Top posts of 2016 – my favourite five

Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue

It’s time to look back at 2016 and pick my best posts of the year. Not as easy as you might think – there’s plenty fighting for a place, and it’s tempting to choose ten or even more. But I’m going to stand firm at five, so you know the winners have really earned their place. Here they are, in date order. Continue reading

Litre of Light at Lumière London 2016

Litres of LightLumière London, a spectacular light show that’s lighting up London for just four days, from 14th to 17th January, has turned out to be a massive success, with overcrowding by Lumière crowds forcing the closure of King’s Cross Station last night.  Lumière is a display of light sculptures and projections all over town, including brilliantly lit goldfish over Piccadilly, giant snowdrops in Leicester Square, and Westminster Abbey as you’ve never seen it before with a multicoloured facade. But with all this to choose from, I’ve decided to bring you a small installation called Litre of Light. Here’s why. Continue reading

It’s New Year’s Eve so here’s my review of 2015

Isabella PlantationHow was 2015 for you? I had a busy year which makes it hard to choose my favourite posts. But there’ve been two high points for me. One is the huge growth in interest in my regular spring posts about cherry blossom. The other is that I’ve repositioned the blog this year. It’s always been a London blog, but now it has less of a focus on Japanese stuff, enabling me to post about a much wider range of places and events than I could before. (including the Isabella Plantation in the photo above). Continue reading

Hyper Japan Summer 2015 – bigger, better, louder

Hyper JapanYes, once again it’s time for the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, Hyper Japan, a mad mix of food, fashion, gaming, music and cosplay that lets you experience the latest Japanese trends before they hit these shores. This year for the first time it’s going to be at the O2 in Greenwich, starting on Friday 10th July and running all weekend. Here’s little preview of what to expect. Continue reading

Hyper Japan does Christmas!

Hyper Japan plushiesHyper Japan is is the biggest show of Japanese goods and culture in the UK, and this year we’ve got an extra dose of it in the Hyper Japan Christmas Market at Kensington Olympia. (Not Earl’s Court like the main show – boy, am I glad I checked the location before I set out.) It’s got everything you expect from Hyper Japan – games, cosplay, sake, martial arts, J-pops and a whole lot more, including an incredible range of ideas for presents for the Japanophile in your life. Want to know what I picked? Read on. Continue reading

Kimonos rule at Japan Matsuri 2014

Japan Matsuri 2014Japan Matsuri in Trafalgar Square gets bigger and better every year. Especially this year, with the Indian summer we’ve been having, which really brought out the crowds. A surprising number of people dressed the part in kimonos – everything from cotton yukata, the traditional wear for a summer festival, to richly decorated antique kimonos. That’s what I’ve focused on this year, so here’s my kimono fashion parade from Japan Matsuri. Continue reading