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- Arthur Hesketh Groom (1846-1918): Emblematic Edwardian, Complusive Clubman, Accidental Ancestor
- Britain and Japan: Musical Exchanges before World War II
- British Contributions to Tennis in Japan
- British Links with Japanese Football
- 'Competitors with the English sporting men.' Civilization, Enlightenment and Horse Racing: Anglo-Japanese Relations, 1860-2010
- Cricket in Late Edo and Meiji Japan
- F.W. Strange and Rowing as a Sport in Japan
- Gintarō (1875-1952): Juggler and Top Spinner
- Introduction of Football from Britain into Ninteenth-century Japan: Rugby Football and Soccer
- Japan and 'Ye Sette of Odd Volumes' and London's Thirteen Club in the 1890s
- John William Fenton (1831-1890) and the Japanese National Anthem Kimigayo
- Mountaineering in Japan: British Pioneers and the Pre-war Japanese Alpine Club
- The Beginning of a Long Association: John Whitehead Remembers
- The Nippon Club, 1881-2014
- Three Ages of British Kendō: The Introduction of a Unique Sporting and Cultural Activity
Author: Lockyer, Angus
Arthur Groom (1846-1918) is widely consdiered the father of Japanese golf, and this portrait examines his arguably accidental part in the development of modern Japan during the Meiji period.
Author: Imamura Akira
Following the introduction of Western music to Japan in the nineteenth century, Meiji leaders struggled to incorporate it into the modernised education system. This essay details the way in which British vocal music provided a solution to their difficulties.
Author: Itoh Keiko
This essay puts the introduction of tennis to Japan in the context of British colonialism and Japanese modernisation.
Author: Bleakley, Derek
Football was introduced to Japan by a British Naval Mission in 1873. This portrait provides an account of the rise of football in Japan, and the key organisations and individuals involved in its subsequent links with British football.
Author: Buckley, Roger
The British connection was critical to the development of Western-style horse racing in Japan from the 1860s onwards; what began as little more than an amateurish diversion for the expatriate communities of the treaty ports has evolved into a vast multi-billion Yen enterprise.
Author: Galbraith, Mike
In late Edo and throughout the Meiji period, British citizens in Japan gathered to play cricket. This essay provides an account of the matches played and personnel involved, as well as the wider attitudes towards the sport amongst Japanese.
Author: Kochi Jun
This portait charts the role of F.W. Strange (d.1889) in the growth and promotion of rowing within Japan.
Author: Brunning, Peter
This portrait describes the fascinating career of the juggler and top spinner Mizuhara Gintarō (1875-1952) in Britain and other countries. He was notably successful in presenting Japanese performance practices to British audiences over a long period of time.
Author: Galbraith, Mike
This essay charts the playing of 'Rugby Football' in Japan, and the clubs established to manage the sport in the country.
Author: Cortazzi, Hugh
This portrait provides an account of the interest of Ye Sette of Odd Volumes' interest in and promotion of things Japanese within their society.
Author: Imamura Akira
Alongside his contribution to the modernisation of music performance and education in Japan, John William Fenton is known as a composer of the first Japanese national anthem, Kimigayo. This portrait considers his career as a bandmaster in the British and then Japanese armed forces.
Author: Ion, Hamish
British mountaineers had a significant influence on the development of climbing as a leisure sport in Japan and on Japanese climbers associated with the Japanese Alpine Club. This essay assesses that influence and the growth of mountaineering in Japan.
Author: Whitehead, John
In the 1950s the Foreign Office maintained the tradition of sending language students to Japan. Here future Ambassador Tim Whitehead recalls his time, from 1956, as one such student, including his extensive travelling around the country.
Author: Kato Setsuo
One of the oldest Japanese institutions in London, the Nippon club traces it origins back to 1881 when groups of Japanese gathered monthly in the Strand. This portrait details its establishment and development.
Author: Budden, Paul
This essay charts the growth and development of Kendō in Britain as a sporting and cultural practice, from 1862 to the present day.