The Japan Society

Upcoming Events

22/08/2021Japan Day Online 2021


Japan Society North West is hosting a one day event on their Facebook page with an exciting line up of performers and activities such as Tengu Taiko Drummers, KOTO with Sumie Kent, Shamisen with Liam Morgan, Press X, a London rock band that write songs based on popular games, GION Matsuri Org, Shotokan Karate Union Karate Club and much more!

20/07/2021 - 29/08/2021VAMOS NIPPON!

20/07/2021 - 29/08/2021

VAMOS NIPPON! is the fourth instalment of the Naughton Gallery’s sports exhibition series, specially programmed to coincide with the Tokyo Summer Olympics. This edition of the sports series sees a focus on Japan, celebrating Japanese sport and sports culture whilst also using a sports context to discuss issues relating to gender, sexuality, race, and politics in Japanese history and contemporary society. *Supported by Japan Society Small Grants.

16/09/2021 - 19/09/2021Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2021: Bodies

16/09/2021 - 19/09/2021

The theme for this festival edition explores the body and sensation. We are living through a time where words, facts and logic are increasingly ineffectual, powerless and absurd. As we attempt to make sense of the nonsensical, the most powerful form of expression is often what we feel. How we interact with other bodies and spaces around us, and how we express the unutterable become vital means of communication and connection. *Supported by Japan Society Small Grants.

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.

18/05/2021 - 10/10/2021House of the Setting Sun

18/05/2021 - 10/10/2021

This Spring, Lakeland Arts launches 'House of the Setting Sun'; an exciting programme that celebrates the enduring legacy of artistic exchange between Britain and Japan. Set within the stunning interiors of the house, explore the interchange of influence between Japanese design and the British Arts & Crafts Movement with a new exhibition The Lure of the Floating World: Japan and its enduring influence and a family adventure trail that reveals a world of mythical and mysterious creatures inspired by Japanese popular culture. *Supported by Japan Society Small Grants.

29/07/2021 - 03/01/2022Tokyo: Art & Photography

29/07/2021 - 03/01/2022

This major exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford will explore Tokyo through the varied and vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years, from its beginnings as the headquarters of the Tokugawa shoguns in the early 1600s to the sprawling modern metropolis and dynamic centre of art, photography and design it is today. *Supported by Japan Society Small Grants.

25/06/2022Sumida 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.