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

03/10/2020ARCHIVED 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.

08/09/2020ARCHIVED Online Talk - Katagami Stencils: Historical Influence and Contemporary Practice


The Japan Society is pleased to announce a special online talk on Katagami with researcher Mamiko Markham, Head of Collections at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) Zoë Hendon, and practitioner Sarah Desmerais.

13/08/2020ARCHIVED Japan Literatures of Remembering. A Panel Discussion on Fiction, Poetry and Anime


The discussion will reflect on the transformations of Japanese identity in literature, exploring themes of time, memory and diversity. We are fortunate to be joined by Mimi Hachikai in Japan who will be reading her poetry alongside her translator Kyoko Yoshida.

04/08/2020ARCHIVED The Spirit of Animism and Story Making in Manga: 2-Session Workshop with Fumio Obata


In this workshop, Manga artist Fumio Obata will introduce examples of anthropomorphism in visual culture and manga in Japan, and discuss how plants in particular can successfully be given human characteristics. Workshop participants will learn how to create their own characters and devise a short manga story.

12/05/2020ARCHIVED Japan through a Photographer’s Lens: in Conversation with Frederic ArandaARCHIVED 写真家の眼を通して見る日本 -フレデリック・アランダ氏を迎えて


In this online meeting multi award-winning fashion and portrait photographer Frederic Aranda will share his love for Japan and its culture, through conversation and his work.


01/03/2020ARCHIVED Saori Freestyle Weaving Workshops


During this special workshop, you will be introduced to the intuitive art of Saori weaving, developed in Japan during the late Sixties by Misao Jo (1913-2018).

06/02/2020ARCHIVED Buddhism and Japan – Private View


The Japan Society is delighted to invite members and friends to a private view of the 'Buddhism' exhibition at the British Library with Hamish Todd, Head of East Asian Collections .