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…

Memorial Concert For Japan Earthquake & Tsunami 2016

Kakehashi Project: “The Unity Bridge Project”

Japan Memorial Concert 2016 pic 1111th March 2011 was a devastating day in Japanese history. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful to ever be recorded in Japan, hit the country’s east coast and triggered a massive tsunami that devastated the Tōhoku region. The wave travelled 10km inland in some areas of the country, and over 15,000 people were killed by the event. To this day, Japan is still in shock about the disaster but they are determined to remain brave in the Read more…

March 2016 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: 19th March 2016

Time: 14.00– 19.00

Admission: FREE 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…

Tokyo Extra- A New Online TV Programme

January 27, 2016 Leave a comment

An all-new guide to Tokyo!

Tokyo ExtraFor those of you interested in finding out where some of the best places in Tokyo are to visit, then this could be the show for you.

Tokyo Extra is a new online TV programme broadcast live every Sunday on You Tube that introduces information to viewers outside Japan by linking people in Read more…

Gyokuro – Japanese White Tea Competition Now Closed And The Winners Are…

January 27, 2016 3 comments

12 winners have been randomly selected from a hat!

KYOTO UJI-GYOKURO 100GThanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a packet of Gyokuro – Japanese white tea.

12 winners have been selected.

And the winners are… 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…

December 2015 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

December 16, 2015 Leave a comment

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

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 19th December 2015

Time: 14.00– 19.00

Admission: FREE Read more…

Review: The Newly Refurbished Toshiba Gallery At The Victoria And Albert Museum

December 16, 2015 Leave a comment

‘Design is not for philosophy, it’s for life’ (Issey Miyake)

The Mazarin Chest, Japanese c.1640 (c)After the post Second World War attempt by the Allies in occupied Japan to disband the zaibatsu business conglomerates, which was partially successful, Japanese industry began setting itself strategies at regular intervals for the development and manufacture of products. Each revolved around particular group of five facets of design and manufacture – for instance a single strategic phase might involve something like: Read more…

November 2015 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

November 20, 2015 Leave a comment

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

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 21st November 2015

Time: 14.00– 19.00

Admission: FREE Read more…

No Cars Announce Date For Third Album Launch Party London

November 18, 2015 Leave a comment

PRESS RELEASE – “Yoko Goes To Bollywood”

No Cars are 3 girls and a raccoon!

No Cars promo croppedDate: Friday 4th December 2015
Venue: Paper Dress Vintage Bar & Boutique, London
Doors: 7.30pm / Support acts: 7.45pm / NO CARS: 9.45pm
Address: 352A Mare Street, E8 1HR
Nearest station: Hackney Central (Overground Zone 2)

Audience members are asked to dress up in the theme of India or Bollywood to participate in the  Read more…

October 2015 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

October 28, 2015 Leave a comment

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

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 31st October 2015

Time: 14.00– 19.00

Admission: FREE Read more…

Halloween Party 2015 With Japanese Music 18+

October 28, 2015 Leave a comment

An evening of live music and fancy dress!

HalloweenDate: Thursday 29th Oct 2015


Time: Opens 7:30pm Starts 8pm til 1am

Price: ADV £4 / DOOR´£5 Read more…

‘ABU Robot Contest “Badminton Robo-Game” Battle To Be The World’s Best’

October 27, 2015 Leave a comment

NHK World TV showcases first Robominton on 31st October, 2015

Times: 0:10-1:00/06:10-7:00/12:10-13:00/18:10-19:00   

NHK World TV - ABU Robot Contest_04 (2)This summer, 18 teams from the Asia-Pacific region took part in the 14th ABU Robocon held in the ancient city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  The ABU Robocon is an annual contest where university, college and polytechnic students build handmade robots to battle it out in Read more…

Film Review: Obon Brothers – A Film By Akira Osaki

October 23, 2015 Leave a comment

A charming and heart-warming portrayal of a man down on his luck!

Obon Brothers

Akira Osaki (read interview here) has not had an easy time in the Japanese film industry. After the failure of his debut film Catchball-Ya, Osaki struggled to secure funding for a new film. Again and again his projects were dropped in the early stages, and this made him frustrated about the film industry he was working so hard to be accepted in. This anger has been translated into his latest film, Obon Brothers, a dark comedy penned by his close-friend, and Read more…

Event: Charity Kimono Culture Evening London

October 20, 2015 Leave a comment

In support of Aid For Japan!

Kimono Culture Evening eventDate: Friday 30th October 2015

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Richmond Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave, Richmond TW9 1TP

Help us raise money for children orphaned by the March 2011 tsunami by enjoying an evening of Japanese kimono, food and music. The tickets are just £40 each and all proceeds go to Read more…

Film Review: Ryūzō And The Seven Henchmen (Ryūzō to Shichinin no Kobuntachi)

October 12, 2015 Leave a comment

A fast paced and quick witted comedy!

Ryuzo_7_Japanese_Theatrical_Release_Poster 2Produced by Office Kitano and released in Japan on 25th April 2015 the film stars the 74 year old Tatsuya Fuji as Ryūzō, whose performance is the mainstay of the film’s success, and is directed by the critically acclaimed Beat Takeshi (aka Takeshi Kitano). The film is a delightful and, in places, very funny romp into the twilight existence of a group of Yakuza headed up by the Read more…

Interview: Film Director Akira Osaki

October 11, 2015 Leave a comment

“My films won’t all be about losers, I do want to make something different in the future!”  – Akira Osaki

Akira OsakiAkira Osaki is an independent filmmaker whose latest production, Obon Brothers, was screened in London (represented by Third Window Films) as part of the 23rd Raindance Film Festival. Hailing from Gunma prefecture in Japan, Osaki is a humble and friendly director, who has worked predominantly as an Assistant Director. Much like the lead character in his film, Takashi Kitano , Osaki was looking for his big break in the Japanese Read more…