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Japan Society Book Club: The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro by Edogawa Ranpo

Japan Society Book Club: The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro by Edogawa Ranpo

he Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro presents four stories by Edogawa Ranpo’s recurring character, the great detective Akechi Kogoro. Akechi first appeared in the story ‘The Case of the Murder on D. Hill’ in January 1925 and Ranpo never intended to make further use of the character. However the positive reactions of friends and colleagues prompted […]

Bodyscapes – New films by Japanese artists

Bodyscapes – New films by Japanese artists

Bodyscapes is a collection of new films by Japanese artists whose use of the body is central to their work – either as a landscape, a political metaphor or method of expression – the body acts as a vehicle and subject to communicate ideas. In Fuyuhiko Takata’s Little Mermaid-inspired Cambrian Explosion, Takata’s character – Princess Mermaid – […]

‘Come and Sing’ Japan Society Choral Workshop

‘Come and Sing’ Japan Society Choral Workshop

Following a popular and successful event in 2015, the Japan Society is delighted to present ‘Come and Sing’, a second Japan Society Choral Workshop led by Jonathan Gregory, Director of the UK-Japan Choir and Orchestra and Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. The event is a fantastic opportunity for Japan Society members to meet and […]

Author Talk: Kyoko Nakajima

Author Talk: Kyoko Nakajima

Kyoko Nakajima is a Japanese fiction writer and essayist, who started her career as a novelist with “FUTON” in 2003. Nakajima’s highly acclaimed novels have won multiple prestigious literary prizes in Japan including the Izumi Kyoka Prize for “When My Wife Was a Shiitake” (Tsuma ga Shiitake data koro), the Naoki Prize for “The Little House” (Chiisai […]

Sake Symposium: Understanding the Unique Aspects of Sake

Sake Symposium: Understanding the Unique Aspects of Sake

The Japan Foundation and SOAS are hosting a special symposium looking at the Japanese phenomenon that is sake. Widely seen as the national drink of Japan, sake exports have been booming in recent years, with its unique taste and wide range of flavours, it has been appearing more and more on UK menus. This seminar […]

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

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

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. Written around 974, Kagerō Nikki is considered the first extant work in Japanese prose written by a […]

A long-term comparative perspective between prehistoric Japan and Britain

A long-term comparative perspective between prehistoric Japan and Britain

The most distinct characteristic of human beings is our ability to create various cultures. While genetic studies have confirmed that modern humans are biologically a species which emerged a relatively recent 200,000 years ago and which has a high level of genetic homogeneity, humans have developed amazing cultural diversity. We see this in the rich […]

The Fukushima Accident and Its Aftermath

The Fukushima Accident and Its Aftermath

The Japan Society is delighted to welcome Mr Naomi Hirose, Executive Vice Chairman, Fukushima Affairs, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, for a special briefing for members. More than seven and a half years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Steady progress has been made towards […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club