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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

15/12/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - No Laughing Matter. The Role of the Comedian in Japan – with Till Weingärtner


For several years, Japanese stand-up comedians have also found success on the domestic book market. Benefiting from their popularity and constant presence in the media, publications by comedians-authors often turn into media sensations.

14/11/2020ARCHIVED ‘Singleness of Purpose’: Sir Harry Parkes, British Minister to Japan, Korea and China, 1865-1885


Sir Harry Parkes is a hate figure in China today and feelings are a little mixed about him in Japan, but nobody can deny the central role he played in the relations between east Asia and the West from the 1850s until the 1880s.