Come to my Japan-themed pub quiz!

Come to my Japan-themed pub quiz!


Keep Friday 31st March free in your diary, because I’m holding a Japan-themed pub quiz and raffle to fundraise for the British Heart Foundation! You can RSVP on Facebook or donate via JustGiving if you can’t make it (sorry to those of you who don’t live in London). The venue is the basement of The … Continue reading

Book review: Silence

Book review: Silence


You will likely have seen trailers and posters for Martin Scorcese’s latest film, Silence, which was released in the UK at the beginning of this year. Unfortunately, I missed the film because I was determined to read the novel it was based on first and subsequently missed the screenings. So, my review of Shusaku Endo’s … Continue reading

Take me to… Sapporo Snow Festival!

Take me to… Sapporo Snow Festival!


I’ve really enjoyed blogging about my holidays in Japan (which you can read all about in the Japan holiday section) but, now that I’m all up to date, I want to keep the travel element of this blog alive! So, here’s the first “take me to…” post, in which I’ll blog about Japanese places and … Continue reading

WIN Berserk Collector’s Edition on blu-ray!

WIN Berserk Collector’s Edition on blu-ray!


MVM Entertainment are re-releasing the brutal anime classic, Berserk, on blu-ray this month. Luckily, we have one copy of Berserk – the collector’s edition on blu-ray (with art cards) – up for grabs! In the castle of Midland, a new king has come to power through treachery and violence. His demonic agents terrorize the citizens relentlessly, … Continue reading

Hokusai comes to the British Museum

Hokusai comes to the British Museum


Most people with an interest in Japanese culture will have at the very least heard of Katsushika Hokusai, considered by many to be Japan’s greatest artist. His most iconic print, ‘The Great Wave’ and other works will be coming to the British Museum in the exhibition ‘Hokusai: beyond the Great wave’ (25 May – 13 … Continue reading

Book review: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

Book review: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders


With Sherlock back to grace our TV screens this month, there’s no better time to discover another detective book series. The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada, published in 1981, introduces the reader to the eccentric astrologer-cum-detective Kiyoshi Mitarai and his younger colleague Kazumi Ishioka as they try to crack the mystery behind a grotesque series of murders … Continue reading

Blog’s best of 2016!

Blog’s best of 2016!


It’s that time of year again when I round up my favourite things that found their way onto Sophie’s Japan Blog this year! Blog-wise, I think 2016 has been a busy and exciting year. World politics-wise, I’d say not so much. I hope 2017, 2018 and the years to come will be kind to everyone… … Continue reading