Thursday 6 May 2014     8.00pm

The Good Ship
289 Kilburn High Road
London NW6 7JR

Admission is £5 or £4 in advance
To book in advance, please visit The Good Ship’s events page.
Entry is 18+

The Good Ship music venue are hosting a night of psychedelic rock, folk rock, and alternative pop with live bands from 8.00 – 11.00pm (DJs until 4am) including the Japanese influenced artist O-ARC. The group is the creative collaboration of Masa Ilda, singer/songwriter from Yokohama, Japan and London-born guitarist & co-writer Neil Mason. Being a combination of English and Japanese, their music is created from the coming together of these two cultures. Taking the inspiration for their name from the Zen concept of enso (‘circle’), they are closely linked to Japan and Zen philosophy and share an affinity for minimalism, subtlety and the power of understatement. In addition, the lyrics – sung by Masa – are heavily influenced by haiku.

Discover more here.

O-ARC cite their musical influences as Lou Reed, Radiohead, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and David Sylvian among many others. Having met in 1999, they have previously performed at locations such as ICA London, Tate Britain, the Whitechapel Gallery, Comme des Garcons Boutique in Dover Street Market and the Art Car Boot Sale at Brick Lane. Their first album “en” is highly original, poetic, atmospheric, meditative and in a way therapeutic.


Tuesday 29 April 2014     6.30pm

The Japan Foundation, London
Russell Square House
10 – 12 Russell Square
London WC1B 5EH

Free – booking essential
(to reserve a place, please email your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to

Join the Japan Foundation  in their screening of the 2013 documentary film directed by Atsunori Kawamura titled ‘Drops of Heaven’. Through discovering Yoshiko’s philosophy on slow food and nurturing life, this documentary delves into the origin of the legendary soup which has warmed the hearts of many people, and which has also been an inspiration to many cooks in hospitals across Japan. Filmed amidst the beautiful and delicate landscapes of Japan, the film offers a  fascinating insight into Japanese home cooking throughout the seasons, recalling the forgotten days of people nurturing love and living in peace.

For further information please visit the Japan Foundation events page.



Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 June 2014    9.00am – 6.00pm both days

Olympia Conference Centre
Hammersmith Road
London W14 8UX

Free – register here

DISCO, the producer of the world’s largest Japanese-English bilingual job fairs, will be holding the annual London Career Forum on 7th & 8th June 2014 at the Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington.

The event will offer bilingual job seekers the chance to meet with top Japanese and other global companies to hire internationally-minded individuals from the European marketplace. Come along for the chance to not only meet directly with company recruiters, but also engage in formal one-on-one job interviews and even receive official offers of employment on the spot!

Do not miss this rare opportunity to kick-start your career at this highly unique and specialised job hunting event.

For further information please visit the Career Forum events page.

DISCO was founded in 1973, DISCO is a human capital consulting firm headquartered in Tokyo. Since holding the first Career Forum in Boston in 1987, DISCO has gone on to hold Career Forums in various other countries around the world including the UK, Japan, USA, Australia and China, helping to connect over 240,000 global job seekers with more than 6,000 world leading corporations in the last 27 years.




Saturday 14 June 2014     10am, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 5.00pm

Royal Over Seas League (ROSL)
Park Place
St Jame’s Street
London SW1A 1LR

Standard prices – £20.00

Booking required – book online here

In the Land of the Rising Sun, tea drinking has been elevated to a social event, involving the preparation of tea, and the serving of sweets, all in a refined setting. Now Tankokai are inviting you to experience a traditional Japanese tea gathering (or ‘Chakai’) for yourself.

Gatherings will be held on Saturday 14 June 2014 at the Royal Over Seas League in Central London in an authentic tea setting where you will be asked to observe ‘the way of the tea’ with other tea lovers.

Four sessions will be held throughout the day, starting at 10am, 11.30am, 3.30pm and 5pm, each lasting approximately 75 minutes. Admission is £20 in advance or £25 per person on the door and includes matcha (ground green tea) and Japanese sweets.

To take part in this authentic Japanese experience please submit the Tankokai booking form.


For further information please visit the Tankokai events page.


Organised and hosted by the Urasenke Tankokai UK, a group of individuals linked to the “Urasenke” organisation. This event is a non-profit undertaking.

Supported by:



Thursday 29 May 2014                                                             8.15am – 6.15pm

(drinks reception after until 8.15pm)

The London School of Economics: Sheikh Zayed Lecture Theatre
New Academic Building
54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3LJ

£1,500 + VAT (25% off for members of the Japan Society with discount code: S6PFSFU)

To book please visit to purchase your ticket

What are the risks and opportunities for UK-located businesses of Britain leaving the EU? How could ‘in’ or ‘out’ actually look? Should the UK stay or go? What should the government renegotiate ahead of the proposed referendum, and in the event of an exit, what structures should the government put into place to manage the transition?

With a top-tier line up featuring leading business people, subject matter experts and politicians and civil servants with experience dealing with and within the EU, In or Out? will clarify:

– How could the EU referendum impact your business and should you take a public stance on the issue?

– The costs and benefits: what would leaving the EU mean for the UK economy?

– The terms of trade: where would an exit leave the UK in relation to EU trade agreements, and what could replace them?

– What could ‘in’ look like? The future of the EU in the context of the Eurozone crisis and the emergence of a ‘two tier’ union

– What could and should a renegotiation of the UK’s role in Europe deliver for business?

– How would an exit affect FDI and intra-European investment, as well as outflows from the UK? The view from Asian, US, European and other international investors

– Potential processes for exit: how could ‘leaving’ look?

– The impact on the finance industry and the City of London

– Red tape: the facts and the fiction

Join the UK’s leading experts, politicians and businesspeople in unpacking the consequences of both choices, and in discussing how they could affect your business. Network with Britain’s key decision-makers in Europe, and vote anonymously on your view of which way the UK should vote.

In partnership with:

Business for Britain, Open Europe, Long Finance and Z/Yen




Friday 9 May 2014                                                                5.00 – 6.10pm

Sheldonian Theatre
Broad St
Oxford OX1 3AZ

Free of charge

Book online here

In 2010 legendary business leader Dr Kazuo Inamori took on the monumental task of turning around Japan Airlines, Japan’s national carrier which had just gone bankrupt. Within three years the airline was successfully re-listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and became the most profitable airline in the world. Many called this feat a miracle but Dr Inamori maintains that his particular vision of management has universal application to business success in companies around the world. Drawing on his experiences over 55 years building up his two companies Kyocera and KDDI from scratch to currently having combined sales of nearly 7 trillion yen, Dr Inamori will describe the importance of igniting the minds of all employees so that they all take an active role in the success of their company.

Dr Inamori has outlined his inspirational philosophy for business and life in a number of books which have become best-sellers in Japan, China and other parts of Asia. For the first time in May he will give a major public lecture in Europe in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. This lecture is a unique opportunity to hear from one of Japan’s great business legends about his theories on finding success and fulfilment in both life and work.



Wednesday 2 April 2014                       7.30pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere  Rd
Southbank Centre
London SE1 8XX

Tickets £20, £10 (£5 concessions) – call 0844  847  9910 or visit the website

Young musicians from schools in Fukushima, Japan, fill the stage of the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with music and stories of survival, courage and rebirth. These students, coming from one of the areas worst hit by the 2011 disaster, are in London for this unique performance, to share through music their remarkable journey of collaboration, strength and hope.

Programme will include:

Ronald  Corp  Commotio  – World  Premiere
Chopin  Piano  Concer to  No. 1  in  E  minor
Mozart  Flute  Concer to  in  D  major
Elgar  Salut  d’Amour

In collaboration with the Orpheus Sinfonia:

Panos Karan – piano
Zach Tarpagos – flute
Thomas Carroll – conductor

Keys of Change is a charity formed by individuals of different backgrounds who deeply believe that playing music can make this world a better place. It was established in 2011 with the aim of advancing the lives of children and young people around the world through musical education and access to live classical music performances. The British concert pianist and founder of Keys of Change, Panos Karan, has been on four visits to the Fukushima area since 2011, and has worked with students in several schools, helping them develop their musical skills and performing with them in concerts. Inspired by the dedication, enthusiasm and high musical standard of the students, Keys of Change has invited them to perform at the Southbank Centre.

The Orpheus Sinfonia, orchestra of the Orpheus Foundation, is, under the artistic direction of Thomas Carroll, establishing itself as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and inspiring of young orchestras. The Orpheus Sinfonia was founded in 2008 as an orchestra to provide opportunity and support for those exceptionally talented young musicians emerging from study into the profession. The orchestra attracts the very best of music conservatoire graduates, forming an elite group of performers excelling in artistic distinction. We are delighted to be working in collaboration with the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta, supporting them as they come to the UK to perform and, through the incredible power of music, to find their voices and a way to move forward following the devastation of the tsunami in Japan.


Saturday 12 April – Wednesday 30 April 2014

Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre
Gloucestershire GL56 9AB

Booking only required for large groups of 20 or more.  Please call us on 01386 701441.

Batsford Arboretum offers year round interest but in the spring it’s at one of its seasonal peaks as the National Collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries bloom.   Home to one of the largest private tree collections in the country, Batsford Arboretum is famed for its kaleidoscope of golds and scarlets as the trees turn towards the end of the year – but many don’t realise just what a dreamy and romantic place Batsford Arboretum it is in spring, when it bursts into life with spring-flowering bulbs and confetti showers of blossom.

For the past decade the small gardens team lead by Head Gardener Matthew Hall have spent many an autumn afternoon planting 5,000 spring flowering bulbs every year in an effort to extend the seasonal interest at Batsford.  Over the coming years the bulbs will spread naturally throughout the arboretum, promising even bigger and better displays in the years ahead.

The stars of the show are undoubtedly the Japanese flowering village cherries.  As holders of the National Collection, Batsford is home to more than a hundred and twenty five different varieties, providing a confetti shower of glorious colour in every shade of pink through April.

The impact of the colour is heightened by the way the arboretum has been planted on a Cotswold hillside, giving visitors amazing views over the beautiful tree canopy to the Evenlode Valley beyond.
Batsford Arboretum’s reputation as a ‘must-see’ garden to visit has grown considerably over the past few years and is now a firm favourite for many visitors.  Particularly popular is the stream which runs along the entire western side of the arboretum, providing pools of water as it descends and culminating in a small waterfall.  With fifty six acres to explore, it’s easy to lose yourself among the trees in hidden glades, find a quiet spot to soak up the spring sunshine or enjoy the sight of orient-inspired statues including a huge Buddha and Foo Dog.

Since the new visitor centre was opened three years ago the Garden Shop and Plant Centre have earned a well-deserved reputation for sourcing rarer and more unusual plants.  Here the staff boast more than a century of horticultural knowledge and they’re passionate about offering advice about anything and everything to do with growing – whether that’s in the garden or on the allotment.  It’s also a wonderful place to enjoy a home baked cake, lunch or afternoon tea from the deck of the Garden Terrace Café deciding which of the amazing array of plants you plan to take home with you at the end of your visit!


Sunday 13 April 2014                     6.30pm

Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church
North Square
London NW11 7AG

Admissions free with retiring collection & donations

Performed by the UK-Japan Choir, Free Church Singers and members of St Jude’sand friends

Kiyoko Tachikawa  soprano
Catherine Backhouse  alto
Gwilym Bowen  Evangelist
David de Winter tenor
Tristan Hambleton  bass
Tom Faulkner  bass

With a professional Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Gregory

Supported by:

Itochu Europe plc, Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) plc and Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., the Japan Society and Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church.



Monday 7 – Saturday 12 April 2014       10.00am – 6.00pm

Ognisko Polskie
55 Exhibition Rd
London SW7 2PN

Free admission

‘Haiku Prelude – Haiku Kami’ art project is dedicated to the victims to the Great East Tohoku Earthquake.

The exhibition of the art project in April 2014 will mark the 3rd anniversary of the tragic events in March 2011 in Japan. The project consists the series of paintings inspired by haiku and the project’s publication, proceeds from which are donated to Momo – Kaki Orphans Fund, chaired by Tadao Ando.

The exhibition in April will commemorate the victims of the Earthquake. Carolina Khouri (the author of the project) hopes that the project will serve as an evolving memorial to those that suffered as a result of those disastrous events.

For more information, please visit the websites of Haiku Prelude or Ognisko Polskie.

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