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:

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

26/03/2021ARCHIVED Life in Fukushima after 3/11 – Online Discussion and Film Screening with Filmmaker Toko Shiiki


Please join us on Friday 26 March to discuss with director Toko Shiiki about the filmmaking process and the stories behind her documentaries set in Fukushima in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster.

24/03/2021ARCHIVED Online Lecture by Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan


The current British Ambassador to Japan, Paul Madden, will complete his tour of duty at the end of February 2021. In his annual update for the Japan Society, Mr Madden will look back over his four years in Japan, as well as reflecting on the past eventful year in particular.

15/03/2021ARCHIVED How did Elizabeth Anderson learn Japanese in 1943? Wartime language courses & the race against time


This lecture will start with the story of Elizabeth Anderson (1906-1993), who worked at Bletchley Park from 1939, learnt Japanese at the Bedford Japanese School and then was sent to Mauritius as a translator and teacher.

18/01/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - British Engagement with Japan, 1854-1922 - with Antony Best


This talk is designed to provide an overview of the trajectory of Britain’s relations with Japan since their modern opening in 1854 until the end of the alliance in 1922.

15/12/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - No Laughing Matter. The Role of the Comedian in Japan – with Till Weingärtner


For several years, Japanese stand-up comedians have also found success on the domestic book market. Benefiting from their popularity and constant presence in the media, publications by comedians-authors often turn into media sensations.

14/11/2020ARCHIVED ‘Singleness of Purpose’: Sir Harry Parkes, British Minister to Japan, Korea and China, 1865-1885


Sir Harry Parkes is a hate figure in China today and feelings are a little mixed about him in Japan, but nobody can deny the central role he played in the relations between east Asia and the West from the 1850s until the 1880s.

18/10/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - 70 years in Japan’s Postwar History: Individual Memories, Collective Experiences


Often explored from a socio-political, economic perspective, postwar history in Japan is also made up of the personal experiences of individuals who have lived through those historical events. This lecture will discuss the last 70 years in Japan from the point of view of a person who has witnessed first-hand the historical developments of the country.

20/07/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Performing Memory: Artistic Production & Religious Practice at the Kofukuji Nan’endo


This online talk explores the interplay between memory and materiality, examining the process in which memory of the Northern Fujiwara clan became identified with the Nan’endo at Kofukuji temple.

18/05/2020ARCHIVED Being a Young Migrant in Japan: Anthropological Perspectives - with Jamie Coates


We are taking our monthly Japan Society lecture online in May, and are delighted to welcome Dr Jamie Coates to discuss his film Tokyo Pengyou and his research into a migrant community in Tokyo.

20/04/2020ARCHIVED POSTPONED - Performing Memory: Artistic Production and Religious Practice at the Kofukuji Nan’endo


This talk explores the interplay between memory and materiality, examining the process in which memory of the Northern Fujiwara clan became identified with the Nan’endo at Kofukuji temple.