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Urban, Natural, Human - exploring Japan on screen

Book-Paper-Scissors + short

Fri 10 December 2021

Tickets no longer available

English subtitling

Wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Hand holding text printed on paper being cut by a pair of scissors, with graphic paper in the background.

Book Paper Scissors

Urban, Natural, Human is a touring programme curated by Day for Night, exploring Japanese architecture, design and landscape.

With its core themes of the built and natural environments in contemporary Japan, the programme reflects on regeneration, recovery and creativity, framed through historical, current and future contexts. The project also takes on a fresh relevance in light of the pandemic, as we adapt and rethink our relationship to space, collective gathering and the built environment around us, pointing to broader discourses concerning our place as humans in an ever-changing world.


dir. Nanako Hirose, 2019, 94 mins, doc

In an ever-growing digital world, Nobuyoshi Kikuchi, who over the course of his career has painstakingly designed over 15,000 book covers by hand, represents an old-school world of artisan craft and design. Using traditional methods, his work reflects a fusion of minimalist aesthetics and meticulous design. Yet in this portrait of the man, now in his 70s, and his craft, Nanako Hirose who previously worked as an assistant to Hirokazu Kore-eda, also lays bare an existential crisis for the ‘physical’ book.


dir. Tomonari Nishikawa, 2010, 5 mins

Views from the platforms of 10 stations between Tokyo and Ebisu on the Yamanote Line, one of Tokyo's busiest train lines forming a loop connecting the city's major stations.

Screening as part of Japan 2020: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. /

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6:15pm — 8:00pm




Tickets: £6 / £4

Booking fee: 10 percent booking fee


English subtitling

Wheelchair accessible

Tickets no longer available

Additional info:

Japanese audio with English subtitles.