Detail from Untitled by Nagai Hiroshi

‘Untitled’ by Nagai Hiroshi, featured in the WAVE exhibition

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Enjoy an evening of art, DJ sets, workshops, spotlight talks and food and drink celebrating the creativity, colour and chaos of Japan House London’s exhibition WAVE: Currents in Japanese Graphics Arts.  



Late-Night Exhibition Viewing & Gallery Spotlight Talks

Gallery, Lower Ground Floor | Exhibition: 18:00-21:45 (last entry at 21:30) | Spotlight Talks: 18:15, 19:00, 19:30, 20:45

Enhance your after-hours visit to the WAVE exhibition with a series of short spotlight talks taking a closer look at selected artworks and featured artists by special guest speakers and Japan House London team members.

Two talks on Tanaami Keiichi, one of Japan’s leading pop artists since the 1960s, will be presented by guest speaker, Dr Lena Fritsch, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum (University of Oxford). Dr Fritsch was co-curator of the exhibition Tokyo: Art & Photography at the Ashmolean Museum, in which works by Tanaami were featured. Her recent publications on Japanese art include Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography since 1945 (Thames & Hudson/Seigensha, 2018) and Tokyo: Art & Photography (Ashmolean, 2021).

Spotlight talks last approximately 15 to 30 minutes and begin promptly at the start time in front of the Gallery on Japan House London’s Lower Ground Floor.


18:15 – Spotlight on Tanaami Keiichi by Dr Lena Fritsch

19:00 – Spotlight on Tsuzuki Mayumi by Japan House London Team

19:30 – Spotlight on Tanaami Keicihi by Dr Lena Fritsch

20:45 – Spotlight on Enomoto Mariko by Japan House London Team


WAVE-inspired DJ Sets by Takahiko

The Hall, Lower Ground Floor | 18:30-19:30; 20:30-21:30

Catch a special WAVE-inspired DJ set by London-based Japanese DJ, electronic artist, and music producer Takahiko (also known as DJ Takaki). Takahiko specializes in techno and drum & bass and has performed at many prestigious venues in Japan and the UK. These include major nightclubs such as ageHa and Contact in Tokyo and Egg London, electronic music festivals including Ultra Japan and Metamorphose and even the British Museum.


Drop-in Workshop: Make Your Own WAVE Badge

Library, Lower Ground Floor | 18:00-21:30 or while materials last

Create your own WAVE-inspired badge. Guests can choose from a number of ready-made badge designs based on fragments of some of the 60 works featured in the exhibition by leading and emerging Japanese illustrators, artists and designers, or use their creativity to design their own original badge.

*Entry is on a first-come first-served basis. To allow as many guests as possible to enjoy this workshop, guests can make a maximum of two badges each.


Drop-in Workshop: WAVE-inspired Exquisite Corpse

Ground Floor (Sofa Area) | 18:00-21:30

Based on the ‘Exquisite Corpse’ surrealist collaborative drawing game, guests are invited to co-create a bizarre and fantastical artwork. While devising their creation, participants are encouraged to take inspiration from some of the surreal, cute and sometimes monstrous creatures appearing in works from the WAVE exhibition, some of which draw from traditions of yōkai, mysterious supernatural beings inhabiting Japanese folklore, literature, art and popular culture.

*Participation is on a first-come first-served basis.


Hands-on Shop Experiences

Ground Floor | 18:15-20:45

Our Shop will also host activities throughout the evening, including the opportunity to try your hand at suminagashi ink marbling.

*Participation in Shop Experiences is on a first-come first-served basis.


Pop-Up Bars and Sando Counter

The Stand, Ground Floor (Sando and drinks); The Hall, Lower Ground Floor (Drinks only) | 18:00-21:30

A selection of food and drink is available to purchase at bars in the Stand on the Ground Floor and in the Hall on the Lower Ground Floor until 21:30.

Alongside a range of drinks and cocktails, guests can enjoy the particular Japanese take on sandwiches, sando, as found in cafés, convenience stores and department store food halls across Japan, with fillings including crispy katsu cutlets, Japanese potato salad and fresh fruit and cream sandwiched between fluffy slices of crustless Japanese milk bread (vegan option available).  

*Japan House London operates a Challenge 25 policy, so guests who look under 25 will be asked to show proof of age when purchasing alcoholic drinks. Japan House London reserves the right to refuse to serve alcohol to guests.  Please drink responsibly. Visit for more information.


This event is supported by Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK).