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

10/01/2022ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki


This is the diary of a middle-aged man who is deeply in love with his younger wife, Ikuko. In spite of that love, the pair have grown physically apart.

05/01/2022ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Drive My Car directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi


For our first Film Club of 2022 we invite you to watch a contemporary classic, the touching film 'Drive My Car' directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi in 2021.

15/12/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE BOOK LAUNCH - Murakami Haruki and Our Years of Pilgrimage


To mark the publication of a new volume on Murakami Haruki, arguably Japan's most high-profile contemporary writer, we welcome the editors Gitte Marianne Hansen and Michael Tsang, together with contributors Annette Thorsen Vilslev and Patricia Welch, to discuss Murakami, his work and its reception.

13/12/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Heaven by Mieko Kawakami


Told through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old boy subjected to relentless bullying, this is a haunting novel of the threat of violence that can stalk our teenage years.

10/12/2021ARCHIVED Tokyo: Art & Photography - Private View with Curators


The Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition, Tokyo: Art & Photography, explores a wide variety of artworks created in Tokyo, a metropolis that has constantly reinvented itself. The Japan Society is delighted to invite a small group of members to explore Japan’s capital city through the vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years in a private view guided by curators Dr Lena Fritsch and Clare Pollard.

07/12/2021ARCHIVED 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.

07/12/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE WORKSHOP - How to Teach Haiku, with Paul Conneally


This workshop will specifically focus on how to teach haiku to children and young people; join haiku poet Paul Conneally as he introduces this short-form of poetry and shares his advice and practical guidance for teaching haiku - both inside and outside the classroom.

02/12/2021ARCHIVED Keeping Ourselves Safe in Cyberspace with Mihoko Matsubara and Marcus Willett


For our final webinar in 2021, the second year in which we have spent much of our lives in cyberspace, we turn our attention to the challenges that face the UK and Japan in this domain, as well as looking at ways in which our two countries might cooperate.

01/12/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Spirited Away directed by Hayao Miyazaki


Join us on 1 December for our Film Club dedicated to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the animation classic Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki in 2001.

24/11/2021ARCHIVED 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.