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

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.

10/05/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams by Lady Sarashina


As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams is a unique autobiography written by an anonymous writer known only as Lady Sarashina, born in AD 1008.

05/05/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: The Ballad of Narayama directed by Shohei Imamura


For the Film Club in May we invite you to watch the confronting and haunting film The Ballad of Narayama directed by Shohei Imamura in 1983.

29/04/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Onigirazu Cook Along


Onigirazu is a modern take on Japanese rice balls or onigiri. Shaped into a flat rectangle and wrapped in nori seaweed, onigirazu is easy to make and is perfect for picnics in the spring and summer seasons.

28/04/2021ARCHIVED 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.


24/04/2021ARCHIVED Japanese Disaster Narratives: Conservatism and Revisionism - with Christopher Hood


Japan has a long history of disaster movies. This lecture will explain some of the key similarities and differences between Hollywood disaster narratives and Japanese ones, including definitions of what a ‘disaster’ and ‘disaster narratives’ are.

20/04/2021ARCHIVED The Current State of US – Japan Relations, with Kunihiko Miyake and James P Zumwalt


Immediately following Biden-Suga summit at the White House, Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott is joined by two distinguished diplomats Kuni Miyake and James P Zumwalt to discuss the state of US-Japan relations and their implications.

15/04/2021ARCHIVED The Independence Debate: What are the Future Prospects for Scotland?


To discuss the question of Scottish independence and the issues facing voters in May’s elections to the Scottish Parliament, Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott is joined by three experts who have been closely involved in the debate, Sir John Curtice, Iain Martin and Andrew Wilson.