Where manga-cute meets horror: Junko Mizuno

Junko MizunoCovent Garden is a home from home for me. There’s hardly a day goes by that I’m not down there for dance classes of one kind or another, or meeting up with friends for dinner. So when I heard that manga graphic novelist Junko Mizuno would be exhibiting at the Atomica Gallery in Short’s Gardens, it was the work of a moment to pop in to take a look. After all, the gallery is right next to my hairdressers. Continue reading

Henry Sotheran Japanese Prints

Henry Southeran Japanese PrintsWhen we think of Japanese prints it’s usually ukiyo-e, traditional ‘floating world’ woodblock prints of actors and kimono-clad beauties, that come to mind. But Henry Sotheran’s current show of twentieth century Japanese prints includes not just traditionally-made woodblock prints of flowers and landscapes, but Studio Ghibli storyboards and hand drawn anime and manga cels as well. They’re for sale, and they’re pretty reasonably priced. Continue reading

Anjin 1600: Edo Wonderpark


One of the fun things about writing a blog is that the search for material takes me to parts of London I’ve never been before and may very well never go again. Take yesterday’s expedition to De Beauvoir Town, situated roughly where Islington shades into Hoxton, which I reached by number 38 bus and a convoluted walk through quiet streets lined with Victorian terraces. Appropriately enough, my object was to see an installation about journeys to distant lands and what they tell us about colonialism, cultural tourism and identity. Continue reading

Studio Ghibli Marathon at Prince Charles Cinema

My neighbour Totoro

Great news for Studio Ghibli fans! The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is having an all-night marathon of Hayao Miyazaki’s magical films this Saturday, the  27th July. They’re in the original language with English subtitles. That’s Saturday night sorted then, right? Continue reading