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

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Upcoming JSNW Events

Woodblock Printing Techniques / AGM

Saturday 18 May 2019    2:30 pm to 4:15 pm

JSNW member Jennifer Lynch will be giving a talk on Woodblock Printing Techniques in Japan.

After the talk we will have a break for tea and biscuits, followed by our AGM. Please come, see how the Society is performing and have your say. Please show your support for the Society by attending this event.

This is a free event, and is for JSNW members only.  If you are attending please contact our Events Co-ordinator.

Venue: The Tim Parry Community Centre, Cromdale Way, Warrington WA5 3NY


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Workshop: ‘Japanese Physical Performance’ with Izumi Ashizawa

Monday 10 June   6:00 to 8:00 pm

Practice of the various principles of stylized physical acting, based on Japanese models. The workshop incorporates object animation techniques along with physical acting exercises. Participants will be able to heighten their consciousness in “performance” body and learn spirituality through physical exercises.  

Izumi teaches and directs all over the world and her performance explores physical story-telling with unconventional puppetry, object animation and Japanese physical performance techniques.  


Venue: The Arts Centre, City of Liverpool College, Myrtle Street, Liverpool L7 7JA

Monarchs – Tokugawa Ieyasu

22 & 23 June, 10 am - 5 pm daily

Join the Royal Armouries Museum for the next event in their Monarchs season as they explore legendary Japanese Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, known as the Unifier of Japan. Over the weekend visitors can meet Tokugawa and his courtier, the English explorer Will Adams, watch thrilling martial arts demonstrations, enjoy talks comparing Eastern and Western arms and armour, see live performances, tours and even witness a Japanese tea ceremony.  Tokugawa ruled between 1603 - 1605, coinciding with the early reign of King James I in England, with whom he was known to correspond and exchange gifts with. The Royal Armouries cares for a number of remarkable objects from Japan, including arms and armour from Tokugawa's time.  

The event is supported by The Japan Society and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. Free entry, activities 10 am - 5 pm. See website for details.

Venue: Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT

MCM Manchester Comic Con

28 - 29 July 2019

Cosplay is a massive part of every MCM Comic Con, and Manchester is no exception! Children & adults alike dress up to display their love for their favourite characters. 

Event details



Venue: Manchester Central, Manchester M2 3GX


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

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

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.