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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

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 17 February 2015   8:00 pm - 10:00 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


Who Killed Yukio Mishima? - A Talk by Damian Flanagan

Saturday 28 February 2015    2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Yukio Mishima (1925-70) was arguably the most internationally famous Japanese celebrity of the last century: an author prodigiously talented and dazzlingly prolific, but also a showman who found time to be a movie actor, martial arts devotee, body builder, political campaigner and world traveller. He was described by Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, as the kind of genius who comes along every 300 years. 

When Mishima died in the spectacularly dramatic manner possible on November 25 1970, the entire Japanese nation screeched to a halt in jaw-dropping, collective disbelief. The extraordinary circumstances of that death - known as 'The Mishima Incident' - would become Japan's defining JFK event, when every Japanese alive could instantly recall where they were when they heard the shocking news. 

Trying to fathom the meaning of 'The Mishima Incident' is a subject which has gripped the Japanese nation for the last 44 years. Why did Mishima have to die? Who or what was it that caused his death? And what meaning does his extraordinary life and death still hold for modern Japan? 

In his new biography of Mishima, published by Reaktion Books, Damian Flanagan offers a startlingly fresh analyis of the train of events that led Mishima to meet his day of destiny in 1970. In this talk, we will uncover the real story behind the most unforgettable day in modern Japanese history.  This is a free event.

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

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Friday 20 March 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


Chanko Nabe


Saturday 21 March 2015   2:15 to 4:00 pm

Come and have a meal of freshly made Chankonabe, the food of Sumo Wrestlers, and learn a little about National Sport of Japan and its traditions.

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

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

Tea Ceremony

Saturday 25 April 2015   1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

An authentic tea ceremony demonstration by Mrs Mari Isobe with her student, Mrs Hiroko Nakajima.

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, with Mrs Nakajima acting as guest. They will then go through the ceremony once again, this time without the explanation.

After the conclusion of the tea ceremony, Mrs Isobe will show us some of her prized collection of tea ceremony utensils. Finally, there will be an opportunity to be served tea by Mrs Isobe.

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

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.

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


What's On

Urashima Taro

Tuesday 3 March 2015    7:30pm

Urashima Taro is a tragic and dreamlike fairytale for adults. Inspired by Japanese mythology, it tells the story of a young fisherman seduced by the charms of a mysterious and cruel turtle-woman.

Urashima Taro is a highly visual piece about power, seduction and death, with an underlying sense of humour. Aya Nakamura creates a mesmerising performance with the skillful and seamless meeting of actor and puppet.

Video projection, shadow play, puppetry and actor merge to create a fascinating story of lust, betrayal and loss.

Venue: Rose Theatre, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QP


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

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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.



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