Wednesday, 21st April 2010  6.30pm
Crane & Tortoise, 39 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8PR (room to rear of main bar)
£7.50  including a light Japanese buffet following the lecture
Deadline for booking: Monday 19th April 2010

In 1862, the first ever young Japanese went to Europe to study.  They commissioned a ship, the Kaiyo Maru, and sailed her back.  But shortly after they arrived, the shogunate fell after bitter fighting and the leader of the young men, Takeaki Enomoto, now second in command of the Tokugawa navy, was ordered to hand over all eight ships to the new government.

He refused and the fleet sailed north.  In Sendai they joined forces with the remnants of the Tokugawa army, the Shinsengumi (the shogun’s feared special forces, who had policed Kyoto) and nine French officers who had trained the shogunal troops and resigned from the French army to fight alongside them.

They sailed for Hokkaido, then called Ezo.  The plan was to make a homeland for the Tokugawa supporters there, hold elections and create Japan’s first republic – the Republic of Ezo.  Lesley will tell the thrilling story of the Tokugawa warriors’ last stand and what became of them and their magnificent ship, as revealed in newspaper accounts of the time, illustrated with lots of pictures.

Lesley Downer’s books on Japan include Geisha:  The Secret History of a Vanishing World and a novel, The Last Concubine.  Her new novel, The Courtesan and the Samurai, is woven around the events that happened after Emperor Meiji’s grand entry into Edo, newly renamed Tokyo.

A light buffet (makimono, karaage, teriyaki salmon etc) will be provided after the lecture. Please notify the office when booking of any special dietary requirements. 

To reserve your place, please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 7828 6330 or email:


Tuesday, 20th April –  27th May         9.30am to 5.00pm
Embassy of Japan, 101 – 104 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7JT
Exhibition: Tuesday 20th April 2010 at the Embassy of Japan

Deadlines: Thursday 1st April for entry form submission (to the Japan Society)
Monday 12th April for delivery of exhibits (to the Japan Society)

After the success of last year’s Knowing Me, Knowing You?, the Japan Society Members’ art Exhibition is back!

Members young and old are invited to submit a piece of artwork which in some way represents the theme of Asobi – Play.

The Japanese word Asobi has a broad meaning including the idea of play, amusement, recreation etc. However you choose to interpret it, your entry to the exhibition will be welcome. A submission should consist of one piece of 2- or 3-dimensional work per person, for example, a sketch, painting or photograph, an item of fashion or textiles, a piece of jewellery, sculpture or ceramics, illustrated poem etc.

As in 2009, all artworks submitted will be included in the exhibition which will also take the form of a competition. and we look forward to receiving entries as diverse as those received in 2009.

The exhibition will be judged. Prizes include a Nintendo Wii games Console with selection of games courtesy of Rising Star Games, and a bottle of Hibiki 12 yo whisky courtesy of Suntory.  This is not a selling exhibition.

Please click here for a full list of guidelines and an entry form . All entry forms stating the name of your piece and your details should be received by the Japan Society office by 5pm on Thursday, 1st April 2010. Your artwork for exhibition must be received by the Japan Society office by Monday 12th April 2010.

Entry forms and exhibits should be sent to The Japan Society, 59 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AJ

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Tuesday 20th April 2010   6.00 to 8.00pm
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP
Nearest tube station: Baker Street –

Admission free, book here 

Further information to follow shortly.

To book, please go to Alternatively, please send your name, affiliation and address by email to

In partnership with:

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation






Event Type : Piano Recital / Bösendorfer Concert Series
Date: 28th April 2010
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Munster Square, London NW1 3PL.
Nearest Tube: Great Portland Street
Entrance fee: £6, £3 concessions for Japan Society members.

Further information contact: 0207 935 86 82 or


Described by Gordon Fergus Thompson as “An exceptionally creative artist, blessed with a vivid performance temperament … possessing innate musicianship which is harnessed to a virtuoso technique.” (March 2008), Aisa Ijiri will perform for the second time at Saint Mary Magdalene’s Church in Munster Square, NW1 3PL on April 28th 2010 at 7:30 pm.

Further to her public debut, aged just 7, at the Kyoto Alti Hall in her native Japan, Aisa Ijiri’s determination and talent have taken her around the globe.

By age 15 she was the concert soloist with the Capella Cracoviensis Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw and has preformed extensively throughout Europe and Japan.

One of the finest Japanese pianists of her generation, Aisa was recently invited to become a Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons, and is also an artist for the Beethoven Society of Europe, the Pennington Mellor Munthe Charity Trust, Markson Pianos, Bath Recital Artist Trust and the Keibun Club.

Her lists of achievements include many competitions and awards, most recently as a finalist at the Grieg International Piano Competition in Oslo.

The evenings’ programme will include:

Chopin: Mazurka in D major op.33-2
Chopin: Mazurka in B minor op.33-4
Chopin: Impromptu no.1 in A flat major op.29
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61
Kodaly: 3 pieces from “ 9 piano pieces”
Liszt: Les cloches de Geneve (Annees de Pelerinage/Suisse)
Liszt: Apres une Lecture de Dante- Fantasia quasi Sonata (Annees de Pelerinage/Italie)

The entrance fee is £6 on the door, £3 concessions for friends of the Japanese Society, inculding post performance wine and nibbles, so bring a friend to enjoy an evening of music and wine!

To pre-book tickets, or for further information on this, or any of our future concerts, please email us at (for tickets please include your contact details), or contact us on 020 7935 8682



Tuesday, 20th  April 2010, 12.00pm for 12.30pm

JETRO, MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn. London WC1V 6AL
£12 for members and those introduced by JETRO
£18 for non members
Deadline for booking, Friday 16th April 2010

sandwich lunch  – 12.00pm
lecture – 12.30pm
end – 2.00pm

Well known commentator on financial and business matters, Andrew Smithers, will talk on a subject relevant to all of us and particularly to our two countries at this present time. The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK is in association with the Japan Society for this event and its members are very welcome.

Japan and the UK have large debt problems in both the public and private sectors. One important difference is that Japan’s household sector is flush with cash while the UK’s is deeply in debt. Neither country will find it easy to reduce the overhang, but the negative impact on growth is more of a problem for the UK, with its inadequate level of national savings, than for Japan, with its excessive level of saving.

Andrew Smithers founded Smithers & Co., a leading advisor to investment managers on international asset allocation, in 1989. Before that, he was at S.G. Warburg from 1962 to 1989. He has been a regular contributor to The London Evening Standard and Sentaku Magazine, writes regularly for the Nikkei Veritas and his OpEd pieces are included periodically in the Financial Times. He is author and co-author of a number of well known books, the latest of which “Wall Street Revalued – Imperfect Markets and Inept Central Bankers”was published in July 2009.

We are grateful to JETRO for kindly hosting this event

To book your place please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 7828 6330 or email: Please remember to state your company position when applying.


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Japan – Food and Travel:

Michael Booth Sushi & Beyond – What the Japanese Know About Cooking with Erica Wagner

Tuesday 18 May 6.45pm

Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP

Tickets: Asia House Members £5, Concessions £6 & Others £10

Booking: 020 7307 5454 or

Japan is the pre-eminent food nation on earth. They go to surprising lengths and expense to eat the finest, most delectable, and downright freakiest food imaginable. Their creativity, dedication and ingenuity, not to mention courage in the face of dishes such as cod sperm, whale penis and octopus ice cream, is only now beginning to be fully appreciated in the sushi-saturated West.  In Sushi & Beyond travel and food writer Booth takes a fascinating and funny journey through this extraordinary, food-obsessed country.

Michael Booth is a travel writer, journalist and chef who contributes regularly to Conde Nast Traveller, The Independent and others.  His last book, Sacre Cordon Bleu, was book of the week on BBC Radio 4.

He will be speaking with Erica Wagner, Literary Editor of The Times.

For booking information please contact 020 7307 5454 or

and for further information regarding the Asian Literature Festival please visit:


Thursday, 22nd April 2010                        6.30pm  (Followed by reception)
Embassy of Japan
101/104 Piccadilly
London W1J 7JT

*Unfortunately following continued disruption to global air travel due to volcanic activity in Iceland, speakers Tsujimoto Ryozo and Fujioka Kaname from Capcom are unable to attend ‘Video Games and Japanese Culture’ at the Embassy of Japan on Thursday 22nd April 2010.  As a result, it is with regret that we announce this event has been cancelled.

Please accept our sincerest apologies for any disruption this may cause, and thank you for your interest in the event. We would very much like to schedule a similar games event at a later date, and will keep you informed of any future plans.

Embassy of Japan

Japan Society members have a rare opportunity to attend an evening of discussion on Japanese game design and what we learn about other cultures from games with Tsujimoto Ryozo, Fujioka Kaname, Iain Simons and Margaret Robertson (Chair). Co-hosted by the Embassy of Japan and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, this event is FREE but prior booking is ESSENTIAL (see below for details) and strict security measures are in place at the Embassy.

From Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros and Pac-Man to Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?, Wii Fit and Pokemon, many Japanese games are international household names – although some are still little-known outside their home market. As video games are now being recognised as a global medium, how do they fit into and reflect Japanese and Western culture, and what can we learn about another culture from its games?

Tsujimoto Ryozo and Fujioka Kaname from Capcom, producer and director of Monster Hunter Tri for the Nintendo Wii, reveal how they’ve adapted this hugely popular Japanese franchise for an international audience, and Iain Simons, director of Nottingham Trent University’s GameCity festival, discusses the UK children’s playground he is designing with Takahashi Keita, the game director famous for the Katamari Damacy series.

Chair: Margaret Robertson is a former editor of the games magazine, Edge, who now works as a consultant to clients which have included Sony, Electronic Arts, Kuju and Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning Bow Street Runner online game.


Friday 28th May – Sunday 30th May 2010

Venue: Moshi Moshi, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JS

7pm – 10.30pm, Friday 28th
11.30am – 10.30pm, Saturday 29th
11.30am – 10.30pm, Sunday 30th
11.30am – 5pm, Monday 31st

Admission: Free


This year’s Moshi Moshi Matsuri (Japanese Street Festival) is taking place on 28th–31st May in Bartholomew Square, Brighton, and will feature Japanese performances, free origami and calligraphy classes, and traditional Japanese games and events. The whole of the square will be transformed into a miniature Tokyo, with street names and stalls selling Japanese goods and food.

Renowned taiko drummer, Joji Hirota, will give a number of performances during the festival.

The highlight of the festival will be two evening concerts of traditional Shakuhachi and Koto music performed by Melissa Holding and Richard Stagg. During the performance a myriad of glowing lanterns will be launched into the sky. Each lantern will be a votive, an offering, to the many species of fish which are on the brink of extinction because of over-fishing.

In the weeks leading up to the performance, Moshi Moshi will be involving local children in preparing these lanterns by writing the kanji (Chinese characters) of a species of fish on them, along with their own name. The children will then get a chance to be present at the concert to launch their own lantern into the sky during the concert.

“We hope that the performances will be inspirational both for the children taking part and for the audience, and will help focus attention on the plight of the fish in our seas,” says Nicky Röhl, co-owner of Moshi Moshi.  “Scientists believe that at present rates of fishing, the oceans will be devoid of life by the end of this century. Unless we change the way we take fish from the seas, our children will grow up in a world without fish.”

Moshi Moshi is well known for having taken the lead to change the way restaurants source their fish, and has won a number of major awards for its work.

The concerts will take place at 7.30pm and 9pm on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th May. The opportunity to take part will be limited to a maximum of 100 children, so anyone interested in taking part in the event should contact the restaurant early.

A suggested voluntary contribution of £1 for each lantern will be collected for the charity MCS (Marine Conservation Society) to support their work in fish conservation.

For further information, please contact Nicky Röhl, Festival Organiser, on or tel: 07941 492 305.


Friday 30 April – Sunday 2 May

Location: Opticon, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 3HB (opposite the Town Hall and Moshi Moshi restaurant)

Evening Concert:  Friday 30 April, 20:00 – 22:30

Main Event and stalls:

Saturday 1 May  12:00 – 22:30

Sunday 2 May:  12:00 – 16:00

Admission:  Free


Enter the exciting world of anime and manga, as the Asahi Anime Festival is set to take over the Opticon in Brighton during May bank holiday weekend, for three jam-packed days of activities!

The Asahi Anime Festival is being organised by popular Japanese restaurant Moshi Moshi. Following their successful Matsuri (Japanese summer festival) last year, they will host another free summer festival, this time themed to Japanese comics and animation.

The events kick off on Friday evening, with an open-air concert by Japanese bands including rock-chick Natcuu and performance artist Sputniko. Saturday will see a full day of fun events, including karaoke and manga-drawing competitions, a Japanese-style game show, an authentic Gothic Lolita fashion show and more bands in the evening. Visitors will also have the chance to win tickets to Japan, courtesy of Virgin Airlines.

One of the festival’s many highlights will be the cosplay competition on Saturday afternoon – the latest trend where anime fans make outlandish, colourful costumes based on designs from their favourite comics and video games.

Across the weekend, there will be plenty of stalls selling anime toys and gifts, manga books, Japanese snacks and crafts. You won’t go hungry either, as Moshi Moshi will be serving a selection of delicious sushi, festival food and Asahi beer.

As a family-friendly event, expect plenty to keep the kids entertained, with Japanese festival games, colouring competition, face painting and the chance to help create a giant chalk manga artwork.

This year’s event coincides with the children’s parade at Brighton Festival, and May Day is set to be one of the hottest days of the year, making it a perfect time to visit Brighton.

So join us on May 1st for some sun, sea and sushi as anime and manga take over Brighton!

Fore more information please contact:

Nicky Rohl – Festival organiser and co-owner of Moshi Moshi Brighton or Emily Bastian – Festival Events Co-ordinator at


Saturday, 17 April

Time: 15:00 (85 min)

Location:  Shortwave, 10 Bermondsey Square, London SE 1

Tickets/booking: Open Screening

Directed by Rika Ohara, this film depicts the creative life of Yoko Ono. Featuring “Ask the Dragon” by Yoko Ono…and songs, personal appearances and handiwork by Michael Rother, Dieter Moebius, Holger Czukay, Pop Levi, Anna Homler, the Dark Bob, Carl Stone and my most treasured, beautiful and talented friends.

An experimental Japanese film which is being screened as part of the London Independent Film Festival. The full Film Festival programme runs from 15 – 27 April 2010.

For further information please vistit the main festival website:

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