After a busy month of Japan-related cultural activities, there will be no let-up in November. In fact, in this month above all others, people in Japan turn their attention to culture. On the 3rd, they celebrate Culture Day, and this is the month when the Emperor presents Order of Culture Awards to a selection of worthy citizens.

The exhibition at the Embassy, Collacqueration: Designed in the UK - Lacquered in Japan, continues throughout November. On the 3rd, the Embassy will host a special event, including a Private View of the exhibition. We are delighted to be able to offer webmagazine subscribers a chance to attend. Find out how to apply below.

For some of you, particularly those with young children, Hallowe'en may be fresh in your minds. To help maintain the spooky atmosphere, why not visit the exhibition Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Ukiyo-e prints from the Ashmolean? It runs until the end of February 2011.

The works of two Japanese artists form part of Liverpool Biennial 2010: Touched. Sachiko Abe's haunting work with paper is featured at A Gallery, while Meiro Koizumi presents his narrative My Voice Would Reach You at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT). Also taking place this month, a series of lectures on the aesthetics of colours in Buddhism in Japan to mark the 130th anniversary of Nara Heiji Kyo Capital will take place in London and Norwich.

As for cultural exchange in the other direction, the London Symphony Orchestra will embark on a tour of Japan from 23rd November to 1st December. The LSO has been a regular visitor to Japan, with the forthcoming tour being its 21st since the first one in 1963. As he makes clear in his interview, LSO Chairman and Sub-Leader Lennox Mackenzie can't wait!

Also in Japan, Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne recently met some of the young Britons currently taking part in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme in Osaka. The enthusiasm of the participant reporting on the meeting is infectious. For many years the programme has made a tremendous contribution to mutual understanding between young people from our two countries, and it is therefore gratifying to note that the number of British participants this year was approximately 50 per cent more than that for last year.

Highlights from October include the 7th Visit Japan Promotion Committee Meeting and the Visit Japan Campaign Reception, hosted by the Embassy.The campaign was launched in 2003 with the aim of dramatically increasing the number of overseas visitors to Japan.

The sport of fencing took centre stage on 22 October, with an exhibition match at the Lansdowne Club in London's West End between the British and the Japanese Foil Teams. As well as being the venue for a truly enthralling sporting spectacle, the Lansdowne Club is where the historic Anglo-Japanese Alliance was signed in 1902.

Finally, on 11 October, Mr Ken Okaniwa, Director, Japan Information & Cultural Centre, visited the Whitgift School in Croydon to unveil the extension of the schoolfs delightful Japanese Garden.

'COLLACQUERATION: Designed in the UK - Lacquered in Japan' Private View

3 November 2010, 6.30pm
The Embassy of Japan

Webmagazine readers are invited to attend an evening on Wednesday 3 November at the Embassy of Japan celebrating COLLACQUERATION: Designed in the UK - Lacquered in Japan...more

The Colours in Buddhism in the Nara Period (710-794 AD)
Celebrating the 1300th Anniversary of Nara Heijo Kyo Capital in Japan

15 - 18 November 2010
Various locations

2010 marks 1300 years since the establishment of Japan's first fully-fledged capital city. We are delighted to celebrate the 1300th anniversary of Nara Heijo Kyo Capital for the first time in the U.K...more

Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Ukiyo-e prints from the Ashmolean

29 September 2010 - 27 February 2011
The Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH

A colourful glimpse of the world of Japanese ghosts, demons and monsters is on display in the Eastern Art Paintings and Prints Gallery at the Ashmolean Museum until 27 February 2011...more

Liverpool Biennial 2010: Touched
Sachiko Abe at A Foundation and Meiro Koizumi at FACT.

Until November 28th

Two Japanese artists; Sachiko Abe and Meiro Koizumi, have been selected to present work of part of the 2010 Liverpool Biennial which runs from September 17th to November 28th...more

PREMIERE JAPAN 2010 - New Japanese Cinema at BAFTA - 10/11 Dec 2010

This year, the Embassy of Japan in cooperation with the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Japan Foundation, hosts a two-day festival of new Japanese cinema at BAFTA on 10 & 11 December 2010. Full programme and details of how to book available soon on the Embassy of Japanfs website:!

SPOTLIGHT ON: Minister Oka

Mr Hiroshi Oka is the Economics Minister of the Japanese Embassy in the UK. In order to support the hosting of the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) and the 5th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (COP-MOP5) in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, he returned to Japan temporarily in mid- September...more

London Symphony Orchestrafs Tour of Japan 2010
Including an Interview with Chairman and Sub-Leader of the LSO, Mr Lennox Mackenzie

From 23 November to 1 December 2010, The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will embark upon their first tour of Japan since 2008. The tour will see them visit Tokyo as well as Osaka, Saitama, Niigata and Nagano...more

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
JET participants meet Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne in Osaka

Read current Osaka JET Kate Smith's account of her time on the JET Programme and meeting Jeremy Browne MP...more

Embassy hosts 7th Visit Japan Campaign Promotion Committee Meeting and Visit Japan Campaign Reception

On the afternoon of 7 October 2010, Ambassador Ebihara chaired the 7th Visit Japan Campaign Promotion Committee Meeting...more

Whitgift School Showcases New Japanese Garden

To celebrate the extension of their Japanese Garden, Whitgift School invited Mr. Okaniwa, Director, Japan Information and Cultural Centre, to unveil the picturesque new addition...more

The Sound of Blades Clashing
The Japanese and British Fencing Teams Practice Together Ahead of London 2012

'The Lansdowne International Challenge' is an annual event in which a national fencing team is invited to take part in an exhibition match with the British Foil Team. This year it was the Club's pleasure to invite the current Japanese National Foil Team....more


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