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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

Okunoshima: Bunny Island

Okunoshima: Bunny Island


Rabbits are a pretty common pet to have when you’re little, but how does an island populated by more bunnies than people sound as a holiday destination? If your answer’s ‘Yes!’ then Okunoshima, a tiny island in the Hiroshima prefecture, is probably the place for you. Sadly it isn’t on our holiday itinerary this April. In Japanese … 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

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

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

#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