4-6 June, Dallas, USA: A-Kon 21: Revenge of the Penguins – see me and a host of better-known people at America’s longest-running anime convention. This year A-Kon’s bandstrand is led by Japan’s heavy rock gods Seikima II. Don’t miss this chance to see the divine Demon Kogure & co. live!
12, 19 and 26 June, London, UK: I’m teaching three Saturday summer schools for the Workers Educational Association. I want to show the WEA and other bodies that there is a demand for courses on anime and manga, so sign up to support and encourage them to do more!
15 June, London, UK: Japanimation, 8.30 p.m., Barbican Cinema 1, King of Thorn
June-September, free karate taster classes at Shotokan Karate
2 June, London, UK: Free film screening at the Embassy of Japan, Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t – booking essential.
4-15 June, London, UK: Kabuki at Sadler’s Wells with Ebizo Ichikawa XI
4 June- 7 July, Tokyo, Japan: La Petite Princess de Macoto: Dreams and Romance in Takahashi World, exhibition at Hachioji Yume Art Museum
5-6 June, Alton, UK: Froyle Vestments Group displays part of its astonishing collection of 16th-century and later church vestments in St. Mary’s Church, Froyle, Alton, Hants.
7-12 June, Annecy, France: the 50th Annecy International Animation Film Festival
10 June-12 September, London, UK: The Surreal House, intriguing mashup of exhibition and dreamscape at the Barbican Art Gallery
12 June – 27 September, Tokyo, Japan: Doraemon’s Scientific Future at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. The Miraikan rocks another great show!
12-13 June, Lahti, Finland: Desucon – second edition of Lahti’s anime and manga convention promises an expanded programme and expects about 2,500 visitors.
16 June, London, UK: The Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 – a lecture and discussion with British and Japanese experts at the Japan Foundation promises a fascinating insight into this historic event. Free, booking essential.
17 June, Norwich, UK: Third Thursday lecture on prehistoric Japanese and Balkan ceramics, Sainsbury Foundation
22 June-22 August, Rugby, UK: CULTEX – works by six major textile artists from Japan and Norway, at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
26 June, London, UK: London Anime Con at the Rocket Complex, London Metropolitan University
27 June, Dundee, UK: Dundee Comics Day with Pat Mills, Dez Skinn, Rian Hughes and Nana Li.
To 31 June, Japan Society, New York: Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the Arthur R. Miller Collection. The Royal Academy’s 2009 show crosses the Atlantic.
To 4 July, London, UK: Quilts 1700-2010 at the V&A, a major exhibition on the history, art and craft of quilts
To 12 September, Paris, France: Beat Takeshi Kitano: Gosse de Peintre, fab exhibition at Fondation Cartier.
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.