The Japan Society runs more than 80 events per year providing opportunities for members and others interested in Japan to meet, learn and exchange ideas and experiences. Our archive of Past Events below shows events we have offered in previous months starting from 2020.
A list of events from previous years can be downloaded in pdf:
13/08/2020ARCHIVED Japan Literatures of Remembering. A Panel Discussion on Fiction, Poetry and Anime
The discussion will reflect on the transformations of Japanese identity in literature, exploring themes of time, memory and diversity. We are fortunate to be joined by Mimi Hachikai in Japan who will be reading her poetry alongside her translator Kyoko Yoshida.
10/08/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: No-no Boy by John Okada
Placed in the post-World War 2 setting of a Japanese-American student, Ichiro Yamada. Returning home from University he faces social unacceptance and marginalisation for his non-participation in the war.
05/08/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Kwaidan directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Do you love Japanese cinema? Do you miss Japan and want to see it at least on screen? Join us for the Japan Society Film Club. For this summer session, we invite you to watch in advance 'Kwaidan' (Masaki Kobayashi,1964) and then join us to chat online about the film and Japan in an informal atmosphere.
04/08/2020ARCHIVED The Spirit of Animism and Story Making in Manga: 2-Session Workshop with Fumio Obata
In this workshop, Manga artist Fumio Obata will introduce examples of anthropomorphism in visual culture and manga in Japan, and discuss how plants in particular can successfully be given human characteristics. Workshop participants will learn how to create their own characters and devise a short manga story.
29/07/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Bilingual Public Speaking ClubARCHIVED オンライン版 バイリンガル・パブリックスピーキングクラブ
The club is open to anyone who would like to improve their skills at speaking in Japanese or English and to learn techniques and tricks to expand their communication and presentation abilities.
28/07/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - The Japan Society Annual General Meeting 2020ARCHIVED オンラインイベント ジャパンソサエティ年次総会 2020
The Board values the opportunity to engage with members at the AGM, which is a key event for the Society and its members. Please note, however, that arrangements for this year's AGM differ from the usual in-person format. This year's AGM will be a virtual meeting only, held on Zoom.
22/07/2020ARCHIVED The Pandemic and its Impact on Gender Equality in Japan and the UK
For our last webinar before the summer Japan Society Chairman, Bill Emmott, will be considering gender equality in Japan and the UK, in discussion with leading members of the 30% Club, Yoriko Goto and Heather McGregor.
20/07/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Performing Memory: Artistic Production & Religious Practice at the Kofukuji Nan’endo
This online talk explores the interplay between memory and materiality, examining the process in which memory of the Northern Fujiwara clan became identified with the Nan’endo at Kofukuji temple.
14/07/2020ARCHIVED Online Boro (fabric repairing) Workshop
In this online workshop, led by Rob Jones, participants will learn a brief history and origins of Boro, and they will learn how to repair a garment using scraps, both modern and vintage, how to use sashiko stitching to enhance your work; practice using visible repair to enhance and strengthen textiles; applique and reverse applique techniques will be shown.
14/07/2020ARCHIVED The Future for the Arts and their Institutions with Mami Kataoka and Rebecca Salter
Our focus on 14 July is the arts world in Japan and the UK, when we will be joined by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, and Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy of Arts.