Scots and Japan: First Contact 1613-1623

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH Asian Studies Seminar Series 2022/23 Date – 13 December 2023 at 16:00 Venue – Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square Speaker – Professor Ian Gow (University of Edinburgh, The Japan Society of Scotland) About the event The last two decades of the Tokugawa era (1603-1867) ended over 2 centuries of self-imposed isolation from the West exceptContinue reading “Scots and Japan: First Contact 1613-1623”

JET Alumni Reception 2023

At a recent reception hosted by The Japanese Consulate in Edinburgh, Consul-General Fujiwara welcomed JET Returnees from the past three years. It was a lively gathering with some of the returnees giving accounts of their experiences. They also had the opportunity to meet and chat with representatives of other Japan related organisations, including JSOS. ForContinue reading “JET Alumni Reception 2023”

JSOS Bonenkai 2023

Monday 4 December 2023 at 7pm at Bentoya A small but friendly and good humoured group of members were joined by Consul General Fujiwara and Mrs Fujiwara at our annual JSOS Bonenkai tonight. A thoroughly enjoyable evening with delicious food in a cosy and relaxing Edinburgh restaurant – Bentoya. KANPAI!!


The University of Edinburgh Asian Studies Seminar Series Please note that this is not a Japan Society of Scotland event Date – 22 November 2023 Venue – Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square Speaker – Dr Paul Kreitman (Columbia University) Title – ‘Nature and Sovereignty Conservation in Japan’s Ocean Borderlands’ Click here to read more…

Microbes & Sustainability/Fermentation in 20th Century East Asia

Lecture by Victoria Lee at University of Glasgow on Tuesday 21 November 2023 at 3-4pm The title of the talk is ‘Microbes & Sustainability/Fermentation in 20th Century East Asia’ Please note that this is not a Japan Society of Scotland event. Victoria is an Associate Professor in History at Ohio University in the US, and herContinue reading “Microbes & Sustainability/Fermentation in 20th Century East Asia”

JIM ROY 1941-2023

Dear Members and Friends It is with the greatest sadness that I have to inform Japan Society members that James (Jim) Roy passed away 22nd October. He was one of the founders of our society and was a key member of the group of academics and businessmen who came together in 1985, to propose and supportContinue reading “JIM ROY 1941-2023”


Members and Friends are cordially invited to this one day symposium at Edinburgh College of Art and of course please feel free to share this invite with your networks. Please note that this is not a JSOS event 09.30am – 5.00pm with a drinks event to be held 5.30pm-7.30pm Friday 8 December 2023 West Court,Continue reading “EDO KIRIKO: A ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM / THE ART OF JAPANESE CUT CRYSTAL”

CANCELLED: A talk by Elspeth Lamb RSA

Monday 30th October 2023 – 7pm Venue: Zoom (online event only) THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Regrettably, we received an e-mail earlier this morning from Elspeth Lamb, cancelling her zoom talk on Monday due to personal circumstances. However, we may be able to reschedule the event in the future but this is not known atContinue reading “CANCELLED: A talk by Elspeth Lamb RSA”

Howie Reeve: A musical tour of Japan – Held on 11th September 2023

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT … At our recent event, members and guests were treated to a little-known aspect of Japan, that of underground music performances. Glasgow-based Howie Reeve has just returned from a 15-day tour of one-night stands, between Tokyo and Kyushu. Punk rock artist Howie, has been visiting Japan for the pastContinue reading “Howie Reeve: A musical tour of Japan – Held on 11th September 2023”

Howie Reeve: A musical tour of Japan

Monday 11th September 2023 – 6.30pm Venue: University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square, Room G.01 Having just returned from a tour of Japan, Howie will give us a brief outline – a daily journal of a fifteen date Japanese music tour of small, independent spaces, which took place between 5th and 19th August 2023. ClickContinue reading “Howie Reeve: A musical tour of Japan”