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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 15 December 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 it is essential that you contact our Events Co-ordinator. Etsu is a small restaurant - places are limited.


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


Saturday 19 December 2015     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

3)       Tofu gyoza dumpling (V)

4)       Miso mustard dressing potato salad (V)

5)       Vegetarian Okonomiyaki (V)

6)       Vegetarian Yakisoba noodle (V)

7)       Sumo Chankonabe

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

9)       Green tea crepe with Azuki beans

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

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

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

TBA January 2016    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

Samurai Armour and Fighting Techniques

Saturday 30 January 2016

Join JSNW at the Grosvenor Museum for an afternoon devoted to the samurai.

1:30 to 2:30 pm How the Samurai Prepared for Battle

See how a high ranking Japanese warrior would have dressed for battle in the 16th century.  This demonstration will involve a model being dressed piece by piece in a full suit of original samurai armour, and includes a detailed narrative on the cultural and historic background of each piece.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Martial Arts Demonstration

Wearing replica Samurai armour, Yanagi Ryu Jujutsu will give a demonstration of Samurai fighting techniques, including the use of wooden and bladed weapons, accompanied by a full explanation throughout.

This is a free event.

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


What's On

Samurai Arms and Armour

14 November 2015 - 21 February 2016

A samurai’s arms and armour were more than just necessities for protection on the battlefield; they represented the strict codes of honour, discipline and loyalty that governed how this warrior class lived.  

This exhibition showcases exceptional pieces made by some of the greatest Japanese swordsmiths and armourers from the 16th century to the present day, reflecting both the military history of Japan and the extraordinary lives of the samurai.

This is a free event.

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


150 years of Oldham’s links with Japan

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival in Britain of 19 students from Kagoshima in Japan, three of whom visited Oldham. On 17th April 1865 this group of students set sail from the tiny village of Hashima in the Satsuma province, now present day Kagoshima. The students were on a mission to learn about the textile industry here in Oldham, then the cotton spinning capital of the world. /p>

This began a period of exchange between Oldham and Kagoshima. In 1866 the three students returned to Japan with machinery and four engineers from Platt Brothers. The following year three more engineers travelled to Kagoshima. Their job was to assist in the manufacturing and technical training of Japanese staff as well as installing the machinery. The engineers were housed in the Foreigners’ House, which was built in 1866 especially for them. Today this house is a museum recording the story of these events.

The relationship between Oldham and Japan continued long after the establishment of the factory in Kagoshima, with trade links continuing throughout the twentieth century. Platt Brothers also helped to give birth to the world’s largest carmakers, Toyota. In 1929, Platt Brothers paid £100,000 for the patents of an automatic loom developed by the company. It was the money from this sale that allow Toyota (then called Toyoda) to diversify and begin its automobile manufacturing.

Earlier this year Gallery Oldham was approached by the Japanese Embassy to see if we would be interested in taking part in their Satsuma 150 celebrations, a national celebration of the links between Japan and the UK. We have created a display of Gallery Oldham’s small collection of Satsuma ceramics. The display will be on until 21st November.

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

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 and


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


Japan Photos

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