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Art Exhibition, Churchill Club Tokyo

The Churchill Club Tokyo is holding an art exhibition at the Mitsukoshi Department Store.

Dates: Thursday 6th through Tuesday 11th July (1030-1930)
Place: Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store 7F

Special Exhibition: Prince Takamado Netsuke Collection

Netsuke are miniature carved objects which were invented in the 17th century to serve a practical function in everyday life.
A special exhibition "Prince Takamado Netsuke Collection" is being held at the Kokugakuin University Museum in Shibuya.
For details please visit

Date: 28th May until 23rd July
Place: Kokugakuin University Museum Special Exhibition Space
Price: Free of charge

SSBC seminar

The Society for the Study of British Culture(SSBC)is hosting a lecture by Ms Chiharu Ohara (a food historian and owner of an English antiques shop ), who will talk (in Japanese) about Tudor food culture and banquets.

Date: Saturday, 15th July (1430-1630)
Place: Chuo Univ. Surugadai Kinenkan Room 320
Price: JPY2,000 for SSBC and JBS members
Book by 4th July directly with SSBC Fax: 03-3407-8995 E-mail:

Special Lecture by Noriko Hama

The eminent economist Prof. Noriko Hama will give a special lecture (in Japanese) on 24th July entitled “Pitfalls of Anti-Globalism” on global economic trends and her concerns about extreme nationalism. In the talk she will refer to Brexit, the Trump presidency and the changes brought about by post-war capitalism in Europe.
The lecture is organised by the New Capitalism Society, which was founded in 1958 and is chaired by JBS member Mr. Kenichi Ikeno.
A special discount is available to JBS members. To book, please contact the New Capitalism Society, mentioning that you are a member of JBS (Nichiei Kyokai).

Date: Monday, 24th July
Time: 1400-1600 (Lecture) 1600-1800 (Reception)
Place: Gakushi Kaikan Room 203
Price: JPY10,000 for the lecture and reception, JPY8,000 for the lecture only (Students JPY6,000/JPY2,000)
Book directly through the New Capitalism Society
Fax: 03-3355-4603 E-mail:

Noriko Hama is a graduate of the Economics Department of Hitotsubashi University.
In 1975 she joined the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. From 1990 to 1998 she was the first director of the MRI London Office as well as being MRI’s economist in London. After her return from London, she became Director of Economic Research and the leading researcher at the MRI Economic Policy and Research Centre. In 2002 she became Professor at the Business School of Doshisha University, Kyoto, and in 2011 Dean of the Business School. In 2012 she was appointed a temporary member of the advisory board of the Ministry of Finance.

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.

Theatre Play: NINAGAWA Macbeth

Yukio Ninagawa, a theatre director famous for his Japanese productions of Shakespeare plays, passed away last year, and memorial performances of “NINAGAWA Macbeth” are being given in Japan, Hong Kong, the UK and Singapore.
We are pleased to announce that specially discounted tickets are available to JBS members.

Date: Thursday, 13th until Saturday, 29th July
Time: 1300/1800
Please check the schedule at
Place: Saitama Arts Theatre
Price: The regular price is JPY12,000 for S seats.

Ninagawa Macbeth Official website

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:

Original Ale Launch Event British Hills Beer Festival

British Hills
British Hills invites all members of the Japan-British Society to join them in celebrating the launch of their new blonde ale, “British Hills Pride” at a beer festival featuring free tasting of the new ale.
British cuisine is also on offer, with leeks sourced from Tenei village and the local area.

Date: Sunday, 9th July (13:00-16:00)
Venue: British Hills (Fukushima Prefecture, Iwase District, Tenei, Tarao, Shibakusa 1-8)
Access: The nearest station is Shin-Shirakawa, and a free shuttle bus operates between the station and British Hills.

RSVP Vol. 20

The latest issue of this popular magazine on UK issues focuses on London and the countryside of Cornwall and Devon.
It is available at major bookshops (

27th 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 Celtic 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. Entrance is free for JBS members (

Dates: 22nd to 26th June
Place: Barakura English Garden in Tateshina
Price: Free of charge for JBS members
    At the entrance please present June circular notice together with the name label on the envelope it came in.
Accompanying guests: JPY900 (regular price: JPY1,800)

Theatre Play: Look Back in Anger

The New National Theatre Tokyo presents John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger played by a Japanese cast. This play premiered in London in 1956 to high acclaim.
The performances are are almost sold out, but the Society has a limited number of tickets for additional performances scheduled on the evenings of 16th and 22nd July.
To book, please contact the JBS Secretariat no later than 30th May.

Date and Time: July 16, 22 at 1830
Place: New National Theatre Tokyo
Price: A seats Regular price: JPY6,480

English National Ballet

The English National Ballet will tour Japan this summer.
The company welcomed Tamara Rojo as Artistic Director in 2012 and is regarded as one of the UK’s top ballet companies.
Special discount tickets are available to JBS members. Please see the newsletter for details.

Coppelia 8 July (1800), 9 July (1400)
Le Corsaire 14 July (1830), 15 July (1400)

Place: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Price: S:JPY20,000 A:JPY18,000 B:JPY16,000 C:JPY13,000 D:JPY10,000 E:JPY7,000

Exhibition: The Elegant Other: Cross-cultural Encounters in Fashion and Art

ファッションとアート After Yokohama Port opened in 1859, the city began to serve as the main gateway both for Western culture coming into the country and for Japanese culture going abroad.
Focusing on fashion and art from the late 19th to early 20th centuries, this exhibition examines how cultural exchanges between the East and West influenced people’s lives and aesthetic sensibilities.
Some displays will be changed during the course of the exhibition.

Session: Saturday, 15th April – Sunday, 25th June *Closed on Thursdays, (except May 4) , May 5
Place:  Yokohama Museum (3-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi)
Price:  Adults JPY1,500、University/High School Students JPY900、
     Junior High School Students JPY600
     Free of charge for children under 12、Seniors (65 and older) JPY1,400

Turner / Dress / 1870s / Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) / Photo by Richard Haughton

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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