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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

Traditional Music of Japan

Saturday 6 February 2016    2:00 to 3:00 pm

The haunting and evocative sound of the koto, Japan’s national instrument, comes to the Grosvenor Museum as part of its Samurai Arms and Armour exhibition. Sumie Kent has over forty years’ experience of playing the koto and also has Samurai ancestry from both her parents.

Wearing traditional costume, she will sing and play music which explores the full range of the koto from the time of the Samurai, when it was considered a romantic instrument, to its use in modern Japanese music.   Details

This is a free event.

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

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 23 February 2016   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


JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

TBA March 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!

Venue: Samsi, 36-38 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 3NR


What's On

Japan Now: Tikashi Hiraide and Kyoko Yoshida

Monday 29 February 2016    7:00 to 9:00 pm

An evening of conversation with Tikashi Hiraide and Kyoko Yoshida, two authors whose work exemplifies the genre-bending ambition of contemporary Japanese literature.  Event Details

The event is completely free, but advance signup is needed.

Venue: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY

Godai - Mancunian Overtures and the Japanese Industrial Connection

19 February to 31 March 2016

150 years ago a secret visit to Manchester and the North West by Godai Tomoatsu, student and agent of the Prince of Satsuma, from the south of the Japan, inspired and ignited the Japanese Industrial Revolution - creating Japan's first 'economic miracle'.

Godai's visits to mills, mines and merchants from the pioneering Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the silk manufacturers of Macclesfield, from Platt Brothers of Werneth to the copper veins of Alderley Edge, triggered one of the biggest transfers of technology the world has ever seen from the 1860s for decades to follow.

This exhibition brings together a unique display of original material from sources in Manchester and Japan.

Venue: Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH

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


Shojo Manga: The World of Japanese Girls’ Comics

Saturday 9 January - Sunday 14 February 2015

This is the first major exhibition of Japanese shojo (girls’) manga in the UK, presented in association with the Kyoto International Manga Museum.

The exhibition introduces the world of Japanese “shojo” (girls’) manga through elaborate replica (“Genga’ (Dash)”) prints developed jointly by Kyoto Seika University’s International Manga Research Centre and the manga artist Keiko Takemiya, Principle of Kyoto Seika University. Genga’ (Dash) prints are copies of original artworks that have been faithfully reproduced aiming to conserve original manga artwork which is easily damaged and worn.

Japan’s shojo manga culture dates back to the post-war years but only evolved into its broad-ranging and hugely-popular form of today as a result of the innovative work of a small group of artists in the 1970s. This exhibition features the work of 3 of these artists – Akiko Hatsu, Keiko Takemiya and Yukiko Kai. It will be accompanied by examples of work by a further 17 artists who have helped shape the world of shojo manga since it began.

Venue: THE ATKINSON, Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB  

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


It's Alright - Official song for Japan

This song was composed by JSNW member Adrian Summersell. Adrian asks all who enjoy hearing this song, to please make a small donation directly to Sanaburi Foundation Japan. See the song information under the video on YouTube to learn more.


Japan Photos

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