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

Ninagawa Company coming to The Barbican

Ninagawa Company coming to The Barbican


If you fancy seeing a stage adaption of Haruki Murakami’s brilliant novel Kafka on the Shore or a Japanese performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet (or both!), you’ll want to book tickets at The Barbican sharpish. Ninagawa Company, the well-known Japanese theatre group, is bringing two highly-acclaimed performances to London in May. Ninagawa’s previous directorial credits … Continue reading

Blog’s best of 2014

Blog’s best of 2014


2014 has been pretty busy in general so, as we come towards the end of another year, I thought I’d do a ‘best of’ list based on things this blog’s featured this year. Despite a slight hiatus, there was still plenty of content to choose from! Book of the Year: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet … Continue reading

HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2014: The Lowdown

HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2014: The Lowdown


Finally, a Christmas-related blog post, and it’s only three days away! The HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market took place last month and, to go with the video I made a few weeks ago, here’s a low-down of some of my favourite stores I visited over the weekend. There were loads of amazing stalls and no shortage of … Continue reading

Anime review: Garden of Sinners Collection

Anime review: Garden of Sinners Collection


If you’re still undecided on what anime you or your friends/family/significant other want for Christmas, look no further than the Garden of Sinners Collection. This is a new offering from MVM Entertainment – 8 hour-long films spread across 8 DVDs. Each feature-length episode tells part of the story of Shiki Ryougi, who wakes from a … Continue reading

The HYPER JAPAN video is here!

The HYPER JAPAN video is here!


I promised you a video from the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market and I delivered, despite my camera threatening to pack in on me! A lot of footage I took from the weekend was sadly unuseable due to the lens not being able to focus all the time. Also, spot the ghost hovering in the corner of … Continue reading

#NaNoWriMo book review: The Reason I Jump

#NaNoWriMo book review: The Reason I Jump


We’ve reached the end of National Novel Writing Month on the blog! Hopefully you’ve discovered some new books and had some early Christmas present inspiration. Our last book of the month is a rather unique one, ‘The Reason I Jump’ by Naoki Higashida. Unlike the other books reviewed this month, ‘The Reason I Jump’ isn’t … Continue reading

#NaNoWriMo book review: In the Miso Soup

#NaNoWriMo book review: In the Miso Soup


When I spotted Ryu Murakami’s ‘In the Miso Soup’ on the shelves in Waterstones, I immediately knew I had to review it for the blog. And so, that’s how we’ve come to our third #NaNoWriMo book review of the month. This book is disturbing, terrifying and hilarious all at the same time. Twenty year-old Kenji … Continue reading