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Book Review: Miso Tasty Cookbook

Book Review: Miso Tasty Cookbook

Miso Tasty, my favourite supplier of miso (みそ) in the UK, created by chef and food blogger extraordinaire Bonnie Chung, has just published a fantastic new cookbook! Not only is this a lovely book to have on your shelf (it feels nice and fabricy and is beautifully designed with delicious photos throughout), it’s also packed … Continue reading

Japan-inspired street art in Bristol

Japan-inspired street art in Bristol

A few weeks ago Bristol saw another fantastic Upfest street art festival take place. Upfest is Europe’s largest free street art and graffiti festival, and the event sees artists travelling from all over the world to take part. There was lots of great artwork there, but today I’d like to highlight a few Japan-inspired pieces … Continue reading

Book Review: The Bullet Train Murder by Fran Pickering

Book Review: The Bullet Train Murder by Fran Pickering

The Bullet Train Murder is the latest in Fran Pickering‘s ‘Josie Clark in Japan’ mystery series: When a body’s found on Japan’s famous bullet train it’s got nothing to do with Josie Clark. Or has it? Tokyo-based expat Londoner Josie Clark hopes her transfer to Osaka will give her career a boost, even though it means commuting weekly … Continue reading

Unexpected Stories by Umi Kumano

Unexpected Stories by Umi Kumano

Whilst I was in London recently I popped in to see my old colleagues at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and was invited in to see the latest exhibition: Unexpected Stories by Umi Kumano (熊野海). Umi Kumano is a Japanese artist from Fukui, who currently lives in Berlin as a guest student at the Berlin University of … Continue reading

Shami-sensational by Hibiki Ichikawa

Shami-sensational by Hibiki Ichikawa

The UK’s number one Tsugaru shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa is back with a sensational new album, aptly called ‘Shami-sensational’. This fantastic album contains 8 new tracks, featuring the shamisen player himself, as well as guest vocals from Akari Mochizuki and instruments from a number of other contributors. Check out some samples from the album in … Continue reading

Step Inside Japan

Step Inside Japan

I’m incredibly proud to say that InsideJapan Tours, the travel company I work for, has recently released a stunning interactive website which allows you to explore the wonderful country of Japan, and here it is… Step Inside Japan! Step Inside Japan encourages the user to ‘explore’ Japan by scrolling across the country and clicking on … Continue reading

When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー)

When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー)

Yesterday I went to see the latest Studio Ghibli film, When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー) (2014), directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (米林 宏昌). Yonebayashi also directed the Studio Ghibli film Arrietty (借りぐらしのアリエッティ) (one of my favourites), and both films are based on British books. When Marnie Was There is based on the children’s book of the … Continue reading

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016: Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (ペコロスの母に会いに行く)

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016: Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (ペコロスの母に会いに行く)

Yesterday I went to see the last of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme films at the Watershed: Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (ペコロスの母に会いに行く). Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days was directed by Azuma Morisaki (森崎 東) and based on a manga by Yuichi Okano. (Image source) Drawing on social issues in Japan surrounding it’s ageing population and based … Continue reading