JSNW - Japan Society North West - For Japanese Events, Culture, News and Films from Manchester to Liverpool


Are you interested in Japan? Its people? Its culture? Its language?

If so, come and join us!

Japan Society North West holds regular Japan-related events in the Manchester / Liverpool / Cheshire / Lancashire region.

What’s On

Audio Book: Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji)  - Click here to learn more

Upcoming JSNW Events

Our 2018 programme of events is supported by the The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.




Udon Noodle Making Demonstration  by Jon Tanimura

Saturday 25 August   1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Jon Tanimura, a professional Udon Chef trained in Kagawa (Shikoku), is travelling the world. He is in the UK in August. Jon Says … After training in Kagawa prefecture which is also known as the Udon prefecture, I have been making udon all around the world while traveling. In my party plan, you will be able to briefly experience stepping and cutting the dough, and eat two versions of handmade udon (hot udon and cold udon) as much as you want. In your awesome company I will introduce myself and share my travel experiences.

This event is £20 for members and £26 for non-members.  £15 Children (under 14).  Booking required. If you would like to attend this event it is essential that you contact our Events Co-ordinator.

Venue: The Tim Parry Community Centre, Cromdale Way, Warrington WA5 3NY  

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 28 August 2018   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

If you would like to attend this event it is essential that you contact our Events Co-ordinator.  Etsu is a small restaurant - places are limited.


Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ


JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

TBA September 2018    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our former Newsletter Editor,Yuko Howes, will host this fun event. You don't need to be able to speak Japanese, so you can just relax.  

If you would like to attend this event please email


Venue: Samsi, 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR


Bookbinding Workshop

Saturday 29 September 2018    2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

A demonstration of traditional Japanese bookbinding by Sandra McFarlane. Sandra will show you how to make a four hole notebook, and then you'll get to make your own! All materials will be supplied.

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is free to JSNW members, and £5 to non-members.

If you would like to attend this event it is essential that you contact our Events Co-ordinator by 15 September at the latest, to give us time to prepare materials. 


Venue: The Tim Parry Community Centre, Cromdale Way, Warrington WA5 3NY  



What's On

Japanese Summer Festival Natsumatsuri

Saturday 4 August 2018    10 am - 4.30 pm

Sushi-making class, Origami workshop, Omen (Japanese face mask)-making, Suika wari (smashing a watermelon blindfolded), traditional children's stories, wear a kimono and more! Details

Japanese food & drink available to purchase.


Venue: Wallasey Central Library, 17 Earlston Rd, Wallasey CH45 5DX


Tanabata Festival

Saturday 18 August 2018   11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tanabata, or the Star Festival, traditionally is held on the evening of 7 July throughout Japan although it can be held anytime in July or August. 

This year Tatton is inviting its visitors to take part in the vicinity of the beautiful Japanese garden. There will be an opportunity to learn origami and make paper decorations to adorn the bamboo and nearby trees as well as to write wishes on the tanzaku strips of card and hang them on the bamboo branches. In addition there will be children's Japanese games and story cards telling the story of the Tabanata to enjoy. Tatton is privileged to be joined by representatives from the Japanese Embassy who will help demonstrate origami and traditional paper decorations. Details

Venue: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN

World Shakuhachi Festival

73rd Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Weapons Attack

Audio Book: Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji)

The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) is a classic work of Japanese literature attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early eleventh century, around the peak of the Heian Period. It is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, the first romance novel, or the first novel to still be considered a classic.

The Genji was written for the women of the aristocracy (the yokibito) and has many elements found in a modern novel: a central character and a very large number of major and minor characters, well-developed characterization of all the major players, a sequence of events happening over a period of time covering the central character's lifetime and beyond. The work does not make use of a plot; instead, much as in real life, events just happen and characters evolve simply by growing older.

NOTE: this is a highly condensed version of the text, running to just under 200 pages, whereas the original is nearly 1000 pages long!   librivox.org

In Our Time: Hokusai

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), the Japanese artist whose views of Mt Fuji such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa (pictured) are some of the most iconic in world art. He worked as Japan was slowly moving towards greater contact with the outside world, trading with China and allowing two Dutch ships to dock each year. From these ships he picked up new synthetic colours and illustrations with Western compositions, which he incorporated in his traditional wood block prints. The quality of his images helped drive demand for prints among the highly literate Japanese public, particularly those required to travel to Edo under feudal obligations and who wanted to collect all his prints. As well as the quality of his work, Hokusai's success stems partly from his long life and career. He completed some of his most memorable works in his 70s and 80s and claimed he would not reach his best until he was 110.   BBC iPlayer Radio

NHK World

Kabuki is a world-class theater with a history of over 400 years, but is also exciting entertainment. What is the secret of its enduring attraction? Ichikawa Somegoro, brilliant member of the younger generation of actors, guides us through the world of kabuki.

This is a monthly series on NHK World

You can watch NHK WORLD TV Live Streaming and


Japan Society Events

The Japan Society in London organises a wide range of events. Visit their web site for a full list of upcoming events.




In Our Time: Japan's Sakoku Period

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Japan's Sakoku period, two centuries when the country deliberately isolated itself from the outside world. Sakoku began with a series of edicts in the 1630s which restricted the rights of Japanese to leave their country and expelled Europeans living there. It was not until 1858 and the "gunboat diplomacy" of the American Commodore Matthew Perry that Japan's international isolation finally ended.  BBC iPlayer Radio

Noriko Ogawa in conversation with Melanie Spanswick

An interview with Japanese pianist, Noriko Ogawa which took place in December 2012 at Jaques Samuel Pianos in London.

Find out what kind of child Noriko was, and what kind of sound world she lives in in this biographical interview.


Study Tours to Japan


Visit Akemi's web site for more information.



Japanese Food in Lymm

Japanese Food Specialists TK Trading set up shop in Lymm High School every other Saturday - see their web site for the schedule.

Venue: Lymm High School, Oughtrington Lane,  Lymm, Cheshire WA13 0RB


Japan Photos

Explore JapanPhotos.org.uk for a high resolution tour of Japan.




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