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Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Open Lecture

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies will present a special lecture by Mr. David Atkinson (COO/ Konishi Decorative Arts & Crafts Co., Ltd.), who will talk (in Japanese) about “Omotenashi“ and tourism in Japan. Entrance is free of charge, but advance booking is required.

Time & Date: 1745-1915, Thursday, 18th January
Place: Kenkyu Kogito Bldg. Room 101,
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

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Tsuda University Special Lecture Series on the UK

Tsuda University’s Department of English presents a special lecture series by its professors on UK culture and literature. (All lectures are in Japanese.)

Lecture 1. 18th January 1900-2030
“Shakespearean Visions and the Sea: The Mediterranean, Asia, and the 150th Anniversary of Meiji” by Takeshi Murakami

Lecture 2. 25th January 1900-2030
“Romantic Poets 'Wondering' by the Sea” by Yoko Abe

Lecture 3. 1st February 1900-2030
“Childhood Regained: A.A. Milne's Pooh-world and Children's Literature” by Atsuko Hayakawa

Lecture 4. 8th February 1900-2030
“Visual Culture of Children in the Victorian Society” by Yasuko Suga

Place: Tsuda University
Price: JPY2,000 for each lecture

Ladies and Gentlemen…THE BEATLES!

To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Fab Four's debut, the Los Angeles’s Grammy Museum will be showcasing more than 400 pieces of memorabilia, recordings, videos and photos of the mop-topped musicians – and the Beatlemania that followed them. Note that this exhibition is likely to be crowded.

Session: Until Sunday, 28th January, 2018
Place: Infos Yurakucho
Admission: JPY2,200 Students JPY1,500
Free of charge for elementary school students and under

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Musical: Before After

To follow up on its success in Tokyo in 2014 and 2015, the musical Before After returns in February 2018. Playwright Timothy Knapman and Songwriter Stuart Matthew Price created this romantic musical to celebrate the 20th anniversary last year of the founding of theatre company Musical Za. The musical will be performed in Japanese.

Dates: 15th to 18th February, 2018
Place: Nakameguro Kinkero Theater (1-15-11 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tel 03-3496-1138)
Price: JPY6,500 (advance) JPY6,800 (at the door)

France and Britain: Art for a New Age 1817-1917

In the late 19th century Monet and Pissarro were impressed by Turner's art, while young British artists were influenced by the Impressionists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. National Museum Wales is well known for its excellent collection of Impressionist paintings. About 70 works by great masters, including Turner and Monet will be exhibited. This exhibition traces the history of the development of modern art in the UK and France. (Unfortunately, the exhibition is not coming to Tokyo.)

Session: 23rd November until 28th January 2018
Place: Shizuoka City Museum of Art
Admission: JPY1,200、University/High School/Age 70 and over JPY800
Free of charge for Junior High and under 

ジョン・コンスタブル <<麦畑の農家>>1817年 ウェールズ国立美術館蔵 ©National Museum of Wales

David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind

The Art Tower Mito is holding Japan’s first large-scale solo exhibition of the work of acclaimed British artist David Shrigley, who works in a wide range of media, including drawing, animation, sculpture and photography. The provocative title of the exhibition, “Lose Your Mind”, can be seen as an expression of the unique sense of humour that is present in all of Shrigley’s works.
The exhibition, presented in partnership with the British Council, will comprehensively introduce for the first time in Japan the diverse activities of the artist as he gently undermines the seriousness of art through his drawings, darkly humorous animations, surreal sculptures, and conceptual works.
Additionally, a balloon replica of his public artwork “Really Good”, which has gained much attention since its unveiling in Trafalgar Square in autumn 2016, will have its world premiere at the exhibition.

Dates: Saturday, 14th October until Sunday, 21st January 2018
Place: Art Tower Mito (Mito, Ibaraki)
Price: JPY800, Free for Junior High School Students and under or seniors over 65 years old

デイヴィッド・シュリグリー ダチョウ 2009 Courtesy Artist and the British Council Collection 撮影 Stephen White

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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