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
The Popular Culture of Edo and Wood-block Prints of the Edo Era
JSNW members are invited to attend this special Japanese Garden Society Northwest event. The theme of the event is the Edo period, when Japan, ruled by the Tokugawa Shoguns, closed itself off from the rest of the world. There were many important developments in this period; including the building of many of the gardens in Japan and the introduction of Ukiyo-e, the woodblock print. The speaker Suzanne Perrin, is a national expert on the Edo period and will give her talk during the morning at Bury and accompany us to Blackburn Museum of Art in the afternoon.
The day includes a visit to the Japanese garden at Bury Hospice, a garden built by JGS NW members, and lunch. In the afternoon we travel to Blackburn to view behind the scenes their extensive collection of Japanese woodblock prints. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this very significant period of Japanese history and about woodblock prints as an artistic medium. The cost of the event is £18 a head, including lunch. Timetable and booking details
Saturday 25 April 2015 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
An authentic tea ceremony demonstration by Mrs Mari Isobe.
Mrs Isobe will start by talking about the tea ceremony, including the history and the spirit of it. She will take us through the tea ceremony giving a detailed explanation of every step. She will then go through the ceremony once again, this time without the explanation. After the conclusion of the tea ceremony, there will be an opportunity to be served tea by Mrs Isobe.
The cost is £4 for JSNW members and £8 for non-members. If you would like to attend this event please email
A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool
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
Kodomo no hi (Children's Day)
Saturday 9 May 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Can you write in Japanese, make origami animals from paper or would you like to try the chopstick challenge?
Join us at the World Museum in Liverpool on Saturday 9 May between 1pm and 4pm for a fun afternoon of Japanese related activities.
JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester
TBA May 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
Taiko Meantime with Chieko Kojima
In a unique collaboration with the world famous Chieko Kojima of Kodo, Taiko drumming returns in a show that tells the dramatic Japanese legend of ‘Dojoji’ through drums, flute and dance.
Venue: RNCM Concert Hall, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD
Emily Allchurch In the Footsteps of a Master
Emily Allchurch uses photography to recreate old master paintings and prints, creating contemporary narratives.
The exhibition showcases Allchurch's celebrated Tokyo Story andTokaido Road series, which pay homage to the 19th century Japanese printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige. Diplayed as lightboxes, her works reveal not only changes to the topography but also to Japanese society and customs. They will be shown alongside a selection of Manchester Art Gallery's collection of exquisite but rarely seen original Hiroshige woodblock prints and some on loan from our partner, Whitworth Art Gallery.
Allchurch's works are seamless digital collages, using hundreds of photographs, taken in urban environments today. The complex photographic images have a resonance with place, history and culture and deal with the passage of time and the changes to a landscape, fusing contemporary life with a sense of history.
Venue: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
METAMORPHOSIS OF JAPAN AFTER THE WAR
22 JANUARY - 12 APRIL 2015
In 1945, post-war Japan made a new start from the ashes of devastation. In the twenty years leading up to the Tokyo Olympics of 1964, it succeeded in undergoing a dramatic transformation, embarking on a path towards becoming an economic power. These two decades constituted a period truly brimming with creative energy – a time in which democracy led to the restoration of vitality and free photographic expression, in which new talent pioneered post-war photography. This new exhibition reflects on the turbulent period that followed the war, exhibiting over 100 black and white photographs by 11 leading post-war Japanese photographers, including Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe and Ken Domon. Rather than arranging the works by period and author, this exhibition is divided into three sections – “The Aftermath of the War,” “Between Tradition and Modernity,” and “Towards a New Japan.” Although the arrangement may seem arbitrary, the sequence provides a vivid narrative of the convoluted aspects of this complicated era. The exhibition is organised by The Japan Foundation
Venue: Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 1BP
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
The Japanese Consul: The Life of James Lord Bowes in Liverpool
In 1888 the North West of England was honoured by the appointment of Liverpool wool Merchant James Lord Bowes as the first foreignborn Honorary Consul of the Japanese Empire in the United Kingdom. His collection of Japanese art works grew so extensively that it numbered well over two thousand pieces and, two years later, he constructed a large private museum of Japanese art in the grounds of his home, Streatlam Tower, in Princes Road.
Bowes opened the museum to the public to benefit the church and orphanage charities he supported in Liverpool, and published several books on Japanese art which are still being printed and which stand as part of the foundations of Western understanding of Japanese art. More
A book by local historian and Japanophile, L.S. Smith.
Explore JapanPhotos.org.uk for a high resolution tour of Japan.