art & culture

Top 4 Must-Reads for UK Japanophiles!’s Vanessa picks the top 4 must-read books for Japanophiles based in the UK! Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure by Hoshino Yukinobu This marvellous manga (comic book) stars the famed Professor Munakata, the fictional Japanese detective. He is visiting the UK and gets embroiled in a mystery involving many treasures we host in the British Read more

DJ Krush – real name 石 英明 (Hideaki Ishi) is a highly influential hip hop / trip hop DJ known for his distinctive, ground-breaking instrumental production. He creates a multi-layered atmosphere with sound elements from nature and sampling of jazz and soul. This show at Electric Brixton in London is his first for 2 years Read more

Yearning for the deep, primal reverberations of an o-daiko drum? A KODO performance cannot fail to rumble, shake and move you. These Japanese performers – based on Sado Island – sure don’t travel lightly: central to the show is the diversity of drums – from big to very, very big!  The elegance, versatility and sheer Read more

‘NAGASAKI: Life After Nuclear War’ by Susan Southard, Souvenir Press 2015, £20 Exquisite in execution and extensive in research, this profoundly important book is almost too harrowing to read. NAGASAKI must have been an immense labour to write; brought forth by Susan Southard with the realisation most Americans were ‘ignorant of the history of the Read more

Coming to Stratford Circus Arts Centre in east London, from November 24th – 28th, Kuli-Kala is a brand new action-packed stage show. Featuring Samurai and Ninjas struggling to join forces to defeat the Shogun, there are swashbuckling sword fights, dynamic choreography, music, song and an intriguing narrative to bring this dramatic story to life.The colourful Read more

Japan in… Dalston, London’s Vanessa uncovers 4 awesome Japan-inspired businesses in Dalston that you need to check out. Café OTO – Perched on upcycled wooden chairs and sipping flat whites, everyone in Café OTO is discussing Japan. So-and-so’s brother has just got back. French students exchange tips for dating Japanese women. Perhaps they’re trying too hard? But the Read more

‘The art lover’s guide to Japanese Museums’ by Sophie Richard, Japan Society Publications 2014, £18.99 Like a chisel to a chestnut, this book effectively cracks open the daunting barrier to Japanese museums, revealing toothsome treasures inside. Staggeringly, Japan has some 5,600 museums, a fifth devoted to art (the UK has approximately 1,600 museums overall. Finally 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 until Saturday March 21st, 2015.  Thank you for inviting in to review! Graduating from high school is a familiar rite of Read more