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UK Fair at Mitsukoshi Department Store

Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nihonbashi will hold its annual UK Fair in September. This year’s fair will feature some new shops from UK, including Peggy Porschen and Baldry’s Tearoom (Grasmere), where you can enjoy the taste of real English tea and cakes!

For further details please visit

Dates: Wednesday, 6th until Monday, 18th September
Place: Mitsukoshi Department Store (Nihonbashi)

Windsor Chairs British chairs admired by Japanese

Windsor chairs are thought to have originated in central southern England in the 17th century. Made entirely of wood, they were admired by such eminent Japanese as Soetsu Yanagi, Shoji Hamada, Keisuke Serizawa and Sanshiro Ikeda, and they are recognized in Japan as representative pieces of Western furniture.
Nihon Mingeikan’s upcoming exhibition features both English Windsor chairs and many other examples of wooden furniture.

Dates: Thursday, 7th September until Thursday, 23rd November (closed on Mondays)
Place: Nihon Mingeikan (The Japan Folk Crafts Museum)
Price: Adults JPY1,100、university and high school students JPY600、junior high school students and children JPY200

コムバック・アームチェア イギリス 18世紀 高106cmX幅57.5cmX奥72cm 日本民藝館蔵

Annual Seminar on Studying at British Boarding Schools 2017

The Watanabe Office is holding a comprehensive information session in November on British boarding schools, which have captured the imagination of people around the globe across the centuries.
With its 30 years of experience and accumulated knowledge, the Watanabe Office, offers clear advice to those considering studying in the UK.
Graduates and existing students will be on hand to share their real life experiences and to answer questions over tea after the seminar. Please see the enclosed leaflet for more details.
The session is free of charge, but reservations are required.

Time & Date: 1300-1730, Saturday, 21st October
Place: Terrace Room, Ochanomizu Sola City (4-6 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

Seminars will also be held in Osaka on 12th November and Nagoya on 23rd November.

Violin Recital by Midori Komachi

London-based violinist Midori Komachi has produced a Japanese translation of Delius as I knew him by Eric Fenby (1936), which will be published in November this year. To launch her translation, she will give a recital of several works by Delius on 1st November with Masahiro Yonezu (piano).

Programme: Sonata in B for violin and piano, Sonata no. 1 for violin and piano, Sonata no. 2 for violin and piano, Sonata no. 3 for violin and piano

Time & Date: 1900, Wednesday, 1st November
Place: Oji Hall (Ginza)
Price: JPY4,500 (reserved seats)
Reservation: Oji Hall Ticket Centre, Tel: 03-3567-9990

Takarazuka Revue Musical: Hanna’s Florist

The Takarazuka Revue presents the musical “Hanna’s Florist”, the story of a flower artist living in London.

Dates: Monday, 9th until Sunday, 29th October
Place: Akasaka Act Theatre
Price: S JPY8,800 A JPY6,000

UK Christmas Tour 2017

RSVP Magazine is offering another special pre-Christmas UK tour. Participants will visit Haddon Hall (the birthplace of the famous Minton tableware series of the same name), the Cotswolds, the Lincolnshire International Antiques and Home Show, and other places.
Visit for details.

Dates: 1st to 7th December
Price: JPY338,000 (includes economy class return tickets, hotel accommodation. 5 nights in twin rooms with 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner)
For further details and booking,
please contact Ms Ryoko Takahata at HIS e-mail:
Tel: 03-6880-1514 (1100-1900)

Musical: Finding Neverland

Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, this musical made its world premiere at the Curve Theatre in Leicester in 2012, followed by a successful run at Broadway and on US national tours in 2015 and 2016.
A Japan tour will take place in September, and special discounted tickets are available to JBS members.

Dates: Friday, 8th until Sunday, 24th September
      Please check the schedule at
Place: Tokyu Theatre Orb
Price: The regular price is JPY13,000 for S seats

Musical: Billy Elliot - Little Dancer -

Billy Elliot the Musical premiered at Palace Theatre in London in 2005, and this smash hit will be performed in Japan this summer by a Japanese cast.
Special discount tickets are available to JBS members.

Dates: Tuesday, 25th July until Sunday, 1st October
Place: TBS Akasaka ACT Theatre
Price: Regular prices: S JPY13,500, A JPY9,500

Billy Elliot Official website

The Queen’s Guard Marching Band

The Band of the Coldstream Guards is touring Japan for the 13th time this year.

Time & Date: Monday, 25th September (1900)
Place: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijo) Concert Hall
Price: Regular price S seat JPY6,000
Reservations: Bel Canto Japan E-mail:

Handel’s Oratorio Chorus Kawasaki

Mr. Neil Sharpe, a member of Asahikawa JBS, is seeking 60 to 100 singers for a new group called Oratorio Chorus Kawasaki.
Mr. Sharpe graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and has been teaching piano and chamber music at the Showa Academy of Music in Kawasaki since 2007.
Previously, he formed Oratorio Chorus Asahikawa, which is supported by the Asahikawa JBS.
Membership of Oratorio Chorus Kawasaki is open to everyone, but an ability to read music and experience in this kind of group are preferred.
For further details, please contact Mrs Noriko Sharpe at or Tel: 080-5180-3599 (9:00 - 17:00)

Rehearsals: Tekuno Hall (and other places in Kawasaki)
Commitment: 3 hours twice a month.
Price: JPY5,000 to join (incl. a copy of the Messiah), monthly fee of JPY5,000 (students JPY3,000)

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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