A twelve episode series based on the novel by Yukito Ayatsuji.
There 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…
Hooray! It’s competition time again!
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…
Yukimura Chizuru’s father holds the key to Japan’s bloodshed. She must find him!
The 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…
Opening night hosted by comic book legend Stan Lee!
On 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…
Remake of the 1999 TV series of Hunter x Hunter based on the manga by Togashi Yoshihiro!
*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…
A short guide for technoheads looking for the right career!
It’s a huge job market out there. If you’re looking to broaden your horizons, Japan is a great place to start. If you have a gift for the technical, and in some cases are geeky when it comes to gadgets and the latest software, you’ll find plenty of opportunities in Japan.
More job seekers are willing to try new adventures. A change of scenery will make you a Read more…
An open evening of traditional Japanese music!
Venue: Trinity Church, 15 Nether St, North Finchley, London N12 7NN
Time: 6.30pm - Doors open 6.00pm
Admission Free Read more…
Overseas auto companies steer towards Japanese market!
When many of us think of the foreign auto market, we think of companies bringing autos from other parts of the world to our home countries. However, that is a very limited outlook because there is another side to that coin. The foreign auto market also includes the opposite; selling our vehicles to Read more…
How to be mindful in the state of yen!
If you’re getting ready to travel to Japan as a tourist or for a business trip, things could go much more smoothly after you take a bit of time to learn the basics of spending money there. Foreigners characteristically feel a bit overwhelmed when dealing with a new currency, but as you’ll soon see, it’s not difficult to Read more…
Competition is now closed and two winners have been chosen!
Thanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of Wolf Children DVD.
Initially Diverse Japan was giving away just one copy of Wolf Children, but now will be giving away two copies.
And the winners are… Read more…
Bringing the ancient arts of Japan, Europe and the New World to the new generation!
Date: Tuesday 7 January 2014
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ
Tickets: £20, £16, £13
Come and join an ensemble of performing artists for a journey of aspiration celebrating Read more…
Hooray! It’s competition time again!
Part slice-of-life drama about the joys and tribulations of single mother Hana raising her half-wolf kids, part rite-of-passage movie about finding your place in the world, Wolf Children is a funny, moving and accessible film directed by a true anime great.
After receiving an abundance of praise from its theatrical release (it was the second-highest grossing film in Japan on its debut weekend of 21–22 July 2012), we are pleased to say that we have a DVD copy to give away to Read more…
It’s more about KFC than JC (Jesus Christ)!
Traditions vary from culture to culture. In Japan, Christmas customs are far different from the reindeer, Christmas morning gifts, caroling and other traditions known to the Western world. Christmas is mostly a commercial holiday in Japan, and actually, it isn’t a real Japanese holiday at all. But Japan has really made this pseudo-holiday its own, spinning it into something Read more…
Translated by Satoku Izumo and Stephen Coates.
Nishimura is a seasoned pickpocket, weaving through Tokyo’s crowded streets, in search of potential targets. He has no family, no friends, no connections… But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when his old partner-in-crime reappears and offers him a job he can’t refuse. Suddenly, Nishimura finds himself caught in a web so tangled and intricate that even he might not be able to escape.
When seen on the bookshelf the cover of black printed letters on bright yellow jumps out so it’s impossible to miss. The effect it has is perfect, and Read more…
Sample some of the best high quality Japanese teas available in the UK!
Venue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London W1J 0DS
Date: 14th December 2013
Time: 13.00 – 18.30
Admission: FREE Read more…
Calling all fashionistas and fans of J-rock and Visual Kei!
Event: Milk Tea Day UK Concert and J-fashion Event
Date: Sunday 8th December 2013
Time: Milk Tea Day 2pm – 4pm (FREE)/Die Milch concert 5pm – 7pm (Tickets: £24.00)
Location: The Nave in Islington, London Read more…
Analysis of youth, girls culture, culture industries, corporate culture, social discourse, political change, and governance, in contemporary Japan!
Admission free, booking essential
Schoolgirls, Money and Rebellion in Japan analyses the cult of schoolgirls in contemporary Japan and the interaction of girls’ street fashions and male journalistic and subcultural forms organised predominantly around the fetishistic portrayal of young girls and schoolgirls. The book is Read more…
Four Hundredth Anniversary Of The Death Of Tokugawa Ieyasu & Japan400 Anniversary Event An Answering Visit Of Emissaries From Sumpu-Shizuoka, Four Centuries Later
Date: Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Venue: SOAS (University of London)
Part I: Japan400 Ceremony and Presentations
‘I made it a precedence to try and create a very visual form of storytelling!’ (Kayoko Asakura)
Kayoko Asakura is a writer, director, editor and producer. She took on these roles collectively for her first short entitled Off Season released in 2010. Her other work includes the TV movie Kaidan shin mimibukuro hyaku Monogatari (2010) and the short Hide and Seek (2013), a things-are-not-what-they-seem story about a girl who takes private koto lessons. But Asakura’s most ambitious work so far is her debut feature film It’s a Beautiful Day, an American and Japanese produced graphic Read more…