From left to right
top row: Suzanne Perrin, Joji Hirota, Robert Ketchell, Professor Toshio Watanabe, Setsuo Kato, Jeremy Hoare
bottom row: Junko Kobayashi, Phillida Purvis MBE, Sir Hugh Cortazzi GCMG, Wiesia Cook Bownas, Professor Ian Nish CBE


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BRIDGES book review in ACUMEN magazine for the BCCJ Tokyo - June 2016 by Ian de Stains OBE

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Books June 2016
A slice of social history Builders of bonds By Ian de Stains OBE

This handsome book features interviews with 10 prominent people involved in Anglo–Japanese exchange, showing the rich cultural diversity and interaction between professional people in the UK, the rest of Europe and Japan during the past 70 years.

It has been most carefully compiled and makes for fascinating reading, never once falling short on interest. The names of the majority of those interviewed will be familiar to anyone associated with Anglo–Japanese affairs, so there is a familiarity about it, and yet there are a few surprises within its pages, too.

No such volume would be complete without a contribution from Sir Hugh Cortazzi GCMG, one of the UK’s former ambassadors to Japan. For once, instead of editing others’ contributions, he speaks—and eloquently, too—of his own experience:

“I’m neither what you might call pro-Japanese nor anti-Japanese. That doesn’t mean to say that I don’t attach great importance to Japan; of course I do. I attach a great deal of importance to people understanding what makes Japan what it is today.

“But I think we mustn’t approach this in a racial, or a nationalistic, or a prejudiced way. I’d like us to approach Japan, and to see Japan as a key factor in the world, which it is, to appreciate its good points and to see where there are problems. But don’t let us ever do this in a way which is not at least self-critical”.

In this regard, Cortazzi might well have been speaking for the majority of the other contributors who, with one striking exception, are the authors of their own pieces; it is their voices we hear.

The exception is that of the late Geoffrey Bownas CBE (1923–2011), a Japanese linguist and scholar, to whose memory Bridges is dedicated. The contribution made in his name comes from his widow Wiesia Cook-Bownas. It is right that he has been included, for not only was he one of the nicest men you could hope to meet, but his contribution to the field of Anglo–Japanese relations was immense.

He is remembered as a dedicated teacher who was much loved by his students and as the man who put The University of Sheffield on the map as a centre for excellence in Japanese studies. But there was so much more to him: he was a poet, writer and translator who crossed the line—apparently easily—into the world of business. As Wiesia said:

“I think he fostered the knowledge of Japan in so many ways, not just as a scholar, but also in the business context. He was a person of many parts, and the importance of linguistics and cultural skills in this economic context, I think, was his most important contribution”.

Other, perhaps less well known, contributors include Robert Ketchell, a Japanese garden designer whose contribution to the book is down to earth and heart-warming, and the photojournalist and publisher Setsuo Kato.

All those included have made a great impact in the field of international understanding.


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The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Book Launch Series 2016

Bridges: Anglo-Japanese Cultural Pioneers 1945-2015

Edited by Suzanne Perrin and Jeremy Hoare


Published by Fast-Print Publishing



Tuesday 3 May 2016

Talk at 6pm, followed by a drinks reception

Admission free

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle

London NW1 4QP

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The Bridges book project was conceived by Jeremy Hoare after attending a book launch at Daiwa Foundation Japan House in London in May 2011, two months after the devastating Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in March of that year. Thinking about the close relationship between Japan and the UK that was there at Daiwa the evening of the book launch, Jeremy got together with Japan specialist and historian Suzanne Perrin to create the Bridges book as a series of interviews, to utilise the wealth of knowledge that people had about Japan in Britain.


The aim of Bridges is to celebrate the work of a diverse range of people who have made a significant contribution to the understanding of Japan in the UK, and who continue to provide insights into cross-cultural relations that are so important in today's globalised world.


The contributors are all UK-based professionals and work in a wide range of areas including academic, diplomatic, creative media, business and humanitarian work. Their wealth of experience provides a deep insight into the development of Anglo-Japanese relations from the beginning of the Post War period to the present day.




Suzanne Perrin is an independent researcher and historian specialising in Japanese History, Art and Culture. She founded Japan Interlink in 1995 to promote the understanding of Japan in the UK through educational and cultural events.

Suzanne studied Western Art History at Exeter and Chelsea School of Art gaining a Master's Degree, and a Diploma in traditional Japanese painting from Nagoya University of Art in 1986. She taught Japanese History & Culture for twelve years at Richmond American International University and Huron University in London. She gives lectures and courses on Western Art and Japanese History, Art and Culture to various UK universities and institutions, and to institutions in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Suzanne has published articles on traditional and contemporary aspects of Japan, including Japanese architecture, gardens and lifestyle, and 'greening' the environment. Bridges is her first book collaboration.


Jeremy Hoare is a travel photographer and has visited over sixty countries. His photographs are published worldwide and he also takes photo portraits of clients in the classic Hollywood style. Jeremy founded the online Kyoto Photo Gallery in 2014 and has had several photo exhibitions in London, Kyoto and Tokyo; the next will be 'Kyoto Dreams' at Burgh House in Hampstead, July 2016. He has authored one book, Through the Viewfinder, published in 2008 for people aiming to be professional TV cameramen. Jeremy is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and a judge on the panel of the international 'Travel Photographer of the Year' competition.  Jeremy's personal website can be found here.


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