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:
2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

08/07/2024ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - The Japan Society Book Club: The Restaurant of Love Regained by Ito Ogawa


Shocked to find her flat emptied, Rinko's life takes a dramatic turn. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she returns to her estranged village and mother, reigniting past connections.

10/06/2024ARCHIVED IN-PERSON EVENT - The Japan Society Book Club: What You are Looking for is in the Library


Sayuri Komachi is no ordinary librarian. Sensing exactly what someone is searching for in life, she provides just the book recommendation to help them find it.

13/05/2024ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - The Japan Society Book Club: Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa


When Takako's boyfriend announces his impending marriage with someone else, she reluctantly moves into her uncle Satoru's quaint space just above his enchanting Morisaki bookshop in Jimbocho, Tokyo.

08/04/2024ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - The Japan Society Book Club: Honeybees and Distant Thunder by Riku Onda


In a small coastal town close to Tokyo, a prestigious piano competition is underway. Over the course of two weeks, three friends will experience some of the most joyous - and painful - moments of their lives.

13/03/2024ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - The Japan Society Book Club: The Premonition by Banana Yoshimoto


Yayoi lives with her perfect, loving family, but while her parents tell happy stories of her childhood, she is increasingly haunted by the sense that she's forgotten something important about her past.

12/02/2024ARCHIVED IN-PERSON EVENT - The Japan Society Book Club: Early Light by Osamu Dazai


Early Light is a collection of three stories published in 1946 that exemplify a semi-autobiographical I-novel genre and reflect post-war Japan's turmoil.

08/01/2024ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - The Japan Society Book Club: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi


In a small back alley in Tokyo, a cafe which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time!