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Off The Beaten Path: Dream Destinations In Rural Japan

April 9, 2014 2 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…

The Latest Tech Gadgets From Japan

March 29, 2014 4 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…

J-Economy: Top Tech Jobs In Japan

February 10, 2014 Leave a 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…

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 1 comment

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Japan Promotes Its Events Industry In Thailand

August 14, 2013 1 comment

Japan aims to revive it’s economy through hosting Asian and International events!

Japan Events in BangkokSingapore, 12 August 2013 – Japanese MICE exhibitors are returning to IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific with the largest delegation from the country since 2010.

Comprising of Convention Visitors Bureaus (CVBs), Destination Management Companies (DMCs), corporate companies and hospitality chains, the Japan cluster includes Read more…

J-Pop Idol Group Morning Musume Needs Your Help!

July 19, 2013 5 comments

A message from Team J-MELO for all Morning Musume fans out there!

morning musume 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…

WIN Steins; Gate: Part 1 on Blu-ray [Episodes 1-12]

July 15, 2013 9 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again!

Steins; GateRintaro ‘Okarin’ Okabe is a self-proclaimed mad scientist. He’s just made his microwave into a time machine. He’s sending text messages to the past. He is in so much trouble right now. Set in the same world as 2008 anime Chaos;Head, acclaimed sci-fi thriller Steins;Gate is a rollercoaster ride of conspiracy, murder and fractured timelines as Okarin rushes to save his past, present and future.

Steins;Gate: Part 1 comes to DVD and Blu-ray (Amazon.co.uk) on 15th July, and to celebrate, we have a copy on Blu-ray up for grabs! Read more…

Book Review: From The Fatherland, With Love By Ryu Murakami

A major new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Coin Locker Babies!

From the Father Land with LoveIn a possible worst-case scenario, Murakami has plunged Japan into despair as North Korea has made its move to attack and take over Fukuoka, holding the people hostage. The North Korean government plots to invade and start with three plans of action; one consisting of nine commandos sneaking into Japan to occupy certain areas, two happens two hours later with a drop of four SOF air companies who will take over the beachhead, while three has a hundred and twenty thousand troops landing on Hakata Bay, and the name of the operation is From the Fatherland, with Read more…

Art Exhibition: Seijiro Niwa “The Way Of Mending Holes” ICN Gallery London

Artist Talk  “Frame and picture story”: May 4 14:00 – 15:30

ICN GalleryICN gallery proudly presents “the way of mending holes” by artist Seijiro Niwa from May 2 – 25 2013.  

NIwa has been consistently producing photos and 3D works under the theme of picture boundary and human eyesight’s end. The exhibition will feature his latest 2D and 3D works.  Read more…

SADO Tempest UK Screening At Sci-Fi London Festival 2013

A haunting Japanese cinematic rendition of the Shakespeare play “The Tempest”!

Sado TempestDate: 6 May 2013

Time: 16.15

Venue: Stratford East Picturehouse, Salway Road, E15 1BX London

Includes a Q&A with Producer Paul Smith after screening. Read more…

London Anime Convention 20-21 July 2013

April 23, 2013 1 comment

An event that includes J-pop, cosplay, special guests, and lots of fun!

London Anime Con 2013Anime League kicks off with their Summer London Anime Convention 20-21 July at the London Rocket Complex, Holloway Road.  Over a thousand people are expected to attend this weekend which is jammed pack full of anime, gaming, Japanese culture and Read more…

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