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International Lacrosse Friendship Games

International Lacrosse Friendship Games are held annually, and this year will see the England U23 Men’s and Women’s Squads playing the Japanese squads. A special discount is available to JBS members.

Date and Time: Sunday, 10th June from 1000
Place: Edogawaku Rikujo Kyogijo (Nishi Kasai)
Price: JBS Members JPY1,000 (Regular price JPY1,500) Please present this notice at the door to receive a discount. Free of charge for Junior High School Students and under

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

Photo Exhibition The Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society Japan Chapter (RPSJ) will hold its annual photo exhibition in June. Entrance is free of charge.

Dates: Friday, 1st until Thursday, 7th June
Time: 1030-1900 weekdays 1100-1700 Sat&Sun (close at 1400 on 7th June)
Place: FUIFILM Fuji Photo Gallery Ginza (4F Success Ginza First Bldg., 1-2-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku)

Football English Workshop

The British Council English School will hold a workshop on football English in June. Participants will learn various football-related expressions, which will give them a deeper understanding of international events like the FIFA World Cup.

Dates: Saturday, 9th June
Time: 1830-2000
Place: British Council English School (Iidabashi)
Price: JPY2,500 (JPY1,500 for students at British Council English School)

Royal Ascot Experience Tour

British Pride ( has arranged a special 1-day tour to the Ascot Racecourse for Japanese. Mr Philip Sykes (The British School of Etiquette) and The Hon. Isobel Kershaw will attend and explain to participants how they can enjoy the Royal Ascot.

Date: Thursday, 21st June
Place: Ascot Racecourse
Price: JPY39,600 (includes entrance fee to the course, picnic lunch, attendance fee and translation)

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lloyd Webber’s masterpieces like “Cats”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Evita” and “Sunset Boulevard” are all popular in Japan.
This concert will feature a selection of the best songs from Lloyd Webber’s works performed on Broadway and in London’s West End.

Dates: 6/9 1800  6/10 1300 and 1800
Venue: Tokyu Theatre Orb
Price: SS JPY12,000, S JPY10,000, A JPY8,000

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

New National Theatre Tokyo presents Henry V

The New National Theatre Tokyo has presented a series of Shakespeare’s historical plays: Henry VI in 2009, Richard III in 2012, and Henry IV in 2016.
In its upcoming production of Henry V, Kenji Urai, who played Henry IV in 2016, will return as the new king, with a full line-up of staff and cast under the direction of Hitoshi Uyama.
For further details please visit

Dates: Thursday, 17th May until Sunday 3rd June
Venue: New National Theatre Tokyo Playhouse
Price: S JPY8,640, A JPY6,480, B JPY3,240


Following its successful staging in March 2014, Let It Be, a spectacular theatrical concert of Beatles music, is back.
A special discount is available to JBS members.
Please see the May notice for the details.

June 2 (Sat): 1300, Sagamihara Shimin Kaikan S JPY5,600
June 15 (Fri) 1900, June 17 (Sun) 1800, Tokyu Theatre Orb S JPY6,400
June 16 (Sat) 1300 and 1800, June 17 (Sun) 1300, Tokyu Theatre Orb S JPY7,300
Children under 3 years old are not eligible for admittance, and those over 4 years old need tickets.

Reservation: Sunrise Promotion Tokyo Tel: 03-3403-0155 (10:00-18:00)

National Theatre Live Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic Theatre in London.
David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made the young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage.
As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds. In cinemas from 25th until 31st May at TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi, etc.

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

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)

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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