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

17/11/2021ARCHIVED The UK-Japan Relationship amid a Troubled World: a Conversation with Ambassador Hayashi


In this special event, Japan Society president Ambassador Hayashi joins our chair Bill Emmott to look back on the past year, reflecting on life in Japan and the UK during the pandemic and on now being able to visit different parts of the country to participate in events.

15/11/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - The Comic Storytelling of Western Japan, with M.W. Shores


In this lecture M.W. Shores will offer a history of Kamigata (Osaka) rakugo tradition from the seventeenth century to the present day, considering the art in terms of gender, literature, performance, and society.

08/11/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka


Five killers find themselves on a bullet train from Tokyo competing for a suitcase full of money. Who will make it to the last station? An original and propulsive thriller from a Japanese bestseller.

06/11/2021ARCHIVED Film Gathering: Love Letter by Kinuyo Tanaka + post-screening discussion


Taking the opportunity given by the return of BFI Japan 2021, a two-part season celebrating the illustrious history of Japanese cinema at BFI Southbank, we are pleased to invite a small group of members and friends to gather to watch the film Love Letter directed by Kinuyo Tanaka in 1953 on Saturday 6 November at 12.30pm.

04/11/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Tampopo directed by Juzo Itami


Join us on 4 November for our Film Club dedicated to explore the culinary comedy "Tampopo", directed by Juzo Itami in 1985. You will never eat ramen in the same way ever again!

03/11/2021ARCHIVED The AUKUS Security Pact and its Implications, with Kiichi Fujiwara and Alessio Patalano


On 15 September this year AUKUS, a trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, was announced. To discuss what this means for a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’ and its implications for Japan and the UK, Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott is joined by two international relations and security experts: Professor Kiichi Fujiwara at the University of Tokyo and Professor Alessio Patalano at King’s College London. 

02/11/2021ARCHIVED 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.

28/10/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Tokyo Rose: the Fascinating Life of Iva Toguri


In 1949, Iva Toguri is charged with treason in one of the most controversial trials in American history, accused of being the notorious 'Tokyo Rose', a Japanese wartime disc jockey who broadcast Axis propaganda. In this special event, our chairman Bill Emmott is joined by producer Tanya Agarwal and writer Maryhee Yoon to discuss the inspiration behind their musical 'Tokyo Rose'.

27/10/2021ARCHIVED 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.


21/10/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - A Curator’s Journey through Objects: In Conversation with Rosina Buckland


The Japan Society is delighted to welcome our members and friends to a special online event with Dr Rosina Buckland, Curator of the Japanese Collections at the British Museum.