Hyper Japan is billed as the UK’s biggest J-culture event and I’m certainly not going to disagree with that. It’s on for three days (today, Sunday 28th July is the final day) at Earl’s Court 2. I went along on Friday to see what all the fuss is about. Continue reading
I wish I could say there was bright sunshine for Okinawa Day at Spitalfields Market yesterday, but no, it was a typical English summer’s day – grey with intermittent rain. At least the contrast with the images of Okinawa, a tropical paradise of sun, sand and coral reefs, must have pleased the travel companies. Continue reading
Today Japan Matsuri took over Trafalgar Square and turned it into a Japanese street festival. I got there just about lunchtime to find the food stalls in full swing, serving as fast as they could go. Continue reading
The Paralympics are nearly over – just the closing ceremony tonight and the athlete’s parade tomorrow. Here’s a roundup up of impressions from the Olympic Park, especially from Eton Manor, home to the wheelchair tennis, where I worked as a Games Maker.
With 27 degrees of blazing sunshine, Centre Court was a tough assignment. Continue reading
Tango Al Fresco in Regent’s Park yesterday was packed out – dance was strictly salon, no space for anything else. It made me nostalgic for the early days when Tango Al Fresco was known only to the few and there was no dance floor, just the gravel and the music. Continue reading
I finally made it to Arigato at County Hall today – the last afternoon of the last day. An awful lot of people had decided to do the same and were sitting in the shade of big paper umbrellas drinking sake cocktails and gazing out over the sunlit Thames. Oh, and Wenlock was there too.