The Japan Society

Upcoming Events


02/12/2023 - 03/12/2023

YOKIMONO JAPANESE CHRISTMAS MARKET is presenting a Japan-themed Christmas market and cultural event at The Factory, Dalston, East London. As well as a wide variety of market stalls, there will be live performances, demonstrations of Kimono dressing, Furoshiki eco-wrapping, Tea Ceremony and Japanese Kokedama moss ball & Bonsai making. 

16/12/2023Yu Kosuge Piano Concert


The Avex Recital Series, celebrating its 5th season, returns to Wigmore Hall delivering recitals by leading Japanese artists of today. They welcome back Yu Kosuge, one of today’s most noted pianists, for an enticingly varied programme, including a world première of Fujikura's Piano Sonata.

16/11/2023 - 16/12/2023Mayuka Yamamoto, Moe Nakamura, and Karin Iwabuchi at Dorothy Circus Gallery

16/11/2023 - 16/12/2023

Mayuka Yamamoto, Moe Nakamura, and Karin Iwabuchi offer a fascinating overview of Japanese female art, inviting us to rediscover the beauty and complexity of our childhood and to look within ourselves with fresh eyes by providing a glimpse into the diverse range of techniques and images that define contemporary Japanese artistic expression.

16/12/2023Merry Mini URAMATSURI


Ura Matsuri returns with a Mini Xmas night of Japanese Londoner good times & good cheer. With a seasonal selection of Japanese rooted but UK based music & live performance including performances from:The 15 strong London meets Japan legends FRANK CHICKENS. Featuring songs of spacemen, ninja and blue canaries! With costume changes, dance routines & film a famously joyful time is guaranteed!

11/10/2023 - 07/01/2024Hiroshi Sugimoto Exhibition

11/10/2023 - 07/01/2024

The largest survey to date of Hiroshi Sugimoto, an artist renowned for creating some of the most alluringly enigmatic photographs of our time.

19/01/2024Can Çakmur & Friends


The Hamamatsu International Piano Competition presents a celebratory evening of chamber music from current competition winner Can Çakmur and Chairperson Noriko Ogawa, plus special guests, to mark the launch of the 2024 Competition.

15/11/2023 - 31/01/2024Masaomi Yasunaga: Clouds in the Distance

15/11/2023 - 31/01/2024

Lisson Gallery opens the first exhibition in London by the experimental Japanese sculptor, Masaomi Yasunaga. Presenting a new body of work that deftly fuses ancient ceramic methods with novel explorations, the exhibition serves as an introduction for UK audiences to Yasunaga’s highly adventurous, innovative practice.

01/09/2023 - 04/02/2024KABUKI LEGENDS: Stencil Prints of Takahashi Hiromitsu

01/09/2023 - 04/02/2024

Japanese artist Takahashi Hiromitsu creates dynamic, colourful prints showing exciting moments in kabuki, Japan’s traditional dance-drama. Hiromitsu’s striking designs are not portraits of actual actors, but visualisations of famous kabuki roles. In kabuki, performers wearing elaborate costumes and make-up use stylised movement and song to enact melodramatic stories about love, loyalty and the clash between duty and emotion.

06/10/2023 - 11/02/2024Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective

06/10/2023 - 11/02/2024

For more than sixty years, Daido Moriyama (森山 大道 b. 1938) has used his camera to interrogate and revolutionise the way we look at the world with his dense, grainy images. Even today, Moriyama’s pioneering artistic spirit and visual intensity remain groundbreaking. The exhibition traces the path of a photographer who transformed the way we see photography and questioned the very nature of photography itself.

25/11/2023 - 24/02/2024Pacific Overtures

25/11/2023 - 24/02/2024

One of Stephen Sondheim’s most ambitious, rarely seen creations comes to the Chocolate Factory in a co-production with Umeda Arts Theater in Japan, where it has already been a huge success in Tokyo and Osaka. The story of the arrival of the West in 1853 in isolated Japan is seen from a western perspective but played in an eastern style.