Art & Design

A Tale of Two Japans: 10 Years to Pearl Harbor, Audrey Sansbury Talks

22 June 2010, London

Born in Japan in 1936, Audrey Sansbury Talks spent the first five years of her life in Tokyo with her family. There her father taught at a theological college and became chaplain to the British Embassy.

Audrey will talk about the experience of an English family living in Japan during the ten years from the Japan’s invasion of Manchuria to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. While studying  the wealth of material held by her family – memories, letters, reports and diaries – Audrey has built up a picture of Japan at a time of great change,  and of the varied experiences of westerners living in Japan at that time.

Audrey Sansbury Talks returned to the UK after four years in Canada during WW2. She attended Cheltenham Ladies’ College, St Andrew’s University, and later took a postgraduate degree at Warwick University. She taught English part-time at Rugby School and now lives in Norwich.


Audrey Sansbury Talks’s book ‘A Tale of Two Japans: 10 Years to Pearl Harbor’ is published by Book Guild Publishing on 27th May, price £8.99. To reserve your place, please contact the Japan Society office: or 020 7828 6330.

22nd June 2010, 6.45pm

The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, Marylebone,
London W1C 1ES

The event is free but booking is essential. To reserve a seat, please contact giving your name and those of any guests.

Tel: 020 7828 6330.

The Japan Foundation