The Japan Society
Education Events & Special Programmes Sixth Form Japan Day

Sixth Form Japan Week 2020 


Online registration for this event is now closed. Please email if are interested in attending.  

The Japan Society, in association with Ritsumeikan University (UK Office), is delighted to once again invite Sixth Form students to join us at our annual Sixth Form Japan event to explore and learn more about Japan. The event is designed to give an insight into aspects of Japan, traditional and modern, through lectures, talks, demonstrations, and workshops. 

This year the event goes online, offering a mix of live sessions and specially created "on-demand" content over four days.

The event is open to all sixth form students with an interest in Japan, but those who are considering Japanese Studies at university and/or studying in Japan will find it particularly beneficial.

Click here to see information and a short video from the previous Sixth Form Japan Day.

Schedule Overview


Tuesday 1 December 2020 to Friday 4 December 2020

Live sessions*
Tuesday 1 December 2020 – 12:30 to 3:30

Friday 4 December 2020 – 9:00 to 12:15

*attendees can sign up for one or both live sessions.

Online via Zoom

Registration Required. Open to all Sixth Form students free of charge. Register below!

Lectures, Workshops, and Panel Discussion Schedule

The live events on the first and last day will feature sessions from Ritsumeikan University, Japan Foundation London, and Japanese artists, as well as discussion panels with professionals and university students.

Live Session 1 - Tuesday 1 December 2020 - 12:30 to 3:30

12.30 - 12.40 - Opening

12.40 - 13.25 - Kamishibai with Aya Nakamura

13.30 - 14.15 - Panel Discussion: How Japan Shaped My Career, with Julie Rogers, Michael Rivera King, and Francesca Le Lohé

14.30 - 15.10 - Dokidoki: Express yourself using Japanese sounds! with Japan Foundation, London 

15.10 - 15.30 - Closing

Live Session 2 - Friday 4 December 2020 - 9:00 to 12:15

09.00 - 09.10 - Opening

09.10 - 09.45Teamwork in the Extreme - Learning from Astronauts with Professor Minato Nobuaki, Ritsumeikan University

09.50 - 10.35 - Panel Discussion: The Student Experience, with student speakers from Cardiff, Leeds, and Sheffield

10.45 - 11.15 - Tsugaru Shamisen and Traditional Japanese Min'yo with HIBIKI x AKARI 

11.20 - 12.00 - Tsukumogami and the World of Manga with Chie Kutsuwada

12.00 - 12.15 - Closing

Pre-recorded content, covering arts and culture, careers, and science/tech, as well as interviews with universities will also be available online from Day 2 (Wednesday 2 December).

Participation in Live Sessions

Zoom links will be sent in advance of the live sessions to attendees. Attendees can watch collectively or individually. Access to a webcam, microphone, or special equipment will not be a requirement for the majority of sessions. Attendees will be notified in advance if they need particular equipment. 

Students who are not able to attend the live sessions are still encouraged to take part and should register a place to access non-live content. 

Accessing Non-Live Content

Please register to access non-live content. Access links will be sent to participants when the content is released. Teachers registering on behalf of students can share the links with students.

Non-live content will remain available for a limited time in December.

Registration is required to access the non-live content. Please contact at for access.


Booking information

Online registration is now closed closed for live session, however, you can still sign up to access non-live content.

To register your place, please complete one of the booking forms below:

Please contact the Japan Society for more information at if you are interested in attending.

Important notes:

  • Places will be issued on a first-come-first served basis. Students may attend on their own or together as a class with a teacher.
  • Registration is required for both live and pre-recorded contents.
  • Attendees can sign up for one or both live sessions. 

Feedback from Sixth Form Japan Day 2019
  • Thank you for the day! It was good that the workshop topics were varied for different people's interests.” Student, Sydenham High School
  • Enjoyable lectures with useful information for career paths and placement opportunities.” Student, Thomas Hardye School
  • “Very interesting talks and engaging workshops. Wish the event was longer.”  Student, Tonbridge Grammar School
  • “I enjoyed it a lot. I really liked learning the new things about Japan and making friends.“  Student, Luton Sixth Form College
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