Posted in September 2011

OHAKO & Time for Tea at the ICN gallery

I was very excited to attend my first every gallery opening last week. The ICN gallery in London (EC2A 4RH) opened with an exhibition of work by Japanese artists, called “OHAKO” (十八番). “Ohako” is a Japanese term referring to one’s strongest talent or skill. The word “ohako” also means “box”. This exhibition invited about 30 … Continue reading

March 11th – six months on

“Now all we can do is look forward. We only have one life, after all.” Takashige Kowata, Fukushima evacuee. I know a lot of people are thinking about America today, what with it being ten years since 9/11. But for me (and for many people), it’s a different anniversary. Today marks six months since the … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: M is for…

The obvious choice for M in my A-Z of Japan would be matcha (抹茶), but I talk about the all the time.  Another far too obvious topic would be manga (漫画) but, as I’ve often said, I’m really not into it enough to be able to write at length. Anyway, where would you begin with such a … Continue reading


Tonight, I went along to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London for a Japanese language assessment. Even though I’ve been studying Japanese for five years, I know my level is really mixed up. Listening is definitely my best skill, having been in Japan for three years, but my … Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Nagomi

A couple of weeks ago I went to a Japanese restaurant in London with some friends. That day, it was absolutely chucking it down with rain, so I decided to go straight into the restaurant before my friends had arrived. I usually prefer to wait outside, as I don’t like that feeling of being sat … Continue reading

Japan-related events in London

There are quite a few Japan-related events coming up in London and, whilst I will of course be writing about them after I attend, I thought it might be a good idea to mention a few in advance in case you want to go. From Sunday 4th – Sunday 18th September, a play called Halcyon … Continue reading

Silks: A Composition of Poetry

The Crypt Gallery near Euston Station in London is one of most unique spaces I’ve visited. In fact, I didn’t even realise where the gallery was until I dubiously peered into the dark doorway and found what I was looking for. I wouldn’t have known about this little-publicised exhibition if it hadn’t been for an … Continue reading

Discovering Japan… at the British Museum

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to visit the British Museum. The British Museum runs a whole bunch of free tours and talks run by volunteers, but I had no idea until my Twitter friend, @ypldn, asked me to join the Japan tour that he was running. The Japan rooms in the British Museum (rooms 92-94) … Continue reading

At home in Japan, part 2

Do you remember the At Home in Japan exhibition I went to at The Geffrye back in July? The exhibition is now over, but today they held a special event – a raffle of some of the items from the exhibition. The raffle was a really good idea – and free! Everyone who wanted to … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: L is for…

I’m not even going to entertain other possibilities for this week’s A-Z of Japan post. There is only one thing that L could be for… L is for… Lost in Translation! (Source) I know some of you reading this will disagree with me but, in my opinion, Lost in Translation is one of the best … Continue reading