October 2010


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

8-10 October, New York, USA: New York Comic Con and New York Anime Festival – one venue and one badge/admission fee for both shows.

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

14 October-15 November, London, UK: Naoya Hatakeyama’s Scales at Japan House explores concepts of scale and perception

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.

3 thoughts on “October 2010

  1. Hi there Helen! I attended your talk ‘writing for fun and profit’ at the MCM Expo yesterday and unfortunately I couldn’t get a word in after the talk as you were swamped with people, but I feel compelled to thank you.

    I am sure a lot of people tell you this already, but it was bugging me that I couldn’t tell you myself. You were both a delight to listen to and a huge inspiration. I am definitely going to buy your books and will look into Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist as per your recommendation.

    I couldn’t agree more with what you said, especially about introducing anime into education and as a former Media and Film Studies student myself, who was disappointed to spend three years on the course with only the slightest mention of Miyazaki and nothing else even remotely anime related, I found what you said about Satoshi Kon not being viewed alongside directors such as Alfred Hitchcock very relatable, as I have wondered the same thing many times.

    I admire what you have done for anime and manga, especially over here in the UK and I will take all of your advice to heart. I couldn’t find a contact email on your website, so I hope this message reaches you here on your blog. Once again, thank you ever so much! Your talk was superb.

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