Category: General Meeting and Programs

March General Meeting: ‘Cherry’ Ingram—The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms by Naoko Abe

Date: March 15, Wednesday Time: 20:00 to 21:30 (JST)
Format:  Virtual. Fee: Free
Naoko Abe will talk about Collingwood ‘Cherry’ Ingram (1880-1981), the Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms. Ingram, an eccentric Edwardian gentleman, fell in love with Japanese cherry blossoms at the beginning of the 20th century and went to Japan three times to bring back cuttings of different species and varieties of ornamental cherry trees. By the 1940s, he had created the world’s largest cherry tree collection in his garden in Benenden, Kent. 

Print Show Kick-off General Meeting – Talk by Noriko Yanagisawa “Addressing Social Issues through Art”

Date: October 12, Wednesday Time: 10:00 to 12:00 (Doors open at 10:00, Meeting begins at 10:15) Zoom streaming time 10:15-11:15
Venue: Daikanyama Hillside Terrace Hillside Banquet
Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to hear a dynamic artist talk about her life and art! Her energy is boundless and her passion contagious.
Professor Yanagisawa Noriko believes that her works should reflect the times she lives in, and she expresses herself fearlessly and with conviction. When did she first take an active interest in social issues and begin expressing her concerns through her art? In her talk, she will trace her career spanning over half a century by revisiting her works.

September General Meeting – The Samurai – Myth and Reality by Sven Saaler

Guest Speaker: Sven Saaler
September 14, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00, Online via Zoom
Most people today think of samurai as loyal and honorable defenders of the social order in medieval and early modern Japan. However, as Professor Sven Saaler will explain, that is not an accurate portrayal of the samurai but an image created by later generations to suit the particular social and political objectives of their times. After some remarks about the factors shaping historical perceptions, Professor Saaler will examine how imagery of the samurai has evolved over time.

June General Meeting – How Can Businesses Operate Responsibly in Myanmar?

Guest Speaker: Vicky Bowman
June 8, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00, Online via Zoom
As Director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) since 2013, and with 15 years of living and working in Myanmar, including as British Ambassador, Vicky Bowman has been a sounding board for companies who are wondering whether to stay or go, and how to do either responsibly, and consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

April General Meeting – Affinity – a sculptor’s view with Kate Thomson

April 13, 2022 10:00 to 12:00, Online via Zoom
Reservations:  by noon April 11 2022
Outside Tokyo’s Otemachi Financial City complex 5 marble play sculptures undulate along the pavement, their natural lustre and elegant curves offering an oasis for relaxed conversation amidst the business high rises. Titled “Keys of Affinity,” the group of sculptures is one of countless installations created by Scottish artist Kate Thomson, which grace the public spaces of prestigious institutions, hotels, residences, corporate buildings and city streets throughout Japan.