Courses and Meetings

Meetings open to the public

The following groups have regular meetings which are open to the public at Daiwa Foundation Japan House.

If you would like further information about their activities or would like to join a meeting, please contact them directly using the links at the bottom of the page.


Sakura-kai is an independent study group which started in 1987 with the aim of teaching Japanese. All the teachers are volunteers, some qualified and others teaching for the first time. There are 4 different classes for varying abilities, which are held once a week for an hour. For more information, please contact by email at:

Ichiyo School of Ikebana

The Ichiyo School of Ikebana was founded in 1937. It uses a simplified and systematic way of teaching, with encouragement of personal interpretation enabling students to make progress within a comparatively short period of time. Classes are for any level and are held on a Wednesday from 11.15 a.m. to 2.45 p.m four times per year. If interested in joining, please contact Mrs Tricia Hill:

CJAL (Circle of Japanese Art London)

CJAL (Circle of Japanese Art London) is a non-profit making organization co-chaired by Dr Meri Arichi and Ms Kiyoko Mitsuyama-Wdowiak. The circle offers 6 lectures a year by the leading experts from wide variety of fields in the study of Japanese Art. The meetings are held at the Daiwa-House usually in the afternoon every other month, with occasional visits to places of interests.There is a small charge to attend the lectures to cover the administrative costs. Please contact the organizers via email for further details:

Arranging Meetings at Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Daiwa Foundation Japan House provides facilities in central London to support UK-Japan exchange activities. It has meeting rooms available from Monday to Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm (excluding bank holidays) and is conveniently located near Baker Street station (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Bakerloo and Jubilee lines).

If you belong to an organization/group involved in UK-Japan relations or are planning an event or short course related to Japan or Japanese culture, please contact the Programme Director, Shihoko Ogawa at, to discuss how Daiwa Foundation Japan House could accommodate your needs.

There is a small room charge for using Daiwa Foundation Japan House to help cover running costs.

Meetings of Membership Groups

Membership-based groups which have or have had meetings at Daiwa Foundation Japan House include:

  • British Association of Japanese Studies (BAJS)
  • British Association of Monkasho Scholars (BAMS)
  • Daiwa Scholarship Alumni Association
  • Ikebana International
  • International Children’s Bunko Association (ICBA)
  • Japan Foundation Endowment Committee
  • Japanese Residents Association
  • The Japan Society
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association UK (JETAA UK)
  • Japanese Women’s Association in the Great Britain
  • Nichi-Ei Otomodachi-kai
  • Ohara School of Ikebana
  • Sogetsu School of Ikebana
  • Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) courses-  Japanese Art and Culture


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