The Japan Society

Upcoming Events

29/05/2024The Satsuma Rebellion: The Samurai Myth


Part of the Literature and History Public Conference 2024: Power, Authority and Subversion at the University of Derby, the paper "The Satsuma Rebellion: The Samurai Myth" will explore how the Satsuma Rebellion was a pivotal moment in the history of Japan which redefined the image of the Samurai, inducing new narratives of Bushido, honour and resistance. These new narratives would go on to form the mythos around the Samurai which persists to this day.

02/06/2024Japan Fest Mansfield


For the 2nd time in Mansfield, an event in celebration of Japanese culture. This event is being meticulously crafted by passionate and motivated individuals to bring just a small taste of Japan to Mansfield. Activities include Japanese arts and crafts, authentic handmade food, Japanese inspired drinks, performances, activity areas, and anime plus much more.

13/04/2024 - 30/06/2024OKASHI

13/04/2024 - 30/06/2024

Michael Hoppen presents a kaleidoscope of works crossing centuries, genre, and media, to reveal a different interpretation of Japan – neither a delicate vision of the Floating World, nor the kawaii kitsch of Hello Kitty’s homeland.

13/07/2024Japan FEST Quad Derby


For the third time in Derby, Japan Fest will be celebrating Japanese culture with Japanese arts and crafts activites, handmade Japanese food, Japanese inspired drinks, performances, and anime plus much more!.

15/02/2024 - 01/09/2024Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind

15/02/2024 - 01/09/2024

Delve into the powerful, participatory work of artist and activist Yoko Ono. Spanning more than seven decades, the exhibition focuses on key moments in Ono’s career, including her years in London from 1966 to 1971, where she met John Lennon.

08/09/2023 - 08/09/2024Japan: Myths to Manga

08/09/2023 - 08/09/2024

Take an exciting and atmospheric trip through Japan – and explore how landscape and folklore have influenced Japanese art, technology and design.

23/03/2024 - 22/09/2024Art Without Heroes: Mingei

23/03/2024 - 22/09/2024

The largest ever exhibition in the UK dedicated to Mingei! With more than 80 works, including ceramics, woodwork, paper, toys, textiles, photography and film, the exhibition will incorporate unseen pieces from significant private collections in the UK and Japan, along with museum loans and historic footage from the Mingei Film Archive.