Carmen Blacker Lecture 2019: Dragon Bones, Sacred Pillars and Holy Tombs: Some Archaeological Observations on Traditional Japanese Religion – with Professor Simon Kaner

Monday 22 July 2019

For the 2019 Carmen Blacker Lecture we are delighted to welcome Simon Kaner, Executive Director and Head of Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute and Professor of Japanese Archaeology at the University of East Anglia. In this lecture, Professor Kaner will consider the relationship between myth and archaeology in Japan through two case studies: a thrilling festival in Nagano and a Museum in Shimane.

Japanese Conversation Group

Tuesday 6 August 2019

The Japanese Conversation Group provides a friendly and informal atmosphere for Japanese speakers of all nationalities to come together and speak Japanese. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month.

Ainu Othello – Special Talk & Dinner plus Theatre Performance

Tuesday 6 & Thursday 8 August 2019

The Japan Society is delighted to welcome Shimodate Kazumi, Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Company Japan, and Jatinder Verma, Artistic Director at Tara Theatre, for a special talk in conjunction with the forthcoming performance of Ainu Othello at Tara Theatre.

Tanabata: Celebrate the Japanese Star Festival at Kew Gardens

Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 August 2019

Join us at Kew Gardens for two days of enjoy workshops, activities and performances celebrating the Tanabata Festival of the stars.

Japan Society Book Club: In the Woods of Memory by Shun Medoruma

Monday 12 August 2019

In the Woods of Memory is a powerful, thought-provoking novel that focuses on two incidents during the Battle of Okinawa, 1945: the sexual assault on Sayoko, 17, by four US soldiers and her friend Seiji’s attempt at revenge.

Japanese Conversation Group

Tuesday 3 September 2019

The Japanese Conversation Group provides a friendly and informal atmosphere for Japanese speakers of all nationalities to come together and speak Japanese. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month.

Japan Society Book Club: Go by Kazuki Kaneshiro

Monday 9 September 2019

Go follows the story of Sugihara, who is a zainichi chosenjin (North Korean nationals in Japan), who falls in love with a Japanese girl. The story revolves around Korean/Chinese racism in Japan with Sugihara changing his Korean name and moving to a Japanese school.

The Art of Culinary Diplomacy in the Mid-19th Century. Britain and Japan at the Table

Monday 16 September 2019

In this lecture Professor Yoshiko Goto will offer insights into Japanese and British cooking styles in the mid-nineteenth century, studying the transformation of eating habits between then and now.

Japanese Conversation Group

Tuesday 1 October 2019

The Japanese Conversation Group provides a friendly and informal atmosphere for Japanese speakers of all nationalities to come together and speak Japanese. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month.

Japan Society Book Club: The Girl I Left Behind by Shusaku Endo

Monday 14 October 2019

An early novel written some 50 years ago, The Girl I Left Behind tells of the choices made by young adults who are learning who they are and what they want in life, prefiguring themes of Endo’s later works.

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