Posted in May 2012

Exhibition: Masakatsu Kondo at All Visual Arts

Exhibition: Masakatsu Kondo at All Visual Arts

If you’re in London over the next few days I highly recommend paying a visit to All Visual Arts in King’s Cross, where you can see Nagoya-born Japanese artist Masakatsu Kondo’s exhibition “Whenever I Am Silent“. The exhibition is open until 31st May, and the gallery opens from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Kondo’s work … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #21

Weekly Shiritori #21

Last week’s post was about chu-hai (チューハイ / 酎ハイ), so this week I need to start with い (i). I’ve had a few suggestions from new reader アネケ this week:  ijime (苛め / いじめ / bullying), irezumi (いれずみ / a kind of tattoo), izakaya (居酒屋 / いざかや / Japanese bar), imari  (いまり / imari porcelain). Thank you … Continue reading

Considering Kusama

Considering Kusama

You might remember that I recently went along to the Yayoi Kusama retrospective at the Tate Modern and was left a bit non-plussed by it all.  Well, last night, Frances Morris, Head of Collections (International Art) at Tate and former Head of Displays at Tate Modern, spoke at the Japan Foundation about curating the Yayoi … Continue reading

Coriolanus: baguettes and a basket case

Coriolanus: baguettes and a basket case

All images courtesy of The Globe, © Simon Annand When I first heard about the Globe to Globe festival – 37 Shakespeare plays in 37 languages – I immediately wondered what the Japanese offering would be. I’ll admit that I did hope it would be something well-known like Romeo and Juliet or A Midsummer Night’s … Continue reading

Announcing the Brighton Japan Festival 2012!

Announcing the Brighton Japan Festival 2012!

Now in its fourth year, Brighton Japan is returning for 2012! Brighton Japan is the UK’s largest annual celebration of Japanese culture, with events taking place in Brighton’s most prestigious venues over eight days at the end of June. Brighton Japan is the brainchild of Brighton’s premier Japanese restaurant, Moshi Moshi and is supported by Asahi. … Continue reading

Tsuki magazine issue #1 on sale now!

Tsuki magazine issue #1 on sale now!

The first issue of Tsuki magazine is finally out, and it’s looking good! Tsuki magazine is a new writing and photography magazine created in Tokyo. It contains essays, stories, interviews and gorgeous photos, all with some connection to Japan. Highlights of the first issue include an interview with Loco in Yokohama about his new book … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #20

Weekly Shiritori #20

Last week’s post was about Ruuchuu (ルーチュー), so this week I need to start with either チュ (chu) or ウ (u). I’ve had lots of suggestions from readers this week:  unko (うんこ / faeces) from Jenna, uki (雨季 / うき / rainy season) from furo-chan, and chu-hai (チューハイ / a Japanese alcoholic drink) , chuuka ryouri (中華料理 / … Continue reading

5 Reasons to Visit Japan in May

5 Reasons to Visit Japan in May

The J-Festa theme this month is “Japan in May“, so I thought I’d share my top 5 reasons to visit Japan in May. I know May is nearly over, but this way you can plan your trip for next year! March to May is generally considered to be spring in Japan, with summer (starting with … Continue reading