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

11/07/2022ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami


First Person Singular is a collection of eight short stories by Haruki Murakami, all narrated in the first person. Some stories focus on the nostalgic memories of youth, while other take place in adulthood.

09/07/2022ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - Physical Disability and the Politics of Inclusion in Contemporary Japan


In this presentation, Mark Bookman will provide a regional history of physical disability policy and social movements in contemporary Japan explaining why interested parties have emphasized the needs of certain demographics over others when developing built environments, education, employment, entertainment, and medical systems.

06/07/2022ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Ikiru directed by Akira Kurosawa


For our Film Club in July, we invite you to watch one of the most touching films directed by Akira Kurosawa, Ikiru (1952), with the great actor Takashi Shimura.

05/07/2022ARCHIVED 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.

04/07/2022ARCHIVED HYBRID EVENT - Painting Modern Japan, with artist Carl Randall


Join us for this talk, when Carl Randall will take us back to his time spent in Japan, sharing with us his experiences and what inspired him to take this journey, and the portraits that were created as a result. He will also give us a glimpse of some of the newer pieces he has painted since returning to the UK, inspired by his memories of Japan.

29/06/2022ARCHIVED NEW Bilingual Public Speaking ClubARCHIVED 新バイリンガル・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.


28/06/2022ARCHIVED Japan Society Golf Tournament 2022ARCHIVED ジャパンソサエティ年次ゴルフトーナメント


We are delighted to announce that The Japan Society’s Annual Golf Tournament, for the Asprey and Garrard Plate, will once again be held at Essendon Country Club. The format will be Stableford.


28/06/2022ARCHIVED Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill


We are delighted to inaugurate a new regular quarterly webinar in our series on business and current affairs, Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill. Each quarter, our chairman Bill Emmott will team 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.

20/06/2022ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - Touching the Unreachable: Writing and Skinship in Modern Japanese Literature


What is the role of touching in modern Japanese literature? How have Japanese writers expressed the act of touching mediated through skin, objects, and memories? In this talk, Fusako Innami will explore the work of Japanese writers to analyse the desire for touch in modern Japanese fiction.

13/06/2022ARCHIVED IN-PERSON EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Colorful. A Novel by Eto Mori


A soul is given a second chance at life when it is passed on to the body of Makoto Kobayashi, a fourteen-year-old who had just committed suicide.