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Book Review: Nightshade – An Only In Tokyo Mystery By Jonelle Patrick

August 22, 2014 Leave a comment

First in a series of mysteries that could happen only in Tokyo!

Nightshade By Jonelle PatrickYumi Hata has returned to Tokyo after a stint in the U.S. She works as a translator whose only friend in the whole of the city is Rika. She keeps her from the total isolation she feels during her stay, but when she is found dead, Yumi feels alone again, the isolation and loneliness creeping up on her.

For most people, knowing a friend is what can make them question why someone so dear would kill herself and Yumi does this as she remembers what kind of girl Rika was. Rika had no problems, was happy and had no suicidal tendencies as far as she was aware. She could be wrong, but 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…

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…

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…

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…

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!

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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…

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 2 comments

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…

3 Quick And Essential Tips For Spending Money In Japan

January 17, 2014 6 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…

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…

The Nakasendō Road Part One: Day 1 – 3

October 8, 2013 2 comments

Part One of Three: Japanophile Trevor Skingle ‘walks Japan’ to raise funds for the humanitarian charity RedR UK!

Statue of Ii Naomasa outside Hikone Station, Hikone Castle Stretching 533km from Edo (modern day Tōkyo) to Kyōtō the Nakasendō Road, though extant since the seventh century, was administratively established as one of the five official roads of the Edo Era (the others being the Tōkaidō, Kōshū Kaidō, Ōshū Kaidō, and Nikkō Kaidō) by Tokugawa Ieyasu shortly after his victory at Read more…

Music Review: Raychell “L>R”

The eagerly anticipated debut album from Japan’s hottest new singing sensation!

Release date: 24 April 2013

Raychell - album sleeve  CD + DVD

This dazzling assortment of songs which consists of a mixture of styles from rock to dance confirms that Raychell is a singer – songwriter of immense talent who is equally comfortable performing ballads as she is up-tempo songs. Her vocal skills are outstanding. She can make a simple tune sound full of meaning and an intricate melody sound easy on the Read more…

Art Exhibition Review: Works On Nature & Dance/Movement By Hiroko Imada

March 21, 2013 6 comments

Expressive moods in colour!

Hiroko Imada art exhibition Riverside Studio GalleryRiverside Studios Gallery London – 16 March – 7 April 2013

On Monday, 18 March Diverse Japan attended a private viewing of the exhibition Works on Nature & Dance/Movement by Japanese artist Hiroko Imada, which is being held at the Riverside Studios Gallery in London from 16 March until 7 April (see foot of post for opening times). The exhibition is registered with Read more…

2nd Installment From Okamoto Kido’s Talks On Meiji Era Theatre – Under The Lamp

March 2, 2013 1 comment

Part 14:  The scene at the opening of the new Kabukiza!

Danjurio IX as Komon Mitsukuni 1895 OK part 14Kabuza Gossip – ‘Heart Warming Historical Tales of Kōmon’ (Zokusetsu Bidan Kōmon Ki) — Scholar, Amateur Kabuki Dramatist and Journalist Fukuchi Ōchi — The Appearance of Kabukiza Banzuke advertising posters – ‘The Fire Brigade Fight’ (Megumi no Kenka).

After the Great Earthquake disaster (of 1923) the appearance of the Kabukiza theatre building was once again anticipated. Also a large part of the Read more…

DVD Review: Needless Part 1 Episodes 1-12

February 20, 2013 1 comment

An anime series about a group of post-holocaust survivors with extraordinary powers!

Needless Part 1 DVD coverIt is the year 2130, 50 years after the catastrophic events of World War III. Where Tokyo once stood, there is now a nuclear contaminated hole full of rubble and destruction, known as ‘The Black Spot’. Now populated by refugees and outcasts, many of The Black Spot’s inhabitants have developed special powers ranging from telekinesis to super strength, speed and even transmutation. These powers are known as ‘fragments’ and the people who wield them known as the ‘Needless’. Read more…

Art Exhibition: Works On Nature & Dance/Movement By Hiroko Imada

February 15, 2013 1 comment

Press release

(Image: © Hiroko Imada)

Date: 10am – 10pm, Sat 16 March – Sun 7 April 2013

Venue: The Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, London, W6 9RL

Japanese artist Hiroko Imada is a graduate of the Slade, and has been living and working in London for over 20 years. She is a member of Palace Wharf Studios, and has drawn much artistic stimulation from its prime riverside location. Read more…

Luxury Holidays In The Land Of The Rising Sun

February 14, 2013 4 comments

Castles, theme parks, breath-taking scenery…  Japan has it all!

Mt.Fuji and Motosuko (©Akira Okada/©JNTO)

Japan is a fascinating country with a rich history and culture, a unique mix of old and new. It is a country definitely worth visiting in style. Here is what you need to know about spending a luxury holiday in this beautiful place. Read more…

Interview: Producer Thelma Holt – Anjin: The Shogun and the English Samurai

January 30, 2013 3 comments

“The influence of Japanese theatre has been and is tremendous!”  Thelma Holt

Thelma Holt profile photoThelma Holt CBE began a long and distinguished theatre career as an actress. She then founded the Open Space Theatre in Tottenham and has worked for the Roundhouse, the National Theatre and the Peter Hall Company. She went on to found her own theatre production company, Thelma Holt Limited. She works with the distinguished Japanese Director Yukio Ninagawa to bring Anglo-Japanese theatre to the Read more…

A Guide For Finding Pretty Places Anywhere In Japan

January 24, 2013 3 comments

Finding Japan’s inner elegance can be an exhilarating adventure!

Gotokuji Temple Tokyo ©Yasufumi Nishi (c) JNTOJapan’s multifaceted landscape is cloaked in a mysterious ambiance that has engaged the hearts of travellers for centuries. Its isolation as an island nation kept its traditions, many of which date back thousands of years, preserved from outside influence until the war brought in a major influx of foreign pressure in the mid part of the 20th century. Since then, the country has developed to Read more…

Interview: Actor Stephen Boxer – Anjin: The Shogun and the Samurai

January 23, 2013 3 comments

“What I love is how their friendship [Anjin and Tokugawa] crossed boundaries and superseded all that and became mates!”  Steve Boxer

Stephen Boxer  as AnjinStephen Boxer is an Olivier nominated stage, film and television actor. A veteran of the RSC he has performed widely at, amongst others, the National Theatre, the Barbican, the Duchess Theatre, and the Hammersmith Lyric. He won a London Fringe Award for Best Actor in his role as the Governor in ‘The Clearing’ at the Bush Theatre and his performance with the RSC as Read more…

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