convention in Captain James T. Kirk’s home state?


Closing date for applications for Study Tour of Japan Youth 2010 is 29 JULY. Details here.

1-4 July, Paris, France: Japan Expo, four-day anime, manga, J-pop and J-culture event.

1-4 July, Los Angeles USA: Anime Expo, the largest anime con in the USA. Guests include director Shinichi Watanabe, designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, VAs Yuu Asakawa and Kyle Hebert, and rock band Sophia.

1-16 July, New York, USA: Japan Society hosts Japan Cuts!, festival of new Japanese cinema,featuring US premiere of anime feature King of Thorn

7 July, London, UK: Free film screening at the Embassy of Japan, details online here. Plus Jonathan Clements talking about his new book about Admiral Togo, at the Japan Foundation, free but reservations required.

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

9-11 July, Leeds, UK: Costume Society Symposium 2010 “The Price of Fashion”

10 July, Houten, Utrecht, The Netherlands: Chibicon, fourth one day anime and manga convention in Houten.

10 July – 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. Illustration show by Shin Ueda and Tetsumi Kudo runs alongside.

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

14 July-12 September, Monaco: Kyoto-Tokyo, From Samurai to Manga, exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, link has full details and downloadable press kit with fascinating essays

15 July, Norwich, UK: Carmen Blacker Inaugural Lecture by Japan scholar Donald Keene, part of the Third Thursday series at the Sainsbury Instutute

15-18 July, Tokyo, Japan: International Tokyo Toy Show

15 July-24 September: entry period for 14th Japan Media Arts Festival awards, open to amateurs and professionals, details here.

16 July, London, UK: architect Terunobu Fujimori on Tokyo’s ‘urban subconscious’ at the V&A

16 July, London, Uk: Gackt at the O2 Academy

16 July-5 Sept, Tokyo, Japan: Mamoru Oshii and Magicians of Picture Creation, exhibition at Hachioji Yume Art Museum

18 July, Tokyo, Japan: rare classical dance show by geiko and maiko, kaiseki dinner, Imperial Hotel.

21 July-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!

22 July, London, UK: Carmen Blacker inaugural lecture by Japan scholar Donald Keene, British Museum, free

22-25 July, San Diego, USA: Comic-Con 2010. Huge event (over 125,000 attendees over 4 days in 2009) covering world comics and featuring the Eisner Award announcements – The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga is up for an award.

22-25 July, Toronto, Canada: Shinsedai Cinema Festival 2010, a host of great screenings.

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

30 July – 1 August, Naeba, Japan: Fuji Rock – headliners Muse, Roxy Music, Massive Attack

31 July-1 August, Nagoya, Japan:  World Cosplay Summit and Championship 2010 in the Osu Centre, Nagoya


To 4 July, London, UK: Quilts 1700-2010 at the V&A, a major exhibition on the history, art and craft of quilts

To 7 July, Tokyo, Japan: La Petite Princess de Macoto: Dreams and Romance in Takahashi World, exhibition at Hachioji Yume Art Museum

To 22 August, Rugby, UK: CULTEX – works by six major textile artists from Japan and Norway, at Rugby Art Gallery and 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 27 September, Tokyo, Japan: Doraemon’s Scientific Future at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

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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