HYPER JAPAN Festival

HYPER JAPAN Festival

10th – 12th July 2015 saw the HYPER JAPAN Festival, dubbed ‘the UK’s biggest J-culture event’ come to the O2 in London. Having previously been held at venues such as Olympia and Earls Court, the O2 was a new home for this ever-popular event. I went along on the Saturday and Sunday to get my … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Osaka (大阪府)

Japan by Prefecture: Osaka (大阪府)

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 Osaka (大阪府). Osaka Prefecture is part of the Kansai Region (関西地方) and the capital is, of course, Osaka (大阪市). Unlike Kyoto Prefecture, which has a lot more … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Kyoto (京都府)

Japan by Prefecture: Kyoto (京都府)

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 Kyoto (京都府). Kyoto Prefecture is part of the Kansai Region (関西地方) and the capital is, of course, Kyoto (京都市). A big thank you to Zooming Japan, Sengoku Sophie, and Japan Australia for … Continue reading

HYPER JAPAN Festival: This Weekend!

HYPER JAPAN Festival: This Weekend!

Good news for Japan lovers in the UK – the HYPER JAPAN Festival is this weekend! This summer event will be taking place at the O2 in London from 10th – 12th July, and tickets are on sale now! Find out more about HYPER JAPAN Festival 2015 on the official HYPER JAPAN website, and get your tickets … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Shiga (滋賀県)

Japan by Prefecture: Shiga (滋賀県)

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 Shiga (滋賀県). Shiga Prefecture is part of the Kansai Region (関西地方) and the capital is Otsu (大津市). A big thank you to Zooming Japan, Sengoku Sophie, and Japan Australia for contributing ideas … Continue reading

Kansai Kitchen – Japanese Street Food in Bristol

Kansai Kitchen – Japanese Street Food in Bristol

Okonomiyaki is one of my all-time favourite Japanese streetfood dishes, so you can imagine how delighted I was to find out about Kansai Kitchen, a new Japanese street food stall in Bristol specialising in okonomiyaki! For those of you who don’t know, okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) is a kind of savoury pancake from the Kansai region of … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Mie (三重県)

Japan by Prefecture: Mie (三重県)

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 Mie (三重県). Mie Prefecture is part of the Kansai Region (関西地方) and the capital is Tsu (津市). Mie Prefecture isn’t somewhere a lot of tourists go to, … Continue reading

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