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Brighton Japan 2013 is honoured to present a Supper Club evening steeped in the best of Japanese high culture.

Bringing together classical and traditional Japanese music, work from one of the most famous calligraphy artists in Japan, a rare Cherry Blossom tea brought over especially for the event, and a five course menu created for the evening by Brighton's MOSHIMO restaurant, this is one of the highlights of this year's festival.

Taking centre stage on the evening will be the Japanese concert pianist and Steinway Artist Aisa Ijiri, who will perform a picturesque programme of piano solos inspired by the Cherry Blossom ('Sakura') – an important object of beauty in classical Japanese art.

Ijiri's programme will include pieces by Japanese classical composers Toru Takemitsu and Minoru Miki, and Japanese-influenced works by Debussy.

A piece ('Sakura') specially composed for the event by Llywelyn Ap Myrddin will be premiered at the concert.

Calligraphy inspired by the cherry blossom and created by leading calligraphy artist Sumiko Takei will be displayed during the concert, and a rare Cherry Blossom Tea, specially brought over from Kyoto for the occasion by Aisa's mother, Yoko, will be served during the concert.

Artist collective EN ('Meeting of Minds') will also bring their own eclectic fusion of traditional music and experimental sounds to accompany Moshimo restaurant's specially crafted 5 course meal.

"I am looking forward to sharing the beautiful breeze from Kyoto at Brighton Japan's High Culture Night, transmitted through a cup of Cherry Blossom tea, my grandmother's Calligraphy art and piano music!" Aisa Ijiri


Aisa Ijiri

Press Review

" Aisa Ijiri is a special talent whose European sophistication, fierce passion and poetic sentiment creates a lyrical atmosphere. The most demanding selections of both Schumann and Liszt were performed with crystal texture, clear touch and an inspired use of the pedal. The beauty in this debut CD certainly shows her potential! " The Record Geijutsu, Japan

" It is amazing how Aisa exhibits not only a great degree of lyricism, but she also dares to show such boldness in these two pieces. She truly shines when her technical talent is on display, especially with Après une Lecture de Dante -Fantasia quasi Sonata- from Années de Pèlerinage, Italie. All in all, this is a surprising CD from a promising pianist! " Pianowereld, Holland

An interview at Steinway Hall after Fairfield Hall Recital-




'EN' (Meeting of minds)


An eclectic fusion of traditional music and experimental sounds and movement from an exciting collaboration of five artists from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Japan, Brazil, Britain and Argentina.


Artists Involved


Shiku Yano, Shakuhachi player


Satsuki Urasawa, Koto player


Marcio Mattos, double bass, cello, electronics


Noel Taylor, bass clarinet



On The Day


Location: Japan City, Old Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1GY


7.00pm Doors open. Please arrive promptly as Sakura-Cha (Cherry Blossom Tea), the highly prized tea Aisa's mother is bringing over from Kyoto will be served shortly after doors open.


7.30 First Recital begins. Please note there we be no admission during the recital.


Full bar facility


Ticket options: Tickets cost £40 and include a 5 course dinner created by MOSMIMO.


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  17.09 - 5.30pm  
  In Discussion with Ian Livingstone & Bill Liao + LIVE PITCH  
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Digital pioneers and entrepreneurs line up to pitch for investment from leading investors, in front of you the audience as part of the Brighton Japan and Digital Festivals, followed by the coolest Japanese entertainment – Coppe.

Come and hear what today’s top digital investors are putting their money into, and see whether any developers can get them to part with their money at the dragon’s den style Live Pitch. Plus a discussion Panel with Ian Livingstone, Bill Liao and Thomas Bidaux (Ico Partners).


For the 2013 Live Pitch event on the afternoon of Tuesday 17th September, we can confirm Ian Livingstone of Fighting Fantasy, Lara Croft and Games Workshop fame and Bill Liao successful investor in Xing and twitter, and Thomas Bidaux (Ico Partners) are attending. All are looking for investment opportunities.


If you want a rare opportunity to pitch for funding to investors who understand what you are doing, visit livepitch for full details and register your application.


In association with Games Capital and Brighton Digital Festival



On The Day
5.30pm Interview with Bill Liao, Ian Livingstone and Thomas Bidaux (Ico Partners)– what are investors looking for in games and digital media? Q&A with audience.
6.30pm Break for food and Bar
7.30pm 'Live Pitch!' 5 real companies pitch at the panel of real investors to take their ideas and companies forward. Audience will be asked to 'crowd chose' their winner.
9pm Digital Playground Begins with Coppe (live), see details below!
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  Location: Japan City, Old Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1GY  
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  17.09 -9pm  
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With its eclectic mix of gaming, networking, and the whackiest entertainment Brighton has to offer, the playground party will offer...

- Retro-gaming (care of coolest café Marwood's)

- Giant Japanese cat performance

- Calligraphy art on a giant screens using Wii handsets – open to everyone!




Coppé (live) - 9pm

A concert by COPPE, 'the legendary Godmother of Japanese Electronica' or 'The lost daughter of Aphex Twin and Bjork'.



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  Location: Japan City, Old Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1GY  
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  Taiko Meantime  
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Exhilerating AND primal, Taiko Meantime’s theatre performance uses traditional rhythms and taiko styles to create original compositions which have attracted ecstatic reviews from audiences, from this year’s Glastonbury to the opening of the FA cup final a few years ago.


Mark Alcock, leader of the group, promises a musical journey – a journey that demands the utmost levels of physicality and athleticism from his players.


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Location: Japan City, Old Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1GY
Doors Open and Bento Boxes available from 7.00pm

Curtain up at 8.00pm

Please note all timings are approximate


Ticket Options: £10 show only or £17 including Bento Dinner Box

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The evening with the inimitable Dave Broom tasting Japanese whiskies and matching them with MOSHIMO’s food was one of the highlights of last year’s festival – so good, in fact, that we’re doing exactly the same thing again.


Suntory whisky is now considered some of the best on the planet, and this will be a chance to taste some of the company's finest (and, it has to be said, most expensive) whilst being regaled by Dave's irrepressible passion and legendary humour.


If you came last year, you’ll want to come again. If you missed out, book your ticket fast!


Multi-award-winning whisky expert and editor in chief of Whisky Magazine Japan, Dave Broom believes that “we are living in the most exciting period in whisky’s long evolution.” His mission is to help people find their perfect whisky match: if you think you don’t like whisky, it’s because you haven’t yet found the malt out there waiting to hit your taste buds.


Brighton Japan is honoured to invite Broom for this special evening, where he will take you on a tour of Japanese whisky, matching each with a tasting menu specially created by MOSHIMO’s chefs.


STRICTLY OVER 18'S ONLY (ID may be required and a challenge 25 policy is in operation)

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Location: Japan City, Old Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1GY
Doors Open 7.00pm with a drinks reception and a meet and greet with Dave Broom

Dinner is served at 8.00pm

Please note all timings are approximate


Ticket Options: £40 including dinner and whisky

Full Bar Facility

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  An event for all the family. Enjoy two favourite Studio Ghibli films, ‘Ponyo’ and the Oscar-winning ‘Spirited Away’ in the wonderful ambience of the Old Steine Gardens. There won’t be chairs – just blankets and rugs to sit and lie on as you please. The films are great, but if seen whilst eating a Japanese bento made by Brighton’s own MOSHIMO restaurant, they come deliciously into their own…  

Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki
Tomoko Yamaguchi, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon


The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father's magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo's father sends the ocean's mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo's dreams of becoming human.



Ponyo was released in the U.S. and Canada on August 14, 2009 by Walt Disney Pictures


"Hiyao Miyazaki's new film has all of this film-maker's unworldliness and charm. The distinctive, hand-drawn animations may be a tougher sell to children or, indeed, adults who have got used to glitzier digital work and snappier scripts, but I think he will always have a place in the heart of everyone who appreciates his distinctive allure. Ponyo is an arresting work from an unmistakable film-making personality."

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


"It's a simple tale, less freighted by foreboding than Miyazaki's recent output. In any case, storytelling is less important to him than mood or texture. His films are dream waltzes, all liquid motion and mysterious turbulences. Their pastel colour schemes recall the faded but compelling Edwardian children's books you might find in a grandparent's attic."

Sukhdev Sandhu, The Telegraph.



"Ponyo feels like pure Miyazaki, a return to Spirited Away form. That said, there is, as always with Ghibli, a sadness mingled with the sweetness, and there's no arguing with the eye-boggling undersea visuals — this is the stuff James Cameron dreams about when he's had too much Gruyère."

Nick de Semlyen, The Empire


"The film opens with a spellbinding, wordless sequence beneath the sea, showing floating jellyfish and scampering bottom-dwellers. The pastels of this scene make Ponyo one of the very rare movies where I want to sit in the front row, to drown in it. This is more than 'artistry'. It is art."

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

  SPIRITED AWAY (2001)  


Hayao Miyazaki
 Hayao Miyazaki
 Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Susan Egan


Chihiro and her parents are moving to a small Japanese town in the countryside and Chihiro is missing her old house. Chihiro's father makes a wrong turn and drives through a lonely land road with dead end in a tunnel. Her parents decide to stop the car and explore the area. They cross the tunnel and find an abandoned cultural theme park on the other side with a ghost town. When her parents sees a restaurant with smelling food but no staff, they decide to eat to pay later; however Chihiro refuses to eat and decides to visit the place. She meets the boy Haku that tells her that her parents and she are in danger and they must leave the place. She runs to the restaurant and finds that her parents have turned into pigs. Further, the place is a bathhouse of spirits, monsters, gods and ghosts owned by the witch Yubaba. Now Chihiro counts on Haku to save her parents and return to their world.


The film was dubbed into English by Walt Disney Pictures, under the supervision of Pixar's John Lasseter. The dubbed version premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2002 and was subsequently released in North America on September 20, 2002. The film overtook Titanic (at the time the top grossing film worldwide) and grossed US$449,839 in its opening weekend


“Magical is a word used casually about films like this, films about fantasy and childhood. Yet this one really does deserve it: an enchanted and enchanting feature from the Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki which left me feeling lighter than air. It is a beautifully drawn and wonderfully composed work of art - really, no other description will do - which takes us on a rocket-fuelled flight of fancy, with tenderly and shrewdly conceived characters on board.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Location: Japan City, Old Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1GY
Doors Open and Bento Box's available from 4.00pm

Ponyo starts at 4.30 followed by Spirited Away at 7.00pm


Please note all timings are approximate


Ticket Options: £5 for both films or £12 with a Bento Box

Family Ticket, 2 adults and 2 children for both films £15 or with Bento Boxes £35


For Parties over 20 please call us directly on 01273 719 195 to ensure availability


Full Bar Facility


Additional Bento Boxes and snacks available.








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