Our Aim

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation seeks to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the UK and Japan through financial support for activities in a number of fields, from Arts and Culture to Humanities and Social Issues, from Japanese Language and Sport and Education, from Science and Technology to Medicine and Health.

The Foundation’s Head Office is in London and there is a Liaison Office in Tokyo.

The London office has three annual deadlines for their awards, and the Tokyo office has two annual deadlines. For further details on our grants, please click here.

The next deadline for applications to our UK office is 15th September 2022 for consideration in November 2022.

The next deadline for applications to our Japan office is 30th September 2022 for consideration in October 2022.


  • Annual Report & Accounts 2020
  • The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation’s Annual Report & Accounts for 2020 is now available to be viewed online. The Report includes a list of all grants awarded in 2020, highlights from recently funded projects, and accounts for the year. The 2020 Annual Report, as well as those from previous years, can be found on the Annual Reports page of the website.

Recently Funded

  • Published by NIAS Press, The Work of Gender: Service, Performance and Fantasy in Contemporary Japan, edited by Gitte Marianne Hansen & Fabio Gygi, is available now in hardback and paperback in September 2022.
  • The UK premiere of visual art and performance piece ‘Pigpen’ by Japanese artist Saeborg took place at Submerge Festival in Manchester, 19th – 27th March 2022, and will be followed by Fierce Festival in Birmingham, 10th – 16th October 2022.
  • The Royal Academy of Arts hosts an exhibition of work by 19th century painter Kawanabe Kyōsai, ‘Kyōsai: The Israel Goldman Collection’, from 19th March to 19th June 2022.
  • New Earth Theatre presents their project Tsunagu/Connect Live, an immersive exhibition and performance inspired and informed by the stories of women who were born in Japan but who have settled in the UK since 1945, 23rd – 30th April 2022.
  • Published by Routledge, Health, Wellbeing and Community Recovery in Fukushima, edited by Sudeepa Abeysinghe, Claire Leppold, Akihiko Ozaki, Alison Lloyd Williams, is released 20th June 2022.
  • The Foundling Museum in London presents ‘Superheroes, Orphans & Origins: 125 years in comics’, an exhibition exploring the representation of foundlings, orphans, adoptees, and foster children in comics and graphic novels, including Japanese manga, 1st April – 28th August 2022.
  • ‘Samurai: History and Legend’ is a free exhibition at the Cambridge University Library, exploring the historic roots of the samurai and their literary image in manuscripts and books, 22nd January – 28th May 2022.
  • The Coronet Theatre in London presents Electric Japan 2022, a season of dance, theatre, photography, and fashion from 10th May to 11th June 2022.
  • The Royal Collection Trust hosts an exhibition ‘Japan: Courts and Culture’, telling the story of 300 years of diplomatic, artistic and cultural exchange between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families, at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 8th April 2022 – 26th February 2023.
  • De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill On Sea hosts ‘Minoru Nomata: Windscape’, the first exhibition of his work to be presented outside of Asia, with visionary paintings depicting imaginary landscapes that transcend time and space, 21st May – 4th September 2022.
  • Dartingon Trust in Devon is holding a free lecture and workshop ‘In Unity – The Japanese Tea Ceremony’ on 11th June, with a paid one day ceremic course ‘In Unity: An Approach to Making…Japanese Teabowls’ on 12th June, both organised by Azuki Foundation.
  • Mu:Arts and the International Noh Project Committee present ‘Noh Reimagined 2022 – Spirits of Flowers’, with Japanese Noh performers presenting classical masterpieces and innovative British artists exploring Noh theatre, at Kings Place in London, 24th – 25th June 2022.
  • International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge will present their first major international exhibition ‘Expanding Horizons’, featuring over 80 works by artists from East Asia, with masterclasses by contemporary glassmakers from Japan, 26th – 29th August 2022.

More information on projects funded by the Foundation can be found in our Annual Reports.

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