More than 200 guests celebrate 450 years of Shakespeare

Written by BCCJ
July 25, 2014

Written by BCCJ
July 25, 2014

More than 200 guests celebrated 450 years since the birth of Britain’s most recognisable cultural icon, William Shakespeare, at Conrad Tokyo last night.

The Midsummer Night’s Dream event was hosted by the BCCJ, Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Japan British Society and supported by the RSA Japan Fellow’s Network and VisitBritain.

Vikki Heywood CBE, chairman of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) sent a welcome message to guests ahead of the evening.

Guests had plenty of opportunities to network and catch up with familiar faces. There was also a splendid Elizabethan-style buffet, prepared by the Conrad’s executive chef Jose Sanchez and team, with dishes including mince meat & liver pies, cherry and rose soup, and poor knight’s pudding. Union Jack bread and a manuscript cake were other highlights.

There were several prize draws throughout the night with lucky winners taking home some sought-after entertainment tickets, hotel vouchers and more.

Guests said:

“Thanks for a superb and stylish evening last night. I hugely enjoyed myself and appreciated all the thoughtfulness that went into your preparations.”

“It was really a successful party yesterday and you and your team were so great! Congratulations!”

“Thank you so much for last night, I enjoyed it very much. Everybody was nice, and everyone I talked to were wonderful people. You organized it very well, so I just wanted to say thank you and congratulations for a great party.”

“The bond that is special will last forever. The night was unforgettable one for all of us, and would like to convey our utmost gratitude to the great people at BCCJ! A-RI-GA-TO GO-ZA-I-MA-SHI-TA!!”

“One of the best events I have attended amongst the many good ones created by the BCCJ.”


The BCCJ would like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors.

For a selection of photos from the night please see our Flickr page. More pictures to follow!

What people are saying

“The Conrad…did a great job with all the presentation and food”

“One of the best events I have attended amongst the many good ones created by the BCCJ”