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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

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

20 November 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


Saturday 12 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

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

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

TBA   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


What's On

The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival

16 to 18 October 2015

The  programme this year which has a significant and distinctive Japanese strand. It will appeal to those interested in Japanese culture and manga in particular.

The programme features the UK's first Shojo Manga exhibition, an event with Akiko Hatsu on her first trip outside of Japan and The Wonderful World of Manga an event featuring two curators from the International Manga Museum in Kyoto.

On top of this there are workshops, anime screenings and a cafe is turned into Cafe Doraku for the weekend too. A full programme for the festival is downloadable from the festival web site.   

Venue: The Brewery Arts Centre, 122A Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE

Japanese Garden Society Annual Meeting Liverpool 2015

Saturday 17 October 2015

JSNW members are invited to attend the JGS annual meeting. The theme for the day is "Personal approaches to the Japanese garden tradition, Where do I go from here?"

Three garden creators, Graham Hardman, Howard Healey and Robert Ketchell, will each be giving a talk on their individual approaches to incorporating ideas derived from the Japanese garden tradition into creating gardens in the UK. The writer and garden historian Yoko Kawaguchi will give a talk on how the Japanese perceive their own garden tradition, “A view from inside.” The talks will be followed by a panel discussion Q&A session.

JSNW members arrive at 11:15 for coffee, 11.30 join meeting, 16:00 finish, or join in optional visit to view Calderstone’s Japanese Garden finish 17:00.

For further details on the talks and booking forms please contact Ann Dobson, Japanese Garden Society Secretary at:

 The cost for the day which includes teas/coffee on arrival, the four talks and a buffet lunch will be £10 per person. Please note that all bookings should be received by the 9th October at the very latest.  Details

Venue: Calderstones Mansion House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool L18 3JD

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


Doki Doki - The Manchester Japanese Festival

Saturday 7 November 2015   10:00 am until 7:00 pm at Sugden Sports Centre    Details

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.

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Japan's Sakoku Period

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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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