‘The Third Murder’ in cinemas soon

‘The Third Murder’ in cinemas soon


Good news for fans of  the Japanese murder mystery or ‘court drama’ genre – Kore-eda Hirokazu’s latest film, The Third Murder, is hitting UK cinema screens on 23rd March. Attorney Shigemori Tomoaki (Fukuyama Masaharu) takes on the defence case of Misumi Takashi (Yakusho Koji), who has been accused of murdering, robbing and setting fire to … Continue reading

In another world with ‘Grimgar: Ashes & Illusions’

In another world with ‘Grimgar: Ashes & Illusions’


I grew up obsessed with fantasy novels but, in my twenties, I’ve struggled to be enamored with fantasy anime. The plots generally feel re-hashed, characters carbon copies of each other and there’s generally not much to surprise. Depending on your view, the number of ‘isekai’ (transported to a fantasy world)-type anime series around today could … Continue reading

What is Hinamatsuri?

What is Hinamatsuri?


This Saturday (3 March) is Girls’ Day or Dolls’ Festival (Hinamatsuri) in Japan. As you might expect, this day is an occasion to pray for the health and happiness of girls in Japan. Like a lot of Japanese festivals, Hinamatsuri has an interesting history and practices, so let’s take a look… Traditionally, people display dolls … Continue reading

WIN Attack on Titan Season 2!

WIN Attack on Titan Season 2!


It’s competition time again, and it doesn’t get much more exciting than ATTACK ON TITAN! Here’s your chance to win ATTACK ON TITAN SEASON 2 DVD & Blu-ray Limited Edition boxset. Read on to find out how to enter… The battle for humanity’s survival continues as the epic anime adventure ATTACK ON TITAN SEASON 2 … Continue reading

Matcha treats from Tokyo Direct

Matcha treats from Tokyo Direct


If you follow me on Twitter you’ll probably know I’m a big fan of matcha – whether it’s a proper frothy cup at a tea ceremony, matcha latte or matcha cake. You can guess I’d be pleased to receive a box of matcha goodies in the post! I recently received a small box from Tokyo … Continue reading

Take me to… the Yaeyama Islands!

Take me to… the Yaeyama Islands!


I’ve been meaning to blog about Okinawa for a long time, so am kicking of 2018’s travel section with one of the main cluster of islands in this tropical part of Japan! Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan and famed for its subtropical climate and the longevity of its inhabitants. It consists of a … Continue reading