August in Japan is a time for families to come together to honour their ancestors during the Bon festival. Celebrated in Japan for over 500 years, the festival includes the famous Bon Odori, or Bon dancing, which varies from region to region. Another common sight in August are fireworks festivals. People often dress in yukata for the spectacular displays. The biggest festival attracts nearly 1 million people every year.

In the UK this August you can find a touch of tranquility here at the Embassy as our award-winning architecture exhibition makes way for a Japanese garden exhibition, 'Visions of Paradise'. Discover more about the history and development of Japanese gardens and find out about notable gardens right here in the UK.

Also featured this month is the recently introduced exchange programme between The Royal Academy Schools in London and Tokyo University of the Arts. Find out about young Japanese Artist Yu Kadota's experience in his interview with Programme coordinator, Liam O'Brien.

In the first of our features on the UK's regional Japan Societies, we hear from The Japan Society Northern Ireland about its history, activities and plans for the future.

July was a busy month here at the Embassy. Highlights include the 14th Summer Reunion for Peace and Friendship and the 2010 Farewell Reception for this years outgoing JETs which also celebrated the 20th anniversary of The JET Alumni Association.

Also in July, the Japanese National Hockey Team visited the UK to take part in a 4 Nations tournament in Nottingham. With Great Britain, Germany and New Zealand also taking part, Japan were sure to face tough opposition! Find out how they did and read an interview with the Team's assistant coach, Akira Takahashi. Also in the sporting world, the 2010 National Karate Championships took place in Crawley. Read on to discover who this year's winners were.

Finally, William Hague made his first official visit to Japan since becoming Foreign Secretary in May. More details can be found below.

Visions of Paradise - The Japanese Garden in the UK

12 August - 27 September
The Embassy of Japan

The popularity of the Japanese garden started during the late 1800s as British diplomats and business people went to Japan following the Meiji restoration...more

For news of more events taking place in the UK visit the Japan-UK Events Calendar.

British Foreign Secretary, Mr. William Hague's visit to Japan

15 - 16 July 2010

British Foreign Secretary, Mr. William Hague visited Japan on 15th and 16th July. Mr. Hague met with Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, Economic and Industry Minister Masayuki Naoshima and Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa...more

The Royal Academy Schools and Tokyo University of Arts Exchange Programme
Including an interview with young artist Yu Kadota

The Royal Academy Schools, which is located in Burlington Gardens, to the rear of the Royal Academy, famous for its annual Summer Exhibition and other major exhibitions, was established in the 18th century as the first art school to provide professional training for artists in Britain...more

Japanese National Men's Hockey Team in Nottingham
Including an interview with Assistant Coach, Akira Takahashi

Hockey has been played in Japan for over 100 years. It was introduced to students at Keio University in Tokyo in 1906 by Professor William T Gray, an Irish Priest, when he joined the University's staff...more

2010 National Karate Championships of the Japan Karate Association England

3 July 2010
K2 Sports Centre, Crawley

"Karate is like hot water- you must keep heat under it to keep it boiling". These words are of Gichin Funakoshi, the man who is credited with inventing modern karate...more


Focus On: Northern Ireland

In the first of our features about the UK's regional Japan Societies, discover more about the Japan Society Northern Ireland, their activities and plans for the future...more

Embassy hosts 14th Summer Reunion for Peace and Friendship

22 July 2010

On the evening of 22 July 2010, Ambassador Ebihara hosted the Fourteenth Summer Reunion for Peace and Friendship...more

The JET Programme and JETAA go from Strength to Strength!

The Embassy of Japan
2 July 2010

The 2010 Farewell Reception for UK JET Programme participants departing to Japan this summer took place on the evening of 2nd July at the Embassy of Japan...more

Assistant to the Political Section

The Political Section, The Embassy of Japan, is currently taking applications for the position of Assistant to diplomats in the section. Click here for more details



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