people & places

Are you learning Japanese?  Here’s a brief guide to the conversation clubs in the London.   Do you want to chat in English and Japanese?  A conversation evening can be brilliant to informally practice your conversation skills and make interesting, international friends. This is London – so you’ll meet all sorts of different types of people Read more

‘My favourite day of the school holidays‘ wrote my 5 year old boy, ‘was using the Japanese Washlet toilet at the Japan House. It squirts water at your bumhole and then dries it with hot air.’ Indeed, Japan House, High Street Kensington, is fun to pop in before a romp in Hyde Park (not too Read more

Admiring the springtime blooms is a bit of a national obsession common to both Britain and Japan. They are being rapturously received in the UK in 2019 as we speak, and the first wave of cherry blossoms has started in Japan. Here in the UK we are known for seasonally swooning over daffodils, snowdrops and Read more

Explore Japanese Gardens in London!

Kyoto Garden in Holland Park The top destination for Japanese gardens enthusiasts in London has got to be the outstanding ‘Kyoto Garden’ in Holland Park.  This carefully-tended landscaped park (NO picnics on the grass!) features a tumbling waterfall as a centrepiece – so scenic in all seasons. There are traditional stone lanterns, a rock garden Read more

What do you do, and why? Hi. My name is Deep. And I am the British Novice and English Master’s Heavyweight Sumo Wrestling Champion. Sumo is an ancient martial art that is an intrinsic part of Japanese culture. I began my journey in sumo in November 2016, and with the guidance of Steve Pateman, my Read more

Sushi and Smalltalk: Event Review

A winning combination! Enjoyed by all, our unique event on Friday, November 11th brought together 30 English and Japanese speakers. The most important thing about learning a language is using it to connect with people. But so often, it can be tricky to simply go ahead and speak to strangers. That’s why ZOOM Japan, Read more

English & Japanese Meetup Party!

We are happy to announce that we are presenting an English and Japanese Meetup party in collaboration with ZOOM JAPAN Free Monthly Magazine and Sozai Cooking School. This is a unique event made up of one-to-one language exchanges with different partners! Any level of English & Japanese speakers will be welcome. As the second part of 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

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 time to talk to a wide range of suppliers, Dan brings better tea into British people’s daily lives Read more

London is the best place for Japanese art in Europe, according to Monika Hinkel, Japanese art specialist, who will  offer courses from September at the wonderful Morley College, Waterloo.  Courses will include: Japanese painting (autumn term), Japanese Ceramics (spring term), Nanban Art (summer term) and Major themes in Japanese Art (summer term). 1. What do Read more

Race to Finish Hello Kitty Secret Garden as Car Ride is Installed at Drusillas Park Hello Kitty Secret Garden – Europe’s first permanent Hello Kitty attraction – took one step closer to fruition this week as the third and final children’s ride was installed at the award-winning Drusillas Park in East Sussex. The Hello Kitty Read more

Junko O’Neill: Artist

Junko O’Neill, a Japanese artist now residing in the UK, brings her solo exhibition entitled ‘Fragments of Time’ to London this week.  Here, she tells us about the concept of ‘ma’ and events surrounding the exhibition. Junko’s exhibition is now over, but you can see some photos of the opening night here. 1. What do Read more

Adam Komisarof: Author, Professor

With Japan’s working population greying and rapidly dwindling, supplementing the labour shortage with non-Japanese workers has been proposed as one solution to this demographic crisis. It is crucial, however, that foreign nationals not only be “imported,” but also that Japanese and non-Japanese can coexist comfortably and ultimately thrive together.  This is the focus of the Read more

Sam Seager recently launched his first photo book, ‘Broken Things’ at ICN Gallery.   The images in this book explore the rural Japan affected by the Tohoku diaster, and all proceeds from the sale of the book are for charity.  Sam also enjoys Japanese culture in London and gives us some great recommendations, below! 1. What Read more

Gakunowa Music Community

‘GAKUNOWA’ Organiser Kaori Sukegawa tells us all about the purpose behind their musical community, and gives us some top tips for Japanese things in London.  Watch out for their Gakunowa’s event, coming soon.  The last event was the ‘Mad Hatter’s Rock Party’ in January where 5 bands, including musicians playing Japanese traditional music (including Hibiki Read more