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

Diary date: An evening of NHK World TV documentaries

Diary date: An evening of NHK World TV documentaries


Keep the evening of Monday 10th April free because NHK WORLD TV, the 24-hour international English-language channel from Japan’s public service broadcaster, are screening a double bill of documentaries. The documentaries are being screened at the Curzon cinema in Bloomsbury in London and tickets are free but booking essential. Here’s what to expect on the evening: … Continue reading

Yamato drummers take on London

Yamato drummers take on London


You’ve still got until 25th March if you want to catch the Yamato Drummers of Japan at the Peacock Theatre! Frankly, you’d be a fool not to go. You can get your tickets here. The Yamato drummers hail from Asuka in Japan’s Nara Prefecture and, since being founded in 1993, have toured worldwide from the … Continue reading

Take me to… the Shingen-Ko Festival!

Take me to… the Shingen-Ko Festival!


The samurai is a subject of Japanese history that continues to fascinate me, and the mere mention of doing something or going somewhere with a samurai connection will inevitably get me excited. In 2015, my friend and I ventured to Sendai in the Miyagi Prefecture largely to sate my obsession with Date Masamune (I blame … Continue reading

WIN Serial Experiments Lain Collector’s Edition

WIN Serial Experiments Lain Collector’s Edition


MVM Entertainment are re-releasing the anime classic Serial Experiments Lain, so here’s your chance to win a copy on Blu-Ray/DVD! There is a world around us, a world of people, tactile sensation, and culture. There is also a wired world, inside the computer, of images, personalities, virtual experiences, and a culture all of its own. … Continue reading

Nanban one in Brixton!

Nanban one in Brixton!


My new favourite haunt in Brixton is Nanban, the Japanese ‘soul food’ restaurant from MasterChef winner Tim Anderson. There’s no shortage of great places to discover in this part of London but Nanban will suit all tastes – whether you’re on your way to a concert or a quieter night at the Ritzy cinema. I’ve … Continue reading

Reading ‘Japan – Culture Smart!’

Reading ‘Japan – Culture Smart!’


It won’t come as a shock to anyone reading this blog that Japanese culture is very different to British – or western – culture. The importance of bowing, the unspoken rules of gift giving, the importance of religious observation for even the coolest of teenagers, the attitude towards women in the workplace and private life… … Continue reading

Interview with Masa Ogawa – YAMATO drummers of Japan

Interview with Masa Ogawa – YAMATO drummers of Japan


Explosive energy and thunderous beats – the YAMATO drummers of Japan are coming back to the UK! The YAMATO drummers are famous worldwide for their powerful taiko drum performances. The traditional taiko drum, used in Shinto rituals, is pushed to the limit as the drummers use their entire bodies to create breathtaking performances. Yamato – Chousensha – The … Continue reading

Japan Centre launches DHC Beauty

Japan Centre launches DHC Beauty


One of my favourite things about being a blogger is the opportunity to go to the occasional blogger/press launch event. It’s the perfect way to discover something new and meet some lovely people along the way. Earlier this week, I went to Shoryu Ramen for Japan Centre‘s blogger event to announce the launch of DHC Beauty in their store … Continue reading