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

19/02/2024ARCHIVED First Contact: The Earliest Scots in Japan (1613-1623)


In this lecture, Professor Ian Gow will discuss first contacts by Scots with Tokugawa Japan during the English East India Company period in Hirado (1613-23).

17/02/2024ARCHIVED Woodblock Printing Workshop with Hiroko Imada


The Japan Society is pleased to present a Japanese woodblock printing workshop led by London-based artist, Hiroko Imada

12/02/2024ARCHIVED IN-PERSON EVENT - The Japan Society Book Club: Early Light by Osamu Dazai


Early Light is a collection of three stories published in 1946 that exemplify a semi-autobiographical I-novel genre and reflect post-war Japan's turmoil.

09/02/2024ARCHIVED Special Film Club: Tea & Screening with Director Tetsu Maeda in partnership with Japan Foundation


The Japan Society is pleased to offer a small group of members the opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat with director Tetsu Maeda, preceeding a Japan Foundation screening and Q&A of his film Do Unto Others (2023).

06/02/2024ARCHIVED 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.

05/02/2024ARCHIVED In Space We Are All Equal: In Conversation with Naoko Yamazaki


In this online fireside chat Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki will chat with Bill Emmott on the lessons she learned in striving for her professional goals as a working mother.

30/01/2024ARCHIVED Daido Moriyama – Special Private View with Curator Clare Grafik


The Japan Society is delighted to invite members and friends to a special private view of Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective with Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery.

25/01/2024ARCHIVED The Japan Society Annual Dinner


Please make a date to join us in the Grand Hall at One Great George Street for The Japan Society Annual Dinner. We are pleased to be able to get together once more and look forward to catching up with members and their guests.

16/01/2024ARCHIVED Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill


For the first Macro Salon of 2024, Jesper and Bill will be joined by one of Japan's top political writers, Keiko Iizuka.

15/01/2024ARCHIVED Switching Tracks from the Golden Route: Trends, Strategies & Challenges for Inbound Tourism in Japan


In this lecture, Christopher Hayes will explore some of the strategies that have been employed to diversify tourism in Japan in the recent years, with a particular focus on the country’s hosting of major international events, drawing on his research on the tourism impact of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.