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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

Isn’t Anyone Alive? (生けているものはいないのか)

Isn’t Anyone Alive? (生けているものはいないのか)

(Image source) On a bleak Sunday morning with the wind howling around my building and rain lashing against the windows, I got under a blanket and decided to watch Isn’t Anyone Alive (生けているものはいないのか / Ikiteiru mono wa inai no ka), a film directed by Gakuryu Ishii (石井 岳龍). Gakuryu Ishii, formerly known as Sogo Ishii (石井 聰互), is usually known for … Continue reading