Yoshiki x Toshi from X Japan at HYPER JAPAN Festival

Yoshiki x Toshi from X Japan at HYPER JAPAN Festival

“X Japan (エックス・ジャパン) is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi. Predominantly a power/speed metal band with heavy symphonic elements, they later gravitated towards a progressive sound with an emphasis on ballads. Besides being one of the first Japanese acts to achieve mainstream success while … Continue reading

A new addition to my kokeshi family

A new addition to my kokeshi family

Whilst I was at HYPER JAPAN recently I came across a stall selling old kokeshi (こけし) dolls (the stall was part of Kimono De Go). As a collector of kokeshi I was curious to see how much they were charging for dolls which were probably found at flea markets. They hand a range of dolls in … Continue reading

HYPER JAPAN Festival

HYPER JAPAN Festival

10th – 12th July 2015 saw the HYPER JAPAN Festival, dubbed ‘the UK’s biggest J-culture event’ come to the O2 in London. Having previously been held at venues such as Olympia and Earls Court, the O2 was a new home for this ever-popular event. I went along on the Saturday and Sunday to get my … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Kyoto (京都府)

Japan by Prefecture: Kyoto (京都府)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Kyoto (京都府). Kyoto Prefecture is part of the Kansai Region (関西地方) and the capital is, of course, Kyoto (京都市). A big thank you to Zooming Japan, Sengoku Sophie, and Japan Australia for … Continue reading

HYPER JAPAN Festival: This Weekend!

HYPER JAPAN Festival: This Weekend!

Good news for Japan lovers in the UK – the HYPER JAPAN Festival is this weekend! This summer event will be taking place at the O2 in London from 10th – 12th July, and tickets are on sale now! Find out more about HYPER JAPAN Festival 2015 on the official HYPER JAPAN website, and get your tickets … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Shiga (滋賀県)

Japan by Prefecture: Shiga (滋賀県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Shiga (滋賀県). Shiga Prefecture is part of the Kansai Region (関西地方) and the capital is Otsu (大津市). A big thank you to Zooming Japan, Sengoku Sophie, and Japan Australia for contributing ideas … Continue reading

Kansai Kitchen – Japanese Street Food in Bristol

Kansai Kitchen – Japanese Street Food in Bristol

Okonomiyaki is one of my all-time favourite Japanese streetfood dishes, so you can imagine how delighted I was to find out about Kansai Kitchen, a new Japanese street food stall in Bristol specialising in okonomiyaki! For those of you who don’t know, okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) is a kind of savoury pancake from the Kansai region of … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Mie (三重県)

Japan by Prefecture: Mie (三重県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Mie (三重県). Mie Prefecture is part of the Kansai Region (関西地方) and the capital is Tsu (津市). Mie Prefecture isn’t somewhere a lot of tourists go to, … Continue reading