#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 lifeĀ 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

WIN! Buddhist Wisdom book

WIN! Buddhist Wisdom book


It’s competition time again, courtesy of Tuttle Publishing. Here’s your chance to win a little book of Buddhist wisdom. Also, two blog posts in a day? Aren’t you lucky? This little book of Buddhist wisdom would make a perfect stocking filler present (yes, I’m thinking about that already) or bedside table buddy. You can read … Continue reading

Siro-A are back in town!

Siro-A are back in town!


You may remember I blogged about a fantastic performance taking place at Leicester Square Theatre in London last year called Siro-A. The only way I can describe it is the most mind-blowing and often hilarious light/dance/techno/special effects show I’ve ever seen. The very good news is that Siro-A has returned to London for a third … Continue reading