Art & Design

Sixth Form Japan Day 2018

7 November 2018, London

The Japan Society’s Sixth Form Japan Day will be returning to SOAS this autumn on Wednesday 7 November.


The Japan Society, in association with Ritsumeikan University (UK) and SOAS, is pleased once again to invite Sixth Form students to attend its popular FREE one-day course about Japan, its culture and its role in the global community.


The day is designed to give an insight into aspects of Japan, traditional and modern, through lectures and practical workshops. It is aimed at students who are studying Japanese, but will also be of interest to those who have not had the opportunity to do so formally at school and are considering Japanese studies at universities in the UK, or applying to do other subjects at universities in Japan. Students will also have the chance to speak one on one with representatives from a range of universities offering Japanese studies.


The course will feature a keynote address by Beth Kempton, Founder of ‘Do What You Love’ and bestselling author of ‘Wabi Sabi: Japanese wisdom for a perfectly imperfect life’ (Please click here for more details about her new book).


The day will also include a lecture by a special guest speaker (tbc) and a talk by final year Japanese studies students from SOAS. Elective practical workshops in small groups will allow students to take part in a range of activities, including: Calligraphy, Cookery (Sushi), Oekakinden (Smart Wearable Sports Technology), Manga (Drawing), Martial Arts (Aikido), Sumi-e (Ink-wash painting), and a language focused workshop led by the Japan Foundation exploring the topic of O-Bento (Japanese lunch box).


For details of our workshops please click here.


Students can indicate their preference for workshops on the booking form. We will endeavour to accommodate everyone’s preferences however we cannot guarantee students will get their top choices.



10.00 – 10.20 Arrival and registration
10.20 – 10.30 Welcome and introduction to the day
10.40 – 11.30 Workshop 1
11.40 – 12.20 Workshop 2
12.30 – 13.00 Lecture 1: Keynote Address by Beth Kempton
13.00 – 13.50 University Exhibition and lunch
13.50 – 14.20 Lecture 2: Speaker (tbc)
14.30 – 15.10 Workshop 3
15.20 – 15.50 Current students’ experiences and advice for studying Japanese and living in Japan
15.50 – 16.00 Closing remarks & Evaluation

A detailed programme will be released soon.


Booking information

Places will be issued on a first-come-first served basis. Students may attend on their own or be accompanied by a member of staff.


To apply, please fill in this booking form and send to


Important note: To confirm your booking, you must read and accept our terms and conditions. Please check the box on the booking form to acknowledge you have read and accept these.


During the day students will have the opportunity to join 3 out of 7 possible workshop sessions. Please use the booking form to specify your preferred workshop. We will try, where possible, to give students their chosen workshops, but please note that this may not be possible in all cases. To help us match interests, please rank the workshop options 1-7, where 1 is the top preference.


Please note, this year the event will be held at SOAS Russell Square Campus which has no parking spaces available and alternatives will need to be found. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Lunch will not be provided at the event, so we advise teachers and students to bring or buy their own in advance.


Free of charge for schools


Booking deadline –Monday 22 October 2018

7 November 2018, 10.20 am – 4.00 pm (Registration from 10.00 am)

School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), Russell Square Campus, London WC1H 0XG

The Japan Society