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Bachata en Fukuoka

Bachata en Fukuoka

Keeping up with a Japanese culture blog when you lead a busy life can be hard, but it seems that whatever I do, wherever I go, Japan finds me. A lot of my free time these days is taken up with Latin dancing (salsa and bachata), and a while ago my teacher pointed out that one … Continue reading

Japan Matsuri 2015

Japan Matsuri 2015

Last weekend I went to London for the annual Japan Matsuri in Trafalgar Square. The Japan Matsuri is now in its 7th year, and I have to say it wasn’t one of the best years I’ve experienced. There were some good acts, but there was nothing I personally thought was that outstanding. Still, I stayed for … Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Shoryu, London

Restaurant Review: Shoryu, London

Shoryu, the tonkotsu ramen restaurant in London, originally launched in November 2012, but it’s taken me until now to check it out. Actually, there are now three Shoryu branches and one take out shop, but I visited the one on Denman Street, just round the corner from the Japan Centre. The restaurant in Soho is … Continue reading

The Wolverine

The Wolverine

One of my birthday presents from my mum was the DVD of The Wolverine featuring the wonderful Huge (oopsie!) Hugh Jackman. Although I enjoyed the first X-Men movie (and did have a bit of a fantasy about joining being one of the X-Men in my youth…), I haven’t really followed the films since that first … Continue reading

Gifts from Kyushu

Gifts from Kyushu

Recently I attended an event in London about Kyushu (九州), Japan’s third largest island. It was a great opportunity to learn more about a part of Japan I haven’t yet visited, and I found it very inspiring. Kyushu has so much to offer – from delicious food to traditional towns, hot springs to nature. It … Continue reading

The Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum

A few weeks ago I visited the Holburne Museum in Bath. I first heard about the Holburne Museum at a netsuke exhibition at the Embassy of Japan earlier this year, just before I moved to Bristol. I noted down that the museum had a small collection of netsuke, and decided I must make time to visit. … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 38

A to Wa of Japan: Week 38

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with  や (ya) and we looked at yatai (屋台). This week we are looking at things beginning with ゆ (yu). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Sequins and Cherry Blossom suggested (o)yu (お湯 / literally ‘hot water’, but … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 37

A to Wa of Japan: Week 37

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with  も (mo) and we looked at momiji (紅葉). This week we are looking at things beginning with や (ya). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: UK Seikatsu suggested Yakushima (屋久島 / a small island in Kagoshima Prefecture), yakitori … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 29

A to Wa of Japan: Week 29

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with ひ (hi) and we looked at hitsumabushi (櫃まぶし).This week we are looking at things beginning with ふ (fu). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Japan Australia suggested Fuji-san (富士山 / Mount Fuji), fugu (フグ / blowfish), furin (風鈴 … Continue reading