Japan by Prefecture: Tochigi (栃木県)

Japan by Prefecture: Tochigi (栃木県)

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 Tochigi Prefecture (栃木県). Tochigi Prefecture is part of the Kanto region (関東地方), just north of Tokyo. The capital city is Utsunomiya (宇都宮市). As Japan Australia mentioned in last … Continue reading

4 Years On…

4 Years On…

It’s been four years since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami (東北地方太平洋沖地震). I don’t have a whole lot to say today, but I can’t let the day pass without saying anything. Not a day passes without me giving some thought to Japan, and especially to Tohoku. When these big disasters happen in other parts of the … Continue reading

Event: FestivalAsia, 15th – 17th May 2015

Event: FestivalAsia, 15th – 17th May 2015

When: 15th – 17th May 2015 Where: Tobacco Dock, London E1 What: London’s largest indoor festival on all things Asia 150+ Exhibitors Stands – Live Performances – Food Tasting – Martial Arts – Spiritual Room – Cultural Room FestivalAsia will make its début appearance at London’s Tobacco Dock this May. The first of its kind in … Continue reading

Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge

Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge

Sapporo born Fujiko Nakaya (中谷 芙二子) , whose father Ukichiro Nakaya (中谷 宇吉郎) is credited with making the first artificial snowflakes, has recently exhibited in Bristol. Nakaya is known for her use of fog as a sculptural medium, and in this recent exhibition she took one of Bristol’s landmarks, Pero’s Bridge, and surrounded it in fog. Her first installation … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Ibaraki (茨城県)

Japan by Prefecture: Ibaraki (茨城県)

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 Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県). Ibaraki Prefecture is part of the Kanto region (関東地方), just north-east of Tokyo. The capital city is Mito (水戸市). Ibaraki doesn’t have … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Fukushima (福島県)

Japan by Prefecture: Fukushima (福島県)

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 Fukushima Prefecture (福島県). Fukushima Prefecture is part of the Tohoku region (東北地方) in northern Honshu, and its capital city is Fukushima City (福島市). In 2011 Fukushima hit the … Continue reading

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: Bolt from the Blue (青天の霹靂)

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme: Bolt from the Blue (青天の霹靂)

This year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is called ‘It Only Happens in the Movies?’ and it explores the theme of ‘encounters’. The films in the programme “include titles in which characters experience seemingly unusual meetings, plunge into unexpected circumstances and new environments, as well as collide with different generations, ideals and ideas – asking … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Matcha Pound Cake

Monthly Recipe: Matcha Pound Cake

For this month’s recipe I decided to bake something quick and simple that I found on the Yunomi website – matcha (green tea) pound cake. Matcha is one of my favourite flavours, and I think it will feature heavily in the recipes I try this year! This cake didn’t go as well as I had … Continue reading

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter – A Zellner Bros. Adventure

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter – A Zellner Bros. Adventure

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter (トレジャーハンター・クミコ) (2014), starring Rinko Kikuchi (菊地 凛子), written by David and Nathan Zellner and directed by David Zellner, is an absolute masterpiece. See for yourself: Kumiko The Treasure Hunter is a brilliantly quirky, highly original adventure film about a girl obsessed with finding the treasure she’s seen buried in the 1996 … Continue reading