After the Storm – coming to cinemas 2nd June!

After the Storm – coming to cinemas 2nd June!


More and more Japanese films have been making their way to UK cinema screens in the last few years. Events such as the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme and screenings of big-name anime films such as Your Name mean more people can discover Japanese cinema. The latest addition to the line-up of ‘Japanese films you should totally check … Continue reading

Diary date: Avex Recital Series

Diary date: Avex Recital Series


Music aficionados will be pleased to hear that the second of the prestigious Avex Recital Series will be coming to the iconic Wigmore Hall in June and July. The Avex Recital Series comes from Avex Classics International (ACI), which is bringing talented young Japanese artists to London audiences. It is a great opportunity for them … Continue reading

We Are X DVD review and giveaway!

We Are X DVD review and giveaway!


Well, you can’t say I don’t spoil you! I’m pretty sure 2017 is shaping up to be the blog’s best year for giveaways… New from Manga UK – We Are X is a documentary about Japan’s most iconic band – X Japan, who have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and boast some high-profile admirers … Continue reading

Diary date: MCM London Comic Con May 2017

Diary date: MCM London Comic Con May 2017


MCM Comic Con is returning to London at the end of this month and there’s plenty going on to entertain geeks of all persuasions. Naturally, I’m interested in anything Japan, so here’s my round-up of what MCM has to offer! Tickets are selling out fast but there’s still time to get yours here. Whether you … Continue reading

Dinner at Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester

Dinner at Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester


I don’t get to visit Manchester as often as I like but, when I do, I like to scout out their Japanese restaurants. My restaurant reviews are overdue some northern representation, despite me growing up there, so here are my thoughts on Sapporo Teppanyaki in Manchester! Sapporo Teppanyaki is a teppanyaki restaurant with branches in … Continue reading

Reading ‘Slow Boat’ by Hideo Furukawa

Reading ‘Slow Boat’ by Hideo Furukawa


Japanese literature fans may already be aware that Pushkin Press has been releasing a series of Japanese novellas this year. The latest of these releases is Hideo Furukawa’s Slow Boat, a story of a man trapped in Tokyo. Slow Boat flits between the present, as our narrator Boku wanders a deserted Tokyo on Christmas Eve, and the … Continue reading

Take me to… Tashirojima!

Take me to… Tashirojima!


There’s a good chance you’ll have heard of Tashirojima in Japan by now. It’s featured on BBC documentaries, Youtube channels, books, newspaper articles and pretty much every medium. Why? Because Tashirojima is otherwise known as Cat Island and its main inhabitants are… cats. Tashirojima is a small island in Miyagi Prefecture where cats outnumber the … Continue reading

Interview with Zia Rahim of Japan Nakama

Interview with Zia Rahim of Japan Nakama


This week, I caught up with Zia Rahim of Japan Nakama to talk about the Japan Nakama app, London’s Japanese community and all things Japan! First things first, please introduce yourself. Well, I’m Zia Rahim, the founder (CEO) of Japan Nakama, but originally people know me as a rebel or a person who doesn’t like … Continue reading

WIN ‘The Reason I Jump’

WIN ‘The Reason I Jump’


It’s time for another competition! We have two copies of the fantastic The Reason I Jump, written by Naoki Higashida and translated by the British author David Mitchell, up for grabs. The Reason I Jump is written by thirteen-year-old Naoki Higashida, an exceptionally smart Japanese boy with autism. The book reads as a very unique … Continue reading