A message of hope and of friendship between Britain and Japan!
To mark the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on 11th March 2011, a concert performed by the Hokusai Orchestra, with conductor Akiko Ohtomo-Smith at the helm, and singer Naomi Suzuki was held on 5th March in the Attlee Suite of the Houses of Parliament hosted by the Read more…
Categories: Events, Music
Akiko Ohotomo-Smith, Ambassador Mr Keiichi Hayashi, Attlee Suite, British-Japanese Parliamentary Group, Classical music, contemporary japanese society, Fukushima, His Excellency, Hokusai Orchestra, Houses of Parliament, J-Culture, J-pop, Japan, japan earthquake, Japanese music, London, Memorial Concert For Japan Earthquake And Tsunami, Naomi Suzuki
London’s largest indoor festival on all things Asia!
Date: 15 – 17 May 2015
Venue: Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London E1W 2SF
Tickets: Adult £12.50 adv – £15 door
Children (up to 10 years old, accompanied by one adult with an Adult Ticket) £8 adv – £10 door
Indulge your senses and experience the exotic cultures of Asia under one roof. Read more…
Categories: Culture, Events, Food & Drink, Martial Arts, Music
Akari Mochizuki, Art, Artist, Asian culture, Belly dancing, Bollywood, Calligraphy, Corrado Canonici, Enka, entertainment, Exhibition, Festival Asia, Fleur Estelle Dance School, Hibiki Ichikawa, J-Culture, Japan, Japanese art, Japanese cuisine, Japanese food, Japanese tea, Li Li, Lilisan, London, Martial Arts, Massages, shamisen, Soprano, Spices, Tobacco Dock, Yoga
The spectacular annual Japan festival returns for more fun and excitement!
Date: Saturday, 27th September 2014
Location: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Time: 11 am – 9 pm Read more…
Categories: Anime, Manga and Games, Arts & Crafts, Culture, Events, Food & Drink, J-Pop, Martial Arts, Music, Press Release
Art, Calligraphy, contemporary japanese society, cosplay, entertainment, J-Culture, J-pop, J-rock, Japan, Japan festival, Japan Matsuri, Japanese art, Japanese cuisine, Japanese culture, Japanese food, Japanese tea, Joji Hirota, London, Manga, Martial Arts, Minamoto Kitchoan, Naomi Suzuki, National Gallery, NHK TV, Radio Taiso, Super J Culture Fashion Performance, Taiko drumming, traditional Japanese, Trafalgar Square, Washoku, Yurukyara
A child in a cocoon!
Since 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…
Categories: Events, Interviews, J-Pop, Music
Art, Artist, cocoon, Daniel Wang, Daniel Wang (Balihu Records), DJ Kensei, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, entertainment, Festivals, Hyper Japan, Hyper Japan 2014, J-Culture, J-pop, Japan, Japanese art, Johnnie Fingers, London, Mayuko, Shynola, The Boomtown Rats, Tokyo, Toy Cross, Vista Bouquet
The UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture!
Every year since it first began back in 2010, the annual London event Hyper Japan keeps getting better and better, not to mention bigger and bigger, and this year’s extravaganza held on 25 – 27 July at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre was no exception.
The fantastic line-up catered to all tastes in Japanese pop-culture from traditional dancers and musicians like the very popular Hyper Japan regulars Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki, who this time around were accompanied by guitarist Hide Takemoto, to contemporary Read more…
Categories: Anime, Manga and Games, Arts & Crafts, Culture, Events, Idols, J-Pop, Music
Akari Mochizuki, Animation, Anime, Art, Artist, Calligraphy, Comics, Competition, contemporary japanese society, cosplay, DVD & Blu-ray, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Eat-Japan Awards, entertainment, Exhibition, Film and television, gaming, graphic illustrations, Hibiki Ichikawa, Hide Takemoto, Hiroki, Hyper Japan, ICN Gallery, J-Culture, J-pop, J-rock, Japan, Japanese art, Japanese cuisine, Japanese food, Japanese tea, London, Manga, Martial Arts, Mayuko, Naomi Suzuki, Otaku, Samurai, Sci-Fi, the Masked Ninja, YANAKIKU, Yano Anna, Yun*Chi
Their mission is to share the wonders of Japan with the world!
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…
Categories: Culture, Events, Idols, Interviews, J-Pop, Music
contemporary japanese society, cosplay, Earls Court, entertainment, Hamlet, Handsome Suit, Harry Potter, Hyper Japan, J-Culture, J-pop, James Bond, Japan, KANAKIKU, Keiko Kitagawa, Kiku, Kimono, London, Missing Link, My Revolution, Pinewood Studios, Sailor Mars, Sailor Moon, Shakespeare play Hamlet, William Shakespeare, Yana, YANAKIKU
Koto Anniversary Concert at the Embassy of Japan, London Friday 20th June 2014!
Attended by about 100 invited guests, the Embassy of Japan hosted a memorial recital of the koto music of Miyagi Michio, musician and essayist, on Friday 20 June 2014 to celebrate and commemorate the 120th anniversary of his birth. Born in Kobe in 1894 and brought up by his grandmother, by the age of eight he had become blind as a result of eye disease at which point he began to train on the koto under the auspices of Nakamura Kengyo II. He moved to Korea aged 13 and remained there until 1917 when, at the age of 23 he moved to Tōkyō. He was to have been sponsored by Itō Hirobumi, the Prime Minister of Read more…
Categories: Events, History, Music
Embassy of Japan, entertainment, Itō Hirobumi, J-Culture, Kanagawa Symphony Orchestra, Kobe, Korea, Koto, London, Matsumoto Ayako, Miyagi Michio, Nakamura Kengyo II, the Prime Minister of Japan
Line-up includes Perfume and L’Arc-en-Ciel!
Japan’s leading artists, L’Arc-en-Ciel, Perfume, UKASUKA-G (Kazutoshi Sakurai ＆ GAKU-MC), and SEKAI NO OWARI will perform (full details below)!
This will be the last show at Kokuritsu Kyogijo, which will be undergoing renovations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Don’t miss this event! Read more…
Categories: Events, J-Pop, J-Rock, Music, Press Release
contemporary japanese society, entertainment, GAKU-MC, J-Culture, J-pop, J-rock, Japan Night, Kaori Kishitani, Kazutoshi Sakurai, Kokuritsu Kyogijo, L’Arc en Ciel, MAN WITH A MISSION, Perfume, Seiji Kameda, SEKAI NO OWARI, Tokyo Olympics, UKASUKA-G
“My philosophy is anything is possible, nothing can stop me!” – Yoshiki
Born 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…
Categories: Interviews, J-Pop, J-Rock, Music
"Kiss, Blood Red Dragon, Classical music, David Bowie, Endless Rain, entertainment, Forever Love, Hello Kitty, Hide, J-pop, J-rock, Japan, Marvel Comics, rock star, Sir George Martin, Stan Lee, Tchaikovsky, The Beatles, Tokyo Dome, Visual kei, World Expo 2005, X Japan, Yoshiki, Yoshiki Classical
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…
Categories: Events, J-Pop, Music, Press Release
Asia, Classical music, Classical pianist, entertainment, Exhibition, George Martin, J-rock, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ringo Starr, Stan Lee, The Grammy Museum, The GRAMMY Museum’s Target Terrace, William Morris Endeavor, X Japan, Yoshiki, Yoshiki Classical
An open evening of traditional Japanese music!
Date: Saturday 1st February 2014
Venue: Trinity Church, 15 Nether St, North Finchley, London N12 7NN
Time: 6.30pm - Doors open 6.00pm
Admission Free Read more…
Categories: Events, Music
Akari Mochizuki, Classical Japanese instrument, Enka, entertainment, Free concert, Hibiki Ichikawa, J-Culture, Japanese traditional instruments, London, Traditional Japanese folk songs, Trinity Church London, Tsugaru-shamisen
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…
Categories: Arts & Crafts, Events, Music, Press Release
Central School of Ballet, Classical Japanese instrument, Classical music, contemporary japanese society, entertainment, J-Culture, Japan, Japanese art, Japanese classical dance, Japanese music, London, Matsu no Midori, Nihon Buyou, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Sakura, Satoko Fukuda, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, Tsugaru-shamisen
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…
Categories: Events, Food & Drink, J-Pop, Music, Press Release
Ai My Maid, Die Milch, entertainment, Gothic Lolita, J-Culture, J-pop, J-rock, Japanese cuisine, Japanese food, London, Milk Tea Day UK, Tea Party, The Nave, UK Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Visual kei
A message from Team J-MELO for all Morning Musume fans out there!
We’ll soon be making our 400th edition of J-MELO. The girls of Morning Musume are going to help us celebrate by recording a track for the J-MELO New Song Project. And they want you to inspire them and their producer by answering a few questions about your feelings. So if you’d like a chance to work on a song with Morning Musume, please check out the details on the J-MELO website then get in touch. We can’t wait Read more…
Categories: Events, Idols, J-Pop, Music, Television
contemporary japanese society, entertainment, J-Culture, J-MELO, J-pop, Morning Musume, New Song Project, NHK WORLD, Tsunku
A haunting Japanese cinematic rendition of the Shakespeare play “The Tempest”!
Date: 6 May 2013
Venue: Stratford East Picturehouse, Salway Road, E15 1BX London
Includes a Q&A with Producer Paul Smith after screening. Read more…
Categories: Events, Film, Music, Press Release
100 Meter Films, Asian cinema, contemporary japanese society, entertainment, Film and television, J-rock, Japanese cinema, Jitterbug, John Williams (Director), London, Picturehouse London, Rock musical, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi London Festival, The Tempest, William Shakespeare
An entertaining evening of Japanese folk music!
Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013 7:00 – 8:00 pm, preceded by a drinks reception from 6:00pm
Venue: Daiwa Foundation Japan House 13/14 Cornwall Terrace London NW1 4QP MAP Nearest Station: Baker Street
Admission Free, booking essential Read more…
Categories: Events, Music, Press Release
contemporary japanese society, Enka, entertainment, Japan Matsuri, Japanese folk music, London, The Daiwa Foundation, Tsugaru-shamisen, WOMAD
The eagerly anticipated debut album from Japan’s hottest new singing sensation!
Release date: 24 April 2013
This dazzling assortment of songs which consists of a mixture of styles from rock to dance confirms that Raychell is a singer – songwriter of immense talent who is equally comfortable performing ballads as she is up-tempo songs. Her vocal skills are outstanding. She can make a simple tune sound full of meaning and an intricate melody sound easy on the Read more…
Categories: J-Pop, Music, Reviews
Action adventure, Avex Rhythm Zone, Ayumi Kinoshita, entertainment, Hiroaki Hayama, J-pop, J-rock, Japanese singer, Koichi Sakamoto, L>R, Nao Nagasawa, Raychell, Sci-Fi, Tokusatsu, Tokyo, Travelers: Dimension Police, Video games
A special double cover issue – Plus free MCM Comic Con cosplay 2013 diary!
NEO 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…
Categories: Anime, Manga and Games, Books/Magazines, Film, J-Pop, Music, Press Release, Reviews
Animation, Anime, Asian cinema, Comics, contemporary japanese society, cosplay, dragon ball z, DVD & Blu-ray, entertainment, Film and television, gaming, J-Culture, J-pop, J-rock, Japanese cinema, Manga, Namco Bandai, neo magazine, Tokyo, Toshiaki Toyoda, Video games, videogames