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Samurai Entertainment: ALATA

An action-packed, time-traveling performance that unfolds in Tokyo. A samurai named Alata, a Shogun from the Sengoku Era has time-travelled to the present day. Alata meets a woman named Kokoro, and their strange journey begins. The 70-minute performance includes very little dialogue, so no one need worry about a language barrier.

Session: Until 23rd December
Place: Alternative Theatre (7F Yurakucho Mullion) Special price for JBS members.
Regular price: JPY8,000 [JPY5,000 each for 2 or more persons] Students JPY4,000)

To obtain discounted tickets, please show the December newsletter at the Alternative Theatre box office.

A draw will be made for 10 pairs of tickets for each session below.
To apply, please register your name, phone number and your preferred performance date by post with the JBS Secretariat by 5th December.
1900 hours on Friday, 22nd December
1530 hours on Saturday, 23rd December

YUSK Piano Recital

YUSK is a Japanese pianist who was brought up in London and has long suffered from Tourette Syndrome. It took him 10 years to graduate from music college. He will be giving his 8th recital in Tokyo, as below.

Programme: Bach Italian Concerto in F-Major BWV971, Haydn Andante & Variation in F-Minor Hob.XVII-6, Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major op. 27-1, Mozart Piano Sonata No. 9 in D-Major K. 311, Ravel La Valse

Time and Date: 1900, Wednesday, 20th December
Place: Blue Rose (Small Hall), Suntory Hall
Price: JPY3,000 (non-reserved seats only)
Booking: (Ms Takatori)

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 5th December.

4 Stars 2017

4 Stars 2017 is a special concert with the 4 great singers: Cynthia Erivo, Sierra Boggess, Ramin Karimloo and Yu Shirota.
A special discount ticket is available for JBS members. To book, please contact the JBS Secretariat no later than 7th December.

Dates: 20th until 28th December
Place: Tokyo International Forum
Price: JBS members JPY10,000 (Regular price JPY12,500)

4Stars 2017 website

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 

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 5th December.

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

Churchill Club Tokyo Art Exhibition

Details of the Churchill Club Tokyo’s annual charity art exhibition are given on the enclosed postcard.

Dates: Sunday 3rd until Saturday 9th December
Place: B1F Gold Salon, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan

Churchill Club website

Landmark Bright Christmas 2017: Christmas Party with Peter Rabbit

The Landmark Plaza in Yokohama is putting on various Christmas events on the theme of Peter Rabbit.

Dates: 7th November until 25th December
Place: Landmark Plaza

Great British Weekend

“Great British Weekend” will feature various UK brands and companies.
Please visit the official site for more information:

Dates: 8th until 10th December
Place: Roppongi Hills Arena

Pinnacle of Elegance: Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection

The soft-metal fittings affixed to Japanese sword mountings became increasingly more detailed and decorative from the Edo period onwards with flamboyant works that in some cases is hard to believe they are even metal. Mitsumura Toshimo (1877 - 1955), a businessman in the Meiji period, built a large collection of sword fittings and published them in a monumental tome entitled, Tagane no Hana (Flowers of the Chisel).
This exhibition introduces the metallic beauty that fascinated Mitsumura Toshimo, with around 130 sword fittings, as well as a selected number of swords and paintings.

Session: Friday, November 3 through Sunday, December 17, 2017
Place:Nezu Museum
Admission:JPY1,300 StudentsJPY1,100

To complement Nezu Museum’s special exhibition, “Sword fittings of Mitsumura Collection”, Japanese sword specialist Mr. Paul Martin will talk about the history of Japanese swords and fittings and explain some selected pieces from the exhibition.
This event is free for museum admission ticket holders, and no registration is required. This exhibition will be held until 17th December.

Time: 10:30-11:00/14:00-14:30
Date: Sunday, 10th December
Place: B1F Lecture Hall, Nezu Museum
Admission: JPY1,300、Students JPY1,100


【画像】刀、月山(がっさん)貞一(さだかず)(初代)作、日本・明治38年(1905) 根津美術館蔵 (光村利藻旧蔵)

Film: Their Finest

1940, London, the Blitz. With the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits and inspire America to join the war.
Partnered alongside fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin) and eccentric actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), the trio set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population.
Based on Lissa Evans’s novel ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’, this film is a witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war.

Showings start on 11th November at Shinjuku Musashinokan, Human Trust Cinema Yurakucho, and others.


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.

For further details please visit

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 

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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