Official Patema Inverted Quad Poster Competition Now Closed And The Winner Is…

A winner has been chosen!

patema inverted posterThanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of an official Patema Inverted quad film poster.

And the winner is… Read more…

What Are Weddings Like In Japan?

Wedding gifts for couples consist almost exclusively of only large amounts of cash!

Japanese Weddings While weddings are a big deal in most parts of the world, countries that have extraordinarily rich historical cultures emphasize the importance of the marriage ceremony by weaving together their traditional rituals with modern trends.  Such is the case with the majority of Japanese weddings, which can either reflect historic Shinto tradition or combine it with Read more…

Dragon Ball Season One DVD Competition Now Closed And The Winner Is…

A winner has been chosen!

Dragon Ball compThanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of Dragon Ball Season One DVD Box Set.

And the winner is… Read more…

DVD Review: Shady – A Film By Ryohei Watanabe

May 13, 2014 2 comments

 Watanabe manages to evoke the depression associated with being alone at school!

Shady DVD cover (Image: ©Third Window Films)High school life is a daunting time for older teens, but in Shady director Ryohei Watanabe successfully illustrates how bad it can get. The loneliness aspect is a large issue in most Japanese movies about school life and this is a good example of how an isolated person can be influenced by someone else. Here Misa Kumada and Izumi Kiyone are two girls who share the same pain of being loathed and bullied but for different reasons. Misa is seen as an unattractive girl who is the subject of much hatred while Izumi is the pretty girl everyone wants to be and as a result envies.  Misa sits at her desk and hides her Read more…

Press Release: Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Cardiff, Wales

Saturday 7th June 2014 – Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre

Saturday 21st June 2014 – Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Kotatsu FestivalIt’s nearly time for this year’s Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival, so we would like to take this opportunity to notify all our newsletter subscribers about this year’s programme and the exciting Read more…

WIN An Official Patema Inverted Quad Poster

May 10, 2014 10 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again!

patema inverted posterThe stunning animation, Patema Inverted, is an action-packed, gravity-defying adventure that turns the heroine’s world upside down and challenges the characters perspectives of their own worlds.

With amazing visuals, likeable leads, an exciting storyline and inventive action sequences Patema Inverted is a truly spectacular sci-fi adventure that is sure to keen everyone in the family entertained.

Patema Inverted is released in cinemas from May 2nd and we have the opportunity to win an Official Quad Poster for the film. Read more…

The 10 Best Places To Go Shopping In Tokyo

May 6, 2014 1 comment

Shopping in Tokyo gives you access to both the different styles and products that are unique to Japan!

Shopping in Tokyo HeaderFor many people who get the opportunity to go to another country, it’s not always enough to just visit. Many people want to experience the culture of the country they are visiting, and this experience can be had in a variety of ways. One great way to get a feel for what it’s like to live and work in a different country is to go shopping at the local stores and Read more…

WIN Dragon Ball Season One (Episodes 1-28) DVD Box Set

Hooray! It’s competition time again!

Dragon Ball compGoku may be small, but this fearless warrior packs a punch as powerful as any on the planet. Left alone after his grandfather’s death, this unusual boy is happy to spend his days hunting and eating and eating some more. But everything changes on the day he meets Bulma – a bossy, blue-haired beauty with boys on the brain. Together, they set out to track down the seven magic Dragon Balls and make the wish that will change their lives forever.

Courtesy of Manga Entertainment UK we have a DVD box set to give away to one lucky winner. Dragon Ball Season 1 is out Read more…

Press Release: Ai My Maid x Boba Jam – MIKO MIKO KYUN London Maid Cafe Event

May 2, 2014 1 comment

A message from the organisers:

When: Saturday, 3 May 2014 (12.30 – 19.30)

Where: Boba Jam 61 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0NE               
Bobajam-AMM Ai My Maid Cafe

“Dear goshujin-sama and ojou-sama (masters and mistresses), we are Ai My Maid, a group specialising in hosting maid cafe events. We are extremely excited to announce our 2nd standalone event ‘Ai My Maid x Boba Jam ~ MIKO MIKO KYUN’, this time with the help of one of London’s very first Bubble Tea shops, BOBA JAM ヾ(@^∇^@)ノ As the name of the event suggests, our maids are ‘miko’, or shrine maidens, so expect to see things inspired by miko and traditional Japan itself (but with a cute Read more…

Poker Set To Finally Penetrate Japanese Gaming Industry

April 30, 2014 1 comment

Japan could experience a poker boom as casino legislation comes closer to being passed!

(Image source: www.skift.com)

Japan and gaming have become almost synonymous ever since Nintendo basically conquered the world with the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System. This love affair with gaming goes beyond the living room and out into the arcades. Just consider the popularity of pachinko, which according to Japan-Zone.com commands a whopping 40% of the country’s leisure industry. Read more…

Music Event: JAPAN NIGHT Kokuritsu Kyogijo May 28 & 29 2014

Line-up includes Perfume and L’Arc-en-Ciel!

JAPAN NIGHTJapan’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…

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…

What Are Apartments Like In Japan?

April 23, 2014 1 comment

No sense dwelling on small places!

japanese apartment 4Moving abroad and trying to adjust to life in another country can be both exciting and highly stressful. Starting over in a place like Japan is no exception. In addition to adapting to the culture, you must also be sure you can find an affordable place to live.

It’s important to know what apartments are like in Japan before you travel. This cuts down on the culture shock and also allows you to begin planning a rational budget that will Read more…

April 2014 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

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

Japanese Green TeaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London W1J 0DS

Date: 26th April 2014

Time: 13.00 – 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

An English translation of ‘Meiji Gekidan: Ranpu No Moto Ni Te’ (Talks On Meiji Era Theatre: Under The Lamp) By Okamoto Kidō

April 14, 2014 1 comment

Translation was undertaken for Kabuki fans who are unable to read Japanese!

Okamoto KidoBorn October 15th 1872 to Okamoto Keinosuke (a samurai retainer of the Tokugawa Shōgunate who, after the Meiji Restoration, went to work for the British Legation as an interpreter) Okamoto Kidō is best known outside of Japan for his mystery novel ‘The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi’. His family were avid Kabuki fans and well-connected in the theatre world. Though Kidō announced his intention at an early age to become a Kabuki playwright as a consequence of his father’s bankruptcy he had to skip University and Read more…

Blood C: The Last Dark DVD Competition Now Closed And The Winner Is…

April 11, 2014 2 comments

Competition is now closed and a winner have been chosen!

Blood C: The Last Dark Thanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of Blood C: The Last Dark.

And the winner is… Read more…

Off The Beaten Path: Dream Destinations In Rural Japan

April 9, 2014 4 comments

Nature’s work of art!

Copyright. Garden At The Adachi Museum of ArtWhen hitting up popular tourist destinations in Japan, it’s possible you may have a good time. But bumping into other tourists every five seconds may take you out of the experience of being abroad. Or if you’re headed back to Japan for a repeat trip, it could be you’ve seen all the usual tourist spaces. Regardless of the reason, some individuals just desire to see areas of Japan that are free of tourism and Read more…

WIN Blood C: The Last Dark DVD

March 29, 2014 11 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again!

Blood C: The Last Dark Following on from the award winning series, Blood C returns with its movie, The Last Dark, in a film that has monsters, lots of violence, a lust for revenge, great visuals and action to boot!

Blood C: The Last Dark is out to own on DVD and Blu-ray now and courtesy of Manga Entertainment UK (available at Amazon.co.uk), we have a copy on DVD to give away!

To enter, all you have to do is: Read more…

The Latest Tech Gadgets From Japan

March 29, 2014 5 comments

From ‘mind controlled’ cat ears to remote controlled mops!

cat earsJapan is a country known for some unusual creations and pastimes – both of which fascinate the international community and make some onlookers scratch their head. However you may feel about those gadgets, you can’t argue against their unique nature. As for the rest of us, we think they’re pretty cool. What are the coolest tech gadgets and gizmos out of Japan recently? Here are some items you may want to try and get your hands on while Read more…

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