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

11/12/2022ARCHIVED Make Your Own Japanese New Year Card


In this workshop, artist Aya Burbanks will show participants a selection of her original designs, featuring typical motifs used in Nengajo. She will then teach you the techniques of boku-ga (ink wash painting) before you create your own new year card to mark the start of 2023, the year of the rabbit.

07/12/2022ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: One Cut of the Dead


Join us on 7 December for our Film Club to discuss about One Cut of the Dead directed by Shinichiro Ueda.

06/12/2022ARCHIVED 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.

05/12/2022ARCHIVED Japan Society Christmas Party 2022


This year’s Christmas Party will once again be held in the Ballroom of the Japanese Embassy, by courtesy of The Ambassador. We hope that many members will join us for this festive occasion and to catch up with friends.

30/11/2022ARCHIVED 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.


30/11/2022ARCHIVED The Future of Corporate Alliances between Japan and Europe, with Jean Barthélemy and Philippe Riès


Four years since the arrest in Tokyo of Carlos Ghosn, then chairman of Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi Motors, Bill Emmott is joined by  Jean Barthélemy and  Philippe Riès to consider the repercussions of this extraordinary event and particularly how attitudes to cross border corporate alliances have changed.

24/11/2022ARCHIVED Making tradition relatable: Kutani Ware in the Modern Era


Japan has had an exceptionally long and successful history of ceramic production and kutani ware, which originates from Ishikawa in the north-western region of Hokuriku, is one of the oldest forms of Japanese porcelain. In the second of our talks by artists from Ishikawa Prefecture, we welcome Keigo Kamide, a sixth-generation ceramicist of Kutani Choemon, a kiln that has been producing Kutani ware for over 130 years.

16/11/2022ARCHIVED Tradition and Modernity in Kaga Yuzen Dyeing


Kaga yūzen is a traditional dyeing technique that is used in the creation of fabrics for kimono. Join us for a special talk with master of kaga yuzen, Hitoshi Maida. This in-person event will not only allow us to engage with the speaker directly, it will also give us the opportunity to see and touch examples of work he will bring in to display.

14/11/2022ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada


Yoshiro celebrated his hundredth birthday many years ago, but every morning before work he still goes running in the park with his rent-a-dog. He is one of the many aged-elderly in Japan and he might, he thinks, live forever.

11/11/2022ARCHIVED Japan Summit 2022


We are delighted to announce that the Japan Society is collaborating with London Business School Japan Club to host a Japan Summit 2022 on Friday 11 November. An all-in-one conference and networking event, panelled by Japanese business and industry experts in Innovation and Sustainability, this is an excellent opportunity for Society membersto meet and engage with senior executives of major Japanese companies, as well as, leading academics in the field of business.