Past Events

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JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 29 March 2014    6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Film Showing: "Hafu"

Click to display posterSaturday 15 March 2014   2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

With an ever increasing movement of people between ʻplacesʼ in this transnational age, there is a mounting number of mixed-race people in Japan, some visible, others not. "Hafu - the mixed-race experience of Japan" is a journey of discovery into the complex multicultural experience of mixed-race Japanese in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of five hafus—the Japanese term for people who are half Japanese—as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself to be mono-ethnic. For some of these hafus, Japan is the only home they know. For others, living in Japan is an entirely new experience. And still others find themselves caught between two different worlds.   Trailer  Changing demographics of Japan   Press Release

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 25 February 2014   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.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

Sarah Turner's Manga Workshop

Saturday 22 February 2014    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm   

Workshop plan:

Manga in Japan right now and how it's changed; Special characteristics of manga compared to other comic styles; Finding your style; Coming up with a manga idea (genre); Character Archetypes (the hero,the villan); Designing your characters; Normal body and chibi style; Showing personality; Backgrounds; Making a manga.     See poster

Venue: Room F13, Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

25 January 2013    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our former Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event. You don't need to be able to speak Japanese, so you can just relax.  

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

Steve Smith: "The Japanese Consul"

Saturday 18 January 2014    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Steve Smith gives a talk on Liverpool wool merchant James Lord Bowes, the first foreign-born Honorary Consul of the Japanese Empire in the United Kingdom.  More

See event poster.

 

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

Bonenkai

Saturday 14 December 2013   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Join us for a delicious buffet dinner prepared by Taka.  Menu

We will also have an Awa Odori dancing demonstration and workshop by Awa Siren.

The price is £15 for JSNW members, £18 for non-Members. There is a bar with soft and alcoholic drinks. Please don’t bring your own drinks.

Venue: Main Hall, Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 30 November 2013    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our former Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

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

The Accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station, March 2011

Saturday 12 October 2013   2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for a talk by Richard Wakeford, Visiting Professor in Epidemiology at the Dalton Nuclear Institute of The University of Manchester.

A massive earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan on 11 March 2011 and the consequent tsunami caused a complete loss of electrical power at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station. Although the three reactors at the site that were operating at the time of the earthquake shut down as intended, the inability to remove residual heat from the reactors led to severe damage to the nuclear fuel, hydrogen explosions and large releases of radioactive materials to the atmosphere and sea. The Fukushima accident was the worst nuclear accident since that at Chernobyl in Ukraine in 1986, but unlike at Chernobyl none of the emergency workers at Fukushima suffered early effects of overexposure to radiation in their efforts to bring the reactors under control. Nonetheless, communities within 20 km of the site were evacuated, and the large releases of radioactive materials to atmosphere led to significant contamination of surrounding areas, particularly to the north-west of the station, and much of the area within 20 km of the site (and beyond, to the north-west) remain evacuated. Assessments of the long-term health impact of the accident have concluded that the additional cancer risk experienced by the most exposed individuals is likely to be small, but the Japanese authorities face a substantial challenge in recovery work at the station and in the surrounding area, and this is likely to involve many years of intensive work. Official committees of inquiry in Japan have concluded that the Fukushima accident could have been prevented if sufficient attention had been paid to recommended safety measures.

Venue: The Leamington Theatre (LG12), Lower Ground Floor, Samuel Alexander Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL (it's building 67 on this map)  Access is via the south wing of the Samuel Alexander Building off Spa Street.

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 8 October 2013   7:00 - 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

21 September 2013    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our former Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

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

Tea Ceremony

Saturday 14 September 2013   2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

An authentic tea ceremony demonstration by Mrs Mari Isobe with her student, Mrs Hiroko Nakajima.

Mrs Isobe will start by talking about the tea ceremony, including the history and the spirit of it. She will take us through the tea ceremony giving a detailed explanation of every step, with Mrs Nakajima acting as guest. They will then go through the ceremony once again, this time without the explanation.

After the conclusion of the tea ceremony, Mrs Isobe will show us some of her prized collection of tea ceremony utensils. Finally, there will be an opportunity to be served tea by Mrs Isobe.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 13 August 2013   7:00 - 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

Ikebana Workshop

Saturday 13 July 2013   2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join an ikebana workshop by School of Ohara Ikebana Master Elizabeth Keikyu Murray.

Please bring pruning scissors / secateurs. Tea and cakes will be provided.

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

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

 

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 25 June 2013   7:00 - 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

AGM

Saturday 15 June 2013   2:30 pm - 4:15pm

The guest speaker at this year's AGM will be Ian Reader, former Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Manchester.

Immediately following Ian's talk, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting. The Society needs your support at this important meeting.

JSNW members only.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

Japan Day

Saturday 1 June 2013   10:30 am - 5:00 pm

For the first time, our celebration of Japanese culture includes a cosplay competition!

And don't miss our Japan Day raffle - first prize is two tickets to Japan, courtesy of Finnair!

Japan Day is brought to you by Japan Society North West and the Embassy of Japan in the UK.

Entry to Japan Day is free. See JapanDay.org.uk for details.

For Japan Day car parking use the Q-Park on Epworth Street L6 1LY

Venue: Liverpool Hope University, Cornerstone Building, Creative Campus, Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 18 May 2013    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our former Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

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

Sushi Making Workshop

Sunday 19 May 2013    2:30 to 4:30 pm

A sushi-making workshop lead by Angela Davies.

Joinus for a 'hands on' sushi making day. Everybody can come and make sushi. We will provide the ingredients and the sushi mats. Bring your own knife and apron and chopping board.

Cost is £5 for members and £8 for non-members. Tea and biscuits included.

If you would like to attend this event please contact our Events Co-ordinator before 10 May.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

The Woodsman and the Rain

Saturday 16 March 2013   2:30 pm - 4:45 pm

An award-winning comedy starring Koji Yakusho (Eel, 13 Assassins) and Shun Oguri (Gaku, Crows Zero). Katsu, a 60 year-old lumberjack, lives in a small, tranquil village in the mountains. When a film crew suddenly arrives to shoot a zombie movie, Katsu finds himself unwittingly roped into assisting the production and is increasing frustrated by the pushy crew, especially the young, seemingly spineless director Koichi. However, an improbable friendship soon develops between Katsu and Koichi, as Katsu comes to see joy in the filmmaking process, and gradually helps Koichi to recover his sense of self. Soon, their bond inspires an unusual collaboration between the villagers and the film crew.

Distributed in the UK by Third Window Films.   Here is a Review. Admission: free.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 9 March 2013    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our former Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

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

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 12 February 2013   7:00 - 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

Go Workshop

Saturday 2 February 2013     2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Chris Kirkham from Manchester Go Society will talk about the history of how "Go" got known in the west and in the UK in particular, and the current state of "Go" in the UK today. After a brief explanation of the rules we will then get chance to play the game.

Tea and biscuits will be available.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 26 January 2013    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our former Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

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

Mitsuko Delivers

Saturday 12 January 2013   2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Mitsuko (Riisa Naka) is a young woman who believes everything will be okay and always tries to help those around her. One day, she met an American man and wanted to help him. They became involved in a relationship and she moved with him to California. A little later, her boyfriend left her and Mitsuko returned to Japan alone. Her parents, who runs a pachinko parlor, still thinks Mitsuko is living happily in California.

Now, Mitsuko is nine-months pregnant, unmarried & almost broke. She has to move out of her apartment. Yet, Mitsuko still believes everything will be OK. Mitsuko doesn't know where she will go, but she lies down on a bench and watches where the wind blows.  

Distributed in the UK by Third Window Films.   Here is a Review.  Admission: free.  If you would like to attend this event please contact our Events Co-ordinator.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

"Noh Hamlet" (1982) - One Man Show

Wednesday 19 December 2012    8:30 pm to 10:00 pm  (Doors open at 8:15 pm)

A traditional Japanese Noh style Hamlet, with a lecture in English and Japanese, by MUNAKATA Ueda Kuniyoshi, Professor Emeritus, Shizuoka National University.

Munakata debuted by “Noh Hamlet” at Harvard University, while a Fulbright scholar there in 1973-75. Back in Japan, he completed the world’s first Shakespearean Noh play, Noh Hamlet in English, performing himself as shite (main role) in 1982 in Tokyo. This bold experiment was highly acclaimed and was repeated at Japan’s National Noh Theatre in 1985. Then he adapted Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear into Noh, playing the title role himself.

Main overseas performances: The Globe Theatre Museum Stage, Bristol University, over ten theatres in the U.S., four cities in Canada, NIDA and other universities in Australia, Denmark, Sweden, and Asian countries.

His Noh plays are true to Noh founder Zeami’s ideas and techniques, respecting spirituality, simplicity, the influence of Zen, and aiming at happiness of all people. His works were reviewed as “dramatic expression of Zen” and “holistic.” His other Noh productions are: Othello, Cleopatra, Thomas Becket, Double Nora, King Lear in Japanese.

After the performance, an introductory lecture to Noh, questions & answers, and a short Noh song workshop will follow. Anyone is welcomed. Admission free.   See poster    日本語

If you would like to attend this event please email

Venue: Bowdon Parish Centre, Stamford Road, Bowdon WA14 2TR    [parking info]

Bonenkai

Saturday 15 December 2012   7:00 to 9:00 pm

The evening will start with a buffet dinner prepared by Taka, see poster for details.

After the dinner we will have some traditional Japanese songs - with a chance to join in - followed by a quiz.

 

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

 

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 24 November 2012    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

Manga Workshop

Copyright © 2012 Philip BarkerSaturday 10 November 2012    2:30 to 4:30 pm

A manga and anime workshop by Philip Barker.

The workshop will cover:

- Head drawing (structure and expression/possible styles)
- Body Proportion and structure
- Posing the body
- Designing characters (silhouette, shape, animation possibilities)
- Character Archetypes (the hero,the villan)
- History of Anime/Manga
- Iconic Characters.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

 

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 16 October 2012   7:00 - 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

Obtaining Images; Art, Reproduction and Display in Edo Japan

Saturday 6 October 2012   2:00 to 3:15 pm

A talk given by Timon Screech, Professor at SOAS, University of London.

Timon Screech was born in Birmingham, UK, and received a BA (Hons.) in Oriental Studies (Japanese) at Oxford, before completing his Ph.D at Harvard in 1991. He also studied at the universities of Geneva and Gakushuin. He has taught the history of Japanese art at SOAS, University of London, since 1991, and in 2006 was elected to a chair in the History of Art. He is concurrently Permanent Visiting Professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo.

Venue: The Manchester Lecture Theatre, First Floor, All Saints Building, Manchester Metropolitan University M15 6BH

 

Lesley Downer: The New Japan and the Last Samurai

Saturday 29 September 2012     2:00 pm

Lesley Downer’s new novel, Across A Bridge of Dreams, is set immediately after the Meiji Restoration, when well-off Japanese were experimenting with all things western. Rickshaws clattered through the streets, women wore bustles and bonnets and men ate beef, cut off their topknots and wore boots and Inverness capes. But there were many who opposed the radical changes transforming their society. Prime among them was Saigo Takamori with his desire to maintain samurai values and return to the purity of the old ways. Down in the south he prepared to do battle to defend all that the samurai stood for. In a last twist this would involve a clash between the northern and southern clans who had fought to control Japan and would finally give the defeated northerners their chance of revenge.

In her talk she will look at the extraordinary changes that occurred during the early years of westernisation. Woodblock prints and old photographs will illustrate Ginza brick town with its new buildings and gas lamps, new modes of transport, new clothes and new foods, all of which were adopted with great enthusiasm. The changes were however limited to those who could afford them and who lived in the major cities, particularly Tokyo. There were many uprisings in the early years. The climax of these was Saigo’s uprising, which forms the background to Lesley Downer’s new novel. In her talk she will unravel the principles and aims behind his last stand, the train of events that led to his bloody end, and the role that the Aizu samurai played.

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, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

22 September 2012    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our former Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

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

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Wednesday 22 August 2012   7:00 - 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

Koto Performance by Fuyuki Enokido

Saturday 18 August 2012   2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Famous koto player Fuyuki Enokido is visiting the UK in August, and she's agreed to visit Manchester and play for us. This is a unique opportunity to see a top class koto player. Admission is free. For more details see our poster. You can also visit Fuyuki Enokido's web site (Japanese only).

She will be perfoming at the brand new Manchester Metropolitan University Business School building.

JSNW would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Embassy of Japan in the UK.

Venue: Room G.36 (ground floor), MMU Business School, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH

All Saints campus map     (The Business School is building 3)

 

 

 

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 14 July 2012    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our former Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

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

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Thursday 14 June 2012   7:00 - 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 please contact Angela.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

Haiku with Fred Schofield

Sunday 17 June 2012   2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

We will be reading some haiku, and we will attempt to write some haiku about feelings for the tsunami. You can take a walk around the gardens and see the cherry blossom tree planted by JSNW and Japanese Garden Society on 11 March to commemorate the Tohoku tsunami recovery.

Tea and biscuits provided.

Venue: Scout Hut at Walkden Gardens, Derbyshire Road, Sale, M33 3EL

 

AGM and talk by Dr Gordon Daniels

Saturday 26 May 2012    2:00 pm

The guest speaker at this year's AGM will be Dr. Gordon Daniels, who will be giving a talk entitled: "Compassion from the East - Japanese Nurses in England, 1915-1916"

Dr Gordon Daniels recently retired from his position as Reader in History at Sheffield University.

After the talk we'll have tea and cake, followed by our Annual General Meeting. The Society needs your support at this important meeting. JSNW members only.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

Lymm Kimono Day

Click to open posterSaturday, 5th May 2012   1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

May 5th is Children's Day in Japan, and to mark the day we will be holding the first of what we hope will become a regular event: "Lymm Kimono Day". Activities will include:

Yukata dressing

Origami

DIY Sushi making

Calligraphy

Making your own Koi Carp

 

Japanese Chef Taka of Sushi Craft will be leading the sushi making. Sushi packs and bento boxes will be on sale.

Admission: Adults £1, Children 50p, JSNW Members FREE. See our poster

Venue: Lymm Village Hall, Pepper Street, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 0JB

 

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 24 April 2012   7:00 - 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

17 March 2012    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our former Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

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

Talk by Sharon Kinsella

Saturday 10 March 2012   1:00 pm

Dr. Sharon Kinsella will be giving a talk entitled: "Josoko 女装子and new popular transvestism".

Risk taking male figures of post-war music, dance and art scenes, from transgender singer and actor Miwa Akihito and butö dancer Hijikata Tatsumi to artists such as Yasumasa Morimura and Aida Makoto have made female drag integral to their work. Female impersonation on the bohemian fringe has been so naturalised that it has attracted little notice. From the mid-1990s the transvestite urge appeared to diversify and increase in visibility in cross-play, visual-kei bands, and from the 2000s, in jösoko cross play subculture, and in transvestite presentation in mass entertainment and josö shönen manga targeted at mass readership of teenage boys.

What is the context for the popular appeal and tension of cross-dress looks? Does josö represent gender liberation or the further colonisation of female performance and sensibility?

Refreshments will be provided.

Sharon Kinsella gained her doctorate from Oxford University and was Assistant Professor at Yale University until 2004. She has been involved in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research looking at emergent social trends linking youth, the media, subculture, corporate culture and new modes of governance, based on Japanese case studies with global application. Dr Kinsella is currently lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of Manchester.

If you would like to attend this event please contact our Events Coordinator.

Venue: A7 in Samuel Alexander Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL (it's building 67 on this map)

Taiko Workshop

Saturday 25 February 2012

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A workshop led by John Bolwell of Tantara Taiko.

 

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

 

 

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 7 February 2012   7:00 - 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 21 January 2012    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

Reflections on Debussy: A personal introduction by Noriko Ogawa

Click to enlargeSunday 4 December 2011   2.30 to 4.00 pm

The internationally renowned concert pianist Noriko Ogawa introduces her 2012 festival celebrating the music of the French composer Claude Debussy in his 150th anniversary year. Debussy was strongly influenced by Japanese and other Eastern cultures, and in this fascinating concert series, traditional Japanese arts and crafts will be placed alongside concerts of Debussy and music by Japanese composers influenced by him. 2012 coincidentally marks the 150th anniversary of the first diplomatic corps to visit Europe from Japan, so the concerts will also celebrate the continuing cultural dialogue between East and West. Noriko’s recordings of Debussy have been universally acclaimed and she will explain her special affinity with his music and how she came to discover its unique qualities. She will also explain her busy life as a musician working in Europe and Japan, giving an account of recent experiences during the Japanese earthquake and subsequent fund-raising efforts. Based mainly in London, Noriko frequently returns to Japan, where she remains a true celebrity writing her own newspaper column. The event will include live performance on the piano by Noriko of music by Debussy and the Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu.  More information

Venue: The Barbirolli Room at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Bonenkai

Saturday 10 December 2011   7:00 to 9:00 pm

This year we are asking everyone to bring along some photos. The photographs don’t necessarily have to be ones that you have taken but can be ones that delight you or you feel encapsulate something about Japan, its culture or people. We’ll throw in a few prizes for the best collections. Don’t take it too seriously but do please try to bring 5 photos.

We also have an origami demonstration by John Roberto.

The highlight of the evening will of course be a wonderful buffet prepared by Taka.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 26 November 2011    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event. You don't need to be able to speak Japanese, so you can just relax.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees

Saturday 19 November 2011   2:30 to 4:30 pm

Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (義経千本桜), or Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees, is one of the three most popular and famous plays in the Kabuki repertoire. We wanted to bring Kabuki to the North West, but due to budgetary constraints, we had to settle for a DVD. Come join us to see the DVD on a big screen.

Followed by tea, cake and a chance to discuss the Kabuki.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

 

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 11 October 2011   7:00 - 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

Japanese Garden at Tatton Park

Saturday 15 October 2011   11:00 am

A guided tour of the Japanese garden at Tatton Park, timed to coincide with the autumn colours.

Normal Tatton Park parking and garden entry fees apply.

 

Venue: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

 

 

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 24 September 2011    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

Shuriken Jutsu by Otsuka Sensei

Thursday 8 September 2011   7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A unique opportunity to learn about the Samurai art of Shuriken Jutsu from the Head Master and Soke of Meifu Shinkage Ryu on his first visit to the UK.

Head Master Otsuka Sensei will describe the different types of shuriken, and the throwing techniques. He will talk about the history of shuriken, and the philosophy around the martial art. He will give us a demonstration, and allow some volunteers to try to throw shuriken.

Venue: Marlboro House (above Sunshine Studios), 52 Newton St., Manchester M1 1ED

 

 

Pruning Trees the Japanese Way

Saturday 3 September 2011 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

A visit by Professor Masao Fukuhara, who will talk about, as well as demonstrate, how to care for Japanese Gardens.

This event is meant to be a hands-on workshop where you will have a chance to prune trees yourself! Please bring your own pruning shears.

 

Venue: Calderstones Park, Liverpool 18

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 16 August 2011   7:00 - 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 23 July 2011    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event. You don't need to be able to speak Japanese, so you can just relax.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

Introduction to Haiku

Saturday 25 June 2011  2:30 to 4:30 pm

A workshop with Fred Schofield. We will be reading some Haiku, and playing some games.

a) Throwing a giant football, the catcher reads a haiku from the football

b) Matching cut-up lines from various haiku in small groups

We will take a short walk around the gardens and we can have a go at writing Haiku. Finally we may share our haiku in a reading.

Venue: Walkden Gardens, Derbyshire Road, Sale, Cheshire (at the junction with Marsland Road).

A Japanese Conversation Evening Hosted by Angela Davies

Tuesday 14 June 2011     7:00 to 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 28 May 2011    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event. You don't need to be able to speak Japanese, so you can just relax.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

The Shikoku Pilgrimage / AGM

Saturday 21 May 2011

The guest speaker at this year's AGM will be Ian Reader, Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Manchester. Ian will tell us about the Shikoku Pilgrimage, a pilgrimage of 88 Temples, traditionally completed on foot, a journey of 900 miles.

Immediately following Ian's talk, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting. The Society needs your support at this important meeting. JSNW members only.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

Go Workshop

Saturday 16 April 2011    2:30 pm to 4:20 pm

“Go” (called “Weiqi” in China and “Baduk” in Korea) is an ancient strategy board game for two players, in which the players use stone pieces to compete for territory. It is easy to start playing, but difficult to master.

Manchester Go Club will be presenting the workshop, which will begin with a talk giving a brief history of this fascinating game and an explanation of the rules. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for members to play or watch games in progress, supervised by the Go Club.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

A Japanese Conversation Evening Hosted by Angela Davies

Wednesday 20 April 2011    7:00 to 9:00 pm   

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 26 March 2011    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

Gardens, Craft and Bamboo

Saturday 19 March 2011    2:30 pm to 4:20 pm

A talk by Bill Tingey, with examples and discussion of craft and gardens, and the singular aesthetic guiding these disciplines.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

A Japanese Conversation Evening Hosted by Angela Davies

Wednesday 23 February 2011    7:00 to 9:00 pm   

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

Pictures and Poetry on the Banks of the Sumida: Boating up the River in the Edo Period

Saturday 5 February 2011    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm  

This informative and entertaining talk will be given by Timon Screech, Professor at SOAS, University of London. See poster for details.

It will be of interest to History of Art students and those interested in the social history of Japan during the Edo period.

Timon Screech was born in Birmingham, UK, and received a BA (Hons.) in Oriental Studies (Japanese) at Oxford, before completing his Ph.D at Harvard in 1991. He also studied at the universities of Geneva and Gakushuin. He has taught the history of Japanese art at SOAS, University of London, since 1991, and in 2006 was elected to a chair in the History of Art. He is concurrently Permanent Visiting Professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo.

Screech is the author of some ten books on the visual culture of the Edo period. His PhD was published as The Lens Within the Heart: The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan (CUP 1996) and is still in print in a second edition (Curzon, 2002). Perhaps his best-known work is Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan, 1700-1820 (Reaktion, 1999; second, expanded edition, 2009). Most recently, he has introduced and edited the writings of two 18th-century travellers to Japan, as Japan Extolled and Decried: Carl Peter Thunberg and the Shogun’s Realm, 1775-1796 (Routledge, 2005), and Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns: Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822 (Routledge, 2006). His writings have been translated into French, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Romanian.

Venue: The Manchester Lecture Theatre, First Floor, All Saints Building, Manchester Metropolitan University M15 6BH

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 22 January 2011    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

Kumihimo Braiding

Saturday 15 January 2011    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A talk and workshop by Marge Quinn (member of the Braid Society).

Braids were "born" in Japan, and used on Samurai armour and more recently on Kimono Obi. Come and learn how to make a Japanese braid. Interesting, easy, and fun. You will learn up to 3 braids.  No equipment or previous skills needed. N.B. Many Japanese braiders are men. Tea and cakes provided.

In Newsletter 21 Marge Quinn tells us of her first trip to Kyoto, Japan. She also introduces the traditional Japanese craft, “kumihimo (braiding)”, with some of her wonderful work. Kumihimo is used most commonly now for tying Obi sashes on kimono.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

Bonenkai

Saturday 18 December 2010   7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

This year our end-of-year celebration begins with a picture quiz followed by a delicious buffet prepared by Taka (Sushi Craft).  See poster for menu.

To round off the evening we have a Shamisen performance!

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

 

 

A Japanese Conversation Evening Hosted by Angela Davies

Tuesday 7 December 2010    7:00 to 9:00 pm   

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 20 November 2010    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

A Japanese Conversation Evening Hosted by Angela Davies

Wednesday 27 October 2009   7:00 to 9:00 pm   

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

Japan Day 2010

Sunday 17 October 2010      11:00 am to 5:00 pm

JSNW is organising its third Japan Day this year. The venue is the prestigious Midland Hotel in Manchester.

We will have over 30 participating groups. Our on-stage programme includes taiko drumming performances, and demonstrations of kimono dressing, aikido, kendo, iaido and bojutsu. See poster for details. Doors open at 11:00 am and entry is free!

Win a flight to Japan!

The first prize in our Japan Day Raffle will be two air tickets to Japan, donated by Finnair. Fly from Manchester to Tokyo, Nagoya or Osaka. Raffle tickets cost £1 each and are only available on the day. See Terms and Conditions.

Venue: Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS

Japan Day is supported by:

       

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 25 September 2010    7:00 to 9:00 pm  

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event. You don't need to be able to speak Japanese, so you can just relax.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

Pruning Trees the Japanese Way

Click for detailsSaturday 4 September 2010

Another visit by Professor Masao Fukuhara, who will this time talk about, as well as demonstrate, pruning trees the Japanese Way. This event is meant to be a hands-on workshop where you will have a chance to prune trees yourself!   See poster for more details.

 

Venue: Calderstones Park, Liverpool 18

Sushi Making Day

Walkden GardensSaturday 24 July 2010     2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

We are planning a 'hands on' sushi making day. Everybody can come and make sushi. We will provide the ingredients and the sushi mats. Bring your own knife and apron and chopping board. We will have the event at Walkden Gardens so we can go and have a look around the Japanese Garden there, after the event (and before it). Price to be determined once we have a full list of ingredients. We are aiming for £5 to £8 for members. Entry to the garden is free. Bring a packed lunch.

Venue: Walkden Gardens, Derbyshire Road, Sale, Cheshire (at the junction with Marsland Road).

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday 17 July 2010    7:00 to 9:00 pm  

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, who is also a Japanese tutor, will host this fun event. You don't need to be able to speak Japanese, so you can just relax. It might be a good idea to bring your photos or memorable things that you want to talk about.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

A Japanese Conversation Evening Hosted by Angela Davies

Wednesday 23 June 2010    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

William Horsley

Saturday 22 May 2010    2:00 pm

A talk by William Horsley entitled: "Japan's unique concept of perfection: a nation's defining virtue and its crucial flaw".

William Horsley is a journalist and writer on international affairs and chairman of the Association of European Journalists in the UK. He took a degree in Japanese Studies at Oxford University in 1971, and was BBC Bureau Chief in Tokyo from 1983 to 1990, covering Japan's dramatic economic rise and a turbulent period across East Asia. Later he was the BBC's resident correspondent in Germany and then a World Affairs correspondent covering international affairs for TV, Radio and BBC Online. He left the BBC staff in 2007 and last year he co-founded the Centre for Freedom of the Media at the University of Sheffield. He is the co-author, with Roger Buckley, of Nippon: New Superpower (BBC Books, 1990), and now writes and speaks widely on themes related to Japan, Europe, and the role of freedom of expression and media independence in global politics.

Venue: Hope University (Hope Park Campus), Liverpool

AGM

Saturday 22 May 2010    3:30 pm

Immediately following William Horsley's talk (see above), we will be holding our Annual General Meeting. Please put the date in your diaries now as the Society needs your support at this important meeting.

JSNW members only.

Venue: Hope University (Hope Park Campus), Liverpool

 

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday, 15 May 2010    7:00 to 9:00 pm  

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, will host this fun event. You don't need to be able to speak Japanese, so you can just relax. It might be a good idea to bring your photos or memorable things that you want to talk about.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

 

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday, 20 March 2010    7:00 to 9:00 pm  

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, will host this fun event. You don't need to be able to speak Japanese, so you can just relax. It might be a good idea to bring your photos or memorable things that you want to talk about.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

 

Taiko Drumming Workshop

Click for detailsSaturday 6 March 2010   10:30 am to 4:30 pm

With Liz Walters of Tamashii School of Taiko.

The workshop runs over a period of 6 hours, with a one hour lunch break. Cost: £25 to JSNW members, and £35 to non-members.  Attendance is limited to 20, so book early to avoid disappointment! See poster for details.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

 

A Japanese Conversation Evening Hosted by Angela Davies

Wednesday 17 February 2010    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

Ikebana Demonstration and Workshop

Saturday 20 February 2010  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

A presentation and workshop by Ohara school Ikebana Master, Brenda Thorpe.

Please bring pruning scissors / secateurs. Tea and cakes will be provided.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

 

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday, 23 January 2010    7:00 to 9:00 pm  

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, will host this fun event. You don't need to be able to speak Japanese, so you can just relax.

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

Jonas Goro Gadelius Netsuki Collection

21 January 2010     11:00 am

In May 2007 Mrs Gabita Gadelius generously donated 128 netsuke from the collection of the late Jonas Goro Gadelius. The World Cultures gallery at World Museum Liverpool has created a new display of these contemporary Japanese netsuke figures .

Our visit will include the chance to view and handle items not usually on public display.

Venue: World Museum Liverpool

Bonenkai

Saturday 19 December 2009   7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Our end-of-year celebration begins as usual with a delicious buffet prepared by Taka (Sushi Craft).

After the meal, Taka is going to give us a demonstration of tempura cooking.

We will then hold a quiz on Japan (what else?).

Venue: Lymm Village Hall, Pepper Street, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 0J

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Saturday, 28 November 2009    7:00 to 9:00 pm  

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. Our Newsletter Editor, Yuko Howes, will host this fun event. You don't need to be able to speak Japanese, so you can just relax.

This time, it will be on a weekend, so that you won't have to rush home. Everyone welcome!

Venue: New Samsi (downstairs in Izakaya), 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR

 

Kagawa

Saturday 21 November 2009   2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Angela Davies, who has lived in Kagawa Prefecture, will talk about it's size, historical significance and its attractions as a tourist destination, as well as her own experiences and long term connections.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

 

A Japanese Conversation Evening Hosted by Angela Davies

Tuesday 27 October 2009    7:00 to 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

 

 

Bonsai

Sunday 11 October 2009   2:00 pm

A talk by Ian Warhurst of Wirral Bonsai covering the history, styles, sizes, and basic care and culture of bonsai trees. Ian will be bringing a number of examples of bonsai with him.

Wirral Bonsai had their annual show at Gordale Nursery on 8th/9th August. For more information see the Gordale Nursery web site.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

 

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Wednesday, 23 September 2009    7:00 to 9:00 pm  

Let’s have a drink, enjoy food, and meet someone new. For those who’d like to speak in Japanese, a Japanese host will be there for you to make it a conversation evening. Everyone welcome!

Venue: Sapporo Teppanyaki Restaurant, 91-93 Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4J

 

Pruning Trees the Japanese Way

Saturday 12 September 2009

Another visit by Professor Masao Fukuhara, who will this time talk about, as well as demonstrate, pruning trees the Japanese Way. This event is meant to be a hands-on workshop where you will have a chance to prune trees yourself!  A joint Japanese Garden Society and JSNW event.

See poster for more details.

Venue: Calderstones Park, Liverpool 18

A Japanese Conversation Evening Hosted by Angela Davies

Wednesday, 19 August 2009, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Angela Davies, a very experienced instructor of Japanese, will host an evening of Japanese conversation, over delicious food at Etsu restaurant.

Venue: Etsu Japanese Restaurant, 25 The Strand, (off Brunswick Street) Liverpool, L2 0XJ

 

All You Want to Know about Koi Carp

Sunday 5 July 2009    1:30 pm to 3 pm

A presentation by Tim Waddington from UK Nishikigoi, a state of the art koi dealership in St Helens. You will get to view some of the finest koi ever to come into this country from Japan.

Tim will give an insight into the history of koi in Japan. The talk starts at the turn of the century when carp fry were first introduced into the rice growing fields.

Venue: UKNishikigoi, Sutton Road Farm, Bell Lane, St. Helens, Merseyside WA9 4B

Japanese Culture and the Tea Ceremony

Saturday 6 June 2009   2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

We welcome Akemi Solloway, teacher and lecturer of Japanese language and culture. She will talk about Japanese Culture and demonstrate the Tea Ceremony.

What is commonly known in English as the Japanese tea ceremony is called chanoyu (literally, "tea hot-water") or sadō ("the way of tea") in Japanese. Zen Buddhism was integral to its development, and this influence pervades many aspects of it.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

Sushi Demonstration and AGM

Visit Sushi CraftSaturday 16 May 2009   2 pm to 4 pm

Long-time JSNW member and experienced Sushi chef ‘Taka’ will demonstrate how sushi is prepared; this is your chance for a ‘close up’ view of Sushi-making. We’ll also have “Bento” boxes on sale – Sushi to eat in the hall or take home. Hall opens at 2 pm, demonstration starts at 2.15 pm. After the demonstration you can enjoy your Bento boxes and sushi – or be ‘traditional British’ and sit back for a chat over tea & cakes.

Followed by the JSNW AGM. This is a members-only event.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

 

Japanese Conversation Session

Wednesday 29 April, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

It is at last happening! This inaugural session will take place at Sapporo Teppanyaki Restaurant in Manchester. It is meant to be a very casual get-together, where participants are encouraged to speak in Japanese as much as possible. At least one native Japanese speaker will be there to host the session.

Venue: Sapporo Teppanyaki Restaurant, 91-93 Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4J

Mad about Japanese Embroidery

Sunday 19 April 2009, 2 pm to 4 pm

A talk and demonstration by Jane Smith of the Eikoku Kudari Nuido Group.

Traditional Japanese embroidery has a very long history but was little known outside Japan until the late 1980s. It is now refined and perfected far beyond its origins and is a unique reflection of a millennium of consensus of thought. Drawing from earlier periods of history, appropriate designs and colours are selected according to the age of the wearer, the season of use, or to symbolize traditional themes, legends and classical Japanese literature.

Jane has been studying this art form for six years and has built up a large body of work over that time. Her talk will introduce you to the history and techniques of Japanese embroidery. Examples of work will be on display for closer inspection, including kimonos, obi, and antique fukusa from her collection.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

Taiko Drumming Workshop

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March 2009    10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Two workshops given by Liz Walters of Tamashii School of Taiko consisting of:

Warm ups

Zazen meditation

Taiko stance

Basic Japanese taiko rhythm

Traditional taiko patterns to layer over the top to create a song.

The workshop runs over a period of 6 hours, with a one hour lunch break. Cost: £30 to JSNW members, and £35 to non-members.  Attendance limited to 20 per workshop. 

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

Kimono Talk by Sheila Cliffe

Saturday 21 February 2009   1:30 pm to 3 pm

Qualified kimono dresser Sheila Cliffe will be giving an illustrated talk on various kinds of patterning and dyeing for Japanese kimono. This will be followed by a demonstration of kimono dressing and a small exhibition of her kimono collection. She will be offering some of her kimonos for sale.  Poster

Cost: free to JSNW members, £2.50 to student non-members, and £5 to non-members.

Venue: The Manchester Lecture Theatre, First Floor, All Saints Building, Manchester Metropolitan University M15 6BH

Bonenkai

Saturday 13 December 2008   7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

This year Ian Harrison of the British Origami Society will be providing us with an Origami workshop.

We are continuing the photographic theme from last year, asking everyone to bring along photos of their own. The photographs don’t necessarily have to be ones that you have taken but can be ones that delight you or you feel encapsulate something about Japan, its culture or people. We’ll probably throw in a few prizes to spice up the show – perhaps for the most colourful selection, the most emotive, the best personal collection. Don’t take it too seriously but do please try to bring 5 photos.

The highlight of the evening will of course we the wonderful buffet prepared by Taka:

Tofu zyoza dumpling in sweet chilli sauce(V)

Yakitori chicken skewers in teriyaki sauce served with roasted vegetables

Breaded beef vegetable roll fry served with miso mustard new potato salad

Mix vegetable Yakisoba noodle stir fry (Hot meal) (V)

Vegetarian o-konomi (Japanese pizza) (V)

Sushi platter a) Boiled prawn nigiri b) Smoked salmon nigiri c) Maguro nigiri e) California rolls g) Avocado & watercress rolls (V)

Tofu edamame vegetarian burger on ciabatta (V)

Green tea sorbet & azuki beans

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

Calligraphy

Saturday 29 November 2008   3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

A demonstration of calligraphy by Umon Tachibana.

Umon Tachibana writes in a style known as Yosemoji, one of the Edomoji (江戸文字 ) lettering styles which were invented for advertising in the Edo period. Yosemoji is commonly seen advertising the performers in Rakugo.

Venue: Cavendish Lecture Theatre, Cavendish South Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG  (All Saints Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University

 

Old Japan and its Transformation into a Modern State

Thursday 18 September 2008

A lecture by Glyn Parry . This is a Grosvenor Museum Society event.

The Grosvenor Museum opened in 1886, co-founded by the Architectural, Archaeological and Historic Society of Chester, and the Chester Society of Natural Science, Literature and Art, supported by the 1st Duke of Westminster and a major public appeal.

Venue: Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD

 

Building a Japanese Garden

Sunday 31 August 2008   10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Would you like to learn about traditional Japanese Gardens and how to create your own? Then this full day workshop at Calderstones Park is a must for you.

We are fortunate to have the world famous Professor Masao Fukuhara who will talk about how different styles of Japanese gardens are designed during the morning session and then look at the Japanese Garden in the park and talk about how to create your own garden in the afternoon.  Details

Cost: £20 for JSNW members and Friends of Harthill and Calderstones Park, and £30 for non-members.

Venue: The Barn, The Coach House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool 18

Summer Trip to Yorkshire

Saturday 16 August 2008     From about 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This is the Society’s summer trip to give our Japanese members an opportunity to enjoy a British picnic midst some lovely English countryside. Everyone should enjoy this open-air Yorkshire Sculpture Park and its indoor galleries featuring, at the time of our visit, the Japanese artist Isamu Noguchi.

We’ll meet up at the coffee bar between 11.00 and 11.30 for refreshment before a 1 – 1½ hour stroll around the lovely estate to get to see a selection of Hepworth’s, Frink’s and Moore’s in their outdoor settings. Lunch can be a traditional picnic in the grounds (or there is a self-service restaurant as well as the coffee/snack bar).

Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG

Japan Day

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Building on the success of our Japan Day in Manchester in 2006, our next Japan Day promises to be even better. This time it will be held in Liverpool, and its venue at the Guild of Students is over twice the size of the Manchester Town Hall venue we used in 2006. There will be over 50 groups taking part.

Headlining the entertainment on the main stage will be taiko drumming group Tamashii Daiko. There will also be displays of aikido, bo-jutsu, iaido and kendo.

In the quieter Courtyard area you can listen to traditional Japanese music played on the koto. There will also be demonstrations of kyudo, kimono-dressing and sushi-making. You could learn to do origami, play go, use the soroban, or attend a haiku workshop.

Don't forget to visit the JSNW stand where you can enter our raffle for a chance to win two tickets to Japan. This fantastic prize is made possible by JAL. Tickets are £1 each and are only available on the day. See our Terms and Conditions.

For more details, see our poster. Read about Japan Day in the Liverpool Echo and in the Liverpool Daily Post.

Venue: Liverpool Guild of Students, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool  

Japan Day is supported by:

      

Haiku in the Garden

Saturday 28 June 2008, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

A joint British Haiku Society, Japanese Garden Society and JSNW event.

Programme
10:30 - 11:00 Arrival, tea and coffee, maybe even biscuits!
11:00 Discussion – haiku on gardens and landscape (Martin Lucas).
12:00 Introduction to gardens and landscape (Graham Hardman).
12:30 A very tasty Japanese buffet lunch (provided by Taka).
1:30 Stroll in the garden with time for Haiku composition.
2:30 Assemble and collect haiku (in groups with BHS facilitator).
2:30 Review of haiku composed and comments from all.
3:15 Concluding Readings.

Cost: £12:50 (per person payable in advance), Non Members £14.  If you would like to attend this event please contact our Events Co-ordinator.

Venue: Walkden Gardens, Derbyshire Road, Sale, Cheshire (at the junction with Marsland Road)

John Milne: Volcanoes and Earthquakes of Meiji Japan

Saturday, 31 May 2008

Paul Kabrna of the Craven and Pendle Geological Society will give a talk entitled "John Milne: Volcanoes and Earthquakes of Meiji Japan". In Japan Milne worked on Japan’s Volcanoes, their formation and geological distribution. Milne founded the Seismological Society of Japan. The Mino-Owari earthquake of 28th October, 1891, with its spectacular faulting, helped convince Milne that faulting caused earthquakes by the release of strain energy which had been stored in rock through the slow deformation of the Earth's crust. On leaving Japan in 1895 with his wife Tone, Milne was presented with the Order of the Rising Sun from the Meiji Emperor - an honour rarely accorded to any foreigner.

After the talk there will be time for questions and then some tea, coffee and chocolate cake.

Followed by the Society's Annual General Meeting.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

Ukiyo-e

Waves at Kanagawa by Katsushika HokusaiSaturday, 26 April 2008  2:00 pm

Hokusai's woodblock print, 'The Waves at Kanagawa', is just one of a thousand Japanese prints in Blackburn's collection. These Ukiyo-e prints (literally images of the floating world) include portraits of actors, landscapes, pictures of famous courtesans, scenes of everyday life, and illustrations of myth and legend. As well as Hokusai, all the masters of the Ukiyo-e school are represented. There are fashionable women by Utamaro, landscapes by Hiroshige, actor prints by Shunsho, and erotica by Harunobu.

Venue: Blackburn with Darwen Museum and Art Gallery, Museum Street, Blackburn BB1 7A

Taiko Drummers Kodo

Monday, 11 February 2008    7.30pm

This amazing group of drummers, based on Sado Island Japan, enthralls audiences worldwide with their unique combination of high-octane drumming, instrumental music and dance.

They preserve and re-interpret traditional Japanese arts in a spectacular show which encompasses everything from physically-charged ensemble drumming to authentic percussion instruments as well as flute, shamisen and dance.

If you would like to attend, please email our events co-ordinator.

Venue: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Midori

Thursday 24 January 2008     7.30pm

Sir Charles Mackerras and Midori on violin.

Mendelssohn’s own elegant Violin Concerto (in E minor) is played by the stunning Japanese-born Midori, still only in her mid-thirties.

'Midori displays not the slightest tremor. Everything is impeccable, even in the pianissimo. Just perfect or perhaps more than perfect, sublime. Midori may be physically small but proved herself again as Midori the Great.' Berliner Morgenpost

Venue: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Bonenkai

Saturday 15 December 2007   7:30 to 10:00 pm

Come join us for our end of year celebration!  After the success of last year's bonenkai, we've once again asked JSNW member Takayasu Takemoto to prepare the feast for us:

Miso mustard new potato salad (V)

Tofu zyoza dumpling in sweat chilli sauce(V)

Yakitori chicken skewer

Pork & onion kushi katsu (breaded skewer fry)

Shiitake mushroom  & broccoli kushi katsu (V)

Mix vegetable Yakisoba noodle stir fry (Hot meal) (V)

Vegetarian o-konomiyaki  (V)

King tiger prawn and vegetable sticks in vinegar miso mustard dip

Sushi platter:   Boiled prawn nigiri  -  Smoked salmon nigiri  -  Tekka maki (Maguro thin roll)  - California rolls   -  Avocado & watercress rolls (V)

Fruit salad   Crème caramel

 

As a special treat this year, JSNW member Judy Kendall will be demonstrating her Koto.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

Chadō: The Tea Ceremony

Saturday 17 November 2007     2:30 to 4:00 pm

Akemi Solloway demonstrates the tea ceremony: "While leading my audience through this most Japanese of pastimes, I explain how chadõ (the way of tea) has inspired many of the arts we associate with Japan, as well as the language and character of the Japanese people. It has been called a cult, philosophy, etiquette, a ruse for diplomacy in the age of warriors, an accomplishment for young ladies and stress relief for today's business executives. Oh, yes ... and it is a refreshing drink, too. An understanding of the tea ceremony leads to an understanding of the Japanese mind and view of the world. Therefore, it is a useful accomplishment for many people."

Akemi will also talk about and demonstrate kimono wearing.

Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

 

Nihongo: The Japanese Language

Sunday 14 October 2007    3:00 to 4:00 pm

Do you believe Japanese is a difficult language to learn?

Do you think Japanese and Chinese appear to be the same?

Did you know that the Portuguese used to call Japanese ‘the Devil’s Tongue’?

Have you ever wondered how the Japanese writing system came to use 3 sets of characters? Would you like to be able to draw some of the interesting characters or learn some of the letters that make up the hiragana and katakana alphabets? Would you like to learn a few useful phrases?

Come along to Lymm on October 14th when JSNW Chairman Angela Davies will give a light-hearted insight into these and other questions about the Japanese language.

Venue: Lymm Village Hall, Pepper Street, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 0J

Building a Japanese Garden

Sunday 2 September 2007    10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Would you like to plan and create your own traditional Japanese Garden? Then this full day workshop at Ness is a must for you. We are fortunate to have the world famous Professor Masao Fukuhara who will talk about how different styles of Japanese gardens are designed during the morning session and then do a ‘hands-on’ practical demonstration in the afternoon.    Details

 

Venue: The Lecture Room, Ness Botanic Gardens, Ness, Neston, South Wirral CH64 4A

 

Damian Flanagan talks about Natsume Soseki

Saturday 14 July 2007    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Damian Flanagan, literary authority and prize-winning translator, will give a talk about the books of Natsume Soseki, which he considers some of the greatest works in world literature.

Damian has himself produced four books on Soseki, starting with Nihonjin ga Shiranai Natsume Soseki (The Natsume Soseki the Japanese Don’t Know) in 2003, followed by his award-winning collection of translations from Soseki’s early years spent in Britain entitled The Tower of London: Tales of Victorian London in 2005. He has also written definitive critical introductions to such classics as Kokoro and The Gate.   Details

Venue: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosely Street, Manchester M2 3J

Haiku in the Garden

Saturday 30 June 2007   10:30 am - 3:30 pm

A joint British Haiku Society, Japanese Garden Society and JSNW event. Walkden Gardens are public gardens managed by Trafford MBC, and which contain the Japanese garden built by members of the JGS over the last three years. The gardens are unusual in that they are laid out as a series of interconnecting garden rooms, each screened from the other by tall hedges.

Includes an introduction to Haiku, an introduction to Japanese gardens, a guided tour of the Japanese garden and other points of interest in the gardens, and a lunch prepared by Taka.  Details

Venue: Walkden Gardens, Derbyshire Road, Sale, Cheshire (at the junction with Marsland Road

 

Tsuji Giri - Cutting at the Crossroads

Saturday 2 June 2007   3:00 pm

The real background to the illegal (and highly anti-social) practice of testing the efficiency of swords on passers-by in Japan of the 17th century and later. And a factual explanation of the entirely legal variation on this theme known as Tameshigiri - official Cutting tests carried out by Government authorised testers on the execution grounds of Edo during the Tokugawa Shogunate. A talk by Steve Smith of the Northern Token Society.

Followed by our AGM. JSNW Members only.  Details

Venue: Padgate Community Centre Extension, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS

Ohanami Bluebell Walk

Sunday 29 April 2007    11:00 am

In Japan April 29th is Greenery Day, a designated Bank Holiday. It is also the month when Japanese people enjoy cherry blossom viewing, or ‘ohanami’ (お花見 ). So what better way of celebrating this occasion than with a day to view our own most popular wild flower, the bluebell.  Details

Venue: Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire. CW9 6NA

Indigo

Saturday 14 April 2007   11:00 am  

Join us on a Curator Tour of the Indigo Exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery, including an in-depth look at the Japanese section. Details

Venue: The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6E

 

Introduction to Kendo

Thursday 1 March 2007   8:00 pm

One of the more impressive performances on Japan Day was by the KNMS Kendo Dojo. This is an ideal opportunity for JSNW members to learn more about the Japanese art of fencing.

Wilf Swindells sensei of KNMS has agreed to talk to us about Kendo, and give us a demonstration and a chance to see a regular practice session.

KNMS is a Kendo Dojo (school) based in Bramall and serves the South Manchester and Cheshire area. KNMS was founded in 1973 by Wilf Swindells sensei.

Venue: KNMS Kendo Dojo, Bramhall Recreation Centre, Seal Road, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 2JR.

Yusen Dyer and Kimonos

One of Nasu san's designsThursday 8 February 2007   7:00 pm

Nasu Sachio is a respected yuzen dyer who has spent all of his life decorating kimono using a traditional technique dating back 300 years. He is one of the fast dwindling Japanese craftsman who went through the traditional  process of learning through the deshi (apprentice) system much favoured by Japanese craft culture. Nasu san will be talking about his experiences as an apprentice and highlighting some aspects of life as a Japanese artist/craftsman. The event will include many slides of Nasu san’s work and a short video of him in his studio working on a kimono design.

Sheila Cliffe is a kimono collector who has lived in Japan for 25 years. She is a great enthusiast for all aspects of Japanese culture and qualified as a kimono dresser in a renowned kimono dressing school in Japan. She will talk about kimono in Japan, and then do a kimono dressing.   Poster

Venue: Cavendish Lecture Theatre, Cavendish South Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG  (All Saints Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University.

Bonenkai

Takayasu TakemotoSaturday 9 December 2006    7:30 to 10:30 pm

Get the details in your diaries now of the Society's Christmas event and anticipation for a happy and successful New Year; the Bonenkai. It's to be held at Lymm Village Hall. We'll have some welcome drinks from 7.30 onwards and then look forward to the excellent food being prepared for us by Society member Takayasu Takemoto, whose dishes we've enjoyed on a number of occasions..

Venue: Lymm Village Hall, Pepper Street, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 0JB

 

Return to Liverpool World Museum

Friday 17 November 2006

Those members who joined us last year for a visit to the Liverpool World Museums' 'back room store' will know immediately that a repeat visit is not to be missed. We get to see and handle items that are normally tucked away safely and not on public display. This year we'll be following up on the recent JSNW talk on swords and armour - a full set of Samurai warrior armour is going to be brought out for us, and we'll also get to see more of the Museum's stock of Netsuke and related objects (which aroused so much awe and enthusiasm last time).

As an added bonus the curator, Emma Martin, will be telling us about the highlights of her trip to a world conference on Japanese textiles, from which she will have returned only days before our visit. For those members who are interested and have the time, we're going to meet up at 12.00 for a lunch-time Japanese meal at the Sapporo Teppanyaki Restaurant. Sapporo have recently become Corporate members of JSNW; in addition to receiving a 10% discount on the bill, hopefully we'll enjoy a special treat as this will be the first formal visit by the Society to a Sapporo restaurant (they also have one in Manchester).

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

Japan Day

Saturday 21 October 2006

In September last year the Society invited the public to Dip into Japan in Lymm. The success of the event, with between 150 and 200 people attending, has encouraged your Society to be more ambitious by organising a Japan Day in the Great Hall of Manchester Town Hall. The Society is delighted that its patron, the Japanese Ambassador, has accepted our invitation to attend.

The first of the performances on Japan Day will be given by Tamashii Daiko, a group of Taiko drummers from the Tamashii School of Taiko.

There will also be demonstrations of Japanese martial arts, including aikido, kendo, kyudo and iaido.

Japanese music will be provided by the Royal Northern College of Music.

There'll be something for everyone at Japan Day. Other attractions will include Japanese swords and armour, origami, shodo (calligraphy), ikebana, haiku (poetry), kimonos and textiles, sushi, manga, ningyo (Japanese dolls) and Japanese Gardens.   See the programme and poster.

WIN TWO TICKETS TO JAPAN!

Yes, that's right, enter our raffle for a chance to win two tickets to Japan! This fantastic prize is made possible by JAL. Tickets are only available on the day. See our Terms and Conditions.

Put the date in your diary now: Saturday 21st October is Japan Day.

Venue: Great Hall, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester

Visit Marubeni web site Visit Japan Embassy web site Visit Japan 21 web site Visit JAL web site Members of the British Haiku Society have written a renga inspired by Japan Day.

Discovering Japan through Textiles and Kimono, a Personal Journey

Nasu san 'Peony' kimono silk, Yuzen dyedFriday 6 October 2006  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm   

JSNW member Graham Worth, an academic and expert on Japanese textile crafts from Manchester Metropolitan University, has agreed to give a talk to JSNW members in early October.

This talk will appeal to all those who are interested in Japanese art and culture. Graham was fortunate enough to be introduced to a Japanese craftsman, a yuzen dyer, Nasu Sachio in 2003. Nasu san introduced him to a deep understanding of kimono design and a Japanese way of being not often available to Western eyes. The blend of a traditional craft and an introduction to a way of life little understood in the West is a fascinating journey. The talk will include images of kimono, Tokyo life and the art of a master craftsman practising his art on a daily basis.

Venue: Cavendish Lecture Theatre, Cavendish South Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG  (All Saints Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University)

The History of Japanese Gardens by Professor Fukuhara

Wednesday 13 September 2006  6:45 for 7:00 pm

The Lecture is a must for all those interested in Japanese Gardens and will include: A Brief History of Japanese gardens (from the Asuka (593-710 A.D.) to the Meiji (1868~1912) Periods), Japanese Garden Styles (Pond and Stream; Dry Stone; Tea Garden) as well as many of the elements making up a Japanese Garden such as Stone Arrangements, Plants and Trees, and Artefacts (lanterns, water basins, bamboo fences and so on).  Details

Venue: The Lecture Room, Ness Botanic Gardens, Ness, Neston, South Wirral CH64 4A

Samurai and Swords

Saturday 15 July 2006, 10:00 am

An introduction to the landmark participants and events in the development of Samurai power in the 16th and 17th centuries, illustrated with actual arms and armour of the time and a slide show of significant objects representing the period. The objects and slides will be explained by Steve Smith, Secretary of the Northern To-Ken Society, member of the International Netsuke Society and former volunteer curator of the Japanese Collections in Liverpool Museum.

Venue: World Museum Liverpool

Annual General Meeting

Sunday 11 June 2006, 3 pm

The Society's AGM will be a bit different this year. It will be held at our Membership Secretary’s home in Crosby. After the business of the General Meeting is concluded we will adjourn for a social afternoon of some eats and some drinks, weather permitting, in the garden. Full details will be sent in late May with the papers for the AGM. Please put the date in your diaries now as the Society needs your support at this important meeting.

Tatton’s Japanese Gardens

Shinto Shrine20 May 2006

A private visit under the guidance of Tatton’s famous Head Gardener, and Society Member, Sam Youd. This time we're going into the garden, so wear sensible shoes! Our visit will be timed for the best of the spring colours.

This event is restricted to a maximum of 15 persons, with preference given to Society members, and is for people who do not require assistance walking, as the route is difficult. The Society is making no charge and parking will also be free, on production of a membership card. However there will be a charge for admission unless you are NT or RHS members.

Venue: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

'The Peacock Fan Revisited'

Wednesday 26 April 2006

We have been offered a concession to Adrian Sumner's profusely illustrated lecture based on the influence of Japanese art on western culture from the nineteenth century, entitled  'The Peacock Fan revisited', on Wednesday 26 April at 1.30pm in the Lecture Theatre at the Museum. The entrance fee, on production of your JSNW membership card, will be reduced to £2.00, which includes tea and biscuits. No need to book, just pay at the door.

Venue: Grosvenor Museum, Chester

Preview: 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road

Wednesday 12 April 2006

JSNW members are invited to a preview of the Hiroshige woodcut print exhibition at the Grosvenor museum in Chester. There will be a talk about the exhibition, and refreshments will be served. This event is by invitation only.

Venue: Grosvenor Museum, Chester

Haiku in Lymm

Saturday 25 March 2006  2:00 - 5:00 pm

Find out about a traditional form of Japanese poetry that is still very much part of 21st Century Japanese culture.

A Saturday afternoon joint event is planned for March 2006, when British Haiku Society members will join JSNW members to present and explain a variety of Japanese Haiku. Traditional Haiku are short poems with a 5-7-5 syllable pattern and contain a seasonal reference word. We will talk about the history of Japanese poetry and the development of the haiku in Japan, and subsequently its influence on the West and in its English form. During the workshop some Japanese speakers will read some particular poems and talk through some of the typical images and features linked to Japanese aesthetic and cultural concepts. We will set up a bento style supper for anyone who would like to stay on to eat afterwards.

Kodo

Sunday 12 February 2006

Kodo return to the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on Sunday 12th February.  World-renowned for their breathtaking physical performances, Kodo are the masters of Japan’s traditional and contemporary taiko drumming. 

Your Society has booked a block of £22 seats in the Side Circle.  Members enjoy a £2 reduction on the seat price; accompanying non-members must pay the full price.  The evening can begin at 5.30 pm when, if you wish, you can join other members at Tampopo in Albert Square and enjoy various Japanese and other Eastern cuisines before moving on to the Bridgewater hall for Kodo at 7.30pm.

Japan in Focus

Wednesday, 25 January 2006   7:30 - 9:30 pm

Japan is one of the most photographically rewarding countries – as keen amateur photographers and Society members, Martin Byrne and David Woolf, will prove on Wednesday 25th January.

Martin Byrne is an engineer who made more than 50 visits to Japan over a 20-year period, visiting Japanese nuclear power stations throughout the country.  He usually travelled alone or with an interpreter and, as most of the power stations are in remote areas, he had the opportunity to see "the real Japan" (one hotel receptionist said she had “seen westerners on TV but you are the first one I've met") as well as cosmopolitan cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.

David Woolf photographed Japan over an 11-year period, living there for 4 of those years.  He is a member of the Manchester Geographical Society, travels widely, gives talks and shows slides, from a collection that now numbers over 15,000 and is still growing, to audiences in the North West.

Bonenkai

Saturday, 10 December 2005

For several years JSNW (and its predecessor Society) has met at Manchester’s Samsi restaurant for a Christmas get-together and to celebrate the coming New Year ‘Japanese-style’ with a Bonenkai party.

This year’s social event will hopefully be no less enjoyable than last but will be slightly different. We’re going to move from the ground-floor restaurant to the basement, where they have now installed a ‘Shabu-Shabu’ eating area. Shabu Shabu means "swish-swish," referring to the swishing action when you cook a very thin slice of beef in hot water. Actually we’ll be having several meat types, together with a range of vegetables and (especially) mushrooms, dipping sauces and hot steamed rice. We’re being offered the chance to ‘cook your own’ or the chefs will prepare for us. Also there’ll be a dessert course – all for the sum of £15. JSNW will be adding a free drink for members (and there’s usually a drop of sake to toast the New Year!).

Venue: New Samsi, 36-38 Whitworth St., Manchester

Nihon at Tatton

Sunday 30 October 2005

Discover Japan” is a series of exhibitions and events being held at Tatton Park from 19th to 30th October. The final day is the most eventful: “Tatton’s Japanese Treasures in Print” (1pm-4pm), “Exploring the Principles of Japanese Gardens” (11am-5pm), “Japanese Style Flower Arrangements” (1pm-4pm) and “Japanese Archery” (12 noon hourly to 3pm at extra charge).

Your Society’s visit on this day will revolve around a private o-bento lunch at 12.30 pm in the Rostherne Room in the Barn, prepared by Taka, our Japanese chef, and a talk about the close connection between Japan and Tatton Park by General Manager, Brendan Flanagan. Tea and coffee will also be served.

The cost to Members will be £9, and to non-members £11.50 per person. In addition, and subject to availability, the Society will make arrangements for your participation in the Kyudo (Japanese Archery) demonstration for a further £3 per person.

All cars that enter the Park normally pay £4.00, but on production of your Membership Card entry is free!

Venue: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN

Dip into Japan

Sunday 18 September 2005   1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Attractions include: Iaido (the way of the sword), Ningyo (Japanese dolls), Sushi demonstrations and tasting, Bonsai display, Haiku (Japanese short poems), Try your hand at Origami, Japanese textiles and artefacts for sale, play GO, Shodo (the way of writing) and Ikebana (minimalist flower arranging by a master of the Ohara school).  Sponsored by Japan Airlines.  Full details

Admission: Adults £1, Children 50p, Members FREE

Venue: Lymm Village Hall, Pepper Street, Lymm.

Shogun – the Life of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu

Sunday 21 August 2005

Our August event is a visit to a major exhibition in Leeds. “Shogun: The Life of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu” completes its 3-month display at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds (opened in 1996 as the new home for the national collection of arms and armour).  This exhibition explores the life of Japan’s great statesman and Shogun, Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu.  We’ll get to view some eighty of the breathtaking objects – screens, weapons, armour, art, scrolls, furniture – from the Shogun’s treasures which have left their sacred shrines for the first time in history.

There may also be the opportunity to take part in armour design, origami workshops or watch Japanese horseback archery and other special demonstrations taking place in the Museum during the Shogun exhibition (during the Exhibition, admission to the permanent galleries of the Royal Armouries is free).  Royal Armouries, Leeds.

World Culture Gallery

Friday 29 July 2005

Members who came along to our ‘Netsuke’ event will know that, because the kimono, the traditional costume of Japan, had no pockets, Japanese men carried a small box, often made of lacquered wood called an inro. It was used to hold everyday items, like small coins. We’ll be able to see more of these objects as well as Tabako-ire (tobacco pouches, tobacco boxes and pipe cases) when we visit Liverpool Museum’s World Cultures Gallery.

For most members perhaps the highlight will be the collection of styles of armour worn by Samurai, from two different periods in Japanese history, as well as the sword collection. These are all displayed in the Asia Gallery, which shows how Japan has traded with the West for over 2000 years. We will see artefacts that were bought and sold, and ideas and beliefs that were shared along a network of roads collectively called the Silk Route.

We’re also going to be taken around the museum’s stores – an area normally closed to the public, where we’ll be able to get up close to many objects normally ‘hidden form view’.  We’ll be having a one hour tour of the gallery - the Japan section is only a small part of the larger gallery – and may also be able to sample some of the activities in the hands-on centre and a session on samurai armour.

Annual General Meeting

Saturday 18 June 2005

Venue: Friends' Meeting House, Manchester. 

Followed by a meal at the Tampopo restaurant.

Impressions of Japan

Saturday 4 June 2005

Following his recent visits to Japan, an illustrated talk by Award Winning Lymm based Artist Scott Baron about his impressions of Japan, including some unexpected surprises and unusual observations.  Also in support is a small exhibition of work by UK and Japanese participants in the Joining Hands Across the Water project. This event will appeal to those who have already visited Japan together with those who are interested in knowing more about the current problems and wonderful opportunities they might find exist.  If you are planning a visit or just interested in all things Japan, you should not miss this event. Venue: Lymm Village Hall. Full details

Behaving Yourself in a Japanese Home

Sunday 10 April 2005

Loss of face is not something that Japanese people ever want to suffer, and they go to great lengths to avoid it themselves and not to inflict it on others.  But that’s not so easy because a minefield of customs and etiquette awaits the visitor to Japan – and it begins as soon as you meet someone: to bow or not to bow?  How deeply?  To exchange or not to exchange name cards?  How formally do you address someone?  You go to a restaurant – Who sits where?  How do you use your chopsticks (hashii in Japanese)?  What should you and should you not do with them?  You visit their home – how do you enter?  When do you remove your shoes?  Don’t have holes in your socks!  You take a bath – what are the niceties of public bathing?  You want to blow you nose – should you?  The list is endless but Society Member Cathy Peel, onetime resident of Japan, will help you through it with a fair dose of humour en route.

Netsuke – the Art of Japanese Ornament

Wednesday 23 March 2005

We’re very fortunate to have one of the leading experts on Netsuke to talk to us in March and show a selection of slides as well as, hopefully, a selection of the real thing.  For the uninitiated, Netsuke are the decoratively carved toggles of natural material used to suspend the inro from the obi (waist sash).  Inro are usually small compartmentalised boxes used to carry herbal medicines, coins or a personal seal.   Steve Smith was Curator of the Japanese collection at Liverpool Museum from 1989 and he’ll also tell us a little about the new gallery of Japanese armoury and laquerware that we’ll be visiting later in the year.   Steve is also an expert on Japanese swords, being secretary of the northern branch of the Token Society, so the evening should be an exceptionally interesting one. 

The Art of Japanese Gardens

Wednesday 23 February 2005

‘Calming’, ‘serene’, peaceful’, and ‘tranquil’, are often ways that people describe Japanese gardens. This talk by Graham Hardman, Chairman of the Japanese Garden Society, will attempt to explain why. Illustrated with many slides of gardens in Japan, he will show how Japanese gardens have developed into an art form, evolving over a thousand years. Comparisons with western style gardens will be discussed, raising questions about what a garden is, and how taking ideas from Japanese garden design can contribute to our own gardens and our experience of them.

Ukiyo-e: Japanese Woodblock Prints

29 January 2005

Private visit to Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery with the keeper of Art to view the remarkable collection of Japanese prints and artefacts.