The Japan Society

Upcoming Events

27/10/2020ONLINE EVENT – Kogin Embroidery Workshop


Kogin embroidery is a type of Sashiko, originating in Aomori prefecture and is a type of counted thread work. It is stitched on an even weave fabric from side to side typically using an uneven number of threads (one, three or five in length) to make up geometric, symmetrical patterns.

04/11/2020ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Departures directed by Yojiro Takita


Departures (おくりびと, Okuribito, 2008) follows the story of a professional cello player who returns to his hometown and finds work as a nokanshi, a traditional Buddhist ritual mortician.

09/11/2020ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: The Tale of Heike


The Tale of the Heike is Japan’s great martial epic: a masterpiece of world literature and the progenitor of all samurai stories, first assembled from scattered oral poems in the early fourteenth century.

14/12/2020ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Breasts & Eggs by Mieko Kawakami


Breasts and Eggs follows the story of Midoriko, an adolescent girl who refuses to communicate with her mother except through writing, and her mother Makiko, who moves to Tokyo to receive breast implant surgery.