This is the eighth and largest volume in the series
Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits published on behalf of The Japan Society, London. It contains essays from forty contributors relating to fifty-two portraits of personalities who have been influential in political, official and cultural relations between the two countries from the time of the Meiji Restoration to the present day. The volume is thematically structured in eight sections: Politicians and Officials; Lawyers; Artists, Art Collectors and Art Dealers; Potters and Garden Designers; Writers; Music, Sport, Film and Media; Scholars; Other Notable Individuals. In addition, the volume contains two appendices relating to
The Times and Japan in the nineteenth century and a bibliography relating to publications from the Satow papers, together with two select bibliographies in English and Japanese which shed light on Britons who lived in Japan and Japanese who lived in Britain.
Hugh Cortazzi, GCMG, was British Ambassador to Japan 1980-1984 and Chairman of The Japan Society, London, 1985-1995. He has written extensively on Japan. His many books include
Isles of Gold: Antique Maps of Japan (1983),
The Japanese Achievement (1990), his memoir
Japan and Back and Places Elsewhere (1998). This is the fifth volume of Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits he has compiled and edited for The Japan Society, in addition to
Japan Experiences: Fifty Years, One Hundred Views (2001) and
British Envoys in Japan, 1859-1972.
This book will be of interest to historians and other scholars as well as to members of the Japan Society interested in aspects of Anglo-Japanese relations and personalities.