The Japan Society

Upcoming Events

15/04/2021The Independence Debate: What are the Future Prospects for Scotland?


To discuss the question of Scottish independence and the issues facing voters in May’s elections to the Scottish Parliament, Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott is joined by three experts who have been closely involved in the debate, Sir John Curtice, Iain Martin and Andrew Wilson.

20/04/2021The Current State of US – Japan Relations, with Kunihiko Miyake and James P Zumwalt


Immediately following this Friday’s Biden-Suga summit at the White House – with Yoshihide Suga becoming the first foreign government leader to meet Joe Biden in person since his inauguration –  Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott is joined by two distinguished diplomats: Kuni Miyake, president of the think-tank Foreign Policy Institute and James P Zumwalt, Chairman of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC to discuss the state of US – Japan relations and their implications.

24/04/2021Japanese Disaster Narratives: Conservatism and Revisionism - with Christopher Hood


Japan has a long history of disaster movies. This lecture will explain some of the key similarities and differences between English-language (primarily Hollywood) disaster narratives and Japanese ones. It is based on an extensive study of disaster movies that includes defining both what a ‘disaster’ and ‘disaster narratives’ are.

28/04/2021ONLINE EVENT - Bilingual Public Speaking Clubオンライン版 バイリンガル・パブリックスピーキングクラブ


The club is open to anyone who would like to improve their skills at speaking in Japanese or English and to learn techniques and tricks to expand their communication and presentation abilities.


29/04/2021ONLINE EVENT - Onigirazu Cook Along


Onigirazu is a modern take on Japanese rice balls or onigiri. Instead of the usual triangle, it is shaped into a flat rectangle, almost like a sandwich. Wrapped in nori seaweed and easily adaptable to whatever filling takes your fancy, onigirazu is easy to make and is perfect for picnics in the spring and summer seasons.  

05/05/2021ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: The Ballad of Narayama directed by Shohei Imamura


For the Film Club in May we invite you to watch the confronting and haunting film The Ballad of Narayama directed by Shohei Imamura in 1983.

10/05/2021ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams by Lady Sarashina


As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams is a unique autobiography written by an anonymous writer known only as Lady Sarashina, born in AD 1008.

11/05/2021UK Japan Collaboration in Medical Research: Regenerative Medicine


The medical response to the coronavirus pandemic and the search for a vaccine have shown us all very clearly the benefits and importance of international collaboration in medical research. For this webinar, Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott is joined by Professors Paul Riley and Georg Holländer and Professor Shin’ichi Takeda to discuss regenerative medicine and its potential impact on global health.

11/05/2021ONLINE EVENT - Boro (fabric reparing) Workshop


Boro (more accurately ‘Boro boro’), meaning ‘rags or tatters’ is the art of repairing fabric using scraps and stitching. In this online workshop suitable for beginners participants will learn how to repair a garment using scraps, both modern and vintage and how to use sashiko stitching to enhance your work.

17/05/2021The Japanese Maps Collection of the University of Manchester Library: Digitalising a Mapped Society


This lecture will illustrate the contents of the Japanese Maps Collection of the University of Manchester Library: the digitisation process, the creation of the metadata, and how the digitised materials are being used by the library to foster research and public engagement.