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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

Japanese Noh theatre comes to London!

Japanese Noh theatre comes to London!


Well, I’m back from Japan and still recovering – and missing a long list of things about the country already (including my sister, who’s still studying in Fukuoka). It’ll be a few weeks until I get around to blogging our travels, as there’s some competitions and reviews to come first. There’s some good news for … Continue reading

DJ Krush in the house!

DJ Krush in the house!


Music fans among you will be interested to know that the legendary pioneer of Japanese hip-hop DJ Krush will be flying in from Tokyo to play a very rare set, and his first London show in 2 years, at Electric Brixton on Saturday 19th March. DJ Krush”s brand of instrumental Hip Hop took the genre … Continue reading

Japanese-style Valentine’s dinner!

Japanese-style Valentine’s dinner!


Happy Valentine’s Day (or Singles Awareness Day)! Whether or not you celebrated this weekend with your S.O, on an awkward date, or watching Deadpool at the cinema, there’s always a good excuse for a three-course Japanese meal. As I did last year (because I’m predictable) I cooked for my boyfriend – and decided to go Japanese … Continue reading

Cooking with Kirin: Chicken katsu curry

Cooking with Kirin: Chicken katsu curry


I was lucky enough to receive two crates of Kirin Ichiban beer from Wells Brewery recently – and rather than just drink myself silly (because how can I blog about that?) I wondered what we could eat with it. So, here’s my first Japanese cooking video in a long time – chicken katsu curry!  (Sorry about … Continue reading

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 line-up

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 line-up


One of my highlights in the UK-Japan calendar is the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, now in its 13th year. This is the largest film programme in the UK focussing on Japanese cinema and each year has a different theme. 2016’s line-up has been inspired by iconic film-maker Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, a humanistic portrayal of a salaryman … Continue reading