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SSBC seminar

The Society for the Study of British Culture (SSBC) is hosting a lecture by Ms Megumi Arai (Professor of Sophia University), who will talk (in Japanese) about country houses and the UK’s class system.

Date: Saturday, 14th July (1430-1630)
Place: Chuo Univ. Surugadai Kinenkan Room 320
Price: JPY2,000 for SSBC and JBS members
Book by 9th July directly with SSBC Fax: 03-3407-8995

Musical: Evita

To commemorate the 70th birthday of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the smash hit musical Evita will be performed in Japan.
Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Directed by Harold Prince

Cast: Emma Kingston as Eva Peron, Ramin Karimloo as Che, Robert Finlayson as Juan Peron
Dates: Wednesday, 4th until Sunday, 29th July
Place: Tokyu Theatre Orb
Price: S JPY13,500  A JPY11,000  B JPY9,000
Official Website

Ballet Asteras 2018 -Inviting Japanese Dancers from Overseas-

Ballet Asteras (Ballet Gala) has been held annually since 2009 as an occasion to introduce Japanese dancers who work mainly abroad and have few opportunities to play to Japanese audiences. This year Akane Takada and Ryoichi Hirano of the Royal Ballet will perform Jubilee Pas de Doux, choreographed by Liam Scarlett.

Date & Time: Saturday, 28th July, 1500
Place: New National Theatre Tokyo/Opera Palace
Price: S JPY6,480  A JPY5,400  B JPY4,320

Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta

Based in Fukushima, the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta formed in the aftermath of the disasters of 2011, largely thanks to the efforts of Keys of Change and UK-based concert pianist Panos Karan. The orchestra has given various performances in Japan and abroad and is planning to hold a concert in London in 2019. We hope that many JBS members will support the orchestra’s performance at Suntory Hall in August.
Programme: Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 5

Date & Time: Monday, 6th August, 1900
Place: Suntory Hall
Price: S JPY4,000  A JPY3,000  B JPY2,000 C JPY1,000 Students with ID JPY1,000 (except S seats)
Tickets at the door will cost an extra JPY500 each. Booking: Suntory Hall (Tel 0570-55-0017), Ticket pia (
Contact Mr Hiroki Saito ( for further details.

A draw will be made for 10 pairs of invitation tickets (A or B seats).
To apply, please register your name and phone number with the JBS Secretariat by post by 20th July.

OUDS Japan Tour: Twelfth Night

Every year, Thelma Holt and OUDS (Oxford University Drama Society) collaborate on a Shakespeare production which travels around the UK and Japan over the summer vacation. This year they will perform Twelfth Night (English with Japanese subtitles).

Dates: August 7 1330/1830  August 8 1330
Place: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre/Theatre West
Price: JPY2,500 Under 25years JPY2,000 High School Students and under JY1,000

London Symphony Orchestra Japan Tour 2018

The London Symphony Orchestra will tour Japan in September under its Music Director, Sir Simon Rattle.
Suntory Hall:Sept. 24 1800, Sept. 25 1900,
Sept. 29 1400
NHK Hall: Sept. 27 1900

National Theatre Live: Amadeus

Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Amadeus won multiple awards when it premiered at the National Theatre in 1979, and it was later adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.
In cinemas from 6th until 12th July at TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi, etc. (

Film: Early Man

This is the latest film by Aardman Animations, directed by Nick Park. In cinemas from 6th July at TOHO Cinemas Ueno, etc.

Summer English Intensive Course for Young Learners

The British Council will run a 5-day English course for young learners aged 7-12 (suitable for Japanese elementary school years 2-6) using the British Council’s original Primary Plus programme. Primary Plus is based on the principle of effective teaching in a positive environment.
Children will tackle real-life tasks, working in groups and crafting researched answers and innovative solutions. The tasks are specially designed to match their developmental age, ensuring familiarity with the situation they learn in. Children communicate and engage with a variety of media, leading them to work collaboratively as well as to become more self-directed.

Dates: Monday, 30th July until Friday, 3rd August
Time: 0900-1230
Place: British Council English School (Iidabashi)
Price: JPY59,000 (excl. tax)

Kyogen Theatre Special Edition
NOH "The Hawk Princess" KYOGEN "The Songs of Oak Mountain"

Artistic Director of Setagaya Public Theatre, Mansai Nomura has roots in traditional Japanese performance, yet has also distinguished himself in contemporary performing arts.
His novel creations fuse classical techniques and ideas with contemporary ones.

Two works, selected by Nomura, will be performed in the theatre venue—relatively uncommon for traditional arts—on a specially-constructed noh stage: the contemporary noh play "The Hawk Princess", based on William Butler Yeats’ "At the Hawk’s Well", and the kyogen play "The Songs of Oak Mountain", based on Shichiro Fukazawa’s short story inspired by a folk legend about abandoning old people in the mountains. The latter was first performed in 1953 and updated and presented by Mansaku Nomura in 2015 for the first time in fifty-eight years.

Dates: Friday, 22nd June through Sunday 1st July
Venue: Setagaya Public Theatre
Price: S seats JPY8,000 A seats JPY5,500
     S side seats (1st floor, 2nd floor) JPY7,500
     A side seats (3rd floor) JPY5,000
     Subtitle tablet S seats (2nd floor) JPY8,000

For further information, please visit Setagaya Public Theatre Website (English page)

Handel Institute Japan, Concert Series Vol. 20
G.F. Handel: Ariodante

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its foundation, Handel Institute Japan presents the opera Ariodante as part of their concert series. This work was premiered on 8th January 1735 at the Covent Garden Theatre in London. It was composed when Handel was 49, during his most mature period. The story is about love and intrigue between Geneva, daughter of the King of Scotland, and the Knight Ariodante.

Date: Saturday, 21st July
Time: 1630 (Doors open at 1600)
Place: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (JR Ueno Station)
Price: JY7,000 at the door (JPY6,500 in advance)
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Ticket Service: 03-5685-0650
Japan Handel Society: 0463-78-6302

A pre-lecture will be given on 30th June.
Visit for further details

Enjoying Articles in English

A group of JBS members meet once a month to read articles from English journals and newspapers, have free discussions, and enjoy casual conversation.
Any member of the Japan-British Society is welcome to attend.
Please contact the Secretariat for further information.

Date: Third Thursday of each month, 11:00-12:30
Place: Meeting room, Japan-British Society Office
Fee: Free
Chairperson: Dr. Yoshiharu Mae
Graduated from the Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tokyo in 1966; worked in research for a metal company; recent publications include A Story of Copper and Aluminum [book] and Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A [ASM International, Dec. 2016]

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