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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

Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017

Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017


I recently came back from my summer holiday in Venice, which is a beautiful and romantic city everyone should visit at least once in their lives. My boyfriend and I happened to be in the city during the Biennale 57th International Art Exhibition, a bi-annual art exhibition that hosts artists from 51 countries across Venice. … Continue reading

‘Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave’ at the British Museum

‘Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave’ at the British Museum


Katushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is one of Japan’s most internationally renowned artists. From mythical beasts to landscapes to the divine, he was painting right until his death. In fact, his career peaked when he was in his sixties, after which his most important works were produced. The British Museum’s ‘Hokusai: the Great Wave’ exhibition is the … Continue reading

Chihiro Yamanaka wows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

Chihiro Yamanaka wows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club


Last weekend, Japanese pianist Chihiro Yamanaka returned to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho for a third time. I’m always on the lookout for new Japanese artists to discover and am also an uninitiated jazz fan, so this was one performance I didn’t want to miss. Japanese-born, New York-based Chihiro Yamanaka is a firm favourite … Continue reading

Japan pops up in east London!

Japan pops up in east London!


If all those photos of blooming cherry blossom trees in Japan are giving you serious travel envy, you really need to pop along to Proud East in Haggerston sharpish! On Thursday 6th April, Pop Up Japan launched for a 12 week stint in this lovely venue on Regent’s Canal, and it’s probably the closest thing you … Continue reading

Sophie’s Japan Blog first charity pub quiz!

Sophie’s Japan Blog first charity pub quiz!


If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you will hopefully have seen that I spent the best of last month organising and promoting a Japan-themed charity pub quiz and raffle to fundraise for the British Heart Foundation. Thanks to your donations and attendance on the night, we raised £243 in total! You can still … Continue reading