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.

Membership Update

We are currently experiencing problems processing new member applications and membership renewals.  As a result the sending of membership cards is being delayed.  Please be patient while we work through these issues.  In the meantime, please feel free to attend our events.  If you have any concerns or questions please email us.  Please accept our apologies for this unfortunate situation.

Upcoming JSNW Events

Japanese in Britain: Oral Histories Film Screening

Friday 16 September   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Following the devastation of the Second World War and the privations of the post-war period, the Tokyo 1964 Olympics marked the re-emergence of Japan on the world stage. As Japan flourished, enjoying economic growth and political stability, the liberalisation of passports and the end of restrictions on foreign currency opened the door for Japanese to travel abroad, and the Japanese community in the UK began to grow. Young travellers, businessmen, artists, entrepreneurs and spouses of British nationals have all contributed to this vibrant community.

The Wasurena-gusa (Forget-me-not) Project, run by the Japan Association in the UK records the history of the Japanese community through video interviews with those who settled in the UK from the 1950s and onwards. For this screening we will present a selection of interviews taken from the project, painting a picture of the many reasons for and ways in which Japanese have come to live in the UK and of the valuable contribution each has made to enriching this country.

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

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Friday 23 September 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, 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


A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

TBA October 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

Tea Gardens

Saturday 3 December 2016    

A lecture on Tea gardens by Robert Ketchell and a talk and demonstration on the Tea Ceremony by Kevin O'Duffey. We join the Japanese Garden Society for this event.  Details

Venue: Bury Hospice, Rochdale Old Road, Bury, BL9 7RG 


What's On

Tanabata Festival 

Saturday 27 August 2016   12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Visit Tatton’s gardens, famous for its Japanese garden, on Saturday August 27th and you’ll be invited to join representatives from the Japanese Embassy in making a wish!

This year Tatton is inviting its visitors to take part in the vicinity of the beautiful Japanese garden. There will be an opportunity to learn origami and make paper decorations to adorn the bamboo and nearby trees as well as to write wishes on the tanzaku strips of card and hang them on the bamboo branches. Tatton is privileged to be joined by representatives from the Japanese Embassy who will help demonstrate origami and traditional paper decorations.   Details

Venue: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN

Japan Matsuri

Sunday 25 September 2016      Venue: Trafalgar Square, London

Doki Doki

Saturday 12 November 2016      Venue:  Sugden Sports Centre, 114 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HL

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

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




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