The Japan Society

Access to Experts

The list 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.

Inclusion on this list does not imply recommendation by the Japan Society.

Life in Japan Experts


PERRIN, Suzanne

Art, History, Culture

Type of activity: lecture, performance, project leader
Available to travel: anywhere
Age range: 12+
number of participants: any

email: info@japaninterlink.com / perrinsuzanne47@gmail.com
tel: 0208 579 9404
website: www.japaninterlink.com

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WALFORD, Reiko

Japanese Language & Culture, Origami

Type of activity: demonstration, performance, workshop, project leader
Available to travel: anywhere (Based in Wales)
Age range: 8 +
Number of participants: any

email: reikowalford@hotmail.com
tel: 01490 450 313 / 07766 711 946


SOLLOWAY, Akemi

Japanese Culture

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

email: akemi@akemisolloway.com
tel: 07966 250 852
website: www.akemisolloway.com

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HOARE, Jeremy

Travel Photographer, Lectures on Japan

Type of activity: lecture
Available to travel: anywhere
Age range: 14+
Number of participants: any

email: jeremyhoare@hotmail.com
tel: 020 7722 2065
website: www.jeremyhoare.comwww.throughtheviewfinder.tv

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CHAKMAKJIAN, Pauline

Kyoto Lifestyle and Culture, Freemasonry in Japan

Type of activity: lecture
Available to travel: anywhere
Age range: 16+
number of participants: any

email: spyglass8@aol.com
website: www.thejapanroom.org.uk

Pauline Chakmakjian is an independent lecturer on a variety of subjects related to the history, fine arts and culture of Japan. She lectures for private member societies, corporate entertainment, private homes, universities, cruises, charities and other related organizations including lecture tours in Australia and New Zealand.

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Ganbare Japan

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

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

email: kiyoko.naish@virgin.net
website: http://ganbarejapanuk.blogspot.com/
facebook:  www.facebook.com/GanbareJapanUK

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.


SYMONS, Mary

Ikebana, Modern day Japan, Life within the Home, Tea Ceremony, Costumes Traditions and Festivals

Type of activity: lecture, demonstration, workshop, public speaker, entertainer
Available to travel: anywhere
Age range: 18+
Number of participants: any

email: mary@kyotodesigns.co.uk
tel: 01202 871 561
website: www.kyotodesigns.co.uk

Mary Symons received her training in Japan and the UK, combining these skills now as as a qualified teacher (Sensei), event speaker and cruise line presenter covering a wide range of topics on Asian lifestyle.

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