The Japan Society
Grants Past Recipients

Small Grants 2020

In 2020, the Japan Society Grants scheme gave £11,456 of funding in support of 15 projects taking place all over the UK. Before the Covid-19 pandemic put our lives on hold and forced many projects to be postponed, in February at the Kaetsu Educational & Cultural Centre the 18th Japan Day in Cambridge took place with a line up of cultural activities and performances, while students at King Edward VI Community College in Devon held a successful exhibition on Contemporary Japanese Art and Culture, with workshops to follow later.

The Small Grants Scheme focuses its support on education and community projects, and 2020 was no exception. In Torfaen in Wales, Mamiko Markham began introducing students at local primary and secondary schools to Japanese silk painting, and we are looking forward to seeing the painted fabric turned into a special handmade kimono as a result. A Japanese Peace Garden has been built in Coventry, the final part of a long-term project involving primary schools in the city as they learn about the important links between Coventry and Hiroshima.

While a number of projects are still on hold, other organisers were able to adapt their plans to create online content and virtual events. Theatre maker and puppeteer, Aya Nakamura, held online workshops and talks based around her recently filmed paper theatre piece The Spider’s Thread; Edinburgh City Art Centre’s series of workshops and lectures planned to coincide with the exhibition E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas were moved online to great success, enabling audiences from far and wide to join; and Bristol Museum and Gallery have been hard at work creating online content and educational resources to enhance learning about the museum’s collection of Netsuke.

In the last decade, we are proud to have supported 342 projects with over £200,000 of funding and look forward to receiving applications from organisers of new and exciting projects.

E. A. Hornel From Camera to Canvas Exhibition Events Programme

E. A. Hornel From Camera to Canvas Exhibition Events Programme

A series of online workshops and talks to coincide with the exhibition 'E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas' at the Edinburgh City Art Centre.

The Spider’s Thread

The Spider’s Thread

A filmed paper theatre piece complimented by online workshops and a talk, based on a short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, created by Puppeteer and Theatre Maker, Aya Nakamura.

Japan Day 2020

Japan Day 2020

The 18th Japan Day in Cambridge took place in February with 600+ visitors enjoying a wide range of cultural activities.