The Japan Society

Upcoming Events

05/03/2024 - 09/03/2024On an Endless Road: Itō Noe & the Women Composers of Her Time

05/03/2024 - 09/03/2024

A unique opportunity to see renowned singer and biwa player Akiko Kubota perform in the UK, in a programme of music by and about trailblazing Japanese women. At the heart of this dramatic concert programme is a new song cycle, written especially for Akiko by British composer Francesca Le Lohé.

05/03/2024 - 09/03/2024CHITEN THEATRE COMPANY: GOOD-BYE

05/03/2024 - 09/03/2024

One of Japan’s foremost experimental theatre companies presents GOOD-BYE, based on the 1949 work of popular Japanese novelist, Osamu Dazai, (No Longer Human), and a collage of his later works. Dazai committed suicide before finishing GOOD-BYE.

02/02/2024 - 31/03/2024The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024

02/02/2024 - 31/03/2024

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024 is the largest ever! With an incredibly diverse range of films all based on memories, time, and reflections, this year’s programme is set to provide UK audiences with memorable stories and unforgettable moments.

22/02/2024 - 01/05/2024Japanese Golden Age: Film season at The Garden Cinema

22/02/2024 - 01/05/2024

The Garden Cinema presents, for the first time in the UK, an in-depth exploration of Japanese filmmaking from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. A span of time that brings together legendary directors and actors, and which produced a body of enduring masterpieces: Japanese cinema’s Golden Age.

04/05/2024Japan Fest Welcomes Asia


Japan Fest initially set out to introduce Japanese culture to the UK, but in recognizing the richness of Asia, they had a lightbulb moment! Enter Japan Fest Welcomes Asia, an extension within the Japan Fest brand. It goes beyond Japan, seamlessly integrating Japanese stalls and cuisine with the diverse offerings from other Asian countries. 

02/06/2024Japan Fest Mansfield


For the 2nd time in Mansfield, an event in celebration of Japanese culture. This event is being meticulously crafted by passionate and motivated individuals to bring just a small taste of Japan to Mansfield. Activities include Japanese arts and crafts, authentic handmade food, Japanese inspired drinks, performances, activity areas, and anime plus much more.

15/02/2024 - 01/09/2024Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind

15/02/2024 - 01/09/2024

Delve into the powerful, participatory work of artist and activist Yoko Ono. Spanning more than seven decades, the exhibition focuses on key moments in Ono’s career, including her years in London from 1966 to 1971, where she met John Lennon.

08/09/2023 - 08/09/2024Japan: Myths to Manga

08/09/2023 - 08/09/2024

Take an exciting and atmospheric trip through Japan – and explore how landscape and folklore have influenced Japanese art, technology and design.

23/03/2024 - 22/09/2024Art Without Heroes: Mingei

23/03/2024 - 22/09/2024

Art Without Heroes: Mingei is the largest ever exhibition in the UK dedicated to Mingei, the influential folk-craft movement that developed in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s. With more than 80 works, including ceramics, woodwork, paper, toys, textiles, photography and film, the exhibition will incorporate unseen pieces from significant private collections in the UK and Japan, along with museum loans and historic footage from the Mingei Film Archive.