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Alumni Weekend in Tokyo

22-24 March 2019

Booking has now closed for Meeting Minds in Tokyo.  If you have an urgent enquiry please email


The full-day academic programme will see presentations of the latest Oxford research from top academics, as well as hearing from prominent local public figures. As ever, there will be plenty of opportunities to socialise, and chances to explore Tokyo on specially organised tours.

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What is a Meeting Minds Alumni Weekend like?

Our last Meeting Minds weekend took place in Oxford from 14-16 September 2018, with over 100 speakers and over 1,400 guests. The weekend saw sessions ranging from a discussion of China's impact on the wider world, to a tour of Oxford's hidden carvings, and, to whet the whistle, a tutored wine tasting - check out the YouTube video.

You can also head over to our Facebook page to see the photos from the event and take a look at our Twitter moment to see tweets and photos from guests throughout the sessions.

College and Departmental Reunions During Meeting Minds in Tokyo

Balliol College

Balliol College gathering for alumni and friends
Friday 22 March 2019

Cocktails & Nibbles, 6:00pm, Hogan Lovells International LLP, 17th Floor, 1 Chome-4-2 Kasumigaseki, Tokyo, 100-0013, Japan

Followed by Dinner, 7:00pm, Toufuya Ukai, 4-4-13 Shibakoen Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011

Please email to register your interest 

Brasenose College

Brasenose Alumni Gathering 
Friday 22 March, 6.30-8.30pm
Hotel Okura “Bar Highlander”

The Principal, John Bowers QC, will be hosting a ‘pay-your-own-way’ drinks reception for alumni and their guests.
RSVP and queries to

Christ Church

Christ Church Alumni Dinner
Thanks to the generosity of old member Koji Fusa (1984) Christ Church has arranged a private dinner on Friday 22 March at Kikunoi Akasaka, if you wish to book a place for the dinner, please email

Find out more here:

Exeter College

Exeter in Tokyo – Private charter cruise
Friday 22 March, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Private charter cruise for Exeter Alumni and Friends. Kindly supported and hosted by friend of the College, Peter Thompson.
Book here:

Green Templeton College

Drinks Reception with Principal of Green Templeton College - Professor Denise Lievesley
Friday 22 March, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Grace Room, Happo-en, Tokyo

Green Templeton alumni are welcomed to join our Principal, Professor Denise Lievesley, for an evening reception at the Grace Room at the spectacular Happo-en, Tokyo. There will be drinks, canapés and an opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow Alumni, friends and supporters of the College.

There is no charge for this event, and you are welcome to bring a guest along. Book here.

Hertford College

Hertford Alumni Drinks Reception
Friday 22 March, 6pm – 8pm
Herbert Smith Freehills (Midtown Tower, 41st Floor, 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-6241)
We are grateful to Graeme Preston (1994) for generously hosting this event.

More info and registration here:

Jesus College

Welcome Drinks with the Principal of Jesus College, Sir Nigel Shadbolt
Friday 22 March in Tokyo, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Venue: Two Rooms (
3-11 Kitaaoyama, 5F Ao Bldg, Kitaaoyama 107-0061
RSVP to Elizabeth Hays –


Lady Margaret Hall

LMH Alumni Dinner and Drinks
Friday 22 March, 7:00pm

We will meet at Koiki, an Izakaya style restaurant, at 7pm for dinner and drinks. The venue is a two minute walk from the Shimbashi Station, Shimbashi 2-14-6. 
Email: with enquiries 

Linacre College

Linacre College Alumni Dinner
The Ark Hills Club, Tokyo
Friday 22 March, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
With thanks to Mr Takashi Uyeno for kindly enabling the venue; the Principal will attend.
For more details and to book, please follow this link:

Merton College

Merton College gathering for alumni and friends
Friday 22 March 2019, 7pm – 9.30pm
Aux Bacchanales Kioicho, Shin Kioicho Bldg. 1F, 4-1, Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

The Sub-Warden and Professor of Corporate Finance Law, Professor Jennifer Payne, and Fellow and Director of Development, Dr Duncan Barker, invite all Mertonians and friends to join them for a reception and informal buffet dinner. For more information and to register see

New College

The Warden, Miles Young, very much hopes that you, and a guest if you wish, will be able to join him at a New College Dinner on the evening of Friday 22 March 2019 in Tokyo. The dinner will be at the Kojunsha Club, 6 Chome-8-7 Ginza - one of Tokyo's premier private clubs, founded in 1980 by Yukichi Fukuzawa - by very kind arrangement of Mr Yutaka Aso (New College 1969).

If you would like to book for the dinner, please could you use our online booking facility here. We have had to set a price in UK pounds at £46 per person, which we expect to equate to just under ¥7,000.

The dinner forms part of the University of Oxford's next Meeting Minds: Alumni Weekend in Asia which takes place in Tokyo from 22-24 March 2019. Full details of the programme of activities and online booking for the University are at

We very much hope to see you in Tokyo.

Oxford Business Alumni Network

Oxford Business Alumni NetworkOxford Business Alumni reception
Friday 22 March, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Kensington Terrace, HOTEL OKURA TOKYO
2-10-4 Toranomon Minato-ku Tokyo 105-0001 Japan
Mix and Mingle with Dean Peter Tufano, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Viola Polakowska and fellow alumni from around Asia, US and Europe and hear updates about the School.
Please confirm your interest in attending this event with Hannah Evans, Alumni Network Manager:

Pembroke College

Pembroke Alumni Dinner
Friday 22nd March, 19:30
Three Revive Kitchen, 3-12-13 Kita-Aoyama, Three Aoyakma 1F, Minato 107-0061

Meet the Master, Dame Lynne Brindley, and Strategic Development Director, Alice Gosling for a light dinner and a chat about the latest developments at Pembroke.
Tickets are priced at £24.50 per person and can be purchased via the Pembroke Alumni website.
For further information, please contact

School of Geography and the Environment

School of Geography and the Environment

School of Geography and the Environment Walk and Talk: Trad Japan, Mod Nippon
Friday 22 March 2019, 1.30-5.30pm
The work of long-term Japan resident and SoGE alumnus Stuart Varnam-Atkin (Jesus, 1968) includes writing and presenting TV programmes on many aspects of Japanese culture, sumo commentary, and narrating ‘Japan Video Topics’ on the Japanese Government Internet TV. He’s also an avid collector of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints.  Stuart has offered to act as a guide on a stroll around the historical Ryogoku district of Tokyo to get a taste of both Old and New Japan. It will include a visit to the Sumo Museum inside the Kokugikan Sumo Arena, the nearby Tokyo-Edo Museum and the brand-new Hokusai Museum. And if you happen to be free in the evening, Ryogoku offers a number of restaurants run by former wrestlers serving the traditional wrestlers’ stew ‘Chanko nabe’.

Meeting point: Ryogoku Station (JR)
Cost: 1,100 yen (£8) payable on arrival
Book here:
Contact: Christine Baro-Hone, Alumni Relations Officer, School of Geography and the Environment  0044 (0)1865 2-85073

Open to everyone interested.

Somerville College

Somerville College CrestTokyo Reunion Dinner with Baroness Jan Royall
Friday 22nd March, 7.00pm

There will be a Tokyo alumni reunion dinner held at Akasakaumaya.The dinner cost* is £50 per person, and £30 per person for recent graduates (2012 matric and later). To book, please click here.

This is inclusive of dinner, drinks and service charge. Your payment will be processed in Pound Sterling. The price in ¥ is subject to change according to daily exchange rate fluctuations and bank charges

St Cross College

St Cross College CrestSt Cross College Museum Visit and Dinner
Friday 22 March, 6:00pm
University of Tokyo Museum, JP Tower/KITTE

On the evening of Friday 22nd March, we would like to invite all St Cross alumni and their guests to an informal gathering. For those that wish to do so, we will be meeting at the University of Tokyo Museum, Intermediatheque, which is located in the JP Tower/KITTE from 6.00-7.00pm and this will be followed by dinner at Arcana Tokyo, also located in the JP Tower/KITTE.

Tickets for dinner, which included all food and drinks are priced at £35 (approx. 5,200 YEN) and can be bought online. St Cross College Master, Carol Souter, St Cross College Fellow Professor Rana Mitter, and Development & External Relations Manager, Victoria Cox look forward to meeting alumni and friends of St Cross. Booking closes on Monday 18th March.

St Edmund Hall

St Edmund Hall CrestTeddy Hall Alumni Gathering
Hosted by Dr Linda Yueh (Fellow by Special Election in Economics)
The Orchid Bar, Hotel Okura Tokyo
Friday 22 March, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
RSVP to if you would like to attend

St Hilda's College

St Hilda's College CrestSt Hilda’s College gathering and dinner for alumnae and friends
Friday 22 March 2019, 7pm – 9pm.
Hosted by Dr Margaret Rayner, Emeritus Fellow and Bronwyn Travers, Development Director and Fellow of St Hilda’s at Italian restaurant Alberata in the famous neighbourhood Kagurazaka. 
The dinner registration is all inclusive: a glass of sparkling wine for the toast, a starter, a choice of pasta dishes for the main course, a glass of white or red wine with the main course and dessert followed by coffee or tea.

Please register online by 28 February or email for more information about this event.

St Hugh's College

St Hugh's College Crest

St Hugh's College Alumni Reunion in Tokyo

In addition to the main programme for the University-wide Alumni Weekend in Tokyo, St Hugh’s will be hosting a dinner for our alumni in the beautiful Kiku Room at the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo on the evening of 22 March at 7pm. We have also organised a private visit and talk at the Nezu Museum on the afternoon of 24 March at 2.30pm. Alumni are most welcome to bring a guest.

Tickets for the College Dinner on 22 March are now sold out (please email to be added to the waiting list).

Please click here to purchase tickets for our visit to the Nezu Museum on 24 March.

St Peter's College

St Peter's College Crest

Dinner at the International House of Japan

St Peter’s College Master, Mr Mark Damazer OBE and his wife, Ms Rosie Morgan are hosting a dinner for alumni and friends on Friday 22nd March at the International House of Japan in Tokyo. 
You can sign up for the event by the 15th March:
If you need to get in touch, please email:

The Faculty of Law

Oxford Law Meeting of Minds in Tokyo
Friday 22 March, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
The University of Oxford’s Law Faculty is organising a drinks reception for Oxford alumni and friends as part of the Oxford Meeting of Minds in Tokyo. The event will bring together alumni living and working across Japan, providing a splendid opportunity to catch up with old friends while developing social and career networks. The Dean of the Law Faculty, Professor Anne Davies, will be in attendance to highlight developments at the Faculty.   
The reception is being offered through the generosity of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Please register for this event.

Wolfson College

Wolfson College CrestWolfson Alumni Drinks Reception
Friday 22 March, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

The Wolfson President (and former British Ambassador), Sir Tim Hitchens together with Lady Hitchens will be hosting a Wolfson Alumni Reunion at the British Embassy, Tokyo. We would be delighted if you could join us. Please ensure you RSVP as unfortunately anyone who hasn’t registered will not be admitted.  

For more details and to register your place, please contact: