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

29/09/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - The Japan Society Annual General Meeting 2021ARCHIVED オンラインイベント ジャパンソサエティ年次総会 2021


The Board values the opportunity to engage with members at the AGM, which is a key event for the Society and its members. Please note, however, that arrangements for this year's AGM differ from the usual in-person format. This year's AGM will be a virtual meeting only, held on Zoom.


25/09/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - One Step at a Time: Exploring the Shikoku Pilgrimage with John Lander


In this special talk, author and photographer John Lander will take us on a journey along the Shikoku Pilgrimage guiding us through the evocative images and stories he has been documenting for his latest publication The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Japan’s Sacred Trail. He will share fascinating details on the origin of the trail and what the pilgrimage means to the thousands who undertake it every year.

16/09/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - Postwar Japanese Calligraphy and the Challenge of Abstract Painting


This talk will introduce the connection between Japanese avant-garde calligraphers and abstract painters from Europe and the United States as one of the most fascinating examples of the early postwar global art exchanges, drawing attention to calligraphy as a phenomenon of the global postwar avant-garde.

13/09/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: A Man by Keiichiro Hirano


Keiichiro Hirano’s A Man has all the trappings of a gripping detective story: a bereaved wife, a dead man whose name belongs to someone else, mysterious coded letters, a lawyer intent on uncovering the truth.

09/09/2021ARCHIVED After Tokyo 2020: Discussing Post-Games Japan with Author Robert Whiting


For the next Japan Society webinar, we are delighted to welcome Robert Whiting, author of the recent book 'Tokyo Junkie: 60 Years of Bright Lights and Back Alleys... and Baseball', who joins Japan Society Chairman Bill Emmott for a conversation following the end of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

01/09/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Ran directed by Akira Kurosawa


For our Film Club in September, we invite you to watch one of the most stunning adaptations of Shakespeare's King Lear, the monumental period drama Ran directed by Akira Kurosawa in 1985.

25/08/2021ARCHIVED 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.


16/08/2021ARCHIVED In Search of Herbert Ponting in Japan, with author Anne Strathie


Using Ponting’s own books, records of those he met in Japan such as Basil Hall Chamberlain, and meticulous research in local archives, Anne Strathie has retraced Ponting’s footsteps to piece together his time in Japan and understand its impact on his work and career.

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.