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HYPER JAPAN 2014 – starts tomorrow!

HYPER JAPAN 2014 – starts tomorrow!

I had high hopes of being able to get a few more blogs written this week and to share more of my Japan trip with you, but unfortunately time has somewhat flown. I also have some cool books and other new products to share with you soon, and even a giveaway coming up, so please … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Rilakkuma Kyaraben

Monthly Recipe: Rilakkuma Kyaraben

I’m not sure what happened to July, but time seems to be flying fast and I realised I would have to cook my monthly recipe today or not at all! For a while now I’ve been wanting to try a ‘kyaraben’ (キャラ弁) – a character bento or character lunch box. I always look at pictures … Continue reading

HYPER JAPAN 2014 – Two weeks to go!

HYPER JAPAN 2014 – Two weeks to go!

It’s nearly time for HYPER JAPAN, the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine, entertainment and technology! The event will be held over three days, from 25th – 27th July, in Earls Court, London. As always, there will be a fantastic mixture of Japanese food, pop-culture, traditional Japanese culture, music, games, anime, cosplay… and so much … Continue reading

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