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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

UPDATED 2016-2-25 11:13:10

The Junior Group’s annual spring event has traditionally been a hanami party, but this year we held a “St. Georges Day” party to commemorate the death of Saint George, the patron saint of England, on 23 April, 303 AD. Please wear something red and white at the party.
There was a live performance by a singer-songwriter Ms. Sara Akino.

Date: Friday, 15th April 2016
Time: 1900-2100 hrs
Price: Junior JPY3,000、Members JPY3,500、Member's Guests JPY4,000

UPDATED 2016-2-25 11:11:01

A team of people at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London is working on a reconstruction project in Kamaishi, Tohoku.
JBS arranged a lecture meeting inviting Prof. Chris Wainwright and Mr. Robin Jenkins to make a presentation on their three projects; ESCAPE ROUTE, We Are All Stars (photo exhibition) and Atlantic Pacific International Rescue Boat Project that are currently underway.

Date: Monday, 4th April 2016
Time: 1930-2100 hours (Doors open at 1900)
Place: NICA-Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Art (13-1 Nihonbashi-Odenma-cho, Chuo-ku)
Price: Members JPY1,000 Guests JPY2,000

UPDATED 2016-1-25 10:53:01

Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Yushima-seido and Kanda Myojin
The Society had a guided tour (in Japanese) of the Holy Resurrection Cathedral (Nikolai-do), Yushima-seido and Kanda Myojin.
The Nikolai-do, the main cathedral of the Autonomous Orthodox Church in Japan, was built in 1891 to a design by Josiah Conder.

Date: Wednesday, 2nd March 2016
Time: 945-1330 hrs
Place: Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Yushima-seido, Kanda Myojin
Price: Members JPY3,000、Guests JPY4,000 (including a donation to the cathedral, guided tour and lunch)

UPDATED 2016-1-25 10:52:30

Ms Mariko Oi gave this year’s Princess Chichibu Memorial Lecture entitled “Reporting about my home country to British and global audiences”.
A reception followed thanks to the generous hospitality of Ueno Gakuen.

Mariko Oi has been a reporter for BBC World News since 2006. Based in Singapore, she reports for, and presents, Newsday and Asia Business Report. Before joining BBC World News, Mariko gained her knowledge of finance at Bloomberg Television where she was a Tokyo-based producer for 2 years. As an intern or student, Mariko also worked for Reuters Television, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, SBS, Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, WOWOW Television (a Japanese satellite broadcaster), Channel 31 (an Australian community channel) and SYN FM radio. Born in Japan, Mariko grew up in Tokyo until the age of 16. She then went to Australia to study English, where she earned a Bachelor of Communication in Journalism with First Class Honours.

Date: Thursday, 25 February 2016
Time: 1800-1930 hrs (Door opens at 1745)
Place: Ueno Gakuen Aeolian Hall

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