Happy New Year! – and some January reminders

Happy New Year!Happy New Year to you all, and thank you for visiting my blog in 2012!

A special thank you to everyone who liked or commented on posts – it really does make a difference to see your feedback – and to those of you who have signed up to follow the blog. It’s really encouraging. (See the right-hand menu if you haven’t and want to do it now). And a super-special thank you to all the new friends I’ve made through blogging and on Twitter.

A lot of bloggers are ending 2012 by reviewing the year, publishing statistics and making resolutions. I thought I’d just give you a reminder not to miss some great exhibitions and events which close in January. Here they are:

Until January 4th – Free tickets to Kew Gardens

Chokushi-monI went to Kew to see the autumn leaves in the Japanese Landscape Garden and the Chokushi-mon but I’m sure it will be lovely in the winter too.

And luckily Kew gardens have a special twelve days of Christmas free tickets offer. Tickets are limited so apply now.

Until January 5th –  Light and Dark Fantastic at Pitzhanger House in Ealing

Light and Dark Fantastic sculpture

I caught London-based artists Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa’s entertaining show of light sculptures at the beginning of December.

You’ve just got a few days left to see it, and beware, it’s closed on 1st January. It’s close to Ealing Broadway tube station.

Until 13th January – Snow Country at the Fitzwilliam Gallery in Cambridge

Kuniyoshi © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

This is a winter treat. Wonderful ukiyo-e prints featuring lots and lots of snow. A great contrast to the British rain and a nice day out as well.

This print, called Black Hood, is by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

Tea in the Fitzwilliam cafe is a great way to finish your day and the shop has plenty of reproductions of the prints for sale.

Until 16th January – The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House

Nutcracker - Sugar Plum Fairy

A magical Christmas ballet in a beautiful setting in the heart of London. It’s a sell-out, of course, but you can still get returns on their website.

Japanese Sugar Plum Fairies: Hikaru Kobayashi on the 1st, Akane Takeda on the 5th, Yuhui Choe on the 8th and Fumi Kaneko on the 15th. Plus Ryoichi Hirano as the Prince on the 8th.

Until 20th January – Flame Pots at the British Museum

British Museum Jomon Pots

An absolute favourite! I’ll be going back for another look in January and you should make sure you get there before it closes too.

Thousands of years of history and art unfold before your eyes in these ancient pots from the Jomon Period – and it won’t take more than five minutes to see.

Until 27th January – Threads of Silk and Gold at the Ashmolean in Oxford

Threads of silk and gold

Beautiful embroideries, resist-dyed silk and velvet panels, tapestries, and appliqué, all made with exquisite skill.

The embroideries are displayed without glass so you can really get a great view of the detailed work that’s gone into them.

Yes, I know it means another day trip. Just do it.

Until 27th January – Kitty and the Bulldog (Lolita Fashion) at the Victorian and Albert Museum

Sweet Lolita

This is a small but well-chosen exhibition from the top Japanese designers of Lolita fashion.

It’s a Japanese street style that involves dressing up like Alice in Wonderland and looking as kawaii as possible.

If you want to see real life people wearing Lolita style, have a look at my post on Hyper Japan.

Opening 31st January –  Anjin – The Shogun and English Samurai at Sadler’s Wells

Scene from Anjin

I am so looking forward to this show. It has a Japanese/English cast and looks like it will be pretty spectacular. It’s  the story of William Adams, an English navigator, thought to be the first Englishman ever to reach Japan.

If you haven’t booked your ticket yet, what are you waiting for?

Thank you for visiting!

I didn’t think when I started this blog back in June that there would be so many Japanese-flavoured things to see and do in London. I hope you’ll join me for more adventures in 2013.

明けましておめでとうございます!

Kadomatsu

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