Back from Hyper Japan 2013!


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Geisha, shamisen, cosplay, video games – HYPER JAPAN had them all and more this year and it was the best one to date! HYPER JAPAN is a three-day exhibition of Japanese culture in London, encompassing both the traditional and modern. I kept hearing the phrase “the only UK event that truly reflects today’s Japan” used to describe the event, and think this was a fair description given its scale and diversity. There were people from all walks of life gathered at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre last weekend; students, families, English, Belgian, Japanese. There was so much to do and see, and, of course, I learned plenty of new things about Japan.

I couldn’t pick one favourite thing about HYPER JAPAN because there was just so much to love. I managed to narrow it down to three, though: Siro-A, Geisha Sayuki and Minyo.

Siro-A

There are no photos that can do justice to Siro-A’s performance. It was mind-blowing stuff. This Japanese techno troupe gave an amazing performance complete with optical illusions and advanced technology, and as the guys moved their screens of various sizes the audience saw everything from ‘Guitar Hero’ to ‘Super Mario’ to bouncing balls! The audience were on its feet clapping at the end and, as soon as they announced they were selling discounted tickets for their London show at their stand, there was a mad surge for the desk. Given how Siro-A gave such an insane performance on a limited stage (the full performance includes lasers), I had to buy tickets and suggest you do too. You can buy tickets for Siro-A here and check out the video below for starters.

Geisha Sayuki

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Geisha are one of the most iconic symbols of Japan, although the nature of their profession as traditional female entertainers is very mysterious and it is exceptionally rare for a Westerner to witness their skills and performances unless they are lucky enough to go Japan, and even then it’s pretty difficult. On stage was Australian born Sayuki, the first westerner to formally debut as a Geisha, who shared her knowledge of the Geisha world and her own story of becoming a Geisha. She also performed traditional music and dance with her Geisha sisters, complete in their traditional costume and makeup, which was a very unique experience. These performances are normally very private and intimate, with only a very small audience, so seeing it on a big stage in London was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Expect another blog post on Geisha Sayuki, as there’s so much more to say about her.

Minyo

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The traditional Minyo music performance on the main stage was an absolute treat, especially for people who had never had the chance to hear a live Japanese music performance before. Minyo means folk song and radiates nostalgic Japanese charm, and the audience were even joining in at one point. Showcasing were Hibiki Ichikawa (on the shamisen, the traditional Japanese guitar), Koji Kishida (on the shinobue, the traditional Japanese flute), Akari Mochizuki (vocal) and Tomoya Nose (percussion). There were both individual and group performances and the performances were so talented. I have already bought Hibiki Ishikawa’s album “Shamazing!”, which I highly recommend, and it won’t be long until I get Koji Kishida’s too!

Tokyo Fashion Story and Yun*Chi

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My knowledge of Japanese fashion is limited to the basic ‘kawaii’ and ‘lolita’ variety, but the Tokyo Fashion Story fashion show did a fine job of showing off plenty of other quirky, glamorous and wacky fashions the country has to offer. The models were all fashion volunteers who were made up on the day, and they all looked fantastic. Judging them was the J-Pop icon Yun*Chi, who awarded her personal favourite outfit with a prize as well as picked out a best-dressed member of the audience for another prize. The show was then topped off with a performance from Yun*Chi herself, which got even me (serious blogger face) bopping in my seat. Also, can someone tell me where she bought her platform shoes from? I loved them!

Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies demo

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Well, I wasn’t expecting to see a demo for this game when it had only just been released in Japan the day before. ‘Ace Attorney’ is my favourite video game series, as you might have guessed if you’ve been following this blog for a while, so I made sure I stopped by the stand to try out the demo. Without giving too much away, this game really does look amazing. There were two demos to play: ‘trial’ and ‘investigation’. The investigations have seriously been jazzed up for the 3DS with its panoramic crime scenes. There was constantly a queue for this demo… I hope Nintendo was taking note that a lot of people were asking for a physical release too, as it is currently only confirmed as a downloadable game.

Kuratas

Another interesting talk on the main stage came from Kuratas, a manufacturer of, quite literally, giant robots. The audience was joined by the creator Kurata himself via webcam over in Japan and were treated to a very flashy video of the kuratas robot. Kuratas robots measures approximately 4 meters tall and weigh 4 tonnes and can be controlled via a person in a cockpit. The purpose of them? Kurata wanted to create something fantastic and realise the dream of thousands of kids and adults alike, to pilot a giant robot. I did manage to get an audience question in, however, and asked whether there were any plans to design a robot that could be used in life-saving situations, the answer to which was a welcome ‘yes’. For now, Kuratas stands out so much simply because it exists and is an amazing piece of technology. You can even order and customise you own robot if you have the money to spare, and enter the Japan Open Heavy Robot Battle Tournament. I’m not even joking. The future is here!

Rakugo

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I’d never heard of Rakugo before, so this was another ‘completely new’ thing for me at HYPER JAPAN! Rakugo is a special kind of Japanese comic story-telling, in which the story teller sits and acts out a story, playing all the characters, imitating walking and running by shuffling in their seat, and using only a fan and handkerchief as props. Performing on Saturday morning was the very animated and entertaining Diane Kichijitsu, who stumbled across Japan and Rakugo on a back-packing trip and has since become immersed in the world of Rakugo. The girls behind me genuinely were in stitches, and her performance was funny for both the kids and adults!

Sushi Awards

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The Eat Japan Sushi Awards are something I always look forward to at HYPER JAPAN. Each year, 5 sushi chefs compete in the Sushi Awards to be crowned champion. The sushi is always prepared and displayed in an extravagant manner and, needless to say, is always delicious. These are the best five sushi chefs in the country, don’t forget. This year the finalists were:

Each sushi tasted very different and they were all delicious. I think I need to head along to these restaurants for a proper dinner and get some more restaurant reviews done! The winner of the awards with Yoshihiro Motobashi’s Tokyo Special!

CosParade

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The cosplay parade was definitely the biggest crowd-drawer over the weekend, which isn’t surprising given both the sheer talent and time people put in to their costumes and the fact that a lot of young people seem to enter the Japan fandom initially through cosplay. Of course, there’s so much more to Japan than cosplay, but its popularity continues to grow in the west. Anyway, on to the costumes themselves. They were fantastic. I really can’t say anything more than that. We saw everything from ‘Vocaloid’ to what I think must be the world’s first Ruby Weapon from ‘Final Fantasy 7′ cosplay. HYPER JAPAN also played host to the UK preliminaries for the European Cosplay Gathering, which takes place at Japan Expo in Paris, and the standard of cosplay was on another level. Our UK representatives is CosPlex, who gave an amazing performance as Kraehe from ‘Princess Tutu’, and group entry an equally brilliant ‘Snow White and the Hunstman’ cosplays with ridiculously intricate detail. I took more footage of the parade than photos because I was suffering from non-professional camera flash envy, so expect a great video soon!

Tickets and Twitter

In case it’s not clear from this long blog post, I 100% loved HYPER JAPAN. I personally have no complaints about the event, although when I got home on Saturday and checked Twitter there was a lot of reports of extremely long queues and people who had pre-bought tickets queueing for up to three hours or not getting in at all. A couple of people contacted me personally and asked me to mention this on my blog, so I emailed Hyper Japan’s press team for more information and had the following response:

“We can assure you that we didn’t sell the advance tickets and what you heard about overselling should have been a rumour. We have warned on the HYPER JAPAN website that you should plan ahead and allow enough time as it may be necessary to wait to gain entry during busy time even though you have purchased tickets. On the day, as we feel for the people waiting in the queue under the sun, we offered free water to those people then. We are currently investigating the real cause of the queue issue.”

I hope this response will be useful to those of you affected. If you do have a complaint regarding the tickets you can contact info@hyperjapan.co.uk.

Until next time…

The next HYPER JAPAN will be in 25-27 July 2014 and I hope to see a lot of you there! The venue is yet to be announced, so keep checking the website and subscribe to the newsletter for the latest news. This was by far the best HYPER JAPAN I had been to date and there was such a wonderful range of things to see on stage and stalls to shop at. My full spoils list was as follows:

  • Tai-yaki from the delicious Yaki stand
  • Melon ice dessert from the Nice Ice stand
  • Matcha latte!
  • Siro-A tickets
  • ‘Shamazing!’ CD by Hibiki Ichikawa
  • A Vocaloid Gakupo paper doll for my BFF Laura (who was actually cosplaying Gakupo

You can see the rest of my photos from the weekend on the blog’s Facebook page.

Were you at HYPER JAPAN? Comment below and say what you liked the most! I’ll be working on my HYPER JAPAN video next, so if you fancy following this blog and keeping an eye out on it, you will be much loved <3

One month ’til Hyper Japan!


One of the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture will be hitting London again next month Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July, so I thought I’d do a round-up of what’s going on and tempt a few more of you to go along! Whether you’re into Japanese food, music, anime, cosplay or martial arts, there’s something for everyone at HYPER JAPAN. There may well be more announcements made in the next few weeks but, assuming the majority of you will need to plan train journeys and book tickets online, I thought I’d give you the low down (as much as I can) now!

There’s no full schedule available yet but I will update this post as soon as it’s up! You can check out the provisional one here.

Sushi Awards 2013

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Personally, my favourite part of HYPER JAPAN! The Eat-Japan Sushi Awards are back again for Hyper Japan, with five Japanese restaurants in the UK battling it out to win Sushi of the Year. You’ll need to buy a separate ticket from the main event but it’s well worth it, as these sushi really are works of art… and delicious too!

Geisha guest

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Are you fascinated by the mystique of geisha? Want to meet and speak with one in person and learn what it’s like to actually be a geisha? Sayuki, the first Westerner to formally debut as a geisha, and three of her geisha sisters, will be performing and giving a talk at HYPER JAPAN.

Traditional folk music

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Minyo means folk song, and for many people in Japan, tunes from this genre conjure up nostalgia for one’s hometown and family. Showcasing this lovely and emotive traditional style of music will be Hibiki Ichikawa(Tsugaru Shamisen), Koji Kishida(Shinobue) and Akari Mochizuki(Vocal) as well as Hibiki’s students and Tomoya Nose(Percussion).

Crazy pop performances!

There have been two great performances confirmed for HYPER JAPAN so far! Have some videos to go with them…

SIRO-A! Just watch this video and tell me you’re not intrigued…

Yun*Chi! Remember Kyaru Pamyu Pamyu? If you like you’re cute/weird Japanese music, you’re in luck!

Makeover time!

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Ever wondered what it would be like to wear full Japanese street style make-up? Wish you knew the secrets to creating a beautiful Lolita or gyaru style look, or something even more spectacular? The Tokyo Style Transformation Area will be there to make your J-style dreams come true! There will be three dedicated zones in this Area, which will be as follows; the Tokyo Beauty Package zone, Wigs & Costume Capers and finally the Photo zone; capture your J-Fashion moment and Vogue it up in front of the atmospheric backdrop to make a lasting souvenir of your awesome Tokyo look!

Tokyo Fashion Story

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This fashion show will aim to enlighten you on the many fun, sassy and cool genres of Tokyo’s street styles. HYPER JAPAN is looking for both male and female fashionistas from all over the UK to participate in this fashion story! If you think this could be you, download an application form  here. Applications close Friday 5th July!

Cosplay competition

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Do you cosplay yourself, or just like checking out the amazing costumes on stage?

The UK Preliminary for ECG 2014 will take place on Saturday, 27th July 2013 at HYPER JAPAN. The ECG final will take place at Japan Expo in Paris, France. Japan Expo is the largest pop-culture event in Europe, with over 200,000 visitors and dozens of guests from the world of anime, video games, movies and comics. HYPER JAPAN will be sending one solo cosplayer and one group on an all-expenses paid trip to Japan Expo to represent the UK at the ECG final in July 2014!

Not so competitive? The COSParade is a chance for experienced and beginner cosplayers to show off their costumes on the HYPER JAPAN stage! Simply strut your stuff on our catwalk, and we’ll be dishing out prizes for the best costumes.

Cosplay guest – Wizard Wand

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Visit Wizard Wand‘s booth at the show and find out more about this cosplay community from Japan! HYPER JAPAN are planning some fun cosplay activities together too (to be announced very soon)!

ITK Robotics returns…

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Crowd favourites ITK will be returning to give you a glimpse of the gadgets that could be appearing in your home in the future.

Story time!

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Rakugo, the Japanese art of comic storytelling, is coming to the Main Stage!  Diane Kichijitsu will be ready to tickle your funny bones with her hilarious and ingeniously enacted English language Rakugo stories!

Sumo run!

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Now you too can experience the grace, power and athleticism of these titans yourself, and raise money to boot, by participating in the annual Sumo Run! As well as raising lots of money for a worthy cause, the event has previously set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people running in Sumo Suits.

Phew, I think I’ve covered enough there! Head over to the HYPER JAPAN website and get your tickets! It’s going to be a good one!

Photo credits: Diverse Japan, The Daily Telegraph, Hyper Japan

Karuta


Now, I’ll be the first person to admit that there’s a lot about Japan that I don’t know, and one of those things that I know next to nothing about is the Japanese card game karuta. ‘What’s that?’ you ask? Today I’ve collaborated with a fellow anime fan, Jessie Guill, to tell you about it!

For those of us who grew up outside Japan, card games are either casino games or Yu-Gi-Oh. We are so attached to the idea that card games are merely “games” that are connected to past time and/or quickly earn (and lose) some money. In Japan, however, a traditional card game has recently become popular among middle school and high school students, and it isn’t the kind of card game that would send you to jail.

Hyakunin Isshu Karuta (sometimes simply referred to as “karuta”) is a Japanese card game based on Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, a compilation of one hundred poems by one hundred different poets. Karuta versions and rules vary depending on the localities, but we’re going to focus on Hyakunin Isshu Karuta alone.

A set of playing cards called Uta-garuta is needed to play the game. This set is divided into two decks: Yomifuda cards where the poets’ images and their poems are printed; and Torifuda cards which contain only the second part of the poems.

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Torifuda and Yomifuda cards

At least three people are needed to play the game. Two are players and the third as the reader. The players are given 25 torifuda cards each that they line up in three rows on the floor. After a few minutes of memorizing each card’s positions, the reader takes and recites a yomifuda card. The players’ goal is to quickly identify and grab the torifuda card that corresponds to the one that is being read. The first player to touch the right card gets it and removes it from the game. When a player takes a card from the opponent’s territory, they can forward a card of their own to the opponent’s side. The first to clear their territory wins.

 On the surface, it appears to be a simple game that utilizes poetry. But in reality, a single match requires patience, swift reflexes, excellent hearing, and reliable memory. In fact, a karuta player must at least memorize the first few syllables of the poems and their second verses, although memorizing all one hundred poems is advised.

 Here’s a typical video of a karuta match:

Hyakunin Isshu poems were compiled in the 13th century and karuta has been around since 1600s or earlier, but it wasn’t until recently that it caught huge attention and interest of the youth. This is perhaps due to an ongoing manga and anime series called Chihayafuru. The story focuses on (mostly) high school students and their hardships as they aim to be the best karuta players in Japan (and in the world as well, since karuta isn’t popular overseas).

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Karuta players in Chihayafuru, literally head-to-head over a card

Unlike western card games where the common card decks are used and popularity spreads across the globe despite the legal issues, karuta remains a niche sport even inside Japan. Perhaps it is due to the language barrier that isolates the game within those who know Japanese. In an episode of Chihayafuru, even foreigners (who lived in Japan long enough to be considered Japanese if not for their appearances) were shunned by their classmates in the past for loving karuta and Japanese culture in general.

But who knows? As the anime fandom grows and more people get involved in the language, in time the game may get the attention it deserves.

Week 19: In which I finally feature Sanada Yukimura


The results for the next special feature are in! Expect to see the ‘Top Ten Men in Anime’ very soon! I’m surprised this one won, truth be told, but I will of course deliver! It was a pretty close call, so ‘Top Ten Japanese Adverts’ and ‘Things to See and Do in Tokyo’ will also feature here in the future.

Also, don’t forget to enter the art competition if you’re an artist or doodler of any kind.

Finally, I’ll be taking a week off from blogging as I am job hunting like a mad woman at the moment. This gives me more time to prepare Week 20′s special feature, which will be extremely MANLY!

News Story of the Week: Number of suicides exceeds 30,000 for 14th year in a row

Not the cheeriest news story to choose this week, sorry.

The National Police Agency has revealed that the number of suicides in Japan in 2011 stood at 30,513. The figure surpasses 30,000 for the 14th year in a row but it is 3.7 per cent less than 2010′s figure and the lowest since 1998. The figures exceeded levels a year earlier in April, May and June, with a particularly large increase in May. This is no doubt related to the Fukushima disaster, as well as the miserable economic climate.

Suicide in Japan is a national problem in Japan especially, the motivation for many being preventing bringing shame on ones own family, in a society where men are still seen to be the main breadwinner.

Destination of the Week: Bitchu-Takahashi

Takashashi, commonly known as Bitchu-Takahashi to distinguish itself from the surrounding region, is a small mountainous village in the Okayama Prefecture. The region was originally known as Bitchu and faces the Inland Sea.

Bitchu-Takahashi is home to Matsuyama Castle, also known as Bitchu-Matsuyama so it is not confused with that in Shikoku, and is the oldest surviving castle in Japan. It is the highest altitude castle at 480 meters and was originally built for its strategic position. Although small, it is very stunning and impressive . . .  but be prepared for a steep walk!

There is a preserved old Edo town at the base of the mountain, boasting samurai residences and merchants’ quarters. Museums and temples also give you an insight into the city’s history. The famous Raikyuji Temple is also worth a visit for its beautiful zen garden. It was made famous by its past resident Kobori Enshu, a local feudal lord and architect who designed many famous castles and palaces in Kyoto. Of course, he also designed Raikyuji’s own zen garden.

Bitchu-Takahashi is accessible by the JR Line. For details, see the Japan-guide website.

Source: japan-guide.com

Japanese Saying of the Week: Deru kugi wa utareru

‘The nail that sticks up is hammered down.’

In Japanese culture, the person making themselves stick out is violating a prime Japanese directive: conform. This saying teaches that individuals should watch their behaviour and not allow their egos to take over because they will later find themselves in a grisly or embarassing situation. Conformity is a much more positive idea in Japanese culture than Western, as being egocentric and flamboyant are actually negative qualities.

Basically, this means that a man or woman who is in a group or team and trying to outdo everyone else is asking for trouble. This saying is often drilled into children who might be acting up and trying to be centre of attention

Source: 24fightingchickens.com

Samurai of the Week: Sanada Yukimura

Sanada Yukimura, born Nobushige, was the most famous member of the Sanada clan in the Shinano province – loyal vassals of Takeda Shingen. Although he commanded a relatively small army, he was a greatly respected samurai and Shimazu Tadatsune, the famed veteran of the Korean invasion, called him ‘the number one warrior in Japan’.

Yukimura served under Toyotomi Hideyoshi and was married to the daughter of a senior Toyotomi retainer, Otani Yoshitsugu. He was the second son of Sanada Masayuki but commanded as much respect as his older brother Nobuyuki, as seen when he was called upon to assist in the construction of Hideyoshi’s Fushimi Castle.

By 1600, the Sanada clan were allied with Ieyasu Tokugawa. However, when faced with an indictment, Yukimura and his father aligned with Ishida Mitsunari, the leader of the anti-Tokugawa movement and supporters of Hideyoshi’s successor, Hideyori. Nobuyuki remained tactically allied with the Tokugawa so that, regardless of the outcome, the Sanada clan might survive. Ieyasu responded to Masayuki and Yukimura’s betrayal by sending his son Hidetada to Ueda Castle, the second siege that the Tokugawa had attempted, but father and son held strong against the attack (2,000 men against 40,000). The battle lasted eight days and Hidetada’s army never appeared at the decisive battle of Sekigahara, a disaster which almost cost Ieyasu’s victory.

Although Nobuyuki persuaded Ieyasu to spare their lives, the father and son were exiled to Kudoyama. Many letters to family and retainers and special poems, called ‘renga’, that Yukimura wrote during this time still survive. However, the situation changed in 1614 when Hideyori rallied ronin together against the planned attack of Ieyasu and Yukimura was forced out of exile, his father having died earlier that year. Yukimura was present at the Winter (1614) and Summer (1615) Seiges of Osaka Castle and was one of Hideyori’s top commanders. It was here where he left his mark on Japanese history as one of the most daring and endearing figures of the late-Sengoku period. It is where the tale of the Sanada Ten Braves arose: a legendary group of ten heroes who played an active role at Osaka, the most famous of which being Sarutobi Sasuke. For details on the Summer and Winter Seiges, read the Samurai Archives.

However, we already know that Ieyasu established a Shogunate that lasted until  1868, so the situation could not have ended well for Yukimura. In the Summer Seige, now aged 32, he collapsed exhausted in his camp and was approached by a Tokugawa samurai, Nishio Nizaemon, who challenged him to a fight. Accepting his fate, Yukimura removed his helmet and allowed himself to be decapitated in true samurai style.

Today, Sanada Yukimura is still a well known figure in Japan. Ueda is a popular tourist spot for its Sanada museum, Ueda Castle and statues of Yukimura himself. He is also one of the many samurai to have been immortalised in popular culture; from the musical film Brave Records of the Sanada Clan and a number of anime, namely Samurai Deeper Kyo and Sengoku Basara (which also features Sarutobi Sasuke).

Source: samurai-archives.com

Bento of the Week: Frogs

Check out the fabulous Cooking Gallery blog for lots of bento recipes. This week’s has some lovely little smiling frogs. Frogs are awesome!

Source: Cooking Gallery @ blogspot

Series of the Week: UN-GO

UN-GO recently finished airing in Japan and, as I only like to review things that have finished, this gives me the opportunity to talk about a very recent show!

This 12 episode series is based on the very popular Meiji Kaika Ango Torimono-chō by Ango Sakaguchi, a detective novel set in Meiji Japan. Whilst I have not been able to find any information on this novel, I understand that the anime adopts its main elements but sets them in a futuristic postwar environment.

The story itself is about a private detective Yuuki Shinjuuro and his mysterious sidekick Inga, who are bound by a mysterious contract in which Shinjuuro must ‘reveal the truth’. Japan is emerging from a traumatic war and is under the unofficial leadership of media tycoon Rinroku Kaishou, whose daughter ends up befriending Shinjuuro.

The episodes themselves are split into a series of mini stories; one involving the creator of now-illegal AI robots created for the sole purpose of sexual human pleasure, another about a prisoner known only as ‘the Novelist’ who manipulates the minds of those around him and a bomb attack involving Rinroku himself. These individual stories are certainly interesting but they do not fit together as well as you might expect. The robot mini-story still has some loose ends but they are never revisited in later episodes and the Novelist, despite being a very interesting character, does not feature as prominently as viewers might initially expect.

I was actually dissatisfied with how the series ended. I initially quite liked it but feel that there should have been either a smaller variety of stories in so few episodes, or more episodes so that they could be completely explored. The premise was promising but when it finishes you don’t know anything more about Shinjuuro or Inga than you did after the first three episodes. However, a feature-length prequel episode, ‘Inga-ron’, ran in Japanese cinemas in November which explained how the two of them met and is to be released over here by Kaze UK in the future. I imagine that this prequel would put my complaints to rest.

Score: 6/10 (the soundtrack is quite nice but the overall story feels confused and rushed in some places)

Source: uk-anime.net

Weird Thing of the Week: Japan’s cats run the internet

I’ve not had time to look into anything particularly spectacular this week because I’ve been preparing for some job interviews. So, I’d like to introduce you to two Japanese feline Youtube celebrities. The first is Maru, famed for his love of boxes, and Shiro and his family, who you may already know as ‘the cats who balance things on their heads’.

Recipe of the Week: Pork Tonkatsu with Watermelon-Tomato Salad

I’ve never had tonkatsu before but I’ve been told that it is beyond delicious. This week’s recipe has been taken from epicurious.com.

Ingredients:

  • 300g watermelon cubes
  • 300g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 300g rocket leaf
  • 40g parsley leaf
  • 10ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1tb fresh lemon juice
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 600g panko (regular breadcrumbs will do)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 4oz boneless pork chops
Method:
1) Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk olive oil, 1 tablespoon mustard, and juice in a small bowl. Season dressing with salt and pepper. Set salad and dressing aside.
2) Whisk eggs and 1 tablespoon mustard in a medium bowl. Combine panko, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper on a large plate. Season pork lightly with salt and pepper. Dip in egg mixture, then in panko, pressing to adhere.
3) Working in 2 batches, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook pork until golden brown and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side, adding 1 tablespoon vegetable oil after turning. Drain on paper towels.4) Toss salad with dressing; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve pork with salad and lemon wedges for squeezing over.Source: epicurious.com
Final Thoughts
I hope you can forgive me for taking another break! Unfortunately I don’t get paid to write this and need to find a job so that I can actually have a disposable income again. Feel free to scroll through the archives and catch up on your reading in the meantime, though!
Mata ne!