Tuesday 23rd February  2010, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Admission free, book here 

Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP
Nearest tube station: Baker Street –

As a courtesy to the speakers we are unable to admit members of the audience arriving after 6.15pm.  We would appreciate your kind co-operation.This second seminar in the 2010 series, States in Change: National Identity in the UK and Japan, explores the historical development of national identity in modern Japan. In doing so, it attempts to situate the Japanese experience in a wider comparative framework with reference to the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. What were the sources of national identity in these countries? How important were ‘wars’ and shifting boundaries in the construction of national identity? How did pre-1945 circumstances influence the post-war sense of ‘nationhood’? Our three speakers will consider whether contemporary debates on national identity are informed by such historical experiences, or whether new forces may emerge to influence conceptions of our identity.


Dr Naoko Shimazu is Reader in Japanese History at Birkbeck, University of London. Her most recent publication is Japanese Society at War: Death, Memory and the Russo-Japanese War (Cambridge University Press, 2009). She is also the author of Nationalisms in Japan (Routledge, 2006), and Japan, Race and Equality: The Racial Equality Proposal of 1919 (Routledge, 1998).

Dr Jan Rueger teaches modern history at Birkbeck, University of London. His research focuses on the history of Britain and Germany in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  He was a convener in the Capital Cities at War project, a comparative history of London, Paris and Berlin in the First World War.  His recent book, The Great Naval Game: Britain and Germany in the Age of Empire (CUP, paperback, 2009), explores the theatre of power and identity that unfolded between Britain and Germany in the decades before 1914.

Professor Lucy Riall teaches modern Italian history at Birkbeck, University of London. She is the author of Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero, Risorgimento: The History of Italy from Napoleon to Nation State, and Sicily and the Unification of Italy: Liberal Policy and Local Power (1859-1866) (New Heaven: Yale U.P., 2007).

The Rt Hon the Lord Howell of Guildford (Chair) is Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Shadow Spokesperson in the House of Lords on Foreign Affairs. After being elected an MP in 1966, he held a number of government posts, including Minister of State in Northern Ireland (1972-74), Secretary of State for Energy (1979-81), and Secretary of State for Transport (1979-83). He was Chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (1987-97) before being made a life peer in 1997. He is the author of several books, including The Edge of Now: New Questions for Democracy in a Precarious World, (Macmillan, 2000), and writes columns for The Japan Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. He was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 2001 for his work in furthering UK-Japan relations.

For full profiles of the contributors please visit www.dajf.org.uk/changing

To book, please go to www.dajf.org.uk/booking. Alternatively, please send your name, affiliation and address by email to events@dajf.org.uk.

In partnership with:

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation


Tuesday, 23rd February 2010, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
The Fleming Collection
13 Berkeley Street
£17.50 for Japan Society members
cost includes wine & snacks
Deadline for booking: Monday, 15th February 2010

Japan Society members are invited to this special private viewing of the complete Colourist collection exhibition from The Fleming Collection, the first time the paintings have been viewed together since 2003.

Samuel John Peploe, Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, George Leslie Hunter, and John Duncan Fergusson comprise the group known as the Scottish Colourists. The exhibition highlights the Colourists’ achievements as key players in the introduction of modern art in Britain, among the most forward thinking British artists of the early 20th century.

As well as Scotland, France figured largely in their lives. All were attracted by the lively artistic life of Paris, spending varying periods there as well as in the South of France where they enjoyed the brilliant light of the Côte d’Azur and further west at Cassis. At the time the Post-Impressionism of Cézanne and Van Gogh was giving way to Matisse and the Fauves, only to be followed by Picasso and the Cubists.

The exhibition has just been on display at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester to wide acclaim and Michael Palin, who is a great admirer of their work, did a series of programmes following their footsteps, both in the south of France and in Scotland.

To book your place please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 7828 6330 or email: events@japansociety.org.uk


Saturday, 24th July 2010


Further information to follow shortly


Saturday, 29th May 2009, 10.00am
                        meeting time  9.15am

Horse Guards Parade
London SW1A 2NS

£3 per head

One of the great annual sights in London is the Queen’s Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall on Her Majesty’s Official Birthday. All available Foot Guards, Household Cavalry and King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery parade past Her Majesty starting at 11.00 am. The event lasts about 1 hour.

The Society has arranged tickets for 30 good seats for the dress rehearsal, held two weeks before the real parade on Saturday 12th June. Apply early!

The Household Division are the Footguards and Household Cavalry which make up the personal guard for The Queen; at the moment, they include Prince Harry. It is important to remember that these are also fighting troops; many of those on parade will be veterans of various campaigns including Afghanistan and Iraq. About 1,000 men in bearskins, tunics and full uniform will be on parade; there will be a Massed Band, a Mounted Band, and a large number of cavalry. The troops will be reviewed and then will march past twice. The Queen will not be present, but the Dress Rehearsal parade will be taken by the General in command of all Household Troops.

Members should be seated by 10am, but we are arranging to meet at 9.15am for coffee and a short talk (optional). This will cover the conduct of the parade, its history and tradition. Full details will be sent to those who book.

To reserve your place, please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 7828 6330 or email: events@japansociety.org.uk.


Japanese garden party
Sunday 23rd May 2010 12.00pm to 4.00pm

Japanese garden party

Hammersmith Park Japanese Garden
White City (behind BBC Television Centre)
nearest underground: Shepherds Bush (Hammersmith & City Line) or White City (Central Line)

Please Click here for a Map.

Bring the whole family to enjoy a late spring afternoon in the park. Inspect the work done on the garden over the last year and enjoy bon-odori, traditional kamishibai storytelling and other family oriented Japanese activities.

Japanese food including yakisoba, tako-yaki and sushi will be on sale. Alternatively (though too late for hanami) come with your own supplies and enjoy a picnic on the grassy space outside the garden, surrounded by established cherry trees and those newly planted as part of this project.

For further information please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 7828 6330 or email: events@japansociety.org.uk.

We are also keen to hear from any members who are able to volunteer as helpers at the event.  If you are able to help during the event, please email: hiroko.kimura@japansociety.org.uk.





Thursday, 8th April 2010, 7.00pm

The Old Star
66 Broadway

Free for Japan Society members
Please email the office if you plan to attend

The book for discussion at this meeting is Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. The book club itself is conducted in English but members can choose the language in which they read the book.

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisifs living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading.

The book club is held on the second Thursday of the month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple; to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

The book club is informal and any member is welcome to attend. However, so that we can look out for you, please us know if you plan to come by email to events@japansociety.org.uk or tel: 020 7828 6330.

The next bookclub is on 13th May, when we will discuss The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima

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