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…

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…

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