An exotic weekend in the London sun – Festival Asia!

An exotic weekend in the London sun – Festival Asia!


Last weekend, East London got a Far Eastern makeover! The first ever Festival Asia descended upon Tobacco Dock, showcasing everything Asia from taiko drumming to belly dancing to Indonesian street food. Even better, it was sunny! I was there on Saturday in my capacity as Japan blogger but, being someone always thinking about their next … Continue reading

The Liebster Award!

The Liebster Award!


One of the great things about blogging is that you get to meet lots of other lovely bloggers and learn from them! So, I was very surprised and flattered when I was nominated by not one but two bloggers for the Liebster award. This lovely little award is something bloggers can pass on other blogs … Continue reading

Oana blogs: The Moomin Cafe!

Oana blogs: The Moomin Cafe!


Today’s guest blog is from my fabulous travel buddy Oana, who I spent two amazing weeks with in Japan! I roped her into doing some blogging, so here’s her first one about a trip to the Moomin Cafe in Tokyo! Ever since reading this article on The Guardian, my plan was to sneakily work in … Continue reading

Weird finds in Akihabara and Ikebukuro!

Weird finds in Akihabara and Ikebukuro!


It’s a well known fact that Japan has plenty of ‘weird’ stuff, and many of those things happen to be in Tokyo. So, I decided a load of holiday photos from Akihabara and Ikebukuro would be a nice way to take you on a mini tour of some of the ‘weird’ things we found in Tokyo. Don’t … Continue reading

Shakespeare meets anime: Blast of Tempest review

Shakespeare meets anime: Blast of Tempest review


The saying goes that every basic story plot – love, revenge, adventure, you name it – is simply a reworking of a story already told by famous English playwright William Shakespeare several hundred years ago. So, does that mean that original stories just don’t exist any more and we should all just give up trying to write something … Continue reading

Book Review: Memoirs of a Geisha

Book Review: Memoirs of a Geisha


I’m surprised I hadn’t read Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha years ago but, as they say, ‘better late than never’. This book accompanied me on the Shinkansen as we were whizzing around Japan and it was very atmospheric, so I was obviously going to have to review it eventually. Memoirs of a Geisha is a … Continue reading

Samurai feast at Sengoku Buyuuden Cafe!

Samurai feast at Sengoku Buyuuden Cafe!


Apparently, I am so obsessed with samurai that I will literally travel to the other side of the world to visit the Sengoku Buyuuden cafe, a samurai themed cafe in Tokyo. The Sengoku era, otherwise known as the ‘warring states’ period thanks to the samurai warlords who were constantly fighting for land and power, is one of the … Continue reading

Meiji Jingu and Harajuku

Meiji Jingu and Harajuku


One of the most popular sites in Tokyo is the Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingū), which is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of ‘modern’ Japan, and the Empress Shoken. Emperor Meiji was born in 1852 and ascended to the throne is 1867 at a time when Japan’s feudal Shogunate era was coming to an … Continue reading

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