Category: Japan

Some weekend brain exercise

This morning, I went to the first class in my new Japanese course at City Lit. I'm heading back to Tokyo in July and really want to be able to use more Japanese while I'm there. The little snatches I've picked up along the way over the last four years aren't really enough to get ...

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Making friends…

... At this evening's Hyper Japan in Wapping's Tobacco Dock. This was the 'Christmas' version and so was smaller than the summer spectacular they host in Olympia. But all the usual favourites were there tonight: excellent food, impressive cosplay, Japanese music and quite a few bemused parents guiding their Kawaii-obsessed daughters through the crowds.    I ...

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Just a hint of Tokyo at home

Last weekend, we spotted an amazing print for sale in Spitalfields Market. The very talented Gerry Buxton was selling some of his incredible pieces and we both stopped in our tracks when we saw it. After the briefest of chats with Gerry about its dimensions and swapping tales of Tokyo, we headed home to measure ...

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Hyper Japan! Hyper! Japan!

I spent this afternoon at my first 'Hyper Japan' expo in London. Mind. Literally. Blown. It was basically a hall full of all the things I love: cosplay, amazing Japanese food, more cosplay, karaoke, giant video game characters. And some cosplay. It's very hard to do it justice in a single blog post. It was ...