Winner of Japan Journeys by Andreas Marks announced!

Winner of Japan Journeys by Andreas Marks announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered my competition for a chance to win a copy of Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks (see the review and competition post here). The winner has been selected by a random draw, and will be contacted shortly. I’m delighted to announce that the winner … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Aichi (愛知県)

Japan by Prefecture: Aichi (愛知県)

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 Aichi (愛知県). Aichi Prefecture is part of the Chubu Region (中部地方) and the capital is Nagoya (名古屋市). Thank you to Japan Australia and Paul for making comments and suggestions … Continue reading

Book Review: Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks

Book Review: Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks

Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks (Tuttle, 2015) is a beautiful book. Gathering together around two hundred Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e / 浮世絵), art historian Andreas Marks takes us on a journey through Japan’s famous sights as depicted by artists such as Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川 広重), Katsushika Hokusai … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Shizuoka (静岡県)

Japan by Prefecture: Shizuoka (静岡県)

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 Shizuoka (静岡県). Shizuoka Prefecture is part of the Chubu Region (中部地方) and the capital is Shizuoka City (静岡市). Thank you to Zooming Japan, Japan Australia, Uncovering Japan and Paul for making … Continue reading

HYPER JAPAN Festival: One Month To Go!

HYPER JAPAN Festival: One Month To Go!

Good news for Japan lovers in the UK – it’s only one month now until HYPER JAPAN Festival. This summer event will be taking place at the O2 in London from 10th – 12th July, and tickets are on sale now! The full timetable of what’s on hasn’t yet been announced, but judging by what … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Gifu (岐阜県)

Japan by Prefecture: Gifu (岐阜県)

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 Gifu (岐阜県). Gifu Prefecture is part of the Chubu Region (中部地方) and the capital is Gifu City (岐阜市). I’ve been to a couple of places in Gifu … Continue reading

Bonsai

Bonsai

Recently I was given a bonsai (盆栽) plant to grow… I was really excited as I’ve been wanting to have a go at growing a bonsai for a while, although I know it’s notoriously difficult. It’s a ‘kuromatsu’ (黒松) bonsai, or a ‘Japanese Black Pine’. This type of tree is native to coastal areas of … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Nagano (長野県)

Japan by Prefecture: Nagano (長野県)

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 Nagano (長野県). Nagano Prefecture is part of the Chubu Region (中部地方) and the capital is Nagano City (長野市). I’ve actually been to a lot of Nagano’s … Continue reading