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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.

  

  

 

A Talk by Steve Little: "Travelling Japan as a Foreigner"

Saturday 19 May 2018   2:30 pm to 4:15 pm

Steve Little’s interest in Japan dates from his student subscription to ‘Japan Architect’ magazine in the late 1960s. However, he first visited the country in 1991 while a lecturer at Wollongong University, New South Wales. On subsequent visits over the following quarter-century, as an academic and a railway enthusiast, he witnessed the changes from the end of the ‘bubble economy’ through the ‘lost decades’ to a more tourist-friendly country. His visits were always supplemented with JR Passes allowing unlimited travel for periods from seven days upwards. These have taken him to all four main islands and to a variety of less frequented locations. His presentation will explain the attraction of Japan’s railways to enthusiasts and examine the changes he has seen in them and how these reflect some changes in the communities served by them.

After Stephen's talk we will break for tea and biscuits, and then hold the Society's AGM. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and make sugestions about the future of the Society, and we will be electing a new Committee, to run the Society for the next year.

This is a free event, and is for JSNW members only. Please show your support for the Society by attending this event.

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

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Friday 25 May 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

 

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 co-organised by the Embassy of Japan in the UK.

 

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

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

 

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

TBA June 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

  

What's On

World Shakuhachi Festival

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

NHK WORLD On Demand

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnm2Q5fJ-ds&feature=youtu.be

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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