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

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme - Click here to learn more

Upcoming JSNW Events

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 20 February 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



Saturday 24 February 2018    1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

A showing of the kabuki DVD Kanadehon Chūshingura.

There will be a 1 hour show of 2 acts from the play and tea will be available beforehand. Come along and find out about Kabuki. Event is limited to a maximum of 30 people. 

Fee: The viewing is free. £2 for Tea or Coffee (optional)

If you would like to attend this event please contact our Events Co-ordinator.

Venue: Room1, International Society, William Kay House, 327 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PG


Ching Soo’s Granddaughter

Saturday 10 March 2018   2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

To mark International Women's Day, JSNW Membership Secretary Sandra McFarlane is giving a talk entitled: "Ching Soo's Granddaughter". 

Sandra is a keen Japanese embroiderer, and when asked about this talk she said: "When I found someone to teach Japanese Embroidery in this area I was pleased.  But people asked me why I had chosen it so I looked at members of my family to see what had inspired me."

This is a free event, open to both members and non-members.  If you would like to attend this event please contact our Events Co-ordinator.

Venue: Room1, International Society, William Kay House, 327 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PG

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 10 March 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

Note, this time it's on Saturday!


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


Gardens of Japan

Saturday 7 April 2018    1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Kevin Shade of the Japanese Garden Society will give a talk entitled: "Gardens of Japan", which will include the history of Japanese gardens, their various forms and styles, and how to appreciate the symbolism and significance surrounding Japanese garden design. 

This event is free for JSNW members, and £3 for non-members. Tea and cake is £1.

If you would like to attend this event please contact our Events Co-ordinator.

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

Discover Japan

Saturday 5 May 2018

Join us at the World Museum in Liverpool for Discover Japan, a fun day of Japanese related activities.

This event celebrates the Japanese public holiday kodomo-no-hi or Children's Day.



Venue: World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN

Travelling Japan as a Foreigner

Saturday 19 May 2018

A talk by Stephen Little, followed by the Society's AGM. Tea and biscuits included.

This is a free vent for JSNW members only.

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS

JSNW Japan Day

Sunday 3 June 2018   11:00 am to 5:30 pm

Our next Japan Day promises to be better than ever.

Visit JapanDay.org.uk to learn more.



Japan Day is supported by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Japan Society.

Venue: Sugden Sports Centre, 114 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HL 



What's On

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018 features some of the best examples of cinema from Japan and will look at how the country’s filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the “(un)true” colours of human nature. The twists and turns of life portrayed in the programme are at times heart-rending, at other times hilarious, but always enthralling.

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN

12 FEBRUARY Birds Without Names, Time TBC

18 FEBRUARY Sword of the Stranger, Time TBC

19 FEBRUARY Where I Belong, Time TBC

26 FEBRUARY Room for Let, Time TBC

27 FEBRUARY Japanese Girls Never Die, Time TBC

Storyhouse, Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR

11 MARCH Where I Belong, 1.00pm

18 MARCH The Long Excuse, 1.00pm

25 MARCH Gukoroku - Traces of Sin, 6.00pm

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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