The Japan Society

Past Events

The Japan Society runs more than 80 events per year providing opportunities for members and others interested in Japan to meet, learn and exchange ideas and experiences. Our archive of Past Events below shows events we have offered in previous months starting from 2020.

A list of events from previous years can be downloaded in pdf:

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

16/09/2020ARCHIVED The State of the Economy in Japan and the UK, with Noriko Hama and Gerard Lyons


As we begin our autumn series of webinars, we are delighted to welcome two economists, Noriko Hama in Japan and Gerard Lyons in the UK, to join Japan Society Chairman, Bill Emmott, to take stock of the economic positions of our two countries, and consider the future.

14/09/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: The Frolic of the Beast by Yukio Mishima


Inspired from the classic Noh play ‘Motomezuka’, The Frolic of the Beast follows the university student Koji after having been discharged from prison. The plot gradually develops into a strange love story.

08/09/2020ARCHIVED Online Talk - Katagami Stencils: Historical Influence and Contemporary Practice


The Japan Society is pleased to announce a special online talk on Katagami with researcher Mamiko Markham, Head of Collections at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) Zoë Hendon, and practitioner Sarah Desmerais.

02/09/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Family Romance, LLC directed by Werner Herzog


In partnership with Modern Films, the Film Club in September will discuss Family Romance, LLC, the latest film by Werner Herzog, which explores themes about loneliness and connection. Based on a real-life Japanese Company where family and friends can be made available to hire.

01/09/2020ARCHIVED Shinzo Abe and his Legacy: a discussion with Tobias Harris and Keiko Iizuka


Following Prime Minister Abe's announcement of his resignation, Tobias Harris and Keiko Iizuka join Japan Society chairman, Bill Emmott to discuss the legacy of Japan's longest serving prime minister, and his possible successors.

28/08/2020ARCHIVED Online Beginners’ Shibori (Stitch and bind) Workshop


In this online workshop, led by Rob Jones, the participants will learn basic shibori stitching and binding techniques. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners.

26/08/2020ARCHIVED 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.


13/08/2020ARCHIVED Japan Literatures of Remembering. A Panel Discussion on Fiction, Poetry and Anime


The discussion will reflect on the transformations of Japanese identity in literature, exploring themes of time, memory and diversity. We are fortunate to be joined by Mimi Hachikai in Japan who will be reading her poetry alongside her translator Kyoko Yoshida.

10/08/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: No-no Boy by John Okada


Placed in the post-World War 2 setting of a Japanese-American student, Ichiro Yamada. Returning home from University he faces social unacceptance and marginalisation for his non-participation in the war.

05/08/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Kwaidan directed by Masaki Kobayashi


Do you love Japanese cinema? Do you miss Japan and want to see it at least on screen? Join us for the Japan Society Film Club. For this summer session, we invite you to watch in advance 'Kwaidan' (Masaki Kobayashi,1964) and then join us to chat online about the film and Japan in an informal atmosphere.