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03/02/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: The Mourning Forest directed by Naomi Kawase


The Mourning Forest (殯の森, Mogari no mori, 2007) is a beautiful and meditative portrait of grief, with an absorbing cinematography and a touching story.

30/01/2021ARCHIVED The Japan Affair: 40 Years of Engagement in UK - Japan Relations, in Conversation with David Howell


In this special event, we are delighted to welcome David Howell to join Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott in a conversation spanning themes and observations from his over 40 year involvement in UK Japan relations.

27/01/2021ARCHIVED 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.


20/01/2021ARCHIVED The Path to Net Carbon Zero in the UK and Japan, with Naoko Ishii and Adair Turner


For the first Japan Society webinar of 2021, chairman Bill Emmott will be joined to discuss strategies to achieve net carbon zero by two energy and climate change experts, Professor Naoko Ishii, director of the Center for Global Commons, University of Tokyo, and Lord Adair Turner, chair of the Energy Transitions Commission.

18/01/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - British Engagement with Japan, 1854-1922 - with Antony Best


This talk is designed to provide an overview of the trajectory of Britain’s relations with Japan since their modern opening in 1854 until the end of the alliance in 1922.

11/01/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura


In If Cats Disappeared from The World, Kawamura tells the story of a postman in his thirties who discovers that his days are numbered because of a brain tumour which will cause his imminent death.

06/01/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: High and Low directed by Akira Kurosawa


High and Low is a superb crime thriller and a brilliant commentary on the contemporary Japanese society and its moral values.

15/12/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - No Laughing Matter. The Role of the Comedian in Japan – with Till Weingärtner


For several years, Japanese stand-up comedians have also found success on the domestic book market. Benefiting from their popularity and constant presence in the media, publications by comedians-authors often turn into media sensations.

15/12/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT – Moyozashi Sashiko (stab stitch) Workshop


In this online workshop, led by Rob Jones, participants will be introduced to variety of Sashiko patterns, focusing on Moyozashi Sashiko (pattern sashiko) where the patterns change direction to make a larger one.

14/12/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE 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.