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13/12/2021ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Heaven by Mieko Kawakami


Told through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old boy subjected to relentless bullying, this is a haunting novel of the threat of violence that can stalk our teenage years.

12/04/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda


The Aosawa Murders begins in the 1960s in a town on the coast of the Sea of Japan, when 17 people die of cyanide poisoning at a party given by the owners of a prominent clinic.

07/04/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Kikujiro directed by Takeshi Kitano


For the Film Club in April we invite you to watch the hilarious and tender film Kikujiro directed by Takeshi Kitano in 1999.

01/04/2021ARCHIVED US – China Relations and the Implications for Japan, with Yuka Koshino and Clyde Prestowitz


To examine likely trends in relations between the world’s two superpowers, the US and China, and what these might mean for Japan, Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott is joined by Clyde Prestowitz, founder of the think-tank Economic Strategy Institute and veteran observer of Asian trade and politics, and Yuka Koshino, research fellow for Japanese Security and Defence Policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

31/03/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Bilingual Public Speaking ClubARCHIVED オンライン版 バイリンガル・パブリックスピーキングクラブ


The club is open to anyone who would like to improve their skills at speaking in Japanese or English and to learn techniques and tricks to expand their communication and presentation abilities.


26/03/2021ARCHIVED Life in Fukushima after 3/11 – Online Discussion and Film Screening with Filmmaker Toko Shiiki


Please join us on Friday 26 March to discuss with director Toko Shiiki about the filmmaking process and the stories behind her documentaries set in Fukushima in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster.

24/03/2021ARCHIVED Online Lecture by Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan


The current British Ambassador to Japan, Paul Madden, will complete his tour of duty at the end of February 2021. In his annual update for the Japan Society, Mr Madden will look back over his four years in Japan, as well as reflecting on the past eventful year in particular.

20/03/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Katazome (Stencil Dyeing) Workshop


In this workshop, participants will make a katazome-printed silk square suitable for a head or neck scarf. The workshop is suitable for any level of design or textile printing experience.

15/03/2021ARCHIVED How did Elizabeth Anderson learn Japanese in 1943? Wartime language courses & the race against time


This lecture will start with the story of Elizabeth Anderson (1906-1993), who worked at Bletchley Park from 1939, learnt Japanese at the Bedford Japanese School and then was sent to Mauritius as a translator and teacher.

08/03/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima


Territory of Light is the story of a young woman, recently separated from her husband and living alone in Tokyo with her two-year-old daughter.