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 31st March 2022 for consideration in May 2022.

The next deadline for applications to our Japan office is 28th February 2022 for consideration in April 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

  • An exhibition celebrating Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century, is at the Barbican Centre, London, 30th September 2021 – 23rd January 2022.
  • The British Museum presents ‘Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything, a collection of rare drawings by the artist for an illustrated encyclopedia that was never published, now gathered together in a book and exhibition, 30th September 2021 – 30th January 2022.
  • Japan: Courts and Culture for the first time brings together highlights from the Royal Collection of the exchanges between British and Japanese royal and imperial families in an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 8th April 2022 – 12th March 2023.
  • An installation by Miku Aoki forms part of the exhibition ‘Future Ages Will Wonder’ at FACT in Liverpool, running 28th October 2021 – 20th February 2022.
  • ‘Tansa 探査: Japanese Threads of Influence’ is an exhibition of new textile work by UK and Japan artists, at Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, 4th January – 26th March 2022.
  • The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022, exploring the theme ‘What Lies Beneath: The Intricate Representations of a ‘Dark Mind’ in Japanese Cinema’, takes place 4th February – 31st March 2022 with screenings around the UK.
  • 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.
  • The Coronet Theatre in London presents Electric Japan 2022, a season of dance, theatre, photography, fashion and irezumi – the ancient art of tattooing – from 14th to 29th May 2022.

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

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