The Japan Society
Education Events & Special Programmes

Sixth Form Japan Day

The Japan Society holds an annual Sixth Form Japan Day in which sixth form students are invited to attend a FREE one-day course about Japan, its culture and its role in the global community. The day is designed to give an insight into Japan, traditional and modern, through lectures and practical workshops. It is aimed at students who are considering Japanese Studies at university and/or studying in Japan.

The last in-person Sixth Form Japan Day was held in SOAS University of London on Thursday 7 November 2019 in association with Ritsumeikan (UK) and SOAS. A virtual event was hosted online in 2020, offering a mix of live sessions and specially created "on-demand" content over four days.

This year in 2022, a smaller Japan Taster will be hosted in the spring to give sixth form students who missed out on our Japan Day events during the pandemic a chance to participate in cultural workshops.

Find out more about the sixth form Japan Taster or contact our education team for more information about future events.

Sixth Form Japan Day 2019

Thursday 7 November 2019
10.20am to 4.00pm
(Registration from 10.00am)

SOAS University of London
Russell Square Campus
London WC1H 0XG
Nearest underground station: Russell Square.
For directions to the venue and a PDF campus map please click here

Booking Details
Free of charge to schools


The Japan Society, in association with Ritsumeikan University (UK) and SOAS, is pleased once again to invite Sixth Form students to attend its popular FREE one-day course about Japan, its culture and its role in the global community.

The day is designed to give an insight into aspects of Japan, traditional and modern, through lectures and practical workshops. It is aimed at students who are studying Japanese, but will also be of interest to those who have not had the opportunity to do so formally at school, but who are considering Japanese studies at universities in the UK, or applying to do other subjects at universities in Japan. Students will also have the chance to speak one on one with representatives from a range of universities offering Japanese studies.

University Exhibition | Lectures and Workshops | Programme | Booking information | Feedback from 2018 

University Exhibition

As part of the day we will have a University Exhibition, where students will have the chance to talk one on one with a range of representatives from universities in the UK offering Japanese Studies programmes. For those considering applying to do other subjects at universities in Japan, there will also be a chance to learn about study abroad opportunities.

List of the Universities

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Lectures and Workshops

The course will feature a keynote address by Fumio Obata, London-based graphic novelist/illustrator and author of Just So Happens, a highly acclaimed graphic novel which has now been translated and published in 8 different countries. The day will also include a lecture by Professor Haruo Noma from Ritsumeikan University and a talk by Dr Jennifer Coates from University of Sheffield.

Elective practical workshops in small groups will allow students to take part in a range of activities, including: Calligraphy, Cookery (Sushi), Oekakinden (Smart Wearable Sports Technology), Manga (Drawing), Martial Arts (Aikido), Japanese Taiko (drumming), and a language focused workshop led by the Japan Foundation exploring the use of Kanji in everyday Japanese conversation.

Students can indicate their preference for workshops on the booking form. We will endeavour to accommodate everyone’s preferences however we cannot guarantee students will get their top choices.

Speakers Profiles & Workshop Details

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10.00 – 10.20
Arrival and registration
10.20 – 10.30
Welcome and introduction to the day
10.30 – 11.00
Lecture 1: Virtual Reality for Multimodal Sensation – Professor Haruo Noma (Ritsumeikan University)
11.15 – 11.55
Workshop 1
12.05 – 12.35
Lecture 2: Engaging with Japan: Study, Work, and More – Dr Jennifer Coates (University of Sheffield)
12.35 – 13.35
University Exhibition and lunch
13.35 – 14.15
Workshop 2
14.25 – 15.05
Workshop 3
15.15 – 15.45
Lecture 3: One Manga-ka’s Way: Finding One’s Place Through Artistic Expression – Keynote Address by Fumio Obata
15.45 – 16.00
Closing remarks & Evaluation

Download the full programme

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Booking information

To register your place, please fill in the booking form and send to

Important notes:

  • To confirm your booking, you must read and accept our terms and conditions. Please check the box on the booking form to acknowledge you have read and accept these.
  • Places will be issued on a first-come-first served basis. Students may attend on their own or be accompanied by a member of staff.
  • During the day students will have the opportunity to join 3 out of 7 possible workshop sessions. Please use the booking form to specify your preferred workshop. We will try, where possible, to give students their chosen workshops, but please note that this may not be possible in all cases. To help us match interests, please rank the workshop options 1-7, where 1 is the top preference.
  • This year the event will be held at SOAS Russell Square Campus which has no parking spaces available and alternatives will need to be found. We apologise for any inconvenience.
  • Lunch will not be provided at the event, so we advise teachers and students to bring or buy their own in advance.
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Feedback from Sixth Form Japan Day 2018
  • Nice to see what Japanese can do for your career.Student, Torquay Boys Grammar School
  • I got to know about what to expect in Japan and what to do there.Student, William Morris Sixth Form College
  • “Very eye-opening and taught us how important it is to make our own decisions.” Student, Ashbourne Independent College
  • “I enjoyed it very much and it has increased my interest in the Japanese culture.Student, ACS International School Cobham