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:
2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

23/06/2020ARCHIVED Online Hitomezashi Sashiko (one stitch) Workshop


In this online workshop, led by Rob Jones, participants will be introduced to a variety of Sashiko patterns, and will focus on Hitomezashi Sashiko (one-stitch sashiko) where the pattern emerges from the alignment of single stitches made on a grid.

08/06/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: A Cat, a Man, and Two Women by Junichiro Tanizaki


Shinako has been ousted from her marriage by her husband Shozo and his younger lover Fukuko. She’s lost everything: her home, status, and respectability. Yet the only thing she longs for is Lily, their cat.

03/06/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Good Morning directed by Yasujiro Ozu


Do you love Japanese cinema? Do you miss Japan and want to see it at least on screen? Join us for the new Japan Society Film Club where we will chat online about films and Japan in an informal atmosphere.

26/05/2020ARCHIVED Yuriko Kotani with Till Weingärtner - The Making of a Japanese Stand-Up in the UK


The Japan Society are pleased to welcome comedian Yuriko Kotani in conversation with Till Weingärtner as they discuss Yuriko’s experiences as a Japanese comedian in the UK comedy scene.

19/05/2020ARCHIVED Online Boro (fabric repairing) Workshop


Boro (more accurately ‘Boro boro’), meaning ‘rags or tatters’ is the art of repairing fabric using scraps and stitching. In this online workshop participants will learn how to repair a garment using scraps, and how to use sashiko stitching to enhance your work.

11/05/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa


Considered a dystopian novel, The Memory Police focuses on an unknown, surreal setting of an unnamed island. With Orwellian themes such as rule by terror and state control.

28/04/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Boro (fabric repairing) Workshop


Boro (more accurately ‘Boro boro’), meaning ‘rags or tatters’ is the art of repairing fabric using scraps and stitching.

06/04/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Deep River by Shusaku Endo


The river is the Ganges, where a group of Japanese tourists converge, each wrestling with their own demons. In this novel, the renowned Japanese writer Shusaku Endo reaches his ultimate religious vision.

09/03/2020ARCHIVED Japan Society Book Club: Tokyo Ueno Station by Miri Yu


The story follows Kazu – the main protagonist as he reflects on his tough life involving numerous tragic incidents. Consequently Kazu is driven into poverty and homelessness, residing in a tent within Ueno Park.

03/03/2020ARCHIVED 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.