Interview: Yoshiki – Rock Star And Co-Founder Of X Japan

“My philosophy is anything is possible, nothing can stop me!” – Yoshiki

Yoshiki Grammy MuseumBorn on 20th November 1965, the immensely talented classically trained musician Yoshiki is one of Japan’s most formidable superstars. In 1982 he co-founded the visual kei pioneering super rock group X Japan (originally called X) who have sold 30 million records and have played sell-out tours all across the world, including the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome an incredible record-breaking 18 times. As a soloist Read more…

What Are Apartments Like In Japan?

No sense dwelling on small places!

japanese apartment 4Moving abroad and trying to adjust to life in another country can be both exciting and highly stressful. Starting over in a place like Japan is no exception. In addition to adapting to the culture, you must also be sure you can find an affordable place to live.

It’s important to know what apartments are like in Japan before you travel. This cuts down on the culture shock and also allows you to begin planning a rational budget that will Read more…

April 2014 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

Sample some of the best high quality Japanese teas available in the UK!

Japanese Green TeaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London W1J 0DS

Date: 26th April 2014

Time: 13.00 – 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

An English translation of ‘Meiji Gekidan: Ranpu No Moto Ni Te’ (Talks On Meiji Era Theatre: Under The Lamp) By Okamoto Kidō

Translation was undertaken for Kabuki fans who are unable to read Japanese!

Okamoto KidoBorn October 15th 1872 to Okamoto Keinosuke (a samurai retainer of the Tokugawa Shōgunate who, after the Meiji Restoration, went to work for the British Legation as an interpreter) Okamoto Kidō is best known outside of Japan for his mystery novel ‘The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi’. His family were avid Kabuki fans and well-connected in the theatre world. Though Kidō announced his intention at an early age to become a Kabuki playwright as a consequence of his father’s bankruptcy he had to skip University and Read more…

Blood C: The Last Dark DVD Competition Now Closed And The Winner Is…

April 11, 2014 2 comments

Competition is now closed and a winner have been chosen!

Blood C: The Last Dark Thanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of Blood C: The Last Dark.

And the winner is… Read more…

Off The Beaten Path: Dream Destinations In Rural Japan

April 9, 2014 2 comments

Nature’s work of art!

Copyright. Garden At The Adachi Museum of ArtWhen hitting up popular tourist destinations in Japan, it’s possible you may have a good time. But bumping into other tourists every five seconds may take you out of the experience of being abroad. Or if you’re headed back to Japan for a repeat trip, it could be you’ve seen all the usual tourist spaces. Regardless of the reason, some individuals just desire to see areas of Japan that are free of tourism and Read more…

WIN Blood C: The Last Dark DVD

March 29, 2014 11 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again!

Blood C: The Last Dark Following on from the award winning series, Blood C returns with its movie, The Last Dark, in a film that has monsters, lots of violence, a lust for revenge, great visuals and action to boot!

Blood C: The Last Dark is out to own on DVD and Blu-ray now and courtesy of Manga Entertainment UK (available at Amazon.co.uk), we have a copy on DVD to give away!

To enter, all you have to do is: Read more…

The Latest Tech Gadgets From Japan

March 29, 2014 4 comments

From ‘mind controlled’ cat ears to remote controlled mops!

cat earsJapan is a country known for some unusual creations and pastimes – both of which fascinate the international community and make some onlookers scratch their head. However you may feel about those gadgets, you can’t argue against their unique nature. As for the rest of us, we think they’re pretty cool. What are the coolest tech gadgets and gizmos out of Japan recently? Here are some items you may want to try and get your hands on while Read more…

Dragon Ball GT DVD Competition Now Closed And The Winner is…

dragonball-gt-season-2-eac (2)Competition is now closed and a winner have been chosen!

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of Magi.

And the winner is… Read more…

Win Dragon Ball GT Season 2 DVD Box Set (32 Episodes on 5 Discs)

March 19, 2014 15 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again!

dragonball-gt-season-2-eac (2)Goku’s final tale. Dragon Ball GT Season 2 includes the Super 17 and Shadow Dragon Sagas, as a bonus A Hero’s Legacy movie. The destiny of a legendary warrior, his long path wrought with peril, reaches its apex. The fate of Goku is now tied to that of the world and the most epic toil ever rested on the shoulders of one man has come to be. As one apocalypse is thwarted, another looms! Gokus heroic friends fall around him and the warrior must steel his nerve, for two evil scientists have created the perfect killing machine. Android 17. As the abomination deals out terror with mechanical precision, horrible villains from battles past rise again. Yet Read more…

MCM Birmingham Comic Con & Memotabilia – NEC – 22-23 MARCH 2014

Birmingham Comic Con to host UK’s first showing of ‘Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day’

MCM_ComicCon_Birmingham_h_000Anime and manga fans rejoice! Bandai Namco Games will be giving visitors to this weekend’s MCM Birmingham Comic Con the first UK showing of the unique anime and videogame package, Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day, as well as a hands-on with epic manga-based fighter JoJo’s Read more…

Anime Review: Ayatsuri Sakon aka Puppet Master Sakon

Based on the manga series Karakurizōshi Ayatsuri Sakon written by Masaru Miyazaki!

Ayatsuri Sakon puppet-master-sakon-3If you love a good murder mystery anime, definitely check out Ayatsuri Sakon otherwise known as “Puppet Master Sakon.” Despite its airing in 1999, this anime continues to be one of my favorites even today.

Ayatsuri Sakon follows a young man named Sakon Tachibana. Sakon hails from a family famous for Bunraku, which is a traditional form of Japanese puppet theatre. Despite being the grandson of the great Bunraku master, Tachibana Zaemon, Sakon manages to remain a Read more…

Magi – The Labyrinth Of Magic DVD Competition Now Closed And The Winner is…

March 18, 2014 1 comment

Competition is now closed and a winner have been chosen!

Magi The Labyrinth of Magic Thanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of Magi.

And the winner is… Read more…

Boing! Spring Japanese Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

Sample some of the best high quality Japanese teas available in the UK!

Japanese Green TeaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London W1J 0DS

Date: 22nd March 2014

Time: 13.00 – 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

DVD Review: Another Complete Collection (2012)

March 10, 2014 1 comment

A twelve episode series based on the novel by Yukito Ayatsuji.

Another DVD coverThere are some animes that hit you so hard, you will never forget them. They take you through twists and turns, and no matter how many times you think you’ve figured out what’s happening and what will happen, each time you are wrong. When it’s all over, you find out you were dead wrong. Another is one of those animes.

This show is the animated version of the manga that was illustrated by Hiro Kiyohara. Both works are Read more…

Win Magi – The Labyrinth Of Magic Season 1 Part 1 DVD

March 2, 2014 13 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again!

Magi The Labyrinth of Magic Ever wondered what a tale akin to that of Arabian Nights would be like in anime form? You have your answer with the very popular series, Magi – The Labyrinth Of Magic.

In a fantastical middle-age world where slavery is rife, there are mysterious tall towers named Dungeons which mysteriously appeared out of nowhere. Someone who conquers a Dungeon becomes very powerful and wealthy. Our hero Ali Baba is a teenager who works for merchants to support himself. He dreams for conquering a lot of Dungeons and becoming a very rich person. One day, he comes across  a strange Read more…

Anime Review: Hakuoki

March 2, 2014 1 comment

Yukimura Chizuru’s father holds the key to Japan’s bloodshed. She must find him!

Hakuoki  anime seriesThe Hakuoki series, which includes two seasons and a third season that acts as a prequel, is a romantic take on historical characters and events, with a bit of vampire/mysticism thrown in for good measure. The mystical nature of the show is not an unusual turn for anime to take, but this series manages to be both intriguing and action-packed while remaining Read more…

The Grammy Museum Unveils X Japan Founder Member Yoshiki Exhibit And World Tour Announced

February 25, 2014 1 comment

Opening night hosted by comic book legend Stan Lee!

Yoshiki Grammy MuseumOn February 19th, the GRAMMY Museum unveiled their Yoshiki exhibit which puts the influential rock icon’s signature crystal piano, flamboyant wardrobes, and other items on display. The exhibition explores Yoshiki’s fascinating career and follows the museum’s unique collection on Ringo Starr. Yoshiki is the first Asian artist to be honored with an Read more…

Review: Hunter x Hunter (2011)

February 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Remake of the 1999 TV series of Hunter x Hunter based on the manga by Togashi Yoshihiro!

Hunter x Hunter*Spoiler alert: I’ve tried to not reveal too many key details about the show here, but if you’re just starting the series and are trying to learn more about it, be aware that I have given a few big surprises away.* !

Even though the original anime series Hunter x Hunter came out in 1999, it’s easy to see why it remains Read more…

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