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UPDATED 2018-9-4 15:20:47

To commemorate the 150 anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, a special exhibition entitled “The World According to Meiji Japan” will be held at Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. The Meiji Jingu Intercultural Research Institute has kindly arranged for participants to be given a lecture about the exhibition before viewing it.
To book, please contact the JBS Secretariat by e-mail or telephone by 18th October.

Date: Thursday, 25th October
Time: 1600-1800 (doors open at 1545)
Place: Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery (1-1 Kasumigaoka-cho, Shinjuku-ku)
Price: Members JPY1,000 Guests JPY1,200

UPDATED 2018-9-4 15:19:52

This year’s Princess Chichibu Memorial Lecture will be given by Mr Yoshiji Nogami, former Chairman of the Society and Japanese Ambassador to the UK. He will talk on “Brexit and Japan-UK relations” in English.

[Mr Yoshiji Nogami] graduated from Tokyo University, Department of Liberal Arts and entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1966. He worked as Economic Counsellor at the Embassy of Japan in the U.S., Consul-General of Japan to Hong Kong, Director-General of MOFA’s Economic Affairs Bureau, and then as Deputy Vice-Minister and Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs until he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James’s in 2004. After 4 years of service in the UK, he returned to Japan in 2008. He served as President and Director General of The Japan Institute of International Affairs (2009-2018), and as Chairman of the Japan-British Society (2009-2016); he was appointed Vice President in 2017. Mr Nogami was awarded a CBE in February 2018.

To book, please contact the JBS Secretariat by e-mail or telephone by 5th October. Please note that space is limited to 80 people, so bookings will be closed once this number is reached. Mitsubishi Corporation (a corporate member) is kindly providing space for this event. Free of charge.

Date: Monday, 15th October
Time: 1500-1630 (doors open at 1430)
Place: Mitsubishi Corp. Marunouchi Park Bldg. (2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku)

UPDATED 2018-6-27 16:47:30

Mr. Masaya Tatebayashi, a JBS Member and a Kew-trained horticulturist, gave a lecture on English gardening and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
A professional horticulturist, Mr. Tatebayashi is the first Japanese gentleman to have gained a Kew Diploma. He gave a lecture (in Japanese) illustrated with an abundance of photos.

Masaya Tatebayashi, Dip Hort Kew (Hons), Consulting Arborist
After working in banking for 10 years, Mr Tatebayashi went to England to study horticulture, where he learnt the basics at a horticultural college in York. He then gained practical experience at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He returned to Tokyo in 2006 and now works as a freelance horticultural consultant based in Tokyo.

Date: Wednesday, 5th September 2018
Time: 1400-1530 (doors open at 1345)
Place: Hibiya Library and Museum 4F
Price: Members JPY 1,500, Guests JPY2,000

UPDATED 2018-6-27 16:46:49

This year our big summer party was held at the newly-opened Sky Beer Garden at the Hilton Tokyo.
Members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) and the Japan British Society (JBS) came together to bid sayonara to the first half of 2018.

Date: Thursday, 19th July 2018
Time: 1800-2000 (doors open at 1745)
Place: Hilton Tokyo 7F Beer Garden (6-6-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku)
Price: Members JPY 7,000

UPDATED 2018-6-11 15:29:15

Members had another opportunity to attend the Epsom Cup Race held annually to commemorate the partnership between Epsom Race Course in the UK and Tokyo Race Course. Participants enjoyed watching the horseracing from a VIP guest room.

Date & Time: Sunday, 10th June 2018, 1100-1600
Place: Tokyo Horse Race Track VIP Room

UPDATED 2018-6-4 14:59:35

Pursuant to Article 14 (pertaining to Ordinary and Extraordinary General Meetings) and Article 15 (pertaining to Convocation) of the Constitution, the Society held a General Meeting on Tuesday, 26th June at Gakushi Kaikan. After the official business, a cocktail party was held.

Date & Time: Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 1900
Place: Room 320, Gakushi Kaikan (3-28 Kanda Nishikicho, Chiyoda-ku)

UPDATED 2018-4-27 17:51:42

On 19th May, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged wedding vows in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The Society held a Royal Wedding-Viewing Party jointly with BCCJ and other UK-related organisations.
Thanks to the BBC, we enjoyed live coverage of the big event on screens all around the venue.

Date & Time: Saturday, 19th May 2018, 1900-2130
Place: The Conrad Tokyo 28F Bar & Lounge Twenty Eight
Price: Members JPY10,500 Guests JPY10,500 (includes drinks and British food)

UPDATED 2018-3-20 12:32:54

An exhibition “Turner and the Poetics of Landscape” has been held at Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art (4/24-7/1).

Members of the Society were invited to a special lecture by Mr Shinichi Tomioka, Curator of Koriyama City Museum of Art and supervisor of this exhibition, followed by an individual gallery visit. (The lecture is in Japanese.)
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. is kindly providing space for the lecture.

Date: Saturday, 19th May 2018
Time: Lecture 1330-1500 (doors open at 1315) Gallery visit 1500-
Place: Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Price: Members JPY2,000  Guests JPY2,500  Students JPY1,500 (student ID required under 25) 
incl. lecture and admission fee to the museum

UPDATED 2018-2-27 11:18:10

This year’s welcome party for new members was held at THE FooTNik, a British pub in Ebisu.

Date: Monday, 16th April 2018
Time: 1900-2100 (doors open at 1845)
Place: THE FooTNik Ebisu 
Price: Members JPY3,300
New Members (joining between April 2017 and March 2018) JPY2,800 Price includes nibbles and one drink

UPDATED 2018-2-27 11:16:53

The Junior Group held a Yozakura party on 4th April.

Date: Wednesday, 4th April 2018
Time: 1900-2100hrs *Door opens at 1845
Price: Junior Members & Students JPY3,500、Members JPY4,000、Guests JPY5,000

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