Japanese Conversation Group

Tuesday 5 February 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.

Afternoon Tea and Film Screening with Director Keisuke Yoshida

Friday 8 February 2019

The Japan Society is pleased to offer a small group of members the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon tea and chat with director Keisuke Yoshida, preceding a Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme screening and Q&A of his film Thicker Than Water (2018).

Japan Society Book Club: The Gossamer Years. The Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan by Michitsuna no Haha

Monday 11 February 2019

The Gossamer Years: The Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian is the English translation of Kagerō Nikki (lit. the Mayfly Diary), a work of classical Japanese literature that falls under the genre of nikki bungaku or diary literature.

Japanese Conversation Group

Tuesday 5 March 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 Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro by Edogawa Ranpo

Monday 11 March 2019

The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro presents four stories by Edogawa Ranpo’s recurring character, the great detective Akechi Kogoro.

Japan Society Book Club: No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai

Monday 8 April 2019

No Longer Human is considered Dazai’s masterpiece and ranks as the second-best selling novel in Japan, behind Natsume Sōseki’s Kokoro. It is told in the form of notebooks left by Oba Yozo, a troubled man incapable of revealing his true self to others.

Japan Society Book Club: The Hunting Gun by Yasushi Inoue

Monday 13 May 2019

The Hunting Gun is a poised, unsentimental novella and a powerful tale with universal resonance. Written from different points of view, the story revolves around four characters, and explores the impact of a forbidden passion.

Japan Society Book Club: Floating Clouds by Fumiko Hayashi

Monday 10 June 2019

Considered one of Hayashi’s masterpieces, Floating Clouds adopts a nihilistic perspective in its scrutiny of the essential nature of human beings. A young typist and a technical officer fall in love with each other in Japanese-occupied Indochina during the war.

Japan Society Book Club: Beasts Head for Home by Kobo Abe

Monday 8 July 2019

Beasts Head for Home is an acute novel of identity, belonging, and the vagaries of human behaviour from an exceptional modern Japanese author. It is an excellent entry point into Abe’s writing, with much of his signature tone and style.

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.

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