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.
- Interview for The Japan Times with SMS Bridges
- 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.
- 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.
- Published by Routledge, Health, Wellbeing and Community Recovery in Fukushima, edited by Sudeepa Abeysinghe, Claire Leppold, Akihiko Ozaki, Alison Lloyd Williams, was 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh presents a selection of work from celebrated post-war Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako, her first solo exhibition in Scotland, 29th July – 8th October 2022.
- StoneCrabs Theatre and Busu Theatre Tokyo present Utter Mess!, a magical, blissful and funny theatrical journey, with performances in London and the Isle of Wight in July, followed by performances in August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
- Meet the World: Japan to the UK: Poetry in Collaboration brings together poets from Scotland, England and Japan at the National Centre for Writing in Norwich, 16th September 2022.
- Second Hand Dance bring their show for babies and small children ‘ We Touch, We Play, We Dance’ to Japan for Ricca Ricca Festa in Okinawa on 28th and 29th July 2022, followed by a brief tour of other venues in Japan.
- The 31st Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese takes place at SOAS, University of London on 8th November 2022.
- Joe Hisaishi and Royal Shakespeare Company present the global premiere of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro on London’s Barbican stage, 8th October 2022 – 21st January 2023.
- Written and directed by Hideki Noda, A Night at the Kabuki is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet inspired by and using the music of Queen’s ‘A Night at the Opera’, at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, 22nd – 24th September 2022.
- A rare exhibition of work by Japanese Ainu artist Mayunkiki at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, runs from 9th September – 13th November 2022.
More information on projects funded by the Foundation can be found in our Annual Reports.
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