Japan Now North is a week-long celebration of the cultural output of Japan, happening from Wednesday 21 February until Saturday 3 March. The School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield is one of Europe’s leading research and teaching centres for Japanese Studies, and they have done a stellar job of co-organising this programme of events with artists, filmmakers and authors, many of which are free entry.
A key highlight of the programme will be a talk by prominent photographer and filmmaker Mika Ninagawa (Town Hall, Saturday 24 February, 3pm). She first rose to prominence as part of a group of young female artists who emerged onto the Japanese art scene in the 1990s. Today her work is exhibited across the globe.
Mika is renowned for her visually enthralling images of pop idols, flowers and goldfish, all of which are soaked in gorgeous technicolor, and she has risen to become one of the most famous portrait and fashion photographers in Japan, having shot covers for Vogue, Elle and Grazia amongst many others.
Her talk on 24 February will feature films and images of her work and she’ll be speaking about all aspects of her work to date and her upcoming projects.
Tickets to this event are free and can be reserved via Eventbrite here.
Images: Mika Ninagawa