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Press Release: HYPER JAPAN 2014

Press Release: HYPER JAPAN 2014

The UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine, entertainment and technology returns this year with an even greater selection of exhibitors, workshops, guests, performers and much more, in what will be the 6th HYPER JAPAN! A dynamic blend of traditional and modern Japanese culture, HYPER JAPAN offers something for everyone, whether you want to discover … Continue reading

‘The Guilded Fan’ author Christina Courtenay wins Historical Category at the Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards 2014

‘The Guilded Fan’ author Christina Courtenay wins Historical Category at the Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards 2014

I’m a little late in sharing this news but better late than never… Christina Courtenay, who divides her time between London and Hereford, was declared the winner of the Historical Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in March! The announcement, made by Darcey Bussell CBE, was for her novel ‘The Gilded Fan’, and … Continue reading

Miso Tasty!

Miso Tasty!

A little while ago I saw a competition on the Miso Tasty Facebook page to win an ‘office hamper’ and thought I’d have a go… and I only went and won! Working in an office full of Japan enthusiasts, you can imagine how excited everyone was to see this much miso soup suddenly appear on … Continue reading

She Sells Sushi

She Sells Sushi

The other week I wandered down to the Sunday market at the Tobacco Factory here in Bedminster and was delighted to find fresh sushi on sale! I had to try some of course, and was really pleased to discover that it was not only delicious, but also a little unusual. It was the aburi salmon … Continue reading

The 400th Anniversary of the English East India Company in Japan – 1613 – 2013: A Forgotten Episode in Cultural History

The 400th Anniversary of the English East India Company in Japan – 1613 – 2013: A Forgotten Episode in Cultural History

A few weeks ago I attended a free public lecture at the University of Bristol. The ‘George Hare Leonard Memorial Lecture’ was entitled ‘The 400th Anniversary of the English East India Company in Japan – 1613 – 2013: A Forgotten Episode in Cultural History’ and the speaker was the wonderful Timon Screech, Professor of the History of … Continue reading

Mukashi Mukashi…

Mukashi Mukashi…

“Mukashi mukashi, aru tokoro ni…” (昔々あるところに。。。) – Once upon a time, long long ago… That was how my Sunday evening at Café Kino in Bristol began. I attended an event called ‘Myth and Music of Old Japan‘ by Mukashi Mukashi, a group of four musicians with one storyteller. All around the small stage in the over-crowded café … Continue reading

One Night in Tokyo – Lost in Translation

One Night in Tokyo – Lost in Translation

Last night the Watershed cinema here in Bristol hosted a Lost in Translation evening which, naturally, I had to attend. Here’s how the evening was billed: Say ‘konnichiwa!’ to an evening of film, music and a pink wig or two. For one night only lose yourself in Tokyo with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson at … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Tamagoyaki (卵焼き)

Monthly Recipe: Tamagoyaki (卵焼き)

This month I decided to finally have a go at a Japanese classic – tamagoyaki! Tamagoyaki (rolled omelette) is one of my favourites to eat, but pretty tricky to make. I think I need to work on my recipe a bit (and my rolling technique), but this wasn’t a bad first attempt… Tamagoyaki (卵焼き) Ingredients … Continue reading