Posted in October 2011

Urashima Taro

I’ve just spent a spooky afternoon at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington watching a production of Urashima Taro, by solo artist Aya Nakamura of Rouge28 Theatre. It was spellbinding. I first became aware of the story of Urashima Taro a few years ago when I read the story in a Japanese book for kids: Urashima … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: T is for…

When thinking about what to write about for T in this week’s A-Z of Japan, a lot of topics came to mind. Naturally, I thought of my favourite food: takoyaki (たこ焼き). I also thought of the wonderful music which comes from taiko (太鼓) drums. Of course, I could have simply written about Tokyo (東京). However, I’ve decided … Continue reading

Hyper Japan 2012 announced!

Get the dates in your diaries, folks… Hyper Japan 2012 will be held at Brompton Hall, Earls Court in London, from 24-26 February, 2012. To keep up with all the latest news, be sure to “like” the new Hyper Japan Facebook Page, “follow” Hyper Japan on Twitter, and don’t forget to check out the official … Continue reading

Japan Matsuri 2011 in London

About a month ago, on Sunday 18th September, the Japan Matsuri was held in London. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to write about it, but life has been busy. It was a fantastic day, with almost too much to take in. I wished I could split myself into two people to be on … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: S is for…

When thinking about what to write for S in my A-Z of Japan, I’m really spoilt for choice. I could write about sushi (寿司), soba (蕎麦) or shochu (焼酎). Shinto (神道), shukubo (temple lodging), or shojin ryori (Buddhist cuisine). Sapporo (札幌市), Shibuya (渋谷区) or Shizuoka (静岡県). Sakura (桜), sumo (相撲) or shrines (神社). All of those would be good topics, but I’ve decided … Continue reading

J-Festa: Entertainment in Japan

I don’t know what has happened to October, but it’s almost over and that means the deadline for this month’s J-Festa has snuck up on me. October’s theme is: Entertainment in Japan, and here’s my entry! There are so many forms of entertainment in Japan, and what you choose simply depends what you’re into. I … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: R is for…

I’ve been so busy this week that I almost forgot it was A-Z of Japan time! This week is R, and it wasn’t difficult to decide what to write about. I did consider ramen (ラーメン), but I can’t eat it because it isn’t usually veggie. Another option could have been rakugo (落語) – a traditional Japanese … Continue reading

Visit Japan… because Wossy says you should!

If you were running an event at the Embassy of Japan in London to promote tourism in Japan, which British celebrity would you want to invite? You’d want someone who actively encourages people to visit Japan, wouldn’t you? Someone who loves Japanese culture and knows more about anime and gadgets than most of the Embassy … Continue reading

Nisoku no Waraji (二足の草鞋)

I learnt a new Japanese phrase at work the other day: Nisoku no Waraji (二足の草鞋). My job is split into two very separate parts, and I was really busy with both, when my colleague told me I was wearing two pairs of flip-flops. Huh? As far as I remembered, I was wearing one pair of sensible … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: Q is for…

It’s A-Z of Japan time again, and this week it’s Q, which is a bit of a tough one. I’ve been racking my brains all week to think of a good topic. I considered being a bit sneaking and writing about Fuji-Q High Land, but that’s not really a Q. I also thought about topics … Continue reading