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

23/11/2023ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - Japanese Photography since 1945, with Dr Lena Fritsch


Based on her book Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography since 1945, Dr Lena Fritsch surveys modern Japanese photography, looking at the work of Moriyama, Sugimoto, and other major figures.

23/11/2023ARCHIVED Talk and Exhibition Tour - Entering the Halls of the Chiyoda Palace


With access to antique books as well as original Ukiyoe prints on the theme of Chiyoda Palace Inner Quarters, a small group of Japan Society members are guided by curators, David Wertheim and Wojtek Doria, to the exhibition that is articulated around a set of magnificent triptychs by Chikanobu Toyohara (1838-1912) depicting life in the ancient women's quarters of the shogunal castle.

18/11/2023ARCHIVED Woodblock Printing Workshop with Hiroko Imada


The Japan Society is pleased to present Japanese woodblock printing workshop led by a London-based artist Hiroko Imada

26/08/2023ARCHIVED Contemporary Ainu Life and Music: Pre-performance Talk with OKI


In this special event, Japan Society members and friends are invited to join the explorative folk musician, OKI with wife, Rekpo and son, Manaw in conversation with Dr Eiko Soga before their performance at St Marys Music Hall, London.

12/08/2023ARCHIVED Private Tour - Circles of Stone: Stonehenge and Prehistoric Japan


Circles of Stone: Stonehenge and Prehistoric Japan is an exhibition celebrating the rich culture of prehistoric Japan. Through a number of exquisite objects, some seen for the first time outside of Japan, the exhibition tells the story of Japanese settlements and stone circles of the middle and late Jomon periods, roughly the same time that Stonehenge was built and used.

22/07/2023ARCHIVED Calligraphy Workshop: Summer Greetings


Following our popular kakizome workshop in January, Japan Society is pleased to host a shochu mimai (summer greeting cards) workshop with calligrapher Yoko Takenami.

03/03/2023ARCHIVED Enso: Coming Full Circle - Private View with Elena Gileva


We are delighted to invite members and friends to a special private view of Elena Gileva’s exhibition Enso: Coming Full Circle at White Conduit Project.

08/01/2023ARCHIVED New Year’s Calligraphy Workshop


Suitable even for complete beginners, in this workshop you will learn how Japanese characters were developed, discover different styles of writing, and be guided in the techniques for writing Japanese with a brush. You will come away with your own piece of calligraphy – a positive word encapsulating hopes for 2023. This is a wonderful opportunity to try this quintessential Japanese art led by a professional calligrapher.

24/11/2022ARCHIVED Making tradition relatable: Kutani Ware in the Modern Era


Japan has had an exceptionally long and successful history of ceramic production and kutani ware, which originates from Ishikawa in the north-western region of Hokuriku, is one of the oldest forms of Japanese porcelain. In the second of our talks by artists from Ishikawa Prefecture, we welcome Keigo Kamide, a sixth-generation ceramicist of Kutani Choemon, a kiln that has been producing Kutani ware for over 130 years.

16/11/2022ARCHIVED Tradition and Modernity in Kaga Yuzen Dyeing


Kaga yūzen is a traditional dyeing technique that is used in the creation of fabrics for kimono. Join us for a special talk with master of kaga yuzen, Hitoshi Maida. This in-person event will not only allow us to engage with the speaker directly, it will also give us the opportunity to see and touch examples of work he will bring in to display.