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Birmingham Royal Ballet Japan Tour

Birmingham Royal Ballet is coming back to Japan in May with two popular programmes, “The Sleeping Beauty” and “La Fille mal gardee”, directed by David Bintley.
Special tickets are available for JBS members for the performances below (until 20th April).
Please see the April notice for further details.

The Sleeping Beauty: Saturday, May 19th (14:00)
La Fille mal gardee: Saturday, May 26th (14:00)

Place: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Price: Regular price S:JPY19,000 A:JPY17,000 B:JPY15,000

International Theatre Company London Japan Tour “Romeo and Juliet”

ITCL (International Theatre Company London) will make another Japan Tour in May.
The director, Paul Stebbings, was awarded an MBE in 2013 for services to promoting British theatre and furthering British cultural interests in Asia.
For this, their 45th Japan Tour, they will perform “Romeo and Juliet”.
Special discount tickets are available to JBS members.
To book, please contact Symjack Tel: 050-7122-4785 between 10:00 and 22:00

Time & Date: 1900, Friday, 22nd May
Place: Musashino Kokaido
Price: Regular price: Adults JPY5,000 Students JPY2,500

ITCL Website

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

Shakespeare Festival 2018

The Shakespeare Society of Japan and the English Literary Society of Japan will hold their annual Shakespeare Festival in April.

Time & Date: 1300-1630, Saturday, 21st April
Place: Rm 382, 36 Gokan Bldg., Toyama Campus, Waseda University
Attendance is free of charge, and no booking is required.
For further details please visit

The World of Japan’s Imperial Court Waka Poetry

Composing and exchanging waka poems at the changes of the four seasons has long been a custom among court nobles. In the Meiji period, Their Majesties Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken wrote many waka poems (Gyosei in the Emperor's case, and Miuta in the Empress's), which led to the establishment of Utakai-hajime (annual court poetry reading ceremony).
Gakushuin University Museum of History presents a special exhibition to highlight the history of waka reading, information about Utakai-hajime, and Gakushuin’s role in promoting waka poetry.
Admission is free.

Session: Monday, 2nd April until Saturday, 26th May *Closed on Sundays and National Holidays, except Sunday 15th April
Place: Gakushuin University Museum of History
Exhibition Room (located on the ground floor of North No. 2 Bldg. at Gakushuin Mejiro Campus)

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

A draw will be made for 5 pairs of invitation tickets. To apply, please register your name and phone number with the JBS Secretariat by post by 30th March.

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

King’s Singers Japan Tour

The King’s Singers were officially established on 1st May 1968 by 6 recently graduated Choral Scholars of King’s College, Cambridge, so this year marks their 50th anniversary. They will be visiting Japan in June.
Programme: Greensleeves, Scarborough Fair, Danny Boy, Furusato, Takeda no Komoriuta, etc.

Time & Date: 1330, Saturday, 2nd June
Place: Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
Price: S JPY7,500 A JPY6,000 B JPY5,000
For further details, please contact Tempo Primo Tel: 03-3524-1221 (10:00-18:00 weekdays only)

British Museum Presents: Hokusai

This is a ground-breaking documentary film based on an exclusive private viewing of the British Museum exhibition held in May to August 2017. It is directed by Patricia Wheatley and narrated by Andy Serkis. For further details, please visit
In cinemas from 24th March.

Documentary film and guide to exhibition film © British Museum
BIG COMIC Manga images in documentary © Shogakukan



Hampstead is a 2017 British drama film written by Robert Festinger and directed by Joel Hopkins. The film stars Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton, Lesley Manville, Jason Watkins and Simon Callow. For further details, please visit
In cinemas from 21st April.


Hello World - For the Post-Human Age

Art as radar acts as “an early alarm system,” as it were, enabling us to discover social and psychic targets in lots of time to prepare to cope with them.*1
These were the words of media theorist Marshall McLuhan, writing in Understanding Media with sharp insight in the 1960s and predicting the social revolution that new technology would bring. Half a century has now passed since McLuhan published his important work, and the Internet has permeated our society and new technological innovations like artificial intelligence are rapidly advancing. “Any technology tends to create a new human environment.”*2 As McLuhan said, technology generates an entirely new world for mankind. While these changes will open up the door to a new age full of incredible promise, there is apprehension about the various problems and confusion that will also be ushered in. In what ways are artists responding to the positive and negative aspects that technological innovation brings?
This exhibition presents the work of seven artists and one artist group from Japan and overseas, who are responding astutely to our current crossroads in history as well as the future. Their work offers us opportunities to think about the future of the society that technology makes.
*1: Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964)
*2: Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: the Making of Typographic Man(1962)

Session: Saturday, 10th February through Sunday, 6th May
Place: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito (Ibaraki)
Admission: JPY800

デヴィッド・ブランディ《チュートリアル:滅亡に関するビデオの作り方》© 2014 Courtesy of Seventeen Gallery, London

Casino Royale in Concert

Enjoy watching the popular James Bond film “Casino Royale” to the accompaniment of live music provided by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Please visit for further details.

Time & Date: 1300, Sunday, 29th April
Place: Tokyo International Forum Hall A
Price: S JPY9,800 A JPY7,800

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

A draw will be made for 5 pairs of invitation tickets.
To apply, please register your name and phone number with the JBS Secretariat by post by 16th March.

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

Film: Darkest Hour

“Darkest Hour” is a new historical drama from filmmaker Joe Wright.
The movie shows how Winston Churchill urged the British people to fight against Nazi Germany during World War II.
For further details, please visit
In cinemas from 30th March.

© 2017 Focus Features LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Mary Poppins Musical

Based on the popular 1964 Disney film, the musical Mary Poppins was produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Walt Disney Theatrical, and was directed by Richard Eyre with co-direction from Matthew Bourne.
The original West End production opened in 2004 and won two Olivier Awards, and the Broadway production in 2006 received seven Tony Award nominations.
This musical will be performed by a Japanese cast in Tokyo from March to May.
Special discount tickets are available to JBS members.

Dates: Sunday, 25th March until Tuesday, 7th May
Place: Tokyu Theatre Orb

The Tokyo Ballet: The Dream

“The Dream” is Frederick Ashton's delightful interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The comical turmoil surrounding the King and Queen of the Fairies and young human lovers is given a Victorian flavour in this ballet version, which will be performed to music by Felix Mendelssohn, including his famous "Wedding March".
Special discount tickets are available to JBS members.

Dates: Saturday, 28th, Monday (holiday), 30th April
Place: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

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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