Posted in April 2012

Mitsuko Delivers – A film by Yuya Ishii

Mitsuko Delivers – A film by Yuya Ishii

Mitsuko (Riisa Naka) is a young woman who believes everything will be okay and always tries to help those around her. One day, she met an American man and wanted to help him. They became involved in a relationship and she moved with him to California. A little later, her boyfriend left her and Mitsuko … Continue reading

Japan: Kingdom of Characters

Japan: Kingdom of Characters

This weekend I took a trip up to Norwich to visit a friend, and we went to see the exhibition Japan: Kingdom of Characters at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Japan: Kingdom of Characters is on until 24th June and it’s free to enter. It’s quite a small exhibition, and you can’t take photos in … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #17

Weekly Shiritori #17

Last week’s post was about ikebana (いけばな/ 生け花), so this week I need to start with な (na). I had a couple of suggestions for topics this week, including ナルト (Naruto) – the manga – from ラマタ  and なると (Naruto) – the fish cakes – from Alyse. Kiki suggested  natto (納豆 / fermented soya beans), Nara (奈良 / a city in Kansai), … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #16

Weekly Shiritori #16

Last week’s post was about Tearai (てあらい/ 手洗い), so this week I need to start with い (i). I had a couple of suggestions for topics this week, including “izakaya” (居酒屋) and “irohauta” ( いろは歌) from a new reader, Lily. They are lovely suggestions, but I already covered izakayas in my A-Z of Japan series, and I’m afraid … Continue reading

Hanami in London

Hanami in London

One Japanese tradition that I absolutely love is hanami (花見). For those of you who don’t know, hanami is a cherry blossom viewing party. One thing worth knowing in relation to hanami is the saying “hana yori dango” (花より団子), which basically means “food is more important than flowers”. So, yeah, a hanami party is really … Continue reading

ICN gallery: “20>20” J-pop-culture artists

ICN gallery: “20>20” J-pop-culture artists

“20>20” J-pop-culture artists is a beautiful showcase of 60 manga illustrations by young artists, showing at the ICN gallery in London now until 28th April. I first saw the exhibition at Hyper Japan earlier this year. All of the pictures are gorgeous, but I quickly picked this one as my favourite: I love how it captures … Continue reading