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Ghost In The Shell: Can DreamWorks Crack It?

October 4, 2016 1 comment

“We needed a launch that was as unique and original as the property itself.” – Paramount Pictures

Ghost in the Shell Live ActionSince the announcement that Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Avengers, Lucy) is to play the lead character, Major, in the up and coming live action adaptation of the hugely popular manga/anime franchise, GHOST IN THE SHELL, in which Johansson was reportedly offered $10m to take the role, DreamWorks has come under fire from many quarters for whitewashing and potentially Read more…

Japan Matsuri 2016 London

September 20, 2016 1 comment

Celebrating 125 years of Friendship!

japan-matsuri-2016Date: Sunday 25th September

Time: 10:00 – 20:00

Venue: Trafalgar Square

Admission: Free (no tickets)

http://www.japanmatsuri.com Read more…

September 2016 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

September 13, 2016 Leave a comment

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

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 17 September 2016

Time: 14.00– 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

Book Review: Samurai Revolution By Romulus Hillsborough

August 29, 2016 1 comment

The Dawn of Modern Japan as seen through the eyes of the Shōgun’s Last Samurai!

samurai revolution front coverThis book, based on twenty-five years of research by Romulus Hillsborough who spent sixteen years living in Japan, joins his growing portfolio of his other works on the pivotal characters and themes of the Bakumatsu Period and the Meiji Restoration bringing many of them together in a welcome work that covers the pivotal period that heralded the end of the Japanese feudal era and the beginning of the industrial and political modernisation of Japan.

Something of a tome ‘Samurai Revolution’ is written as two books. The first covers the conflicting interests of the Tokugawa Bakufu in Edo (modern day Tōkyō) and the Imperial Court in Kyōto and the inter clan alliances which had been forged nearly three hundred years before in the triumphs and Read more…

Interview: Sebastian Masuda – Art Director and J-Pop Culture Pioneer

August 29, 2016 1 comment

Internationally-renowned artist Sebastian Masuda brings global participatory art project to London with NHK WORLD TV for Hyper Japan!

AAD_1008 (2) croppedIn the run up to Hyper Japan, which took place on July 15 – 17 July, internationally-renowned artist and Japanese pop culture expert Sebastian Masuda – who is art director for Kawaii International  – brought his global art project to London with NHK WORLD TV.

Time After Time Capsule is a five-year participatory artwork in which Masuda, invites people to share their love of kawaii. It has been created in collaboration with NHK WORLD TV to Read more…

July 2016 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

July 29, 2016 1 comment

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

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 30 July 2016

Time: 14.00– 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

Music Review: No Cars – YOKO GOES TO BOLLYWOOD

The album gives people lots of smiles, and one can’t resist laughing, thinking ‘they are bonkers’!

No Cars Yoko Goes to BollywoodFollow NO CARS (read Diverse Japan’s interview with the band) as they travel down the Silk Road to India; their journey is not an easy one as hunger, thirst, and vast amounts of tip-ex await them but it is certainly enjoyable. Luckily for us these intrepid travellers have recorded their adventures as infectious pop-punk melodies in the album YOKO GOES TO BOLLYWOOD.

These three Japanese girls and their Raccoon drummer have created a rather fun story in their latest album. It gives you the chance to imagine the quartet as they walk all the way to Read more…

Reel Japan Film Festival 2016

Press Release.

Reel JapanReal Cinema. Real Culture. Reel Japan.

Date: Bank Holiday Weekend, Sat April 30th/Sun May 1st

Tickets: Available from April 1st, £5 per film(limited to 100 seats per screening) Day ticket £15 (4 screenings), Weekend ticket £25 (8 screenings)

Venue: The Yard Theatre Unit 2A, Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN Read more…

Hit The Road With NHK WORLD TV This Spring

Japan’s international English-language channel launches travel season

Journeys in Japan – Exciting travel programmes on NHK World TV_44 (from website no logo)This spring NHK WORLD TV, the 24-hour international English language channel from Japan’s public service provider NHK, presents an exciting season of travel programmes offering unique insights into Japanese culture, both ancient and modern.

Kicking off this April, the season of travel programmes form part of NHK WORLD TV’s extensive resource of materials for anyone studying Japanese, planning a trip, or interested in learning more about the country in the run up to Japan’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Read more…

Interview: NO CARS Talk Samosa, Cress, And The Mystery of Yoko

February 19, 2016 Leave a comment

A tongue-in-cheek pub-rock band that merges jazz, punk and even Punjabi!

NO CARS Pic 12NO CARS are having the time of their lives on stage as they play their headline show at the Spice of Life in London. Dressed in brightly coloured Saris and a racoon onesie, the band is getting the audience to chant “Samosa” alongside them before they dive head first into their comic set of songs. If there’s one thing that should be taken from this performance, it’s that NO CARS know how to put on an entertaining Read more…

Closed! WIN A Pack Of Gyokuro – High Quality Loose Japanese White Tea

January 18, 2016 45 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again! (UK Residents only)

12 packs of premier Japanese tea to giveaway!

KYOTO UJI-GYOKURO 100GThanks to ES Food Trading, Diverse Japan is thrilled to be giving away 12 packets (one per winner) of Gyokuro, a high quality delicately sweet Japanese white tea, often referred to as the connoisseur’s Japanese tea, farmed in Kyoto, Japan, imported and exclusively sold in the UK to selective London stores including the wagashi (Japanese confectionery) outlet, Minamoto Kitchoan, and the prestigious food store Partridges .

Each pack (worth £24.00) contains 100 gms of loose leaf tea.

To enter, see competition rules at bottom of page. Read more…

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…

Naruto Shippuden Movie 3 Competition Closed And The Winner Is…

August 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Competition is now closed and a winner has been chosen!

Naruto Shippuden Movie 3 The Will of FireThanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of Naruto Shippuden Movie 3 Blu-ray. Sadly, there can only be one winner.

And the winner is… Read more…

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MCM Expo London Comic Con Line-up – Anime, Cosplay, Movies And Much More…

MCM London Comic Con – Excel London – 25-27 May 2012

What’s On At May’s Comic Con?

Britain’s biggest pop culture festival, MCM Expo London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 25-27 May with an awesome line-up of movie, videogame, sci-fi, comics, anime Read more…

LAZYgunsBRISKY Release Their Self-Titled 5th Album On Good Charamel Records

April 23, 2012 2 comments

The band’s final album!

LAZYgunsBRISKY is an all-girl hard rock quartet from Tokyo. Comprising members Lucy (vocals), izumi (guitar), azu (bass, vocals), and Moe (drums). The band draws influence from 60s – 80s rock and roll, great songs full of fat guitars and sludgy basses. Often described as an updated Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith, while some of the older songs possess the brutish simplicity of The Stooges, the band delivers straight ahead rock n roll with Read more…

Kizuna – The Bonds of Freindship By Naoto Kan Prime Minister of Japan

April 11, 2011

One month has passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, which caused over 13,000 people to lose their lives in the enormous earthquake and tsunamis that struck. Even now, over 14,000 people remain unaccounted for, and about 150,000 people remain forced to take shelter as evacuees. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to all the people who have suffered as a result of this disaster, both Japanese nationals and non-Japanese, and to their families… Read more…

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