• Edo Wonder Lrg

In the 400th anniversary year of Japanese-British relations, David Blandy’s new exhibition will creatively explore the mythology, legacy and socio-cultural connotations of William Adams, the first Englishman to set foot in Japan in 1600 and the only officially recognised Western Samurai.

Encompassing a new series of animated films set within an immersive installation, Anjin 1600: Edo Wonderpark has its aesthetic starting point in wood block prints of the Japanese Edo period – a halcyon era within Japan’s governance that was characterised by great artistic and cultural growth.

Drawing on these existing historical references, Blandy is working with a Japanese animator from the prestigious Tokyo Geidai animation school to combine traditional artistic techniques and methods of storytelling with contemporary anime. The results will be a 21st century reimagination of the sea-faring Adams’s story with Homeric inferences that muse on the notion of place and self within contemporary globalised culture.


The Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Rd
N1 5SQ
0207 923 3565

Date: Sept 13th - Oct 26th