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Interview with Fumiaki Miura

Interview with Fumiaki Miura


Last month I blogged that the Avex Recital Series is coming to Wigmore Hall this summer, which is a great chance for you to see some young Japanese musical talent on stage in London. I caught up with Japanese violinist Fumiaki Miura who will be performing on TODAY (Saturday 17 June at 1pm). You can … Continue reading

Interview with Daishin Kashimoto

Interview with Daishin Kashimoto


I recently blogged that the Avex Recital Series is coming to Wigmore Hall this summer, which is a great chance for you to see some young Japanese musical talent on stage in London. I’m pleased to bring to you an interview with violinist Daishin Kashimoto, who will be performing on Saturday 22 July at 1pm. … Continue reading

Interview with Zia Rahim of Japan Nakama

Interview with Zia Rahim of Japan Nakama


This week, I caught up with Zia Rahim of Japan Nakama to talk about the Japan Nakama app, London’s Japanese community and all things Japan! First things first, please introduce yourself. Well, I’m Zia Rahim, the founder (CEO) of Japan Nakama, but originally people know me as a rebel or a person who doesn’t like … Continue reading

Interview with Masa Ogawa – YAMATO drummers of Japan

Interview with Masa Ogawa – YAMATO drummers of Japan


Explosive energy and thunderous beats – the YAMATO drummers of Japan are coming back to the UK! The YAMATO drummers are famous worldwide for their powerful taiko drum performances. The traditional taiko drum, used in Shinto rituals, is pushed to the limit as the drummers use their entire bodies to create breathtaking performances. Yamato – Chousensha – The … Continue reading

Interview with Junko Kemi of kay me

Interview with Junko Kemi of kay me


When I think of Japanese fashion, I immediately think of the beautiful traditional kimono design. But a trip to Tokyo and many other Japanese cities will quickly make you realise that contemporary, particularly women’s, fashion is a thriving industry. One particularly successful brand is kay me, which has just launched in the UK – and … Continue reading

Interview with Japanese pianist Ayako Fujiki!

Interview with Japanese pianist Ayako Fujiki!


A lot of bloggers or writers will have a certain kind of music on in the background while they work to inspire them. I personally find piano the music the best kind of writing music, so I was interested to learn that Japanese pianist Ayako Fujiki will shortly be releasing her first album – ‘brightwater’ – in the UK. … Continue reading

Interview with May J.

Interview with May J.


Another very interesting person I was lucky enough to meet and interview – thanks to the lovely people at NHK World – was J-pop (Japanese pop) singer-songwriter, TV host, and Japanese voice of Disney’s Frozen film, May J. Let’s get straight on to the interview, shall we? First question is nice and easy – can … Continue reading

Interview with Michael Booth!

Interview with Michael Booth!


Last week I reviewed Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese know about cooking, and I was lucky enough to speak to the author himself at HYPER JAPAN back in July. So, it’s a bit overdue but here’s my interview with Michael Booth! First question – tell me a bit about yourself. I’m a journalist and food … Continue reading

#NaNoWriMo author interview with Fran Pickering!

#NaNoWriMo author interview with Fran Pickering!


Carrying on with our #NaNoWriMo theme this month, it’s time for an author interview! Earlier this week I reviewed ‘The Haiku Murder’, the second novel in the Josie Clark in Japan series by Fran Pickering, and now it’s time for an interview with the lovely lady herself. ‘The Cherry Blossom Murder’, ‘The Haiku Murder’ and … Continue reading