Past Events

 

Japanese Film Festival 2016

Monday 3 October ~ Thursday 6 October 2016
At Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College, 12 Winchester Street, Christchurch
In Japanese with English subtitles
ADMISSION FREE NO BOOKINGS– Big Venue 500+ Seats

5.45 pm Complimentary tickets available at venue
6.00 pm Short cultural films
6.30 pm Main Feature

See attached poster

The Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition

“Japanese Pottery: The Rising Generation from Traditional Japanese Kilns”

From Saturday 2 July until Sunday 7 August 2016 in Timaru’s Aigantighe Art Gallery
The only South Island venue for this exhibition!

This exhibition introduces the works of 35 artists active in seven major traditional kiln sites in Japan: Arita & Karatsu, Hagi, Bizen, Kyoto, Kutani, Seto & Mino and Mashiko.

Aigantighe Art Gallery, 49 Wai-iti Road, Timaru
Open Tuesday – Friday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm; Saturday & Sunday 12.00 – 4.00 pm; Closed Monday

Admission Free

http://www.timaru.govt.nz/community/facilities/art-gallery
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Aigantighe-Art-Gallery-819376648072927/

Sponsored by The Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan, Consular Office of Japan, Aigantighe Art Gallery

This exhibition was opened by Ambassador Takata on 1st July. See for more details

 

CANTERBURY JAPAN DAY 2016 Japanese Winter

Sunday 16 March 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at Riccarton Park 165 Racecourse Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch

The Japanese Society of Canterbury with local businesses and sponsors and support from the Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch.

Japanese Film Evening

Thank you to everyone who filled in the questionnaire on cultural events. In response to “more Japanese films please” we are having a Japanese Film Evening every 2 months, starting at the end of June:

Tuesday 28 June at 6.30 pm
Merivale Lane Theatre, corner of Merivale Lane & Rossall Street at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Lady Maiko” written & directed by Masayuki Suo (“Shall We Dance”, “I Just Didn’t Do It” “Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t”)
Starring: Mone Kamishiraishi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Sumiko Fuji, Tamiyo Kusakari


A musical comedy loosely based on “My Fair Lady”, “Lady Maiko” is about Haruko, a young woman with a strong regional dialect and clumsy manners, who wants to become a maiko (apprentice geisha). Even with the help of Professor Kyono, a linguistic expert, can she achieve her dream?
Come and see this warm-hearted story set in beautiful Kyoto!

English Sub-titles; 135 minutes; Classification G
Free Admission; 120 seats available.
6.00 pm Theatre open
6.10 pm Japanese cultural short films
6.30 pm “Lady Maiko”

    • Enjoy the art of Japan: calligraphy, bonsai, ikebana, paintings and more.
    • Japanese music; Japanese Drums “TAKUMI“, Japanese Choir, Japanese Instruments “Koyu-kai” and New Year’s Eve Music Event “Kouhaku Uta Gassen”
    • Special guests “SHOWKO” Ventriloquist Rakugo Performer
    • The winter Haunted House
    • Participate in the Tea Ceremony
    • Japan National Tourist Association Sydney Branch Office with “Visit Japan” display
    • Approximately 30 Food Stalls “Yatai” with Japanese delicacies including sushi, dango, croquets, ramen, karaage, curry, yakisoba, and many more. Hot & cold drinks

More information → http://japanday.jsc.org.nz/index_en.html

 

Japanese Film Show

Monday 14 March ~ Wednesday 16 March 2016
VENUE: Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College, 12 Winchester Street, Christchurch

BIG VENUE 500 SEATS!!
All films in Japanese with English subtitles
Admission Free ‐No Bookings
Complimentary tickets available at venue each evening from 6.00 pm
A series of short cultural films will be shown from 6.10 pm
See attached poster

Monday 14 March 6.30 pm Drama & Comedy in the Kubo Family!
Osaka Hamlet / 108 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers Note: Violence & Coarse Language
Director: Fujiro Mitsuishi / Cast: Keiko Matsuzaka, Ittoku Kishibe, Naoyuki Morita, Kanpei Hazama,
Fusako Kubo is suddenly widowed and left with 3 sons. A mysterious man appears, claiming to be her late husband’s young brother, and moves in. How do the 3 boys cope?

Tuesday 15 March 6.30 pm Real & Virtual Action Anime!
Summer Wars / 109 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers Note: Contains Violence
Director: Mamoru Hosoda / Cast Voices: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura,
Kenji has a summer job programming for a company behind a huge online world called Oz. Natsuki, a very popular girl, invites him to go to Ueda City in Nagano for the 90th birthday of her grandmother, matriarch of the Jinnouchi clan.

Wednesday 15 March 6.30 pm Intimate & Poignant View of a Family’s Relationships!
Still Walking / 114 minutes
G Suitable for General Audiences
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda / Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsuhara, Kirin Kiki, Yoshio Harada
A brother and sister and their families visit their elderly parents on the 15th anniversary of their brother Junpei’s death from drowning while saving another boy.

Japanese Film Festival

VENUE: Cinema 4, Hoyts Northlands
Northlands Shopping Centre, Main North Road, Christchurch
All films in Japanese with English subtitles
ADMISSION FREE
NO BOOKINGS
Complimentary tickets available at venue each evening from 30 minutes prior to screening time on first come first served basis.
See attached poster

Monday 5 October 6.30 pm
Wood Job ウッジョブ 神去なあなあ日常

2014 / 116 minutes / PG Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Cast: Shota Sometani, Masami Nagasawa, Nana Seino, Hideaki Ito

Tuesday 6 October 6.30 pm
The God of Ramen ラーメンより大切なもの 

2013 / 90 minutes / G Suitable for General Audiences
Director: Takashi Innami
Cast: Shosuke Tanihara, Kazuo Yamagishi

Wednesday 7 October 6.30 pm
Thermae Romae テルマエ・ロマエ

2012 / 108 minutes / M Suitable for mature audience 16 years and over Note: Violence & nudity
Director: Hideki Takeuchi
Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Aya Ueto, Kazuki Kitamura, Riki Takeuchi

Thursday 8 October 6.30 pm
The Wind Rises 風たちぬ
2014 / 126 minutes / PG Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers
Director: Hayao Miyazaki 
Cast Voices: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto

 

TOHOKU –Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers - April 2015

The Consular Office of Japan in Christchurch, CPIT and The Japan Foundation have pleasure in presenting this traveling exhibition of photographs, curated by Kotaro Iizawa, a leading photography critic. These photographs aim to enhance understanding of the culture, climate and life in the Tohoku region.

Please take this opportunity to view these wonderful photographs yourself and tell your family and friends.

Thursday 30 April – Saturday 23 April 2015

Place: ARTBOX, corner of St Asaph & Madras Street, Christchurch
ARTBOX is a CPIT-led collaboration to provide temporary exhibition and retail space for the Christchurch arts community, post-earthquake.

Opening Times: Tuesday – Friday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Saturday 12 noon – 4.00 pm

See attached poster

 

JAPANESE FILM SHOW


Monday 2 March ~ Wednesday 4 March 2015
VENUE: Cinema 4, Hoyts Northlands, Northlands Shopping Centre, Main North Road

All films in Japanese with English subtitles

* Monday 2 March 2015 6.15 pm
Howl's Moving Castle ハウルの動く城 2004 / 119 mins / PG
Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers. NOTE: Some scenes may scare very young children
Director: Hayao MIYAZAKI
Cast Voices: Chieko BAISHO as Sophie, Takuya KIMURA as Howl, Akihiro MIWA as Witch of the Waste
Anime Master Hayao Miyazaki’s winner of the Osella Award at Venice International Film Festival!

* Tuesday 3 March 2015 6:15 pm
ROBO-G ロボジー 2012 / 111 mins / PG
Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers. NOTE: Coarse Language
Director: Shinobu YAGUCHI
Cast: Shinjiro IGARASHI (Mickey Curtis) as Shigemitsu Suzuki, Yuriko YOSHITAKA as Yoko Sasaki, Gaku HAMADA as Hiroki Kobayashi
From the unique viewpoint and excellent comedic feel of the writer-director of Happy Flight and Water Boys!

* Wednesday 4 March 2015 6:15 pm
ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 3 ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日 '64 2012 / 142 mins / PG
Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers NOTE: Violence & coarse language
Director: Takashi YAMAZAKI
Cast: Hidetaka YOSHIOKA as Ryunosuke Chagawa, Shinichi TSUTSUMI as Norifumi Suzuki, Koyuki as Hiromi Chagawa
Downtown Tokyo in Showa Year 39 (1964) is the stage for instalment 3 of this popular series woven into a fabric made from the tears and laughter of the neighbourhood!

ADMISSION FREE - NO BOOKINGS
Complimentary tickets available at venue each evening from 30 minutes prior to screening time on first come first served basis

See attached poster


CANTERBURY JAPAN DAY 2015 JAPANESE AUTUMN


Sunday 1 March 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at Riccarton Park 165 Racecourse Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch
The Japanese Society of Canterbury with local businesses and sponsors and support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

  • - Admire the beauty of Koyo (colourful autumn leaves) everywhere
  • - Enjoy the Autumn of Art: calligraphy, bonsai, ikebana, paintings, music
  • - Major Attraction: “Theatre of Princess Kaguya”
  • - Learn Kitsuke Obimai (Putting on kimono & tying obi to musical accompaniment)
  • - Participate in the Tea Ceremony
  • - Japan National Tourist Association Sydney Branch Office with “Visit Japan” display
  • - Approximately 50 Food Stalls “Yatai” with Japanese delicacies including sushi, dango, croquets, ramen, karaage, curry, yakisoba, and many more. Hot & cold drinks
  • - Performances by Garden City Big Band, Japanese Drums “Takumi”, Canterbury Japanese Choir, Japanese Instruments “Koyu-kai”, Individuals & Bands.

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JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 


Monday 22 September ~ Friday 26 September 2014
VENUE: Cinema 4, Hoyts Northlands, Northlands Shopping Centre, Main North Road
All film in Japanese with English subtitles

Monday 22 September 2014 6.00 pm
Casting Blossoms to the Sky 2012 / 160 mins / M (Suitable for Mature Audiences 16 years and over)
Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi
Cast: Yasuko Matsuyuki, Masahiro Takashima, Natsuki Harada, Minami Inomata, Shiho Fujimura

Tuesday 23 September 2014 6.30 pm
Leaving on the 15th Spring 2013 / 114 mins / G (Suitable for General Audiences)
Director: Yasuhiro Yoshida
Cast: Ayaka Miyoshi, Shinobu Otake, Kaoru Kobayashi, Saori Koide, Ryoko Tateishi

Wednesday 24 September 2014 6.30 pm
The Kirishima Thing 2012 / 103 mins / PG (Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers NOTE: Sexual References)
Director: Daihachi Yoshida
Cast: Ryonosuke Kamiki, Ai Hashimoto, Suzuka Ohgo, Masahiro Higashide, Kurumi Shimizu

Thursday 25 September 2014 6.00 pm
A Story of Yonosuke 2013 / 160 mins / PG (Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers NOTE: Sexual References)
Director: Shuichi Okita
Cast: Kengo Kora, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Sosuke Ikematsu, Go Ayano, Ayumi Ito

Friday 26 September 2014 6.30 pm
Doraemon and the Little Dinosaur 2006 / 107 mins / PG (Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers NOTE: Some scenes may scare very young children)
Director: Ayumu Watanabe
Cast Voices: Wasabi Mizuta, Megumi Oohara, Yumi Kakazu, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Tomokazu Seki

ADMISSION FREE on first come first served basis - NO BOOKINGS
Complimentary tickets available at venue each evening from 30 minutes prior to screening time

See attached poster

 

HOW DID ARCHITECTS RESPOND IMMEDIATELY AFTER 3.11? The Great East Japan Earthquake


An exhibition introducing various projects which architects initiated in the areas of emergency responses, temporary housing and reconstruction projects immediately after the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Each project is explained with drawings, models, photographs and related materials.

Friday 29 August – Sunday 5 October 2014

Daily 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

At Canterbury Museum Level 3

Admission Free

.See attached poster

 

GEORGE & NORIKO Musicians Extraordinaire!


Melbourne-based duo George & Noriko bring their unique fusion of blues and Japanese shamisen music to Christchurch for one performance only

Sunday 24 August 4.00 pm (Doors open 3.30 pm)

Jack Mann Auditorium, UC College of Education, 25 Rutherglen Avenue (350 seats)

No bookings. Free admission on first come first served basis. Complimentary tickets available at venue from 3.30 pm.

See attached poster

 

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL


Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 February 2014
At Hoyts Cinema 3 Northlands Mall
Monday 24 February 6.30pm: KAMUI R16 2009 120 minutes
Tuesday 25 February 6.30 pm: EVANGELION 2.22 YOU CAN(NOT) ADVANCE PG 2009 108 minutes
Wednesday 26 February 5.00 pm & 8.00 pm: DORORO R13 2007 138 minutes

All Films in Japanese with English subtitles. No bookings.
Complimentary tickets available at venue each eventing 30 minutes prior to screening.

See attached poster

 

CANTERBURY JAPAN DAY 2014 JAPANESE SUMMER


Sunday 23 February 2014 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at Riccarton Park 165 Racecourse Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch


Inside Exhibitions & Shows: Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy, Origami, Kimono, Summer Festival Theme Room, Okinawa Café, Haunted House “Obake-Yashiki”


Outside Food Stalls “Yatai” mobile stalls: Sushi, Curry, Yakisoba, Takoyaki, Taiyaki, Wagashi & Dagashi and many foods & snacks enjoyed in Japan and now here in Christchurch


Performances: Japanese Drums “Takumi”, Canterbury Japanese Choir, Japanese Instruments “Koyu-kai”, Individuals & Bands.

See attached poster

 

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 「日本映画祭(春)」

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 「日本映画祭(春)」
VENUE: Cinema 4, Hoyts Northlands
Northlands Shopping Centre, Main North Road


Hayao Miyazaki Anime Duo
宮崎駿アニメ2作品の連続上映!

Monday 9 September 6.30 pm
KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE  魔女の宅配便
G 1989 103 minutes

Tuesday 10 September 6.30 pm
PRINCESS MONONOKE もののけ姫
PG 1997 133 minutes

Seijun Suzuki 1960s Special Trio
鈴木清順監督(60年代作品)特集!

Wednesday 11 September 6.30pm
THE GUYS WHO PUT MONEY ON ME 俺に賭けた奴ら
1962 91 minutes

Thursday 12 September 6.30pm
MILLION DOLLAR SMASH-AND GRAB 百万弗を叩き出せ
1961 90 minutes

Friday 13 September 6.30pm
THE BREEZE ON THE RIDGE 峠を渡る若い風
1961 85 minutes

All film in Japanese with English subtitles
FREE ADMISSION - NO BOOKINGS – Complimentary tickets available at venue each evening from 6.00 pm.

Please download the flyer here.

 

THE DOLLS OF JAPAN

The Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition Abroad “THE DOLLS OF JAPAN”
University of Canterbury Central Library
Monday 12 – Friday 30 August 2013

A Rich culture of Japanese dolls including Hina Ningyo for Girls’ Festival, Gogatsu Ningyo for Boys’ Festival, dolls showing traditional theatre such as Noh, Bunraku and Kabuki, dolls of local areas made by craftsmen in traditional and contemporary types.

Please download the flyer for the festival here.

 

Canterbury Japan Day 2013 Theme “Japanese Spring”

Japan: Kingdom of Characters

Sunday 3 March 2013 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at Riccarton Park 165 Racecourse Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch

Inside Exhibitions & Shows: Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy, Ikebana, Pottery, Kimono Show, Opportunity to be photographed in kimono, Traditional Toys, Origami, etc
Outside Food Stalls “Yatai” mobile stalls: Sushi, Curry, Yakisoba, Takoyaki, Taiyaki, Wagashi & Dagashi and many foods & snacks enjoyed in Japan and now here in Christchurch
Stage Performances: Martial arts, Japanese Classical Dance, Dancing, Instrumental Groups, Individuals & Bands.

Please download the Canterbury Japan Day 2013 poster here.

 

Japanese Film Festival 2013

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL
VENUE: Cinema 4, Hoyts Northlands
Northlands Shopping Centre, Main North Road

Monday 4 March 6.30 pm
THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY  借りぐらしの アリエッテイ
G 2010 94 minutes

Tuesday 5 March 6.30 pm
THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME 時をかける少女
PG 2006 126 minutes

Wednesday 6 March 6.30pm
MAADADAYO まあだだよ
PG 1993 134 minutes

All film in Japanese with English subtitles
FREE ADMISSION - NO BOOKINGS – Complimentary tickets available at venue each evening from 6.00 pm.

For more information please download the Japanese Film Festival 2013 flyer here.

 

“Japan: Kingdom of Characters” Exhibition from The Japan Foundation

“Japan’s most popular characters that have triggered worldwide crazes from 1950s to 2000s. Featuring life-sized figures of Hello Kitty, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mobile Suit Gundam and more, this exhibition will be accompanied with panels, film and character-related products allowing a window into the obsessive phenomenon of Japan’s world of characters. In particular anime and manga have become increasingly a topic of interest around the world, so the Japan Foundation responds and examines the impact of characters on Japanese society.” From Japan Foundation Sydney.

Japan: Kingdom of Characters

Wednesday 14 November – Saturday 1 December (official flyer)
At Chambers@241, 241 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Friday 11.00 am – 5.30pm and Saturday 10.00 am  - 2.00 pm.

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