Monday 12th September 2011   7.00pm

5th View
Waterstone’s Piccadilly
203-206 Piccadilly
London W1J 9LE

Free for Japan Society members

Please email the office if you plan to attend

The book for discussion at this meeting is ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’ by Keigo Higashino. The book club itself is conducted in English but members can choose the language in which they read the book.

‘The Devotion of Suspect X’, a bestseller in Japan, begins gently, telling the story of intelligent mathematics teacher Ishigami, and his neighbor Yasuko, a struggling single mother. When Yasuko kills her abusive ex-husband in order to protect her teenage daughter, Ishigami helps her to hide the body and come up with a convincing cover-story. However, at this point the story is just beginning, as the plot follows the subsequent investigation. As well as being a clever psychological thriller, it is also a rather unusual love story.

Keigo Higashino is a renowned crime novelist in Japan, having won a series of awards for previous books, as well as for this one. Higashino was born in Osaka in 1958, and originally started writing while he worked as an engineer. After winning his first award at the age of twenty-seven (the Edogawa Rampo award, for his novel Hokago, or ‘After School’), he left to focus on writing. As well as mystery and crime novels, he also writes essays and story books for children.

The book club is held on the second Monday 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.

Please email the office if you plan to attend.


Thursday 8th September 2011,
5pm to 6pm – Trade Only
6pm – 8pm – Trade and General Public

the Embassy of Japan,
101 Piccadilly,


Eight of the top award winning sake makers from 468 entries to the IWC sake competition 2011 are coming over from Japan and showing their winning sakes and their household name sakes, despite the difficulty of post-earthquake economic slowdown and severe trade restrictions.

The Embassy of Japan is providing a special range of sake from Tohoku area to support the Kuramotos and people who encountered the disaster.

We are sorry, but this event is now fully booked.

The Sake Samurai Association


Following the recent exhibition of postcards to and from Japan, we would like to draw your attention to a new 60 page catalogue entitled “Postcards from Japan – Message from Tohoku artists”. The catalogue is available for £7 and any profit generated from sales will go towards supporting artists in Tohoku working on recovery projects in the regions devastated by the disaster of the 11.03.2011 earthquake.


Tuesday,6th September 2011, 6.30pm
and every first Tuesday of the month

The Old Explorer (Lower Ground Floor)
23 Great Castle Street
Oxford Circus
London, W1G 0HY

Standard Admission £5.50,
£1 Discount for: JS Members/Students/Regulars

The Japanese Conversation Group provides a friendly and informal atmosphere for Japanese speakers of all nationalities to come together and speak Japanese. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at The Old Explorer, a central London pub. They begin at 6.30pm with a pay-as-you-go bar, and finish around 10.30pm.

You will receive all discounts for which you qualify. The Regular Attendee Discount will apply if you attended at least 50% of meetings during the previous calendar year, or once you attend six meetings in the current year.

Please visit the Japanese Conversation Group website for further details on their programme, which may be subject to change.


Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly

Admission free, Open 09.30 – 17.30,  Monday – Friday
(Closed Weekends)

Visitors are requested to provide a form of photographic identification when entering the Embassy

Schools throughout the UK responded quickly and generously to news of The Great East Japan Earthquake, which struck on the 11th March 2011. They delivered thousands of messages of support, organised fundraising events and sought ways to find and share information. While some had no previous connection with Japan, others have been working for many years with Japanese partners to create an educational community which crosses physical and linguistic boundaries.

Beyond Words – Beyond Borders celebrates the activities of school students in response to this disaster. It demonstrates their imagination and creativity as they reach out in many different ways. The exhibition also features some of the ongoing work by schools in creating partnerships and developing friendships on the other side of the world.

The Japan Society’s schools education programme provides educational resources, school visits, grants and workshop based training, as well as school links, partner-finding services and other forms of assistance. It directly supports over 100 British school links with Japan through various means, including translation services for teachers and a bilingual website for students, Japan-UK live! Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, it has forwarded letters from British schools to over 300 schools in Tohoku: all were first translated by Japan Society members and volunteers on the Japan in Your Classrom programme.

The Earthquake Letter Project is an effort by the Japan Society and its membership to educate and involve children in relief effort projects such as the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund, which was formed to provide long-term support to NPO’s and voluntary organisations in the affected areas on locally agreed projects which contribute to the rebuilding of affected communities.

Click here for a link to a NHK news item on the Beyond Words – Beyond Borders Exhibition.


Saturday, 3rd September 2011   10:00am – 16:00pm

Large Meeting Room
Nippon Club
2nd floor
Samuel House
6 St. Albans Street
London SW1Y 4SQ

£30.00  including  lunch and materials

Booking Deadline  26th August 2011

This is your opportunity to try for yourself a selection of Japanese cultural traditions!
The Japan Society is delighted to welcome Mrs Taeko Fujii from Kyoto, to lead a special Japanese Cultural Experience Day. Mrs Fujii is a tea ceremony and ikebana instructor, belonging to the Urasenke International Association and the Ikenobo school. She teaches aspects of Japanese culture at Wakayama University and other institutions and, as an instructor for WAK Japan Co., she coordinates programmes enabling foreign travellers to experience Japanese cultural traditions.

Provisional Programme
10:30 ~ 12:00    Ikebana Workshop: become an artist with flowers!
12:00 ~ 13:00    Lunch (Japanese obento)
13:00 ~ 14:00    Japanese Bookbinding Workshop
14:00 ~ 15:30    Tea Ceremony – a practical workshop

In tandem with the practical workshop experience, Taeko Fujii will explain aspects of Japanese culture which underpin these traditions.

Ikebana Workshop
Ikebana is very different from the Western art of flower arranging. The tools it requires are flowers, a container and your own ability to create form. This lesson will give you an introduction to the basics of ikebana.

Japanese Bookbinding
Traditionally, Japanese books are not bound using glue, but are stitched. Can you tell where the binding thread begins and ends? How do you hide joins in the thread? Unfamiliar even to many Japanese people, here is your chance to learn the techniques of watojibon.

Tea Ceremony
Tea ceremony is frequently spoken of as a ‘complete art’. In just a moment, cha no yu helps you to escape from the cares of everyday life. The flavour of the tea depends on how it is made. This introductory session will give you the chance to make tea and to appreciate its flavours.

The event is open to beginners as well as those with prior experience. Japanese nationals are also welcome. Numbers are strictly limited, so please hurry to reserve your place. When booking, please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements

To book, please call the Japan Society office on 020 7828 6330,email or submit the online booking form


Bring an international dimension to your classroom with a living, breathing resource!

Teachers and students in Japan and the UK are invited to participate in our brand new programme starting in September 2011. Register online at Click here to find  out more!

The Open Classrooms are a series of talk boards where students in Japan and the UK can send messages linked to different subjects on the curriculum. There are mirror Japanese and English pages where all messages are translated so students can communicate without any language barrier. They are suitable from KS2 and ideal for topic-based learning, or as a guided programme for clubs and other extra-curricular groups. This resource is provided free of charge to participating schools.

Flyer (pdf)

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