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

Springwatch in Japan, Join JSNW at the Edo Pop exhibition - Click here to learn more


Upcoming JSNW Events

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Wednesday 26 April 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

The Dark Secret of Natsume Soseki - a talk by Damian Flanagan

Saturday 29 April 2017   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Damian Flanagan is a writer and critic interested in Japan, East Asian affairs and world literature. In 2003 he became the first Westerner to publish a book in Japanese on celebrated Japanese author Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) and in 2005 his translation of Soseki's writings on Britain won the 2005 Japan-US Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature.

To be followed by an informal reception with wine / tea and coffee, and light snacks. This event is free. If you would like to attend this event please contact our Events Co-ordinator.

Venue: Sir Harry Smith Suite at Summerville, 65 Daisy Bank Road, Victoria Park, Manchester M14 5QL

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Friday 19 May 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


Discover Japan Day

Saturday 20 May 2017    11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Can you write in Japanese, make origami animals from paper or would you like to try the chopstick challenge?

Join us at the World Museum in Liverpool for a fun day of Japanese related activities.

This event celebrates the Japanese public holiday  kodomo-no-hi or Children's Day.

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



Saturday 27 May 2017    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A DVD of the sumptuous Kabuki classic “Sukeroku” will be screened before the AGM and delicious sushi will also be available.

Please come, see how the Society is performing and have your say.

This is a free event, and is for JSNW members only. Please show your support for the Society by attending this event.

If you would like to attend this event please contact our Events Co-ordinator.

Venue: Tim Parry Community Centre, Great Sankey, Warrington

Red Dogs

Friday 14 July 2017

Red Dogs are a three-piece all-female punk band from Osaka, who formed in 2012. Their sound can best be described as a mixture of hardcore punk and garage rock, a fierce blend that marries high energy thunderous music with great tunes and spine-tingling vocal harmonies. The band consists of Haruka on vocals and bass, Kazumi on drums and Maimai on guitar.

Red Dogs will be touring the UK in July 2017, with Japan Society North West hosting their headlining date at the Star and Garter pub in Manchester. The Star and Garter is a legendary venue that has seen gigs by many Japanese bands. Please come and welcome Red Dogs when they play here.

Venue: Star and Garter, 18-20 Fairfield Street, Manchester  M1 2QF

Lesley Downer 

Saturday 29 July 2017

Lesley Downer is an internationally best-selling author, translated into 30 languages. Her books include Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World; Sadayakko: The Geisha who Seduced the West, the story of the geisha on whom Puccini modelled Madame Butterfly; and two novels, The Last Concubine and The Courtesan and the Samurai.


Venue: The Quaker Meeting House in Liverpool, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT


What's On

Springwatch in Japan: Cherry Blossom Time

BBC iPlayer

Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and James Wong join the lively cherry blossom celebrations taking place across Japan this spring. The blossom or 'sakura' is one of the world's most stunning seasonal wonders, with blankets of pink flowers sweeping across the country. Whilst James looks at the history of this famous festival, Chris and Michaela discover the wildlife that live alongside the blossom. And all three find themselves partying with the crowds of Japanese 'blossom watchers'.

MCM Manchester Comic Con

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

Edo Pop: Tanabata

Saturday 8th July 2017    1 - 4  pm.

Join Japan Society North West for a Tanabata festival at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Children's Activity Room: Origami, Paper Lanterns, Paper Chains, and Tanabata wishes.

Main Gallery: ‘GO’ Demonstration, Embroidery, Storytelling & Nursery Rhymes.

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


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


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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