Japan Day 2014
Monday 25 August 2014 in Manchester
Visit JapanDay.org.uk for details
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
JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester
25 July 2014 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
Japan Day 2014
Japan Society North West is holding a Japan Day in Manchester this year. Our last visit to Manchester was in 2010, and we are returning to the same venue, the Midland Hotel. This time we are using three rooms, which will give us much needed extra space. One room will be dedicated to food, including an area set aside for sitting and eating.
There will be two firsts for a Japan Day in Manchester: a Tea Ceremony demonstration and a Cosplay competition.
To learn more please visit JapanDay.org.uk
A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool
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
Saturday 12th July from 10am to 3pm.
The Japan garden is going to be alive with Japanese cultural activities including Calligraphy, Origami, and making paper ornaments, Tanzaku.
Tanabata is usually held on the evening of 7 July throughout Japan. People, especially children, write their wishes such as “I want to become good at football” or “I want to become an astronaut” on narrow strips of coloured paper called tanzaku and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, on bamboo branches placed in the backyards or entrances of their homes. They then pray hard in the hope that their wishes will come true. Towns and cities in Japan take on a festive mood during the Tanabata season, with colourful decorations.
Venue: Festival Gardens, Riverside Drive, Liverpool L17 5BU
Macoto Murayama Exhibition - Botech Compositions
METAL are presenting the work of Japanese artist Macoto Murayama, for the first time in the UK, during the Liverpool Biennial 2014 at Edge Hill Station, Liverpool L7 6ND.
Murayama’s work continues the 4000 year old tradition of botanical art, bringing it firmly into the 21st century with ultra fine, 3D digitally produced detail creating beautiful and mesmeric large scale, animated, digital projections.
The exhibition runs from 5 July – 26 October 2014.
MCM Manchester Comic Con
After last year’s smash hit show, MCM Manchester Comic Con is coming back bigger than ever in 2014! Following a record attendance of over 19,300 visitors in 2013, MCM Expo is delighted to announce that Manchester Comic Con is growing to a two day show this year, returning to Manchester Central over the weekend of 19-20 July.
Dig the City: Tatton Park Show Garden
Tatton Park is renowned for its Japanese Garden and, especially for this year’s festival, brings a small slice of its tranquil glory right into Manchester city centre. This show garden, created with the help of the Japanese Garden Society, is a Karensansui or ‘dry landscape’ garden where gravel represents water, the sea or rapids swirling around islands, while rock forms depict mountains. The abstract nature of the garden lends itself to meditation and also promotes Japanese culture, horticulture and life-long learning. digthecity.co.uk
Saturday 27 September 2014 Trafalgar Square, London japanmatsuri.com
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. /p>
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.
Japanese Language Proficiency Test July 2014
Sunday 6th July 2014 at SOAS, University of London, and the University of Edinburgh. href="http://www.jpf.org.uk/whatson.php#635">More
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
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.
Explore JapanPhotos.org.uk for a high resolution tour of Japan.