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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

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

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

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

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

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

Hokusai comes to the British Museum

Hokusai comes to the British Museum


Most people with an interest in Japanese culture will have at the very least heard of Katsushika Hokusai, considered by many to be Japan’s greatest artist. His most iconic print, ‘The Great Wave’ and other works will be coming to the British Museum in the exhibition ‘Hokusai: beyond the Great wave’ (25 May – 13 … Continue reading

Blog’s best of 2016!

Blog’s best of 2016!


It’s that time of year again when I round up my favourite things that found their way onto Sophie’s Japan Blog this year! Blog-wise, I think 2016 has been a busy and exciting year. World politics-wise, I’d say not so much. I hope 2017, 2018 and the years to come will be kind to everyone… … Continue reading