Posted in March 2012

Weekly Shiritori #11

Weekly Shiritori #11

Last week’s post was about Mameshiba (まめしば / 豆しば), so this week I need to start with ば (ba). I decided to write about… Basashi ( ばさし/ 馬刺し) (Image source) Basashi is raw horse meat. The word”basashi” actually comes from the words “baniku” (馬肉 / horse meat) and “sashimi” (刺身 / the general word for raw fish/meat) … Continue reading

London says “You Are Not Forgotten” to Japan

London says “You Are Not Forgotten” to Japan

Yesterday Seven Beach Aid held the event “You Are Not Forgotten” in Golders Green Parish Church in North London. The event was intended to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, and to send the message “You Are Not Forgotten” to the people in the affected areas. I volunteered with … Continue reading

One Year

One Year

March 11th has come around so quickly. At 2:46pm a year ago, Japan was shaken. An earthquake of magnitude 9.0, which is now referred to as the Great East Japan Earthquake, or the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, occurred approximately 70 kilometres east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku. The earthquake, which is the most powerful known … Continue reading

Bangin’ on Heaven’s Door

Bangin’ on Heaven’s Door

I’ve always thought of churches as quiet places full of whispers, but St John’s Wood Church in London was shouting tonight. I don’t know if I believe in God but, if he is up there I think he would have noticed one Joji Hirota banging on his door tonight. I’ve just come home from “Beyond the … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #10

Weekly Shiritori #10

Last week’s post was about Yakushima (やくしま / 屋久島), so this week I need to start with ま (ma). I decided to write about… Mameshiba (まめしば / 豆しば)  So, what exactly is Mameshiba? According to the official English website for Mameshiba: They’re not quite a bean nor a dog but rather a hybrid of both. They love to … Continue reading

Mirai by Daisuke Sakaguchi

Mirai by Daisuke Sakaguchi

If you’re a follower of my other blog, Picturing England, you will know that I am currently obsessed with The Big Egg Hunt. I haven’t mentioned it here because it didn’t seem to be anything to do with Japan… that is, until now. 209 large, decorated eggs have been placed in various locations across London, … Continue reading

Exhibition: Patterns of Shadows, by Pip Dickens

Exhibition: Patterns of Shadows, by Pip Dickens

“…we find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates.” Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows. There is some argument in Japan about whether or not ancient temples and shrines should be lit with electric lighting. Some say that the shadows created … Continue reading

Now & Future: Japan

Now & Future: Japan

NOW&FUTURE: JAPAN commemorates one year since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 11th March 2011 through three simultaneous contemporary art projects: YOKO ONO: MEND PIECE (an audience participatory installation), 2000 CHILDREN (a live auction) and BE/LONGINGS (a silent auction), with a coinciding catalogue publication. The aim of the project is to raise urgent social awareness and … Continue reading

Hyper Japan Spring 2012

Hyper Japan Spring 2012

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February saw J-fever take over Brompton Hall in Earl’s Court, London. For the best part of three days, Hyper Japan Spring 2012 celebrated Japanese culture, both traditional and modern. I have to admit, I had mixed feeling on the first day. The event was in a different location, and it … Continue reading