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

Japanese Castles and the Making of Regional, National and World Heritage – with Oleg Benesch

Saturday 2 December 2017   2:30 pm to 3:45 pm

Castles are among Japan’s most iconic structures, and are recognized worldwide. They are powerful symbols of local, regional, and national identity. This exalted status of Japan’s castles obscures their troubled modern history, however, when the vast majority of premodern structures were abandoned, dismantled, or destroyed immediately following the Meiji Restoration of 1868. By the turn of the twentieth century, however, castles were being rediscovered and reinvented as physical links to an idealized martial past, and the 1920s saw major movements to rebuild lost castles across Japan.

From the late nineteenth century to the present day, castles have played a key role in the development of concepts of cultural heritage in Japan. This has been a highly international process, with Japanese attitudes influenced especially by European trends, while Japanese approaches to heritage protection have helped define global standards.

This talk explores the modern history of Japanese castles as sites of public history and heritage, including the destruction of castles in the Meiji period and the Second World War, the great proliferation of concrete castles in the early postwar, the global recognition of Japanese castles by UNESCO, and the immediate challenges faced by castles in the twenty-first century.

Dr Oleg Benesch is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of York, specializing in the history of early modern and modern Japan and China. For more information, please see www.olegbenesch.com.

This is a free event, open to all.

Venue: Room1, International Society, William Kay House, 327 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PG

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

TBA December 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


Saturday 13 January 2018   7:00 to 9:00 pm

Join us in welcoming the arrival of the new year with a delicious buffet dinner prepared by Taka of Sushi Craft.

1) Sushi platter a) Boiled prawn nigiri b) Salmon nigiri c) California rolls d) Salmon rolls

2) Fried chicken in Yakiniku sauce

3) Tofu gyoza dumpling (V = Vegetarian)

4) Miso mustard dressing potato salad (V)

5) Lotus curry Hasami agé (Breaded curry sandwiched by slices of lotus) (V)

6) Vegetarian Okonomiyaki (V)

7) Vegetarian Yakisoba noodle (V)

8) Sumo Chankonabe

9) Green tea crepe with Azuki beans

After dinner we will be playing the traditional Japanese New Year game of Tousenkyou (投扇興), a fan tossing game.

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

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

TBA January 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

Remember, it's on Friday!


Venue: Samsi, 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR


JSNW Japan Day

Sunday 3 June 2018   10:30 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.

Venue: Sugden Sports Centre, 114 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HL 


What's On

BBC iPlayer

Japanese Naked Man Festival

The Gaming Show: Five things from Japan

Hyper Japan


Reiko Fujisawa at the Stoller Hall

Wednesday 29 November 2017    7:30 to 9:30 pm

Reiko Fujisawa is absolutely thrilled to be taking part in the opening season at Stoller Hall, the newly opened recital hall at Chethams School of Music The hall features an acoustically immaculate auditorium designed by Stephenson Studio and Arup Acoustics.  Details

TAKEMITSU Rain Tree Sketch II

ADÈS Three Mazurkas

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 'Appassionata'

CHOPIN Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Venue: The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA

Kodo One Earth Tour 2018: Evolution

Friday 2 February 2018    7:30 pm

Kodo is one of the best known and most influential taiko performing arts ensemble in the world and returns to the UK in 2018 with the European premiere performances of Evolution. Under the forward-looking artistic direction of kabuki luminary Tamasaburo Bando, Evolution showcases the creative development of Kodo, its past, its present and its commitment to the future of taiko performing arts. Evolution is presented under Kodo’s One Earth Tour banner and received its world premiere in Tokyo in 2016. The five UK performances in Brighton, Manchester, Canterbury, Birmingham and Gateshead between 30 January and 7 February mark the production’s very first performances outside of Japan.  

Venue: The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS

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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