The Japan Society

Upcoming Events

24/10/2020 - 25/10/2020Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2020

24/10/2020 - 25/10/2020

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival is back this October to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival. All free, online and live on YouTube and Zoom, the festival will present screenings and Zoom meetings, along with short film programmes featuring award winning film makers, including Oscar nominated Koji Yamamura and Shin Hosokawa, as well as emerging talents from various universities across Japan.

05/10/2020 - 18/12/2020The Techniques shaping Japanese Textiles

05/10/2020 - 18/12/2020

The Techniques shaping Japanese Textiles explores the influence of Japan-inspired textiles in the UK. Over time, the Japanese mastery of weaving, dyeing, embroidery and stitching techniques has created a rich and assorted array of decorated textiles. These textiles have proved to be a source of inspiration for many in this country and this exhibition highlights this through the work of eight UK-based artists.

07/11/2020 - 14/03/2021E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas

07/11/2020 - 14/03/2021

E. A. Hornel took and collected thousands of images throughout his life, and he used many of these to inspire the paintings that made him wealthy and successful. This exhibition of the Glasgow Boy’s paintings and photographs examines how Hornel worked, explores how he looked at the world as a white, western man photographing young women in ‘exotic’ locations and interrogates the way we look at him today. It introduces visitors to Hornel and his early style and illustrates how strongly his art was shaped by photography.

19/06/2021Sumida River in Sign Language


Sumida River in Sign Language brings the natural and human worlds together in a drama of physical gesture and facial expression. Performed by deaf, unmasked actors, the play is suffused with the life of the river: pines bending in the wind, flocks of Miyako birds and mist swirling in from the bay.