Wednesday, 15th June 2011 – 6.00pm

Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly
London  W1J 7JT

Registration essential

We hope to see many members at this year’s AGM. The Notice of AGM and electronic versions of all documentation are available below. Hard copies will be posted to all members who opted to receive official communications by post. You may change your preferences at any time and members who would like to be sent a copy of the annual accounts and Trustees’ report, are asked to contact the office.

Members are encouraged to use their vote at the AGM, either by attending in person or by completing and returning the form of proxy in the Notice of AGM document. Completing and returning the form of proxy will not prevent you from attending and voting at the AGM.

Please remember that the Embassy of Japan’s security policy means that you need to let us know in advance if you are planning to attend by email to or by telephoning 020 7828 6330.

Please also bring with you to the meeting a copy of the notice of AGM and a form of photographic ID.


To view a document please click on the link:

Please email us at or telephone 020 7828 6330 by Monday, 13th June 2011 to confirm your attendance


Ealing Common
29th May 2011
Ealing Park

On Sunday 29th May, Creative Campus will attempt to break a Guinness World
Record to produce the largest painting made by footprints, whilst raising funds
for the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund. The fundraising event will
take place at Ealing Common, in West London, and will run between 10hrs and
India’s inspiring and up and coming artist, Jignesh Patel, will stencil out the
artwork and invite members of the public to come and foot press on the canvas
to create a finished piece of work.

All the monies raised will be donated directly to the Japan Society Tohoku
Earthquake Relief Fund.

Detailed information here


Kyo-Shin-An Arts with the Orchestra of the Swan

28 May 2011

Civic Hall
Rother Street
Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LU

20% discount for Japan Society Members.

Please mention the Society offer when calling the box office (01789 207100) to make your booking.

Leading exponents of traditional Japanese instruments perform with Orchestra of the Swan, shakuhachi Grand Master James Nyoraku Schlefer and Yumi Kurosawa, one of the most exciting young soloists on Japan’s national instrument, the koto, delicacy and virtuosity in harmony

6.30 – 7.00pm What’s the Score?
An opportunity to meet this evening’s composers and soloists and hear the sound world of the koto and shakuhachi

James Nyoraku Schlefer Shakuhachi Concerto**#
Michiyo Miyagi Haru No Umi, The Sea in Spring#
with strings, koto & shakuhachi*
Shu Wang Sinfonietta*
Daron A Hagen Genji, a koto concerto* a Kyo-Shin-An Arts commission

Yumi Kurosawa koto
James Nyoraku Schlefer shakuhachi
David Curtis conductor
Kenneth Woods conductor

9.30pm Conversation club
Join soloist, composer, conductor and players

Nothing defines Orchestra of the Swan better than its
commitment to new repertoire… it is David Curtis’s policy
to commission works that complement classical pieces…
his enthusiasm in presenting them sustains the exercise,
his imaginative programmes have a knack of making
connections which are genuinely stimulating…

The Guardian

…David Curtis and the orchestra are simply great value.
He and the band clearly love every minute… crisp playing and a warm, round, honest sound. It’s just how music should be…

Birmingham Post

The Orient has long held a fascination for the West from the travels of Marco Polo to contemporary cross-cultural references and exchanges. Spring Sounds 2011 explores extraordinary music, from the heat and passion of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Douglas Cuomo’s ecstatic Black Diamond Express Train to Hell to the timeless beauty poise, elegance and calm of music composed for koto and shakuhachi.

Spring Sounds 2011 integrates music from East and West with world premieres, composers, soloists and conductors. ‘What’s the Score?’ takes a look behind the scenes giving insight into the complex and stimulating relationships between composer, soloist, conductor and orchestra, a unique opportunity.

The timeless sound of ancient instruments
The history of the koto, Japan’s national instrument, dates
back to the 16th Century and in Japanese literature the
koto is often used to underline imagery with significant extra
musical connotations.

The Japanese bamboo flute – shakuhachi has captivated
minds and hearts of listeners for centuries. Remarkably simple
in design, it takes years to master, the sound is at once
sensual and spiritual, capable of great emotional depth

We look forward to discovering and sharing great music
with you.

David Curtis – Artistic Director
Kenneth Woods – Principal Guest Conductor

£19.50, £17.50 and £14.50
Standby – £9.50

20% discount for Japan Society Members

Box Office: 01789 207100

Event brochure here.


Saturday, 28th May 2011, 10.00am

Horse Guards Parade
£3 per head

This Event is now Fully Booked

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 11th June 2011. 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 book your place please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 7828 6330 or email: .


Saturday May 28th – 7.30pm
SAGA Pavilion
Sandgate CT20 3SE

In just 3 weeks time The Salvation Army will witness a historic event here in the South East of the UK when the Japan Staff Brass Band make their first ever visit to Europe, and it is our tremendous privilege to host these Salvationist musicians here in Hythe, Kent, for their first weekend of performances.

Following the devastation caused in Japan by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear radiation in March, our support for our friends at this time has become all the more meaningful.

The Saturday evening concert starts at 7.30pm, using the SAGA Pavilion in nearby Sandgate, CT20 3SE. This is a beautiful, modern venue in which they will be supported by a selection of songs and a splash of colour from the Shepway Community Gospel Choir.

This really is an event that does not come along very often, and we want to use this opportunity to raise awareness, and to encourage our brothers and sisters from Japan.

Please pass this info along to those who may be interested, help us to promote this historic occasion, and give them all the encouragement we can.

Tickets for this event are just £8 for adults and £1 for children. The venue has ample and free on-site parking.
To book tickets either email, phone Richard on 01303 268354 or else visit for more detail.


Friday, 27th May 2011 – 12:00 or 12:30

Matsuri St James’s
15 Bury Street
London SW1Y 6AL (Green Park/Piccadilly tube)

The magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 11 has caused huge loss of life, destruction and suffering in the Tohoku region of Japan. The cost of rebuilding homes and lives will be immense, and Matsuri St. James’s would like to appeal to our friends here in the UK to help raise money for the relief effort by supporting two charity lunches where you will be entertained with tasty cuisine and live magic shows at the table. David Bonsall, our magician for the day has kindly agreed to be a part of this charity lunch (for more information about David Bonsall please visit


Your favorite choice of:
Club meat marinated with Japanese rice vinegar
Iberian pork shabu‐shabu salad
Assorted vegetable tempura

Main course
Your favorite choice of:
Free range chicken teriyaki
Assorted seafood
Scottish rib‐eye steak teriyaki
Tofu (bean curd) steak
(Served with white rice and miso soup)

Fireball ice cream

£35.00 per person (drinks not included)

All proceeds will go to the Disaster Response Headquarters of Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures. Many people have had to evacuate from Fukushima due to the nuclear power station, and Miyagi has suffered the worst damage from the tsunami. If you can’t make it to either of the charity lunches, you can still contribute via our donation box, located next to the reception desk at Matsuri St James’s.

Details and reservation form here.


Local professional artists and friends are gathering to present a raising event of music to help people who are affected by the earthquake and tsunami in North East Japan. Please join us for what will be a special and inspiring evening in Ealing’s oldest Church.

Friday 27th May 2011 – 7:30pm
St. Mary’s Perivale
Perivale Lane, Perivale, Middlesex UB6 8SS

Artists include, Thomas Carroll(Cello), Graham Caskie(Piano), Takane Funatsu(Violin), Tom Ellis(Guitar), Jun Sasaki(Cello) and Yoriko Wakabayashi(Piano).

Admission: £10

All proceeds to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal

Due to limited seating, all tickets must be pre-booked.

Enquires and Booking –
07940 801750 Yoriko Caskie


Thursday 26th May 2011 – 9.00pm to 4.00am

77a Charterhouse Street
London EC1M 3HN

On 11th March 2011 the lay of the land was irrevocably altered. Stunned by a series of seismic judders, earthquakes and a harrowingly devastating tsunami, costal parts of North Eastern Japan were thrown into turmoil. Unfortunately it’s not the first time this year that an area of the Pacific has been affected by tectonic activity with New Zealand, itself the epicenter of a massive quake, falling foul of Mother Nature in February. With the demolition and havoc present, citizens have been kept under perpetual threat from aftershocks and further tremors as newscasts and publications fill their pages with sensationalist images that, at their heart, only begin to hint at the damage caused just a few weeks ago.

For two nights this May, we’re presenting Don’t Forget – a duo of events dedicated to maintaining awareness and raising money in aid of these recent disasters in the Pacific. Uniting under these exceptional circumstances, the drum & bass and techno communities have each stepped up to fill the three rooms of our venue with some of the biggest lineups you’re likely to ever expect to see here in Farringdon. All of the artists involved have waived their fee, and we’re excited to host a plethora of names that might not normally fit on our lineups.

On 12th May FABRICLIVE have teamed up with Hospitality and Shogun Audio to present some of the biggest names and superior talent in bass music, running all the way through the alphabet with their choices. Then on the 26th May, fabric is collaborating with Carl Cox’s Safe House Management and Holic to build a lineup comprised of the world’s most highly regarded techno stalwarts with Adam Beyer, John Digweed and more joining Cox to raise money and awareness.

All profits – this includes, every penny, all bar profits; everything – from the event will be donated to the following charities:

Red Cross Disaster Fund
New Zealand Embassy Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
Red Dot Relief
The Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund

Each are doing vital work in offering immediate and sustained relief on the ground as well as making sure that the global community stay aware of the situation in the Pacific.


ROOM ONE: Carl Cox, John Digweed, Christian Varela, Jon Rundell
ROOM TWO: Adam Beyer, Yousef, Speedy J, Alan Fitzpatrick
ROOM THREE: HOLIC… Maya Jane Coles (TBC), Geddes, Enzo Siragusa, Tomoki Tamura

Price: £15

For more information go to


Thursday, 26th May 2011 6.30pm

East India Company
7-8 Conduit Street

FREE, courtesy of the East India Company
but suggested £10 donation on the day to the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund
Booking essential
This event is fully booked

Held at the East India Company’s Flagship store in Mayfair, this tasting will give members an overview of the historic East India Company and a chance to try nine luxurious teas .

Led by the East India Company’s Tea Master Lalith Lenadora and tea experts Jane Pettigrew and Gill Nonta, members will be arranged into three groups at three tasting stations with an expert at each where they will taste nine teas from the collection with tasting notes from the experts. Members will get a chance to try out each of the stations throghout the session.

Lalith Lenadora
Three specialist teas, one rare white tea from Ceylon, a single estate tea and a seasonal tea

Jane Pettigrew
Three green teas

Gill Nontha
Three East India Company teas

After the tea tasting guests will have the opportunity to taste some of the East India Company’s other products and have a chance to do some shopping. The shop offers a wide range of items including Tea, Chocolate, Coffee, Wines, Jams, Mustard and Biscuits, all of which will be available to buy on the day.

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


Thursday 26th May 2011 – 1.00pm


St Barnabas Church
Sea Road

Having been caught up in the devastating earthquake on 11th March in Japan, where they were on tour with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, professional violinists Midori Sugiyama and Bexhillian Toby Tramaseur resolved to help raise money for the disaster relief.

Back ‘home’ for a charity concert at Herstmonceux Castle the next day, they have added Bexhill to the list of towns throughout the country which are hosting concerts for ‘Play for Japan’. This is an initiative to help promote and co-ordinate the contributions made by artists, performers and sports people in response to the earthquake disaster. For more information see:
With grateful thanks to the PCC of St Barnabas Church in Bexhill for the use of this majestic building, Toby and Midori, who is Assistant Leader of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, will be playing a varied selection of violin pieces, including Sarasate’s ‘Navara’ and the duo ‘Caprice Opus 18’ by Wieniawski. Toby is a past pupil of St Richard’s School and has invited present pupil Oliver March to perform too. Ollie, aged 13, is already well known in the town for his charity busking outside Sainsbury’s and his Hastings Musical Festival successes. He will play pieces by Telemann, Donizetti and the old favourite ‘TicoTico Bird in the Corn Meal’ by Abreu. The three violinists will be accompanied by local pianist, Peter Lapham, who will play a Chopin Polonaise and a nostalgic medley of waltzes.

The informal lunchtime concert will start at 1pm and, for those who do not have to juggle a short lunch break from work, there will be coffee and tea available from 12 noon.
Entrance to the concert is free. There will be a retiring collection in aid of The Japan Society: Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund (Charity no. 1063952) for the ongoing work of voluntary and community organisations working in the areas most affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
St. Barnabas Church in Sea Road, Bexhill is a magnificent listed Victorian building designed by the famous architect, Sir Arthur Blomfield, who also designed the Royal College of Music in London, the Royal Courts of Justice in London and Southwark Cathedral. How appropriate it is that BBC players should be performing in this church which hosted the first broadcast of a Bexhill service! In June it will also host some of the Bexhill Festival of Music events, including ‘Phatfish’, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, and ‘Waits and Measures’ singers.

St Barnabas Church, close to the railway station, has full wheelchair access, car parking and disabled toilet facilities.

Link to the Bexhill Observer article here

Event flyer here

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