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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

Tea Ceremony

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

An authentic tea ceremony demonstration by Mrs Mari Isobe. 

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. She will then go through the ceremony once again, this time without the explanation. After the conclusion of the tea ceremony, there will be an opportunity to be served tea by Mrs Isobe.

The cost is £4 for JSNW members and £8 for non-members. If you would like to attend this event please email  

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

A Japanese Conversation Evening in Liverpool

Tuesday 28 April 2015   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


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


JSNW Social and Japanese Conversation Evening in Manchester

Friday 15 May 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


Annual General Meeting

Saturday 13 June 2015   2:30 pm - 4:15 pm

The guest speaker at this year's AGM is Steve Smith of the Northern Token Society. Steve's talk is entitled: "The Story of One Samurai Armour".

After Steve's talk we will break for tea and cake, and then hold the Society's AGM. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and make sugestions about the future of the Society, and we will be electing a new Committee, to run the Society for the next year.

This event is for JSNW members only. Please show your support for the Society by attending this event.

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


What's On

Emily Allchurch In the Footsteps of a Master

13 March - 8 June 2015

Emily Allchurch uses photography to recreate old master paintings and prints, creating contemporary narratives. 

The exhibition showcases Allchurch's celebrated Tokyo Story and Tokaido Road series, which pay homage to the 19th century Japanese printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige. Diplayed as lightboxes, her works reveal not only changes to the topography but also to Japanese society and customs. They will be shown alongside a selection of Manchester Art Gallery's collection of exquisite but rarely seen original Hiroshige woodblock prints and some on loan from our partner, Whitworth Art Gallery.

Allchurch's works are seamless digital collages, using hundreds of photographs, taken in urban environments today. The complex photographic images have a resonance with place, history and culture and deal with the passage of time and the changes to a landscape, fusing contemporary life with a sense of history.

Venue: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL

Jamie’s Concerts with Noriko Ogawa 

Wednesday 22 April 2015   11:00 am

 A concert for the parents and carers of children with autism and other learning disabilities. Noriko Ogawa created Jamie’s Concerts in 2004, after lodging in the UK with Janice Mather and her son Jamie, who has severe autism. It became clear to Noriko that when Janice was calm Jamie was calmer too; and the seeds of Jamie’s Concerts were planted.

"Jamie’s Concerts are designed to fit in with the busy timetables of parents and carers of children and adults with autism, to be a sanctuary of sorts. I wanted to offer a brief respite for hardworking people devoted to their children. To be able to relax and unwind is rare for many of those caring for children and adults with autism and it is my hope that these concerts offer a little calm, a chance to regroup then go forward with renewed spirit and strength" Noriko Ogawa

Carers are invited to stay and talk with others after the concert, with refreshments provided.

Venue: The Barbirolli Room at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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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Japan Photos

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