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

Discover Japan

14 March 2020   11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for a fun packed family day celebrating Japanese culture. Activities include origami making, shamisen music performances, calligraphy, Japanese Braiding, and a presentation to show off kimonos. You can even have a go at our chopstick challenge! There really is something for everyone, so come along and explore.

There are also Taiko Drum performances in the Treasure House theatre, Traditional (Awa odori) dancing, and a talk on the subject of Noh Theatre.

The talk on Noh Theatre will cover its history, and a new noh work in the English language “Between the Stones”. This Noh Workshop is ticketed. The Tickets are £0.00. (Limited Seating) at 11:30 am.

Taiko Drum performances in the Treasure House theatre are at: - 1.15pm; 3.15pm; 4.15pm.

Traditional (Awa odori) dancing with Awa Siren is at: - 1.45pm; 2.45pm.

This is FREE to attend. Just turn up!

Venue: World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN



What's On

Japan Now


Japanese Film Festival

University of Central Lancashire J-Soc are hosting a Japanese Film Festival.  Running from 19th Feb to the 25th March at the Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema, UCLAN, Preston. No need to book - just turn up! 

Happiness is A State of Mind: Joy and Despair in Japanese Cinema

31 January to 29 March 2020

The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for its 17th edition under the concept of ‘happiness’.

Happiness, though universal in its importance, is felt so subjectively by humankind that the definition of the concept is still very elusive. And yet, the search for happiness has long provided Japanese cinema with a staple theme, and it is within its framework that the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020 has been curated.

Storyhouse is delighted to partner with The Japan Foundation for a third time this February to bring the people of Chester a NEW (and never-before-seen in the UK) Japanese Film every Sunday as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020.   Use the promotional code JAPAN2020 online to claim discount tickets for £4.50!

Taki Katei’s Japan

4 October 2019 to 13 April 2020

Once a celebrated artist in Tokyo, Taki Katei’s paintings were displayed in the Imperial court and his impressive works also travelled to international exhibitions. After his death the demand for delicate paintings of flowers and birds fell out of fashion and his work was slowly forgotten.

World Museum will display the first-ever exhibition of Taki Katei’s work outside Japan as part of the UK-Japan Season of Culture.

‘Drawing on Nature: Taki Katei’s Japan’ will showcase our rare archive of exquisite preparatory drawings that Taki Katei used for teaching, for preparing some of his major commissions, and as an aide-mémoire.

Event details

Venue: World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN

Japanese Film Season

Venue: Altrincham Little Theatre, Oxford Road, Altrincham WA14 2ED

Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands

A documentary series available on iPlayer.

Episode 1: Honshu

The central island of Honshu is home to over 100 million people, and its biggest city, Tokyo, is one of the largest urban metropolises on earth. But it has a wild heart - most of Honshu is mountainous.  This wilderness is home to an astonishing range of wildlife - black bears, monkeys, exquisite fireflies and even cow demons. But all across this island, from the mountains to the edge of the sea, people and nature are drawn together in the most unexpected ways 

Episode 2: The Southwest Islands

In the far south west of Japan, there is a chain of islands stretching towards the tropics - a place where all life is influenced by the power of the sea, and where volcanoes and typhoons are forces to be reckoned with.  The journey begins at an island at the top of the chain and travels south, revealing unexpected stories of isolation, unique wildlife and unsolved mysteries.

Episode 3: Hokkaido

Hokkaido is Japan's northernmost - and wildest - island, a place totally unlike the rest of the country. Every year, it swings from a bitter Siberian winter into the warmth of a Mediterranean-like summer, when the thaw reveals a landscape changed beyond all recognition. It takes tough animals and tough people with real ingenuity to survive, and even thrive, in this ever-changing place.

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.