Event: N.E. Convention Manga and Anime II

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Event: North East Convention Manga and Anime II

What: Anime convention, cosplay, art, competitions

Where: The Moon Gallery & Newcastle City Library

When: Sunday 17 March 2013

Tickets: £10 in advance, £15 on the day (Buy Here)

Website: http://www.necon.co.uk/
“NECON in her second year will be hosted in The Moon gallery and Newcastle City Library with lots of guest, artists, competitions and music . The registration process start in January and will last till 2nd March.

Just like last time, we’ll have Manga! Music! Anime! Pokky! Ponies! Artsszs! Cats! Cosplay! Onigiri! Books! Tentacles! Lolita! Chillin’ space! Figures! Ayumi Hamasaki! Goodies! MANGA!! MOE!!! ANONS!! NYANCATS!!! PONIES!!!! COSPLAY!!!! ROBOTS!!! KYARY PAMYU PAMYU!! NEKO MIMI MODE!! JAPAN!!! SPACE!!! PLATFORMS! LENSES!! ALL THE CAPS!!!! GET GETTING ALL OF YOUR AWESOME READY!! BECAUSE WE’RE ABOUT TO HAVE ANOTHER OF THE BEST DAYS EVER!!!

Anybody who bought a ticket for the event can participate in the cosplay. You have to register for this competition when you arrive showing your ticket.

For the Art Competition: Send your work by email or post to 19 Saville Row Newcastle, NE1 8JE by 10th March 2013.”  – Text Courtesy of NECon



Exhibition – Tsunami: Archaeology of a Disaster

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Event:  Tsunami: Archaeology of a Disaster (Photography Exhibition)

When: Now – Saturday 16 March. Gallery Open Tue – Sat, 11am – 5pm (Thurs until 7pm)

Where: Side Gallery (Directions)

Website: http://www.amber-online.com/sections/side-gallery/pages/current-exhibition

Price: Free

A new exhibition of work from Photographer Dean Chapman documenting the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami in Japan. This ongoing event is free and highly recommended.

“On Friday 11th March 2011, as the end of the working week moved to its close, many people in Japan would have been looking forward to a late winter’s weekend. Then, at 2:46 in the afternoon, a colossal earthquake struck deep beneath the Pacific Ocean some 45 miles off of Japan’s northeast coast. Tsunami sirens wailed along the length of Japan’s eastern seaboard and local announcements repeatedly implored people to flee to higher ground: it wasn’t an exercise and that a “major tsunami”, was heading their way. It is reckoned the first tsunami reached the coast some 26 minutes later. Within an hour thousands had drowned, towns and cities had been destroyed, and a major nuclear accident was unfolding.

Three months after the catastrophe, Dean Chapman traveled down the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan’s main island, photographing devastated communities that he had previously documented in the summer of 1999. This journey was repeated in the autumn of 2011. Then in the autumn of 2012, eighteen months after the disaster, Dean traveled north through the devastated region, again documenting the widespread damage and loss, as well as the slow methodical clean-up, and the beginnings of the reconstruction of infrastructure, communities and businesses. The documentation concentrates on the ‘Sanriku’ coast of Honshu, from Ishinomaki to Taro, and does not cover Fukushima.

The downstairs component of the exhibition will feature monochrome photographs of locations ‘before and after’ the tsunami, that are complemented by single and multi-print images of locations, objects and people. Consisting of colour images, the upstairs component of the exhibition will extend the narrative; featuring landscape, interior and portrait photographs, as well as images of fragments of everyday lives, and copy photographs of unclaimed snapshots slowly dissolving because of exposure to the elements. The exhibition seeks to examine the representation of catastrophe and loss, and perceptions of ‘the Japanese’ and their unique cultural heritage. The photographer’s travel map will also be on display in the upstairs space.

Dean Chapman is an award-winning photographer who has work extensively in Asia for over twenty years, and is the winner of the 1998 European Publishers’ Award for Photography for his documentation of the Karenni insurgency in Burma. Based in Newcastle and represented by Panos Pictures Agency in London, his photographs have been exhibited internationally and widely published. He has photographed in Japan periodically since 1993.” – Side Gallery

Event: Chinese New Year



Event:  Chinese New Year

When: Sunday 10 Feb 11am – 5pm

Where: Stowell Street (and surrounding area) Newcastle City Center

Website: http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/chinese-new-year

Price: Free

Okay so it’s not Japanese, but it’s probably the biggest Asian celebration in Newcastle so we would be silly not to promote it! 2013 is the Year of the Snake and to celebrate there will be a parade and a host of events in Chinatown.

The events are as follows;

Chinatown Map

  1. Parade, Chinese Arch, Stowell Street, From 12.30pm approx –Traditional dragon, lion and unicorn dances.
  2. Chinese Exhibitions, North East Chinese Association, Stowell Street, 12.30pm – 4pm – The North East Chinese Association presents an exhibition of Chinese costume, food, arts and crafts.
  3. Chinese Market & Fairground, Bath Lane & Thornton Square – 11am – 5pm – Funfair and stalls featuring traditional arts and crafts and Chinese food.
  4. Various Events At The Bath Lane Stage – Bath Lane11.30am: Speeches – Speeches from key representatives of the Chinese Community and Newcastle City Council from 11.30am.
    1. b.      12noon: Eye Dotting CeremonyA unique opportunity to witness the auspicious Eye Dotting Ceremony of the new Chinese Dragon as he is awoken from his slumber to the sound of firecrackers.
    2. c.       12.30pm – 5pm: Performances An exciting spectacle of performances and demonstrations, with the lion dance arriving to distribute Lucky Money at 4pm approx.
  5. Chinese Activities, The Chinese Centre, Westgate Road,11am – 5pm – Chinese zodiac, calligraphy, foods, card and calendar making, fortune telling, lucky draw and games.
  6. Children’s Marquee, Thornton Square, 11am – 5pm –Traditional Chinese arts and crafts and fun for all the family.
  7. Chinese Activities and Games, Dance City, Temple Street, 11am – 5pm – The Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Newcastle University invite you to understand the real Chinese culture; come along and take part in Chinese activities and games old and new.

You can download the brochure with all the information in here.

Lecture: Teikyo Uni Now and in the Future



Event: Teikyo University Now and in the Future (Mr Michael Daly)

When: Wednesday 5th of December, 19:30pm

Where: Durham Oriental Museum, Durham (Directions)

Website: http://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/contact/friends/

Price: £3/£1 (Concessions)/Free (Friends of Durham Oriental Museum Members)

Other Info: Use the Elvet Hill House entrance for Lecture Room EH009.

Mr Michael Daly, Bursar, Teikyo University of Japan in Durham

!Michael Daly will give an overview of what the small Durham campus does in relation to undergraduate studies, and mention it’s relationship with London (Teikyo Foundation (UK)) and the main campus in Tokyo. He will discuss the wider Teikyo University academic operation, the Teikyo University Hospital in Tokyo and the current medical placement programme at the James Cook Hospital.   He will provide an update on the three day July Medical Symposium (Oxford/Cambridge/Durham/Harvard/Teikyo) held at Durham University.  He will provide an overview of the relationship with Durham University, Oxford University and Cambridge University in 2012. Finally, he will provide information on the future and any answer any questions.” — Durham Oriental Museum

Opera: Madam Butterfly

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Event: Madam Butterfly Presented By The Grand Opera Of Belarus

When: Thursday the 14th of March 2013, 19:30pm

Where: Mill Volvo Tyne Theatres (Directions)

Website: http://www.millvolvotynetheatre.co.uk/events/4857/madama-butterfly-presented-by-the-grand-opera-of-belarus

Price: £15-£35 (tickets click here)

Other Info: Performed in Italian with English Subtitles, performed with large live orchestra

Madame Butterfly

This Opera in 3 Acts follows the story of ‘Butterfly’ and her soon to be American husband, Pinkerton. The year is 1904, and U.S. Naval Officer Pinkerton is living in a rented house in Nagasaki, where he meets the young and beautiful Ciocio-san, ‘Butterfly’.

Pinkerton plans on marrying Butterfly, only to quickly divorce her once he meets an American woman. However, Butterfly is fully unaware of Pinkerton plans, and before the Wedding converts from her Japanese religion to Christianity. On their Wedding day, Butterfly’s uninvited Uncle, who has found out about Butterfly’s religious conversion, comes to the house and orders all to leave, whilst placing a curse on Butterfly.

This tragic love story is one of Operas favourites and is a must-see for Opera fans, old or new.

The Grand Opera of Belarus

The National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus opened its doors in 1933 and rapidly developed an outstanding reputation for quality and professionalism. The theatre repeatedly went on tour to the most prestigious stages in the former USSR including, the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow. Successful tours in 1940 have brought the theatre an honorary title ‘Bolshoi’ (translated ‘Big’) and in 1964 the title of ‘Academic’.
For the last 15 years the theatre has visited more than 30 countries around the world; from Portugal and Spain to Japan and China. This year, the Grand Opera of Belarus will be bringing you two of Giacomo Puccini greatest works, Madama Butterfly and La Bohème.

Animated Music Video for “Un Bel Di, Vedremo” from Madame Butterfly

SunnyCon 2013

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Event:  Sunnycon 2013

When: Saturday & Sunday 23rd-24th March 2013

Where: Seaburn Center (Directions)

Website: http://www.sunnycon.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SunderlandConvention

Price: £30 VIP, £25 13+, £10 Under 12’s

Tickets: available online here

Returning to Sunderland for it’s second year SunnyCon looks to take over the city once again, a must for anyone in the region interested in Anime, Manga or Japan in general.

“After the roaring success from last year’s SunnyCon, on Saturday & Sunday 23rd-24th March 2013 we will be back and bigger than ever hosting SunnyCon2. Our guest list so far includes Vic Mignogna, Ginny McQueen & Colleen Clinkenbeard.

Over the two days there will be new and exciting demonstrations, panels, Martials arts, shows & more as well as retail stalls, artist stands & a gaming area. We will have some delicious Japanese cuisine, so go on spoil yourself! Keep an eye on the events page to see what will be happening.

The event will be taking place in the Seaburn Centre situated on Sunderland’s coast line. Nearby we have a large Morrison’s supermarket. The event is from 9am for V.I.P ticket holders and from 10am for everyone else until 6pm. Keep it here and on our social networks for the latest updates including guests, events and other convention announcements.

Treat yourself! Come a long and immerse yourself in fascinating Japanese tradition.” – SunnyCon

Club Night: Harajuku



Event: Harjuku Anime Attacks Club Night

When: Friday 5th October – 7pm-1am

Where: Gateshead Old Town Hall (Directions)

Website: http://www.asaplive.com/whats-on/events/harajuku–gateshead-central-library

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/258836280889407/

Price: £6/£5 if in Cosplay

Restrictions: 18+ Only

Tickets: available at Gateshead Central Library (tel 0191 4338420), Reflex Records in Newcastle City Centre or online


In association with the GCL Japanese Festival, Anime Attacks presents a very special Japanese themed club night named Harajuku!


“HARAJUKU! is the UK’s notorious Japanese themed club night! This cosplay and dress up event features a big Japanese theme, plus Karaoke Zone, Multiplayer Gaming, Indie, Jpop, Geishas, Origami and Live Bands!
As the latest installment, Harajuku! travels to Gateshead. The event celebrates Japanese wonders like Geishas, Lolita’s, Comics, Gaming, Origami, Karaoke, Manga, Art with a mix of Live Bands, plus indie and Jpop DJs thrown in for good measure.

This is definitely one unique event which is not to be missed. Party goers mix together different styles and influences of Harajuku! fashion in a celebration of Japan, so make sure you’re ready with bold colours and wicked style.

Master decorators bring Japan closer to you. Sing along in the Karaoke Zone, enjoy Retro Gaming, or bring along your handheld console and hang out in true Japanese style.Prizes for the best dressed Cosplayer are supplied by none other than Harajuku! girl enthusiast, Gwen Stefani.

Escape to Japan!


Featuring Live Performances From:

A Winter’s Education
Toronto Sun
Machina Shogunate
Death to Indie

Guest DJ Sets:

The Kut
DJ Danov Valravn
DJ Joseph Latham” – Anime Attacks

GCL: Japanese Festival



Event: Gateshead Central Library Japanese Festival

When: October 1st – 8th

Where: Gateshead Central Library (Directions)

Website: http://www.asaplive.com/whats-on/events

Price: Varying (See Events Below)


Gateshead Central Library is holding an in house festival celebrating Japan consisting of art, cultural, language, and film events. To book tickets for any event please call 0191 433 8420 or email the library over at tic@gateshead.gov.uk.


1/10/12 – 2-4pm – Beginners Japanese Taster Session [£4 Per Ticket]

Get a flavour of Japan with these basic, beginner Japanese language taster sessions, anyone is welcome!

1/10/12 – 7-9pm – Japanese Beer and Whisky Tasting (18+) [£4 Per Ticket]

Take a journey through Japan with a tour of beer and whisky, and enjoy an authentic sushi buffet.

2/10/12 – 6-10pm – Anime Attacks Autumn Social (11+) [£3 Per Ticket]

Join us for Anime Attacks’ special Autumn get together with renowned manga artist Yishan Li. There will also be cosplay, art competitions, Japanese video game tournaments and more! From 8.30pm to 10pm there will also be a club night with live DJing from Peff, presenter of the award-winning ’We Must Warn Tokyo’ on Newcastle Student Radio.

3/10/12 – 6.30pm – Film: Adrift in Tokyo (15+) [£3 Per Ticket]

Offbeat Japanese comedy. The film follows the unusual bond that develops between a demotivated student and a debt collector for the loan shark to whom he owes money. Directed by Satoshi Miki (Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected, Instant Numa).

4/10/12 – 6.30pm – Film: Kamikaze Girls (12+) [£3 Per Ticket]

The film is based on the novel by Novala Takemoto and is about the friendship between 2 very different girls. There is sweet, frilly-dress-loving Rococo fan Momoko (Kyoko Fukada) and spitting, head butting biker chick Ichiko (Anna Tsuchiya). Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima (Confessions, Memories of Matsuko).

6/10/12 – 10am-12noon – Origami Session [£2.50 Per Ticket]

Make origami birds, boats and animals and create your own designs with visual artist Kate Eccles. Kate will teach you how to decorate your origami with Japanese symbols.

8/10/12 – 6.30-8pm – Talk: Japan, Geishas and Courtesans [£5 Per Ticket]

Enter the world of the geisha with this talk by bestselling author, Lesley Downer. In order to carry out research for her book “Geisha: The Remarkable Truth Behind The Fiction”, Lesley spent 6 months living among the geisha and gradually found herself being transformed into one of them. Consequently, she is able to give us a unique insight into this aspect of Japanese culture. Lesley is also the author of a number of fiction titles including “The Last Concubine” and her latest novel, “Across A Bridge of Dreams”. Pre-booking essential!


Stay tuned to Geordie Japan for more details in the coming weeks.

Art Event: Origami Rules



Art Event: Free Origami Workshop

When: Tuesday August 14th 2012, (11.00am-15.00pm – Drop in)

Where: Great North Museum (Directions)

Price: Free!



Artist Yvette Hawkins will be showing you how to make a sheet a paper into something quite extraordinary, join her fr this drop-in paper origami workshop.


Origami (折り紙) is the Japanese art of paper folding, and began at some point after paper was introduced by Buddhist monks to Japan in the 6th century. The first recorded use of origami was in 1680 in a Poem by Ihara Saikaku which described the use of origami butterflies in Shinto weddings. The first known origami guide book was written in Japan in 1797, since then origami has become ingrained into Japanese culture and lore, with memorable tales of paper birds that turned into real ones becoming common children’s stories.


Modern origami owes much to Akira Yoshizawa’s resurgence of the art form in 1954, from there Origami has grown into a global phenomenon with increasingly complex designs forming incredible creations that baffle the mind with their ingenuity. Of course simplicity still holds strong with the paper crane remaining one of the simplest and most popular origami designs the world over.



Late Shows: Origami & More



The Late Shows: Free Origami & More

When: Saturday May 19th 2012, (7-11pm)

Where: Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University (Directions)

Price: Free!

WebsiteHatton GalleryThe Late Shows

Fancy trying a spot of late night origami? Then pop along to the Hatton Gallery on the 19th of May after 7pm and you can help to create an origami installation. While you are there you can also watch a slow motion dance, drink some relaxing and healthy drinks in the therapy bar or even try your hand at the Chinese art discipline of Tai chi.

Now in its sixth year The Late Rooms main objective is to encourage people to visit museums and galleries that they may not have visited before by opening up spaces after dark for a weekend. The multitude of venues that take part in The Late Rooms means that you can plan your own cultural crawl across the city. Find the full details here.

Origami (折り紙) is the Japanese art of paper folding, and began at some point after paper was introduced by Buddhist monks to Japan in the 6th century. The first recorded use of origami was in 1680 in a Poem by Ihara Saikaku which described the use of origami butterflies in Shinto weddings. The first known origami guide book was written in Japan in 1797 and origami became ingrained into Japanese culture and lore, with memorable tales of paper birds that turned into real ones becoming common children’s stories.

Modern origami owes much to Akira Yoshizawa’s resurgence of the art form in 1954, from there Origami has grown into a global phenomenon with increasingly complex designs forming incredible creations that baffle the mind with their ingenuity. Of course simplicity still holds strong with the paper crane remaining one of the simplest and most popular origami designs the world over.