The Japan Society

Upcoming Events

ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - The Japan Society Film Club: The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice by Yasujiro Ozu

Wednesday 5 June 2024 / 6:30pm
ONLINE EVENT - The Japan Society Film Club: The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice by Yasujiro Ozu

Wednesday 5 June 2024
6.30pm (BST)
For countries outside the UK, please use this calculator to check the time in your region.

Booking Details
Online meeting on Zoom
Please register for the meeting in advance from the link below. After registering, you will receive a automated confirmation email with meeting access details (please check your spam folder if you don't receive any emails).

Free for members of The Japan Society

Please remember to watch the film in advance.
The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice is also available to watch online on Amazon UK, Apple TV, and BFI Player.

Book online here

Please help us to keep this event free and open to all!

The activities of The Japan Society are made possible thanks to the support of its members. If you are planning to attend this event and are not a member (as an individual or through your employer), please consider becoming a member or making a donation if you can - the recommended donation is £5. Thank you!


Join us for our film club in June where we will discuss another classical masterpiece by Yasujiro Ozu, The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice.

The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (お茶漬の味, Ochazuke no aji, 1952) directed by Yasujiro Ozu presents a subtle portrayal of a marriage in post-war Japan. The film revolves around Taeko and Mokichi, a middle-aged couple whose relationship is strained by differing values. While Taeko embraces modernity and socializing, Mokichi finds solace in simplicity. Tensions escalate when Taeko disapproves of her niece's engagement, revealing deeper rifts in their marriage. Ozu delicately navigates themes of generational conflict, societal expectations, and evolving gender roles. Through quiet moments and understated performances, the film offers a profound reflection on the complexities of human relationships amidst societal change.

Yasujiro Ozu (1903–1963) was a pioneering Japanese filmmaker celebrated for his distinctive style and profound exploration of human relationships. Born in Tokyo, Ozu's career spanned over three decades, during which he directed numerous critically acclaimed films, including Tokyo Story and Late Spring. His minimalist approach, characterized by static camera shots and a focus on everyday life, earned him international acclaim and influenced generations of filmmakers.

Do you love Japanese film classics, anime or contemporary cinema stories? Do you miss Japan and want to see it at least on screen? Would you like to learn and discuss about Japanese culture and society? The Japan Society Film Club is an online space to chat about films and Japan in an informal atmosphere. It take place on the first Wednesday of the month. We recommend a film to watch in advance and meet online to discuss. Films are often available online for free, to rent or with subscription, on DVD/Blu Ray or on BFI player. The event is open to all and we encourage participants to freely express their opinions and feelings about the films.

If you have any questions, please call The Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email