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Season of Japanese culture in Derbyshire

This 'season' has been identified by the Japanese Embassy in London as running from the Rugby World Cup 2019, in Japan, to the end of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.  However, the embassy hopes that the enthusiasm for Japanese culture will continue long after the ‘season’ has finished.


Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20

The season has 4 themes:

  • children and students - the next generations
  • disability sport - a British idea but now a Japanese enthusiasm
  • technology
  • Japanese cuisine

The Japanese Embassy has more information about the  season of culture across the UK. In Derbyshire and Derby we're creating our own season and that information is available here.

If you're organising an event with links to Japanese culture and would like it to be promoted, please send your request to Sarah Burkinshaw, email:   sarah.burkinshaw@derbyshire.gov.uk

There is also a cherry tree signature for schools and public places – 63 schools in Derbyshire will be gifted a Sakura cherry tree in November 2020. A further 100 cherry trees will be shared between Basses Recreation Park in Derby, Swadlincote and Shipley Park. The trees will be planted in copses or avenues so that we can, in the future enjoy the Japanese experience of 'Hanami', cherry blossom festivals.

Derbyshire - Japan Season of Culture in the UK 2019-2020 events

20 September 2019 to 26 January 2020 - Japanese ghosts and demons

Derby Museum and Art Gallery will display woodblock prints from the Ashmolean Museum. Find out more about the Japanese ghosts and demons exhibition or contact Derby Museum, tel: 01332 641901.

5 November 2019 to 5 January 2020 (excluding 24 to 26 December 2019 and 1 January 2020) - In a land far, far away

Christmas at Chatsworth House. A dazzling Christmas experience, one of the decorated rooms will have a Japanese theme. Contact Chatsworth House, Bakewell tel: 01246 565300.

7 November 2019 to 9 November 2019 - Japan Sings! - Japanese musicals at QUAD, Derby

As part of the British Film Institute’s national season of musicals, QUAD-Derby's regular Asian movie night Satori Screen will be screening 5 Japanese musicals over 3 days. This is a rare chance for UK based audiences to see these films on the big screen, which cross a wide variety of styles and genres in both music and cinematic style.

Each screening will include an introduction (speakers TBC) designed to provide context and encourage deeper engagement with the films and Japanese culture.

Screening times:

  • Underwater Love (18). 7 November, 8.45pm
  • Princess Raccoon (PG). 8 November, 6.05pm
  • Singing Lovebirds (PG) with intro by film writer Jasper Sharp. 9 November, 3pm 
  • Tokyo Tribe (18). 9 November, 6pm
  • The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (15). 9 November, 8.45pm

February 2020 - The Japan Foundation touring film programme

Derby Season of Japanese films at The Quad, Derby.