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Japanese Garden Community Day - photos

Japanese Garden Community Day - photos

We were so pleased to see so many people enjoying the activities on what was a beautiful sunny day in Hammersmith Park’s Japanese Garden this Sunday 7 August.

Professor Ian Nish CBE (3 June 1926 – 31 July 2022)

Professor Ian Nish CBE (3 June 1926 – 31 July 2022)

Ian Nish had been involved with the Japan Society for over 70 years, since studying for his PhD at SOAS, and was known to many members. He was the last of the wartime Japanologists, and spent the majority of his career in the International History Department at LSE. After retiring, he continued to research and publish on the subject of international relations and diplomacy.

Annual Dinner 2022 - photos

Annual Dinner 2022 - photos

On Tuesday 12 July 2022, we were delighted to welcome members and guests to the first in-person Annual Dinner event since 2019, held in the surroundings of the historic Chelsea Physic Garden.

Japan Society Golf Tournament 2022 - Winners and Pictures

Japan Society Golf Tournament 2022 - Winners and Pictures

Congratulations to Nick Packer for his victory in the annual Japan Society Golf Tournament for the Asprey and Garrard Plate. This year's tournament was held on 28 June at Essendon Country Club.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (52)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (52)

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida really spoke for all of us when he said he was "at a loss for words" about the assassination today of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. I imagine all of us felt just like that when we woke up to read the news of the shooting at the campaign event in beautiful Nara and then a short while later learned that he had died.

17th World Children’s Haiku Contest 2021-2022 – Winners

17th World Children’s Haiku Contest 2021-2022 – Winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 17th World Children's Haiku Contest 2022. The Japan Society would like to thank everyone for their support of this year’s contest and for their patience in waiting for the results.

Join the Japan Society team!

Join the Japan Society team!

We are looking for a Communications & Events Officer and a Membership & Development Intern to work with us developing Japan-related events and activities for members and audiences in the UK.

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (51)

Japan Society Chairman's Blog (51)

Given how demanding was the application process for my visa to visit Japan last month – sponsors’ certificates, financial guarantees, itinerary – as were the rather more relevant health protocols on arrival in Tokyo, my biggest worry was of testing positive for covid just before departure from London or, even worse, on arrival, and then losing the whole trip after all that effort.

Private Day Trip to Dojima Sake Brewery - Photos

Private Day Trip to Dojima Sake Brewery - Photos

Many thanks to everyone attending our wonderful day trip at Dojima Sake Brewery on Sunday 29 May 2022 and special thanks to our host Dojima Sake Brewery and workshop leader Megumi Takeyama for fantastic and informative visit with delicious food and sake.

Shrines and Temples - New Resources!

Shrines and Temples - New Resources!

We’re delighted to announce the release of our latest education resources, which can be used to teach about religion in Japan. Our brand new video Let’s Visit a Shrine and a Temple allows students to take a tour of both a Shinto shrine and a Buddhist temple, without leaving their classroom!