The Japan Society

Upcoming Events

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


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.

05/11/2020The US Election: Implications for International Trade


As we assess the outcome, whether confirmed or not, of the US presidential and congressional elections, Japan Society Chairman Bill Emmott is joined by two experts on international business, Glen S Fukushima in Washington DC and Lord Jim O’Neill in the UK, and Professor Toshihiro Nakayama in Tokyo, to share their views on the election’s implications for both the UK and Japan.

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


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.

14/11/2020‘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.

25/11/2020ONLINE 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.


01/12/2020Sixth Form Japan Week 2020


This year our annual Sixth Form Japan event goes online, offering a mix of live sessions and specially created "on-demand" content over four days.

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


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.

15/12/2020ONLINE 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.