Motifs (left to right) Skyline, Shanghai; Namdaemun, South Korea; Fuji-san, Japan. © Jan Wiemann, AREA Ruhr

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8 Mar 2024 – 1 Sep 2025 | Bonn | Japan

Exhibition »Kengo Kuma. Onomatopoeia Architecture«

The exhibition “Kengo Kuma. Onomatopoeia Architecture” presents around two dozen models of some of the Japanese architect’s most important buildings. The focus is on the dialog between man and material and the architect’s associated recourse to onomatopoeia, or “onomatopoeia”. Kengo Kuma (*1954) was born in Yokohama. He has built all over the world, his buildings can be found in Japan, but also throughout Europe, the United States, China and Australia.

Further info: https://www.bundeskunsthalle.de/kuma

9 Apr 2024 – 6 Jan 2025 | Köln | China

Exhibition »Bizarre Schönheiten«

Bizarrely shaped stones have been highly valued decorative elements in gardens and scholars’ studios in China since the Tang Dynasty (618–907). In December 2023, the Museum of East Asian Art received a group of extraordinary stones from the collection of the collector couple Gudrun and Willi Benz as a gift. These are now on display for the first time, complemented by paintings, bronzes and porcelains related to the literary stone tradition.

Further info: https://museum-fuer-ostasiatische-kunst.de/Bizarre-Schoenheiten

25 Apr 2024 – 13 Jul 2024 | Düsseldorf | Japan

Exhibition »Die Poesie der Tusche«

The exhibition on show places two representatives of the sumi-e art movement in a dialog and attempts to highlight the artists’ respective foci, their similarities, but also their contrasts. The Japanese side is represented by the artist NISHIKAWA Kan’itsu Masahiro, who found his way to ink painting via the Chinese painter SHI Tao (1642–1707) and began studying painting in 1976. NISHIKAWA’s works are juxtaposed with works by award-winning artist Malgorzata Tohkou OLEJNICZAK, a student of KOBAYASHI Toh’un, who lives in Switzerland and teaches sumi-e in several countries.

Further info: https://eko-haus.de/eventmanager/sumi-e_nishikawa-olehniczak/

24 May 2024 – 31 Jul 2024 | Köln | Japan

Exhibition »Japanisches Glück«

How do you exhibit happiness? What is happiness and where can it be found? Initiated by the Identity Foundation, non-profit foundation for philosophy, Düsseldorf, and realized in cooperation with the Düsseldorf Peter Behrens School of Arts, an experimental and sensory design exhibition will be presented at the Japanese Cultural Institute Cologne, which attempts to shed light on the connections between happiness and Japanese aesthetics using selected objects from everyday life, design objects and works of art.

Further info: https://co.jpf.go.jp/veranstaltungen/kalender/japanisches-glueck/

8 Jun 2024 – 15 Jun 2024 | Köln | Japan

Japanese Film Festival Online 2024

The Japan Foundation is once again presenting a colorful mix of Japanese films this year. The festival will focus on productions made between 2020 and 2023, providing an insight into the diversity of the Japanese film landscape. The spectrum ranges from dramas, documentaries, horror films and historical dramas (Jidaigeki) to anime and classics. On 8, 10, 13 and 15 June, three films from the program of the online festival will be shown in the event hall of the Japanese Cultural Institute Cologne.

Further info: https://co.jpf.go.jp/veranstaltungen/kalender/japanese-film-…/

12 Jun 2024 | Köln | Japan

Concert »ZEN«

Zen and Japanese culture are inextricably linked. Nagauta music originates primarily from Kabuki theater and has a long tradition as traditional entertainment music. Yin and yang, sun and shadow, stillness and movement. Both come together on the stage of the Japanese Cultural Institute in a concert of nagauta music and shakuhachi bamboo flute.

Further info: https://co.jpf.go.jp/veranstaltungen/kalender/zen/

15 Jun 2024 | Duisburg | China

Workshop »Das Drachenbootfest« for children

At the Drachenbootfest (dragon boat festival), there are not only dragon boat races, but also lots of zongzi, small balls of sticky rice with different fillings. Together we want to learn about the traditions of the festival and craft a long paper dragon. This workshop is part of an ongoing series the Confucius Institute team offers for children aged 6-12 once a month.

Further info: https://konfuzius-institut-ruhr.de/veranstaltung/drachenboot_2024/

17 Jun 2024 – 28 Jun 2024 | Bochum | Japan

Exhibition »Jizō: Kunst, Kult und Kommerz in Japan«

The Landesspracheninstitut of the Ruhr University Bochum (LSI), under the patronage of the Japanese Consulate General in Düsseldorf, is showing the exhibition »Jizō: Kunst, Kult und Kommerz in Japan« (Jizō: Art, Cult and Commerce in Japan) in cooperation with Japanologist Clemens Schlüter and his wife Ryōko, with modules and selected exhibits from the private collection JIZO-WORLD, which sheds light on the multifaceted presence of Jizō in Japan. The exhibition is supported by the Japanese Cultural Institute Cologne (The Japan Foundation).

Further info: https://www.lsi-bochum.de/aktuelles/veranstaltungen/jizo

19 Jun 2024 – 20 Jun 2024 | Bonn | Korea

4th Bonn Freedom Forum

In cooperation with the city of Bonn, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea is inviting interested guests to the 4th Bonn Freedom Forum. First established in 2015, the Bonn Freedom Forum seeks to spark discussion on the importance of freedom. In this year, the event consists of a lecture on human rights in North Korea by Dr. Sue Mi Terry on Wednesday, and a screening of the award-winning documentary “Beyond Utopia” about a North Korean family’s defection to South Korea, which will take place on Thursday.

Further info: https://overseas.mofa.go.kr/de-bonn-de/brd/m_7727/…

24 Jun 2024 – 29 Jul 2024 | Köln | Japan

Movie series »Auf der Suche nach Verbrechern und neuen Bildern«

In the 1960s and 1970s, Japan was in a phase of economic, political and social upheaval, which also had a serious impact on the country’s filmmaking. As a counter-movement to the films of the previously established master directors, works emerged that were in part radically new in their themes and aesthetics and moved beyond the existing pigeonholes. With seven films made between 1958 and 1968, this series provides an insight into the cinema of the 1960s and presents works by five directors who were among the most important representatives of their time.

Further info: https://co.jpf.go.jp/veranstaltungen/kalender/auf-der-suche-…/

7 Sep 2024 | Duisburg | China

Workshop »Das Mondfest« for children

This workshop is part of an ongoing series the Confucius Institute team offers for children aged 6-12 once a month.

Further info: https://konfuzius-institut-ruhr.de/veranstaltung/kinderworkshop_mondfest_2024/

16 Nov 2024 | Duisburg | China

Workshop »Schule und Freizeit in China« for children

This workshop is part of an ongoing series the Confucius Institute team offers for children aged 6-12 once a month.

Further info: https://konfuzius-institut-ruhr.de/veranstaltung/kinderworkshop-schule-und-freizeit/

14 Dez 2024 | Duisburg | China

Workshop »Winterbeginn in China: „Jiaozi“ – Zeit für Teigtaschen« for families

This workshop is part of an ongoing series the Confucius Institute team offers for children aged 6-12 once a month. Children and their parents, guardians or other accompanying adults are welcome together this time!

Further info: https://konfuzius-institut-ruhr.de/veranstaltung/kinderworkshop_winterbeginn_2024/

While we strive to include as many cultural events related to East Asia that take place in the Rhine Ruhr area as possible, this page does not claim to be exhaustive. If you know of an event that fits the criteria of this page but is not yet included in our overview, please feel free to reach out to us at window2asia@area-ruhr.de.