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

03/02/2023ARCHIVED Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo: The City of Tokyo as a Financial and Tourist Centre


We are delighted to welcome Ms Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo, to share with members of the Japan Society her vision for Tokyo’s continued development as a global city. She will focus particularly on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s strategies for Tokyo as a world-leading international financial centre, as well as sharing its attractions as a destination for inbound tourism.  

01/02/2023ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: No Regrets for Our Youth directed by Akira Kurosawa


Join us on 1 February when we will discuss No Regrets for Our Youth, Kurosawa's first post-war film starring Setsuko Hara as the privileged daughter of a professor who takes up arms against the Japanese military.

25/01/2023ARCHIVED Bilingual Public Speaking ClubARCHIVED 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 public in Japanese or English and to learn techniques and tricks to expand their communication and presentation abilities.

12/01/2023ARCHIVED Lunch on the Occasion of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group’s 39th Annual Meeting


The guests at the next Japan Society and JCCI Joint Lunch will be the co-Chairmen of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, Mr Keizo Takemi and The Rt Hon the Lord Lansley, together with other British and Japanese members of the Group. It is a particular pleasure to be resuming these joint events with the JCCI on the occasion of this meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, attended by a delegation from Japan including senior parliamentarians, business people, diplomats, academics and representatives of the media.

10/01/2023ARCHIVED Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill


Join us for the third in our regular quarterly webinar on business and current affairs, Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill in which our chairman Bill Emmott teams up with Jesper Koll, longtime Tokyo resident and one of the most keenly watched economists and investment strategists in that town, to discuss what's new in the Japanese economy, business, financial markets and more.

10/01/2023ARCHIVED Japanese Conversation Group


The Japanese Conversation Group provides a friendly and informal atmosphere for Japanese speakers of all nationalities to come together and speak Japanese. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month.

09/01/2023ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Diary of a Void by Emi Yagi


When thirty-four-year-old Ms. Shibata gets a new job in Tokyo, she finds that as the only woman at her new workplace she is expected to do all the menial tasks. One day she announces that she can't clear away her colleagues' dirty cups, because she's pregnant and the smell nauseates her. The only thing is... Ms. Shibata is not pregnant.

08/01/2023ARCHIVED New Year’s Calligraphy Workshop


Suitable even for complete beginners, in this workshop you will learn how Japanese characters were developed, discover different styles of writing, and be guided in the techniques for writing Japanese with a brush. You will come away with your own piece of calligraphy – a positive word encapsulating hopes for 2023. This is a wonderful opportunity to try this quintessential Japanese art led by a professional calligrapher.

04/01/2023ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: The Funeral directed by Juzo Itami


Join us on 4 January for the first Film Club of the year to discuss Juzo Itami's award winning comedy, The Funeral.

12/12/2022ARCHIVED IN-PERSON EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Beautiful Star by Yukio Mishima


Translated into English for the first time, Beautiful Star is a 1962 tale of family, love, nuclear war and UFOs, and was the novel Mishima considered to be his masterpiece.