Blog’s best of 2014


2014 has been pretty busy in general so, as we come towards the end of another year, I thought I’d do a ‘best of’ list based on things this blog’s featured this year. Despite a slight hiatus, there was still plenty of content to choose from!

Book of the Year: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

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I’ve reviewed a lot of books this year and competition was really stiff. In the end, I went with David Mitchell’s ‘The Thousand Autumn of Jacob de Zoet’, which is set in Nagasaki during the last years of the Dutch-Japanese tradng relations. A brilliant book if you haven’t read it!

Special mention goes to fellow Japan blogger and author Fran Pickering for her new book The Haiku Murder!

Anime of the Year: From the New World

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Hands down, this is the best anime series I’ve seen all year. I don’t get much free time to investigate new anime so am immensely grateful to the guys at MVM Entertainment who send me some fantastic shows to check out. From the New World has every ingredient of a standout series so, if you haven’t seen it, get your hands on it!

Event of the Year: HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market

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The HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market is still relatively fresh in everyone’s mind but if you haven’t already check out the video I put together from the event! If you’ve not been to HYPER JAPAN before, it’s a fantastic weekend out and the next one will be in July 2015.

Comeback of the Year: Siro-A

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I was very happy when I heard Siro-A were coming back to London for a third year, and even happier when I was invited to their concert! There was a lot of new content in this year’s show and the return of some favourite dance sets. Siro-A are in London until 11 January 2015, so get yourself tickets if you haven’t already!

See you all in 2015…

Just a head’s up – this blog will probably end up being in a fortnightly rather than weekly format for a while. This is because I’ll be very busy with work next year, am also writing a new book and of course am planning my Japan 2015 trip! There will of course be culture features, competitions, reviews and all your other favourite things coming back next year!

Happy New Year!

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5 thoughts on “Blog’s best of 2014

  1. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet was really good. The story faltered for me a bit at times but the prose was magnificent. Have you been to Dejima? It really helps to picture them all being stuck in one small place for so long!

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