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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)

28th Barakura Flower Show

The Annual Barakura Flower Show will take place in late June at Barakura English Garden in Tateshina, Nagano. The Flower Show includes seminars by several well-known lecturers from the UK, along with entertainment in the form of bagpipe and harp music.
This is the best time of the year to enjoy the beautiful garden, and visitors will also be able to taste traditional fish and chips made by Rugby’s Brownsover Fish Bar, voted Britain’s Best Fish and Chips.

Dates: 21st to 25th June
Place: Barakura English Garden in Tateshina
Price: Regular price: JPY1,800

Barakura English Garden website

Train Suite Shikishima 1st Anniversary Event Isabella Bird Exhibition

To commemorate the 1st anniversary of the luxury train service “Train Suite Shikishima”, an exhibition on Isabella Bird is being held at Tokyo Station Gallery. Several places on the Shikishima route that Isabella Bird visited in Hokkaido and east Japan in the Meiji era are focused on in the exhibition. The exhibition will be held in the corridor area of the Tokyo Station Gallery. To view it, you will need to buy a ticket for the Takehisa Yumeji: Master of Japanese Modern Illustration exhibition being held in the same gallery.

Dates: Saturday, 19th May until Sunday 1st July
Venue: Tokyo Station Gallery
Price: Adults JPY900
   High School and University Students JPY700
   Free for Junior High School Students and under

Tokyo Stradivarius Festival 2018 Stradivarius Soloists Concert

Fumiaki Miura (violin), Dai Miyata (cello) and Joint Orchestra of Tokyo University of Music and Royal Academy of Music

Date and Time: 1400 Sunday, 1st July
Venue: Suntory Hall
Price: S JPY7,000 A JPY5,000 B JPY3,500
Programme The Marriage of Figaro, K.492, W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K.219, W.A. Mozart Cello Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op.49, D. Kabalevsky

Official website

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

Trinity Irish Dance Company Japan Tour

Founded in 1990 as a way to celebrate the pioneering work of Founding Artistic Director Mark Howard, this innovative company is constantly searching for original means of expression while maintaining a high regard for tradition. During the Japan Tour in June, Ali Doughty, the 2014 Irish Dance World Champion, will be the principal dancer.

June 23 (Sat) 1300, 1730 at Tokyu Theatre Orb
June 24 (Sun) 1400 at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall
Price: S JPY10,500 A JPY8,500 B JPY6,500
For further details, please contact Tempo Primo
Tel 03-3524-1221 (1000-1800 weekdays only) or

Paddington Bear

Since the publication of Michael Bond’s first book, A Bear Called Paddington, in 1958, more than 150 titles have been published in a variety of formats and Paddington Bear has become popular around the world.
Michael Bond passed away in June 2017, and this exhibition is held in memory of his work.

Dates: Saturday, 28th April until Monday, 25th June
Place: Bunkamura The Museum
Price: Adults JPY1,400 Univ. & High School Students JPY900 Junior High & Elementary School Students JPY600

アイバー・ウッド画 商品化のためのアイデア画、1970年代後半
Illustrated by Ivor Wood © Paddington and Company Ltd 2018

Nudes: Art from the Tate Collection

The Nude is central to the history of Western art. Symbolizing beauty, expressing love, and reflecting on what it means to be human, artists’ representations of the naked body have always been controversial and challenging to interpret.
Tate’s renowned collection of historical, modern, and contemporary nudes includes paintings ranging from late 19th-century Victorian depictions of figures from classical mythology to present-day politicized representations of artists’ own bodies.
This exhibition tells the story of the depiction of the naked body over a period of 200 years of Western art history.

Dates: Saturday, 24th March until Sunday, 24th June
Place: Yokohama Museum of Art
Price: Adults JPY1,600 Univ. students JPY1,200 High school & Junior high students JPY600

オーギュスト・ロダン 《接吻》(部分) 1901-4年  Tate: Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and public contributions 1953, image © Tate, London 2017

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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