Posted in July 2011

Arrietty in the UK

This weekend sees the release of the Studio Ghibli film “Arrietty” in the UK. I actually saw the film a year ago in Japan, but it was so good that I decided to go and see it again. When it comes to watching Studio Ghibli films, I always prefer to watch them in Japanese with … Continue reading

Paperchase’s new “jpop” range

Paperchase has always been one of my favourite places to buy stationery in England because they have a distinctly “kawaii” feel to their brands that reminds me of Japan. I popped in to Paperchase the other day and was very excited to see their latest range: jpop. 😀 This is without a doubt the coolest … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: G is for…

When contemplating the next post in my A-Z of Japan series, I thought I might write about geisha (芸者), ganguro (顔黒) or gashapon (ガシャポン). However, there was another topic that was in my mind, a topic I haven’t been able to forget about since leaving Japan. So… G is for… Green Tea Frappuccino! Known as “Matcha … Continue reading

Japan Matsuri 2011

This is just a very quick post to let everyone know about Japan Matsuri 2011, which is being held on Sunday 18th September at County Hall in London. Check out the details below, and on the official website. (By the way, I will be back with longer posts about Hyper Japan and other things soon … Continue reading

Hyper Japan: Quick summary & photos

Well, Hyper Japan 2011 is over now… but don’t worry if you couldn’t get there, because  I will be sharing as much of it with you as I can! 😀 I took a LOT of photos over the three days, and talked to so many interesting people. I think it’s going to take me a … Continue reading

Hyper Japan update…

Hyper Japan day one is over, but that’s ok because there are two more glorious days to go! Be sure to check it out! See below, the geisha is beckoning you to come… 😉 Hyper Japan is on at Olympia Two in London on Saturday and Sunday. Check out their website for more information: http://www.hyperjapan.co.uk.

Live from Hyper Japan!

I’m sitting on the floor at Hyper Japan, having just devoured my first dorayaki of the day. Next to me are a group of colourful cosplayers, and I just saw a guy in a conical hat and geta. It rocks. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you ought to get yourself down to Hyper Japan … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: F is for…

I’m a little early this week, but it’s time for my A-Z of Japan. So, what could F be for? Of course, the obvious choice would be Fuji-san (富士山). A less obvious choice might be furoshiki (風呂敷) – Japanese wrapping cloths. Or I could write all about fish – one of the staple foods in Japan. But … Continue reading

Yet I Still Dare to Hope

“Yet I Still Dare to Hope” is the name of a new photo exhibition which is taking place this weekend. The exhibition shows photographs taken by Christina Aiton in the aftermath of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It focuses on the people living in the disaster‐hit town of Shichigahama, which is in Miyagi prefecture of … Continue reading

3 reasons to go to Hyper Japan this weekend

In case you didn’t know, Hyper Japan is on in London this weekend (Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th July). I’m getting very excited about the event, and thought I’d share some reasons why you simply must attend. Choosing just three items from the incredible line-up was not easy, so in the end I managed to … Continue reading