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Tokyo Extra- A New Online TV Programme

January 27, 2016 Leave a comment

An all-new guide to Tokyo!

Tokyo ExtraFor those of you interested in finding out where some of the best places in Tokyo are to visit, then this could be the show for you.

Tokyo Extra is a new online TV programme broadcast live every Sunday on You Tube that introduces information to viewers outside Japan by linking people in Read more…

Gyokuro – Japanese White Tea Competition Now Closed And The Winners Are…

January 27, 2016 3 comments

12 winners have been randomly selected from a hat!

KYOTO UJI-GYOKURO 100GThanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a packet of Gyokuro – Japanese white tea.

12 winners have been selected.

And the winners are… Read more…

Closed! WIN A Pack Of Gyokuro – High Quality Loose Japanese White Tea

January 18, 2016 45 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again! (UK Residents only)

12 packs of premier Japanese tea to giveaway!

KYOTO UJI-GYOKURO 100GThanks to ES Food Trading, Diverse Japan is thrilled to be giving away 12 packets (one per winner) of Gyokuro, a high quality delicately sweet Japanese white tea, often referred to as the connoisseur’s Japanese tea, farmed in Kyoto, Japan, imported and exclusively sold in the UK to selective London stores including the wagashi (Japanese confectionery) outlet, Minamoto Kitchoan, and the prestigious food store Partridges .

Each pack (worth £24.00) contains 100 gms of loose leaf tea.

To enter, see competition rules at bottom of page. Read more…

December 2015 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

December 16, 2015 Leave a comment

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

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 19th December 2015

Time: 14.00– 19.00

Admission: FREE Read more…

Review: The Newly Refurbished Toshiba Gallery At The Victoria And Albert Museum

December 16, 2015 Leave a comment

‘Design is not for philosophy, it’s for life’ (Issey Miyake)

The Mazarin Chest, Japanese c.1640 (c)After the post Second World War attempt by the Allies in occupied Japan to disband the zaibatsu business conglomerates, which was partially successful, Japanese industry began setting itself strategies at regular intervals for the development and manufacture of products. Each revolved around particular group of five facets of design and manufacture – for instance a single strategic phase might involve something like: Read more…

November 2015 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

November 20, 2015 Leave a comment

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

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 21st November 2015

Time: 14.00– 19.00

Admission: FREE Read more…

No Cars Announce Date For Third Album Launch Party London

November 18, 2015 Leave a comment

PRESS RELEASE – “Yoko Goes To Bollywood”

No Cars are 3 girls and a raccoon!

No Cars promo croppedDate: Friday 4th December 2015
Venue: Paper Dress Vintage Bar & Boutique, London
Doors: 7.30pm / Support acts: 7.45pm / NO CARS: 9.45pm
Address: 352A Mare Street, E8 1HR
Nearest station: Hackney Central (Overground Zone 2)

Audience members are asked to dress up in the theme of India or Bollywood to participate in the  Read more…

October 2015 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

October 28, 2015 Leave a comment

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

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 31st October 2015

Time: 14.00– 19.00

Admission: FREE Read more…

Halloween Party 2015 With Japanese Music 18+

October 28, 2015 Leave a comment

An evening of live music and fancy dress!

HalloweenDate: Thursday 29th Oct 2015

Venue: BETHNAL GREEN WORKING MEN’S CLUB 42-44 POLLARD ROW LONDON E2 6NB

http://workersplaytime.net/CONTACTUS.html

Time: Opens 7:30pm Starts 8pm til 1am

Price: ADV £4 / DOOR´£5 Read more…

‘ABU Robot Contest “Badminton Robo-Game” Battle To Be The World’s Best’

October 27, 2015 Leave a comment

NHK World TV showcases first Robominton on 31st October, 2015

Times: 0:10-1:00/06:10-7:00/12:10-13:00/18:10-19:00   

NHK World TV - ABU Robot Contest_04 (2)This summer, 18 teams from the Asia-Pacific region took part in the 14th ABU Robocon held in the ancient city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  The ABU Robocon is an annual contest where university, college and polytechnic students build handmade robots to battle it out in Read more…

Film Review: Obon Brothers – A Film By Akira Osaki

October 23, 2015 Leave a comment

A charming and heart-warming portrayal of a man down on his luck!

Obon Brothers

Akira Osaki (read interview here) has not had an easy time in the Japanese film industry. After the failure of his debut film Catchball-Ya, Osaki struggled to secure funding for a new film. Again and again his projects were dropped in the early stages, and this made him frustrated about the film industry he was working so hard to be accepted in. This anger has been translated into his latest film, Obon Brothers, a dark comedy penned by his close-friend, and Read more…

Event: Charity Kimono Culture Evening London

October 20, 2015 Leave a comment

In support of Aid For Japan!

Kimono Culture Evening eventDate: Friday 30th October 2015

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Richmond Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave, Richmond TW9 1TP

Help us raise money for children orphaned by the March 2011 tsunami by enjoying an evening of Japanese kimono, food and music. The tickets are just £40 each and all proceeds go to Read more…

Film Review: Ryūzō And The Seven Henchmen (Ryūzō to Shichinin no Kobuntachi)

October 12, 2015 Leave a comment

A fast paced and quick witted comedy!

Ryuzo_7_Japanese_Theatrical_Release_Poster 2Produced by Office Kitano and released in Japan on 25th April 2015 the film stars the 74 year old Tatsuya Fuji as Ryūzō, whose performance is the mainstay of the film’s success, and is directed by the critically acclaimed Beat Takeshi (aka Takeshi Kitano). The film is a delightful and, in places, very funny romp into the twilight existence of a group of Yakuza headed up by the Read more…

Interview: Film Director Akira Osaki

October 11, 2015 Leave a comment

“My films won’t all be about losers, I do want to make something different in the future!”  – Akira Osaki

Akira OsakiAkira Osaki is an independent filmmaker whose latest production, Obon Brothers, was screened in London (represented by Third Window Films) as part of the 23rd Raindance Film Festival. Hailing from Gunma prefecture in Japan, Osaki is a humble and friendly director, who has worked predominantly as an Assistant Director. Much like the lead character in his film, Takashi Kitano , Osaki was looking for his big break in the Japanese Read more…

Sumo: The Traditional National Sport Of Japan

October 8, 2015 Leave a comment

An introduction into the world of Japan’s oldest martial art!

Sumo sept 2013The Founding of Sumo

Nomi no Sukune was a potter from Izumo and ancestor of Sugawara no Michizane. His famous fight with Taima no Kehaya under the patronage of Emperor Suinin resulted in the death of Taima no Kehaya and the founding of Sumo, the traditional national sport of Japan. An influential figure Nomi no Sukune also proposed to Emperor Read more…

DVD Review: Ben-To Complete Series Collection

October 7, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s not just dinner, it’s a matter of victory!

Ben-To DVD coverBen-to is originally a Japanese light novel series written by Asaura, with illustrations by Kaito Shibano. Shueisha published 15 novels from February 2008 to February 2014. Shibano also illustrates three manga adaptations, and a fourth manga is drawn by Sankaku Head. The name literally is to mirror the word Bento box but adding that ‘-‘ makes it a lot more easier to Google against all those tasty packed lunch photos online.

After the success from the light novel it was adapted into a 12-episode anime TV series  You follow protagonist Sato Yo who is a Read more…

NHK World TV Autumn Technology Programming Schedule

October 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Robot-led exercise classes for the elderly, unmanned aviation for disaster monitoring and badminton-playing robots!  

NHK World LogoNHK WORLD TV, the 24-hour international English language channel produced by Japan’s public service broadcaster NHK, announces its autumn technology programming schedule showcasing pioneering medical robots to assist in elderly care, cutting-edge advances in unmanned aviation technology and a badminton-playing Read more…

August 2015 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

August 20, 2015 Leave a comment

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

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 22nd August 2015

Time: 14.00– 19.00

Admission: FREE Read more…

Interview: Michael Booth Author Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese Know About Cooking

August 5, 2015 1 comment

“I can’t walk down the streets of Japan without finding something unusual or peculiar. It’s just so stimulating.” – Michael Booth

Michael BoothAward winning food writer and traveller Michael Booth (author of the bestselling Sushi & Beyond: What the Japanese Know About Cooking) attended the popular three-day J-Culture festival Hyper Japan 2015 (photo report here), which was held at London’s O2 on 10-12 June, to participate in his first talk show with Japanese celebrity chef Rika Yukimasa, co-host of Read more…

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