- Sir Edwin Arnold, 1832-1904: A Year in Japan, 1889-90
- Carmen Blacker: Impressions of a Japanese University
- John Corner, 1906-96: Controversial Biologist and Friend of the Shōwa Emperor
- Christmas Humphreys, 1901-83 and Japan
- Yoshio Markino, 1869-1956
- Minakata Kumagusu, 1867-1941: A Genius now Recognized
- Laurence Oliphant and Japan, 1858-88
- Osaragi Jirō meets Carmen Blacker
- Two Piggotts: Sir Francis Taylor Piggott (1852-1925) and Major General F.S.G. Piggott (1883- 1966)
- Marie Stopes (1907-1958) and Japan
Sir Edwin Arnold's (1832-1904) time in Japan can be described as nothing less than a love-affair. This portrait considers the impact of Japan upon his writing and poetic career, as well as the impact Arnold had on the understanding of Japan in Britain as he sought to promote and explain Japanese culture.
Carmen Blacker visited Japan in 1952 on a post-graduate studentship granted by HM Treasury, to study the 19th century scholar Yukichi Fukuzawa. While there she was invited to summer with the novelist Jiro Osaragi, during which time she began her work on Japanese religion and spent a week at the famous temple of Engakuji at Kamakura.
John Corner is offten described as a colourful and controversial biologist, and this portrait considers his career and contributions to botany.
This portrait charts the dual interaction of Christmas Humphreys (1901-83) with Japan as a junior at the Military Tribunal for the Far East and as a devotee of Buddhism.
Yoshio Markino (1869-1956), artist, philosopher, writer and anglophile, lived in London for most of his life.
This essay considers the remarkable scholarly career of the brilliant but eccentric polymath Minakata Kumagusu (1867-1941), an expert in natural history, folklore and classicism, as well as an assessment of the significance of his time in London to his work.
Before his unfortunate infatuation with conman Thomas Lake Harris, Laurence Oliphant (1858-88) made two visits to Japan, each time leaving a fascinating account of his adventures. This essay details those colourful adventures, both personal and diplomatic.
Carmen Blacker's recollection of writer Osaragi Jirō.
In this chapter, the lives of Sir Francis Taylor Piggott (1852-1925) and his son F.S.G. Piggott (1883-1966) are detailed in their relation to Japan and involvement with the Japan Society of London. Sir Francis was one of the founders of the Society, and his son was the guiding energy behind its post-war revival.
Marie Stopes (1907-1958) is most widely known as the pioneer of birth control and sex education for women in Britain. This chapter details her often forgotten early years in Japan, including her published works on Japanese theatre and her love affair with a professor at Tokyo University, as well as her employment as the first female Western scientist to work at Tokyo University.