The Japan Society
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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:

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

18/10/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - Craft Culture in Early Modern Japan: Materials, Makers, Mastery with Christine Guth

18/10/2021

In this lecture Christine Guth will discuss Japanese crafts during the Momoyama and Tokugawa periods drawing critical attention to the dynamic, multidirectional network of forces that undergird Japan’s extraordinarily rich, diverse and aesthetically sophisticated artifactual culture.

16/09/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - Postwar Japanese Calligraphy and the Challenge of Abstract Painting

16/09/2021

This talk will introduce the connection between Japanese avant-garde calligraphers and abstract painters from Europe and the United States as one of the most fascinating examples of the early postwar global art exchanges, drawing attention to calligraphy as a phenomenon of the global postwar avant-garde.

16/08/2021ARCHIVED In Search of Herbert Ponting in Japan, with author Anne Strathie

16/08/2021

Using Ponting’s own books, records of those he met in Japan such as Basil Hall Chamberlain, and meticulous research in local archives, Anne Strathie has retraced Ponting’s footsteps to piece together his time in Japan and understand its impact on his work and career.

19/07/2021ARCHIVED How British experience in Japan influenced Parkes’ approach to extraterritoriality in Korea

19/07/2021

In this lecture Chris Roberts will discuss his latest researches into British extraterritoriality in Japan and how Britain’s experiences in Japan went on to guide its approach to the subject in Korea.

17/05/2021ARCHIVED The Japanese Maps Collection of the University of Manchester Library: Digitalising a Mapped Society

17/05/2021

This lecture will illustrate the contents of the Japanese Maps Collection of the University of Manchester Library: the digitisation process, the creation of the metadata, and how the digitised materials are being used by the library to foster research and public engagement.

24/04/2021ARCHIVED Japanese Disaster Narratives: Conservatism and Revisionism - with Christopher Hood

24/04/2021

Japan has a long history of disaster movies. This lecture will explain some of the key similarities and differences between Hollywood disaster narratives and Japanese ones, including definitions of what a ‘disaster’ and ‘disaster narratives’ are.

26/03/2021ARCHIVED Life in Fukushima after 3/11 – Online Discussion and Film Screening with Filmmaker Toko Shiiki

26/03/2021

Please join us on Friday 26 March to discuss with director Toko Shiiki about the filmmaking process and the stories behind her documentaries set in Fukushima in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster.

24/03/2021ARCHIVED Online Lecture by Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan

24/03/2021

The current British Ambassador to Japan, Paul Madden, will complete his tour of duty at the end of February 2021. In his annual update for the Japan Society, Mr Madden will look back over his four years in Japan, as well as reflecting on the past eventful year in particular.

15/03/2021ARCHIVED How did Elizabeth Anderson learn Japanese in 1943? Wartime language courses & the race against time

15/03/2021

This lecture will start with the story of Elizabeth Anderson (1906-1993), who worked at Bletchley Park from 1939, learnt Japanese at the Bedford Japanese School and then was sent to Mauritius as a translator and teacher.

18/01/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - British Engagement with Japan, 1854-1922 - with Antony Best

18/01/2021

This talk is designed to provide an overview of the trajectory of Britain’s relations with Japan since their modern opening in 1854 until the end of the alliance in 1922.