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

09/05/2024ARCHIVED OKASHI – Special Private View with Michael Hoppen


The exhibition illustrates an eclectic understanding of Japan’s visual identity by including photographs, vintage textiles, rich colourful avantgarde theatre posters, woodblock shunga prints and unusual objects, such as Netsuke and Harigata, contextualising the gallery’s interest in Japanese culture.

08/05/2024ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - Craft in Crisis: Wajima Lacquerware and the Impact of the Noto Peninsula Earthquake


The Japan Society is delighted to partner with Circle of Japanese Art London to host a zoom lecture by Masami Yamada, Curator in the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

07/05/2024ARCHIVED 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.

03/05/2024ARCHIVED Yoi Kawakubo and Nao Matsunaga: Time Capsule – Artists’ Talk


The exhibition Yoi Kawakubo and Nao Matsunaga: Time Capsule at Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix introduces the work of two contrasting Japanese contemporary artists whose works encompass photography, ceramics and works on paper.

02/05/2024ARCHIVED Women in Work: Why Does Japan Lag Behind?


In the first of a series of events on ‘Women in Work: Japan’, our panel of experts will explore the reasons why Japan lags behind for women in work, drawing on personal experience and their research.

01/05/2024ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - The Japan Society Film Club: Evil Does Not Exist directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi


Join us online to discuss Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s enigmatic ecological drama Evil Does Not Exist (2023).

25/04/2024ARCHIVED Un/Masked: Gallery Talk with Naoto Yoshida


The Japan Society is delighted to invite members and friends to a gallery talk by documentary photographer and journalist Naoto Yoshida, whose first UK exhibition, Un/Masked is currently on show at the Aperture Gallery.

15/04/2024ARCHIVED Women's Liberation Movement, Disability Activism and Reproductive Justice in Japan (1970-1996)


In this lecture, Dr Anna Vittinghoff will explore the impact of disability and women's liberation activists coming together in the 1960s and 1970s.

15/04/2024ARCHIVED Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill


Join us for the latest in our regular quarterly webinar on business and current affairs, Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill. ciety Japan. In this Salon, they will be joined by Yoko Iwama, Professor of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and director of Security and Strategy Program (SSP) at GRIPS.

08/04/2024ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - The Japan Society Book Club: Honeybees and Distant Thunder by Riku Onda


In a small coastal town close to Tokyo, a prestigious piano competition is underway. Over the course of two weeks, three friends will experience some of the most joyous - and painful - moments of their lives.