Edo Castle: The Glittering World of the Shogun’s Court

Our next event:

A talk by best-selling author Lesley Downer.

This show is sponsored by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

In association with JET Alumni Association NW we present:

“The Shogun’s Court”.

Saturday 18th May 2024 at 2:00 PM.

The Adelphi Hotel, Empire Suite

Edo Castle was Japan’s Versailles, from where the shoguns governed Japan for 250 years.

I will take my audience on a guided tour back in time and reveal the secrets of the outer and middle palaces and the mysterious ‘Great Interior’, where the shogun’s 3000 women lived lives of cloistered luxury.
I will also talk about the westerners who visited Edo Castle and recorded their impressions, first a succession of Dutch merchants and then the American Townsend Harris who visited in 1858. Finally in 1868 Emperor Meiji entered Edo Castle and it became the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Held in person and also shared online on Zoom.

Adelphi Hotel.
Ranelagh St, Liverpool, L3 5UL

£9 for Members and £13 for non-Members.

Tea and Coffee included.

Put the date in your diaries now!

To book your place, get in touch at events@jsnw.org.uk.

You can bring one of her books, which she has agreed to sign. Also, she will be bringing a few copies of her new book to sell as well.

JSNW x KENJI at Trafford Centre

KENJI invites you all to their GRAND OPENING event for their new Trafford Centre store on Saturday the 16th of March, 11am – 9pm!



We’re excited to announce that from 11am – 1pm on the day, Japan Society North West will be hosting THREE events in store: An Origami Station, Calligraphy Station AND a ‘Write your Name’ in Katakana Station on the First Floor!  

Alongside this, there will be a live DJ in store all day, PLUS the first 100 customers to spend over £10 will receive a FREE GOODY BAG!

AND if that’s not all, there will also be in-store exclusive discounts on the day!

Find KENJI on the Upper Level of Regent Crescent, next door to the new M&S! Make sure you join us and we can’t wait to see you there!

The Trafford Centre is off J9 and J10 of the M60 in Manchester. Address here

Taiko Drumming Workshop

Join us at our next Taiko Drumming Workshop:
Saturday 23rd March
@ 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Learn the basics of Taiko in this workshop led by
Jared Hardwick of Tengu School of Taiko.

His passion for Taiko led Jared to start the school with an aim to provide access to this exciting Japanese performing art to adults and children alike.

Since starting in 2007, Jared has gained substantial experience both in performing, and in teaching and leading classes in workshops, both in schools and with adults. During his training, he has trained with Yoshikazu Fuji of world-renowned Japanese Taiko group Kodo.

The cost is £16 for JSNW members, and £22 for non-members.

Please apply and send payment (contact events@jsnw.org.uk) by Monday 18th March.

Places are restricted to a maximum of 20.Please come along and enjoy yourselves.
Put the date in your diaries now!

Email: events@jsnw.org.uk

Venue:
Tim Parry Community Centre search for:
Cromdale Way Pre-School, Cromdale Way, Warrington WA5 3NY

Spring Sale! New Member Discount for 2024

20% off all memberships until May 6th 2024!

Go to https://jsnw.org.uk/membership/ to take advantage of this offer, or get in touch at membership@jsnw.org.uk.

Online applications and membership forms received before May 6th 2024 will be eligible for 20% off: including Individual, Joint, Student and Corporate.

Membership gives you 4 newsletters a year, plus the Member’s Rate to many of our events, and allows you to take part in our Annual General Meeting.

A Japanese Flag Returns: Presented by Andrew Clare

Saturday 10th February,

Time: 1:45 – 3:30.

Venue: The Old Café, The Mansion House, Calderstones Park, Calderstones Rd,
Liverpool L18 3JD. – or online on Zoom – see below

https://maps.app.goo.gl/ZrFvJvoGVHG23aDRA

Tea and Coffee provided; – £4.00 (£5.00 for non-Members)
for attendees at the Mansion House.

Email us at events@jsnw.org.uk to book a place or if you have any questions.

JSNW member, Andrew Clare, will talk about his quest to return a Japanese war flag to the family of a soldier who died during WWII.
With the assistance of photos, he will discuss how he came by the flag as a 19-year-old Royal Marine, how years later he managed to identify the soldier and trace the living relatives.

In Collaboration with JET Alumni Association and supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Andrew Clare is an acclaimed British translator and lawyer.
After graduating in Japanese studies from the University of Sheffield he obtained a master’s degree in political science from Kobe University in Japan. Andrew has developed a successful career as a lawyer working in legal and financial companies in the UK and Japan.

As a translator, he has translated Yukio Mishima’s novel The Frolic of the Beasts (Penguin Modern Classics, 2019), several short stories and other novels such as Pro Bono (2012) by Seicho Matsumoto and the Noma Prize-winning Toward Dusk and Other Stories (2011) by Junnosuke Yoshiyuki. Andrew is also an expert practitioner of Japanese archery and participated in the Kyudo World Championships in Tokyo in 2018.

Zoom details:
Join us online on February 10th, 2023 at 13:45 (BST).

Zoom Login Link <<< CTRL + click here
    The event is free if you join remotely online by ZOOM.

JSNW Shinnenkai 2024

Please join us in welcoming the arrival of the new year on
Saturday 27th January
@ 6:00 to 8:30 pm

The price is £22 per member; £25 for non-Members.

Lee Jenkinson will sing Japanese Enka songs for us.
We are also having a Japanese Quiz.

An excellent sushi and hot buffet are provided. (The menu is below.)

Let us know if you want vegetarian sushi.

Please send your payment by Mon 22nd January. Payment details can be found in your email from JSNW, or if you are a non-member, please contact us at: events@jsnw.org.uk

So please come along and enjoy yourselves!

Put the date in your diaries now!
In hope and anticipation of a happy and prosperous New Year.


Venue:
Tim Parry Community Centre

search for
Cromdale Way Pre-School, Cromdale Way, Warrington WA5 3NY

If you are travelling by car, then it can be reached from the M62 via junction 8 or junction 7
(to avoid Warrington Centre), see maps below.

It has a car park for up to 15 cars and a secondary car park for another 15 – 20 cars.

The nearest railway station is “Warrington West” 2 miles away.

https://maps.app.goo.gl/S4wCSiSrJvbprvMx6

If you are unsure how to get there, or have any questions, please get in touch at events@jsnw.org.uk .

Sushi Buffet
 
Roasted sweet potato and fig salad (V)
Sushi platter a) Boiled prawn nigiri
b) Torched salmon roll with Teriyaki sauce
c) Breaded prawn rolls d) Salmon nigiri
Let me know if you want vegetarian sushi ordering.
Fried chicken in Teriyaki sauce
Tofu gyoza dumpling (V)
Breaded chicken & onion on skewer
Vegetarian pine nuts Okonomiyaki (V)
Vegetarian Yakisoba noodle (V)
Ozoni (Sticky rice Omochi and vegetables in miso soup)
Green tea crepe with Azuki beans
 


*Sushi Craft will contribute Sake to Kampai. Sake shot glasses are provided.

Above: Lee Jenkinson at Japan Day 2022.

Japanese Embroidery Techniques and How They Came to the West

Calderstones Park, Liverpool, Sunday, 19th November 2023

“Japanese Embroidery Techniques and How They Came to the West”  a talk by Sandra MacFarlane with a demonstration of the 1600 year old embroidery techniques handed down by word of mouth only until the early 20th Century.

Date: Sunday 19th November 2023
Time: 1:45 – 3:30

£3.00 for members £5.00 for non-members, includes tea or coffee and biscuits

To attend please contact our events co-ordinator:

Nigel Cordon
events@jsnw.org.uk

Join us for a captivating afternoon as we delve into the rich tapestry of Japanese embroidery techniques and their voyage to the western shores. Through a lively and insightful talk by renowned embroidery artist Sandra MacFarlane, we will explore the meticulous artistry and profound cultural significance embodied in every stitch of Japanese embroidery.

Discover how the finesse and elegance of traditional Japanese embroidery have influenced and blended with Western textile arts, forming a beautiful fusion that celebrates the best of both worlds. From the vibrant threads of Nuido to the subtle elegance of Sashiko, traverse the thread trails that connect the East and West.

This is not merely a talk, but an experience—a chance to appreciate the delicate dance of needle and thread, and to understand how the art of embroidery transcends borders, binding cultures in a fabric of shared creativity.

The Old Café,
The Mansion House,
Calderstones Park,
Calderstones Rd,
Liverpool
L18 3JD

The End of August Bookcover

Book Signing – 17th October, 2023

Yu Miri and her translator Morgan Giles will be at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Manchester, on 17th October from 6:45 p.m. for the launch of THE END OF AUGUST – a ground-breaking, multi-generational novel about a Korean family living under Japanese occupation.

“The End of August” by Yu Miri is a profound multi-generational novel set against the backdrop of Japanese-occupied Korea. This epic narrative primarily delves into the themes of oppression both on individual and national scales. The book is often perceived as a commanding yet lengthy exploration of these themes, drawing parallels with the works of renowned authors like Tolstoy and certain aspects of “The Brothers Karamazov”​​.

Doors open at 6:30

Tickets are £3.00 or free when pre-ordering a copy of the book. THE END OF AUGUST will also be available to purchase on the night and Yu Miri and Morgan Giles will both be signing copies after the talk.

Blackwell’s Bookshop,
University Green,
146 Oxford Road,
Manchester,
M13 9GP

Movie Screening – 14th October, 2023

Kamikaze Girls

Join us at the Tim Parry Community Centre, Warrington, WA5 3NY on 14th October, 2pm – 3pm, and watch this movie with us

Tea, coffee and cakes are available for a small charge of £2.

“Kamikaze Girls” (originally titled “Shimotsuma Monogatari” in Japan) is a 2004 Japanese film based on the novel of the same name by Novala Takemoto. The film was directed by Tetsuya Nakashima.

The story revolves around two unlikely friends:

  1. Momoko Ryugasaki – A girl who is obsessed with the Rococo period and desires to live her life as a frilly-dressed ‘Lolita’. She wears elaborate and ornate clothing that’s reminiscent of European styles from the 18th century. Despite her delicate appearance, she has a tough and independent character. Her life revolves around her passion for the brand “Baby, The Stars Shine Bright.”
  2. Ichiko Shirayuri – A rough-and-tough Yanki (a type of Japanese delinquent) who is part of an all-girls biker gang. She is the complete opposite of Momoko in every sense, with her punk look and brash personality.

The story unfolds as their paths cross, and despite their stark differences, they form an unlikely bond. The film delves into themes of friendship, individualism, and the desire to find one’s place in the world. It’s a unique combination of comedy, drama, and a little bit of action.

The original Japanese title for “Kamikaze Girls” is “下妻物語”, which is read as “Shimotsuma Monogatari”. Here’s the breakdown:

  • 下妻 (Shimotsuma) refers to Shimotsuma City in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
  • 物語 (Monogatari) means “story” or “tale”.

So, “下妻物語” (Shimotsuma Monogatari) can be translated as “The Shimotsuma Story” or simply “Shimotsuma Tale”. The title was changed for Western audiences with the image of Kamikaze used to reflect the collision of the two girls different lives perhaps.

“Kamikaze Girls” was well-received for its quirky characters, vibrant visuals, and the way it showcased various subcultures within Japan. Watch the trailer – here!

Traditions: Bōnen-kai and Shinnen-kai

By Angela Davies

All over Japan company employees, club members, societies and many other groups celebrate a Bōnen-kai (忘年会) or a “forget the year party/get together”. These start about the middle of December, and a bit like Christmas parties in the West, it’s a time to “eat drink and be merry”. Drinking as much as you can (飲み放題- nomihōdai) is a feature of these get togethers. They are held in restaurants or more commonly an Izakaya (居酒屋) which is like a pub, but with really nice food. Both places have the facilities for
Kara-oke as well, which is a big feature of Bōnen-kai. Bōnen-kai are also an opportunity for old friends, who haven’t seen each other for a while, to get together.

Bōnen-kai celebrations
December 2022 Conversation Evening group at Etsu, Liverpool
Photo courtesy & copyright of Angela Davies
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