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Taking a break!

Taking a break!


Don’t worry, I’m still alive, but I am taking the first proper ‘break’ from blogging in almost seven years! Without boring you with the details – I’m taking a short hiatus as life outside of blogging is getting very busy and I want to focus on my book writing. I’m hoping to be back later … Continue reading

Diary date: One Green Bottle at Soho Theatre

Diary date: One Green Bottle at Soho Theatre


The European premiere of One Green Bottle, an absurd comedy from Hideki Noda, is coming to London soon! Between 27 April and 19 May, One Green Bottle will be running at the Soho Theatre. Directed by and starring acclaimed Japanese writer Hideki Noda himself, this satirical comedy about a disconneted family, consumerism and technology is … Continue reading

What is Hinamatsuri?

What is Hinamatsuri?


This Saturday (3 March) is Girls’ Day or Dolls’ Festival (Hinamatsuri) in Japan. As you might expect, this day is an occasion to pray for the health and happiness of girls in Japan. Like a lot of Japanese festivals, Hinamatsuri has an interesting history and practices, so let’s take a look… Traditionally, people display dolls … Continue reading

Matcha treats from Tokyo Direct

Matcha treats from Tokyo Direct


If you follow me on Twitter you’ll probably know I’m a big fan of matcha – whether it’s a proper frothy cup at a tea ceremony, matcha latte or matcha cake. You can guess I’d be pleased to receive a box of matcha goodies in the post! I recently received a small box from Tokyo … Continue reading

Blog’s best of 2017!

Blog’s best of 2017!


It’s that time again when I round up my favourite things that found their way onto Sophie’s Japan Blog this year! I think 2017 surpassed 2016 both in terms of blog activity and general madness in the world… I’d like to say a big thank you to you lovely readers, sponsors and collaborators! Below are … Continue reading

Join me at Doki Doki Manchester!

Join me at Doki Doki Manchester!


If you fancy a trip to Manchester (the best city!) you should put the Doki Doki Manchester Japanese Festival in your calendar on 11th November. This celebration of both modern and traditional Japanese culture has been running for a few years at the Sugden Sports Centre and should be in your radar if you like … Continue reading