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

Japan Day

Due to the difficulties posed by the current situation we have taken the decision to postpone Japan Day until next year. We have contacted Liverpool Guild of Students and we have agreed a new date. The date is now Saturday July 3rd 2021.

Thank you for your interest in our festival, we hope you are able to join us on the new date. If you have any questions or issues please contact our Events Coordinator (Nigel) at events@jsnw.org.uk.

We would like to thank all of you for your support. Take care and thank you for your understanding.



What's On

Japan Matsuri

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2020   Online

Japan Matsuri goes online for 2020! This staple of the Japanese events calendar will be bringing the best of Japanese entertainment direct to your home for the first time, with Japan Matsuri Presents bringing two days of exciting events and performance to discover. Follow along and learn how to make classic Japanese dishes perfectly, or sit back and enjoy some of the best Japanese musical talent giving exclusive performances for the festival, but whatever you do, don`t miss this exciting weekend of free entertainment!

Over the two days there really will be something for everyone, with martial arts demonstrations, special performances from favourite acts from previous years, kamishibai theatre for children, fashion, dance, cooking, and more. The full programme will be released soon on the Japan Matsuri social media channels and on the official website.

We are especially pleased to announce that Tomioka Dance Club, the dance group behind the 80s bubble economy inspired dance video sensation, will be recording an exciting new dance for the event, which will be premiered on Saturday as part of the festival. So put the weekend in your diary now, and prepare yourself for a Japan Matsuri like no other!

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September Streaming on the japanmatsuri.com Website and Facebook page

Online Taiko Drumming Classes

At the start of the lockdown in March, James Barrow the founder of Taiko West, had to re-invent teaching his students the art of Japanese Taiko Drumming. After converting his home music room, investing in additional equipment and sorting out all the online, wifi and website logistics, 40+ students embraced the initial online offer, which includes a weekly 75-minute live online class delivered over a 5-week course. He has already expanded nationally, with new students joining from across the length & breadth of the UK, and now globally with people from Hungary and Italy signing up for his Free Taster Sessions, designed for anyone who would like to get started or keep up their Taiko practice at home.

Shropshire-based arts-education organisation Taiko West is offering Free Online Evening Taster Sessions during September and one in October ahead of the next 5-week Online Course, which starts the week of Monday 5th October. Cost is £25 for the whole course and students are asked to sign up for the tasters, or for the course itself, at www.taikowest.com.

James Barrow studied Taiko Drumming in Hiroshima and has been teaching Taiko in the UK for over 25 years. Based in Church Stretton in south Shrophire, James is the only person in the entire country to have obtained a “Menkyo” licence from a traditional Japanese Drumming Preservation Society. Before lockdown, he spent 5 years building The Taiko West Schools & Communities Project, which became the largest ongoing Japanese Drumming education project in Europe, operating at 8 venues across the entire Midlands region, teaching over 200 school pupils & adults.


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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

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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

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