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Book Review: The Thief By Fuminori Nakamura

December 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Translated by Satoku Izumo and Stephen Coates.

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura 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…

Book Launch & Talk: Schoolgirls, Money And Rebellion In Japan By Sharon Kinsella

December 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Analysis of youth, girls culture, culture industries, corporate culture, social discourse, political change, and governance, in contemporary Japan!

Schoolgirls, Money and Rebellion in JapanDate: Friday, 6 December 2013
Time: Talk at 6.30pm followed by a drinks reception to 8.30pm
Venue: Daiwa Foundation Japan House 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle London NW1 4QP  MAP

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…

Book Review: From The Fatherland, With Love By Ryu Murakami

A major new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Coin Locker Babies!

From the Father Land with LoveIn a possible worst-case scenario, Murakami has plunged Japan into despair as North Korea has made its move to attack and take over Fukuoka, holding the people hostage. The North Korean government plots to invade and start with three plans of action; one consisting of nine commandos sneaking into Japan to occupy certain areas, two happens two hours later with a drop of four SOF air companies who will take over the beachhead, while three has a hundred and twenty thousand troops landing on Hakata Bay, and the name of the operation is From the Fatherland, with Read more…

Book Announcement: From The Fatherland, With Love by Ryu Murakami

March 11, 2013 3 comments

The ‘other’ Murakami – major new novel coming in May!

From the Fatherland With LoveWhile British readers will have to wait until at least 2014 for Haruki Murakami’s new book, Pushkin Press are thrilled to announce the publication of RYU Murakami’s major new novel From the Fatherland, with Love. You may not have heard of ‘the other Murakami’, but he deserves the huge acclaim he already commands in Japan. 

From the Fatherland, with Love (May 2013) is an explosively controversial thriller set in an imagined present where Japan’s economy has Read more…

2nd Installment From Okamoto Kido’s Talks On Meiji Era Theatre – Under The Lamp

March 2, 2013 1 comment

Part 14:  The scene at the opening of the new Kabukiza!

Danjurio IX as Komon Mitsukuni 1895 OK part 14Kabuza Gossip – ‘Heart Warming Historical Tales of Kōmon’ (Zokusetsu Bidan Kōmon Ki) — Scholar, Amateur Kabuki Dramatist and Journalist Fukuchi Ōchi — The Appearance of Kabukiza Banzuke advertising posters – ‘The Fire Brigade Fight’ (Megumi no Kenka).

After the Great Earthquake disaster (of 1923) the appearance of the Kabukiza theatre building was once again anticipated. Also a large part of the Read more…

1st Installment From Okamoto Kido’s Talks On Meiji Era Theatre – Under The Lamp

February 11, 2013 2 comments

Part 14 The Scene at the opening of the new Kabukiza!

Zokusetsu Bidan Komon ki OK part 14Kabuza Gossip – ‘Heart Warming Historical Tales of Kōmon’ (Zokusetsu Bidan Kōmon Ki) — Scholar, Amateur Kabuki Dramatist and Journalist Fukuchi Ōchi — The Appearance of Kabukiza Banzuke advertising posters – ‘The Fire Brigade Fight’ (Megumi no Kenka) Read more…

NEO Magazine Issue107 Profiles Gravure Idol/Actress Saaya Irie – OUT NOW!

January 25, 2013 1 comment

Double cover issue – Plus the Best Of 2012 as voted for by YOU!!

NEO issue # 107 Saaya Irie profileNEO magazine profiles sexy idol and actress Saaya [Irie] highlighting some of her best bits. PLUS the votes are in! Find out the hottest names in anime, manga and 11 other categories in Asian entertainment as voted for by YOU, the British public. Oh yes, the winners of the NEO Awards 2012, sponsored by MCM Comic Con, are here and Read more…

NEO Magazine Issue 106 Profiles Film Director Toshiaki Toyoda (9 Souls) OUT NOW!

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment

A special double cover issue – Plus free MCM Comic Con cosplay 2013 diary!

NEO issue #106 Toshiaki Toyoda profileNEO magazine welcomes in the New Year with bumper coverage of the hottest titles UK-bound over the months ahead. From musical predictions to the best anime releases, NEO has all bases covered! Plus, plan your year in style with a free MCM Comic Con Cosplay 2013 Diary!

Then, flip the magazine over to discover everything you need to know about Ni no Kumi: Wrath of the Read more…

Book Review: Strong in the Rain By Lucy Birmingham and David McNeill

December 5, 2012 2 comments

Living through the historic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown!

Japan earthquake and tsunami 3/11No one could have thought that in March of 2011, the northeast coast of Japan would be hit by an earthquake 9.0 magnitude, one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, sending a tsunami crashing through the towns, destroying all in its wake. Even though the country has regular earthquake evacuation drills, and sea walls as high as forty feet, nothing could’ve prepared it for a disaster of such scale. The catastrophe continued with a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that would rival Chernobyl. After the disaster, Japan faced being in the news, and sympathy from around the globe grew, as did the Read more…

Tokyo Kabukiza Monthly Kabuki Review 15th April – 1st May 1930 Part Two

November 30, 2012 2 comments

Final part of a two-part series by kabuki collector Trevor Skingle!

A Past Story Under the Lamp  pg 64 65歌舞伎座劇評集 No. 64 – 昭和5年 4月15日 – 昭和5年 5月1日 (Shōwa 5 nen, 15th April – 1st May 1930)

Sugi Nishi Monogatari (aka Ranpu no Moto nite) A Past Story (Under the Lamp) Series Part 12, Okamoto Kidō. page 60

The entire series was published as “Meiji Gekidan Ranpu no Motonite” (On the Theatre of the Meiji Period – Under the Lamp) published by Read more…

Kabukiza Monthly Kabuki Review Number 12 Part One

November 21, 2012 3 comments

First in a two-part series by kabuki collector Trevor Skingle!

歌舞伎座劇評集 No. 64 – 昭和5年 4月15日 – 昭和5年 5月1日 (Shōwa 5 nen, 15th April – 1st May 1930)

Sugi ni shi Monogatari (Rampu no moto ni te) A Past Story (Under the Lamp) Series Part 12, Okamoto Kidō. page 60

The entire series was published as “Meiji Gekidan Ranpu no moto ni te” (On the Theatre of the Meiji Period – Under the Lamp) published by Read more…

NEO Magazine issue 103 Profiles Actress/Singer Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood) OUT NOW!

October 18, 2012 1 comment

The UK’s only Asian pop culture magazine, covering anime, manga, movies, music, cosplay and more!

To coincide with the recent UK Blu-ray release of the fantastic 70′s Japanese cult favourite Lady Snowblood I & II, the latest issue of NEO magazine includes a full-page profile on leading actress and singer, Meiko Kaji. Also…

The UK’s longest running Asian pop culture magazine thinks it may have found the year’s best new Read more…

Okamoto Kidō On The Kabuki Theatre Of The Meiji Period – Part Two

September 29, 2012 4 comments

Second in a four-part series by kabuki collector Trevor Skingle!

Published as a series in 1935 and then in full as “Meiji Gekidan Ranpu no Moto ni te” (On the Theatre of the Meiji Period – Under the Lamp) by Iwanami Shoten in 1993. These extracts are from the serialisation which appeared in the late 1920s early 1930s in the Tokyo Kabukiza Monthly Kabuki Review magazine as Read more…

Okamoto Kidō On The Kabuki Theatre Of The Meiji Period – Part One

September 19, 2012 5 comments

First in a four-part series by kabuki collector Trevor Skingle!

Published as a series in 1935 and then in full as “Meiji Gekidan Ranpu no Moto ni te” (On the Theatre of the Meiji Period – Under the Lamp) by Iwanami Shoten in 1993. These extracts are from the serialisation which appeared in the late 1920s early 1930s in the Tokyo Kabukiza Monthly Kabuki Review magazine as Read more…

NEO Issue #102 OUT NOW Featuring Yoshihiro Nishimura – Exclusive Cover Page The GazettE

September 10, 2012 3 comments

On sale from 6th September 2012! 

Ruki, the vocalist behind Japan’s phenomenal rock outfit the GazettE, becomes the first musician to ever feature on the cover of the UK’s longest running Asian pop culture publication, NEO magazine! Its 102nd issue, out now, celebrates the release of the band’s latest album DIVISION – their first under a British label – and is joined by an exclusive six-page feature on the group tipped to ignite a music revolution across Read more…

NEO Magazine Issue 101 Out Now! Featuring High Kick Girl Rina Takeda and Director Shinya Tsukamoto

August 10, 2012 2 comments

On sale from 10th August!

Fresh from celebrating its 100th issue, NEO magazine returns with batch 101, packing a double cover; Blue Exorcist on one-side, with a full-length feature on the school-based hell raiser; and Tales of Graces f, as the publication explores the vast history behind the hit Japanese RPG franchise.

That’s not all! This month’s profile series focuses on Karate Girl and Dead Sushi star Rina Takeda. Also Read more…

Tokyo Kabukiza Monthly Kabuki Review 15th February – 1st March 1930

July 20, 2012 5 comments

First in a two-part series by Kabuki collector and researcher, Trevor Skingle!

Some time after acquiring the Sintomiza tsuji banzuke, I discovered two Kabuki magazines for sale by a Swiss dealer and purchased them. What followed was a long period of research and translation that revealed a wealth of information about a four month period of Kabuki performances at the Kabukiza in Tōkyō between February and May 1930. This issue, entitled the Cherry month edition, of the Tokyo Kabukiza Monthly Kabuki Review, which began publication in 1914 by Tanaka Sada, was number 62 covering the period 15th February – 1st March 1930 and was edited by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) who was the title page editor whose real name was Read more…

SFX Collection: The Ultimate Guide to Anime

On sale: 20th July 

Cover price: £7.99

Popular UK magazine SFX is back with another fantastic special edition, this one revealing everything you need to know about the anime scene. Hot new shows detailed, DVDs reviewed, stars interviewed and more! With columns from some of the UK’s best-known commentators on the subject, tons of information on anime old and new, and a celebration of seminal series Dragon Ball Z, you won’t want to Read more…

NEO Magazine’s 100th Issue Out Now – Featuring Songstress Ayumi Hamasaki

July 12, 2012 3 comments

THE UK’S LONGEST running anime and manga magazine, NEO, reaches a publishing milestone as its 100th issue hits shops today.   

Editor Gemma Cox comments, “Reaching 100 issues is an incredible achievement, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing and talented contributors, and, most importantly, our loyal and dedicated readers. We’d also like to thank all those working in the anime, manga, games and Asian movie industries in the UK and beyond, for their support and help in producing NEO every four weeks. With all of you guys behind us, I’m sure NEO will Read more…

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