Two Cultures United by Tea

Two Cultures United by TeaToday I’m going to write about Peter Paul Rubens, King James I and Britain’s favourite beverage. Along the way there’ll be a telescope, a daruma doll and some scones. What links all these things? An event I went to on Sunday called Two Cultures United by Tea, held at the Banqueting House in Whitehall to mark the four hundredth anniversary of the landing of the first English ship, the Clove, in Japan in 1613.  Continue reading

Books from the Tenri Library

Daruma - Tenri Central Library

© Tenri Central Library

The Brunei Gallery at SOAS, where 100 years of Japanese Books, an exhibition of rare Japanese books, documents and manuscripts is on show, is easy to get to – just a few minutes walk from the rear entrance of the British Museum in fact. So why haven’t I been there for so many years? I’ll tell you. Continue reading