Anime August review: Amnesia

Anime August review: Amnesia


One of my several guilty pleasures is romance anime, which might surprise those of you who’ve heard me moan about the over-abundance of Mary Sues in fiction today. Not that romance means bland female characters, obviously, but you might get where I’m coming from when I mention Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey. Don’t worry, I … Continue reading

A night in Gion

A night in Gion


No trip to Kyoto is complete without a visit to Gion, arguably Japan’s most famous geisha district. Gion is best visited in the evening when the lanterns hanging outside the restaurants and ochaya (teahouses) are lit up – and if you’re lucky enough you might catch a glimpse of a geisha or maiko, geisha apprentices. … Continue reading

The best anime on Netflix UK?

The best anime on Netflix UK?


Carrying on with our Anime August theme for the month, I thought I’d take a look at the bountiful amount of anime on Netflix UK. Netflix is a god-send for anime and it’s also a brilliant way to introduce unsuspecting people to anime nice and gently. There’s plenty of choice, meaning you can quash the … Continue reading

Anime August review: Log Horizon

Anime August review: Log Horizon


Sophie’s Japan Blog is four years old this August so, after a lot of umm-ing and ahh-ing, I decided to celebrate this birthday by making this month on the blog all about… anime! Seeing as anime was one of the first things that sparked my interest in Japan, and I still watch a fair amount … Continue reading

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