19 October, London, UK: Japanimation CLAMP double bill celebrates the opening of Future Beauty; 30 Years of Japanese Fashion on 15 October (details below.)
21 October, London, UK: GirlsWorld opens at the Barbican – a season of films celebrating women in contemporary Japanese cinema, ties in with the exhibition Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, and continues all next month. Book now for Nana (with intro from me) featuring engaging performances from Mika Nakashima and Aoi Miyazaki in the title roles, and a charismatic turn from Hiroki Narimiya, also starring in next month’s Lala Pipo. Next up is Instant Swamp, a sweetly sparky modern romantic with a mythic twist and a funky yet accessible wardrobe, on 24 October. Check November’s Events page for more!
29 October, London, U.K.: I’m not presenting the Barbican’s Japanese Hallowe’en Schlockfest Double Bill – that role goes to the lovely Jasper Sharp as curator – but how could I not be there? More the the point, have you booked for Robogeisha and Big Tits Zombie yet?
30 October, London, U.K.: “Writing for fun and profit?” – talking about my work and answering questions on writing about anime and manga at MCM Expo@Excel. Check their website to confirm times.
Last call: Haiku Presence Awards close 31 October 2010, rules and entry details here.
Early warning: British Haiku Awards close 31 January 2011, rules and entry details here.
1-3 October, London, UK: Hyper Japan 2010
3 October, London, UK: Introducing Fairytales – Meaning, Magic and the Mind study day at the Victoria and Albert Museum
8-17 October, Glasgow & Edinburgh, UK: Scotland Loves Anime, part of the Scotland Loves Animation festival. Scots fans can now see anime on the big screen closer to home.
10 October, Durham. UK: Classical Japanese music live at Durham University
10 October, Tokyo, Japan: Comic City Spark 5 at Big Sight
15-18 October, Dublin, Eire: Eirtacon
15 October – 6 February 2011, London, UK: Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery, curated by Akiko Fukai of the Kyoto Costume Institute. A must-see!
14-16 October, London, UK: Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest
16-17 October, Birmingham, UK: British International Comics Show
16-17 October, Maracaibo, Venezuela: Murknation Venezuela, anime/comics/gaming/music event with AMVs, cosplay, etc.
17 October, Manchester, UK: Japan Day 2010 at the Midland Hotel
24 October, Manchester, UK: The World of Moomin, 5 pm lecture at the Whitworth Art Gallery, part of Manchester Literature Festival
24 Oct0ber-3 November 2010, Mizoguchi Directorspective at the Barbican – don’t miss these haunting treasures of film, rarely seen on a screen that can do them justice.
25 October-10 November, Nara, Japan: 60th Annual Exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures celebrates the cultural riches of the former capital
28-31 October, Columbus, Ohio, USA: World Fantasy Convention
29-31 October 2010, London, UK: London MCM Expo
UK residents only: Submissions for the Embassy of Japan’s annual Manga Jiman competition close 1 November 2010.
To 2 October, Cologne, Germany: Intercultural Crossovers, Transcultural Flows: Manga/Comics, conference in association with Kyoto International Manga Museum.
To 3 October, Istanbul, Turkey: Japan Media Arts Festival 2010 at the Pera Museum.
To 5 October, Tokyo, Japan: She Saw Showa, exhibition devoted the the life and work of pioneering 96-year-old photojournalist Tsuneko Sasamoto
To 8 October, London, UK: The Light – Portraits of the Hibakusha, Brunei Gallery, SOAS. Lecture day 7 October.
To 11 October, London, UK: ‘Cosmic Surfing’ – the art of Kengo Kito at the Japan House
To 11 October, Tokyo, Japan: Osamu Moete Moso, contemporary artists pay homage to Tezuka the moe pioneer at the Tokyo Anime Centre
To 17 October, Tokyo, Japan: exhibition by Meiji/Showa painter Shoen Uemura
To 24 October, London, UK: Horrockses Fashions: Off The Peg Style In The 40s and 50s, Fashion & Textile Museum, London SE1.
To 7 November, Shizuoka, 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.
To 12 December, Versailles, France: Murakami Versailles
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 16 January 2011, London, UK: Elegant Accomplishments: The Art of Noh Performance at the V&A
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.
To 26 June 2011, Manchester, UK: China – Journey to the East, British Museum touring exhibition
To 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.