Machiya launches in Soho

Machiya launches in Soho


Good news – the team behind the popular Kanada-ya ramen restaurants have opened a new venue in London’s Soho – Machiya. Machiya is named after the townhouses that once typified the streets of Kyoto. It serves a range of izakaya, yoshoku and washoku dishes, so will suit all tastes, whether you’re stopping by for a … Continue reading

Diary date: Asia House Comedy Night

Diary date: Asia House Comedy Night


Current affairs are pretty crazy at the moment and it’s times like these when you really just need a laugh. Thankfully, Asia House is holding a comedy night on Thursday 18th May and you can get your tickets here. Taking the stage are two very talented and award-winning Asian comedians, Yuriko Kotani and Bilal Zafar! … Continue reading

Film review: Destruction Babies

Film review: Destruction Babies


Destruction Babies is, in a word, violent. I could add a number of adjectives too – unflinchingly violent, unapologetically violent, artistically violent… the list goes on. But this latest release from indie film director Tetsuya Mariko, via Third Window Films, surprises in more ways than one. The premise of the film starts off simply enough. … Continue reading

Chihiro Yamanaka wows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

Chihiro Yamanaka wows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club


Last weekend, Japanese pianist Chihiro Yamanaka returned to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho for a third time. I’m always on the lookout for new Japanese artists to discover and am also an uninitiated jazz fan, so this was one performance I didn’t want to miss. Japanese-born, New York-based Chihiro Yamanaka is a firm favourite … Continue reading

Reading ‘Tokyo’ by Nicholas Hogg

Reading ‘Tokyo’ by Nicholas Hogg


I recently won several books in a competition held by Love Japan Magazine, which is basically the best kind of prize I could ever win (next to an actual trip to Japan). I was spoiled for choice with some great books but Nicholas Hogg’s Tokyo was the first I picked up because its plot had me immediately … Continue reading

Diary date: Kagemusha Pulse & Roll

Diary date: Kagemusha Pulse & Roll


If you’re a fan of the powerful Japanese taiko drum, you’ll be pleased to know that Kagemusha Taiko will be touring the south of England soon! This Devon-based performing arts company has performed at events from Europe to the Middle East, including the BBC Proms, and now they’re coming to a venue near you!  This … Continue reading

WIN ‘Museum: A Magical Colouring Adventure’!

WIN ‘Museum: A Magical Colouring Adventure’!


Here’s your chance to win one of two copies of Museum: A Magical Colouring Adventure, the long-awaited colouring book from cult Japanese illustrator Yuko Higuchi! Museum is more than your standard colouring book – it’s distinctly bizarre in the way only a Japanese colouring book could be. The book follows the story of a brother … Continue reading

Japan pops up in east London!

Japan pops up in east London!


If all those photos of blooming cherry blossom trees in Japan are giving you serious travel envy, you really need to pop along to Proud East in Haggerston sharpish! On Thursday 6th April, Pop Up Japan launched for a 12 week stint in this lovely venue on Regent’s Canal, and it’s probably the closest thing you … Continue reading

Sophie’s Japan Blog first charity pub quiz!

Sophie’s Japan Blog first charity pub quiz!


If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you will hopefully have seen that I spent the best of last month organising and promoting a Japan-themed charity pub quiz and raffle to fundraise for the British Heart Foundation. Thanks to your donations and attendance on the night, we raised £243 in total! You can still … Continue reading