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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

Katsura Sunshine

Saturday 22 November 2014    4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

After his extremely popular performance at Japan Day, Katsura Sunshine returns to give us more!

Sunshine is Canadian, but now lives in Japan where he trained to become a Rakugo comic storyteller.

What is Rakugo?

Hilarious. Fascinating. Unique. A 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling, Rakugo is more popular today in Japan than it every was. A lone comedian in a Kimono kneels on a cushion and entertains the audience with his original comic anecdotes, before launching into a traditional story populated by hilarious and quirky and yet oddly familiar characters. The only props are the Japanese fan and hand towel.

To become a professional Rakugo storyteller, one must be accepted as apprentice to a Master, and serve for three to four years: no days off, cleaning the house, doing the laundry, carrying the bags, folding kimonos, strict curfew, no drinking, no smoking, no dates, completely subsuming any sense of personal individuality. Anyone who does this for three years will become a funny person. Anecdotes of the good old apprenticeship days become comic material for the audience’s hilarity! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the only non-Japanese today to have been accepted and gone through this gruelling and traditional apprenticeship!

Admission: £10 for JSNW and JETAA members, £12 for non-members. Buy tickets online from the Comedy Store.

Venue: The Comedy Store, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester  M1 5LH

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Friday 14 November 2014    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


A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 9 December 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



Saturday 13 December 2014   7:00 to 9:00 pm

Details to be confirmed.





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


What's On

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

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.



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