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

A Message from the Chairman of Japan Society North West

In the light of current events JSNW have taken the decision not to host any events until mid-May. We will, of course, keep the situation under constant review and will post further updates as and when the situation changes. We will continue to share items of interest on our social media/website and hope all our members and supporters can continue to stay in touch and support each other. We would like to thank everyone for their support.

Tim Evans


What's On

After the Storm: a film by Hirokazu Koreeda

Author turned private detective Ryota struggles to make ends meet as he flitters away all the money he earns on gambling, barely able to pay child support for his son. After his father passes away, his mother seems to have moved on, but family tensions are high with both Ryota and his sister believing the other is taking advantage of their mother. 

When a typhoon hits, Ryota, holed up in his mother’s house with his estranged wife and son, attempts to rekindle his relationships with his family. 

In Japanese with English subtitles.   iPlayer

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

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


Radio Taiso


Japan Photos

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