Tsunagu/Connect: The Exhibition

Informed by over 30 interviews with Japanese women who moved to the UK since 1945, the exhibition will give an insider’s view of what life was like for these fearless pioneers.

Exploring themes of culture, preconceptions, and belonging, Tsunagu/Connect: The Exhibition reveals the joys and struggles, triumphs and hardships of creating a new life in a foreign land. Their stories will amaze, shock and entertain, upending tired stereotypes of Japanese women.

Featuring personal objects and interactive audio, this exhibition is an intimate glimpse into the worlds of these women and poses a vital question: “What price must we pay to create a third space, neither one nation nor the other, where we finally have room to be ourselves?”

To fully interact with the exhibition, we ask that you bring a smartphone with compatible headphones.

Tue 30 Apr - Sat 24 Aug 2024
London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane, London

2024 tour venue:

Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

2023 tour venue:

Orkney Library
44 Junction Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland KW15 1AG

2022 tour venues:

5 Nether St, London N12 0GA

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Rd, London EC1R 0HB

Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Rd, London SW3 4HS

York Theatre Royal
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD

Tsunagu/Connect: The Exhibition is available to hire for for community events, venue display or educational projects. The exhibition can be provided physically or digitally.

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Accompanying workshops

Over 60s Workshop: Recording Your Stories with Kay Stephens

The workshop will introduce the concept of ‘oral history’ and we'll discuss things to consider when asking and answering questions for the purposes of recording oral histories. As a group, we'll discuss and reflect on themes from the Tsunagu/Connect exhibition, and then you'll have a chance to record your own stories, using themes from the exhibition as prompts.

Family Workshop: Storymaking with Kazuko Hohki

A creative, interactive, family workshop for children and their parents/carers to enjoy together. As a family group, you'll be invited to bring along one object between you that is special to you and relates to your family history. Inspired by your visit to Tsunagu/Connect: The Exhibition, you'll uncover the world of the object - where it lives, what it likes to do, what it likes to talk about and how it might interact with other objects. Come and discover the imaginative world of your object through this storymaking workshop with artist and theatre maker Kazuko Hohki.

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Augmented Reality Postcards
Collect a set of 5 Augmented Reality Postcards that will immerse you in the world of our characters.

Listen to our Tsunagu/Connect Podcast available on Spotify, Google, Apple, Anchor and more.

Digital Programme
Dive deeper into the project and explore more stories thorough our exhibition programme.

Intergenerational Film
Watch as our young volunteers created their own oral histories with their mothers.

Teachers Resource Pack
Download our free educational pack, suitable for Upper KS2 and KS3 students. Created by Lisa Meech.

Record your story
Regardless of where you are from, share your migration story with us.

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