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

04/07/2022ARCHIVED HYBRID EVENT - Painting Modern Japan, with artist Carl Randall


Join us for this talk, when Carl Randall will take us back to his time spent in Japan, sharing with us his experiences and what inspired him to take this journey, and the portraits that were created as a result. He will also give us a glimpse of some of the newer pieces he has painted since returning to the UK, inspired by his memories of Japan.

10/12/2021ARCHIVED Tokyo: Art & Photography - Private View with Curators


The Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition, Tokyo: Art & Photography, explores a wide variety of artworks created in Tokyo, a metropolis that has constantly reinvented itself. The Japan Society is delighted to invite a small group of members to explore Japan’s capital city through the vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years in a private view guided by curators Dr Lena Fritsch and Clare Pollard.

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'.

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.

01/08/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Soundscapes of Contemporary Japan with Mat Eric Hart and Nick Luscombe


What can we learn about culture, society and environment through sound? In this special online talk, artist and sound recordist Mat Eric Hart and DJ, field recordist and broadcaster Nick Luscombe will take us on an auditory journey across Japan.

21/07/2021ARCHIVED ‘The Witches of the Orient’: An Online Discussion with Film Director Julien Faraut


In 1964, the Japanese women’s volleyball team won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The “Witches of the Orient” (Tōyō no Majo) was the nickname given by the mass media to this legendary team of women, the best female volleyball team in the world, with an uninterrupted run to 258 victories up until 1966.

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20/03/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Katazome (Stencil Dyeing) Workshop


In this workshop, participants will make a katazome-printed silk square suitable for a head or neck scarf. The workshop is suitable for any level of design or textile printing experience.

20/02/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Katazome (Stencil Dyeing) Workshop


In this workshop, participants will make a katazome-printed silk square suitable for a head or neck scarf. The workshop is suitable for any level of design or textile printing experience.

12/10/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT: From Japan with Love – Virtual Tour at Sotheby’s London


The Japan Society is delighted to invite members and friends to an online private tour of the exhibition and concurrent online auction, From Japan with Love, in Sotheby’s first-ever auction dedicated to prints, multiples and photographs by Japanese contemporary artists, which celebrates and explores their global influence.

10/10/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE TALK - Zaido: Documenting a 1,300 year old ceremony


In this special talk, photographer Yukari Chikura will share behind the scenes insights into the stories captured in her photographs which were taken during a restorative pilgrimage to document the 1,300-year-old ceremony, known locally as Zaido.