The Japan Society

Access to Experts

Access to Experts is designed as a tool to help those organising Japan-related events. Experts are professionals who charge a fee to lead workshops and can tailor their workshop or presentation to different audiences. They may be able to visit schools and deal with larger numbers of students per day than JIYC volunteers and can be engaged to spend successive days at your school.

Please note that inclusion on this list does not imply recommendation by the Japan Society.

Calligraphy & Sumi-e Experts


Japanese Painting, Calligraphy, Arts, Crafts, Origami

Type of activity: lecture, demonstration, performance, workshop leader, project leader
Available to travel: International
Age range: 3+
Number of participants: Workshops for 1-10 participants; Lectures or demonstrations for 10 – 50 participants; Performance for 50+


Misako Okuyama’s MA and PhD research relates to art projects in community settings. She has experience running workshops for those with special needs and vulnerable groups. Example events carried out at schools include: book week, Clapham Festival, Japanese art, bag making, mask making, origami workshop at Morley College. Misako also did calligraphy work for ‘NEIGE’ opera at Luxembourg Theatre.

Ganbare Japan

Calligraphy, Food, Origami, Soroban, Tea Ceremony,  Samurai and Geisha

Type of activity: lecture, demonstration, workshop leader, project leader
Available to travel: anywhere within 1.5 hour journey from Nottingham including East Midlands, West Midlands and South Yorkshire.
Age range: Any 
Number of participants: Any


Ganbare Japan are a Nottingham based charity who promote Japanese language and culture. At the same time, helping UK schools link up with primary, junior and high schools in Tohoku area, North East Japan to exchange letters and messages between children. Ganbare Japan also organise a teamwork building workshop with activities such as Japanese taiko drumming, sushi making and calligraphy activities.

CILMI, Monika

Japanese Brushwork and Origami

Type of activity: workshops, commissions
Available to travel: London and Suffolk
Age range: Any
Number of participants: Up to 15


Monika Cilmi was born in Italy and has studied art ever since. After graduating from the “Accademia di Belle Arti” she took a MA in Painting restoration and then a PG in Japanese and Korean art in London. Monika has now completed a Research degree in Fine Art with a project on Zen brushwork and works as a freelance artist and tutor.

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Traditional Painting - Sumi-e, Nihonga

Type of activity: lecture, demonstration, performance, workshop
Available to travel: Cambridge
Age range: 8+
Number of participants: 10+


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LAVERY, Pauline

Sumi-e, Papermaking, Origami

Type of activity: demonstration, workshop
Available to travel: Scotland
Age range: any
Number of participants: any


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Calligraphy, Arts, Craft, Origami

Type of activity: lecture, demonstration
Available to travel: anywhere
Age range: any
Number of participants: any

tel: 020 7723 2029 / 0778 097 2350

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