August 2014 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

August 19, 2014 Leave a comment

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

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 23 August 2014

Time: 13.30– 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

DVD/Blu-ray Review: Branded To Kill – A Film By Seijun Suzuki

August 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Packed with wild ideas incorporating some of the most imaginative killings you’ll ever see on celluloid!

Branded to Kill Arrow FilmsDelirious, violent and bizarre, the perverse 1967 cult crime thriller Branded to Kill is widely regarded as being director Seijun Suzuki’s magnum opus, influencing major filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, John Woo and Martin Scorsese. It stands out as being both a nonsensical and exceptional piece of film art that has to be seen to be believed.

Jo Shishido plays professional hitman Goro Hanada aka No 3 Killer, the third best killer on the best killers list, who gets sexually aroused whenever he smells and eats freshly cooked rice – a fetish hated by his Read more…

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…

DVD/Blu-ray Review: Jormungand – The Complete First Series

August 13, 2014 Leave a comment

One of the most highly anticipated anime series of 2014!

Jormungand Complete First SeriesThe story follows the escapades of Jonah, Lehm, Valmet and Lutz who all work for Koko Hekmatyar, an arms dealer who needs someone like Jonah on her team. Koko works with the HCLI an international shipping corporation who secretly deals in the arms trade. As she works with them, she sells weapons in secret in several countries while trying to avoid the local police as her work is regarded as illegal. Her team she is always seen with are bodyguards who were found in the military, but her newest colleague has another motive for joining them. He wants to find where the Read more…

Hyper Japan 2014 In Pictures

August 7, 2014 2 comments

The UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture!

Hyper Japan 2014 logoEvery 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…

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…

Dressed to Impress – Netsuke And Japanese Men’s Fashion

An exhibition at the British Museum in Room 3 supported by The Asahi Shimbun. 19 June – 17 August 2014

Netsuke of a Chinese boy holding a mask for a lion dance. Unsigned, Japan, early 1800sTo coincide with the publication of the British Museum’s new book, ‘Netsuke: 100 miniature masterpieces from Japan’, by Noriko Tsuchiya, the museum is hosting a small exhibition, ‘Dressed to Impress: Netsuke and Japanese men’s Fashion’ sponsored by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

As traditional Japanese men’s clothing had no pockets personal effects had to be carried in containers (inrō) hung from the belt (obi). To hang the inrō from the obi a long cord (himo) was threaded Read more…

New Directors From Japan: Kickstarter Crowd-Funding Campaign

July 18, 2014 3 comments

Third Window Films is pleased to announce the Crowd-Funding Launch of a planned Dual Format 3-disc Limited Edition of New Directors From Japan!

New Directors From JapanKickstarter Crowd-Funding Campaign now live at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/893976289/new-directors-from-japan

Popular independent UK film distribution company Third Window Films has always tried hard to bring a wide variety of films from the Far East to the West, from big studio productions to minor indie masterpieces, and this project is another step in our goal to open up the West to what’s so great about Asian cinema! Read more…

Yamaha Motor Presents “Master of Torque” — An Original Short Anime Series

A fully subtitled 4-part series with a global audience in mind!

Master of Torque Yamaha Motor has released the fourth and final episode of its original short anime series, “Master of Torque.” This project represents a new endeavor by Yamaha to communicate the motorcycling lifestyle through a story set in a semi-fictional Tokyo, Japan. All four episodes can be viewed on the official YouTube channel and the anime’s special Read more…

Theatre Review: ‘Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki’ (The Ghost Tale Of The Wet Nurse Tree)

The Heisei Nakamura-za company performs Kabuki at the Lincoln Centre Festival, NYC!

Heisei Nakamura-za Photo by ShochikuThe Lincoln Centre Festival performance of the Kabuki play ‘Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki’ (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree) took place in NYC from 7th – 12th July 2014 at the Rose Theatre. Having inherited the dream of their father Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII, who sadly passed away in December 2012, the performance run was dedicated to him by his sons Nakamura Kankurō VI and Nakamura Shichinosuke II. Kanzaburō helped establish the Heisei Nakamuraza, a portable Read more…

Book Excerpt: “A Night Out in Tokyo” From Glimpses Of Snow Country: Travels In Japan By David Clive Price

“I devoured it in one sitting” – Susan Sontag (1933 – 2004), author, filmmaker and political activist

Glimpses Of Snow Country - Travels In JapanDavid Clive Price is an international cultural expert and author of several books on Asian culture and business including The Master Key To Asia. First published in 1984, Glimpses of Snow Country: Travels in Japan has been revised and updated to include three new chapters on aspects of Japan and glimpses of Snow Country in Hokkaido, Takayama and Nagano, and is set for publication on 1st December 2014. It’s been described as a fascinating diary of intercultural life that illustrates the complex strands of Japanese attitudes towards work, ancient beliefs, and national Read more…

July 2014 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

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

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 19th July 2014

Time: 13.00 – 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces From Japan

July 10, 2014 1 comment

A lecture by Noriko Tsuchiya and Max Rutherston, 3rd July 2014

NetsukeThe Japan Society in association with the British Museum hosted a joint lecture at the Swedenborg Society by Max Rutherston, an Asian Art dealer specialising in netsuke, and Noriko Tsuchiya, the author of the British Museum’s new publication, ‘Netsuke: 100 miniature masterpieces from Japan’, a selection from the museum’s 2,300 strong netsuke collection. Read more…

Event: MCM Manchester Comic Con 19-20 JULY

MCM Comic Con is back in Manchester …and this time it’s for the whole weekend!

MCM Comic Con Manchester logoCalling all sci-fi fans, film buffs, comic collectors, anime enthusiasts, gamers and cosplayers! Following last year’s record attendance, MCM Manchester Comic Con returns to Manchester Central bigger and better than ever. Running over a full weekend for the first time, the show takes place on 19-20 July, playing host to everything from Read more…

Homage To Composer Miyagi Michio

Koto Anniversary Concert at the Embassy of Japan, London Friday 20th June 2014!

Michio MiyagiAttended 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…

June 2014 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

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

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 28th June 2014

Time: 13.00 – 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

DVD Review: Chrome Shelled Regios Collection 1

The world of tomorrow is an arid wasteland!

Chrome Shelled Part 1In the future we wonder what might happen if we become invaded by beings who want to ravage the world we try to live in, and Chrome Shelled Regios is one of many from anime history. The characters drive the story, and there are a good few that the viewer might care about, but others they may not as their personalities haven’t been fleshed out enough. It tells the story of several survivors of a future earth that has suffered the effects of living  with mutated beasts called Filth Monsters, (in the anime it translates as Contaminoids) and we see the story through the eyes of these survivors who have Read more…

DVD Review: Hakuoki: Demon of the Floating Blossom OVA Collection

June 4, 2014 1 comment

“A Memory of Snow Flowers”

Hakuoki OVA Collection coverWith a series 1 and 2 collection, there is a prequel and now an OVA to enjoy for those who are fans of bishonen series where the men have handsome, sometimes beautiful facial features, long hair and flamboyant manner. This OVA starts in December 1866 before the 1868 – 69 Boshin War and focuses first on the enemy who wanted to infiltrate and take down the Shinsengumi headquarters, hoping to make a name for themselves.

The OVA is made up of six episodes that are about each of the Shinsengumi characters. Souji is his usual comical self, but this time Read more…

MCM Comic Con Comes To Belfast

June 4, 2014 2 comments

 Special guests includes voice artist D.C. Douglas one (Resident Evil 5 and Tekken 6)!

MCM Belfast 2014When: 7 – 8 June 2014

Where: Kings Hall Pavilions, Belfast, Ireland

Calling all sci-fi fans, gamers, comic collectors, movie buffs and anime enthusiasts! MCM Comic Con comes to Belfast for the very first time on 7-8 June, and we’ve got a show jam-packed with geeky goodness in store for you. Here’s a round-up of just some of the special guests and attractions that you’ll find at the inaugural MCM Belfast Comic Con: Read more…

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