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Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

ショートショート フィルムフェスティバル & アジア Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA), a qualifying film festival for the annual Academy Awards® and one of Asia’s largest international short film festivals, will hold “Autumn Screening ” (Co-organizer: Tokyo Metropolitan Government) as a tie-up with the 30th edition of Tokyo International Film Festival.

Duration: October 16, 2017 (Monday) - October 22, 2017 (Sunday) Place:
Anders Tokyo (Toranomon Hills) 10/16~10/18
Price: Free of charge

Award Winning Shorts Programs, including British short films;
"Babysitting" (Features Dan Stevens from "Downton Abbey")
"Hello, Again"(Features Naomi Scott from "Power Ranger")
"Storage" (Features Tom Hughes from "about Time")

For further information and reservation:

The Golden Age of Botanical Art
Flowers from the Collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The first of the “Intermediatheque Natural History Series,” this exhibition is a unique opportunity for audiences in Japan to appreciate 28 botanical artworks from Kew’s great collection, in the form of a partnership between the University Museum, the University of Tokyo and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Free of charge

Dates: 16th September until 3rd December (closed on Mondays)
Time: 1100-1800 (open until 2000 on Fri & Sat)
Place: Intermediatheque 2F GREY CUBE

Rhododendron arboreum (Rhododendron, Ericaceae)
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Joint International Project with the British Museum
Hokusai - beyond the Great Wave

北斎 富士を超えて
The British Museum’s acclaimed exhibition “Hokusai - beyond the Great Wave,” which was held in London earlier this year, will be shown at the Abeno Harukas Art Museum in Osaka in October and November.
For further details please see

Dates: 6th October until 19th November (closed 10/10,16,23,30,31)
Place: Abeno Harukas Art Museum (Abeno Harukas 16F 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka)
Price: Adults JPY1,500
   Univ. & High School Students JPY1,000
   Junior High & Elementary School Students JPY500

《富嶽三十六景 神奈川沖浪裏》 天保1〜4年(1830〜33)頃 大英博物館
©The Trustees of the British Museum. Acquired with the assistance of the Art Fund.

Draws will be made for 5 pairs of invitation tickets for this exhibition. To apply, please register your name and phone number with the JBS Secretariat by post by 2nd October

Fear in Painting

Kyoko Nakano (writer, Germanist) wrote Kowaie (Fear in Painting) in 2007, which discusses some famous paintings featuring images of fear. In relation to this book, an exhibition will be held, including “The Execution of Lady Jane Grey” from the National Gallery in London.

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Dates: 7th October until 17th December
Place: Ueno no Mori Museum (The Ueno Royal Museum, 1-2 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku )
Price: Adults JPY1,600
   Univ. & High School Students JPY1,200
   Junior High & Elementary School Students JPY600

Paul Delaroche, The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, © The National Gallery, London. Bequeathed by the Second Lord Cheylesmore, 1902 

Draws will be made for 5 pairs of invitation tickets for this exhibition. To apply, please register your name and phone number with the JBS Secretariat by post by 2nd October.

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

Draws will be made for 5 pairs of invitation tickets for this exhibition. To apply, please register your name and phone number with the JBS Secretariat by post by 2nd October.

Education UK Exhibition 2017

The British Council will present its annual Education UK Exhibition on 21st October. Representatives of some 50 universities and educational institutions from the UK will be on hand to advise participants.
There will also be a seminar on studying in the UK and some short lessons in English.
Admission is free of charge.

Time & Date: 1300-1800, Saturday, 21st October
Place: UDX GALLERY Akihabara
For details, please visit

Etiquette and Manners for Afternoon Tea

Mr Philip Sykes, Principal of the British School of Etiquette in London, will give a special seminar in November on the etiquette and manners associated with afternoon tea. Mr Sykes has spent his career training people in manners and etiquette, including staff at top hotels and restaurants, as well as embassy staff, etc.
This will be a good opportunity to take a course in Japan.

Time & Date: 1430-1600, Wednesday, 1st November
Place: Westin Hotel Tokyo
Price: JPY15,000 (incl. lesson & afternoon tea)
For details, please visit

(Other sessions will be held on October 30th in Nagoya and October 31st in Osaka.)

Violin Recital by Michiko Kobayashi

London-educated violinist Michiko Kobayashi has been introducing pieces by British composers to Japanese audiences since her debut in 2004. Kobayashi has won numerous awards in Japan and abroad, including the silver medal at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Programme: The Lark Ascending (Vaughan Williams), Violin Sonata K.302 (Mozart), Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV1001 (Bach), etc.
Time & Date: 1400, Sunday, 26th November
Place: Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall
Price: JPY4,000 (non-reserved seats only)
Reservations: Tokyo Opera City Ticket Centre Tel 03-5353-9999 (1000-1800, closed on Mondays)

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

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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