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

23/06/2021ARCHIVED Japan Society Golf Tournament 2021


We are delighted to announce that with the easing of restrictions on Golf and other outdoor sports, The Japan Society’s Annual Golf Tournament, for the Asprey and Garrard Plate, will go ahead as planned this year. The Tournament will be held at Essendon Country Club.

14/06/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn


Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn is a collection of 28 stories inspired by Japanese folk tales. The stories span a wide range of genres, from fantastical ghost stories to love stories with a twist.

10/06/2021ARCHIVED The ‘Revolving Doors’ of Government in the UK and Japan, with Koichi Nakano and Alex Thomas


In this webinar, Japan Society Chairman Bill Emmott is joined by Koichi Nakano, professor of politics at Sophia University, and Alex Thomas, programme director at the Institute for Government, to discuss the movement of people between public and private sector roles, and the specific issues and challenges this presents for the UK and Japan.

02/06/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Ugetsu directed by Kenji Mizoguchi


Celebrating the first year anniversary of the Film Club, we invite you to watch a poetic and tragic period drama by one of the absolute masters of Japanese cinema, Ugetsu directed by Kenji Mizoguchi in 1953.

26/05/2021ARCHIVED 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.


19/05/2021ARCHIVED The Prospects for Green Finance in the UK and Japan, with Roger Gifford and Mari Yoshitaka


Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott is joined to discuss the important issue of green and sustainable finance by two experts in the field: Roger Gifford, chair of the UK Green Finance Institute and a senior banker at SEB and Mari Yoshitaka, Principal Sustainability Strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co Ltd.

17/05/2021ARCHIVED The Japanese Maps Collection of the University of Manchester Library: Digitalising a Mapped Society


This lecture will illustrate the contents of the Japanese Maps Collection of the University of Manchester Library: the digitisation process, the creation of the metadata, and how the digitised materials are being used by the library to foster research and public engagement.

13/05/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Cooking with Seaweed - the mineral-rich sea vegetable with Atsuko Ikeda & Clearspring


Japan Society is delighted to partner with Clearspring and London-based chef Atsuko Ikeda to offer members a special online workshop on how to cook with seaweed.

11/05/2021ARCHIVED UK Japan Collaboration in Medical Research: Regenerative Medicine


For this webinar, Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott is joined by Professors Paul Riley and Georg Holländer and Professor Shin’ichi Takeda to discuss regenerative medicine and its potential impact on global health.

11/05/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Boro (fabric reparing) 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.