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

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  

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

TBA April 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


Kodomo-no-hi / Children's Day

Saturday 5 May 2018   10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join us at  the JSNW's FREE event, designed for families and children to celebrate the Japanese public holiday 'Kodomo-no-hi', i.e. 'Children's Day'. 

Visit us on the 3rd floor in the Discovery Centre's Classroom to view traditional Japanese Arts and Crafts and particicpate in a variety of Children's Activities  ...... 

On the 1st floor visit the Treasure House Theatre and watch traditional Awa Odori Dance Performances, a Japanese Children's Film and Samurai Armour Demonstrations  .......

On the 5th floor, get involved and enjoy Martial Art performances by students of U.o.L. Jiu Jitsu Club.    

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 Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

TBA 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: TBA


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

Cycles of Trio

Rochdale: Friday 23 March 2018 at 8:00 pm

Manchester: Saturday 24 March 2018 at 8:00 pm

Japan’s hottest jazz-fusion trio are headed on their debut tour of the UK to share their unique brand of uncompromising musical expression. Not for the faint of heart, this outfit of hard-core musicians are guaranteed to take your breath away.

Led by the idiosyncratic Brit, Tom Southerton, Cycles of Trio aim to show UK audiences how their love of pushing boundaries has culminated in them not just breaking down jazz archetypes but societal ones too.

The line up is completed by the maestro Tachibana Yoichi on piano and the calculated Ito Kooryo on drums.

Venues: The Flying Horse, Rochdale OL16 1NJ

 Nexus Art Cafe, 2 Dale Street,  Manchester  M1 1JW


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.

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

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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