The Japan Society

Upcoming Events

10/08/2020ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: No-no Boy by John Okada

10/08/2020

Placed in the post-World War 2 setting of a Japanese-American student, Ichiro Yamada. Returning home from University he faces social unacceptance and marginalisation for his non-participation in the war.

28/08/2020Online Beginners’ Shibori (Stitch and bind) Workshop

28/08/2020

In this online workshop, led by Rob Jones, the participants will learn basic shibori stitching and binding techniques. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners.

02/09/2020ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Family Romance, LLC directed by Werner Herzog

02/09/2020

In partnership with Modern Films, the Film Club in September will discuss Family Romance, LLC, the latest film by Werner Herzog, which explores themes about loneliness and connection. Based on a real-life Japanese Company where family and friends can be made available to hire.

14/09/2020Japan Society Book Club: The Frolic of the Beast by Yukio Mishima

14/09/2020

Inspired from the classic Noh play ‘Motomezuka’, The Frolic of the Beast follows the university student Koji after having been discharged from prison. The plot gradually develops into a strange love story.

12/10/2020Japan 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.

09/11/2020Japan 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.

14/12/2020Japan 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.