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

HYPER JAPAN photos are up!

HYPER JAPAN photos are up!


I’m back from the HYPER JAPAN Christmas market and, as usual, had a fantastic time! Everything about the event was bigger and better and there will be a couple of proper follow-up posts and video appearing on the blog over the next few weeks. In the meantime, I’ve uploaded my photos from the weekend over … Continue reading

#NaNoWriMo author interview with Fran Pickering!

#NaNoWriMo author interview with Fran Pickering!


Carrying on with our #NaNoWriMo theme this month, it’s time for an author interview! Earlier this week I reviewed ‘The Haiku Murder’, the second novel in the Josie Clark in Japan series by Fran Pickering, and now it’s time for an interview with the lovely lady herself. ‘The Cherry Blossom Murder’, ‘The Haiku Murder’ and … Continue reading

#NaNoWriMo book review: The Haiku Murder

#NaNoWriMo book review: The Haiku Murder


Our first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) book review is the recently-published ‘The Haiku Murder’ by fellow Japan blogger Fran Pickering! If a murder mystery set in Japan sounds like your kind of thing, read on… ‘The Haiku Murder’ is the second book in the Josie Clark in Japan series, which follows the life of Josie, … Continue reading

#NanNoWriMo November blog special!


Seeing as November is National Novel Writing Month aka #NaNoWriMo, this blog is going to be all about books this month! Assuming you’ve been online in the last several years, you’ll know thousands of budding writers take on the NaNoWriMo challenge each November: write a book in a month! Doesn’t sound easy, does it? Every … Continue reading

Halloween special: tale of the bakeneko

Halloween special: tale of the bakeneko


Seeing as it’s Halloween this week, I thought it’d be appropriate to take a look at one of my favourite creatures from Japanese folklore – the bakeneko or “monster cat”. There’s no shortage of demon and ghost stories in Japan but there’s also no shortage of blog posts rounding up all of said stories. As … Continue reading