J-Economy: Top Tech Jobs In Japan

February 10, 2014 1 comment

A short guide for technoheads looking for the right career!

hiragana keyboardIt’s a huge job market out there. If you’re looking to broaden your horizons, Japan is a great place to start. If you have a gift for the technical, and in some cases are geeky when it comes to gadgets and the latest software, you’ll find plenty of opportunities in Japan.

More job seekers are willing to try new adventures. A change of scenery will make you a Read more…

Master Shamisen Player Hibiki Ichikawa FREE Student Concert

January 29, 2014 1 comment

An open evening of traditional Japanese music!

Hibiki Ichikawa (Image copyright James Fielding Photography)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…

3 Foreign Cars Making Their Way To The Japanese Market

January 25, 2014 1 comment

Overseas auto companies steer towards Japanese market!

VW Golf RWhen many of us think of the foreign auto market, we think of companies bringing autos from other parts of the world to our home countries. However, that is a very limited outlook because there is another side to that coin. The foreign auto market also includes the opposite; selling our vehicles to Read more…

3 Quick And Essential Tips For Spending Money In Japan

January 17, 2014 2 comments

How to be mindful in the state of yen!

Yen - Japanese currencyIf you’re getting ready to travel to Japan as a tourist or for a business trip, things could go much more smoothly after you take a bit of time to learn the basics of spending money there. Foreigners characteristically feel a bit overwhelmed when dealing with a new currency, but as you’ll soon see, it’s not difficult to Read more…

Wolf Children DVD Competition Now Closed And The Winners Are…

January 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Competition is now closed and two winners have been chosen!

Wolf Children DVDThanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of Wolf Children DVD.

Initially Diverse Japan was giving away just one copy of Wolf Children, but now will be giving away two copies.

And the winners are… Read more…

Beyond the Horizon – A Classical Journey Where East Meets West

December 31, 2013 4 comments

Bringing the ancient arts of Japan, Europe and the New World to the new generation!

Beyond the HorizonDate: 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…

WIN Wolf Children DVD – NOW CLOSED!

December 22, 2013 69 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again!

Wolf Children DVDPart slice-of-life drama about the joys and tribulations of single mother Hana raising her half-wolf kids, part rite-of-passage movie about finding your place in the world, Wolf Children is a funny, moving and accessible film directed by a true anime great.

After receiving an abundance of praise from its theatrical release (it was the second-highest grossing film in Japan on its debut weekend of 21–22 July 2012), we are pleased to say that we have a DVD copy to give away to Read more…

Christmas Japan-Style – Yule Be Amazed!

December 18, 2013 1 comment

It’s more about KFC than JC (Jesus Christ)!

Japan Christmas Traditions pic 1 croppedTraditions vary from culture to culture. In Japan, Christmas customs are far different from the reindeer, Christmas morning gifts, caroling and other traditions known to the Western world. Christmas is mostly a commercial holiday in Japan, and actually, it isn’t a real Japanese holiday at all. But Japan has really made this pseudo-holiday its own, spinning it into something Read more…

Book Review: The Thief By Fuminori Nakamura

December 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Translated by Satoku Izumo and Stephen Coates.

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura translated by Satoku Izumo and Stephen Coates Nishimura is a seasoned pickpocket, weaving through Tokyo’s crowded streets, in search of potential targets. He has no family, no friends, no connections… But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when his old partner-in-crime reappears and offers him a job he can’t refuse. Suddenly, Nishimura finds himself caught in a web so tangled and intricate that even he might not be able to escape.

When seen on the bookshelf the cover of black printed letters on bright yellow jumps out so it’s impossible to miss. The effect it has is perfect, and Read more…

Ho Ho Ho! Christmas Japanese Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

December 10, 2013 Leave a comment

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

ES Fooding Trading Japanese tea tasting eventVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London W1J 0DS

Date: 14th December 2013

Time: 13.00 – 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

J-pop Duo Die Milch To Make Their UK Live Debut At Milk Tea Day UK!

December 4, 2013 1 comment

Calling all fashionistas and fans of J-rock and Visual Kei!

Die Milch 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…

Book Launch & Talk: Schoolgirls, Money And Rebellion In Japan By Sharon Kinsella

December 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Analysis of youth, girls culture, culture industries, corporate culture, social discourse, political change, and governance, in contemporary Japan!

Schoolgirls, Money and Rebellion in JapanDate: Friday, 6 December 2013
Time: Talk at 6.30pm followed by a drinks reception to 8.30pm
Venue: Daiwa Foundation Japan House 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle London NW1 4QP  MAP

Admission free, booking essential

Schoolgirls, Money and Rebellion in Japan analyses the cult of schoolgirls in contemporary Japan and the interaction of girls’ street fashions and male journalistic and subcultural forms organised predominantly around the fetishistic portrayal of young girls and schoolgirls. The book is Read more…

Four Hundredth Anniversary Of The Death Of Tokugawa Ieyasu & Japan400 Anniversary Event An Answering Visit Of Emissaries From Sumpu-Shizuoka, Four Centuries Later

November 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Four Hundredth Anniversary of the Death of Tokugawa Ieyasu & Japan400 Anniversary Event An Answering Visit of Emissaries from Sumpu-Shizuoka, Four Centuries LaterDate: Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Venue: SOAS (University of London)

Event Information

Part I: Japan400 Ceremony and Presentations

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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…

DVD/Blu-ray Review: It’s A Beautiful Day (Kuso subarashii kono sekai)

November 20, 2013 1 comment

An Asian/American horror film directed by Kayoko Asakura!

It's a Beautiful daySet in California, It’s a Beautiful Day (‘Kuso subarashii kono sekai’), directed by Kayoko Asakura (‘Hide and Seek’), is an infusion of Asian and American horror with ample gory and brutal moments involving disfigurement that will gratify the most hardened splatter fan.

Ah-Jung, played by Kkobbi Kim, is a Korean student studying in America. She’s been invited by her Japanese friend Takako (Amagi Chika) to accompany her and a group of four other Japanese students on a trip to Read more…

November Japanese Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

November 11, 2013 Leave a comment

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

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

Date: 16th November 2013

Time: 13.00 – 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

Art Exhibition: Kabuki – Japanese Theatre Prints

November 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Come face to face with Kabuki theatre’s most famous characters!

Miya, from the series Tokaido gojusan-tsugi no uchiVenue: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Date: 4th October 2013 – 2nd February 2014

The opening up of Japan to the rest of the world after Commodore Perry’s 1853 visit sparked a craze in the West for Japanese art and design. Called Japonisme it began in the late 1850s and peaked with and after what is considered by some the most pivotal event in the history of Japanese art in the West; the exhibition of Sir Rutherford Alcock’s collection of Read more…

The Nakasendo Road Part Three: Day 7 – 10

October 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Third and final part: Japanophile Trevor Skingle ‘walks Japan’ to raise funds for the humanitarian charity RedR UK!

Nakasedno Road Part Three Day 7 - 10Day Seven: O-tsumago to Kiso-Fukushima – Reports came in that 800mm of rain had fallen on Kyōto as a result of the typhoon Man Yi, that the level of the Kamogawa River at Sanjo Obashi Bridge where the group had walked a few nights before was phenomenally high and there had been Read more…

October Japanese Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

October 18, 2013 Leave a comment

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

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

Date: 19th October 2013

Time: 13.00 – 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

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