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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

Programmes about Japan on BBC iPlayer - Click here to learn more

 

Upcoming JSNW Events

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Wednesday 30 August 2017   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

Sushi Making Workshop

Saturday 9 September 2017   1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Join us to learn how to make your own Sushi.  Make maki, inside out rolls, temaki and hand rolls. All ingredients provided. Please bring your own apron, chopping board, sharp knife and bamboo (sushi rolling) mat.

If you would like to attend this event please contact our Events Co-ordinator. Please let us know if you are attending so that we can prepare the ingredients. Cost: £5 for JSNW members, £8 for non-members. Pay on the day.

Venue: Whittle Hall Community Centre, Lonsdale Close, Great Sankey, Warrington WA5 3UA

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

TBA September 2017    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

 

 

What's On

BBC iPlayer

Japanese Naked Man Festival

The Gaming Show: Five things from Japan

MCM Manchester Comic Con

72nd Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic weapons attack

Sunday 6 August 2017 10:30 am to 11:30 am

See poster for details.

 

 

Venue:

Living Worlds Gallery, Manchester Museum, Manchester University, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

Like Father, Like Son

1 September 2017   

Like Father, Like Son is a 2013 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, starring Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Keita Nonomiya, Shôgen Hwang, Yōko Maki, and Lily Franky.

Ryota Nonomiya (Fukuyama) is a businessman, driven so much by money and success that he neglects his wife, Midori (Ono), and son, Keita (Nonomiya). One day the couple learn that Keita had been accidentally switched at birth with their biological son Ryusei (Hwang). When DNA tests prove the error, they must now make a life-changing decision to either keep Keita, the boy they raised as their own, or switch him for their biological son.

Ryota and Midori meet with the other couple, Yukari Saiki (Maki) and Yudai Saiki (Franky), a family short on money and ambition, but abundant with love and a clear understanding of the importance of child and parent bonds. They share photos, and for the first time, Ryota and Midori see their biological son, Ryusei. After several meetings, they couples decide to switch children for one day, which goes well. After several further meetings, they  decide to exchange their children. As all involved struggle in various ways with their new lives, including a mutually profound sense of loss, the film explores the complex dynamics of the situtation with some deeply moving, gentle and funny moments.

Venue: Hoylake Community Cinema, Hoylake Community Centre, 31 Hoyle Road, WIRRAL CH47 3AG  

Edo Pop: Japanese Prints

26 May - 24 September 2017

This intriguing exhibition features a series of colourful Ukiyo-e wood block prints depicting the contemporary culture of nineteenth century Japan.

On loan from local collector Frank Milner the exhibition comprises more than 40 prints brimming with urban celebrities, actors, sports champions, fashion icons and villains.

The lively, colourful prints were ‘mass produced' by hand and eagerly sought after by fans of Edo's (now Tokyo) pop culture. The exhibition reveals the skill of leading printmakers such as Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and Kunichika, the last great master of the Kabuki actor print.  

Venue: Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral CH62 5EQ

Edo Pop: See, make, do 

Wednesday 31 May, 26 July, 16 August and 30 August 2017     1 - 4 pm

Join Japan Society North West and try origami, a chopstick challenge and Manga colouring. Ideal for accompanied children 10 years and under. More

Venue: Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral CH62 5EQ

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

 

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

 

 

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