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.

Tea Ceremony & Food Experts


Urasenke Foundation

Chado – The Way of Tea (Tea Ceremony)

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

email: ukchado@gmail.com
tel: 0208 853 2595
website: www.urasenke.co.uk


KIMURA Chizuko

Tea Ceremony (Urasenke School), Kimono Maker

Type of activity: performance, demonstration
Available to travel: anywhere
Age range: 14+
Number of participants: any

email: chizuko.kimura@hotmail.com
website: www.chizukokimura.com


WENDES, Daniel

Sushi Making

Type of activity: workshop, catering for functions
Available to travel: anywhere (Based in Hampshire)
Age range: 8+
Number of participants: 10-50

email: dwendes@hotmail.com
tel: 07472 413164


SANO Makiko

Cooking

Type of activity: lecture, demonstration, performance, workshop, project leader
Available to travel: London and within the M25
Age range: 3+
Number of participants: any

email: info@suzuonline.co.uk
tel: 0208 741 1101
website: www.makikosano.co.uk

Makiko Sano grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where she was immersed in cooking from a young age. Her cooking inspiration comes from the females in her family; her mother, grandmother, and her aunts. Their bustling Japanese kitchen and food style was all about preparing a meal from scratch. 

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TAKAHASHI Sumie
Tea Ceremony, Ikebana

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

To contact Sumie Takahashi, please write to her care of Japan Society. We will forward correspondence to her.


UCHIDA Keiko

Tea Ceremony

Type of activity: lecture, demonstration, workshop
Available to travel: Based in West London - please contact for other locations 
Age range: 8+
Number of participants: any

email: info@keikouchida.com
tel: 07977 916 010
website: www.keikouchida.com

Keiko was born in Tokyo, Japan, and has lived in London since 2002. She has been practicing the Japanese tea ceremony for over 25 years. Her mother is a Kimono specialist and her late father developed traditional tea rooms for his clients. She started practicing the tea ceremony as a way of understanding traditional Japanese culture. Since then, studying and practicing the tea ceremony has become a major part of her life’s work, and her mission is to introduce the art of tea to global audiences.

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Ganbare Japan

Tea Ceremony, Food, Origami, Calligraphy, Soroban, 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

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.