Posted in February 2012

We <3 Japan!

We <3 Japan!

The number of foreign visitors to Japan is down for the 11th month straight since 11th March 2011, but I don’t think it’s simply that people don’t want to go there. I’ve spent the whole weekend at Hyper Japan Spring 2012 in London, which is the UK’s biggest J-culture event, and I’m pretty sure the … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #8

Weekly Shiritori #8

Last week’s post was about umeboshi (うめぼし / 梅干), so this week I need to start with し (shi). Following a suggestion from none other than my Mum, I have decided to write about… Shibuya (しぶや / 渋谷)  Shibuya was pretty much the first stop on my self-made tour when I visited Japan for the first … Continue reading

Hyper Japan 2012 Spring – this weekend!

Hyper Japan 2012 Spring – this weekend!

Hyper Japan 2012 Spring is finally here! This weekend, Friday 24th – Sunday 26th February, the UK’s biggest J-culture event will be hitting Brompton Hall, Earl’s Court. For all the latest information about the exciting entertainment and events at Hyper Japan, take a look at: www.hyperjapan.co.uk. If you don’t have a ticket yet, you can buy … Continue reading

Hyper Japan Tickets from Yakult Competition Winners…

Hyper Japan Tickets from Yakult Competition Winners…

I am delighted to announce the winners of the Yakult Hyper Japan 2012 Spring Competition… Congratulations to: Friday 24 February 2012 Liz Torres James Ronald Cobley Di Burns Mabel Sheard Michael Coupar Saturday 25 February 2012 Alessandra Rocchetti Colin Bolton Samantha Whitlam Vincent Lo Ravini Kiri Looking forward to seeing you there! (^_^)v

Monthly Recipe: Pancake Day!

Monthly Recipe: Pancake Day!

Today is Shrove Tuesday in England – also known as “pancake day”. Pancake Day doesn’t really exist in Japan, because Easter isn’t celebrated (except for Christians in Japan, of course). However, pancakes do exist in Japan, and they’re pretty popular. I decided I wanted to eat pancakes this year, but I wanted to eat Japanese … Continue reading

Alchemist’s Mind by Satoshi Dáte

Alchemist’s Mind by Satoshi Dáte

On Friday I decided to check out Satoshi Dáte’s latest exhibition, Alchemist’s Mind. Satoshi Dáte is a graduate of Central Saint Martins, and I first came across him last year at Hyper Japan. Satoshi Dáte, who was born in Tokyo and now lives in London, is the creative director of the fashion design label Satoshi Datenow. He blends art and music … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #7

Weekly Shiritori #7

Last week’s post was about kendo (けんどう / 剣道), so this week I need to start with う (u). I decided to write about… Umeboshi (うめぼし / 梅干)  (Image source) Umeboshi are pickled plums (although the literal translation is “dried plums”). These Japanese plums are actually more like apricots and, believe me, they really pack a … Continue reading