The Japan Society

Past Events

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:
2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

12/10/2022ARCHIVED Talk and Exhibition Tour - Kimono: The Making of a Cultural Icon (12 October)


Join us as David Wertheim guides us through the exhibition Kimono: The Making of a Cultural Icon, as it traces the changes in style and wear of the kimono as it responds to social, political, and cultural shifts throughout the centuries.

10/10/2022ARCHIVED IN-PERSON EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: An I-Novel by Minae Mizumura


An I-Novel is a semi-autobiographical book that was once deemed untranslatable. Upon its publishing in 1995, it broke the rules of conventional Japanese literature by incorporating the English language throughout the novel.

09/10/2022ARCHIVED Collar Cup Golf Match 2022


The annual golf match between the Japan Society and the JCCI is being held this year on Sunday 9 October at Brocket Hall. Twelve players from each organisation will compete for the Collar Cup, which was won in 2021 by the Japan Society.

05/10/2022ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: The Human Condition trilogy by Masaki Kobayashi


Join us for our October Film Club to discuss Masaki Kobayashi's epic masterpiece The Human Condition.

04/10/2022ARCHIVED Japanese Conversation Group


The Japanese Conversation Group provides a friendly and informal atmosphere for Japanese speakers of all nationalities to come together and speak Japanese. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month.

28/09/2022ARCHIVED Bilingual Public Speaking ClubARCHIVED 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 public in Japanese or English and to learn techniques and tricks to expand their communication and presentation abilities.


27/09/2022ARCHIVED Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill


Join us for the second in our new regular quarterly webinar on business and current affairs, Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill in which our chairman Bill Emmott teams up with Jesper Koll, longtime Tokyo resident and one of the most keenly watched economists and investment strategists in that town, to discuss what's new in the Japanese economy, business, financial markets and more.

26/09/2022ARCHIVED ‘Abandon all hope, you who enter’ - Sir Rutherford Alcock and Japan (1859 – 1865)


Very few scaled the heights to reach the level of Minister to Japan or especially Minister to China – the most important British official east of India. This means that Alcock’s story would inevitably have been out-of-the-ordinary, but there were things about him that made it more than that.

20/09/2022ARCHIVED The Japan Society Annual General Meeting 2022ARCHIVED ジャパンソサエティ年次総会 2022


The Board values the opportunity to engage with members at the AGM, which is a key event for the Society and its members. We are delighted to be able to hold this year's AGM in person once again.

12/09/2022ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: At the End of the Matinee by Keiichiro Hirano


At the End of the Matinee tells the story of Satoshi Makino, a classical guitarist who has traveled the world and whose career is at its peak, and Yoko Komine, an intelligent and refined journalist. After meeting for the first time, they form a long-lasting and intense connection.