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

19/02/2022ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - Gender and Voting Preferences in Japan and Britain, with Gill Steel


In this lecture, Gill Steel will examine the importance of gender in understanding and explaining voting behaviour in Japan and Britain. Analysing decades of voting preferences, values, and policy preferences, she will explore the differences in women's and men's voting preferences.

17/02/2022ARCHIVED Half-Term Haiku Workshop for Children


Inspire children this half term with a creative haiku workshop; come along to the Japan Society’s in-person session led by internationally acclaimed poet, Paul Conneally!

17/02/2022ARCHIVED Haiku at the Pub - with poet Paul Conneally


Are you a haiku lover? Do you read or write haiku regularly and would like to learn more about 'How to Haiku'? Please join us at the Parcel Yard pub on Thursday 17 February to talk, read and even write haiku with internationally acclaimed poet, Paul Conneally.

15/02/2022ARCHIVED Issues at Home and Abroad – Japan’s Agenda for 2022: A Conversation with Noriyuki Shikata


To consider what might be in store for Japan in 2022, Japan Society Chair, Bill Emmott, is joined by Noriyuki Shikata, who was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Public Affairs when Prime Minister Kishida took office in October 2021.

14/02/2022ARCHIVED IN-PERSON EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Things Remembered and Things Forgotten by Kyoko Nakajima


Things Remembered and Things Forgotten aims to shine light on the undertones of wartime devastation affecting Tokyo even to this day.

05/02/2022ARCHIVED Japan Society New Year Celebration Lunch at Pantechnicon with Guest Chef Tim Anderson


Celebrate the start of 2022 with a five-course vegan Japanese lunch prepared by chef and cookery book writer Tim Anderson exclusively for Japan Society members and friends. Dishes will be prepared based on recipes from Your Home Izakaya and Vegan Japaneasy, two of Tim’s five books about Japanese food. This will be the perfect occasion to catch up with your friends,family and fellow Japan Society members over lunch, served Izakaya style.

02/02/2022ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Onibaba directed by Kaneto Shindo


Join us for our Film Club in February where we will discuss the stylish horror period drama Onibaba directed by Kaneto Shindo in 1964.

01/02/2022ARCHIVED 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.

26/01/2022ARCHIVED 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.


26/01/2022ARCHIVED Prospects for Japan and Asia in 2022 and Beyond, with Jesper Koll and Jim McCafferty


As the Tiger year begins in Japan and nears its start in China, Japan Society chair Bill Emmott is joined by two expert analysts, Jesper Koll in Japan and Jim McCafferty in Hong Kong, to discuss whether we can expect it to bring ‘strength, vitality and growth’ to the region.