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Interview: Mayuko – Singer/Songwriter

August 14, 2014 Leave a comment

A child in a cocoon!

Mayuko live at Hyper Japan 2014Since making her debut back in 2001, Mayuko’s popularity as a singer and songwriter in Japan and abroad has been steadily growing and she has been gaining much interest from the media since her collaborations with talent like Daniel Wang (Balihu Records) and DJ Kensei as well as Shynola who designed the cover artwork for her first mini-album Read more…

Interview: YANAKIKU – Female J-pop Duo With A Difference

August 3, 2014 2 comments

Their mission is to share the wonders of Japan with the world!

YANAKIKU Interview Japanese duo YANAKIKU are more than just a pop group. They do KIMONO cosplay and represent Japanese pop & decora culture!

Since forming in 2012, dynamic J-pop duo YANAKIKU have been causing much excitement with their catchy tunes and cool decorative costumes and entertaining performances at packed venues like the Tokyo Dome, the Read more…

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

April 24, 2014 2 comments

“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…

Interview: Director Kayoko Asakura Talks ‘It’s A Beautiful Day’

November 20, 2013 Leave a comment

‘I made it a precedence to try and create a very visual form of storytelling!’ (Kayoko Asakura)

(Copyright Kayoko Asakura. All rights reserved)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…

Interview: Producer Thelma Holt – Anjin: The Shogun and the English Samurai

January 30, 2013 3 comments

“The influence of Japanese theatre has been and is tremendous!”  Thelma Holt

Thelma Holt profile photoThelma Holt CBE began a long and distinguished theatre career as an actress. She then founded the Open Space Theatre in Tottenham and has worked for the Roundhouse, the National Theatre and the Peter Hall Company. She went on to found her own theatre production company, Thelma Holt Limited. She works with the distinguished Japanese Director Yukio Ninagawa to bring Anglo-Japanese theatre to the Read more…

Interview: Actor Stephen Boxer – Anjin: The Shogun and the Samurai

January 23, 2013 3 comments

“What I love is how their friendship [Anjin and Tokugawa] crossed boundaries and superseded all that and became mates!”  Steve Boxer

Stephen Boxer  as AnjinStephen Boxer is an Olivier nominated stage, film and television actor. A veteran of the RSC he has performed widely at, amongst others, the National Theatre, the Barbican, the Duchess Theatre, and the Hammersmith Lyric. He won a London Fringe Award for Best Actor in his role as the Governor in ‘The Clearing’ at the Bush Theatre and his performance with the RSC as Read more…

Interview: World Class Pianist Chisato Kusunoki

October 4, 2012 1 comment

“Music is a sublime form of spiritual existence for me.” (Chisato Kusunoki)

Chisato Kusunoki is an award winning world class pianist who has been described as being one of the most talented players of all time. She attended and read music at the University College, Oxford where she graduated with the prestigious Gibbs Prize in performance. Her outstanding performances at various prestigious venues around the world, such as the Purcell Room in London, the Mendelssohn Institute in Leipzig, the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, and Read more…

Interview: Actor Denden – Uzumaki, Cold Fish, Himizu

September 5, 2012 1 comment

“I found it really difficult. It was really hard because it was so real!” (Denden on filming Himizu)

Between 13 – 15 April 2012, actor Denden attended the Terracotta Far East Film Festival in London to promote the theatrical release of Himizu, a hard-hitting film by maverick film director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Guilty of Romance) set soon after the 3/11 Japan earthquake/tsunami in which Denden plays a brute money lender, a character-type he is best known for to Western audiences. But in reality he is a very warm, funny, friendly man, which is a 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…

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…

Interview: Comedy Actress Eri Fuse – Cutie Honey, Adrift In Tokyo, GTO

“As long as I can act and I can eat something nice I’m happy!” Eri Fuse

Back in February of this year (24th – 26th February 2012 to be exact), comedy actress Eri Fuse and her husband film director Miki Satoshi came to the UK to appear as special guests at the three-day London event Hyper Japan 2012 Spring and took to the stage for a Q&A session hosted by Adam Torel of Third Window Films. They were also gracious enough to give up some of their valuable time for Diverse Japan to take part in a Read more…

Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) Master Shoho Teramoto & The Enso Of Zen

May 15, 2012 4 comments

Japanese calligraphy is an art-form that can reveal the depth of enlightenment and the personality of the artist!

Many of us are familiar with Japanese calligraphy.  Although we may not know the meaning of a particular character, its formation is instantly recognisable as being a symbol of the Far East which in itself is just a communication tool.  However, as the calligrapher forms a spiritual union with his/her brush and ink it then becomes known as ‘Shodo’, meaning to express the Read more…

Interview: Maki Tsukada – Olympic & World Judo Champion

April 2, 2012 3 comments

“The more confident I am, the more strict I am with myself!” Maki Tsukada

Female judoka Maki Tsukada has become one of the most revered figures of the popular martial art deviced by Jigoro Kano. During her competition years, Tsukada was a force to be reckoned with – an absolute powerhouse who has won a mass of awards. She won the 2003 World Judo Championship Games and became a gold medallist in the Women’s Judo +78kg catergory at the Read more…

Interview: Miki Satoshi – Inventive Director Of Adrift In Tokyo & Instant Swamp

March 7, 2012 6 comments

“It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, I’m always open minded!” Miki Satoshi

The inventive director of comedy films, Miki Satoshi, is making much headway in the West of late thanks in part to Third Window Films releasing DVD’s of his films, which include Adrift In Tokyo, Instant Swamp, and Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers, available separately or collectively as a box set. His films can best be described as Read more…

Video Interview: Antony Cummins – Author & Ninja Historian

February 10, 2012 2 comments

Antony Cummins disples the many myths surrounding the ninja!

For centuries the legend of the ninja has been steeped in mystery, infused by lies fabricated in Japan throughout the 50’s and 60’s, not to mention the countless films produced in the West and Middle East during the 70’s and 80’s making stars of actors like Sho Kosugi (Pray For Death and Revenge of the Ninja).

The image of the ninja dressed in black from head to toe scurrying up walls with a katana on his back has now Read more…

Exclusive Interview: Nao Nagasawa – Actress, Singer And Idol – Super Sentai And Kamen Rider Heroine

February 5, 2012 41 comments

“I want to be in a Hollywood movie in the future.” Nao Nagasawa

Nao Nagasawa (長澤 奈央 ), best known to her fans for her roles in various Super Sentai and Kamen Rider TV shows, is someone with more than just a pretty face and a gorgeous body. She’s been a recording artist, releasing singles like “Kiss, Kiss” and “Game”, and a dancer. But it’s her skills as an actress were she excels and has even led to her winning the Best Actress Award at the Myrtle Film Festival for her English-speaking lead role in Read more…

Interview: Award Winning Artist Gen Miyamura At ICN Gallery “Image Langue: Linear Code”

January 28, 2012 11 comments

“Image Langue: Linear Code” ICN gallery 19 January – 22 February 2012

The latest exhibition at the ICN gallery in London entitled “Image Langue: Linear Code” is perhaps the most intriguing so far. Award winning contemporary artist Gen Miyamura presents an innovative definition to his Bokusho (abstract expressionist calligraphy) art works as the alphabet and attempts to give Sho (calligraphy) new meaning.

It may at first sound like a complicated Read more…

Interview: Anthony Laurent – NYPD Detective Smith In “Hotel Chelsea” – A Film By Hiro Masuda

December 23, 2011 19 comments

“It is a memory that will stay with me all my life!” (Anthony Laurent on his first visit to Japan)

Back in October (2011), Diverse Japan was delighted to have been given the opportunity to interview Hiro Masuda, writer and producer of the suspense/horror film Hotel Chelsea (Read interview here). We are very honoured to follow this up with an equally enthralling interview with the film’s leading male actor Anthony Laurent who plays NYPD Detective Smith.

Laurent is an actor with a passion for his craft which is evident in the numerous roles he has played in theater, film and television, including several appearances in the hugely popular American TV series Read more…

Interview: Hiro Masuda – Actor, Writer And Film Producer

October 30, 2011 8 comments

“I hope I can keep being a bridge between Japan and overseas co-production.” (Hiro Masuda)

For an independent film, Hotel Chelsea has all the suspense and intrigue of a Hitchcock thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last scene (film review).  However, getting this ‘little movie’ off the ground was no easy task for actor, writer and producer, Hiro Masuda.

In an exclusive interview for DJ, Mr. Masuda, founder of Ichigo Ichie Films LLC discusses Read more…

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