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Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum Touring Exhibition: Relive the Excitement of the Olympics!

Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum is the only integrated sports museum and library in Japan, but it is closed during the rebuilding of the National Stadium.
Over the summer this year, a temporary exhibition is being held at the Itochu Aoyama Art Square.
Exhibited items include uniforms and posters from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and a model of the new National Stadium.

Dates: 7th July until 31st August
Place: Itochu Aoyama Art Square (B1F CI Plaza, 2-3-1 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku)
Price: Free of charge

Yoshida Hiroshi: A Retrospective

Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art presents a retrospective exhibition commemorating the 140 years since the birth of Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), a leading landscape painter during the Meiji and Showa eras.
Princess Diana and psychiatrist Sigmund Freud were among those enamoured of his work.

Dates: Saturday, 8th July until Sunday, 27th August (closed on Mondays, except 17th July)
Place: Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Price: Adults JPY1,200、 University & high school students JPY800、Free for junior high school students and children、JPY1,000 for over 65s


Musical: Finding Neverland

Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, this musical made its world premiere at the Curve Theatre in Leicester in 2012, followed by a successful run at Broadway and on US national tours in 2015 and 2016.
A Japan tour will take place in September, and special discounted tickets are available to JBS members.

Dates: Friday, 8th until Sunday, 24th September
      Please check the schedule at
Place: Tokyu Theatre Orb
Price: The regular price is JPY13,000 for S seats

Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season

Please visit for details of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season to be shown at Toho cinemas.

Royal Ballet:
The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite and Armand from 1st September

Royal Opera:
Othello from 8th September

マルグリットとアルトマン (C) ROH.PHOTO Tristram Kenton Bill Cooper

Shaun the Sheep Summer Park

A family event based on Shaun the Sheep (a show broadcast on NHK E Television on Saturday mornings) will be held at Cubic Plaza in Shin Yokohama Station this summer.

Dates: Friday, 14th July until Thursday, 31st August
Place: Cubic Plaza Shin Yokohama

Please visit for details.

Thomas & Friends at Tokyo Skytree

A special Thomas & Friends event is being held at Tokyo Skytree this summer.
Nearly 150 characters from Thomas the Tank Engine are on show, and there are various programmes for children.

Dates: Saturday, 15th July until Thursday, 31st August
Place: Tokyo Skytree

Please visit for details.

DVD: Downton Abbey Season 6

Downton Abbey Season 6, the final season of the popular TV series, has been released on blu-ray and DVD.

Blu-ray disc set JPY9,800, DVD set JPY7,800 (excl. tax)
NBC Universal Entertainment Japan

The Royal Institution Christmas Lecture

The Royal Institution will present another Christmas Lecture in Japan.
The title of this year’s lecture, which is the same as that given in the UK for Christmas 2016, is “Supercharged: Fuelling the future”.

Date: Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th September 
Time:10:30-12:00/14:00-15:30 (the same lecture will be given in each session)
Place: Lecture Theatre, Tokyo Institute of Technology 
Book by 23:59 on 20th July
Admission is free, and a Japanese translation available.

Musical: Billy Elliot - Little Dancer -

Billy Elliot the Musical premiered at Palace Theatre in London in 2005, and this smash hit will be performed in Japan this summer by a Japanese cast.
Special discount tickets are available to JBS members.

Dates: Tuesday, 25th July until Sunday, 1st October
Place: TBS Akasaka ACT Theatre
Price: Regular prices: S JPY13,500, A JPY9,500

Billy Elliot Official website

The Queen’s Guard Marching Band

The Band of the Coldstream Guards is touring Japan for the 13th time this year.

Time & Date: Monday, 25th September (1900)
Place: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijo) Concert Hall
Price: Regular price S seat JPY6,000
Reservations: Bel Canto Japan E-mail:

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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