The Japan Society
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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

11/01/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura

11/01/2021

In If Cats Disappeared from The World, Kawamura tells the story of a postman in his thirties who discovers that his days are numbered because of a brain tumour which will cause his imminent death.

06/01/2021ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: High and Low directed by Akira Kurosawa

06/01/2021

High and Low is a superb crime thriller and a brilliant commentary on the contemporary Japanese society and its moral values.

15/12/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT – Moyozashi Sashiko (stab stitch) Workshop

15/12/2020

In this online workshop, led by Rob Jones, participants will be introduced to variety of Sashiko patterns, focusing on Moyozashi Sashiko (pattern sashiko) where the patterns change direction to make a larger one.

14/12/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: Breasts & Eggs by Mieko Kawakami

14/12/2020

Breasts and Eggs follows the story of Midoriko, an adolescent girl who refuses to communicate with her mother except through writing, and her mother Makiko, who moves to Tokyo to receive breast implant surgery.

02/12/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Tokyo Godfathers directed by Kon Satoshi

02/12/2020

For our last Film Club of 2020 we want to finish with an unusual and cheerful Christmas tale, the anime film Tokyo Godfathers directed by Kon Satoshi in 2003.

09/11/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: The Tale of Heike

09/11/2020

The Tale of the Heike is Japan’s great martial epic: a masterpiece of world literature and the progenitor of all samurai stories, first assembled from scattered oral poems in the early fourteenth century.

04/11/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Departures directed by Yojiro Takita

04/11/2020

Departures (おくりびと, Okuribito, 2008) follows the story of a professional cello player who returns to his hometown and finds work as a nokanshi, a traditional Buddhist ritual mortician.

27/10/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT – Kogin Embroidery Workshop

27/10/2020

Kogin embroidery is a type of Sashiko, originating in Aomori prefecture and is a type of counted thread work. It is stitched on an even weave fabric from side to side typically using an uneven number of threads (one, three or five in length) to make up geometric, symmetrical patterns.

12/10/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata

12/10/2020

With the ethereal tone and aesthetic styling characteristic of Kawabata’s prose, The Old Capital tells the story of Chieko, the adopted daughter of a Kyoto kimono designer, Takichiro, and his wife, Shige.

07/10/2020ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: When a Woman Ascends the Stairs directed by Mikio Naruse

07/10/2020

For our first Film Club of the autumn we will return to the classical Japanese cinema to discuss When a Woman Ascends the Stairs directed by Mikio Naruse in 1960. A film which offers a subtle, devastating study of the life of a woman in postwar Japan played by film star Hideko Takamine.