Posted in September 2012

An evening with author Lian Hearn

An evening with author Lian Hearn

Earlier this month I attended a talk by author Lian Hearn, whose real name is Gillian Rubenstein. The talk was organised by the Japan Society and held at the Mayfair Library, and it was free to attend. The talk was mainly about Lian Hearn’s latest book, Blossoms and Shadows (read my review here), but also … Continue reading

Loli-Pop! at the V&A

Loli-Pop! at the V&A

At the end of August there was a Friday Late event at the V&A called Loli-Pop!, celebrating Japanese Lolita fashion, in conjunction with the Kitty and the Bulldog: Lolita fashion and the influence of Britain display which is open until 27th January. I have to admit I was really tired that day and not as … Continue reading

Japan Matsuri 2012 on Saturday 6th October

Japan Matsuri 2012 on Saturday 6th October

Next Saturday, 6th October, Japanese culture will once again take over central London, as the Japan Matsuri arrives in Trafalgar Square. The festival will kick off at 11am with a formal opening by His Excellency Mr Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan in the UK, and The Chairman of the Japan Matsuri Committee, Mr Keisaku Sano. Entertainment … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #39

Weekly Shiritori #39

Last week’s post was about Beppu (べっぷ / 別府), so this week I need to start with ぷ (pu). A big thank you to japanaustralia for joining in the game of Shiritori this week and suggesting Puccho (ぷっちょ) – a kind of Japanese sweets, and puroyakyuu (ぷろやきゅう), professional baseball. However, this week I had a burning desire to write … Continue reading

Matazo Kayama’s BMW Art Car

Matazo Kayama’s BMW Art Car

Back in July I went along to an exhibition called Art Drive! BMW Art Car Collection, 1975 – 2010 organised by the ICA and held at the Great Eastern Street car Park in Shoreditch. To be honest, I thought it was going to be a very blokey thing, and I didn’t think I would find … Continue reading

Yoko Ono: To The Light & #smilesfilm

Yoko Ono: To The Light & #smilesfilm

At the end of August I went along to the Serpentine Gallery to see Yoko Ono’s first UK exhibition in over a decade, To The Light. I don’t mind admitting that I really only went to see the exhibition because Yoko Ono is Japanese, and I felt I ought to make an effort to see some … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #38

Weekly Shiritori #38

Last week’s post was about Kobe (こうべ / 神戸), so this week I need to start with べ (be). A very big thank you to everyone who joined in the game of Shiritori this week, including ZoomingJapan and japanaustralia, who both suggested Beppu (別府) and Bessho Onsen (eek – Onsen ends in ん – I can’t use that!), and lovelycomplex22 and Abi who both voted … Continue reading