Special Bulletin On Thursday 23rd June, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado during her visit to the area, took time to hold a gathering at the Consul General’s official residence Edinburgh. On the introduction of Consul General Mr Fujiwara, five distinguished persons who have contributed to the strengthening of Japan-UK relations and the promotion of mutualContinue reading “GATHERING HELD BY HIH PRINCESS TAKAMADO”


WAS HELD ON 4TH FEBRUARY 2023 VENUE: University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square – Room G.02 AGM REPORT: Business Meeting – Launch of the new Website – Honorary Life Membership Award – Order of the Scottish Samurai Centre of Excellence Award 2021 – Talk on The Development of Japanese Football. Many thanks to those membersContinue reading “ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2023”


Monday 5 December 2022 at 6.30 pm at Harajuku Kitchen The Society will resume its traditional Bonenkai event once again this year, after a break due to Covid. Harajuku Kitchen has reserved 20 places for this event and an early indication of attendance is advised.  The format is a 3 course meal for £25 inclusive of gratuities.  By traditionContinue reading “BONENKAI”

MY JAPAN: Reflections on publishing poetry and novels on Japan

Professor Alan Spence Professor Alan Spence is an internationally recognized poet, playwright and novelist and Professor Emeritus in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen. In 2017 he was appointed Edinburgh Makar (Poet Laureate) and in 2018 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun for his work on Japan.   Alan will discuss his twoContinue reading “MY JAPAN: Reflections on publishing poetry and novels on Japan”