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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 line-up

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 line-up


One of my highlights in the UK-Japan calendar is the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, now in its 13th year. This is the largest film programme in the UK focussing on Japanese cinema and each year has a different theme. 2016’s line-up has been inspired by iconic film-maker Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, a humanistic portrayal of a salaryman … Continue reading

Blog’s best of 2015!

Blog’s best of 2015!


It’s New Year’s Eve, so tradition dictates that I must do a ‘best of 2015’ round-up blog! This was a very busy year for me blog-wise: a trip to Japan, branching out into restaurant reviews and reaching 1,000 subscribers! And, of course, I read lots of books and watched my fair share of anime. Competition … Continue reading

My sister’s off to Japan!

My sister’s off to Japan!


You read that right – earlier today my little sister Grace boarded a plane to Japan and will be living there for the next 10 months. She’ll be teaching English and learning Japanese  in Fukuoka, Kyushu, and everyone in the family (including me) is exceedingly proud and jealous. Talk about living the dream! I don’t know all … Continue reading

Why is blogging so great?

Why is blogging so great?


Anime August is coming to an end on the blog, so it makes sense to round things off with a blog about blogging itself! I explained at the beginning of month that Sophie’s Japan Blog is four years old this August, which was why I went for a ‘theme’ of Anime August, to celebrate one of … Continue reading

Even more things at HYPER JAPAN!

Even more things at HYPER JAPAN!


I recently blogged about some of the amazing line-up at this summer’s HYPER JAPAN here but they keep announcing more and more brilliant things, so here’s another blog about it! London’s biggest celebration of all things Japanese is happening on Friday 10 – Sunday 12 July at the O2 Arena in just over 2 weeks. … Continue reading

Line-up latest for HYPER JAPAN July 2015

Line-up latest for HYPER JAPAN July 2015


If you’re a Japanophile living in the UK, you will probably have heard of HYPER JAPAN by now. This is the biggest Japan event in the UK and one of my favourites and, whether or not you’ve been before, I urge you to go! Whether it’s martial arts, cosplay, food or performing arts, you’ll find it … 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