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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

Diary date: MCM London Comic Con

Diary date: MCM London Comic Con


If you’ve not yet decided how to spend your Halloween weekend, you might want to get your tickets to MCM London Comic Con – coming to the ExCeL London on 28-30 October! If you follow this blog, the chances are you’ll know very well what MCM is but, for those who don’t, it’s essentially one … Continue reading

England’s secret wasabi farms

England’s secret wasabi farms


A while ago I came across a documentary on BBC Four called “Chef vs Science”, which explored the science behind food and how we taste it – and explored whether pure science could create perfect taste. Part of the programme saw the presenter go to Europe’s only wasabi farm (in a secret location!) It probably won’t … 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