Tagged with Tokugawa Ieyasu

Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art

Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art


Note: The pictures below are of an erotic nature and contain people having sex. Need I say more? I think it’s fair to say that, traditionally, the British are very prudish about sex and porn, but in Japan it’s all very much out in the open. This is one of the reasons why I went … Continue reading

Shingen-ko Matsuri

Shingen-ko Matsuri


Kofu is at the top of my ‘to visit’ list next time I’m in Japan, which will hopefully be next year! With any luck I’ll be able to coincide a stop to this city in Yamanashi Prefecture with the fantastic-looking Shingen-ko Matsuri. The festival The Shingen-ko Matsuri is held in Kofu in early April, and … Continue reading

Kagemusha – a film by Akira Kurosawa

Kagemusha – a film by Akira Kurosawa


If you’re a Japanese film fan, you’ve probably watched some Akira Kurosawa films or, at the very least, heard of him. Some of his most famous films include ‘Seven Samurai’ and ‘Rashomon’ and I highly recommend you watch them both. Kurosawa was at his most prolific in the 1950s and 1960s, although his later work … Continue reading

Stats, sex and samurai

Stats, sex and samurai


I’ve been keeping an eye on my stats for a while now and learning how people come across the blog in the first place. In short, some of you have weird tastes. I thought I’d share some of the weirder search terms that have linked people to my blog… The Top Ten Date Masamune rules … Continue reading

Kofu shout out!

Kofu shout out!


Well, now that I am officially employed (hurrah!) the blog posts are definitely going to be shorter … at least for a few weeks whilst I balance it out with my ongoing eBay clearout. I’m doing something different this week! Some of you may know that I’m currently doing research for a story, set in … Continue reading

Week 18: Resolutions


I have three New Year’s Resolutions this year: be more assertive, write a novel (not the one I was working on last year – it kind of fell through) and take a trip around Japan. Hopefully yours are less vague and/or more realistic! Of course, I also plan to continue with this blog for a … Continue reading

Week 17: Happy New Year!


How was your Christmas? Eat too much? Drink too much? Watch TV too much? Play charades too much? Tis the season, so this week’s blog is all about New Year! ¬†ALSO – If you’re an artist, please check out this competition and spread the word! News Story of the Week: Japan’s kanji character of 2011 … Continue reading

Week 13


We’re back to the regular feature structure! I hope you enjoyed the last two weeks, as they were done completely differently due to workload and events I happened to go to. I will also be doing a special report next week on the Doki Doki Festival in Manchester for next week! Before I begin, I … Continue reading

Week 9: And the winner is…


The results are in and a winner has been drawn! Thank you to everyone who entered the art competition and do keep your eyes peeled as I plan to do more competitions in the later weeks. Anyway, here is the new mascot drawn by the lovely Natalie aka the-dazhrak-lady on deviantart.com! I especially liked the … Continue reading

Week 8: Art competition still open!


This week’s blog will be a bit shorter than usual as I’ve had a rather unexpectedly exciting week! I’m going to be in London for a couple of months for work, so I’ve been having to get ready for that. Don’t worry though, this blog is still my pride and joy and will not be … Continue reading