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In the November 2011 edition our featured article is an interview with recently appointed Director of the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Minister Hiroshi Suzuki. The INSIGHT INTO BEAUTY II exhibition will be at the embassy until early December, and events include a presentation entitled "Zen and the Art of Healthy Eating", PREMIERE JAPAN 2011, and our monthly film show. Events around the country include a study and work exhibition "Experience Japan" in London, and the AJSW 15th Anniverary classical music concert in Bristol.

We also feature reviews of the Visit Japan Campaign reception at the embassy which was attended by celebrity guests such as Jonathan Ross, Japanese paralympic sports reps visit to London and the WorldSkills London 2011 competition, in which Japan won 19 medals!

Spotlight on...

This month we feature an interview with Minister Hiroshi Suzuki, who recently arrived in London to take up his new role of Director of the Japan Information and Cultural Centre.


"London is my sixth posting, after Boston, Washington DC, Rome, Tehran and Seoul. In the UK I look forward to meeting and working with as many people as possible who are involved in Japan-UK relations in order to enhance our ties and raise the profile of Japan here" ...more

JET Programme online applications now available!
Please note that the deadline for applications is Friday 25 November 6:00pm GMT.

INSIGHT INTO BEAUTY II: Contemporary Craft Inspired by Japan
17 October - 2 December
The Embassy of Japan

Zen and the Art of Healthy Eating

10 November, The Embassy of Japan
Although Japanese dishes such as sushi and tempura are popular in the UK, little is known about shojin cuisine ...more

Films at the Embassy of Japan: Zen
17 November, The Embassy of Japan
Kabuki actor Kantaro Nakamura gives a commanding performance as Zen monk Dogen ...more


25 - 27 November, Barbican
Now in its seventh successive year PREMIERE JAPAN brings you six of the latest films from Japan ...more

Experience Japan Exhibition
25 November, The Royal Society
Event to introduce various study and work opportunities available in Japan to a UK audience ...more

British celebrities back Japan as top tourist destination
Jonathan Ross spoke at the event of his great love of Japan, saying that if he was to live anywhere but London, it would definitely be Tokyo ...more

Japanese sports reps visit London ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games
Representatives of the Japan Paralympic Committee conducted a site inspection of the Games' competition and training venues ...more

Strong performance from Japanese contestants WorldSkills London 2011
19 medals (11 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze) were won by young Japanese participants at WorldSkills London 2011 last month ...more

AJSW invites Japanese musicians to perform for 15th anniversary concert
10 November, St George's Bristol
A programme of classical compositions organised by 12 musicians ...more

JAPAN-UK Events Calendar
Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for details of other upcoming events and check out the latest photos on our Flickr page.

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