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Ninagawa Company returns to London with ‘Macbeth’

Ninagawa Company returns to London with ‘Macbeth’


In 2015, the world-famous Ninagawa Company performed Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Barbican in London, to the delight of fans. Two years later and one year after the death of Yukio Ninagawa, the acclaimed Japanese theatre director well-known for his Japanese productions of Shakespearian plays, the Ninagawa Company returned to London. This time, it was to … Continue reading

Brunch with a twist at MOMMI

Brunch with a twist at MOMMI


You may well be wondering why I’m blogging about brunch on a Japan blog, considering how brunch isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Japanese food. MOMMI, on Clapham High Street, is a funky Peruvian-Japanese restaurant I’ve been meaning to check out for ages and I was recently lucky enough … Continue reading

Raindance Film Festival 2017 round-up

Raindance Film Festival 2017 round-up


Last week I experienced Raindance Film Festival, now in its 25th year, for the first time. Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK and it certainly feels like I spent most of last week watching some fantastic films. As this is a Japan blog, I had to focus predominantly on … Continue reading

First look at the new Japan Centre

First look at the new Japan Centre


The chances are you’ll have already heard about the opening of the new Japan Centre on Panton Street in London – and it really is bigger and better than before! I was lucky enough to go to the press night where the store was officially opened with the ceremonial opening of the sake barrel (and I … Continue reading

Hello Kitty pops up at Tombo

Hello Kitty pops up at Tombo


One of my favourite spots in London when I need a matcha fix is Tombo. What started off as one cafe near the Natural History Museum (South Kensington) has grown into a successful branch of three – one in Soho and the newest in Fitzrovia. I don’t just love Tombo for its matcha latte (hot … Continue reading

Watching ‘God Eater’

Watching ‘God Eater’


I’m usually somewhat sceptical about series that are based on video games, mainly because I expect them to be not-so-subtle marketing tools. In spite of my reservations, I was keen to check out God Eater because it looked pretty damn cool. God Eater is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which terrifying monsters known as … Continue reading

Watching ‘Fires on the Plain’

Watching ‘Fires on the Plain’


Shinya Tsukamoto has earned himself a cult following both in Japan and abroad, thanks to his previous films such as Tetsuo: the Iron Man and Bullet Ballet. While I have to admit I haven’t seen them, a quick search tell me that as a director, he is known for his artistic and varied use of … Continue reading