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.

What’s On

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Upcoming JSNW Events

JSNW Hanami 2022

Please join us in celebrating the arrival of the cherry blossom on Saturday 23rd April starting at 1:00 pm at Calderstones Park Liverpool.

Order a bento box to have on the day at Calderstones Park. Please come along and enjoy yourselves. Bring a mat to sit on! Put the date in your diaries now! In hope and anticipation of a Good Year ahead.

The event is Free. The Bento costs £10 extra. Let me know if you want vegetarian or meat bento. Please send your BENTO payment by Mon 18th April. Please bring your own drinks.

Meet at the Car Park near Calderstones Road.

If you are unsure how to get there, or have any questions, please get in touch. … email: events@jsnw.org.uk.

To order bento please send a cheque for the bento fee to ‘Japan Society North West’ and send with your order to Nigel Cordon.  Let me know if you want vegetarian or meat bento ordering. £10 per person.

To: Mr Nigel Cordon, 65 Kintore Drive, Great Sankey, Warrington WA5 3NP

Please send your payment by Mon 18th April otherwise I cannot order the Bento for you.

Venue: Calderstones Mansion House, Calderstones Rd, Liverpool L18 3JB

Discover Japan / Koto and Enka Music

Saturday 7 May 2022 

Discover Japan 1:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for a fun packed family day celebrating Japanese culture. Activities include origami making, calligraphy. You can even have a go at our chopstick challenge! There may also be a martial arts demonstration. There really is something for everyone, so come along and explore.

Koto and Enka music in the Treasure House Theatre at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm

The KOTO is the Japanese Harp. ENKA is Japanese traditional singing. Sumie and Lee Jenkinson will introduce this Japanese musical to you.

This is FREE to attend. Just turn up!

Venue: World Museum Liverpool, William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EN.

Japan Day 2022

Saturday 2 July 2022    11:00 am to 5:00 pm

This will be our 8th LIVE Japan Day presented by the Japan Society North West (JSNW).

This is what we have planned so far … Taiko Drumming, Yosakoi Traditional Dance, Koto (Harp), Shamisen, and Enka Singing. As always, your enthusiasm is greatly appreciated.

So far, we have 8 stage acts and 22 tables booked.   Interested parties include Kaminari Taiko; Yosakoi Dance from London; Sushi Craft; Liverpool Kendo; Koto with Sumie Kent, Manchester Kyudo (Archery), Kimono dressing (by Festival of Japan) https://www.festivalofjapan.co.uk/ .

This event is free. If you have any questions, please email japanday.jsnw@gmail.com

Venue: Liverpool Guild of Students, 160 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TR

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What's On

Japan Foundation Webinar: Reality or Fantasy? Creating the Hero of the Blind Swordsman - Zatoichi

Thursday 5 May 2022 at 7:00 pm

This online event is free to attend but registration is essential.  Please book your ticket here.

Boundaries, Music and Environment in Mieko Shiomi's Works

Wednesday 25 May 2022    7:00 to 8:00 pm

A free online talk with Dr Sally Kawamura.

This introductory talk will explore Mieko Shiomi's creations, focusing on the themes in her work across the decades.

Composer and artist Mieko Shiomi (born 1938) is known for her experiments around the boundaries of music, object, action and performance. She co-founded the radical free-improvisational music group, ‘Group Ongaku’ in Japan in 1960 and has been a key member of Fluxus in New York and Japan.

She produces Fluxus-related and non-Fluxus works, often referring to boundary conditions, durations of time, or the natural environment. This is a free online talk and you can reserve your place by clicking on the link below. 

Click here to sign-up free

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The Japan Society is the leading independent body in the United Kingdom dedicated to the enhancement of the British-Japanese relationship. With a history stretching back to 1891, its members are committed to promoting deep and lasting understanding between our two countries.

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In Our Time: Japan's Sakoku Period

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.  BBC iPlayer Radio

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