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Yasujiro Ozu

Celebrate one of cinema’s greatest masters
at the British Film Institute, Southbank.
1 January – 27 February.

Yasujiro Ozu: The finest Japanese director of all time?

Celebrating Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu, the BFI will release two of the Japanese master’s greatest films, Tokyo Story and Late Autumn, in cinemas nationwide. Ozu’s Tokyo Story opens in cinemas nationwide on 1 January 2010.

The BFI Southbank will be presenting a comprehensive retrospective of Yasujiro Ozu’s films together with a number of more recent films in which his influence is discerned.

Find out more at www.bfi.org.uk/go/ozujc

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Delivery In Time For Christmas

The www.japancentre.com office will be closed on 24th to 28th & 31st Dec and 1st to 3rd Jan. We will reply to any email enquiries as soon as we are back in the office. Please note orders may take a little longer to process than usual during the Christmas period.

Courier – UK
Please place your order no later than Monday 14th December (choosing substitute or remove as your stock option).

Royal Mail – UK Destinations
Please place your order no later than Tuesday 8th December (choosing substitute or remove as your stock option). *Please note Japan Centre recommends using our courier delivery service as we cannot be held responsible for the Royal Mail Christmas postal service!*

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So now that you have tasted some Japanese snacks, read a Japanese comic and listened to the current popular J-Pop bands, you feel you are ready to take the next step and travel to Japan to experience first-hand everything that Japan can offer!

Visiting Japan can be a daunting thought due to the long distance travel, the cultural and language barriers and not to mention the cost, doesn’t everyone say that Japan is the most expensive country in the world?

Still interested? Good, here is some information to help that dream trip to Japan be as smooth as possible. Oh, and grab a cup of green tea before you start, it’s going to be a long one!

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Summer Exhibition

At the Royal Academy of Arts. 8th June – 16 August 2009

Now in its 241st year, the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition 2009 continues the tradition of displaying a wide range of new work by both established and unknown artists in all media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and architecture. This year’s co-ordinators, Royal Academicians Ann Christopher, Eileen Cooper and Will Alsop will select works for the exhibition around the theme of ‘Making Space’. Since the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768, the annual Summer Exhibition has become the world’s largest open-submission contemporary art exhibition.

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Kodo

At the Southbank Centre. Sat 6th & Sun 7th June 2009

Kodo returns to London, direct from Sado Island, with a performance never seen outside Japan. Ekkyo: Trans-border features premier dancer, Chieko Kojima, alongside fresh dance, vocal and drum compositions. Lavish costumes, huge drums, and Kodo’s legendary precision and power deliver an exotic synthesis that explores new territories, and the boundaries between. Visually stunning and thunderous, one experiences Kodo with the whole body. A thrill for all ages!