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

18/01/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - British Engagement with Japan, 1854-1922 - with Antony Best


This talk is designed to provide an overview of the trajectory of Britain’s relations with Japan since their modern opening in 1854 until the end of the alliance in 1922.

11/01/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura


In If Cats Disappeared from The World, Kawamura tells the story of a postman in his thirties who discovers that his days are numbered because of a brain tumour which will cause his imminent death.

06/01/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: High and Low directed by Akira Kurosawa


High and Low is a superb crime thriller and a brilliant commentary on the contemporary Japanese society and its moral values.

15/12/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - No Laughing Matter. The Role of the Comedian in Japan – with Till Weingärtner


For several years, Japanese stand-up comedians have also found success on the domestic book market. Benefiting from their popularity and constant presence in the media, publications by comedians-authors often turn into media sensations.

15/12/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT – Moyozashi Sashiko (stab stitch) Workshop


In this online workshop, led by Rob Jones, participants will be introduced to variety of Sashiko patterns, focusing on Moyozashi Sashiko (pattern sashiko) where the patterns change direction to make a larger one.

14/12/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Breasts & Eggs by Mieko Kawakami


Breasts and Eggs follows the story of Midoriko, an adolescent girl who refuses to communicate with her mother except through writing, and her mother Makiko, who moves to Tokyo to receive breast implant surgery.

10/12/2020ARCHIVED ‘A Dinner with a Twist’ - Japan Society’s First Virtual Annual Dinner


In a change to our planned celebrations for the Annual Dinner and Christmas party, two of the most important events in our calendar, the Japan Society team has been working hard to put together our first virtual celebration.

10/12/2020ARCHIVED The Future for Higher Education in Japan and the UK with David Richardson and Yuko Takahashi


Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott’s guests to discuss the role of universities and their strategies to meet future challenges are Professor David Richardson, vice chancellor of the University of East Anglia, and Professor Yuko Takahashi, president of Tsuda University.

08/12/2020ARCHIVED The Japan-UK Free Trade Agreement -what does it mean? with Hiroshi Matsuura and Minako Morita-Jaeger


The UK’s first post-Brexit trade deal with a major economy is the Japan-UK Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement on which an agreement in principle was reached in September, and is expected to take effect from 1 January 2021. To discuss what the deal will mean in practice, we are joined by two experts: Hiroshi Matsuura, the Chief Negotiator for Japan, and Minako Morita-Jaeger, international trade policy consultant and fellow of the UK Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex.

02/12/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Tokyo Godfathers directed by Kon Satoshi


For our last Film Club of 2020 we want to finish with an unusual and cheerful Christmas tale, the anime film Tokyo Godfathers directed by Kon Satoshi in 2003.