On 14 June, the Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with English Heritage, hosted an event related to the exhibition “Circles of Stone: Stonehenge and Prehistoric Japan” currently being held at Stonehenge.
Mr MATSUURA Hiroshi, Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan, praised English Heritage's work, saying that the exhibition at Stonehenge introduced visitors to the ancient links between Japan and England as well as to Japanese Jomon culture. Ms Kate Mavor, CEO of English Heritage, described the similarities between Stonehenge and Jomon culture as fascinating, adding that the exhibition provided an insight into the common activities of far-flung peoples across thousands of years of history.
Ms Anna Eavis, English Heritage Curatorial Director, then gave a presentation on historical sites around England and the activities of English Heritage. After that Professor Simon Kaner, Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, offered a lecture on the Jomon Prehistoric Sites in Northern Japan
including stone circles in Japan. Over 100 guests listened attentively to what the speakers had to say.
The Jomon exhibition at Stonehenge is on view until 3 September. For more information, please visit the English Heritage website