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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

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 30 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


Kyaraben Workshop

Saturday 11th July 2015  2:30 to 4 pm

Learn how to brighten up your lunchbox with this special kyaraben workshop! Kyaraben (or character bento) is a style of arranging your food in a bento (Japanese boxed lunch) to look like characters from media, animals, or anything that’s kawaii (cute)! Kyaraben was originally a way to get children interested in eating their lunch, but has become so popular now that national contests are held to compete for the best looking bento!

Food and materials will be provided, but of course feel free to bring your own extras. Here are the things you will need to bring: Bento box or Tupperware, chopping board, clean food scissors, tweezers, and cameras!

The price is £4 per member and £8 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 17 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


Saturday 11th July   10:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Japanese garden at the Festival Gardens in Liverpool is going to be alive with Japanese cultural activities including Calligraphy, Origami and making paper ornaments (Tanzaku).  The event is free. 

Venue: Festival Gardens, Riverside Drive, Liverpool, L17 7BF

Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands

Monday 9:00 pm and Friday 7:00 pm on BBC2

Documentary series.

Japan's landscapes range from snowy mountains to subtropical warmth. They are full of wildlife - and animals' and people's lives often cross as they adapt to these extremes.

Programme Website

Watch episode 1 on iPlayer

Watch episode 2 on iPlayer

Watch episode 3 on iPlayer

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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