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The arrival of sakura - cherry blossoms - in Japan signals the start of spring. The weather bureau announces a 'blossom forecast' each year, which people keep a close eye on to find out when the best time for Hanami - flower viewing - will be. People will gather in great numbers in parks and wherever cherry trees can be found to eat and drink with friends and family under the sakura, celebrating the beginning of spring.

There is also much to celebrate here in the UK this spring with the Embassy hosting a lecture with visionary director Amon Miyamoto ahead of his production 'Fantasticks' in May. The Embassy's hugely popular 'Films at the Embassy' events are back, beginning with a screening of 'Hachiko', the film that inspired the 2009 Hollywood movie drama, eHachi: A Dogfs Storyf, starring Richard Gere. Also, the oldest museum in the UK, The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is holding a Japan month, with a number of Japan-related events taking place throughout April, there is sure to be something for everyone.

We are also celebrating Japanese Game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the ever popular Mario, being awarded the BAFTA Academy Fellowship as well as the career of The Royal Ballet's Guest Principal Miyako Yoshida, who has announced her final performances with the Royal Ballet.

In April, we will bid farewell to the 2010 MEXT Postgraduate Scholars and wish them all the best for their studies in Japan.

My Journey from Tea House to Global Stage

15 April 2010
The Embassy of Japan


Films at the Embassy

Booking being taken now

Enamelled porcelain figures of a stag and doe, Arita, around 1680

Japan Month at The Ashmolean

Throughout April
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Visit the new Japan-UK
Events Calendar

Shigeru Miyamoto accepts the Academy Fellowship (BAFTA/Steve Butler)

Shigeru Miyamoto Awarded BAFTA Academy Fellowship

Miyamoto's career began in 1977, when he was hired by a family friend - Hiroshi Yamauchi, then president of Nintendo - as a staff artist...more


Miyako Yoshida in The Nutcracker

Miyako Yoshida Announces her Final Performances for The Royal Ballet

After 25 years of dancing with The Royal Ballet companies, Guest Principle Miyako Yoshida has announced her retirement...more


2010 MEXT Scholars Depart

In April, we will bid farewell to the 2010 MEXT Scholars. 13 Scholars will be leaving to undertake further study or research in Japanese universities this year. We wish them all the best in their studies.
Yusan-bako Picnic Boxes Matsuri-zushi - festival sushi
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the European Union are pleased to launch the Japan-EU English Haiku Contest, as an opportunity to share haiku related to the theme of 'Japan and Europe'
Japan-EU English Haiku Contest (Guidelines for Submission)

Japan-EU Haiku Contest in English Entry Form (For non-Japanese haikuist)

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