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.

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Upcoming JSNW Events

Japan Day Update

Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in Japan Day this year.  

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and uncertainty around the feasibility of large public events this summer, we have taken the decision to postpone Japan Day in Liverpool to 2022.  

Concerns around potential capacity, and possibility of delay to the national programme of ending restrictions, are significant risks such that running Japan Day in the form we have envisioned is unlikely.  

In its place, this year we are looking at putting on online event in August to highlight some of our talented performers, crafters and stalls that we would have at Japan Day. We would anticipate this to be done in the format of a publicly live streamed event on Facebook or YouTube using our existing platforms, with performance slots and opportunities in the intervals to explore some of our crafters at work.

A more detailed email will come out in due course outlining our planned logistics for this event and inviting you to express interest in taking part. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to discuss how you could take part, please mail the inbox at japanday.jsnw@gmail.com and we would be happy to answer as soon as possible.  

 Alix Roper and Annabel Cordon, Japan Day 2021 Coordinators


What's On

Shinkansen: Japan's High Speed Rail System Explained

Kodomo no hi - Children's Day

Satoyama: Japan's Secret Watergarden

Online Taiko Drumming Classes

At the start of the lockdown in March, James Barrow the founder of Taiko West, had to re-invent teaching his students the art of Japanese Taiko Drumming. After converting his home music room, investing in additional equipment and sorting out all the online, wifi and website logistics, 40+ students embraced the initial online offer, which includes a weekly 75-minute live online class delivered over a 5-week course. He has already expanded nationally, with new students joining from across the length & breadth of the UK, and now globally with people from Hungary and Italy signing up for his Free Taster Sessions, designed for anyone who would like to get started or keep up their Taiko practice at home.

Shropshire-based arts-education organisation Taiko West is offering Free Online Evening Taster Sessions during September and one in October ahead of the next 5-week Online Course, which starts the week of Monday 5th October. Cost is £25 for the whole course and students are asked to sign up for the tasters, or for the course itself, at www.taikowest.com.

James Barrow studied Taiko Drumming in Hiroshima and has been teaching Taiko in the UK for over 25 years. Based in Church Stretton in south Shrophire, James is the only person in the entire country to have obtained a “Menkyo” licence from a traditional Japanese Drumming Preservation Society. Before lockdown, he spent 5 years building The Taiko West Schools & Communities Project, which became the largest ongoing Japanese Drumming education project in Europe, operating at 8 venues across the entire Midlands region, teaching over 200 school pupils & adults.


Samurai Castles: Evolution and Overview


Ask the Armouries Japanese Armour


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

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

Radio Taiso


Japan Photos

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