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
Film Showing: "Hafu"
With an ever increasing movement of people between ʻplacesʼ in this transnational age, there is a mounting number of mixed-race people in Japan, some visible, others not. "Hafu - the mixed-race experience of Japan" is a journey of discovery into the complex multicultural experience of mixed-race Japanese in modern day Japan. The ﬁlm follows the lives of ﬁve hafus—the Japanese term for people who are half Japanese—as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself to be mono-ethnic. For some of these hafus, Japan is the only home they know. For others, living in Japan is an entirely new experience. And still others ﬁnd themselves caught between two different worlds. Trailer Changing demographics of Japan Press Release
Cost: £3 for JSNW members, £5 for non-members. Tea and cake included. If you would like to attend this event please contact our Events Co-ordinator.
Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0QS
JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester
Saturday 29 March 2014 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Let’s have a drink 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
Venue: The Britons Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5LE
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 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.
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 chicken curry rice!
There will also be our usual tea and cake, so put the date in your diary now. Come join us on 10 May to celebrate ten years of Japan Society North West. JSNW members only.
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.
Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Legend
Exploring the boundless potential of the ancient Japanese drum, the taiko, Japan’s most acclaimed performing arts group fuse traditional drumming with fresh global influences to create new musical expressions that are utterly unique in a spellbinding show of movement, music and drama.
Wednesday 19 February 2014 7:30 pm Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Thursday 20 February 2014 7:30 pm The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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!
Venue: The Forum, Northallerton, North Yorkshire
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
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.