‘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

Cocktails underground at Machi-ya!

Cocktails underground at Machi-ya!


Did you know there’s a place in London where you can drink Jigglypuff and #ppap cocktails? If you’re intrigued, have a lurk in Machi-ya‘s new underground bar! I’m a big fan of cocktails – they’re elegant, tasty and often crazily presented. The only thing that could make me like them more is by giving them … Continue reading

Take me to… Ryusendo Cave!

Take me to… Ryusendo Cave!


This travel blog is a bit different – I’m not fantasising about visiting a city or a festival but going underground! Ryusendo Cave is one of Japan’s three great limestone caves and a national natural monument. Set in the mountains of Iwaizumi Town in Iwate Prefecture in northern Honshu, it’s still not fully explored. Around … Continue reading

Sosharu – the best afternoon tea in London!

Sosharu – the best afternoon tea in London!


Afternoon tea doesn’t have to be all finger sandwiches and Earl Grey tea. Sosharu, an izakaya-style restaurant in Farringdon takes it to another level by giving it a distinctly Japanese twist. I’d been looking for an excuse to visit Sosharu for ages and was finally able to last week when I took my mum there … Continue reading

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

Diary date: HYPER JAPAN

Diary date: HYPER JAPAN


HYPER JAPAN returns to London this summer (14-16 July) at Tobacco Dock in London. This weekend festival of all things Japan has been running for a few years now and continues to prove popular with fans of Japanese pop and traditional culture alike. Tickets are still available and you can plan your visit by checking … Continue reading