people & places

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

Paul Woodhead: Meetup Leader, Musician

You’ll often find Paul Woodhead at Japan-related gigs, events and otherwise in London (and sometimes Japan!).  An inspiring and active member of the community here in London, Paul will welcomes you to join the London Japanese Meetup group here, or on facebook here. Upcoming events – the group meets at the Slug and Lettuce on Read more