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:

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

16/10/2021ARCHIVED Collar Cup Golf Match 2021


The annual golf match between the Japan Society and the JCCI is being held this year on Saturday 16 October at the Hendon Golf Club. Twelve players from each organisation will compete for the Collar Cup, which was won in 2019 by the Japan Society.

11/10/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Essays in Idleness and Hojoki by Kenko and Chomei


Written by Buddhist monks from medieval Japan, these two works on life's fleeting pleasures each show a different world-view.

09/10/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Making Senbei Since 1909: The Story of Domoto Seika


The Japan Society is pleased to welcome Masaya Domoto, vice president of Domoto Seika, a 112-year-old senbei (rice cracker) company based in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. In this special online event, Masaya will introduce his fifth-generation family business, while attendees will have the opportunity to sample Domoto Seika’s rice crackers, as well as the chance to try freshly baked senbei at home.

06/10/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Battle Royale directed by Kinji Fukasaku


Join us on 6 October for our Film Club dedicated to explore the influential and bloody film Battle Royale, directed by Kinji Fukasaku in 2000.

05/10/2021ARCHIVED 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.

25/09/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - One Step at a Time: Exploring the Shikoku Pilgrimage with John Lander


In this special talk, author and photographer John Lander will take us on a journey along the Shikoku Pilgrimage guiding us through the evocative images and stories he has been documenting for his latest publication The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Japan’s Sacred Trail. He will share fascinating details on the origin of the trail and what the pilgrimage means to the thousands who undertake it every year.

13/09/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: A Man by Keiichiro Hirano


Keiichiro Hirano’s A Man has all the trappings of a gripping detective story: a bereaved wife, a dead man whose name belongs to someone else, mysterious coded letters, a lawyer intent on uncovering the truth.

01/09/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Ran directed by Akira Kurosawa


For our Film Club in September, we invite you to watch one of the most stunning adaptations of Shakespeare's King Lear, the monumental period drama Ran directed by Akira Kurosawa in 1985.

09/08/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


Published in 2017, Pachinko, the second novel by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, is an epic historical novel following a Korean family who eventually immigrates to Japan.

04/08/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Grave of the Fireflies directed by Isao Takahata


Join us on 4 August for a Film Club dedicated to a masterpiece of Japanese animation and anti-war cinema, Graves of the Fireflies directed by Isao Takahata in 1988.