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UPDATED 2016-5-27 17:59:34

JBS held a Charity Raffle party to raise money for the relief effort for the Kumamoto Earthquake.
All the proceeds of the sale of raffle tickets (JPY500 per ticket) went to a charity for Earthquake relief.

There were various UK related prizes, including an autographed book by Sir Ian McKellen (known as Gandalf of The Lord of the Rings) who kindly donated it for this event.
Some sandwiches, scones and drinks were prepared and participants enjoyed the tea party.

Date: Saturday, 2nd July 216
Time: 1400-1600hrs (Door opens at 1345)
Place: Nippon Foundation
Price: Junior JPY2,000、Members and Guests JPY3,000
    (incl. 1 raffle ticket) Please pay at the venue.


We donated JPY70,000 to Nippon Foundation, and JPY70,000 to the Save the Children Japan.



UPDATED 2016-5-27 17:57:52

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its foundation, a series of special exhibitions was held at Idemitsu Museum of Arts in Marunouchi.
The Society had a special gallery tour thanks to the kind cooperation by Dr. Sachiko Idemitsu (a JBS Member).
There was a lecture on the exhibition “Edo no hanayagi” followed by a guided tour in English.

Date: Monday, 4th July 2016
Time: 1400-1530hrs (Door opens at 1345)
Place: Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Price: Members JPY1,000 Guests JPY1,500



UPDATED 2016-5-27 17:56:46

Pursuant to Article 14 (Ordinary and Extraordinary General Meeting) and 15 (Convocation) of the constitution, the Society held a General Meeting on Wednesday, 22nd June at the Conference Square M+ in Marunouchi. At the conclusion of the official business there was a cocktail party.

Date & Time: 1900 hours on Wednesday, 22nd June 2016
Place: Conference Square M+
Price: Free of charge (Members only)



UPDATED 2016-4-28 14:42:47

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter who wrote and illustrated the famous “Peter Rabbit” stories.
An exhibition on Peter Rabbit will take place at “Bunkamura The Museum” in Shibuya this summer.

Professor Yoshihide Kawano of Daito Bunka University gave a lecture in Japanese on the life of Beatrix Potter and the forthcoming exhibition.

Date: Friday, 24th June 2016
Time: 1900-2030hrs Door opens at 1845
Place:  Hibiya Library and Museum  
Price: Members JPY1,500、Guests JPY2,000



UPDATED 2016-4-28 14:41:56

The annual Gala Party was held on 16th June.

Date: Thursday, 16th June 2016
Time: 1830-2030 hrs  Door opens at 1815 hrs
Place: Please see the notice
Price: Members JPY 11,000、Guests JPY16,000
Dress: Lounge Suit (cool biz)



UPDATED 2016-4-28 14:41:12

The National Theatre presented a special programme for foreigners, “Discover Bunraku”. Daniel Kahl gave an introductory lecture (in English) about Bunraku (traditional Japanese puppet theatre) followed by a live performance of “Sonezaki Shinju”, a masterpiece of Bunraku created about 300 years ago, set in the Edo period, depicting the tragedy of two young lovers.

Date: Monday, 23rd May 2016
Time: 1830hrs  Door opens at 1800hrs
Place: National Theatre  
Price: Regular price JPY3,900



UPDATED 2016-4-28 14:39:43

A visit to Hatoyama Hall and Japan Women’s University Naruse Memorial Museum was held.
Hatoyama Hall was the residence of Ichiro Hatoyama, famous Japanese politician and Prime Minister of Japan in the1950s. It is now open as a museum and it also has a beautiful rose garden.
Japan Women’s University was founded by Jinzo Naruse in 1901 as the first women’s university in Japan. We visited both places and had lunch at a restaurant nearby.

Date: Thursday, 19th May 2016
Time: 1100-1530 hrs
Place: Japan Women’s Univ. and Hatoyama Hall
Price: Members JPY3,000、Guests JPY4,000(incl. course lunch and admission)



UPDATED 2016-3-24 11:43:28

This year’s welcome party for new members was held at a pub in FooTNiK Ebisu. We enjoyed British food and Bingo game.

Date: Monday, 25th April 2016
Time: 1900-2100hrs (Door opens at 1845)
Place: FooTNik Ebisu 
Price: Members JPY3,000、JPY 2,500 for New Members (April 2015-March 2016)



UPDATED 2016-3-24 11:42:37

This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the Society arranged a visit to the Waseda University Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum. Tsubouchi Shoyo was a Japanese author, critic, playwright, translator, editor, educator and professor at Waseda University. He is known as the first translator of the complete works of Shakespeare and he contributed to the development of modern theatre in Japan.
Participants had a guided tour of the museum followed by tea and cakes at a cafe on the campus.

Date: Friday, 22nd April 2016
Time: 1330-1500 hours
Place: Waseda University
Price: Members JPY1,500 Guests JPY2,000 (incl. tea and cakes after the tour)



UPDATED 2016-3-24 11:41:57

Shakespeare and Music
Mrs Makiko Nagata (a JBS member) gave us a lesson in arranging preserved flower. Participants made a small arrangement of roses.

Date: Thursday, 21st April 2016
Time: 1400-1600 hrs
Place: JBS Secretariat Office Meeting Room
Price: Members JPY6,000、Guests JPY6,500



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