From 21 February to 3 March, the art, culture, literature, film and photography of Japan is brought to Sheffield and showcased at various events across the city.
Japan Now North welcomes an impressive range of academics and creatives to the city so that Sheffield locals can enjoy an essence of Japan without having to travel thousands of miles to get there. The festival programme has been produced by the University of Sheffield, Modern Culture and The Japan Foundation.
Leading photographers, writers and filmmakers from Japan have been invited to the city to exhibit and explain their work. Tokyo-based photographer and visual artist, Suzanne Mooney, hosts an exhibition which documents her observations in the capital city and self-portraits from around the world whilst renowned filmmaker, Mika Ninagawa, hosts a talk and film screening.
Sheffield’s Showroom cinema presents the screening of Megumi Sasaki’s A Whale of a Tale, with a Q&A and Kyoko Miyake’s Tokyo Idols, plus a Q&A.
Other events include a conversation with writers Richard Lloyd Parry and Mariko Nagai about the environmental destruction in Japan due to disasters like tsunamis and radiation poisoning and discussions about documentaries and living in Tokyo will be taking place.
A full programme, with links to (mostly free) tickets, can be found here.