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The essence of omotenashi – Rethinking hospitality with Toru Machida, Head Concierge of The Savoy

The essence of omotenashi – Rethinking hospitality with Toru Machida, Head Concierge of The Savoy

The concierge is the public face of a hotel and his or her reputation can be an important factor when choosing where to stay. Toru Machida is the first Japanese to become Head Concierge at London’s five-star Savoy, an iconic hotel which has long played host to royalty, politicians and stars of the silver screen […]

‘Cherry’ Ingram – the English Saviour of Japan’s Cherry Blossoms – with Naoko Abe

‘Cherry’ Ingram – the English Saviour of Japan’s Cherry Blossoms – with Naoko Abe

Collingwood Ingram (1880-1981) was a self-taught English botanist whose passion for the Japanese cherry blossom saved many unique and rare varieties of this iconic flower from extinction. Based on ‘Cherry’ Ingram’s diaries, original documents and scores of interviews, Naoko Abe’s book examines the life of a plant hunter extraordinaire and the enormous impact that his […]

The obscured ‘middle-way’ in Japanese politics: the transformative power of dialogue – with Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen

The obscured ‘middle-way’ in Japanese politics: the transformative power of dialogue – with Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen

“War” is the political ghost of the Japanese State. Any talk of changing Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution will for many involve a complex set of sentiments, and distrust can easily arise as to the intentions of such talks. As a meta-signaller of ‘Japanese peace’, Article 9 also often intercept with an imagined relationship […]

Heaven’s Wind – Book launch and talk with editor and translator Angus Turvill and Professor Jay Rubin

Heaven’s Wind – Book launch and talk with editor and translator Angus Turvill and Professor Jay Rubin

Taking its name from one of Japan’s best known classical poems, Heaven’s Wind (Amatsukaze) is the world’s first dual language anthology of Japanese women’s writing published by the Japan Society in 2018. Its stories are by some of the country’s most celebrated contemporary authors: Kuniko Mukoda – The Otter; Natsuko Kuroda – Ball, Kaori Ekuni […]

Love and Other Cults – Film Screening and QnA with director Eiji Uchida and producer Adam Torel

Love and Other Cults – Film Screening and QnA with director Eiji Uchida and producer Adam Torel

The keenly awaited follow-up to controversial satire Lowlife Love, Love and Other Cults (Kemonomichi) is an irreverent story that crackles with energy and style depicting the lives of marginalised youth and their struggles in contemporary Japan. Having fended for herself as a child, drifting from a negligent mother to an oddball cult and a druggie […]

Lecture by Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan

Lecture by Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan

We are delighted to welcome the British Ambassador to Japan, HE Mr Paul Madden, to address the Japan Society at the end of his first year in post. In this lecture, Paul Madden will share his views on the political, diplomatic and commercial situation in Japan from his unique perspective as the UK’s representative in […]

Escaping to North Korea – with Markus Bell

Escaping to North Korea – with Markus Bell

Why did tens of thousands of people recently migrate from Japan to North Korea? What was life like for these people in North Korea? and why are an increasing number returning to Japan? Opening with the case of one family’s heart-breaking decision to send their only daughter to North Korea, this talk illustrates the relationship […]

Life is Sweet – Japanese inspired desserts by Suzue Aoyama-Curley

Life is Sweet – Japanese inspired desserts by Suzue Aoyama-Curley

We are delighted to welcome pastry chef Suzue Aoyama-Curley for a very special demonstration and tasting of her wonderful desserts inspired by Japan. Award-winning Suzue Aoyama-Curley has created afternoon teas at world-renowned London hotels, Claridges and The Savoy. During her time in the UK, she has seen Japanese ingredients such as sansho pepper and miso […]

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