Posted in January 2012

A night at the opera

A night at the opera

This is a long overdue post. So long overdue, in fact, that I considered not bothering. However, I’ve never had the chance to write about opera before, so here goes… On November 26th I went to see a production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Theatre Royal in Brighton. This was my first time to … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #2

Weekly Shiritori #2

Last week I started my new weekly series: Weekly Shiritori. The first word was “shiritori” (the name of the game!) – click here if you missed that! So, “shiritori” is written しりとり, which means that this week’s word has to begin with り (ri). I had one topic suggestion from a fellow blogger, Alyse of … Continue reading

My Girlfriend is a Cyborg

My Girlfriend is a Cyborg

Cyborg She or 僕の彼女はサイボーグ (Boku no Kanojo wa Saibōgu) – literally, My Girlfriend is a Cyborg – is a bit of a mind-bending movie. This 2008 Japanese film by South Korean director & writer Kwak Jae-yong stars Haruka Ayase and Keisuke Koide, and is about a geeky boy’s relationship with a cyborg from the future. I … Continue reading

Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure

Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure

While visiting the Manga at the British Museum – Drawings by Hoshino Yukinobu exhibition at the British Museum yesterday I frequently heard people asking each other “what’s manga?”, and so I will begin this post by answering that question. In the words of Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, “Manga, which we might translate playfully as ‘pictures run riot’ is … Continue reading

Reasons to visit Japan #1

Reasons to visit Japan #1

It’s no secret that I would happily book a holiday to Japan today if I had the money, and I’m always on the look out for more reasons to add to my list of “why it’s ok to consider getting into debt to visit the country I love”. So, throughout the year I will sometimes … Continue reading

Japan in NYC

Japan in NYC

Just before Christmas I went on a little holiday to New York and while I was there I made sure to keep my eyes open for Japanese-related stuff. I wasn’t disappointed! On my first night I visited Starbucks and was delighted to discover that the rumours I had heard were true – Matcha (Green Tea) … Continue reading

Hyper Japan 2012 Spring update

Hyper Japan 2012 Spring update

With only seven weeks to go, I’m starting to get excited about the return of the UK’s biggest J-culture event: Hyper Japan! Hyper Japan 2012 Spring will take place from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th February at Brompton Hall at Earls Court (London). Check out the official website: hyperjapan.co.uk. More details about the events at Hyper … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #1

Weekly Shiritori #1

Shiritori? What’s that then? Shiritori (しりとり) is a fun Japanese word game which I learnt while waiting for a train one day in Japan. You can play the game with two or more players, and it’s a great way to practice your Japanese vocabulary. The game is played like this: The first player says a Japanese … Continue reading

Totoro slippers!

Totoro slippers!

Totoro slippers. So, so, so cute. I caught up with a friend today and received these as a belated birthday present. I was so excited that I had to share them with you all. Not only will my feet be cozy this winter, they will be ridiculously cute! 😀