Art & Design

Japan Day

25 August 2014, Manchester

Japan Day is Japan Society North West's free all-day festival celebrating the many fascinating aspects of Japanese culture, held every two years since 2006 alternately between Manchester and Liverpool. This year it is the turn of Manchester’s majestic and beautiful Midland Hotel to host this increasingly popular festival, which was also the venue for Japan Day 2010 when the event attracted over 2,200 people. However, whereas in 2010 the festival was held in one of the hotel’s large function rooms this time Japan Day will be in THREE spacious and beautiful rooms, including a separate room for delicious Japanese food.

The festival is a great introduction to the beguiling country that is Japan, and with free admission has attracted large new audiences to the delights of Japanese culture. This year there will be displays and demonstrations of Japanese crafts and activities including Ikebana, Ningyo (Japanese dolls), Embroidery, Koto and Shamisen playing, Taiko drumming, the lovely “Awa Odori” dance and Shodo (the art of Japanese calligraphy). We are also very pleased to be hosting, for the first time at Japan Day, two authentic performances of the art of Tea Ceremony. For those of you looking for something more active we will be having martial arts displays from a number of different groups and you will also have the chance to dress up in kimono with our Kimono-dressers. Japan’s amazing modern culture is also represented at the festival and for the first time at Manchester Japan Day we will be having a Cosplay competition, Maid Dances, truly excellent manga-artist stalls and Harajuku fashion.  

There will also be a large number of stalls featuring the incredible variety of Japanese-culture societies in North West England, including the Japanese Railway Society, Northern To-ken Society, and many others. You will be able to buy fine quality Japanese goods and delicious Japanese food, and don't forget your raffle tickets on the day for your chance to win some really excellent prizes, so please come along and enjoy yourselves!

For further details and festival updates please check the Japan Day website-  

And for information about other Japanese cultural events taking place throughout the year please see Japan Society North West’s website-


Admission Free

25 August 2014
Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS


Japan Society North West