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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

Bonenkai

Saturday 13 December 2014   7:00 to 9:00 pm

Join us for our regular end of the year celebration, with a delicious buffet dinner prepared by Taka of Sushi Craft.

1)        Sushi platter  - Boiled prawn nigiri,  Salmon nigiri, California rolls, Salmon rolls

2)        Fried chicken in Yakiniku sauce served with roasted vegetables (Hot meal)

3)        Tofu gyoza dumpling (V)

4)        Miso mustard dressing potato salad (V)

5)        Lotus curry Hasami agé (Breaded curry sandwiched by slices of lotus) (V)

6)        Vegetarian Okonomiyaki (V)

7)        Vegetarian Yakisoba noodle (V)

8)        Oden (Hot pot with Beef, Daikon (radish), Chikuwa (fish cake), Kon-nyaku (yam cake), boiled egg, etc. in kelp base soup)

9)        Green tea crepe with Azuki beans

There will also be a Christmas origami workshop, and a fun quiz!

The price is £15 per member; £18 for non-Members. If you would like to attend this event please contact our Events Co-ordinator.  

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

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Friday 23 January 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

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

TBA February 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

 

What's On

METAMORPHOSIS OF JAPAN AFTER THE WAR

22 JANUARY - 12 APRIL 2015

In 1945, post-war Japan made a new start from the ashes of devastation. In the twenty years leading up to the Tokyo Olympics of 1964, it succeeded in undergoing a dramatic transformation, embarking on a path towards becoming an economic power. These two decades constituted a period truly brimming with creative energy – a time in which democracy led to the restoration of vitality and free photographic expression, in which new talent pioneered post-war photography. This new exhibition reflects on the turbulent period that followed the war, exhibiting over 100 black and white photographs by 11 leading post-war Japanese photographers, including Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe and Ken Domon. Rather than arranging the works by period and author, this exhibition is divided into three sections – “The Aftermath of the War,” “Between Tradition and Modernity,” and “Towards a New Japan.” Although the arrangement may seem arbitrary, the sequence provides a vivid narrative of the convoluted aspects of this complicated era. The exhibition is organised by The Japan Foundation

Venue: Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 1BP

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnm2Q5fJ-ds&feature=youtu.be

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

Click to visit

New Book

The Japanese Consul: The Life of James Lord Bowes in Liverpool

In 1888 the North West of England was honoured by the appointment of Liverpool wool Merchant James Lord Bowes as the first foreignborn Honorary Consul of the Japanese Empire in the United Kingdom. His collection of Japanese art works grew so extensively that it numbered well over two thousand pieces and, two years later, he constructed a large private museum of Japanese art in the grounds of his home, Streatlam Tower, in Princes Road.

Bowes opened the museum to the public to benefit the church and orphanage charities he supported in Liverpool, and published several books on Japanese art which are still being printed and which stand as part of the foundations of Western understanding of Japanese art.  More

A book by local historian and Japanophile, L.S. Smith.

http://liverpoolhistorypress.co.uk/thejapaneseconsu.html

 

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