Tagged with Japan

An epic saga: ‘Pachinko’ book review

An epic saga: ‘Pachinko’ book review


Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is a rare find. It’s an epic family saga, enlightening historical novel, tragic love story, exploration of identity and so much more. Not to mention, how beautiful is the cover? Pachinko traces the life, joys, struggles and misfortunes of an immigrant Korean family in Japan. It begins in a rural Korean … Continue reading

‘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

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

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

Interview with Michael Booth (again!)

Interview with Michael Booth (again!)


Earlier this week, I reviewed Michael Booth’s latest book, ‘The Meaning of Rice: and Other Tales from the Belly of Japan’. If eating your way around Japan sounds like your idea of heaven, and if you’re genuinely interested in learning more the Japanese food industry and its history, I highly recommend it. To give you … Continue reading

Blog’s best of 2017!

Blog’s best of 2017!


It’s that time again when I round up my favourite things that found their way onto Sophie’s Japan Blog this year! I think 2017 surpassed 2016 both in terms of blog activity and general madness in the world… I’d like to say a big thank you to you lovely readers, sponsors and collaborators! Below are … Continue reading

Join me at Doki Doki Manchester!

Join me at Doki Doki Manchester!


If you fancy a trip to Manchester (the best city!) you should put the Doki Doki Manchester Japanese Festival in your calendar on 11th November. This celebration of both modern and traditional Japanese culture has been running for a few years at the Sugden Sports Centre and should be in your radar if you like … Continue reading