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

JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

25 July 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

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

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

TBA 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


What's On

Tanabata Festival

 Saturday 12th July from 10am to 3pm.

The Japan garden is going to be alive with Japanese cultural activities including Calligraphy, Origami, and making paper ornaments, Tanzaku.

Tanabata is usually held on the evening of 7 July throughout Japan. People, especially children, write their wishes such as “I want to become good at football” or “I want to become an astronaut” on narrow strips of coloured paper called tanzaku and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, on bamboo branches placed in the backyards or entrances of their homes.   They then pray hard in the hope that their wishes will come true. Towns and cities in Japan take on a festive mood during the Tanabata season, with colourful decorations.

Venue: Festival Gardens, Riverside Drive, Liverpool  L17 5BU

Macoto Murayama Exhibition - Botech Compositions

METAL are presenting the work of Japanese artist Macoto Murayama, for the first time in the UK, during the Liverpool Biennial 2014 at  Edge Hill Station, Liverpool L7 6ND.

 Murayama’s work continues the 4000 year old tradition of botanical art, bringing it firmly into the 21st century with ultra fine, 3D digitally produced detail creating beautiful and mesmeric large scale, animated, digital projections.

The exhibition runs from 5 July – 26 October 2014.

 Read more.      http://www.metalculture.com/


MCM Manchester Comic Con

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July 2014

After last year’s smash hit show, MCM Manchester Comic Con is coming back bigger than ever in 2014! Following a record attendance of over 19,300 visitors in 2013, MCM Expo is delighted to announce that Manchester Comic Con is growing to a two day show this year, returning to Manchester Central over the weekend of 19-20 July.  



Hyper Japan

Dig the City: Tatton Park Show Garden

Saturday 2 — Sunday 10 August  10.00am until 6.00pm

Tatton Park is renowned for its Japanese Garden and, especially for this year’s festival, brings a small slice of its tranquil glory right into Manchester city centre. This show garden, created with the help of the Japanese Garden Society, is a Karensansui or ‘dry landscape’ garden where gravel represents water, the sea or rapids swirling around islands, while rock forms depict mountains. The abstract nature of the garden lends itself to meditation and also promotes Japanese culture, horticulture and life-long learning.   digthecity.co.uk

Japan Matsuri

Saturday 27 September 2014    Trafalgar Square, London    japanmatsuri.com

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. /p>

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.




Japanese Language Proficiency Test July 2014

Sunday 6th July 2014 at SOAS, University of London, and the University of Edinburgh.     href="http://www.jpf.org.uk/whatson.php#635">More

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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