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William Gowland and his research into burial mounds of ancient Japan

William Gowland (1842-1922) worked as a technical advisor to the Japanese Ministry of Finance at the Imperial Japanese Mint in Osaka in the Meiji Era.
He also conducted the first truly accurate scientific surveys of burial mounds, including Imperial mausolea.
Meiji University Museum will hold a special exhibition on Gowland’s research, including collections from the British Museum.

Dates: 13th October until 2nd December
Place: Meiji University Museum
Price: JPY300 (free of charge for high School students and under)

A draw will be made for 5 pairs of invitation tickets. To apply, please register your name and phone number by post with the JBS Secretariat by 5th October.

Meiji Japan in the World

Meiji Jingu Intercultural Research Institute and the Asiatic Society of Japan will hold a joint lecture entitled “Meiji Japan in the World”.
(Japanese/English simultaneous interpretation available)
Professor Emeritus Masayuki Yamauchi (The University of Tokyo)
Professor Sarah Moate (Komazawa University/Former President of the ASJ)
Time & Date: 1430-1630, Saturday, 20th October
Place: Meiji Jingu Kaikan (1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku)
Admission Free, registration required:

Yuko Sano Piano Recital

London-based Japanese pianist Yuko Sano (JBS member) will hold a piano recital in November. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she completed her MA with a Dip RAM distinction and graduated with various awards. A Steinway Artist, Ms Sano has performed across Europe, the UK, the USA, and South America, as well as in Japan. Her debut album “Kotoba” was released in March 2018, and it has met with critical acclaim. Please see the enclosed flyer for recital details.

Time & Date: 13:30 Sunday, 11th November *Doors open at 13:00
Place: Iino Hall (2-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku)
Price: JPY4,000(JPY3,500 for advance tickets)Students JPY500 Age 90 and over JPY100
Ticket: Pro Arte Musicae Tel: 03-3943-6677 and Lawson ticket

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

Theatre Play: No Man’s Land

New National Theatre Tokyo presents “No Man’s Land” by Harold Pinter with a Japanese cast in November.
Translated by Kishi Tetsuo, directed by Jitsunashi Satoru

Dates: 8th until 25th November
Place: The Pit, New National Theatre, Tokyo
Price: A JPY6,480 B JPY3,240

Chevening Scholarship

Chevening is a UK government international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.
Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award - Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships - the recipients of which are selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world.
Applications for awards will be accepted until 1200 GMT on 6th November.
For further information, please visit

Barakura English Garden Harvest Festival

The Barakura English Garden in Tateshina will celebrate its annual harvest festival in October.
Enjoy the autumn leaves in this beautiful garden, along with delicious food and music by the UK’s Royal Marines Association Concert Band.

Dates: 3rd until 8th October
Place: Barakura English Garden, Tateshina
Price: regular price: JPY1,400 *Please see the October notice about invitation tickets for JBS members.

Shakespeare’s Ethics

Hibiya Library & Museum presents a lecture on Shakespeare’s ethics by Shoichiro Kawai (Professor of Tokyo University).
He will discuss the ethics of Shakespeare, focusing on Sir John Falstaff and Prince Hal in Henry IV. (The lecture will be in Japanese.)

Time & Date: 1900-2030, Wednesday, 10th October
Place: Hibiya Library & Museum
Price: JPY1,000

Edo Tokyo Museum: Tokyo 150 Years

On 17th July 1868, an imperial edict was issued declaring that the city of Edo was being renamed Tokyo.
With that edict, Japan saw the establishment of Tokyo Prefecture, and this year marks the 150th anniversary of its founding.
The city of Tokyo was born amidst the chaos of the Meiji Restoration, and over the years, both disaster and war have wrought great damage throughout its streets.
However, through the efforts of the people who call it home, Tokyo was reconstructed each time, and as the capital of Japan, it has continued to grow.
This exhibition will present visitors with photographs, video, maps made in different eras, and other items that serve as witness to how Tokyo looked in its earliest days.

Dates: 7th August until 8th October
Place: Edo Tokyo Museum 5F
Price: Adults JPY600  Univ. College students JPY480  High School Junior High School students JPY300   Age 65 and over JPY300

Exhibition by Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2018 Winner Kate Groobey (“Pure Pleasure”)

Kate Groobey was born in Leeds in 1979. She received a BFA degree in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, followed by an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London.
She is the first female winner of the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, which has been awarded to a British artist every three years since 2009.
An exhibition of her work, entitled “Pure Pleasure”, will be held at Mizuma Art Gallery in Tokyo in September and October.

Dates: 12th September until 13th October
Place: Mizuma Art Gallery

Places unknown 2018 ビデオパフォーマンス (1分39秒) © Kate Groobey Courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Art Gallery

Theatre Play: The Children

Lucy Kirkwood’s “The Children” will be performed by a Japanese cast, including Junko Takahata, Shingo Tsurumi and Mayumi Wakamura (in Japanese).
This play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2016, and performances in the West End and on Broadway received good reviews.

Children Website

Ballet: Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Matthew Bourne’s popular ballet Cinderella will tour Japan in October, and special discount tickets are available to JBS members.

Dates: 3rd until 14th October
Place: Tokyu Theatre Orb

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Website

Film: Christopher Robin

This is a Disney fantasy comedy film inspired by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard’s book Winnie-the-Pooh.
The film stars Ewan McGregor as the titular character alongside Hayley Atwell, as well as the voices of Jim Cummings and Brad Garrett.
In cinemas from 14th September

National Theatre Live: Yerma

National Theatre Live is a ground-breaking project by the National Theatre to broadcast world-class theatre to cinemas internationally.
Yerma is directed by Simon Stone after Federico Garcia Lorca. Billie Piper stars in this Oliver Award-winning production from the Young Vic.
In cinemas from 9/28 through 10/4 in Japan.
Please note that this performance includes strobe lighting and strong language.

Seminar on British Boarding Schools for Elementary to High School Education

Drawing on its 40 years of experience and accumulated knowledge of studying in the U.K., Watanabe Office presents a comprehensive information session to introduce the world of British boarding schools, which have continued to captivate so many people around the globe across the centuries.
Graduates and existing students will be there to share their real-life experiences and answer participants’ questions over a tea following the seminar.
Reservations required. Free of charge.

Time & Date: 1300-1730, Saturday, 27th October
Place:  Room B, Ochanomizu Sola City 1F
Seminars will also be held in Osaka on 11/18, Nagoya on 11/23 and Fukuoka on 12/16.

Shakespeare in Love

Shiki Theatre Company presents “Shakespeare in Love” performed by a Japanese cast. Shiki Theatre Company is famous for its performances of popular musicals in Japan but this drama will be performed as a straight play (in Japanese).

Dates: 6/22-8/26, 10/12-11/25
Place: Shiki Theatre Jiyu (1-10-53 Kaigan, Minato-ku)
Price: S JPY9,720, A JPY7,560

Musical: My Fair Lady

The musical My Fair Lady will be performed by a Japanese cast in September this year.
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe, Translation and Directed by G2

Date: 9/16-9/30
Place: Tokyu Theatre Orb
Price: S JPY12,500, A JPY8,000, B JPY4,000

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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