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Sake no Hana ‘Sakura Crystal Box’ Bento

‘Sake no Hana’ Review: Mayfair

Why? Sake no Hana certainly must offer the most sumptuous-yet-sensible solution to London’s blustery and unpredictable ‘hanami’ season! Literally ‘flower viewing’ in Japanese – your springtime celebrations can be brought inside under the delightful display of ‘Sakura’ cherry blossoms in … [Read More...]


‘Harajuku Girls’ Theatre Review

Playwright: Francis Turnly / Director: Jude Christian / Starring: Haruka Abe, Elizabeth Tan, Kunjue Li A gritty, gripping coming-of-age drama, 'Harajuku Girls' premiered at the Finborough Theatre in February 2015 and is on … [Read More...]

Greatful Dead

‘Greatful Dead’ DVD Review

グレイトフルデッド, 2013 / 98 minutes / Director: Eiji Uchida / Writers: Etsuro Hiratani, Eiji Uchida Starring Kumi Takiuchi, Takashi Sasano, Kim Kkobbi Available from Third Window Films on DVD and Blu-Ray now, Greatful Dead is a … [Read More...]

Kintan Japanese BBQ

‘Kintan’ Japanese BBQ Review: Holborn

Why?  Date-night / hubby’s birthday.  Kintan specialises in ‘yakiniku’ literally ‘grilled meat’ & were we ever dying to get our chops round it. With branches in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Jakata, Kintan is a newcomer to the booming … [Read More...]

SIRO-A: Kawaii & Kakoi! (Cute & Cool!)

SIRO-A Review: Kawaii & Kakoi!

In London until 11 January 2015 - back and ‘re-booted’ for the 3rd year running – SIRO-A clearly have a winning formula.  A fusion of mime, dance and puppetry, with lasers and music, from Japan?  Well, I expected the … [Read More...]

Chash Tea 2014

Dan Rook: Chash Tea ‘Leaf Excutive’

“If ‘Tea Makes Everything Better’ shouldn’t we be drinking better tea?”.  Good point, well made.  Dan Rook of Chash tea has a clear mission. Sourcing and carefully selecting the world’s finest tea and infusions by  taking the … [Read More...]

Conversation Skills: Key to Making Friends!

Top 3 Ways to Speak in Japanese

Are you learning Japanese?  It is so important to create your own opportunities to practice speaking, that is, natural conversation. After all, purpose for language is essentially communication.  Enjoyable, meaningful conversation … [Read More...]