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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. 

Upcoming JSNW Events

Annual General Meeting

Saturday 21 May 2016   2:30 pm - 4:15 pm

The guest speaker at this year's AGM is Helena Gaudekova, former curator at the National Museum, Prague. Helena's talk will be entitled: "Playing All Day Long - Japanese Toys Rediscovered".

After Helena's talk we will break for tea and cake, 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: Extension, Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

TBA June 2016   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

Friday TBA July 2016    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

Remember, it's on Friday!

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


Japan Day

Saturday 20 August 2016    10:30 am to 5:30 pm

Japan Society North West is holding a Japan Day in Liverpool this year!

Our last visit to Liverpool was in 2013, but this time we are returning to the venue of Japan Day 2008, the recently renovated Liverpool Guild of Students building.

Full details of Japan Day will be appearing on

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

Venue: Liverpool Guild of Students, 160 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TR


What's On

Akira Kurosawa's Ran

Saturday 28 May 2016    7:30 pm

An elderly warlord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him. This is Kurosawa’s take on King Lear set in turbulent Samurai times.

Presented by the Manchester & Salford Film Society.  If you would like to attend, please contact John Grieve   (Secretary, Manchester & Salford Film Society) on 0161 283 6565 or 07925 382805.  Guest tickets are £5.00.

Venue: Altrincham Little Theatre 17 Oxford Road Altrincham WA14 2ED

Studio Ghibli Forever

4 May to 27 July 2016

A season of twelve Studio Ghibli films being shown every Wednesday at 6:00 pm with the original Japanese soundtracks.  Details

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (showing on 27 July) is based on a tenth–century Japanese fable. A peasant discovers a miniature girl growing inside a bamboo shoot and takes her home.  She quickly grows to become the most beautiful young woman in the land, and is wooed by a series of suitors, including the Emperor himself. But it soon emerges that she is in fact exiled from the Moon, to which she is bound one day to return. 

Venue: Picturehouse at FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ

MCM Manchester Comic Con

30 - 31 July 2016 at Manchester Central

Hayao Miyazaki Interview

In a rare interview Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animator behind Spirited Away, tells Robbie Collin why he 'bet everything' on his final Studio Ghibli film, The Wind Rises.

Read this article in The Telegraph

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.




Japan's Sakoku Period

Thursday 4 April 2013   9:00 am and 9:30 pm  Radio 4

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.

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


It's Alright - Official song for Japan

This song was composed by JSNW member Adrian Summersell. Adrian asks all who enjoy hearing this song, to please make a small donation directly to Sanaburi Foundation Japan. See the song information under the video on YouTube to learn more.


Japan Photos

Explore for a high resolution tour of Japan.




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