Posted in July 2012

Japan Festival 2012: A night of music from Japan

Japan Festival 2012: A night of music from Japan

There’s so much going on in London at the moment, and with not one by TWO Japanese culture festivals happening right now I was spoilt for choice. Japan Festival 2012 started on Wednesday 25th July and continues until Tuesday 7th August, at Broadgate Circle, near Liverpool Street Station. I popped along on Thursday after work … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #30

Weekly Shiritori #30

Last week’s post was about Tanuki (たぬき / 狸), so this week I need to start with き (ki). A big thank you to japanaustralia for always playing along and for this week suggesting kimono (着物), Kiso Valley (木曾谷 / Kiso-dani), and Kimutaku (a member of the band SMAP). However, as it’s summertime, I decided to write about… Kingyo-sukui (きんぎょすくい / 金魚すくい) (Image … Continue reading

Japan Festival 2012 in London

Japan Festival 2012 in London

Not to be confused with the Arigato in London event I mentioned the other day, I’m pleased and somewhat bemused to announce yet another Japan-related festival in London – happening at the same time! Japan Festival 2012 is another event to say thank you to people for supporting Japan throughout the disaster last year, and … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #29

Weekly Shiritori #29

Last week’s post was about Rikuzentakata (りくぜんたかた / 陸前高田), so this week I need to start with た (ta). A big thank you to japanaustralia for suggesting Takayama (高山), Takamatsu (高松), Takahashi (高梁), tanuki (狸 / an animal), and taue (田植 / planting rice). In the end, I decided to write about… Tanuki (たぬき / 狸) Tanuki are something you will, without a doubt, notice if you … Continue reading

Event: Arigato in London

Event: Arigato in London

After the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami which devastated the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan on 11 March 2011, 163 countries and 43 international organisations have offered help and Japan received huge support and love from the world. “ARIGATO in LONDON” will be held for 15 days from 28th July to 11th August 2012 at London … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

If you’re a follower of my daily photo blog, Picturing England, you might know that I often participate in WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is “dreaming“, so it seemed appropriate to participate via this blog instead, as I’m always dreaming of Japan. With the weather as it is in the UK at the … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #28

Weekly Shiritori #28

Last week’s post was about Tokkuri (とっくり / 徳利), so this week I need to start with  り (ri). A big thank you to japanaustralia for suggesting ringo (りんご / apple), risu (りす / squirrel) and rika (理科 / science). However, this week I have decided to write about… Rikuzentakata (りくぜんたかた / 陸前高田) Rikuzentakata City (陸前高田市 / Rikuzentakata-shi) is a city in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. On 11th March … Continue reading

Exhibition: “re:new tohoku” at Asia House

Exhibition: “re:new tohoku” at Asia House

If you’re in London this weekend I urge you to visit the free exhibition of crafts from Tohoku (the region in northeastern Japan which was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011) which is currently on display at Asia House – only until Sunday! Tonight I had the pleasure of … Continue reading