The Japan Society

Upcoming Events

06/05/2021Pico Iyer's Japan


Author and journalist Pico Iyer will be in conversation with Lesley Downer in an online event organised by The British Library and hosted by Unique Media. Born in England and based in western Japan for 33 years, Pico Iyer will talk about the changes, the changelessness and the paradoxes of his adopted home, as reflected in his recent works 'Autumn Light' and 'A Beginner’s Guide to Japan'.

19/06/2021Sumida River in Sign Language


Sumida River in Sign Language brings the natural and human worlds together in a drama of physical gesture and facial expression. Performed by deaf, unmasked actors, the play is suffused with the life of the river: pines bending in the wind, flocks of Miyako birds and mist swirling in from the bay.

05/05/2021 - 24/07/2021Japan : Water

05/05/2021 - 24/07/2021

The artists in GroundWork Gallery’s Spring exhibition, Japan : Water take us on a journey into the significance of water in Japanese art and culture. Water is important for Japan’s economy and indeed its survival. Tea, sake, rice, fish, handmade paper, hot baths: so many keystones of the Japanese way of life depend on clean, pure water. Works in this exhibition tackle each aspect of the subject of water, from purity to pollution, from calm to turbulence. 

01/02/2021 - 30/09/2021CULTURE GATE to JAPAN

01/02/2021 - 30/09/2021

Get closer to Japan by visiting this multimedia art exhibition offering new perspectives on the diversity of Japanese culture. CULTURE GATE to JAPAN is open online and at airports and transportation hubs across Japan until at least September 2021. For each site, artists and digital media creators exhibit artworks based on the history and charms of each area.