Event Calender



Japanese Film Festival at Cinemateket

Date: 12 - 22 January – Harmonium - Film of the Month
20 January - 2 March – Classics of Japanese Cinema - the Pain of Love

Place: Cinemateket, Gothersgade 55, 1123 København K


Harmonium - Cinemateket's Film of the Month is screened on 10 consecutive days. The Japanese drama 'Harmonium' by director Koji Fuukada was awarded with the Un certain regard Jury Prize in Cannes 2016. It is part family drama, part thriller.

Classics of Japanese Cinema - the Pain of Love. 12 carefully selected films each from Japanese directors spanning the period 1930-1990 (Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Shiro Toyoda, Keisuke Kinoshita, Nagisa Oshima and more). Since one of the main criteria for the selection is the overlapping theme of 'tragic love', the selection is quite different from regular overviews of the highlights of Japanese cinema.

Performance of Bakamen by group from Funabashi

Date: 15-19 January 2017

Place: Søhusskolen and SMK

Odense City has been sistercity with Funabashi since 1989. To celebrate the 150-year anniversary, the city will dispatch a cultural group to perform Bakamen dance at Søhusskolen in Odense and at the opening ceremony of the 150th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Denmark and Japan at SMK.

Opening of the Exhibition "Japanomania in the Nordic Countries" and Celebration of 150th Year Anniversary of Japan-Denmark Diplomatic Relations

Date: 18 January 17.00-19.00 2017

Place: SMK

Japan & Denmark - 2 Countries - 12 Months - 2017 - at A.Petersen Collection and Craft

Date: 19 January - 31 December 2017

Place: A. Petersen Collection & Craft

During the year 2017 three Japanese exhibitions will open at A. Petersen Collection & Craft: The first is arts and crafts - displaying selected works by 20 craftsmen from different parts of Japan. This exhibition will show a variety of items, all relating to Danish and Japanese craftmanship in both a traditionel way as well as reflecting modern day life. The exhibition is curated by A. Petersen in cooperation with Japanese arts and crafts agent Wise Wise.


Wagyu Seminar

Date: 30 January 2017

Place: Hotel- og Restaurantskolen

Date: 31 January 2017

Place: Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

Lecture and Tasting Reception inviting guests from the meat/food industry.



An Invitation to Budo for the Disabled

Date: 16 February 2017

Place: Bosei Sports High School, 4720 Præstø

Supported by "Sport for Tomorrow" by Japan Sport Council and Japan Sports Agency in the Ministry of Educaiton, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology


Japanese Connections - seen from Vejle, Denmark

Date: 17 February 2017

Place: Greentech Center, Lysholt Allé 6, 7100 Vejle

Program: Opening Ceremony/Meeting - Export Arrangement - Celebration of the 150th Anniversary

The event is an export arrangement in a combination with local 150 years celebration in Vejle.

The 15th Matsumae Cup

Date: 18 - 21 February 2017

Place: DGI-Huset, Willy Sørensens Plads, 7100 Vejle

Program: 18-19 February – The 15th Matsumae Cup -Tournament
20-21 February – The 15th Matsumae Cup - Judo Camp


Organized by Dansk Judo og Ju-Jitsu Union, Vejle Judo Klub and Tokai University European Center.

"Tsukemono and the Flavor of Japanese Food" Lecture by Prof. Ole G. Mouritsen

Date: 23 February 2017

Place: Hotel and Restaurantskolen, Vigerslev Allé 18, 2500 Valby

There are two distinct characteristics of the Japanese cuisine which are umami and mouthfeel. These two aspects of the general taste experience of Japanese food will be explained and exemplified by dashi and tsukemono.

The lecture will be given by Prof. dr.scient. Ole G. Mouritsen (University of Southern Denmark), Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador

Lecture by Architect Trine Branch Møller: Japan's Love Hotels: a cultural institution

Date: 23 February 2017

Place: Asia House, India Kaj 16, 2100 København Ø

Arranged by Danish-Japanese Society



Japan Alumni & Researcher Assembly 2017

Date: 10 March 2017

Place: DTU/Technical University of Denmark

Two researchers who will give presentation at the networking event will talk in line with one of the theme of the 150th Anniversary, "Innovation". The speakers are invited from Japan and from Danish people who have experience in conducting research in both countries and have experience living in both countries.

Rashomon - with introduction

Date: 11 March 2017

Place: Cinemateket, Gothersgade 55, 1123 København K

Kurosawa's Classic 'Rashomon' introduced by Peter Skovfoged Laursen

Lecture by Ambassador Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin "From Catastrophe to Comradeship: how the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 tied Japan and Denmark closer together"

Date: 14 March 2017

Place: Tokai University European Center, Vedbæk Strandvej 476, 2950 Vedbæk

Arranged by Danish-Japanese Society adn Tokai University European Center

Language: Danish


Japan & Denmark - Exhibiton Party - at A.Petersen Collection and Craft

Date: 17 Marts 17.00-19.00

Place: A. Petersen Collection & Craft

Opening with Wise Wise owner and founder Taketoshi Sato and Susumu Kondo.


Sambuichi x Cisternerne

Date: 21 March 2017 - 1 February 2018

Place: Cisternerne, Søndermarken, 2000 Frederiksberg

Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi will make a sitespecific installation based on investigations of architecture's integration with nature. The point of departure is the moving and stable materials of Cisternerne.


Organized by Cisternerne/Frederiksbergmuseerne.

Please note the exhibition is closed on Mondays.

Viewing Each Other

Date: 20-21 March 9.00 - 17.00

Place: KUA, Karen Blixens vej 4, 2300 København S. Auditorium 22.0.11

Ongoing Danish and Japanese research on each country on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the treaty between the two nations


Organized by Yoichi Nagashima, Ph.D, Dr. phl. ToRS (Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies) University of Copenhagen

Special Exhibition presenting a selection of renowned bookplates/Exlibris, particular Japanese and some from the Royal Family

Date: 30 March - 29 April 2017

Place: Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum

Frederikshavn Municipality is honouring the 70 year Anniversary for the death of Johannes Knudsen on the coast of Wakayama and the 150 years of Diplomatic connection between our two countries.


Johannes Larsen og Japansk træsnitkunst

Date: 1 April - 31 December 2017

Place: Faaborg Museum

Johannes Larsen (1867-1961) kom aldrig til Japan, men i sin kunst rejste han og fandt inspiration i japansk kunst og kultur. Udstillingen "Johannes Larsen og Japansk træsnit" viser to unikke samlinger af japanske træsnitbøger og træsnit i dansk privateje sammen med japansk inspirerede værker af Johannes Larsen. De to privatsamlinger er resultatet af to privatpersoners Japan-fascination, men i et større perspektiv også resultatet af den åbning mellem Danmark og Japan, som fejres i 2017 med 150-året for oprettelsen af de diplomatiske forbindelser mellem Japan og Danmark. Museet fejrer jubilæet ved at udstille disse to samlinger og rejse spørgsmlet om den japanske kunsts indflydelse på Johannes Lasen, der fødtes i netop 1867, året hvor de diplomatiske forbindelser indledtes. Ud over at give indblik i den helt sælige japanske træsnitkultur, viser udstillingen værker af Johannes Larsen og diskuterer nogle af de paradokser, som den fynske udgave af japanismen var del af.


Lecture by Dr. Yuko Matsuzaki "Corporate Archives in Japan"

Date: 3 April 2017

Place: A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Esplanaden 50, 1098 København K

Arranged by Danish-Japanese Society and Tokai University European Center


Lecture by Prof. Jacqueline Berndt "Hokusai Manga and Contemporary Manga"

Date: 4 April 2017

Place: Asia House, India Kaj 16, 2100 København Ø

Arranged by Danish-Japanese Society


Mishima - 'a Life in Four Chapters' - introduction, film and concert

Date: 6 April 2017

Place: Cinemateket, Gothersgade 55, 1123 København K

19.00 Lecture on Yukio Mishima by Annette Thorsen Vilslev

19.30 Screening 'Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters' (Paul Schrader, 1985).

21.30 Bar in Asta Bar (Cinemateket's basement) with performance by string quartet Halvcirkel: Philip Glass' 3. String quartet used in the film.

22.00 End.

Tickets are 100 Dkk.


European Karate Championships

Date: 8-9 April 2017

Place: Roskilde Congress Centre Bauhaus Arena, Møllehusvej 15, Roskilde

Arranged by Danish Karate Union


Exhibitions of Japanese Keramist Seika Takahashi - Curation and Creation

Date: 10 April 2017 - 1 March 2018

Place: Kirsten Kjærs Museum, Langvadvej 64, 7741 Frøstrup

Two Exhibitions: Curation and Creation by Japanese keramist Seika Takahashi.

Curation: The artist gathered ceramic pieces from the ceramic collection of the museum made by Danish artists, according to the impressions of Danish art in Japan.

Lecture by Architect and Artist Helle Klint

Date: 19 April 2017 19.00

Place: Asia House, India Kaj 16, 2100 København Ø

Arranged by Danish-Japanese Society

Language: Danish


Noh Workshop - Traditional Theater Workshop

Date: 22 April

Place: Black Diamond, Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, 1016 København K

Copenhagen Grotesque Burlesque: Night of the Kabukimono

Date: 22 April 21.00-04.00

Place: Damhuskroen, Roskildevej 244, 2610 Rødovre

About Night of the Kabukimono:

Kabukimono (歌舞伎者) wander the streets, seeking an audience to join their new experiments in the underworld theatre, full of bizarre costumes and outlandish performances. Finding the streets empty on this spring night in Osaka, in the year 1743, the Kabukimono troupe (finally) finds an empty building, a title above the door – Damhuskroen-za. The Damhuskroen Theatre. Keeping their senses alert for Samurai who might be in the area, they sneak into the theatre to discover a perfect place to hold their performances, a strange yet welcoming venue, and they begin to decorate, and prepare their show. Soon, it is opening night and passer-bys have begun to take notice of the work being done at the Dam Hus Kro-za.

Commoners, samurai, farmers, artists, geishas, and all levels and genders of society allow their curiosity to overrule the social structure, and enter the theatre. They realize this is unlike the other Kabuki theatres popping up around Japan, rather, this is a participatory theatre where everyone joins and performs their own tale with their own characters. Everyone must participate in this kaleidoscope of excessive performances. Upon entering, they are told the secrets of the theatre, and they rejoice: it’s a chance to explore a new persona. Thus, they become their personas, and decorate their faces and bodies, expressing their new persona’s nature: passionate and righteous red, jealous and nefarious blues, supernaturally powered green, and noble purple. They put on their ornate, beautiful, thoughtful, outlandish, bizarre, grotesque. They rehearse their poses and their lines and prepare.

The scene is set, the audience becomes actors, and the play begins: A wild and unpredictable exploration of everyday interactions, of great samurai battles, of enchanting geisha tales, an exploration of self. This theatre pushes the boundaries of what Kabuki has been and could ever be – for everyone joins in, and everyone is an actor, for just one night.

In the morning, exhausted and exhilarated, the participants leave the theatre, and turn around to take one last look, to discover a pile of ashes where the theatre had been moments before. No smoke, no smell of fire… had they imagined it all? Rubbing their tired eyes, they look at their hands, and see the vibrant reds, blues, greens and purple from their makeup. No, this was a truer night than all others.


Bertelsens Shikoku Prilgrimage

Date: 24 April - 18 May 2017

Place: DR TV/Shikoku

Mr. Bertelsen will be walking the 88 Ohenro Shikoku route, whilst making a documentary on this.

Posting of Carp Streamer by Japanese Designers

Date: 27 April - 3 May

Place: Copenhagen Sakura Festival, Langelinie Park

Posting of Carp Streamer by Japanese Designers

Lecture by Architect Sambuichi on occasion of opening of exhibition "Hiroshi Sambuichi - Moving Materials" at DAC

Date: 28 April 2017 15.00-16.00

Place: KADK, Festsalen, Philip de Langes Allé 10, 1435 København K

Exhibition "Hiroshi Sambuichi - Moving Materials" at DAC

Date: 28 April 2017 17.00-19.00

Place: DAC

Copenhagen Sakura Festival 10 Year Anniversary

Date: 29-30 April 2017

Place: Langelinie Park (by the Little Mermaid)

Handout of Uchiwa at Copenhagen Sakura Festival

Date: 29-30 April 2017

Place: Langelinie Park (by the Little Mermaid)


Lecture on Japanese Folk Music Min'yo today by ethnomusicologist David W. Hughes

Date: 2 May 19.30

Place: Metronomen, Godthåbsvej 33, 2000 Frederiksberg


Organized by The Danish National Committee of ICTM: Forum for music and dance across the world

Japan & Denmark - Opening of Exhibition with Tomoyo Matsuoka- at A.Petersen Collection and Craft

Date: 4 May 17.00-19.00

Place: A. Petersen Collection & Craft

The exhibition will show furniture from Takumi Koghei-series "Tapered Chair".


"Modern Japanese Rakugo performance - storytelling, methods and technique" - Mini Festival

Date: 5 May 2017 17.00

7 May 2017 17.00

Place: Besttellers scene, Krusågade 25, 1719 København V

The theme for the mini festival is - how the traditional Rakugo performance can affect the modern European storytelling traditions and vice versa.

Friday: A view of traditional Japanese rakugo performance and Danish Storytelling theatre.

Saturday and Sunday: A mix of workshops for Danish storytellers and Japanese Rakugo performance artists and a view into these processes together with a debate about the work and development in these workshops.

The mini festival is for everyone who is interested in storytelling and is interested in a journey into the Danish and Japanese storytelling.



Organized by Kulturkontoret.

3-in-1 Anniversary at CBS

Date: 10 May 2017 9.00-16.30

Place: Ovnhallen, Porcelænshaven 20, 2000 Frederiksberg

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) celebrates its centennial and 25 year anniversary for Asian Studies Programme (ASP), along with the 150 year anniversary of DK-JP relations. A full day of talks on Japanese society by leading international Japan scholars and business panel of ASP alumni.

Tentative Program

Organized by Copenhagen Business School (Asian Studies Program (ASP), ASP alumni org. and Asian Research Centre).

Wave from Japan - Yuko Takeda Keller Solo Exhibition

Date: 13 May - 2 July 2017

Place: Kulturhavn Gilleleje, Peter Fjelstrupvej, 3250 Gilleleje

Opening reception: Saturday 13 May 2017. 14:00~16:00
Ambassador of Japan Toshiro Suzuki will open the exhibition.

Further information: Kulturhavn Gilleleje  /  http://www.kulturhavngilleleje.dk/
The Exhibition's opening hours: Everyday 07:00~22:00

Lecture by Mette Holm and Katrine Klinken

Date: 15 May 2017

Place: Bethesda, Rømersgade 17, 1362 København K

Arranged by Danish-Japanese Society and Tokai University European Center

Language: Danish


Japanese Chamber Cabaret

Date: 17 May 2017 20.00-21.45

18 May 20.00-21.45

Place: Dome of Visions, Inge Lehmanns Gade, Pier 2, 8000 Aarhus

A concert performance presented by Eriko Makimura with guest performer Yoshiaki Iwao.


Master Class, Lectures and Exhibition with 2 Japanese Jewelry Artists, Kimiaki Kageyama and Kazumi Nagano

Date: 18 May 2017 17.00 Opening of Exhibition

15-19 May Master Class

19 May Lectures

Place: The Most Secret Gallery (Exhibition), Smyk2000 (Masterclass), Lectures: to be decided.


RED/WHITE - Contemporary Japanese Dramatic Work

Date:19 May 2017 14.00-19.00

Place: SORT/HVID, Staldgade 26-30 1699 København V

SORT/HVID has the honour of presenting four dramatic works from three Japanese playwrights. The works have never before been presented outside Japan and presents aspects of Japanese society and intelletual life, the Danish public rarely gets a glimpse of. For four days the Danish actors will work with the texts in a previously untested exchange work between Japanese playwrights and Danish actors. On the fifth day the texts will be presented to the public n an open reading. It is our pleasure to present the following works for the first time for a Danish audience: Long rows of gravestones by Yoshiyuki Fukukdas, After the golem and You killed me by Katsumi Sasaki and 4four by Takeshi Kawamura. Katsumi Sasaki and Takeshi Kawamura will be in Copenhagen during the hole week.

The reading will take place on 19 May at Theatre SORT/HVID. The reading will be hosted by Danish playwright and scholar in Japanese language and culture, Mads Mazanti Jensen.


1.st Danish Shogi Championship

Date: 21-22 May 2017 10.00

Place: Chessclub k41, Mellemtoftevej 11, 2500 Valby


The Kunsthalle and the villages

Date:28 May-September

Place: Various sites

May-September: Viborg Kunsthal

28 May - 6 June: Lundø

5 June - 10 June: Fulden

11 June - 16 June: Hald Ege

1 July - 7 July: Gludsted

30 July - 5 August: Sindig Ørre

Not yet decided: Skarrild

Not yet decided: Voldby

In the course of 2017, visiting teams of foreign (herunder Japanese) and Danish artist will visit and live in different villages. Here they will create a work of art in interactions with residents.

The project is rooted in Viborg Kunsthal, who wish to bring contemporary art out into the villages and closer to the people. The residents in the villages will feel ownership towards the artwork and project being directly involved in the creative process and hereby gain insigt to the artist's ways of working.



The 101 Friendship Park

Date: 2 June 2017

Place: University Hospital Aarhus, Hedeager 3, 8200 Aarhus N

Maneki Neko - Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition

Date: 2 June - 6 August 2017

Place: Nikolaj Kunsthal

Exhibitions of Japanese Keramist Seika Takahashi - Curation and Creation

Date: 10 June 2017 - 4 August 2018

Place: Kirsten Kjærs Museum, Langvadvej 64, 7741 Frøstrup

Two Exhibitions: Curation and Creation by Japanese keramist Seika Takahashi.

Creation: The artist will exhibit works created during her three months residency in the most beautiful natural environment in Denmark.

Tsumiki-workshops - for children and their adults

Date: 10-11 June 2017

Place: A. Petersern Collection and Craft, Kløvermarksvej 70, 2300 København S

The Charity Concert for the Great East Japan Earthquake in Copenhagen

Date: 11 June 14.00 2017

Place: Nationalmuseet, Ny Vestergade 10, 1471 København K.

Piano solo / Surprise on the day
Japanese folk songs for string quartet
J. Brahms / String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major Op. 18
Special guest:
Piano / Toshiyuki Kamioka (Copenhagen Phil Principal Conductor)
Violin / Yuko Yasui
Violin / Laura Aaberg Kærn
Viola / Marie Louise Broholt Jensen
Viola / Jákup Lützen
Cello / Richard Krug
Cello / Wiebke Vestergaard
(from Copenhagen Phil).

Price: 150 DKK / Under 15 years of age is free of charge
Further information: https://www.facebook.com/events/200335263790707/


Japanese Kites on Fanø

Date: 11-18 June 2017

Place: Fanø Beach

24 Japanese kitebuilders will make workshops for children, for adult european kitefliers and fly traditional Japanese kites. The kite builders represent different traditions from different regions.

There will also be exhibitions of a) Japanese kites from a private collection b)ukiyo-e printings from a private collection.

In Esbjerg there will be a symposium for companies in Esbjerg region that already have or wish to have business relations with Japan and Japanese companies.

Anniversary Concert for 150 Years of Japan-Denmark Diplomatic Relations: The Harmonious Sound of Koto

Date: 15-16 June 2017

Place: Skuespilhuset, Skt. Annæ Plads 36, 1250 Kbh K

The anniversary concert “The Harmonious Sound of Koto” is a concert of traditional Japanese music featuring exponents of the highest quality from the Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA) to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Denmark. “Koto” is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument, and the main Koto player Mr. Shoin Hagioka succeeded to the name and established mastership as Shoin Hagioka Ⅳ in 1980. This is the first time for TUA, which is the only national university of the arts in Japan that offers traditional Japanese music programs, to perform in Denmark. We hope that you enjoy “The Harmonious Sound of Koto” in ensemble with other traditional Japanese instruments –the Shamisen, Shakuhachi and Tsudzumi.


Japan in The Royal Danish House

Date: 17 June - 3 September 2017

Place: Kongernes Samling Amalienborg, Christian VIIIs Palace, Amalienborg Palace, DK-1257 Copenhagen.

Makiko Hirabayashi Trio in Concert - Art Installation by Yuko Takeda Keller

Date: 18 June 15.30-17.30 2017

Place: Kulturhavn Gilleleje, Peter Fjelstrupvej, 3250 Gilleleje

Make Hirabayashi (piano), Marilyn Mazur (Percussion / Drum), Klavs Hovman (Bass) 
Ticket: 100 kr.  http://www.gillelejebio.dk/

Kulturhavn Gilleleje  /  http://www.kulturhavngilleleje.dk/

Japanese Contemporary Crafts

Date: 23 June - 22 September 2017

Place: Bornholmsmuseum - Hjorts Fabrik

The International Art Workshop

Date: 25 June - 7 July workshop

7 July Presentation Finisage

Place: Gludsted Village

The workshop open up for following the working proecess during the workshop period and presentation exhibition. During the workshop period a sitespecific version of the ongoing collaboration Artwork Winds by the Japanese artist Rikuo Ueda and the Danish artist Steen Rasmussen will be shown.

This year we focus on Japanese participation. There will be 6 Japanese artists joining the workshop and one Danish artist. Furthermore, during the same period 1 July Gludsted is also a part of the EU capital of cutlure Aarhus 2017 project "the Kunsthalle and the Villages" where 2 Japanese artist will make artworks in the interaction with the inhabitants.

Haruhiko Okabe and Danish friends

Date: 26 June 2017 22.00

Place: 5E Slagtehusade 5 E, København V.

Aarhus - Hokkaido Joint Summer University 2017

Date: 29 June - 8 July 2017

Place: Innovest (Ringkøbing Skjern Municipality)

Joint summer course on integrated nutrient management: Danish experiences and international perspectives.


Kintsugi - Hirabayashi & Day duo

Date: 8 July 2017

Place: Frihavnskirken, Willemoesgade 68, 2100 København Ø

OPPOSITE - Jazz Concert

Date: 12 - 16 July 2017

Place: Jazzhouse

SuperDelux and Tokyo Jazz moves to Jazzhouse during Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017.

The event will feature both all-Japanese acts as well as some new musical collaborations made especially for this event.


Traditional Budhist and new music on the Japanese flute shakuhachi in Vejle - European Shakuhachi Summer School

Date: 17 July 2017

Place: Vor Frelser Kirke, Strandgade 2A, 7100 Vejle.

This is a very broad display of shakuhachi music both traditional and modern - and thereby an exchange of culture between Japan and Denmark.



European Shakuhachi Summer School

Date: 27-30 July 2017

Place: Grejsdalens Efterskole, Grejsdalsvej 176, 7100 Vejle

Four days of Shakuhachi workshops and concerts.



Exhibition with Kumi Machida at Culture House Kappelborg

Date: 12 August - 1 October 2017

Place: Kulturhus Kappelborg, Skolevej 5, 9990 Skagen

In celebration of the Anniversary Year Skagens Museum has sent paintings from their collection of the famous Skagen painters to Tokyo - in August Kumi Machidas pieces will be exhibited at Kappelborg. Thus it is an exchange of art and culture betwen Japan and Skagen and a mix of traditional and modern art.

Odense Japan Day

Date: 18 August 2017 18.00-20.00

Place: Kulturmaskinen, Odense

Date: 19 August 2017 13.00-18.00

Place: Odense City Hall

Organizer: World Event Link Co.,Ltd.
Co-organizers: Odense City, Odense Tourist Bureau, Association to study Protohistory culture of Japan


Japan's Traditional Performing Arts

Date: 20 August 2017

Place: National Museum, Cinema.

Organizer: World Event Link Co.,Ltd.

Wadaiko, Bugaku and Singing Kotodama will be performed with those explanation. It will be an opportunity for Danish people to experience traditional Japanese culture.

Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet's Castle 2017 presents Noh Sakurama Group/Ophelia

Date: 22-23 August 2017

Place: Kronborg Castle.

Lecture by Architect Svend M. Hvass "How Western Architecture Strangled the Japanese Building Tradition"

Date: 26 August - 22 October 2017

Place: Kulturhus Kappelborg, Skolevej 5, 9990 Skagen

In celebration of the Anniversary Year Skagens Museum has send paintings from their collection of the famous Skagen painters to Tokyo - in August Kumi Machidas pieces will be exhibited at Kappelborg. Thus it is an exchange of art and culture between Japan and Skagen and a mix of traditinal and modern art.

Lecture by Architect Svend M. Hvass "How Western Architecture Strangled the Japanese Building Tradition"

Date: 29 August 2017

Place: Dronningesalen, The National Library (The Black Diamond), Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1,1016 København K

Arranged by Danish-Japanese Society and Embassy of Japan



Noh + Designmuseum

Date: 23 September 16.00-17.30 2017

Place: Festsalen, Designmuseum Danmark, Bredgade 68, 1260 København K.

As part of the 150 years anniversary of Denmark and Japan’s diplomatic relationship, a group of traditional Japanese Noh-theatre performers will visit Copenhagen on the 23rd and 24th of September.

 September 23rd (Sat) takes place from 16:00 – 17:30 in the Grand Hall (Festsalen) of Designmuseum Danmark. The performance will present a classical program including the Noh play Hagoromo and a series of shorter Noh-songs and -dances.

The entrance fee for theevent is 50 DKK. Tickets for the performance at the Designmuseum Danmark can be reserved through their homepage.


Noh + Koncertkirken

Date: 24 September 19.30-21.00 2017

Place: Koncertkirken Blågårdsplads, Blågårdspl. 6a, 2200 København N.


As a celebration of Denmark and Japan’s long-lasting cross-cultural friendship, the performance will present a combination of traditional Noh dance and contemporary Scandinavian improvisation music featuring the two Copenhagen-based improvisers, Danielle Dahl (NO) on saxophone and Anders Vestergaard (DK) on percussion.

The entrance fee for the event is 50 DKK.



Kawaii to Epikku - Denmark meets Japan

Date: September - October 2017

Place: The Animation Workshop, Kasernevej 5, 8800 Viborg.

Part of Viborg Animations Festival with exhibition, speech/symposium, performing art, exchange event, workshops for children, teenagers and artists.



Organizer: The Animation Workshop (Denmark) & Office H (Japan)


Danish Radio Big Band - Concerts in Japan and Denmark

Date: 3 October - 15 October 2017

Place: DR Koncerthuset

Organized by Danish Broadcasting Corporation, NHK and Tokyo Jazz

Symphonic Concerts

Date: 5 October - 6 October 2017

Place: Koncertsalen Alsion, Sønderborg / Harmonien, Haderslev


Koncertsalen Alsion - Alsion 2, 6400 Sønderborg

Harmonien - Gåskærgade 19, 6100 Haderslev

Danish furniture design classics in Japanese interpretations

Date:6 October 2017

Place: A. Petersen Collection & Craft

During the year 2017 three Japanese exhibitions will open at A. Petersen Collection & Craft:

6 October: Here we will open the next part of our Japanese exhibitions at Kløvermarksvej. This time the focus is on Danish furniture design classics in Japanese interpretations. The furniture of e.g. Finn Juhl, Ib Kofod-Larsen and Nanna Ditzel from the Japanese furniture company Kitani are presented in a Japanese garden in the middle of the exhibition space at Kløvermarksvej. Besides the zealous worship of the craftsmanship and the fascination of Danish furniture, Kitani is also known for contributing to the construction of a 1:1 version of Finn Juhl's house in the mountains of Hida Takayama, Japan - as a special tribute to the furniture master.



Date:8 October - 12 November 2017

Place: Dronninglund Kunstcenter Art Exhibition, Thorup Hedevej 1, 9330 Dronninglund.

Organized by Dronninglund Kunstcenter

Dronninglund Kunstcenter

Tamagusukuryu-Gyokusenkai "Ryukyu Performing Arts" in Denmark

Date:24 October 20.00 2017

Place: Vostrup Theater

Date:28 October 15.30 2017

Place: Teatret OM

Kimono Haori - Wearing Art - Copenhagen

Date:25-28 October 2017

Place: Teglgårdstræde 7A-7B, Copenhagen

25 October 16.00-20.00 Vernissage

26 October 13.00-20.00

27 October 13.00-20.00

28 October 12.00-18.00

Kimono Haori - Wearing Art

Kimono in Japanese means "something to wear".

It specifically refers to the national dress of Japan, celebrated worlswide for its distrinctive, elegant silhouette, unchanged through more than one thousand five hundred years.

Haori are casual silk jackets, little sisters of the long robe kimono. They exude grace, sensuality, empowerment and effortless refinement.

All the haori jackets on show are made of exquisite natural silks, a most noble textile, warm in winter, fresh in summer .

All were crafted between 1960 and 1980 in Japan with exquisite techniques of ages past.

Each piece is unique, each is a story yet to become and each one is beautiful.

Come and wear them and if you really like one, you may buy it and take it home.

This is a rare event, as sensually stimulating as spiritually rewarding.

The 50th JKA Denmark Shotokan-Cup Karatedo Championship Tournament 2017

Date:28 October Start 10.00 Finals 14.00 2017

Place: Sundbyøsterhallen, Parmagade 8, 2300 København S.

The culture exchange between Japan and Denmark through Karatedo. The of 2017 is our JKA Denmark Shotokan-cup's 50th anniversary.



Communication beyond words

Date:15-22 November 2017

Place: Akademisk Arkitektforening

Åbenrå 34, 1124 København K

― Exhibition

"Communication Beyond Words"

The exhibition showing the result of the collaboration work between Denmark and Japan will take place from 15th to 22nd of November.
The exhibition will show you the discussion process over the 3 themes of bilateral architectural competition between 3 Japanese architects and 3 Danish architects, which took place in summer.
All the proposals gathered from all over Japan and Denmark will be displayed, especially focusing on the winners of the 3 competitions.


・portfolios from 6 architectural firms from Japan and Denmark
・Sheets showing all the process of the discussion between architects before and after the competition
・All the proposals submitted to the 3 competitions
・Presentation sheet of whom receive the 2nd prizes or honourable mentions in the 3 competitions
・Presentation sheet and physical models of whom receive the 1st prizes in the 3 competitions



The Shadow by Aya Yoshida

Date:16-17 November 2017

Place: Kapellet i Assistens Kirkegård, Kapelvej 4, 2200 København N

Title: "Skyggen – A Chamber Opera by Aya Yoshida"

Website: https://npojapanordic.org

Ticket: https://www.place2book.com/en/24620/list/EM6298

Project Organization: NPO Japanordic

Contact: npojapanordic@gmail.com

Entry fee: 150 DKK/ Student: 100 DKK

Description: “Skyggen(The Shadow) – A Chamber Opera by Aya Yoshida” is a collaborative project between artists from Denmark and Japan celebrating the 150th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Denmark-Japan. The Copenhagen-based Japanese composer Aya Yoshida has written the music and libretto for this chamber opera. It is inspired by the original fairy tale “The Shadow (Skyggen)”, written in 1847 by the famous Danish author H.C. Andersen. The visual part of the performance is created by the Danish artist Magnus Pind Bjerre and the Japanese calligrapher Suitou Nakatsuka.

Japan - Denmark Craft & Design Exchange

Date:16 November 2017

Place: Philip de Langes Alle 10, 1435 København K

4th year architecture- and design students will work on a project about collapsible furniture. 1st of February they will travel to Kyoto and exhibit at the KIT (Kyoto Institute of Technology) In Kyoto. A group of Japanese design students will visit Copenhagen in November 16 and join a workshop with Danish students conducted by associate professor Keita Tatara from KIT. Both Japanese and Danish students will work on the same project and exhibit together in Kyoto. The project will be informed by a series of lectures about Japanese craft, design and culture.

Organized by The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture and Design, Furniture Masters Programme

Eriko Makimura presents Concert Performance "Seven Deadly Sins"

Date:16-19 November 2017

Place: Koncertkirken, Blågårds Plads 6A, 2200 Copenhagen N.

A symposium on Energy Transitions & Energy Technologies: Moving towards sustainable futures in Denmark and Japan

Date:22 November 2017

Place: Tokai University European Center

Vedbæk Strandvej 476, 2950 Vedbæk

The symposium brings together Japanese and Danish specialists within the field and energy.


Japansk kampkunst - et personligt-fagligt causeri - Lecture by Professor Hans Bonde, University of Copenhagen

Date:6 December 2017

Place: Tokai University European Center

Verdensrum IV

Date:6, 7 and 8 December 2017

Place: Open Stage Aarhus

Design Collaborations by Lars Vejen

Date:7 December 2017

Place: A. Petersen Collection & Craft


Merii Kurisumasu og Akeome - Glædelig december på japansk

Date:11 December 2017

Place: Asia House