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

15/07/2024ARCHIVED Karuwaza, a Risky Business: Japanese Acrobats in Victorian Britain


In this lecture, Pernille Rudlin will discuss the life and experiences of the first Japanese acrobats who arrived and settle in Britain in the late 1860s.

17/06/2024ARCHIVED A Comparison on Gender Representation in Higher Education and Economics in Japan and the UK


In this lecture Dr Liliana Harding will focus on women’s under-representation in social sciences and economics and why such under-representation matters.

06/06/2024ARCHIVED Exploring Japan: A Diplomatic Journey with Ambassador Paul Madden


We are delighted to welcome Paul Madden CMG FRGS, former Ambassador to Japan, to discuss his favourite experiences in Japan.

20/05/2024ARCHIVED Nostalgia, Soft Power, Intersectionality and the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme


In this lecture, Dr Sharleen Estampador will demonstrate how the JET Programme has been beneficial in changing attitudes towards Japan through grassroots diplomacy.

08/05/2024ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - Craft in Crisis: Wajima Lacquerware and the Impact of the Noto Peninsula Earthquake


The Japan Society is delighted to partner with Circle of Japanese Art London to host a zoom lecture by Masami Yamada, Curator in the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

03/05/2024ARCHIVED Yoi Kawakubo and Nao Matsunaga: Time Capsule – Artists’ Talk


The exhibition Yoi Kawakubo and Nao Matsunaga: Time Capsule at Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix introduces the work of two contrasting Japanese contemporary artists whose works encompass photography, ceramics and works on paper.

25/04/2024ARCHIVED Un/Masked: Gallery Talk with Naoto Yoshida


The Japan Society is delighted to invite members and friends to a gallery talk by documentary photographer and journalist Naoto Yoshida, whose first UK exhibition, Un/Masked is currently on show at the Aperture Gallery.

15/04/2024ARCHIVED Women's Liberation Movement, Disability Activism and Reproductive Justice in Japan (1970-1996)


In this lecture, Dr Anna Vittinghoff will explore the impact of disability and women's liberation activists coming together in the 1960s and 1970s.

25/03/2024ARCHIVED Katazome Dyeing Artists and the Mingei Movement in Post-war Japan


This lecture reviews the work of textile artists Samiro Yunoki (1922~2024) and Keisuke Serizawa (1895~1984) and their involvement with the Mingei movement.

19/02/2024ARCHIVED First Contact: The Earliest Scots in Japan (1613-1623)


In this lecture, Professor Ian Gow will discuss first contacts by Scots with Tokugawa Japan during the English East India Company period in Hirado (1613-23).