Magic at the Ghibli Museum

Magic at the Ghibli Museum


If you’re a Studio Ghibli fan, no trip to Tokyo is complete without a trip to the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo! Studio Ghibli, which is often referred to as ‘Japan’s answer to Disney’ (although that description doesn’t do it justice), is one of the very first Japanese exports that I fell in love with. I … Continue reading

Asakusa: Sensoji and tranquility

Asakusa: Sensoji and tranquility


Asakusa was our base in Tokyo, so of course our first holiday stop was Sensoji temple! According to legend, in the year 628 two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Sensoji … Continue reading

Sakura overload in Tokyo!

Sakura overload in Tokyo!


Brace yourselves, the sakura photos are coming! I thought I’d start off the post-holiday blog saga with some cherry blossom highlight photos from Tokyo, where we spent a whirlwind 4 days. Here’s a theory: Britain would be 120% happier if we planted some sakura trees around the country. A traditional English picnic’s all well and good, … Continue reading

Back from Japan (and Festival Asia announcement)!

Back from Japan (and Festival Asia announcement)!


After two amazing weeks exploring Japan with my fantastic travel buddy, Oana, I’m home! This was by far the greatest holiday I’ve ever had and I am more in love with Japan than ever. I’m still sorting through all the photos from Tokyo, Sendai, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kanazawa, but there will be plenty of travel … Continue reading

Mata ne (see you later)!

Mata ne (see you later)!


How exciting, this is my last blog post before my friend Oana and I embark on a trip around Japan! I’ve been saving up for a ‘big blow out’ holiday like this since I graduated and, when I first met Oana back in freshers’ week, we somehow knew one day we would cross the pond! This will … Continue reading

Film review: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Film review: The Tale of Princess Kaguya


Studio Ghibli fans, who were heart-broken to hear that the iconic Japanese animation studio recently went on hiatus, will want to head down to a cinema pretty sharp-ish if they want to catch a screening of The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which was released in Japan in 2013. We always seem to see these things much … Continue reading

Following the trends at Shackfuyu

Following the trends at Shackfuyu


If you thought Japanese food in England was starting to taste a bit ‘samey’ (not that I’ll ever get bored of sushi, donburi etc), head over to Shackfuyu in Soho in London as soon as you can! This pop-up restaurant is the latest venture by the Bone Daddies group and is open until next winter and will … Continue reading

Anime review: Tsuritama

Anime review: Tsuritama


Tsuritama is the kind of anime series I’d recommend to someone who’s ill in bed or feeling down. This show is pure happiness and joy distilled into 12 episodes – it’s just so… whimsical! The plot of Tsuritama is deceptively ‘slice of life'; Yuki Sanada moves to the island of Enoshima with his grandmother, another … Continue reading