DVD review: Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats

DVD review: Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats


If you’re looking for a Japanese film that’s simply funny, charming and uplifting, Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats is one for your collection. This latest offering from Third Window Films was written and director by Yosuke Fujita (Fine, Totally Fine) and co-produced with Rapid Eye Movies (Germany), Tucker Film (Italy) and Joint Entertainment (Taiwan) – a pretty … Continue reading

My mad weekend at HYPER JAPAN

My mad weekend at HYPER JAPAN


HYPER JAPAN returned for July 2015 at the O2 Arena on 10-12 July, and what a weekend! This annual summer event is a celebration of all things Japan – from food to gaming to martial arts to music – and both the venue and line-up were bigger and better than ever. I attended HYPER JAPAN on … Continue reading

Maruyama Park and around

Maruyama Park and around


If you want to have a picnic lunch and spend a few lazy hours people-watching in Kyoto, Maruyama Park is a must-visit. This beautiful park is situated next to the very popular and touristy Yasaka Shrine and is one of the best cherry blossom (sakura) viewing spots in Kyoto. The most impressive sight is the … Continue reading

Fox finding at Fushimi Inari

Fox finding at Fushimi Inari


Fushimi Inari is arguably one of the most iconic sites of Japan and one of my absolute favourite places in Kyoto. This important Shinto shrine is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which stretch majestically over a network of trails leading up to a mountain summit (about a 2-3 hour walk) and around … Continue reading

Kyoto secret garden: Heian Shrine

Kyoto secret garden: Heian Shrine


One thing I love about Japan is that it’s so easy to find a secluded tranquil space in the middle of the city. At first, the Heian Shrine looks big, red and, because of the crowds, touristy. This shrine in eastern Kyoto, not too far from the iconic Gion district, is relatively young by Japanese … Continue reading

Book review: The Good Shufu

Book review: The Good Shufu


Can love be strong enough to pass a different language, country and entirely different culture? Is there part of you that secretly thinks, ‘I wish I could meet Mr or Ms Right, preferably in Japan so I have an excuse to move there?’ If either of these questions pique your interest, I highly recommend The … Continue reading

Finding love at Kiyomizudera

Finding love at Kiyomizudera


Kiyomizudera is one of the most famous temples in Japan and sits on a beautiful wooded hillside overlooking Kyoto. The temple was built in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall and its name literally means ‘Pure Water Temple’. When you see the immense wooden stage jutting out from the main hall, overlooking the … Continue reading

Even more things at HYPER JAPAN!

Even more things at HYPER JAPAN!


I recently blogged about some of the amazing line-up at this summer’s HYPER JAPAN here but they keep announcing more and more brilliant things, so here’s another blog about it! London’s biggest celebration of all things Japanese is happening on Friday 10 – Sunday 12 July at the O2 Arena in just over 2 weeks. … Continue reading