Japan Day 2014

  Monday 25 August 2014 in Manchester

  Visit JapanDay.org.uk for details



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

Kodomo no hi (Children's Day)

Saturday 26 April 2014    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 26th April between 1pm and 4pm for a fun afternoon of Japanese related activities.

Venue: World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN

Annual General Meeting (and Curry Rice!)

Saturday 10 May 2014    2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

This year is a special one for the Society. It’s our tenth anniversary! Japan Society North West was founded on 6 May 2004. We are planning a little celebration at the AGM. We will be having authentic Japanese homemade curry rice! We will have both chicken and vegetarian options.

There will also be green tea and Japanese cake, so put the date in your diary now. Come join us on 10 May to celebrate ten years of Japan Society North West.

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

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

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

TBA June 2014   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 please contact our Events Co-ordinator.


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

Japan Day 2014

Monday 25 August 2014    10:30 am to 5:30 pm

Japan Society North West is holding a Japan Day in Manchester this year. Our last visit to Manchester was in 2010, and we are returning to the same venue, the Midland Hotel. This time we are using three rooms, which will give us much needed extra space. One room will be dedicated to food, including an area set aside for sitting and eating.

There will be two firsts for a Japan Day in Manchester: a Tea Ceremony demonstration and a Cosplay competition.

To learn more please visit JapanDay.org.uk

Venue: Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS

What's On

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 21 and 22 May.

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.




Kimono World

Saturday 17 May 2014

Kimono World are a group of performers from Japan who are coming to England to give a very special performance of Japanese culture.

Led by actress/dancer Emiko, Kimono World have toured in Asia, Europe and America over the last 10 years. In 2014, their main performance will be in Northallerton, North Yorkshire!  

Poster    Web site

Venue: The Forum, Northallerton, North Yorkshire


I Wish

Tuesday 27 May 2014   7:45 pm

A 2011 Japanese film written and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.

10 year old Koichi lives in the South of the region with his mother and grandparents, whilst his brother lives with his estranged father in the North. Koichi’s only wish is for the family to be reunited and the advent of the bullet train sustains his hopes.

Venue: The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB


Japanese Language Proficiency Test July 2014

Sunday 6th July 2014 at SOAS, University of London, and the University of Edinburgh.    More

Hyper Japan

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

Click to visit

New Book

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.



Japan Photos

Explore JapanPhotos.org.uk for a high resolution tour of Japan.

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