Exhibitions (see also 'Festivals')
- Army and Navy Officers in Japan
- The British Council Follows Through: Memories of Two British Council Representatives
- British Export Efforts: Personal Reflections of a British Trade Official
- The British Export Marketing Centre and the Promotion of British Exports from 1972
- British Week in Tokyo, 1969
- Charles Holme (1848-1923), Founder of The Studio and Connoisseur of Japanese Art
- EXPO '70 at Osaka: A British View
- Britain at Expo'70 in Osaka
- George Henry (1854-1934) and E.A. Hornel (1864-1933)
- Hugh Casson Visits Japan
- The Japan-British Exhibition of 1910: The Japanese Organizers
- Katō Hiroharu (1870-1939) and Japan's Last Foreign-built Cruiser
- Lasenby Liberty (1843-1917) and Japan
- Sir Francis Rundall: Ambassador to Japan, 1963-67
- Sir John Figgess KBE, CMG (1909-97)
- Sir Julian Ridsdale (1915-2004)
- The Great Japan Exhibition, 1981-1982
- The Japan Festival in Britain 1991
- The Japan Society: A Hundred Year History
- The Mutsu Family
- The Return of Japan's Lost Telescope after 400 Years
- Toyota and Britain
- Yamanaka Sadajirō (1866-1936)
Author: Abraham, Jimmie; Hugh Cortazzi; Peter Dean; John Figgess; Gail Forrest; and Mike Forrest
Officers from all three services have done stints in post-war Japan as advisers during the Occupation years. Their tasks were to observe the demilitarization of Japan and then to develop contacts with the Self-Defense Forces, and more recently to promote defence sales from British manufacturers. Here a number of previous service attachés recount their experience in Japan.
Author: Barrett, Michael; Joan Martin; and Peter Martin
Prominent representatives of the British Council in Japan reflect on their experiences, which included writing books on Japanese food, entertaining visiting politicians and celebreties, organising festivals and promoting education and culture. Particular attention is given to difficulties encountered with the English language teaching system.
Author: Thorne, Ben
Ben Thorne was closely involved in efforts to persuade British exporters to look at opportunities in Japan, organised the 1969 British Week in Tokyo, and then formed the Tokyo Export Marketing Centre in 1973. Here he reflects on UK-Japan Commercial relations from 1968 to '79.
Author: Dimond, Paul
This portrait is of the generations of individuals who built the structure for promoting British business in Japan in the early 1970s.
Author: Thorne, Ben
The British Week held in Tokyo from 26 September 1969 was a successful example of official efforts to promote British exports to the growing Japanese market in the 1960s. This portrait details and assesses the impact of the event.
Author: Huberman, Toni
This essay offer an account of Charles Holme's (1848-1923) career as an art collecter and connoisseur of Japanese art, as well as his founding of The Studio - the first international arts magazine.
Author: Pilcher, John
This essay contains a perceptive amd amusing account of EXPO '70 at Osaka, as well as Britain's involvement in the proceedings.
Author: Connors, Lesley; Lydia Gomersall; Janet Hunter; Peter Martin; and Anne Kaneko
Expo '70 was the first world's fair held in Japan, and was given the theme 'Progress and Harmony for Mankind'. Here three helpers from the British Pavilion and Peter Martin of the British Council recreate the atmosphere of the event.
Author: Ono, Ayako
George Henry (1854-1934) and E.A. Hornel (1864-1933) developed a deep appreciation for Japanese art and were heavily involved in its promotion within European artistic circles. This portrait provides an account of their careers within the context of Scotland's involvement in the modernisation of Japan.
Author: Casson, Hugh, and Hugh Cortazzi
Artist Hugh Casson visited Japan in 1981 for the 'Great Japan Exhibition' of Edo period art. During his time there he made a number of sketches, later published as part of the 1991 Japan Festival in Britain.
Author: Hotta-Lister, Ayako
This portrait assesses the success of the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 from the perspective of the Japanese organizers.
Author: Nish, Ian
Although in his early years Admiral Katō Hiroharu (1870-1939) admired Britain, in his later career he understandably placed Japan's naval interests ahead of any residual affection for the country. This essay considers the early part of his career, during which he played a significant role in Anglo-Japanese naval cooperation.
Author: Ashmore, Sonia
Lasenby Liberty (1843-1917) presided over his company at a time when Japanese luxury goods were hugely popular in Britain. This essay considers Liberty in relation to japonsime, as well as his visits to Japan to oversee business.
Author: Cortazzi, Hugh
Concerning Sir Francis Rundall's (1908-1987) time as ambassador to Japan overseeing the confrontation between Indonesia and Malaysia in 1963, the Olympic games in 1964 and the British Exhibition at Harumi in 1965.
Author: Cortazzi, Hugh
This essay provides an account of the life and career of Sir John Figgess (1909-97), businessman, intelligence officer, diplomat and art expert.
Author: Barr, Dugald
This essay provides an account of Julian Ridsdale's (1915-2004) interest in Japan and politics, and how these two came together in his long service to Anglo-Japanese Parliamentary relations.
Author: Maclean, Nicolas
The Great Japan Exhibition (1981-82) opened many eyes to some of the great achievements of Japanese art and culture. This essay details what at the time was the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to its subject, even in Japan itself.
Author: Campbell-White, Martin
The 1991 Japan Festival was a major celebration of Japanese culture across the UK, and marked the centenary of the Japan Society. The festival is covered in detail elsewhere, but this chapter records the efforts of Martin Campbell-White to involve both the Takarazuka Revue and sumo.
Author: Cortazzi, Hugh
This volume was published on the occasion of the centenary of the Japan Society, and in this chapter Sir Hugh Cortazzi chronicles its hundred year history, from its founding at the 1891 Congress of Orientalists, via the two world wars and a number of royal visits, through to the 1991 Japan Festival and an assessment of the Society's then challenging state of affairs.
Author: Mutsu, Ian
This portrait sketches a history of the Mutsu family, and in particular considers their close ties to Britain and the effect this had on Anglo-Japanese relations.
Author: Curtin, Sean
In 1613 James I gave a telescope to Japan. To mark the 400th anniversary of Anglo-Japanese relations, a replica was presented as a gift to the Japanese people from Japan400.
Author: Toyoda Shōichirō
Toyoda Shōichirō offers his memoir of the Toyota Motor Company's establishment, growth, and subsequent association with Britain.
Author: Monden, Sonoko
Although Yamanaka and Company, run by Yamanaka Sadajirō (1866-1936), was only active in London for half a century, it served as a bridge between Japan and British communities, and contributed to the collecting and study of Japanese art in Britan.