And the winners are…


Thanks to everyone who entered the 1000 subscribers special giveaway! There were three fantastic prizes up for grabs, courtesy of Tsunami restaurant, MVM Entertainment and Kikuya Kanzashi, so a huge thank you to them too. Sadly there could only be three winners, so drum roll please… Winner of the lunch for two at Tsunami in … Continue reading

Okunoshima: Bunny Island

Okunoshima: Bunny Island


Rabbits are a pretty common pet to have when you’re little, but how does an island populated by more bunnies than people sound as a holiday destination? If your answer’s ‘Yes!’ then Okunoshima, a tiny island in the Hiroshima prefecture, is probably the place for you. Sadly it isn’t on our holiday itinerary this April. In Japanese … Continue reading

Competition special! 1000 subscribers!

Competition special! 1000 subscribers!


I’m not sure how it’s happened but, somehow, this blog recently reached 1,000 subscribers! I started this blog on a whim back in 2011 and wasn’t even sure if I’d keep it up, let alone that people would actually be interested enough to subscribe. So, blimey, thank you! To thank everyone who’s read this blog over … Continue reading

Anime review: Michiko and Hatchin

Anime review: Michiko and Hatchin


Michiko and Hatchin is Japan’s answer to Thelma and Louise with a couple of key differences; it’s set in South America and features a smoking hot mother and her ten year-old daughter. This series is an entertaining romp packed with gun fights, police chases, an unconventional mother-and-daughter relationship and motorbikes. It might take a few … Continue reading

Rock, roll n’ ramen at Bone Daddies!

Rock, roll n’ ramen at Bone Daddies!


What could be better on a cold winter’s night than a hot bowl of curry ramen? If your answer is ‘not much’, I highly recommend Bone Daddies’ new restaurant in High Street Kensington, London! Bone Daddies already have a very popular branch in Soho and, to cope with popularity, opened another on the first floor the … Continue reading

Oh, go on, Den! – Den Udon restaurant

Oh, go on, Den! – Den Udon restaurant


Yesterday I went to my first ever restaurant press night at Den Udon and was not disappointed. Newly-opened in the King’s Cross area in London, this delightful restaurant caters to all tastes and is refreshingly cheap. Whether it’s sake, edamame, tempura or udon, there’ll be plenty on the menu you want to try. As this … Continue reading

Book of the Month: The Guest Cat

Book of the Month: The Guest Cat


It’s almost February (already?), which means it’s time to announce the next Book of the Month. I’d been wanting to read The Guest Cat ever since I first saw it on display a few months ago in Waterstones, which manages to persuade me to depart with my money every time I step in the door, but I … Continue reading

Anime review: Psycho-Pass

Anime review: Psycho-Pass


I recently discovered Netflix now has a healthy amount of anime series, which is good news for this blog and bad news for the new book I’m writing (I’m nearly half way through the first draft – hooray!) So, I decided to kick my anime-watching year off with a bang and marathoned Psycho-Pass in a weekend. I was … Continue reading

Lunch at Tsunami

Lunch at Tsunami


In my never-ending quest to convince everyone I know that Japanese cusine is supreme, I went to Tsunami’s restaurant in Clapham with my boyfriend just before Christmas. Living in London, I always have an eye out for a bargain, and Tsunami’s set lunch menu on a Sunday (two courses for £15) meant I immediately had … Continue reading

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: 2015 line-up

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: 2015 line-up


It’s back! The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is returning for 2015 (30 January-26 March) with a brilliant line-up of Japanese films. Whether it’s anime, drama, comedy or romance, there’ll undoubtedly be at least one film you want to see. There’s plenty of places to catch the films: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cumbria, Derby, Dundee, Edinburgh, … Continue reading