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:

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

09/08/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


Published in 2017, Pachinko, the second novel by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, is an epic historical novel following a Korean family who eventually immigrates to Japan.

04/08/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Grave of the Fireflies directed by Isao Takahata


Join us on 4 August for a Film Club dedicated to a masterpiece of Japanese animation and anti-war cinema, Graves of the Fireflies directed by Isao Takahata in 1988.

01/08/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Soundscapes of Contemporary Japan with Mat Eric Hart and Nick Luscombe


What can we learn about culture, society and environment through sound? In this special online talk, artist and sound recordist Mat Eric Hart and DJ, field recordist and broadcaster Nick Luscombe will take us on an auditory journey across Japan.

28/07/2021ARCHIVED 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.


21/07/2021ARCHIVED ‘The Witches of the Orient’: An Online Discussion with Film Director Julien Faraut


In 1964, the Japanese women’s volleyball team won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The “Witches of the Orient” (Tōyō no Majo) was the nickname given by the mass media to this legendary team of women, the best female volleyball team in the world, with an uninterrupted run to 258 victories up until 1966.

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19/07/2021ARCHIVED How British experience in Japan influenced Parkes’ approach to extraterritoriality in Korea


In this lecture Chris Roberts will discuss his latest researches into British extraterritoriality in Japan and how Britain’s experiences in Japan went on to guide its approach to the subject in Korea.

14/07/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Boro (fabric repairing) Workshop


Boro (more accurately ‘Boro boro’), meaning ‘rags or tatters’ is the art of repairing fabric using scraps and stitching. In this online workshop participants will learn how to repair a garment using scraps, both modern and vintage and how to use sashiko stitching to enhance your work.

12/07/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda


Witty, inventive, and profound, Where the Wild Ladies Are is a contemporary feminist retelling of traditional ghost stories by one of Japan’s most exciting writers.

07/07/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Dark Water directed by Hideo Nakata


For the Film Club in July we invite you to watch one of the finest examples of J-horror, the emotional and atmospheric Dark Water directed by Hideo Nakata in 2002.

06/07/2021ARCHIVED Britain, Japan and the World in between – A Conversation with Richard Needham and Philip Stephens


In this special event, we are delighted to welcome two old friends of the Japan Society to join Bill Emmott in a conversation about Britain and Japan and their place in the world: the businessman and politician Sir Richard Needham, and the journalist Philip Stephens.