Japan After Hours

Enjoy performance, art and culture of Japan in our Temperate House after dark.

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Friday 8 October 2021

Saturday 9 October 2021

Friday 15 October 2021

Saturday 16 October 2021


6.30pm – 10.30pm


Temperate House, Kew Gardens

Entry is through Temperate House Gate

Please note: Brentford Gate car park is not open


Early bird tickets:

Early bird member: £12

Early bird non-member: £16

To redeem the offer please select the Early Bird ticket at checkout

Offer ends 30 September 2021

Offer only valid for Japan After Hours tickets and excludes daytime entry

Standard tickets:

Member: £15

Non-member: £19

Come to a wonderful evening of Japanese plants, art and culture in the Temperate House as part of our autumn festival.

From dance theatre and live music performances to traditional flower arranging and sake sipping, there's so much to explore.

Dance theatre by Butoh UK

Dance collective Butoh UK will perform their new work Mujokan throughout the Temperate House, taking inspiration from the surrounding plants.

Butoh-informed dancers and live artists, under the artistic direction of Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, will perform a series of vignettes.

They will embody the flower in its stages of blooming, fragrance and decay, to underscore the transience of all existence.

Butoh creates a rich, open space for the audience to enter and explore their thoughts and dreams.

Marie-Gabrielle Rotie from Butoh UK
Marie-Gabrielle Rotie © Keiko Ikeuchi 2021

Hanako Motoya ikebana

Ikebana, one of the traditional arts of Japan, is over 600 years old and expresses beauty in space.

Ikebana master, Hanako Motoya, will deliver demonstrations throughout the evening culminating in an installation created from multiple works.

You will be able to speak to Hanako as she works, and learn about the ritual art of Japanese flower arranging.

This will include the materials that she uses, how she constructs the arrangements and the inspiration that she takes from nature to realise her creations.

Ikebana © Anna Cicognani/Unsplash

Anchorsong music

Electronic musician and producer Anchorsong AKA Masaaki Yoshida will deliver a series of unique live shows based around his latest album release, Mirage.

The record was ‘constructed with wind instrumentals, choirs, and global sonic particles... [and] fuses intricate rhythms with minimal yet immersive lush interplays of sound to create an auditory odyssey.

Anchorsong is 'globally recognised for... crafting immersive and rhythmic releases... which spectators have described as “like watching a painter drawing on a white canvas”.'

Anchorsong AKA Masaaki Yoshida
Anchorsong AKA Masaaki Yoshida © MASAHAMANOI

Japan House London sake bar

Stop by Japan House London’s pop-up sake bar to taste a variety of sweet, dry and sparkling sake.

Discover its history and regional tastes, as well as all things Japan, with on-hand experts.

Sake in a small transparent glass
Sake © Japan House London

Toshiko Kurata origami

Origami artist Toshiko Kurata will greet you with an origami creation to take on your journey through the Temperate House.

Inspired by the nature and horticulture of Japan, Toshiko will make you a personalised piece on the spot, inside of which will be a haiku from artist Chiharu Shiota’s red thread installation, One Thousand Springs.

You will see this magnificent artwork suspended from the ceiling in the heart of the Temperate House.

Origami © Happy Origami Wonderland

Four-course dinner at the Pavilion

Times: 6.30pm, 7pm, 8pm, 8.30pm

Location: Pavilion Bar and Grill next to the Temperate House

Price: £50 per person

Further enhance your evening with a four-course, Japanese-inspired meal designed by renowned Chef Hayashi.

Daisuke Hayashi trained at the renowned Kikunoi ryotei restaurant in Kyoto from the age of 18 as a protégé of owner Yoshihiro Murata.

He is now at the forefront of the next generation of Japanese chefs applying a modern, progressive approach to gastronomy.

The menu includes a starter of autumn leaves from Kew's Kitchen Garden, a Chirashi sushi course, a marinated grill course and a traditional Japanese dessert.*

*Please note that drinks are not included.

The Pavilion Bar and Grill exterior
The Pavilion Bar and Grill © Ryder Architecture

Supported by Daikin UK

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