Out and about in Kobe

Out and about in Kobe


The second stop on our Japan 2016 trip was Kobe, just a thirty minute train ride from Osaka! Still slightly jet-lagged and having spent three days in the bustling Osaka crowds, we were all looking forward to what we had heard was a more “chilled out” city. We were only in Kobe for a day … Continue reading

Kawaii pops up in London!

Kawaii pops up in London!


If you’re free in London next week (Wednesday 13 July) you might want to head over to Camden’s North Yard for the UK launch of an interactive art project from the internationally-renowned Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda. The ‘Time After Time Capsule’, travelling to 10 cities around the world, is a global participatory art project where people … Continue reading

Scoliosis, blogging and me

Scoliosis, blogging and me


I’m taking a break from the usual Japan-themed blog this week to talk about a spinal condition known as scoliosis, and how in a roundabout way it got me into Japan and blogging. I hope it might be useful reading for peple with scoliosis, or their parents and friends. What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is the … Continue reading

Tombo pops up in Liberty!

Tombo pops up in Liberty!


Tombo, the Japanese cafe and matcha (green tea) bar, has a lovely pop-up store in Liberty in London – so get your skates on before 1st July! It opened just last weekend and, predictably, I went to sample the produce as soon as possible. My friend Oana and I ate as much as our stomachs … Continue reading

Noh Reimagined in London!

Noh Reimagined in London!


Last week, Kings Place in London was transformed into a stage for traditional Japanese Noh theatre. This art form comprising drama, music and dance dates back to 14th century Japan, and it’s rarely come to European shores. For two days, the Noh Reimagined festival treated guests to performances, musical recitals, talks and even workshops. I am … Continue reading

Birthday dinner at ROKA

Birthday dinner at ROKA


I was very pleased when my boyfriend Matt surprised me with dinner at ROKA for my birthday. Admittedly, I’d heavily hinted I’d like to go for a Japanese meal – but ROKA had been on my ‘to dine at’ list for ages and I hadn’t expected it! There are a few ROKA chains in London, … Continue reading