Tagged with Tokyo

Reading ‘Slow Boat’ by Hideo Furukawa

Reading ‘Slow Boat’ by Hideo Furukawa


Japanese literature fans may already be aware that Pushkin Press has been releasing a series of Japanese novellas this year. The latest of these releases is Hideo Furukawa’s Slow Boat, a story of a man trapped in Tokyo. Slow Boat flits between the present, as our narrator Boku wanders a deserted Tokyo on Christmas Eve, and the … Continue reading

Reading ‘Tokyo’ by Nicholas Hogg

Reading ‘Tokyo’ by Nicholas Hogg


I recently won several books in a competition held by Love Japan Magazine, which is basically the best kind of prize I could ever win (next to an actual trip to Japan). I was spoiled for choice with some great books but Nicholas Hogg’s Tokyo was the first I picked up because its plot had me immediately … Continue reading

Mochi and coconuts at Tokyo Nights!

Mochi and coconuts at Tokyo Nights!


Hidden away behind behind some high rise buildings in East London is a little slice of Tokyo. Every Thursday to Sunday until 19th December the Red Market on Old Street has been transformed into a lantern-lit square that puts you in the mind of being in Japan’s charming back streets. Tokyo Nights is the brainchild … Continue reading

Book review: Number 9 Dream

Book review: Number 9 Dream


Number 9 Dream is the second novel from David Mitchell, he of Cloud Atlas fame. He spent a few years travelling around Japan before he became a published writer, and you can see he got a lot of his inspiration from his time in the country. Number 9 Dream is a fairly trippy story set in … Continue reading

Oana blogs: The Moomin Cafe!

Oana blogs: The Moomin Cafe!


Today’s guest blog is from my fabulous travel buddy Oana, who I spent two amazing weeks with in Japan! I roped her into doing some blogging, so here’s her first one about a trip to the Moomin Cafe in Tokyo! Ever since reading this article on The Guardian, my plan was to sneakily work in … Continue reading

Weird finds in Akihabara and Ikebukuro!

Weird finds in Akihabara and Ikebukuro!


It’s a well known fact that Japan has plenty of ‘weird’ stuff, and many of those things happen to be in Tokyo. So, I decided a load of holiday photos from Akihabara and Ikebukuro would be a nice way to take you on a mini tour of some of the ‘weird’ things we found in Tokyo. Don’t … Continue reading

Samurai feast at Sengoku Buyuuden Cafe!

Samurai feast at Sengoku Buyuuden Cafe!


Apparently, I am so obsessed with samurai that I will literally travel to the other side of the world to visit the Sengoku Buyuuden cafe, a samurai themed cafe in Tokyo. The Sengoku era, otherwise known as the ‘warring states’ period thanks to the samurai warlords who were constantly fighting for land and power, is one of the … Continue reading

Meiji Jingu and Harajuku

Meiji Jingu and Harajuku


One of the most popular sites in Tokyo is the Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingū), which is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of ‘modern’ Japan, and the Empress Shoken. Emperor Meiji was born in 1852 and ascended to the throne is 1867 at a time when Japan’s feudal Shogunate era was coming to an … Continue reading

Magic at the Ghibli Museum

Magic at the Ghibli Museum


If you’re a Studio Ghibli fan, no trip to Tokyo is complete without a trip to the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo! Studio Ghibli, which is often referred to as ‘Japan’s answer to Disney’ (although that description doesn’t do it justice), is one of the very first Japanese exports that I fell in love with. I … Continue reading