The season has 4 themes:
- children and students - the next generations
- disability sport - a British idea but now a Japanese enthusiasm
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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.