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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. 

Upcoming JSNW Events

Annual General Meeting

Saturday 13 June 2015   2:30 pm - 4:15 pm

The guest speaker at this year's AGM is Steve Smith of the Northern Token Society. Steve's talk is entitled: "The Story of One Samurai Armour".

After Steve's talk we will break for tea and cake, and then hold the Society's AGM. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and make sugestions about the future of the Society, and we will be electing a new Committee, to run the Society for the next year.

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

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

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

TBA June 2015   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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


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


JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

TBA July 2015    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.  

If you would like to attend this event please email

Remember, it's on Friday this time!

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


What's On

Emily Allchurch In the Footsteps of a Master

13 March - 8 June 2015

Emily Allchurch uses photography to recreate old master paintings and prints, creating contemporary narratives. 

The exhibition showcases Allchurch's celebrated Tokyo Story and Tokaido Road series, which pay homage to the 19th century Japanese printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige. Displayed as lightboxes, her works reveal not only changes to the topography but also to Japanese society and customs. They will be shown alongside a selection of Manchester Art Gallery's collection of exquisite but rarely seen original Hiroshige woodblock prints and some on loan from our partner, Whitworth Art Gallery.

Allchurch's works are seamless digital collages, using hundreds of photographs, taken in urban environments today. The complex photographic images have a resonance with place, history and culture and deal with the passage of time and the changes to a landscape, fusing contemporary life with a sense of history.

Venue: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL

Samurai Warrior​ Miyamoto Musashi

Saturday 6 June 2015    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Circle Martial Arts have arranged a screening of a documentary about the Samurai warrior​ Miyamoto Musashi, which will be followed by an informal discussion of his life, the tactics he applied when facing opponents and his martial arts philosophy.

Miyamoto Musashi is the author of A Book of Five Rings, a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.

Circle Martial Arts ask for a donation of £2 on the day so they can buy drinks (coffee, tea, etc) and snacks.

Venue: Circle Martial Arts, 2nd Floor, Marlboro House, 52 Newton St, Manchester M1 1ED

(It is easy to get to on public transport - 10 minutes from Piccadilly station and right next to buses and trams in Piccadilly Gardens).



MCM Manchester Comic Con 

25-26 July 2015

A hugely popular two-day event full of manga, anime and cosplay.

Visit the MCM Manchester Comic Con web site to learn more.

Venue: Manchester Central, Petersfield,  Manchester, M2 3GX



Doki Doki - The Manchester Japanese Festival

Saturday 7 November 2015   10:00 am until 7:00 pm at Sugden Sports Centre    Details

Hayao Miyazaki Interview

In a rare interview Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animator behind Spirited Away, tells Robbie Collin why he 'bet everything' on his final Studio Ghibli film, The Wind Rises.

Read this article in The Telegraph

Kabuki Kool on NHK World

Kabuki is a world-class theater with a history of over 400 years, but is also exciting entertainment. What is the secret of its enduring attraction? Ichikawa Somegoro, brilliant member of the younger generation of actors, guides us through the world of kabuki.

This is a monthly series on NHK World

You can watch NHK WORLD TV Live Streaming

The next programme will be broadcast on Jun. 18, Wed. 15:30 / 21:30 / Jun. 19, Thu. 3:30 / 9:30 (UTC) .

Japan Society Events

The Japan Society in London organises a wide range of events. Visit their web site for a full list of upcoming events.




Japan's Sakoku Period

Thursday 4 April 2013   9:00 am and 9:30 pm  Radio 4

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.

Noriko Ogawa in conversation with Melanie Spanswick

An interview with Japanese pianist, Noriko Ogawa which took place in December 2012 at Jaques Samuel Pianos in London.

Find out what kind of child Noriko was, and what kind of sound world she lives in in this biographical interview.


Study Tours to Japan


Visit Akemi's web site for more information.



Japanese Food in Lymm

Japanese Food Specialists TK Trading set up shop in Lymm High School every other Saturday - see their web site for the schedule.

Venue: Lymm High School, Oughtrington Lane,  Lymm, Cheshire WA13 0RB

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Japan Photos

Explore JapanPhotos.org.uk for a high resolution tour of Japan.

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