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.

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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SYMONS, Mary

Tea Ceremony, Ikebana, Modern day Japan, Life within the Home, 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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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.