Talk Japan

Talk Japan: An online exploration of Japan

Walk Japan is pleased to introduce its Talk Japan series of online events providing in-depth and fascinating insights into a plethora of aspects of Japan, its history, culture and society drawn on the personal experience and expertise of Walk Japan's Tour Leaders and some of our friends, who also have deep knowledge about the nation. These talks, which are based on a series we have been running for our staff since the early days of the pandemic, provide an opportunity to enjoyably explore and connect with Japan from the comfort of your home. Whether you are looking forward to travelling with us in the future, or are simply interested in the Japan, all are welcome to join us.

Walk Japan talks and seminars are delivered on a not-for-profit basis. When charged for, the cost of attendance helps us to pay presenters and sustain our Community Project during the pandemic period. Additionally, any attendance fees paid are redeemable against currently booked or future Walk Japan tours. 

Upcoming Events

The Izu Geo Trail: On tour with John

Thursday 13th October, 11:00AM Japan Standard Time

The Izu Peninsula is one of the most unique geological regions on earth, so much so that it has been designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark. The tremendous tectonic forces found below the earth’s surface here have over millennia wrought a region that is both beautiful and awe inspiring. Izu has also seen momentous events from recent Japanese history, is the setting of some of Japan’s best-loved literature, and a popular destination for lovers of onsen hot spring baths, surf beaches and some of the best fishing in Japan. Not surprisingly, the Izu Geo Trail is one of Walk Japan’s most popular tours.


In the expert company of John Sweeney, Walk Japan Tour leader and long-term resident of Izu, we take an intimate virtual journey throughout the length and breadth of the peninsula. Izu’s tumultuous geology culminates in Mt. Fuji, Japan’s iconic volcano that soars close by. Taking this as our literal and physical backdrop, John leads us through Izu’s landscape, its history, culture and modern life. He describes Izu’s role as place of exile in ancient times, and as the site of the first overseas - American - consulates in Japan, one of a series of events that led eventually to the demise of the samurai and the ushering in of modern Japan. John also introduces us to Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) who wrote The Izu Dancer, a semi-autobiographical novel about young love, which appropriately for us is also a travelogue through the peninsula. Kawabata’s story draws deeply on the peninsula’s charms including its many onsen.


On the way John describes Izu’s sumptuous cuisine, centred firmly on the abundant fish landed from the surrounding seas. This is often served with another famed local ingredient wasabi green horseradish, which is grown in the sparklingly pure spring waters flowing plentifully from the peninsula’s backbone of mountains. Throughout John intersperses our journey in his company with anecdotes from his, his family’s and neighbours’ daily lives on Izu.


John’s talk will appeal to anyone interested in Walk Japan in general, the company’s Izu Geo Trail tour, and Japan at large.


This webinar will be 60 minutes followed by Q&As.

This webinar will be recorded and available to view on Vimeo. 



The Kiso Road: On tour with Diane

Friday 16th December, 11:00AM Japan Standard Time

More information to come shortly

This webinar will be around 90 minutes long including time for a Q&A section.  


Talk Japan On Demand

Should you be unavailable at the time of the live talks, or wish to watch at another time, recordings of talks can be viewed below and via our Vimeo page here.