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:
2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

03/10/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Katazome (Stencil Dyeing) Workshop


In this workshop, participants will make a katazome-printed silk square suitable for a head or neck scarf. The workshop is suitable for any level of design or textile printing experience.

30/09/2020ARCHIVED 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.


29/09/2020ARCHIVED Reporting the World in Japan and the UK, with Aiko Doden and John Simpson


In this webinar, we are delighted to welcome NHK’s Aiko Doden and John Simpson of the BBC, who join Japan Society Chairman, Bill Emmott, to discuss how our countries’ media’s approaches to foreign news and foreign correspondents is evolving.

26/09/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Matsuri Presents


Japan Matsuri Presents is a two day live streaming event bringing a huge array of Japanese culture to your home! Food demos, headline musical acts, dance, martial arts and talks will stream live and on demand over two days on the Japan Matsuri Presents website.

23/09/2020ARCHIVED The Politics of Governmental Reform in Japan and the UK, with Bronwen Maddox and Koji Tsuruoka


In this webinar, to consider the course of governmental reform and the politics around it, Japan Society Chairman, Bill Emmott, will be joined in the UK by Bronwen Maddox, director of the Institute for Government, and by our old friend Ambassador Koji Tsuruoka in Japan.

16/09/2020ARCHIVED The State of the Economy in Japan and the UK, with Noriko Hama and Gerard Lyons


As we begin our autumn series of webinars, we are delighted to welcome two economists, Noriko Hama in Japan and Gerard Lyons in the UK, to join Japan Society Chairman, Bill Emmott, to take stock of the economic positions of our two countries, and consider the future.

14/09/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: The Frolic of the Beast by Yukio Mishima


Inspired from the classic Noh play ‘Motomezuka’, The Frolic of the Beast follows the university student Koji after having been discharged from prison. The plot gradually develops into a strange love story.

08/09/2020ARCHIVED Online Talk - Katagami Stencils: Historical Influence and Contemporary Practice


The Japan Society is pleased to announce a special online talk on Katagami with researcher Mamiko Markham, Head of Collections at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) Zoë Hendon, and practitioner Sarah Desmerais.

02/09/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Family Romance, LLC directed by Werner Herzog


In partnership with Modern Films, the Film Club in September will discuss Family Romance, LLC, the latest film by Werner Herzog, which explores themes about loneliness and connection. Based on a real-life Japanese Company where family and friends can be made available to hire.

01/09/2020ARCHIVED Shinzo Abe and his Legacy: a discussion with Tobias Harris and Keiko Iizuka


Following Prime Minister Abe's announcement of his resignation, Tobias Harris and Keiko Iizuka join Japan Society chairman, Bill Emmott to discuss the legacy of Japan's longest serving prime minister, and his possible successors.