Due to the ongoing concerns surrounding Covid-19, many events are being cancelled at short notice. As such, the information presented here is not the most up to date. Please contact the organisers of events directly to confirm if the event is planned to go ahead as scheduled.


APRIL 2020

Art & Design

Ikebana Demonstration at Chiddingstone Castle


5 April 2020

Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge

A drop-in demonstration of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, by masters of the Ohara School of Ikebana, England Chapter. ...

Academia & Science

WEBINAR – Governments, covid-19 and the public response in the UK and Japan

4 April 2020


Japan Society members are invited to join us for a special online event in which Japan Society chairman, Bill Emmott, is joined in discussion by two former Ambassadors to the UK and Japan, Koji Tsuruoka and David Warren.

Art & Design

Japanese Room Tours, Chiddingstone Castle


8 & 26 April 2020

Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge

Our curator will be giving tours of the Castle’s Japanese Room focused on the collection which includes samurai arms and armour, lacquerware, ancient tomb figures, and articulated animals or jizai okimono. ...

Theatre & Music

Gagaku & Budo – Japanese Court Music and Martial Arts – in Europe


13 - 24 April 2020


Performance of Gagaku and Budo in the UK and France. The Gagaku performances consist of "Kangen", "Kagura" and "Bugaku", which need 12 performers in total as musicians and dancers, including two shrine maidens...

Academia & Science

In Ghostly Japan

14 April 2020

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London

Explore the wide variety of Japanese ghosts, demons, and monsters with our Japanese curator Yasuyo Ohtsuka.,....

Art & Design

Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan

16 April - 28 June 2020

Japan House London

Running from 16 April until 28 June 2020, Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan presents a multidisciplinary exhibition combining the architecture of windows, photography, manga, craft and technology....

Theatre & Music

Tsugaru Shamisen and Minyo Concert


17 April 2020

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London

An opportunity to experience authentic Japanese folk music in one of the rarest occasions in the UK for anyone interested in Japanese music and history....


London Career Forum 2020

18 & 19 April 2020

Olympia London, London

DISCO, the creator of CFN, is a leading human resources consulting firm specialising in Japanese-English bilingual recruitment....

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Brogdale Hanami Festival


18 & 19 April 2020

The National Fruit Collection, Kent

For 2020 our Hanami Festival has increased from a one day event to a two day event due to its rapidly increasing popularity. ...

Academia & Science

Performing Memory: Artistic Production and Religious Practice at the Kofukuji Nan’endo – with Yen-Yi Chan


20 April 2020

The Swedenborg Society, London

Situated in a bustling area of Nara City, the Nan’endo (Southern Round Hall) is an eight-sided structure at Kofukuji temple. The history of the Nan’endo began in the ninth century and has been linked to the prominent Northern Fujiwara clan. This talk explores the interplay between memory and materiality,....

Theatre & Music


21 - 25 April 2020

Sadler’s Wells, London

Northern Ballet’s new production for 2020 is Geisha, a ballet by Kenneth Tindall with music by Alexandra Harwood.For geisha, beauty and honour is everything.Two young women, bound by vows of friendship, find themselves in the midst of a collision between East and West....

Art & Design

Japanese ink painting course – landscape of the four seasons


24 April, 1, 8, 15 May 2020

Burgh House, London

Learn to paint Japanese ink and water-colour landscapes following the fours seasons, known as the painting of 'mountains and water'. This mixed-level course will take you step by step into the appreciation of the landscape as a place in one's heart.....

Theatre & Music


26 April 2020

Kings Place, London

As part of its 2019/20 concert season, the London Sinfonietta will stage a specially-curated, exhibition-style concert, Turning Points: Takemitsu, exploring the life and work of celebrated Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu...


ONLINE EVENT - Bilingual Public Speaking Club

29 April 2020

EY, 1 More London Place, London SE1 2AF

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, this event will take place online. Places are limited and priority is given to regular attendees at the monthly meetings. If you are interested in joining, please email events@japansociety.org.uk.

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A celebration of Japanese Craft making and Hanami at Chichester

April 2020

Chichester College campus, Chichester

Chichester College will hold several Japa related events throughout 2019 and 2020.

Art & Design

Yama: Sakubei Yamamoto Coal Mine Paintings Exhibition

14 September 2019 - 30 September 2020

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Wales

At the age of seven years old, Sakubei Yamamoto (1892-1984) moved with his family to the coal mines of the Chikuho region in Kyushu. He became an apprentice colliery blacksmith at the age of twelve....

Art & Design

Taki Katei – Japanese Paintings

4 October 2019 - 13 April 2020

World Museum, Liverpool

In 2019 National Museums Liverpool will host the first-ever exhibition of Taki Katei’s work outside Japan as part of the Japan 2020 Cultural Olympiad.


Rugby and the Olympics Special Exhibition

29 November 2019 - 31 August 2020

World Rugby Museum, Twickenham

The unique exhibition showcases the leading role that Rugby Union has played in the birth of the modern Olympic movement. ....

Academia & Science

Japanese Online Course for Teachers

15 January – 10 April 2020

A unique opportunity for teachers to learn the Japanese language and about Japanese culture!
Why don’t you teach your pupils Japanese language & culture at your school? We think your pupils will love it!

Art & Design

The Japan Foundation Touring Exhibition:The Superlative Artistry of Japan

18 January 2020 - 19 April 2020

Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford

This exhibition captures Japan’s creative culture and monozukuri spirit through the theme of “superlative artistry,” which refers to the exceptional methods and techniques used.

Art & Design

Exquisite Patterns: Japanese Textile Design

14 February – 17 May 2020

Second Floor Gallery, The British Library, London

Practical designs produced by kimono merchants to lavish commercial publications: this display highlights the creativity and skill of artist, designer and publisher ...

Art & Design

Obata Taku

28 February - 6 April 2020

Japan House London

In a year which celebrates the potential of Japan’s capital city, Tokyo, Japan House London is delighted to display the new work of artist and break dancer Obata Taku from Friday 28 February to Monday 6 April 2020.

Art & Design

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

29 February – 21 June 2020

V&A, London

This exhibition will reveal the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of kimono from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and in the rest of the world. Rare 17th and 18th century kimono...

Art & Design

Toward the Sunrise

16 March – 2 May 2020

Grierson Galleries, Kent

The literal meaning of the word ‘east’ is incredibly romantic and descends from the old English, ēast, (auest) which itself comes from the Germanic ‘austra’: "East, toward the sunrise," ...


Coventry Torch Relay – Lighting the Flame of Friendship

26 March – 3 July 2020


On Thursday, 26th March the Olympic Torch for the 2020 Games will begin its journey in Japan. On the same day, Coventry’s own Torch Relay will begin to make its journey between 54 Coventry schools from the Cathedral ruins. ...


University of Oxford Internships and Work Placements in Japan

Until December 2020

The Oxford Alumni Club of Japan is currently running a campaign to expand the number of intern host companies and organisations in Japan.

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